ZBA to work more, appear on TV

August 1, 2014
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The City’s Zoning Board of Appeals will hold longer hearings that will be televised and live-streamed online, in a move to boost speed and transparency. Mayor Martin Walsh and the City’s Inspectional Services Department announced the changes, effective Aug. 5. Currently, applicants seeking zoning variances face a wait list of up to six months...

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New beetle infestation pesters Arboretum

July 30, 2014
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Jamaica Plain is facing another infestation of a tree-killing beetle, just months after the end of a multi-year quarantine related to a different insect. A single specimen of the emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle was found in a trap at the Arnold Arboretum on July 16, and was confirmed by federal officials on July...

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Egleston block eyed for massive mixed-use project

July 18, 2014
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Egleston block eyed for massive mixed-use project

EGLESTON SQ.—A block of Washington Street that includes former plumbing company and car garage is being eyed for an energy-efficient, mixed-use development. Developers Dan Mangiacotti and Paul Iantosca are looking to redevelop the 3190-3204 block of Washington Street, between Montebello and Iffley roads, into ground-level retail and housing with “some sustainability and energy conservation...

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JP Porchfest set to rock July 19

July 18, 2014
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JP Porchfest set to rock July 19

More than 30 bands are set to jam for the first annual Jamaica Plain Porchfest, which will kickoff tomorrow, July 19. The event will have bands play on the porches of houses throughout JP. Marie Ghitman and Mindy Fried are organizing the music event, which is similar to the Somerville Porchfest. “This is a...

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Illegal bike path found in Parkman woods

July 18, 2014
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Illegal bike path found in Parkman woods

A “rogue operation” by unknown dirt-bikers created an illegal dirt-bike path in the woodlands next to the Francis Parkman Memorial. The City is saying it has not given anyone permission to build such a path and are looking into fixing the problem. The Parkman Memorial woodland is located next to Jamaica Pond and is...

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Cuadra de Egleston posible sitio para proyecto masivo multiuso

July 18, 2014
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Cuadra de Egleston posible sitio para proyecto masivo multiuso

EGLESTON SQ.— Se quiere convertir una cuadra de Washington Street que incluye una compañía de plomería y un garaje en una instalación eficiente multiuso. Según su abogado Joe Hanley de McDermott, Quilty & Miller, los diseñadores Dan Mangiacotta y Paul Iantosca buscan convertir la cuadra en 3190-3204 de Washington Street — entre las calles...

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2 wounded in shooting incidents

July 18, 2014
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EGLESTON SQ.—Two recent shooting incidents in Egleston Square left two men wounded, according to MBTA and Boston police. Coming on the heels of a fatal shooting in that area last month, the gunfire is spurring crime concerns. Local City Councilor Matt O’Malley is holding a community meeting about the issue on July 21. On...

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JP BAPA joins chain café opposition

July 18, 2014
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Following in the footsteps of other JP business organizations, the Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association (JP BAPA) has penned a letter of opposition to the opening of a U.K.-based coffee franchise on Centre Street. Caffè Nero is planning on opening its second American location at 733 Centre St., the former home of the...

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Hyde Sq. residents weigh in on improvement plan

July 18, 2014
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The City held on July 8 its second meeting on the Jamaica Plain/South/Hyde/Jackson Design Projects, which focused on the Hyde Square portion of the project. Attendees’ suggestions for improvement ranging from raised crosswalks to making the area the entryway to the Latin Quarter. About 15 people attended the meeting at the Kennedy Elementary School....

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First Thursday is booming

July 18, 2014
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The monthly “First Thursday” neighborhood art walk has reached its highest level of participation ever, Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS) Executive Director Andrew Zarro told the Gazette. Participation is up to about 50 businesses from 12 when Zarro took the helm in late 2012. “The program was dead,” and there had even been conversations about...

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500 Arborway demo delayed

July 18, 2014
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Demolition of the recently vacated MBTA building at 500 Arborway will not happen this summer as previously announced. Instead, bids for the project will go out in the fall, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. No specific demolition dates are yet known. The MBTA usually takes two to three months to select a contractor,...

