JP Observer: Part of historic house could be renovated for better use

December 23, 2016
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Jamaica Plain depends on dozens of separate buildings to act as its “arts centers,” so it’s exciting to learn that additional space may be opening up in one of them. The Revolutionary War-era Loring-Greenough House (LGH) across from the Civil War Monument on South Street hosts many community events—focused on arts, history, and culture—that...

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BPDA approves 3353 Washington St. project

December 23, 2016
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The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board during its Dec. 15 meeting approved the $18 million, mixed-used project at 3353 Washington St. The project has changed slightly since it was last presented to community members, many of whom criticized the earlier proposal. It is unclear why the BPDA did not bring the project...

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City Council passes gas leaks ordinance

December 23, 2016
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City Council passes gas leaks ordinance

The City Council during a Dec. 14 passed by a 12-1 vote a city ordinance aimed at addressing natural gas leaks in Boston, according to a press release. The ordinance was sponsored by Jamaica Plain City Councilor Matt O’Malley. Gas leaks have long been a concern of some local residents and activists who say...

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JPNC Zoning Committee approves project at old James’s Gate site

December 23, 2016
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) Zoning Committee voted during a Dec. 6 meeting in favor of recommending a mixed-use project at 5 McBride St. with some provisions. The 8-2 vote on the development gives the green light from the Zoning Committee to build an 11-unit, mixed-use development at the former site of James’s...

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JP Agenda, Dec. 9, 2016

December 23, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Jan. 10 for the Jan. 13 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JP Problem Properties Committee, first Wednesday of the month, 10:30am, E-13 Police Station Community Room, 3347 Washington St. Info: Liana Poston,...

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BPDA proposes changes to Plan: JP/Rox study

December 23, 2016
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The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) is proposing changes to the Plan: JP/Rox study, including reducing the projected growth of the corridor by 1,000 units. BPDA has delayed a board vote on the plan several times over the past six months, as the agency and neighborhood groups continue talks over it. Plan: JP/Rox...

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SNA votes not to oppose 76 Stonley Road project

December 23, 2016
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The Stonybrook Neighborhood Association (SNA) voted during a Dec. 12 meeting not to oppose the 76 Stonley Road project at a Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) hearing, according to SNA member Sue Cibulsky. The Boston Planning and Development Agency board during its Nov. 17 meeting approved the 76 Stonley Road project, but the proposal...

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City to lower speed limit

December 23, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Special to the Gazette In an effort to improve roadway safety for people walking, driving, and bicycling on city streets Mayor Martin Walsh last week announced a reduction in the default speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph starting Jan. 9. If you don’t see a posted sign, the new...

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Sights and Sounds, Dec. 23, 2016

December 23, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Jan. 10 for the Jan. 13 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events Run for All, respond to the Trump inaugurations by standing up to civil liberties and raising money for the ACLU....

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Invitacion, Dec. 23, 2016

December 23, 2016
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El plazo para la sección de participación es al mediodía, martes, el 10 enero para la edición del 13 enero. Mande eventos a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, a menos que haya otro código. Reuniones Jamaica Pond Association, lunes, 9 ene, 7-9 pm en Jamaicaway Towers, 111...

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Letter: Pudzer is a bad choice

December 23, 2016
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President-elect Trump’s Department of Labor nominee is a man whose beliefs and actions demonstrate contempt for the basics working people need to lead a decent life. As the head of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s fast-food restaurants, Andrew Puzder has repeatedly argued against increases to the minimum wage or overtime pay for the women...

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Letter: Pudzer is a bad choice, part II

December 23, 2016
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The appointment of the Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder will be devastating to working people’s health. Colleagues of mine at the NYC health department have reported, in a study published in the American Journal of Public Health in June 2016, that “A $15 minimum wage could have averted 2800 to 5500 premature deaths between...

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Letter: Thank you

December 23, 2016
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We sincerely thank ten local store and restaurant owners who contributed gift certificates to First Church Unitarian Universalist’s annual Holiday Fair. In alphabetical order, they are: Boing! JP’s Toy Shop Cafe Beirut Caffe Nero Centre Street Cafe Ferris Wheels Bike Shop KitchenWitch La Rana Rossa On Centre Tails The Dogwood Cafe The proceeds from...

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Letter: Bag ordinance a good idea

December 23, 2016
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I recently read that Mayor Marty Walsh is opposed to the idea of a five-cent store bag fee as making no sense. I beg to differ. It would definitely reduce waste across the city. I totally agree with the idea being pushed by District 6 City Councilor Matt O’Malley. It does work and I...

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Community shares mixed responses to Forest Hills development

December 9, 2016
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At a Nov. 30 meeting, about 65 residents listened to Criterion Development’s proposal to construct a six-story, mixed-used development at the parking lot across the street from Forest Hills Station. Community responses to the proposed “Residences at Forest Hills” development were mixed. The development would have 252 residential rental units, 5,500 square feet of...

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Allandale St. project heads to ZBA, environmental review continues

December 9, 2016
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The 64 Allandale St. project is heading before the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals on Dec. 13, while a state environmental review of the site continues. The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board during its Nov. 17 meeting approved the revised 64 Allandale St. project, leaving the ZBA hearing as one of the...

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NANA IN THE CITY

December 9, 2016
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NANA IN THE CITY

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Déjà vu: BPDA delays vote on Plan: JP/Rox study

December 9, 2016
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The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) once again delayed a vote on the Plan: JP/Rox study, as the agency continues talks with neighborhood groups and is preparing to add an amendment to the proposal. Meanwhile, a coalition of neighborhood groups said it is “pleased” that the board vote is delayed, but it is...

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Industria de mensajería en bici en transición

December 9, 2016
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De Beth Treffeisen Especial a la Gaceta Durante dos años el mensajero en bici Mike Oakhem, 33, de Quincy, ha estado zigzagueando por las calles del centro de Boston para entregar varios bienes, como pizzas calientes o papeles de diseño arquitectural, ofreciendo a los residentes y compañías de Boston uno de las maneras más...

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Q. and A. with Chuck Collins about new book

December 9, 2016
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Jamaica Plain resident Chuck Collins, who is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. and co-founder of inequality.org and the JP Forum, has penned a new book, “Born on Third Base.” The Gazette recently conducted a question-and-answer session through email with Collins about the book. For more information about...

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Tenants’ rights policy considered by local lawmakers

December 9, 2016
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Mayor Martin Walsh has announced a proposal that would increase tenants’ rights, according to a press release. Walsh has sent the Jim Brooks Stabilization Act, a home rule petition, to the City Council for consideration. The measure will need to be approved by the City Council and the State House. The act would help...

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CSMS has new executive director

December 9, 2016
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After a search that began at the start of the year, Jamaica Plain Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS) has announced that Kevin Johnson will be its new executive director. CSMS previous executive director, Andrew Zarro, left in 2014. The new director is a Boston native with work experience at various nonprofits. His most recent role...

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Sights and Sounds, Dec. 9, 2016

December 9, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Dec. 20 for the Dec. 23 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events 6th Annual JP Rocks and Rolls record and art fair, Dec. 11. Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Breakfast and Visit...

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Holidays in JP: City encourages residents to support local businesses

December 9, 2016
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Boston residents are encouraged to support their local small businesses while shopping for the holiday season as part of the City’s #5onMain challenge this year, according to a press release. Mayor Martin Walsh kicked off the “Holidays on Main Streets” campaign late last month as an initiative to inspire holiday shoppers to support Main...

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