Library plan would have more glass, fewer books

August 15, 2014
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Library plan would have more glass, fewer books

An advanced renovation plan of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library at 12 Sedgwick St., revealed at an Aug. 15 meeting, would add flexible space, but also reduce the book collection. The proposed addition of a computer bar and reading room would create a new entrance facing South Street and give a “civic presence” to...

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Cool Summer

August 15, 2014
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Cool Summer

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BRA chief pledges transparency

August 15, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority’s acting director pledged more transparency on some of the agency’s locally controversial issues in a recent Gazette interview. Brian Golden is helming the quasi-public economic development and planning agency during a top-to-bottom review ordered by new Mayor Martin Walsh. A recent audit found various management problems, and that’s only the...

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To rent Curley House, know a secret and skip caterers

August 15, 2014
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To rent Curley House, know a secret and skip caterers

The City-owned historic home of legendary Boston politician James Michael Curley at 350 Jamaicaway, now sitting empty, is technically available for event rentals. But even finding that out—let alone reserving a spot—is no easy feat, the Gazette has found. Unlike other major City-owned spaces, the Curley House is not advertised as a rentable location...

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Jóvenes de JP habla de la violencia

August 15, 2014
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Una serie de tiroteos – uno de ellos fatal – en Jamaica Plain ha provocado la inquietud de la comunidad, incluso en una reunión organizada por el Consejero Municipal Matt O’Malley. Aunque los oficiales y los investigadores de la policía han contribuido sus opiniones sobre el asunto de la delincuencia callejera, los jóvenes locales...

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Historic house teardown to move ahead

August 15, 2014
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Neighbors and the developer of a controversial residential project proposed at 57 Wachusett St. have reached a resolution, according to Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA) Executive Director Greg Galer. The developer, Stephen Ballas, plans to demolish a 115-year-old Victorian house at 57 Wachusett St. and replace it with eight townhomes in three new buildings. The...

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Report: Health care dominates JP economy

August 15, 2014
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Jamaica Plain’s business community is dominated by the health care and social assistance industry, mirroring the city as a whole, according to a new business report by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The BRA report, which is called “Boston’s Neighborhood Business Patterns” and was released earlier this month, shows that about 58 percent of...

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Sights and Sounds, Aug. 15, 2014

August 15, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Aug. 26 for the Aug. 29 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Neighborhood Peace Rally, organized by JPNDC & Merchant Leaders, Sat., Aug. 16, 1-4pm, start at Hyde Square rotary, end at...

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JP teens talk about gun violence

August 15, 2014
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A recent rash of shootings—one of them fatal—in Jamaica Plain has stirred community concerns, including a packed meeting hosted by City Councilor Matt O’Malley. While officials and police investigators have weighed in on the issue of street crime, local youths haven’t had a similar forum. The Gazette recently talked with two JP teens at...

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‘You Spy’ scavenger hunt for Ten Tables dinner

August 15, 2014
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A new JP photo scavenger hunt is taking place this summer, with the grand prize of dinner for two at Ten Tables up for grabs. Maxfield & Company, a real estate co-op, is sponsoring the ten-week challenge currently underway. John Maxfield told the Gazette that he’s always been fond of “different or weird…unusual marketing...

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Hyde Sq. speed hump to return

August 15, 2014
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A speed hump that was removed in Hyde Square last year will be reinstalled this fall, according to Tracey Ganiatsos of the Boston Transportation Department (BTD). Resident Erik Berg recently complained about the removal of the 70 Day St. speed hump, as the Gazette previously reported. The hump was one of several that were...

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JP Agenda, Aug. 15, 2014

August 15, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Aug. 26 for the Aug. 29 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Zoning Board of Appeals, City Hall, Room 801, 635-4775. Aug. 16, 9:30am: 233 Pond St. (erect an enclosed vestibule in front...

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Global Girls Advocacy

August 15, 2014
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Global Girls Advocacy

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Jackson Sq. development gets funding

August 15, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has received funding for its planed low-income apartment project at 75 Amory Ave. “We have secured the financing for 75 Amory Ave., which means we will start construction in 2015,” said JPNDC spokesperson Sally Swenson in an email to the Gazette. JPNDC, a nonprofit community development corporation,...

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Obituary: Noah Katz, world traveler and runner

August 15, 2014
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Obituary: Noah Katz, world traveler and runner

Noah Katz of Jamaica Plain passed away July 31, 2014. Born March 13, 1952 in White Plains, N.Y. Pre-deceased by his loving mother Frances (Wollin) Katz; devoted son of Stanley Katz (and stepmother, Florence). Adored brother of Cima Katz (Gary Tebor). Cherished by his cousins, extended family and friends. Noah spent his adult life...

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Invitacion, Aug. 15, 2014

August 15, 2014
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 26 de agosto al mediodía para la publicación del 29 de agosto. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marque el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Zoning Board of Appeals, City Hall, sala 801, 635-4775. 16 agosto, 9:30am: 233 Pond St. (construir un vestíbulo...

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New Zoo Chair

August 15, 2014
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New Zoo Chair

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JP teacher wins national education award

August 15, 2014
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JP teacher wins national education award

Christopher Hoeh, a Jamaica Plain resident and second-grade teacher at Cambridge Friends School in Cambridge, was awarded one of five 2014 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Hoeh told the Gazette his curriculum, focused on the process of creating cotton clothing, was responsible for his win. “The...

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Rockland Trust buys Peoples Federal Bank

August 15, 2014
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Rockland Trust Company has entered into an agreement to buy Peoples Federal Savings Bank, which has a branch at 725 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain. Ellen Molle of Rockland Trust said the Rockland-based bank will not be closing any of the Peoples branches. “Regarding the impact on Peoples’ customers, we don’t anticipate significant product,...

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Editorial: Legislative achievements

August 15, 2014
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With our state legislators wrapping up another session of lawmaking, a couple of items strike us as particularly noteworthy. State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz was a strong proponent of election reforms that expand access to the voting booth. Early voting, which works very well in other states, is one of those excellent reforms. So is...

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Letter: State government should divest from fossil fuels

August 15, 2014
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Regarding the July 18 article “First Church UU divesting from fossil fuels”: Right now, Massachusetts pension funds are invested in fossil fuel industries. This is wrong. We should divest from the fossil fuel industries and invest in other industries that do not contribute to climate change. Climate change is already affecting Massachusetts. It casts...

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Letter: Gazette is misleading about 71 South St. project

August 15, 2014
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The Gazette’s Aug. 1 story “South Street office-to-houses project shot down” misleads readers about the zoning issues at the 71 South St. site. First, the Gazette asserts that the “4,684 square-foot-lot…is zoned for a three-family house.” This is incorrect. In fact, pursuant to Article 55 of the Zoning Code, and as shown on Map...

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Peace march and rally scheduled

August 15, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and JP residents and businesses are holding a “Neighborhood Peace Rally” and march tomorrow, Aug. 16, in Hyde and Jackson Squares. “Just this summer we’ve already had three incidents in which one person died and two other people were hospitalized in critical condition due to these shootings,”...

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Weed-eating goats could come to JP

August 15, 2014
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Goats are nibbling plants in Hyde Park in a Boston Parks Department pilot program using the animals as old-school weed control. If it works out, the goats could come to JP’s urban wilds to manage invasive plant species like poison ivy, buckthorn and Japanese knotweed. Five years ago, JP residents proposed using goats to...

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