Desaprobación unánime en reunión de la ATMB

February 26, 2016
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En una reunión el 10 de febrero de miembros de la comunidad y oficiales electos, había una desaprobación unánime de la propuesta subida de tarifas de la ATMB (la Autoridad de Transporte de Massachusetts Bay). Alrededor de 50 personas asistieron a la reunión en Roxbury Community College. Docenas de asistentes compartieron sus preocupaciones sobre...

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Voters head to the poll for March 1 primary

February 26, 2016
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Jamaica Plain residents will have numerous presidential candidates to choose from when they head to the polls for the March 1 Massachusetts primary election. On the Republican side, many names will appear on the ballot, but only five candidates are still running: real estate mogul Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, retired neurosurgeon Ben...

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Centre/South Main Streets begins search for new director

February 26, 2016
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Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), a business promotion organization, has started a search for a new executive director, according to board member Michael Reiskind. CSMS previous executive director, Andrew Zarro, left in 2014. When asked why the organization is just now starting to look for a new director, Reiskind responded that Boston Main Streets wanted...

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New tool for City’s summer job program

February 26, 2016
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City youths can now use a new online tool, SuccessLink, to register for summer jobs, according to a press release. The application will be available until midnight on Friday, March 25. Applicants who register with SuccessLink will be connected with Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) Division of Youth Engagement and Employment’s other...

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JP Observer: JP has experienced ‘accidental security’

February 26, 2016
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When Jamaica Plain economics are discussed these days, especially regarding housing, the phrase “accidental security” comes to mind. That concept goes a long way toward explaining changes that seem beyond our control in the neighborhood and might help us deal with some of them. No wonder we as a community feel so anxious about...

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VA hospital temporarily closed

February 26, 2016
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The Jamaica Plain campus of VA Boston Hospital was closed over Valentines Day weekend after frigid temperatures made pipes burst, causing major water damage, according to a press release. Access to the facility was restricted as staff and contractors worked to recover the hospital and bring it back to full use. Employees of that...

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JP Agenda, Feb. 26, 2016

February 26, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Mar. 8 for the Mar. 11 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Egleston YMCA, meeting discussing plans to develop the area around Egleston Sq. through the City’s JP/Rox initiative. Residents have the opportunity...

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Invitacion, Feb. 26, 2016

February 26, 2016
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El plazo para la sección de participación es al mediodía, martes, 8 mar para la edición del 11 mar. Mande eventos a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Egleston YMCA, reunión para hablar de planes para crecer el área de Egleston Sq con la iniciativa de JP/Rox....

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A NEW DAWN

February 26, 2016
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A NEW DAWN

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Goddard House project goes before City’s design commission

February 26, 2016
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The Goddard House project is slated to go before the Boston Civic Design Commission (BCDC) on the night of Feb. 23, after the Gazette deadline, according to Boston Redevelopment Authority spokesperson Nick Martin. The BCDC reviews the project for the design of the building and its impact on public spaces and streets. Eden Properties...

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Sights and Sounds, Feb. 26, 2016

February 26, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Mar. 8 for the Mar. 11 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events Franklin Park February Winter Fun Days, sledding and games, Saturdays 10am-12pm, Feb. 27. William J. Devine Golf Clubhouse, 1 Circuit...

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O’Malley introduces ‘Puppy Mill Bill’

February 26, 2016
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O’Malley introduces ‘Puppy Mill Bill’

Jamaica Plain City Councilor Matt O’Malley introduced an ordinance nicknamed the “Puppy Mill Bill” on Feb. 22 that would ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores in Boston, according to a press release. O’Malley introduced the ordinance at the MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center in JP. The ordinance would not affect...

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SMART FROM THE START

February 26, 2016
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SMART FROM THE START

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Egleston Square YMCA head picked to lead BCYF

February 26, 2016
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William Morales, who is the executive director of the Egleston Square YMCA, has been appointed as commissioner of the Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF), which provides vital resources to Boston’s youth and senior populations, according to a press release. The BCYF commissioner works within Mayor Martin Walsh’s Health and Human Services Cabinet...

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BRA board approves S. Huntington Ave. guidelines

February 26, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board voted during its monthly meeting on Feb. 11 to approve the S. Huntington Avenue guidelines, according to BRA spokesperson Nick Martin. Martin said that the guidelines will next go before the Zoning Commission on March 9. The guidelines are supposed to address the types of developments preferred by...

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No decision yet on 64 Allandale St. project

February 26, 2016
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There is still no decision on the appeal by the developer of the 64 Allandale St. project on whether it falls under the state Wetlands Protection Act, according to Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) spokesperson Joe Ferson. A decision is expected sometime this month. MassDEP conducted a survey in December after receiving an appeal...

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION

February 26, 2016
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UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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35 S. Huntington Ave.

February 26, 2016
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The debate over whether the 35 S. Huntington Ave. project falls within Jamaica Plain or Mission Hill is asinine. The project is on the border and both neighborhoods should be able to give input on it—that includes the local councils and associations that represent them. The Boston Redevelopment Authority has recently commenced a concerted...

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Editorial: MBTA fare hikes

February 26, 2016
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The MBTA is a disgrace. It is a public transportation system that catches fire, routinely breaks down, and has a subway line that taking a ride on is probably worse than waterboarding (See: B branch of the Green Line). This is what resident get in a supposedly “world-class” city. The MBTA now wants to...

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Criminalization of mental health

February 26, 2016
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As a graduate social work student, I am very concerned about what seems to be the criminalization of people with mental health issues. There have been a growing number of people with mental illness in our jails and prisons since deinstitutionalization took place from 1955 to 1980. Over 15 percent of prisoners are suffering...

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Letter: Other presidential choices

February 26, 2016
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As informed voters, we can better serve our democracy. As we vote on March 1, you might be surprised to learn that there is a Green-Rainbow Party ballot with five Green Party presidential candidates. In addition to Dr. Jill Stein, a Massachusetts “favorite daughter,” William Kreml, Kent Mesplay, Darryl Cherney, and Sedinam Kinamo Christin...

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Former employee sues Whole Foods

February 12, 2016
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By Emily Resnevic and Peter Shanley Gazette Staff Ryan Costello, a former Jamaica Plain Whole Foods employee, is suing the company for retaliation and breach of contract after the company fired him in October, according to a lawsuit document filed in Suffolk Superior Court. Heather McCready, a spokesperson for Whole Foods, said that the...

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BEAUTIFUL

February 12, 2016
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BEAUTIFUL

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Mixed-use dev. planned for 35 S. Huntington Ave.

February 12, 2016
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A developer, Doug George of Dorchester, has filed plans for a 45,500-square-foot, mixed-use development at 35 S. Huntington Ave., according to documents filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The BRA was slated to hold a community meeting on the project on Feb. 9 at the Parker Hill Branch Library, after the Gazette deadline....

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