Proposal to increase Boston Public Library board gets Council’s OK

July 28, 2017
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Beth Treffeisen Special to the Gazette   In an effort to diversify the Boston Public Library leadership and funding sources, the City Council voted unanimously to pass a home rule petition proposed by Mayor Martin Walsh to expand the number of BPL board trustees from nine up to 15.   At a City Council...

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El Ayuntamiento aprueba propuesta para ampliar la junta directiva de BPL

July 28, 2017
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Beth Treffeisen Especial a Gazette Con objeto de diversificar el liderazgo y la financiación del sistema de bibliotecas público (BPL), el Ayuntamiento ha aprobado unánimemente una propuesta del Alcalde Martin Walsh de ampliar la cantidad de miembros de la junta directiva de nueve a 15. En una audiencia del Ayuntamiento el 12 de julio,...

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Sánchez takes over House Ways and Means Committee

July 28, 2017
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Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez has traveled from the streets of Mission Hill to the top rank of the State House, as he was recently named chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. The committee crafts and writes the state budget and is seen as a stepping stone to become speaker of...

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New artwork at City Hall

July 28, 2017
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A new series of artwork is now on display at City Hall, including four new art exhibitions and three new murals. The artwork is presented by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, according to a press release. “City Hall Galleries have been an incredible success, showcasing the work of local artists both to...

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JP Observer: Boston needs to opt for cleaner electricity

July 28, 2017
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When it comes to climate change, no reasonable opportunity to lessen the effects of fossil fuels on the environment should be turned down. Right now, the administration of Mayor Marty Walsh is being very cautious about a movement to adopt what’s called “Community Choice Energy (CCE).” Many individuals and groups in JP, including local...

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In Memoriam

July 28, 2017
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January of Jamaica Plain, formerly of Scituate, died on July 28, 2016. January is survived by her husband of 37 years, Kevin Reilly, and their son, Drew, a graduate student currently attending the University of California in Irvine. January was born Feb. 9, 1952, in Boston to Richard (Jim) Franzen and Shirley (Trenholm) Franzen....

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Neighborhood Slow Streets Program leaves many residents disappointed

July 28, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Special to the Gazette   The five neighborhoods that will join the Neighborhood Slow Streets program in 2017 were announced July 20, leaving many communities who applied disappointed.   The Neighborhood Slow Streets program is a City effort to reduce speeds and improve the quality of life on Boston’s local streets....

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Invitacion, July 28, 2017

July 28, 2017
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Plazo para calendario de eventos: martes, 8 ago para la edición del 11 ago. Mande eventos a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Código de área es 617, a menos que haya otro. Reuniones Reunión de la policía con la comunidad, 3 ago, 7pm, Comisaría E-13, 3347 Washington Street. Oficiales de BPD Area E, oficiales de la ATMB y...

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Sights and Sounds, July 28, 2017

July 28, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Aug. 8 for the Aug. 11 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events Fresh Hair, on the corner of South St and Carolina Ave, opened for business in July 1982. We are celebrating...

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America’s Night Out Against Crime

July 28, 2017
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Hyde Square Task Force is teaming up with Jamaica Plain’s District E-13 division of Boston Police Department to host National Night Out 2017, an event for the public to enjoy food and entertainment as well as mingle with elected officials and police officers. “America’s Night Out Against Crime” will feature food, music, dancing, demonstrations,...

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Obituary: Bradford Mighill, former JP resident, dies

July 28, 2017
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Bradford Hatch Mighill, 93, of Plainfield, NH and formerly of Jamaica Plain, died on May 25 at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT after a long and determined fight against the debilitating respiratory symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Brad was born on April 24, 1924 in Ipswich and spent his...

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MassDOT regroups vacant parcels, will require affordable housing

July 28, 2017
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The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is regrouping the parcels it is selling in Jamaica Plain and is requiring that affordable housing be built on some of the parcels, according to a presentation MassDOT gave to the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Housing and Development Committee on July 18. According to Kevin Rainsford of the...

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JP Agenda, July 28, 2017

July 28, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Aug. 8 for the Aug. 11 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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City assesses performing arts facilities

July 28, 2017
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Mayor Walsh and the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) released a draft Performing Arts Facilities Assessment, and are encouraging the public to review and submit feedback on it, according to a press release. The assessment evaluates the current and anticipated venue challenges of local performing arts organizations in Boston. “In Boston it’s our...

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Renovation of 52 Montebello Road completed

July 28, 2017
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The renovation of 52 Montebello Road into affordable-housing units has been completed and the property has been turned over to Urban Edge. The development team of Daniel Mangiacotti, Paul Iantosca, and Justin Iantosca had plans to turn 3200 Washington St. and 52 Montebello Road into a 76-unit residential complex, but a three-year long approval...

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Sandwich board signs regulations will soon be up for debate

July 28, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Special to the Gazette In bright colored letters across chalkboard signs, witty remarks or inspirational quotes entice a passerby to stop, look in and see what’s inside. These marketing tools help many small and larger businesses alike to get shoppers in the store across major shopping streets in Boston. In an...

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JP History: Q. and A. with Fresh Hair owner Joy Silverstein

July 28, 2017
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In the early 1980s, Joy Silverstein and a business partner opened up the Fresh Hair salon on South Street. Thirty-five years later, the business is still going strong and Silverstein will be hosting an anniversary block party tomorrow, July 29, to celebrate. The Gazette conducted a question-and-answer session through email with Silverstein to discuss...

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JP History: This Month in JP History

July 28, 2017
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The following are the Gazette’s top headlines from this month in Jamaica Plain history: 5 Years Ago: 2012 “Goddard House nursing home to shut down” The Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at 201 S. Huntington Ave. announced it was closing in September and leaving 100 seniors looking for new homes. The building...

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Letter:

July 28, 2017
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Recent shooting on Mission Hill This kind of heinous act has become a daily event in our cities and should be expected in a country that makes huge profits from the arms industry here and abroad, where video games that normalize violence for kids are replacing books, where HEALTH AND EDUCATION are taking a backseat...

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Op-eds

July 28, 2017
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Op-Ed: Conference on state budget By Local State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez In early July, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a $40.2 billion FY18 Conference Committee budget. After the House and Senate pass their versions of the budget, three House and three Senate members meet to reconcile the differences between the budgets. The product...

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DCR nixes Anson Street dog proposal

July 14, 2017
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has decided not to convert a street hockey rink in the Southwest Corridor to a dog park as a result of community pushback, and will be considering proposals for new locations for a dog park in Jamaica Plain. DCR held a public meeting on April 5...

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JPNC questions leasing agreement at 105A S. Huntington Ave.; BPDA says everything fine

July 14, 2017
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) is questioning whether developer Anthony Nader of the 105A S. Huntington Ave. project and his company Cedar Valley Holding are violating a memorandum with the Boston Planning Development Agency (BPDA) by leasing units at the building to another company. Meanwhile, BPDA says that leasing agreement does not violate...

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July 14, 2017
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One competitive Council race in JP for preliminary

July 14, 2017
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There will be one competitive City Council race—District 7—in Jamaica Plain during the City’s preliminary election Sept. 26, according to a list provided by the City’s Election Department. City Councilor Matt O’Malley of District 6, which represents most of Jamaica Plain, and City Councilor Andrea Joy Campbell of District 4, which covers parts of...

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