Editorial: VA should support our troops

June 20, 2014
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A federal audit’s determination that the patient wait times at the S. Huntington VA hospital are in the acceptable range is good news, but it sure doesn’t feel good. A month to see a doctor is certainly better than dying while on a vile secret list, as happened in the recent VA scandal elsewhere....

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Letter: Thanks for covering police spying abuses

June 20, 2014
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I wanted to thank you for your truly excellent article “Police Spies tracked Occupy JP, Whole Foods protests” (June 6). Only by publicizing these abuses will people attempt to correct them. I have called the Mayor’s Office and the police commissioner and will be following up by sending them your article and demanding the...

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On the Police Beat, June 1-15, 2014

June 20, 2014
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June 15: Alexander M. Nunez of Roslindale charged with vandalism (graffiti), 3530 Washington St.; stolen vehicle recovered, 15 Spring Park Ave.; hit and run (property), 113 Chestnut Ave.; vandalism, 9 Atherton St.; hit and run (property), 76 Wenham St. June 14: Mark Higginbottom of Roxbury charged with assault and battery on police officer, 1975...

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Neighborhood 5K

June 20, 2014
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Neighborhood 5K

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Lantern Festival cancelled this year

June 6, 2014
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The Forest Hills Cemetery (FHC) announced it will not hold its annual Lantern Festival this summer, which it has held for the last 15 years. FHC Assistant Treasurer Janice Stetz told the Gazette that the Cemetery is “reviewing procedures and logistics” and that the festival “may come back next year.” Stetz said she did...

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Police spies tracked Occupy JP, Whole Foods protests

June 6, 2014
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Police spies tracked Occupy JP, Whole Foods protests

A controversial Boston Police spy agency tracked the local Occupy JP events, Whole Foods Market protests, and a vigil for the suicidal son of acclaimed marathon bombing hero Carlos Arredondo, recently released secret documents reveal. The Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) documents, dating to 2011, put a new context on the Boston Police’s unprecedented,...

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BRA: Washington St. planning study possible

June 6, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) might soon conduct a planning study that would encompass the Washington Street corridor between Egleston Square and Forest Hills, according to BRA spokesperson Nick Martin. That section of Washington Street has several proposed projects on the horizon, including a 283-unit apartment project called “The Commons” at 3593-3615 Washington St....

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Connolly Children’s librarian to retire

June 6, 2014
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Connolly Children’s librarian to retire

HYDE PARK—The longtime children’s librarian at the Connolly Branch Library, Laura Foner, will be retiring next month. Foner became a children’s librarian after having her first child and “falling in love with children’s books,” she told the Gazette. “I was doing a lot of reading with him and I was going to the library,...

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Bibliotecaria de Connolly se jubilará

June 6, 2014
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Bibliotecaria de Connolly se jubilará

HYDE PARK—Laura Foner, la bibliotecaria de literatura infantil del sucursal Connolly desde hace muchos años, se jubilará el próximo mes. Foner se hizo bibliotecaria de literatura infantil después de dar la luz a su primer hijo y enamorarse de la literatura infantil”, dijo al Gazette. “Leía mucho con él e iba a la biblioteca,...

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Shot fired at man on Heath St.

June 6, 2014
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JACKSON SQ.—A hooded gunman fired a shot next to a man walking his dog on Heath Street on the night of May 28, according to a Boston Police report obtained by the Gazette. The unidentified victim was walking the dog around 10:40 p.m. in front of 106 Heath St., a building in the Bromley-Heath...

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The T’s Arborway Yard plan: a recap

June 6, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—The planned, but long-stalled, new MBTA bus facility at the Arborway Yard, the property at Washington Street and the Arborway, has been in the news a lot recently. Most attention has focused on a Jamaica Plain resident’s alternative plan to build the still-unfunded facility on American Legion Highway instead. But it has been...

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First Church UU minister to retire

June 6, 2014
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First Church UU minister to retire

Terry Burke, minister of First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist (UU) for the last 31 years, will retire this month. Burke told the Gazette that he is retiring to focus on his health. He was diagnosed with serious lung cancer in September. He said he’ll also work on writing a novel—and maybe get...

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Children’s Art

June 6, 2014
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Children’s Art

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400 fish die in Jamaica Pond

June 6, 2014
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About 400 dead fish washed ashore in Jamaica Pond over the Memorial Day weekend, a massive die-off apparently caused by warmer temperatures, according to the Boston Parks Department. The fish were mostly perch that had just been placed in the pond in April as part of an annual state fish-stocking program, according to Parks...

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JP Park Party

June 6, 2014
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JP Park Party

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Sights and Sounds, June 6, 2014

June 6, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., June 17 for the June 20 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Annual Neighborhood 5K Run/Walk, led by the Hyde Square Task Force Rookie Runners, to benefit HSTF, Sat., June 7, 8:30am...

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Residents led to Egleston association regroup

June 6, 2014
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About 30 residents gathered in Pablo Calderon’s house in March and told him the Egleston Square area needed a group to help improve the neighborhood. That led to reformation of the Egleston Square Neighborhood Association (ESNA), which Calderon said has drawn about 100 attendees during its first two meetings. “The new Egleston Square Neighborhood...

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Book Box

June 6, 2014
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Book Box

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Parklet could come to Aurum restaurant

June 6, 2014
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JP’s parklet, located last year at 349 Centre St., could find a temporary home this year at Aurum Restaurant at 377 Centre St. Due to ongoing utility work on Centre Street that regularly takes over parking lanes, Boston Transportation Department (BTD) will not be able to install the parklet at its original location outside...

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Regan League to hold end-of-year parade

June 6, 2014
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After canceling its annual Opening Day parade due to weather, the Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League baseball and softball league will hold an “End of Year” Parade on June 28, organizer Harry Smith told the Gazette. The parade will include fire truck and police escort, music, and players from 53 teams marching from the...

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500 Arborway demo timeline coming

June 6, 2014
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The MBTA will issue the timeline for demolition of its office building at 500 Arborway in the next few weeks, MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo told the Gazette. No specific dates are yet known, though Pesaturo previously said demo work would begin this summer. The demolition is part of site preparation for a new bus...

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Baseball Champs

June 6, 2014
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Baseball Champs

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DND holds Heath St. parcels meeting

June 6, 2014
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Following a Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) meeting in April where residents told the City that they want affordable housing on 10 vacant parcels on Bromley, New Heath and Parker streets, DND slated a follow-up on June 5 to tour the site and discuss possible models. The meeting, scheduled after the Gazette deadline, was...

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Meat CSA offered at JP Crossfit

June 6, 2014
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JP Crossfit at 54 Hyde Park Ave. offers something most other Crossfit gyms don’t: a monthly meat-purchasing pick-up. Walden Local Meat Co. offers it wares through a “community-supported agriculture” (CSA) deal, an agreement between farmers and consumers where the customer pre-pays for a share of the farmer’s crop. Walden supplies only grass-fed beef and...

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