Letter: Drought is bad for business

September 9, 2016
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All of the patches of brown grass around Jamaica Plain have got me worried. Worried about our businesses. Yes, our businesses. This summer we have seen record rainfall lows and temperature highs. Thanks to climate change, our entire region is in a serious drought. As detrimental as that has been to our vibrant green...

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Letter: Use Plan: JP/Rox to support local business

September 9, 2016
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In 2014 Manuel Mejia, owner of Pin Bochinche Restaurant in Egleston Square, and six other business owners were facing eviction or a 65 percent increase in location costs. The situation was dire. “Our businesses will not be able to survive…our customers are primarily people in this neighborhood, people who have modest incomes. We can’t...

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Letter: Jamaica Plain dog parks

September 9, 2016
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If we are to have more dog parks in Jamaica Plain, the community needs to make it happen. The drive and impetus needs to come from the people, as the City and the State won’t make it happen without this effort, especially when budgets continue to be cut. The Southwest Corridor Park is a...

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Op-Ed: How Boston Public Works helps you

September 9, 2016
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By Mayor Martin Walsh While we may want to think that winter is a long way away, the reality is that the season is just around the corner. In order to keep our infrastructure winter-ready, our Department of Public Works has spent the summer preparing our City for snowier days. They have been repairing...

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Op-Ed: Legislative wrap-up

September 9, 2016
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By State Rep. Liz Malia This July 31 marked the end of a productive two-year (2015 to 2016) legislative session that included the passage of many major bills related to substance abuse and addiction treatment services, criminal justice reform, civil rights, service members and seniors, energy, economic development, and regulatory reform. My colleagues and...

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JPers head to the polls Sept. 8 for state primary

August 26, 2016
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Jamaica Plain voters will head to the polls Sept. 8 for the state primary, which will feature several local contested races. Democratic state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (2nd Suffolk District) is battling Roy Owens, a regular candidate for elected office, to remain in her seat, while Democratic state Rep. Liz Malia (11th Suffolk District) will...

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Most attendees at 76 Stonley Road meeting agreeable to new plan

August 26, 2016
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By Sara Selevitch Special to the Gazette Roughly twenty people gathered in the English High School cafeteria on Aug. 16 to discuss revisions to the 76 Stonley Road project proposal, with most attendees agreeable to the new plan.          Development team members Bryan Austin and Lucio Trabucco made their way through several of the...

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La mayoría de los asistentes aceptan el nuevo plan para 76 Stonley Road

August 26, 2016
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De Sara Selevitch Especial a la Gaceta Aproximadamente veinte personas se reunieron en la cafetería de English High School el 16 de agosto para discutir las revisiones al propuesto proyecto en 76 Stonley Road, y la mayoría de los asistentes aceptaron el nuevo plan. Miembros del equipo de desarrollo Bryan Austin y Lucio Trabucco...

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Effort underway to bring JP a dog park after City shuts down Beecher Street

August 26, 2016
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Jamaica Plain dog owners and City Councilor Matt O’Malley are taking actions to establish a legal dog park in the neighborhood, potentially on the Southwest Corridor Park, after the City shut down the informal dog space at the Beecher Street Park. The effort comes following the Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) recent removal...

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BOSTON FILM GALA EXHIBITOR

August 26, 2016
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BOSTON FILM GALA EXHIBITOR

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Shattuck Child Care Center is granted extension to stay on campus

August 26, 2016
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The state has granted the Shattuck Child Care Center (SCCC) an extension to the end of June to remain on the Shattuck Hospital campus. The center had previously been told that it needed to vacate by the end of September. The state plans to demolish the building that currently houses the center. The center,...

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JP Observer: Local woman at hub of green space communications

August 26, 2016
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Everyone who knows her pretty much agrees: Sarah Freeman is a force of nature. The Jamaica Plain resident exhibits relentless energy to keep the community informed about and advocate for the outdoors. For years, Freeman, on behalf of the Arborway Coalition, has sent at least one email a week to what is now a...

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Santander donates funds to Urban Edge

August 26, 2016
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Urban Edge recently received a $35,000 grant from Santander Bank to supplement its Homeowner and Financial Education program, according to a press release. The program offers first-time homebuyer education, foreclosure prevention counseling and student loan counseling. Santander’s funding is through its charitable grant program, which supports initiatives in financial education, neighborhood revitalization, small business...

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Invitacion, Aug. 26, 2016

August 26, 2016
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El plazo para la sección de participación es al mediodía, martes, el 6 de septiembre para la edición del 9 de septiembre. Mande eventos a [email protected] Note: marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones JPNC, reunión mensual, martes, 30 ago, 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90 South Street. Abierta al público. Relaciones...

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Jackson Sq. Site III approved

August 26, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) during its Aug. 11 meeting approved Site III of the Jackson Square redevelopment. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) with their partner The Community Builders (TCB) are the developers for the Site III project. About 11 acres of land in Jackson Square are being redeveloped by a team...

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BRA board approves City Realty’s Washington St. development

August 26, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board during its Aug. 11 meeting approved the controversial development proposal for 3193 Washington St. City Realty’s plan for a 40-unit development at 3193 Washington St. will now head to the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals, as it needs several variances to be approved. The development at 3193 Washington...

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City releases RFP for Hyde Square art installation

August 26, 2016
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The City recently released a request for proposal (RFP) for an art installation in Hyde Square, according to a press release. The art installation will be implemented as part of a reconstruction of Hyde Square. That reconstruction is a phase of the Jamaica Plain/South/Hyde/Jackson Design Projects. The project will stretch along Centre Street from...

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HSTF NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

August 26, 2016
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HSTF NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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BRA releases draft of Plan: JP/Rox

August 26, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority released a draft copy of the Plan: JP/Rox planning study last month and it incorporates much of what has been discussed in the many community meetings and workshops, including the possibility of having 15-story buildings in some areas of the neighborhood. Plan: JP/Rox is the long-awaited planning study for the...

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JP Agenda, Aug. 26, 2016

August 26, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Sept. 6 for the Sept. 9 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JP Problem Properties Committee, first Wednesday of the month, 10:30am, E-13 Police Station Community Room, 3347 Washington St. Info: Liana Poston,...

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Sights and Sounds, Aug. 26, 2016

August 26, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Sept. 6 for the Sept. 9 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events 21st Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain, at Franklin Park Zoo Tropical Forest Pavilion. Sept. 15, 6-9pm. Good food, good fun,...

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Letter: Sidewalk trees are pleasant

August 26, 2016
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As Jamaica Plain residents we are privileged to have some of the city’s best parks right in our neighborhood. And sidewalk trees go a long way toward making the city a more pleasant place to be. A tree that has pushed through the sidewalk has likely been there for a while, and let’s face...

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Letter: Vote no on Questions 2

August 26, 2016
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I have worked for 10 plus years in traditional public schools, charter schools, and the central office of a large urban school district. I have worked in schools in three states. Based on my experience as a teacher, as a student of education policy, and now as a parent, I think that Question 2,...

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Letter: Local elections matter

August 26, 2016
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As the co-chairs of the Jamaica Plain Progressives, we urge our neighbors in JP to support Katie Forde for the Suffolk County Register of Deeds. The reasons to support Katie are both practical and political. As a practical matter, Katie is the only candidate with the needed experience. The registry is critical to anyone buying...

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