Op-Ed: Imagining a new Boston for 2030

June 5, 2015
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh/Special to the Gazette I recently announced Imagine Boston 2030, the first citywide planning process in 50 years. It will be a two-year planning process to create a roadmap for success leading up to Boston’s 400th birthday. Boston is a city of neighborhoods and, more importantly, a city of neighbors...

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On the Police Beat, May 17-31, 2015

June 5, 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. May 31: Breaking and entering of residence, 49 Mozart St.; fraud, 21 Louder’s Lane; assault and battery, 68...

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Obituary: Sam Abbot Sherwood, JP activist

June 5, 2015
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Obituary: Sam Abbot Sherwood, JP activist

Some people live quiet lives in their neighborhoods; others change the life of the neighborhoods in which they live. Sam Sherwood was a life-changer. He and Sarah Freeman spent decades working together to help make Jamaica Plain the beautiful neighborhood it is today. He was an ardent environmentalist, a well-known political activist, a renowned...

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JP Progressives to host June 3 candidate forum

June 2, 2015
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JP Progressives, a local left-leaning political organization, is hosting a City Council candidate forum tomorrow, June 3, 6-9 p.m. at Doyle’s Cafe, 3484 Washington St. Incumbent councilors Michael Flaherty, Matt O’Malley (who represents most of Jamaica Plain), Ayanna Pressley and Michelle Wu are slated to attend, along with Annissa Essaibi George and Bryan Fuller,...

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Obituary: Sam Abbot Sherwood, longtime JP activist

May 29, 2015
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Obituary: Sam Abbot Sherwood, longtime JP activist

Some people live quiet lives in their neighborhoods; others change the life of the neighborhoods in which they live. Sam Sherwood was a life-changer. He and Sarah Freeman spent decades working together to help make Jamaica Plain the beautiful neighborhood it is today. He was an ardent environmentalist, a well-known political activist, a renowned...

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Famed activist Hayden suffers stroke, cancels JP event

May 27, 2015
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Famed 1960s activist Tom Hayden has suffered a stroke and has canceled his May 29 Jamaica Plain speaking appearance, according to event host Jamaica Plain Forum. “Tom Hayden was hospitalized after he suffered a stroke last week and unfortunately he will not be able to travel to Boston for the event,” said Tracy Bindel of JP...

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Casey Overpass demo, and traffic, begin

May 22, 2015
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Casey Overpass demo, and traffic, begin

The Casey Overpass demolition has begun, as the structure was closed on May 16. Traffic that formerly used the overpass has been diverted to temporary surface roads, which caused significant problems during the first evening rush hour after the closure. The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) held a meeting May 7 at English High...

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JP Forum slate features famed activists, Olympics critic

May 22, 2015
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JP Forum slate features famed activists, Olympics critic

Update: Tom Hayden has canceled the appearance reported below after suffering a stroke. The other events remain on the schedule. The Jamaica Plain Forum lecture series is bringing several famous activists and a prominent Olympics critic to JP over the next three weeks. The speakers include: 1960s left-wing activist Tom Hayden; journalist Chris Hedges;...

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Party in the Park

May 22, 2015
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Party in the Park

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NoBoston2024 hosts Olympics housing panel

May 22, 2015
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Anti-Olympics group NoBoston2024 hosted a panel discussion in Jamaica Plain about the housing and displacement impacts of the Olympics on May 14. Panelists included Rene Bernal and translator Maria Christina Blanco, both with the JP-based housing rights group City Life/Vida Urbana; Cassie Hurd of Boston Homeless Solidarity Committee; and Seneca Joyner of Black Lives...

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Grupo presenta reunión sobre impactos de Olimpiadas en la vivienda

May 22, 2015
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El 14 de mayo, NoBoston2024, un grupo opuesto a las Olimpiadas, presentó una mesa redonda en Jamaica Plain sobre los efectos negativos que tendrían los Juegos Olímpicos en la vivienda y el desplazamiento. Participaron como ponentes Rene Bernal y una intérprete María Christina Blanco, miembros de la organización de derechos de vivienda City Life/Vida Urbana,...

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Bicon starts razing historic house

May 22, 2015
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Bicon starts razing historic house

FOREST HILLS—Bicon Dental Implants, a 501 Arborway company, has started the controversial demolition of a 19th century house at 21 Yale Terrace. Bicon had agreed with the City and neighbors to hold off razing the house until May 19 and had a demolition company there that day to start work. Bicon plans to replace...

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Keys to the House

May 22, 2015
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Keys to the House

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Washington St. master plan is in early stages

May 22, 2015
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A long-awaited City master plan for the Washington Street corridor is in its early planning stages. But a recent well-publicized walk-through and report by an advisory team was not a direct part of the master plan, according to the Boston Redevelopment Authority. In fact, the master plan is still in the research stages and...

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JP Observer: Construction back-up beepers need to be changed

May 22, 2015
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It’s spring. We can hear the big trucks chirping outside. (Oh, yes, and birds, too, if we listen closely enough.) With so much construction already going on in the streets and lots of JP and just starting big-time in Forest Hills, the loud back-up beepers on construction vehicles are beeping regularly and widely. The...

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Historic letters spur JP resident to write book

May 22, 2015
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Historic letters spur JP resident to write book

An accidental discovery of letters penned by her great-great-grandfather led Jamaica Plain resident Anne D. Emerson to write a book titled “Letters from Erastus” about the importance of generational values. Emerson said she came across the 22 letters from Erastus Hopkins—a former state senator—to his daughters “completely by accident” while reviewing materials during a...

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Homeless Housing

May 22, 2015
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Homeless Housing

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Urban Edge files Egleston housing plans

May 22, 2015
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Urban Edge files Egleston housing plans

Urban Edge, a community development corporation located in Jackson Square, recently filed plans for its 49-unit affordable housing project in Egleston Square, according to documents filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The Walker Park Apartments at 67 and 80 Walnut Park are named for longtime local resident and community organizer Delphine Walker. The 49...

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Time to Fish

May 22, 2015
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Time to Fish

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Sights and Sounds, May 22, 2015

May 22, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., June 2 19 for the June 5 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special  Interest 28th Annual Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon, Sun., June 7 (rain date June 21), rides leave in morning; festival goes...

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Doctors Honored

May 22, 2015
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Doctors Honored

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JP Agenda, May 22, 2015

May 22, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., June 2 for the June 5 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, agenda includes nominations for one JPNC vacancy in Area A, Tues., May 26, 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90...

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Tres Gatos team plans new Mexican restaurant

May 22, 2015
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Restaurateur David Doyle and his business team, who are behind Tres Gatos and Centre Street Café, are looking to further diversify the Jamaica Plain food scene, as they will be opening up a Mexican restaurant called Casa Verde. The new restaurant will replace Ghazal Indian Cuisine at 711 Centre St. “My wife (Maricely Perez-Alers),...

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Dig checks for artifacts at park playground site

May 22, 2015
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A team of volunteer archaeologists has been digging in Franklin Park to make sure a playground project doesn’t disturb unknown historical sites. The dig at the American Legion Highway Playground began May 11 and was slated to wrap up this week. It had not found anything of significance by the Gazette’s deadline. “It’s just...

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