Editorial: Rattling the chains

July 18, 2014
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JP debating the arrival of a multinational chain store is nothing new. But in the ever-speeding Manhattan-ization of Boston, the context is now different, and it may well be that such chains are here to stay. The wild gentrification of local housing gets a lot of attention, but it also spurs commercial gentrification. As...

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Letter: Thanks for the farewell—and see you at the library

July 18, 2014
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Thank you so much for the article about my plans to leave my job as the children’s librarian at the Connolly library. (“Connolly children’s library to retire,” June 6.) My immense gratitude also goes to everyone who attended the celebration on June 9. The Friends of the Connolly Branch Library, the staff and a...

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Letter: Gazette is right about Curley House

July 18, 2014
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The final paragraph of your editorial about the future of the Curley House, “What would Curley do?” (July 4), struck a nerve with me. Few Bostonians realize that Boston has the best water in the world as a result of James Michael Curley’s move as governor to create the Quabbin Reservoir. We have the...

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Invitacion, July 18, 2014

July 18, 2014
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 29 de julio al mediodía para la publicación del 1 de agosto. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Reunión para hablar sobre el crimen, para hablar sobre los tiroteos recientes en Stony Brook T/Egleston Square, organizada...

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On the Police Beat, June 29-July 13, 2014

July 18, 2014
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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. July 13: Assault and battery, 20 Amory St.; larceny, 3345 Washington St.; Martin Solivan of Boston charged with...

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Detectives investigate larceny at smoke shop

July 17, 2014
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Detectives investigate larceny at smoke shop

Detectives at Jamaica Plain’s District E-13 are investigating a larceny that occurred Sunday July 13 at the Smoke Shop Variety at 666 Centre St., according to bpdnews.com. Responding officers were informed that a suspect had walked behind the counter and stole an undisclosed amount of money from the register while the store employee was...

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Washington/Green project dropped from agenda

July 15, 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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Man shot at Stony Brook T Station

July 7, 2014
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A man was shot around 8 p.m. tonight near the entrance to the Stony Brook T Station, according to MBTA Transit Police. The 23-year-old victim suffered a wound that Transit Police described as apparently non-life-threatening. Transit Police detectives are investigating. Anyone with information can contact the Criminal Investigation Unit at 617-222-1050 or anonymously by texting...

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

July 7, 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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BLC holds demo delay hearing tomorrow

July 7, 2014
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The Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) will hold a demolition delay hearing on 213 Lamartine St. tomorrow evening at City Hall, according to the BLC meeting agenda. The plan would demolish the existing two-family house and replace it with a three-unit building. The demolition delay ordinance, which is Article 85 of the zoning code, requires...

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Washington/Green project pulled from Zoning agenda

July 7, 2014
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A revived proposal for a mixed-use redevelopment of properties at 3371-3375 Washington St. and 197-201 Green St. have been withdrawn from the agenda of the July 16 Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee meeting. The withdrawal came at the request of project attorney Joseph Feaster, according to Zoning Committee chair Dave Baron. Two other...

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City reviewing a reuse for Curley House

July 4, 2014
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City reviewing a reuse for Curley House

PONDSIDE—Stalled plans to revive the long-underused historic home of legendary Boston politician James Michael Curley are getting a second look from Mayor Martin Walsh’s new administration. Richard Dennis, head of a friends group for the 350 Jamaicaway mansion, aims to turn it into a museum and events rental space. “It appears the requested use...

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Local LGBT activist visits Cuba

July 4, 2014
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Local LGBT activist visits Cuba

Local LGBT educator and author Robyn Ochs traveled to Cuba in May as part of that country’s Jornada Contra la Homofobia event, part of the worldwide International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). Ochs and spouse Peg Preble, a well-known Jamaica Plain electrician, were part of a 20-strong delegation that received rare travel visas...

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Renovation of White Stadium on hold

July 4, 2014
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PARKSIDE—The renovation of Franklin Park’s White Stadium has been delayed and might even be canceled, according to a mass email from the Franklin Park Coalition (FPC). But the organization that is partnering with the City for the renovation says it remains “excited” for the project and looks forward to moving forward. Former Mayor Thomas...

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La guardería de Shattuck dado un golpe fuerte

July 4, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—Esta semana la guardería subsidiada por el estado, Shattuck Child Care Center, fue excluida del presupuesto estatal durante charlas de reconciliación del presupuesto del Senado y la Cámara. La guardería había esperado tener un sitio permanente, pero tiene que encontrar un nuevo sitio dentro de un año o dejará de existir. Según Clare...

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Business organization opposes chain café

July 4, 2014
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The nonprofit local business organization JP Local First has issued a letter opposing the opening of a U.K.-based coffee franchise on Centre Street. The local Main Streets organization’s board opposes it as well and is actively seeking alternatives. Caffè Nero, similar to Starbucks or Au Bon Pain, is planning on opening its second American...

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Two men shot, one fatally

July 4, 2014
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Two 24-year-old men were shot—one fatally—on the morning of Sunday June 22 in the area of School and Arcadia streets, according to bpdnews.com. Officers responded to a report of two people shot at about 1:50 a.m. on Sunday June 22 and found two men suffering from gunshot wounds. Both men were transported to Brigham...

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Shattuck child care center dealt crucial blow

July 4, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—The state-subsidized Shattuck Child Care Center was written out of the state budget during Senate and House budget reconciliation talks this week, gutting the center’s hopes for a permanent home. The center currently has one year to find a new home or be shut down. According to Clare Reilly, a member of the...

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Where to watch the Cup in JP

July 4, 2014
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With the soccer World Cup quarter finals currently underway, Jamaica Plain is getting into the swing of watching the soccer matches. Most bars in JP are showing the matches live. A few have added Cup-specific specials to enhance JP’s cheering pleasure. The Haven, 2 Perkins St., 524-2836: halftime “Pint and a Pie” special, $10;...

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Work starts at 57 Wachusett

July 4, 2014
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Work starts at 57 Wachusett

Neighbors and the developer of a controversial residential project proposed at 57 Wachusett St. met June 23, but what happened at the meeting remains unknown. The developer has already started construction at an adjacent lot. Local resident Tess Pope said the developer, Stephen Ballas, has asked attendees not to speak with the press. But,...

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New Mural

July 4, 2014
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New Mural

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Footlight Club fundraising for total renovation

July 4, 2014
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The Footlight Club—America’s oldest community theater— is working on raising up to $186,000 to upgrade its fire alarm and safety systems as part of a massive renovation to its Eliot St. home. Maria Wardwell, Footlight Club board president, told the Gazette that, while the building is safe and has all its safety permits, the...

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Suspect arrested in Arboretum sexual assault

July 4, 2014
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ARBORWAY—A suspect has been arrested in a June 25 sexual assault and robbery at the Arnold Arboretum, according Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. The suspect, 23-year-old Ashton Davis, was arrested the following day by the Boston Police Department (BPD). Data from a GPS bracelet that Davis was wearing due to another case helped lead...

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Teardown projects return to agenda

July 4, 2014
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Three different controversial plans to tear down existing buildings and replace them with denser development return July 16 to the agenda of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee. And another teardown project at 213 Lamartine St. goes before the Boston Landmarks Commission on July 8. The teardown projects on the Zoning Committee’s agenda...

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