JP resident launches Internet mapping initiative

January 16, 2015
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Charles McEnerney, a Jamaica Plain marketing consultant, has launched a mapping initiative he hopes will lead to more Internet options for the neighborhood. “Monopolies are not good for consumers and I just want there to be more choice for residents in JP and, ultimately, all of Boston,” said McEnerney in an email to the...

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Martinez resigns from HSTF, School Committee

January 16, 2015
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Martinez resigns from HSTF, School Committee

Claudio Martinez, the longtime executive director of the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF), has resigned from that position, as well as his Boston School Committee seat. HSTF is a youth leadership organization. Yi-Chin Chen has taken over as interim executive director. Martinez said in an email to the Gazette that he was unavailable to...

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O’Malley to run for reelection

January 16, 2015
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District 6 City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who lives in Jamaica Plain, has told the Gazette he will be running for reelection this year. O’Malley is currently in his second full term, having also served a half term after winning a special election when John Tobin vacated the seat to join Northeastern University. He said...

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Park area clear-cut without input

January 16, 2015
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Park area clear-cut without input

The MBTA cleared the proposed Southwest Corridor Park (SWCP) Greenway Extension of nearly all its trees last month, without input from neighbors working to officially add that area to the SWCP. The MBTA told the Gazette that the clear-cutting was necessary to survey the land for park expansion. Taking advantage of two major developments...

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Hoopz Excellence

January 16, 2015
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Hoopz Excellence

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JP man charged with South End murder

January 16, 2015
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Jamaica Plain resident Johnnie Bonnie was charged last month with first-degree murder and several other offenses for a June 29 South End shooting that killed 17-year-old Evens Archer, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Besides the murder charge, Bonnie also faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition...

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Caribbean Advice

January 16, 2015
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Caribbean Advice

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JP Agenda, Jan. 16, 2015

January 16, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Jan. 27 for the Jan. 30 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Rethinking Transit, discussion on possible extension of Green Line to Hyde Square, featuring Stephanie Pollack of Dukakis Center for Urban and...

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Bottom Line

January 16, 2015
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Bottom Line

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Nonprofit developers hope to build 40 units on Heath St. parcels

January 16, 2015
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Two nonprofit developers specializing in affordable housing—the Back of the Hill Community Development Corporation (BOTH CDC) and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC)—presented a draft plan to develop about 40 housing units in a four-story building on City-owned parcels on Heath Street. The two organizations—which previously co-developed the Back of the Hill housing—...

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Care for Youths

January 16, 2015
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Care for Youths

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Sights and Sounds, Jan. 16, 2015

January 16, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Jan. 27 for the Jan. 30 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day of service at Franklin Park, Jan. 19, 10am-3pm, meet at the Franklin Park Golf...

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JP History: The Boston Public Library in JP

January 16, 2015
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The Connolly Branch—then still called the Boylston Branch—leased 816 square feet for a reading room, shown in this photo. The limestone building on Centre Street opened in 1932. (Photo Courtesy Boston Public Library)

The Boston Public Library (BPL) has been bringing literary joy to Jamaica Plain since 1876, from reading rooms and book depositories, to the first neighborhood branch, to a massive upcoming renovation. The Jamaica Plain Branch began its life in 1876, as a small Reading Room in Curtis Hall at 20 South St., with books...

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JP History: This Week in JP History

January 16, 2015
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The Gazette’s top headlines from this week in JP history: 5 years ago: 2010 “JP man charged with New Year’s hate crime” A Jamaica Plain man, Herbert A. Malloy of Weld Hill St., was charged with a hate crime after allegedly attacking a local lesbian couple for holding hands and kissing on Weld Hill...

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Green energy firm to pay $4m settlement

January 16, 2015
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Utility company Just Energy, who tried to sign up Jamaica Plain customers in 2010, has agreed to pay $4 million to settle allegations of deceptive marketing. Attorney General Martha Coakley announced last week that Just Energy will pay a total of $4 million, including $3.8 million to an independent trust fund for purposes of...

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DCR to study bike lanes in parkway system

January 16, 2015
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced last month that it will review its parkway system to find locations where bike lanes and improvements could be installed, according to a press release. DCR parkways in Jamaica Plain include the Jamaicaway and the Arborway. Bike lanes were installed and then removed on the...

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Teacher announces 2nd City Council run

January 16, 2015
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Teacher announces 2nd City Council run

Dorchester resident and Boston Public Schools teacher Annissa Essaibi George is throwing her hat in the ring for a second time, announcing Dec. 12 that she will be running for an at-large City Council seat in 2015, according to a press release. She finished fifth in 2013, behind Stephen Murphy. The top four receive...

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Student population drops by 30%

January 16, 2015
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Jamaica Plain’s student population has dropped by nearly one-third in the past year, according to an annual City census. In fall 2014, JP’s reported student population was 1,168: 637 grad students and 531 undergrads. That means about 3 percent of JP residents are students, though the number is likely to be slightly higher due...

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JP minister charged in Ferguson protest

January 16, 2015
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The Jamaica Plain minister who continues to train demonstrators in Ferguson, Mo., is facing charges for his dramatic attempt to head off a police confrontation there. Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou of JP’s First Baptist Church was arrested in late September when he knelt in prayer in front of the Ferguson Police Department as armed...

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On the Police Beat, Dec. 7, 2014-Jan. 11, 2015

January 16, 2015
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The following police incident reports are public records provided by the Community Service Office of the District E-13 Police Station, which is solely responsible for their content. All suspects are innocent unless proven guilty in court. Jan. 11: Hit and run (property), School St.; Roberto Castro of Roxbury and Raul Davila of Boston charged...

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Justice Teach-In

January 16, 2015
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Justice Teach-In

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Invictacion, Jan. 16, 2015

January 16, 2015
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 27 de enero al mediodía para la publicación del 30 de enero. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marque el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Comité del medio ambiente, parques y energía de JPNC, agenda se anunciará, 19 enero, 6pm, JFK School, 7...

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Cheverus Medal

January 16, 2015
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Cheverus Medal

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Editorial: Seeing through the Olympics game

January 16, 2015
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Without a single public meeting, without talking to a single park advocate, a Boston Olympics bid is now moving forward with national momentum behind it and JP and Franklin Park in its sights. We warned you before that the Olympics works like this: placating the public with nonsense until it’s too late. We will...

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