ZBA approves James’s Gate project

January 27, 2017
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The City’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approved 5 McBride St. during a hearing on Jan. 24, according to the Inspection Services Department (ISD). ISD oversees the ZBA. The project was seeking several variances, including for insufficient off-street parking and for dimensional regulations. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) Zoning Committee voted during a...

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JP Observer: Local resistance activities are huge

January 27, 2017
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Starting with ResistARTS performances in JP businesses through the Boston Women’s March the day after the inauguration, local folks, often led by JP people and groups, turned out in droves this month to demonstrate and express their resistance to Donald Trump’s offensive policies, unqualified appointments, and outlandish behavior. ResistARTS is a new collaboration between...

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JP History: The Last Streetcar to Arborway

January 27, 2017
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By Franklyn P. Salimbene Salimbene, a longtime Jamaica Plain resident who is a board member of the Arborway Committee for Public transit, Inc and a senior lecturer in law at Bentley University, recently penned a personal reminiscence of the last run of the Arborway streetcar. Below is the first part of the story. The...

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JP Agenda, Jan. 27, 2017

January 27, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Feb. 7 for the Feb. 10 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNDC Zoning Committee, public presentation on project to create 44 new affordable homes at 25 Amory St., Jackson Square Site III....

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Sit-down restaurant to open on Washington Street

January 27, 2017
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The restaurateurs responsible for Tres Gatos, Centre Street Cafe, and Casa Verde are shuffling their liquor licenses around and opening a new restaurant at 3399 Washington St. called Brass Cat Cafe. Following a hearing at City Hall on Jan. 4, the Licensing Board for the City of Boston approved the group’s application for a...

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BPDA board approves Forest Hills project

January 27, 2017
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The Boston Planning and Development Agency board approved during its Jan. 12 meeting “The Residences at Forest Hills” project at 3694 Washington St. “The Residences at Forest Hills” was submitted to BPDA last year as a project notification form (PNF) by Criterion Development Partners. The project will contain 250 residential rental units, 5,500 square...

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City announces anti-displacement legislation

January 27, 2017
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Mayor Martin Walsh submitted a package of legislation at the State House to address displacement of Boston residents from their homes, according to a press release. The package aims to help existing tenants remain in their homes by expanding tenants’ rights, rewarding good landlords, and creating additional funding for affordable housing. “Even as Boston...

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Sights and Sounds, Jan. 27, 2017

January 27, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Feb. 7 for the Feb. 10 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events Music/art          Midway Café, all shows 21+, doors 8pm, 3496 Washington St, 524-9038. Thursdays are Queeraoke lesbian night; Fridays 6-8:30pm...

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Invitacion, Jan. 27, 2017

January 27, 2017
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El plazo para la sección de participación es al mediodía, martes, el 7 de febrero para la edición del 10 de febrero. Mande eventos a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, a menos que haya otro código. Reuniones Comité de zonificación de JPNDC, presentación pública sobre el proyecto...

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Op-Ed: Facing Boston’s gender wage gap

January 27, 2017
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By Mayor Martin Walsh When I first took office in 2014 I pledged to listen, learn, and lead. It quickly became clear that leading on gender equity was essential to our City’s success. Not only is it the right thing to do, it is important to our economy as a whole and businesses’ bottom...

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Letter: Honoring Jeanette P. Murphy

January 27, 2017
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We were saddened to read of the passing of Jeanette P. Murphy.  We met Jeanette when we bought our home close to 25 years ago. She was representing the sellers. We ended up liking her better than our own broker – she was straightforward, knowledgeable, and very, very funny.  We continued to be in...

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Letter: Plan JP/Rox needs more work

January 27, 2017
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As a lifelong resident of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, I stand with hundreds calling for real affordable housing and racial justice. We are your history, present, and future. We are diverse: in age, race, class, gender, and lifestyle. And we are your neighbors. We are united by a fundamental premise:  our community and city...

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Letter: The Donald needs to go for a run

January 27, 2017
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Dear President Trump: I have some genuine advice. Human to human. If you’re an angry, miserable, obese, over-sensitive, self-loathing troll, with no real friends or interests, no joy in life, if your dad didn’t show you enough love and your chemicals are imbalanced and your whole toxic environment has metastasized into a dark sludge...

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Obituary: Jack Fahey, JP resident, dies

January 27, 2017
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Obituary: Jack Fahey, JP resident, dies

Jack Fahey, a 40-year resident of Jamaica Plain, died on Jan. 11 from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 74, in the loving company of his family and friends. Jack was a lifelong left-wing activist, beginning with his opposition to the Vietnam War while a student at Northeastern University and member of...

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Opponents plan to challenge 64 Allandale St. project in court

January 13, 2017
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A group of opponents to the 64 Allandale St. project is saying that they will challenge in court the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals’ (ZBA) decision to grant variances for the project. Meanwhile, a long-awaited decision from the state Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) was issued, saying that the revised proposal does not have...

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Centre/South Main Streets down an exec director…again

January 13, 2017
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The Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS) board of directors has announced that Executive Director Kevin Johnson has stepped down from his position for personal reasons, leaving the organization leaderless yet again. CSMS is a business promotion organization. Johnson served as executive director JPCSMS for just four weeks before resigning. Board president Brad Brown said that...

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THREE KINGS DAY

January 13, 2017
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THREE KINGS DAY

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City Council votes down alcohol tax

January 13, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Special to the Gazette The Boston City Council last month voted down an order that would place a two percent tax on certain alcoholic beverages to fund prevention and treatment programs for substance abuse. Backed by City Councilors Frank Baker and Bill Linehan, both of who have seen substance abuse plague...

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Ayuntamiento rechaza impuesto sobre alcohol

January 13, 2017
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De Beth Treffeisen Especial a la Gaceta   El mes pasado el Ayuntamiento de Boston rechazó un impuesto de 2% sobre ciertas bebidas alcohólicas que financiaría programas de prevención y tratamiento para el abuso de sustancias. Respaldado por los Consejeros Frank Baker y Bill Linehan, quienes han visto la plegaria del abuso de sustancias...

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Chair of School Committee re-appointed

January 13, 2017
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Michael D. O’Neill has been re-appointed to the Boston School Committee for a third four-year term, according to a press release. O’Neill was first appointed as a member of the School Committee in 2008 and was elected chairman of the School Committee in 2013. “I am honored to re-appoint Michael O’Neill to the Boston...

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Q. and A. with Rick Berlin about new book

January 13, 2017
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Longtime Jamaica Plain resident and rock musician Rick Berlin recently released a memoir titled, “The Paragraphs,” about his life in music. The Gazette conducted a question-and-answer session through email with Berlin about the book. For more information about Berlin, visit berlinrick.com. (The session has been edited.)   Q.: Tell me about the process of...

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Change of leadership for City’s neighborhood liaison

January 13, 2017
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Jullieanne Doherty, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Coordinator for the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, is stepping down and made way for Alexandra Valdez to fill that role. Doherty has left the role to take another position with the City. Doherty, who served as neighborhood coordinator for six years, wrote a farewell message in a...

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James’s Gate project heads to ZBA

January 13, 2017
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The 5 McBride St. project will head to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on Jan. 24, according to City documents. The project is seeking several variances, including for insufficient off-street parking and for dimensional regulations. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) Zoning Committee voted during a Dec. 6 meeting in favor of recommending...

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JP Agenda, Jan. 13, 2017

January 13, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Jan. 24 for the Jan. 27 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Plan JP/Rox, Meeting will provide opportunity to learn about priorities of PLAN: JP/ROX and for the community to provide comments on...

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