Honored by ABCD

November 20, 2015
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Honored by ABCD

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Indignación en la reunión de Boston Compact

November 20, 2015
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Boston Compact tuvo una reunión comunitaria el 12 de noviembre sobre la inscripción unida para las escuelas públicas de Boston (BPS) donde muchos asistentes expresaron su indignación y exigieron respuestas sobre las posibles clausuras de escuelas de BPS y cómo la propuesta de inscripción unida realizaría sus objetivos de equidad y facilitad de proceso...

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Complaints continue for post office

November 20, 2015
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Complaints continue to come in about the Jamaica Plain Post Office, an ongoing issue for the neighborhood. Meanwhile, the United States Post Office (USPS) is saying that changes have been made, including installing a new manager, to improve service. USPS made managerial changes last year after numerous complaints, as the Gazette previously reported. Jeri...

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BRA board approves Bartlett II

November 20, 2015
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority board approved during its Nov. 10 meeting the Bartlett II mixed-use development at 450-456 Amory St., according to a press release. The project had been pulled from last month’s board meeting so the developer, Chris DeSisto, could address some concerns from the community. The four-story development is slated to have...

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JP Observer: Streetcars would bring joy to Hyde Square

November 20, 2015
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Although Jamaica Plain was once famous for being a “Streetcar Suburb” of Boston, service on the Arborway Line to Forest Hills was suddenly taken away by the MBTA 30 years ago this fall. Despite efforts to bring streetcars back to the E-Line of the Green Line, they haven’t been seen south of Heath Street...

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JP survives in post-apocalypse videogame ‘Fallout 4’

November 20, 2015
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JP survives in post-apocalypse videogame ‘Fallout 4’

Jamaica Pond is a radioactive cesspit dotted with floating skeletons. JP’s buses finally have an excuse to run late, because they’re all blown in half. Oh, and the neighborhood’s entire population has turned into zombies. Fear not, this is not a breaking news report. It’s a description of Jamaica Plain’s cameo role in the...

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JP Agenda, Nov. 20, 2015

November 20, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Dec. 1 for the Dec. 4 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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Invitacion, Nov. 20, 2015

November 20, 2015
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El plazo para la sección de participación es al mediodía, martes, 1 de diciembre para la edición del 4 de diciembre. Mande eventos a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Reuniones mensuales del Distrito E-13, planificación estratégica/NAG, jueves, 19 noviembre, 7pm. Info: 343-5624. Reunión mensual latina: jueves,...

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Holidays in JP: Tree lightings slated for Dec. 5

November 20, 2015
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The “Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour & Tree Lighting” will be coming to Jamaica Plain on Dec. 5, according to a press release. “We are fortunate in the City of Boston to have a community that celebrates its cultural diversity, but also comes together to unite behind common ideals—love of family, friends and community,” said...

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The Midville Majestic

November 20, 2015
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The Midville Majestic

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Holidays in JP: Secret Recipes

November 20, 2015
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Holidays in JP: Secret Recipes

The Gazette every year asks various JP people and institutions to share their favorite holiday recipes. Derek Downs of Whole Foods Market at 413 Centre St. offered the following: I came to Boston five years ago for school (graduated last May) and have lived many places in the metro area, but I’m now residing...

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City introduces new online permitting system

November 20, 2015
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The City’s permitting process might now be just a little bit easier, with the new Boston Permits and Licenses online platform. Mayor Martin Walsh unveiled the platform on Nov. 2, according to a press release. “We are committed to creating a permitting process that is user-friendly, modern and easily accessible to all of our...

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Chris Hoeh honored

November 20, 2015
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Chris Hoeh honored

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Writers for Justice in Palestine

November 20, 2015
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Writers for Justice in Palestine

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DCR extends comment period for parkways improvements

November 20, 2015
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has extended the comment period for the three projects it has presented for improving safety and access for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to the parklands and parkways of the Emerald Necklace in Jamaica Plain. The deadline is now Nov. 30. The projects focus on three different...

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JP resident pleads guilty for Boston Marathon scam

November 20, 2015
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Joanna Leigh, a Jamaica Plain resident, pled guilty Nov. 13 to several charges relating to her falsely claiming to be a victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, which led to her receiving nearly $40,000 in cash and benefits, according to a press release from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s (DA) Office. Leigh admitted...

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Sights and Sounds, Nov. 20, 2015

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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Dec. 1 for the Dec. 4 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events Politics Story Slam at Doyles Café, 3484 Washington St., Sat. Nov. 21, 7:30pm. $10. Info: love2tell2@aol.com. Third Annual Turkey Trot,...

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Obituary: Jesse Zackular, former JP resident, dies

November 20, 2015
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Obituary: Jesse Zackular, former JP resident, dies

Jesse Zackular, a former Jamaica Plain resident, died on Nov. 6. Zackular was born in Malden on July 15, 1974, the son of Patricia (Fitzgerald) Zackular and the late Artie Zackular, Jr. Jesse was a longtime resident of Jamaica Plain. Jesse, also known as Slim Goodbody, was the bass player for the punk mambo...

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Neighborhood deserves better from post office

November 20, 2015
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Jamaica Plain deserves a post office that operates efficiently and timely. For far too long, that has not been the case. The complaints run the gamut—rampant missed deliveries, forcing some people to pay bills late and go without much needed paychecks; receiving other people’s mail; sent mail arriving days late or sometimes never arriving...

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Giving thanks

November 20, 2015
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Thanksgiving Day is almost here. It is a time to gather with those we love, whether that is with family, friends, dogs, cats or just ourselves. Let us give thanks for what we have. If we have much, let us appreciate our fortunes and help those in need. If we have little, let us...

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JP Post Office continues spectacular service

November 20, 2015
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Let’s quit knocking the Jamaica Plain Post Office. I recently mailed a letter to Quincy, and it only took eight days to get there. I mailed an important document to Melrose last year, and it still hasn’t arrived. So things are definitely improving! John Stark Jamaica Plain resident

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Traffic woes at Forest Hills

November 20, 2015
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There is a constant multi-directional traffic jam at the corner of South Street and Arborway. The traffic on South Street (heading toward Rozzie) stops in the well-marked pedestrian crossing zone when the light turns red. Then no one can move in any direction, although the occasional driver will ease forward or back up a...

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Corporal punishment is wrong

November 20, 2015
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My educational resolution to encourage parents to refrain from using corporal punishment (CP) was included in a recent public hearing at the State House. As a psychological researcher, I raise the issue of CP because the evidence is overwhelming that it is harmful, and yet it needs more attention because it is misunderstood and...

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James’s Gate was a ‘third place’

November 20, 2015
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It has now been several months since we were all shocked to learn that the James’s Gate Pub had closed. And the sadness hasn’t lessened. Why is this, we ask? What made this local pub with peeling paint, faded sign, and not-exceptional pub food land into our collective spirit and take hold? Years ago,...

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