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JP Observer: In traffic, a little kindness makes a big change

July 18, 2014
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Anyone who has lived here a while has got to have noticed that traffic has increased immensely in JP. Cars and trucks and buses line up for blocks on our main boulevards, leaving vehicles on side streets just yearning to get into the flow. In mid-December, in line at Stop & Shop in Jackson...

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Washington/Green project dropped from agenda

July 18, 2014
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The status of a proposed development along Washington and Green streets is unclear, as it was supposed to appear for the second time before the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee on July 16 before being pulled from the agenda. The project is scheduled to appear before the City’s Zoning Boards of Appeals (ZBA)...

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VA seeks brain donations for ALS project

July 18, 2014
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital at 150 S. Huntington Ave. wants veterans’ brains. As the home of an ongoing national research study on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, the VA Biorepository Brain Bank (VABBB) is collecting vital information on living vets, both with and without ALS. And yes,...

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BLC imposes demo delay on Lamartine house

July 18, 2014
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The Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) voted unanimously on July 8 to impose a 90-day demolition delay on a proposed redevelopment project at 213 Lamartine St. The developer, Paul O’Connell, has plans to demolish the existing two-family house dating to the 1800s at 213 Lamartine St. and replace it with a three-unit building. He did...

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Senator’s father faces Mars rocket debate

July 18, 2014
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While local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz has an electoral challenge this fall, her astronaut father faces a debate of his own—over his plans for a rocket to travel to Mars. Dr. Franklin Chang-Díaz is a former Space Shuttle astronaut who tied the record for most spaceflights at seven. He teaches physics and astronomy at...

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Stage Star

July 18, 2014
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Sights and Sounds, July 18, 2014

July 18, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., July 29 for the Aug. 1 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Hyde Square Task Force Summer Nights Out, Blessed Sacrament Church Plaza, 365 Centre St., 6-7:30pm. Tues., July 22: Latin Dance....

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Local dry cleaners abandon toxic process

July 18, 2014
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Local dry cleaners abandon toxic process

HYDE SQ.—J&P Dry Cleaners is undergoing the costly process of abandoning toxic dry-cleaning chemicals. J&P, opening a third storefront at 300B Centre St. this month, is part of a local chain owned by JP resident Myra Vargas and her family. Decades into dealing with toxic chemicals, Vargas decided to go green. Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene), or...

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Obituary: Howard F. Lehr; JP resident and electrical contractor

July 18, 2014
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Obituary: Howard F. Lehr; JP resident and electrical contractor

Howard F. Lehr, 73, passed away unexpectedly while on vacation in Dublin, Ireland on June 25, 2014. Beloved husband of the late Nancy G. Lehr, he leaves behind his daughters Virginia G. Lehr-LaGanke, of Bellingham, Mass., and Cynthia J. Holden and husband Thomas, of Arden Hills, Minn.; his grandchildren Matthew J. LaGanke and Nicole...

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DA: Hit-and-run driver crashed into house

July 18, 2014
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PARKSIDE—A police chase following a Dorchester hit-and-run incident on July 10 ended with the suspect crashing into a Jamaica Plain house, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Manuel Afonseca, 32, was being held on $10,000 bail on various charges, including two hit-and-run counts. The incident began around 8 p.m. when witnesses in...

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Local rep. helps pass state budget

July 18, 2014
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Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez recently joined his colleagues in passing a $36 billion state budget that included a number of initiatives that he advocated, including improving public health practices and ensuring youth safety, according to a press release. Gov. Deval Patrick signed the state budget into law on July 11. The state budget...

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One local official faces challengers

July 18, 2014
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One local elected official will face a challenger in the Sept. 9 primary election, while three other officials are running unopposed. Democrat state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz (2nd Suffolk District) will face Roy Owens, a regular candidate for elected office, in the primary. The winner will face in November’s general election David James Wyatt, another...

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JP Regan Youth League concludes 45th season

July 18, 2014
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JP Regan Youth League concludes 45th season

By Harry Smith/Special to the Gazette The 45th season of the JP Regan Youth League has come to a close with another great year of tight pennant races, thrilling championship games, and friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. The League continued to reflect the diversity of the neighborhood, with 850 boys and...

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