City’s Centre/South improvement plan putts along

July 3, 2015
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Six years after it began, the City’s improvement plan for Centre and South streets continues to inch forward at a snail’s pace. Boston Transportation Department (BTD) Director of Planning Vineet Gupta said the City will hold a community meeting for improvements to Monument Square “in a couple of months.” That’s a delay from his...

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Mixed-use project planned near Green Street T Station

July 3, 2015
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Mixed-use project planned near Green Street T Station

Local developer Chris DeSisto is proposing a mixed-use building at Green and Amory streets, across from the Green Street T Station, that essentially mirrors his successful 2012 project on the opposite corner. The plan for 450-456 Amory St. calls for apartments, office space and ground-floor storefronts, including a restaurant. In substance and style, the...

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JP to be test site for free sunscreen dispensers

July 3, 2015
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Free sunscreen dispensers will come to Jamaica Pond Park as part of a pilot program inspired by City Councilor Matt O’Malley, the City recently announced. Mayor Martin Walsh announced this month that 30 dispensers will be installed in five City parks, in partnership with the Melanoma Foundation of New England and Make Big Change,...

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South Street Youth Center gets new director

July 3, 2015
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Corey Stallings, the new director of the South Street Youth Center.  (Courtesy Photo)

The South Street Youth Center (SSYC), which operates out of the South Street Apartments, a public housing development, has a new director who looks to bring his digital media experience to the organization. “It is a great opportunity to work in the community,” said Corey Stallings about recently becoming SSYC’s director. He said his...

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Educator Award

July 3, 2015
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Educator Award

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JP Agenda, July 3, 2015

July 3, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., July 21 for the July 24 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Bartlett Square II, proposed mixed-use development at 450-456 Amory St. by Chris DeSisto, hosted by Boston Redevelopment Authority, Wed., July 8,...

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JPNC votes down 3200 Washington St. proposal

July 3, 2015
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JPNC votes down 3200 Washington St. proposal

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) last month voted 11 to 3 with 1 abstention to request the City to deny variances for the proposed development at 3200 Washington St. The council cited in its vote a failure for the developer to resolve residents’ concerns. The 3200 Washington project has been the target of...

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Farm Visit

July 3, 2015
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Farm Visit

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Sights and Sounds, July 3, 2015

July 3, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., July 21  for the July 24 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Viva el Latin Quarter!, free family events hosted by Hyde Square Task Force through Aug. 7, with Zumba dance classes...

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JP resident criticizes DCR over lack of crosswalk

July 3, 2015
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PONDSIDE—A Jamaica Plain resident is criticizing the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) for dragging its feet over installing a crosswalk on Perkins Street. That proposed crosswalk is part of a plan to improve access to Jamaica Pond at the intersection of Perkins Street and Francis Parkman Drive. DCR held a community meeting...

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MSPCA Pride

July 3, 2015
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MSPCA Pride

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On the Police Beat, June 16-28, 2015

July 3, 2015
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The following police incident reports are public records provided by the Community Service Office of the District E-13 Police Station, which is solely responsible for their content. All suspects are innocent unless proven guilty in court. June 28: Larceny-bicycle, 15 Kingsboro Park; accident-city vehicle, 3710 Washington St.; attempted residential burglary and trespassing, 44 Haverford...

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Playground Help

July 3, 2015
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Playground Help

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City: Bicon has necessary permits

July 3, 2015
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FOREST HILLS—The City is saying that Bicon Dental Implants has the required permits it needs to be operating, but the Yale Terrace Neighborhood Association is continuing to dispute that. Bicon, a 501 Arborway company, has stirred controversy in the area by demolishing a 19th century house at 21 Yale Terrace for a new development....

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Editorial: JP Porchfest returns

July 3, 2015
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Almost 130 bands at 72 JP homes? And dance parties and performances all over the neighborhood, with an eye to including virtually everyone? The Jamaica Plain Porchfest has remarkable growth and organizing wisdom for an event that returns for only its second year on July 11. What a tribute to the creativity of JP’s...

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Editorial: The Olympic legacy of a corrupted process

July 3, 2015
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Boston 2024 returned to Jamaica Plain this week with yet another cynically artificial meeting. This time, it was a mockery of the charrette format real urban planners might use; the type of input Boston 2024 directly refused to give JP at the beginning, when it still mattered. There are possible fringe benefits to an...

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Letter: How to give your Casey demolition input

July 3, 2015
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Since the closure of the Casey Overpass last month, commuters have faced infuriating traffic. In the planning phases, both supporters and opponents of the project envisioned some disruption; they were right. Navigating major construction is hard and time-consuming. Although state and city transportation officials make real-time adjustments based on around-the-clock traffic monitoring, they cannot...

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Letter: Demolition

July 3, 2015
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Demolition By Aimée Sands   Skin of the day peeling slow on the spit grease and grace sliding away, our bridge falling, knocked to rubble, cables split   and writhing from concrete, Medusan snakes – light yawning in the gap where darkness stood. Piledrivers bang all night, the neighbors wake and brood, the beams,...

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Invitacion, July 3, 2015

July 3, 2015
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 21 de junio al mediodía para la publicación del 24 de julio. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marque el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Bartlett Square II, un propuesto edificio multiuso en 450-456 Amory St. de Chris DeSisto, presentado por Boston Redevelopment...

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JP gives hostile reception to Olympics

July 1, 2015
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JP gives hostile reception to Olympics

Most attendees at Jamaica Plain’s latest City-sponsored Boston 2024 meeting on June 30 did not welcome the idea of bringing the Olympics to Boston with open arms. Instead, they barraged City officials with concerns ranging from security to the legacy of parks to an unwillingness to listen to the opposition. More than 250 people...

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Franklin Park remains in new Olympic bid; JP meeting June 30

June 29, 2015
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An illustration of a refurbished White Stadium during the proposed Summer Olympics in Boston 2024's "Bid 2.0" draft. (Courtesy Image)

Franklin Park remains a proposed Olympics venue in Boston 2024’s second-draft bid unveiled today. The updated plan has two big changes: the removal of a pentathlon swimming pool, and Columbia Road through Dorchester transforming into a kind of parkway. In addition, Boston 2024 told the Gazette it intends to pay for the entire White...

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Survey: Many Franklin Park neighbors oppose Olympics

June 19, 2015
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Many Franklin Park neighbors are not happy about the notion of the Olympics coming to party in the park, according to an unscientific survey conducted by the Stonybrook Neighborhood Association. Among the 100 respondents, 70 percent totally oppose a Boston Olympics, and 53 percent are “unlikely” to support using Franklin Park as a venue....

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Author questions Olympics numbers

June 19, 2015
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The economics of hosting the Olympics are often a rosy picture painted by a bidding group that fades away with time, according to Smith College economics professor and noted Olympic critic Andrew Zimbalist at a June 15 Jamaica Plain event. Zimbalist’s JP visit was based on his new book “Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble...

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Green Cleaners

June 19, 2015
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Green Cleaners

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