Op-Ed: How Boston Public Works helps you

October 14, 2016
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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 potholes, sidewalks, and other...

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Mayor Walsh learns from China’s authoritarianism

October 14, 2016
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Mayor Walsh seems to have learned about more than just climate change during his recent trip to China. Apparently, he also learned how to apply an authoritarian approach to land-use decisions. I am referring to the JP/ROX development plan, which is being rushed to adoption by the Boston Planning & Development Agency, while citizen...

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JPNC attempts to jumpstart parkway improvement project

September 23, 2016
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council has sent a letter to the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), attempting to jumpstart the department’s plan for improving safety and access to the parklands and parkways of the Emerald Necklace in Jamaica Plain. DCR Commissioner Leo Roy responded to JPNC with a letter saying that the...

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Celina Miranda takes on leadership of HSTF

September 23, 2016
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Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) is having a busy year, including celebrating its 25th anniversary and hopefully finishing the renovation of its Cheverus Building. Entering that fold is the new executive director of Hyde Square Task Force, Celina Miranda, who is optimistic about the next 25 years for the organization. Miranda boasts a productive...

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LATIN QUARTER FIESTA

September 23, 2016
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LATIN QUARTER FIESTA

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Celina Miranda asume el liderazgo de HSTF

September 23, 2016
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Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) ha tenido un año de mucha actividad, que incluye la celebración de su vigésimo quinto aniversario, la renovación del edificio Cheverus, y recientemente la llegada de la nueva directora ejecutiva de Hyde Square Task Force. Celina Miranda tiene mucho optimismo en cuanto a los próximos 25 años de la...

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Marijuana amendment passes Zoning Commission, limits locations

September 23, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Special to the Gazette An amendment to the City’s Zoning Code that would put in place a half-mile buffer zone on medical marijuana dispensaries, long championed by Councilor Michael Flaherty, passed unanimously this month at the City’s Zoning Commission. It is now in effect and prevents medical marijuana dispensaries from locating...

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Possible new dog park still in the works

September 23, 2016
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Since the tightening of off-leash restrictions for dogs at Beecher Street Park, City Councilor Matt O’Malley and dog owners in Jamaica Plain have been working to establish a legal dog park somewhere in the Southwest Corridor Park. O’Malley, who has voiced his support for a dog park previously, is working with state Department of...

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Chang-Diaz, Malia cruise to victory

September 23, 2016
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Local elected officials Sonia Chang-Diaz and Liz Malia cruised to victory in their respective races during the primary election on Sept. 8. Chang-Diaz, the Democratic state senator for the 2nd Suffolk District, garnered 7,330 votes, or 79 percent of voters, besting her challenger Roy Owens, who collected 1,857 votes. Malia, the Democratic state representative...

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JP Observer: Long-needed rec facility could be built here with more funding

September 23, 2016
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A fabulous Jackson Square Recreation Center (JSRC), a dream of the community for years, could actually come true. The plan for the facility on Columbus Avenue on the Jamaica Plain/Roxbury border is the result of an incredible amount of cooperation among a variety of individuals and organizations for more than 18 years. According to...

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Cultural grant applications available

September 23, 2016
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Applications are now available for the 2017 Boston Cultural Council Grants from the Boston Cultural Commission, according to a press release. More than $450,000 will be awarded to organizations and projects in Boston that address the goals of the Boston Creates Cultural Plan. The Boston Creates Cultural Plan was created out of a year-long...

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Real Estate Today: State of the market

September 23, 2016
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While the JP real estate market has been strong this year, the September rental season saw a slight decline, according to real estate agent Rachael Kulik at JP Rentals. She says that in general, more and more people have become interested in Jamaica Plain, and prices have consistently been rising. Kulik provides an example...

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Real Estate Today: JPNC sends letter to mayor, BRA critiquing planning study

September 23, 2016
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) has sent Mayor Martin Walsh and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) a letter critiquing the draft copy of the Plan: JP/Rox planning study, including over its affordability, design guidelines, and transportation parts. The BRA is scheduled to host a workshop on the planning study Sept. 21, after the...

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Real Estate Today: ZBA hearing scheduled for 64 Allandale St. project, opposition remains

September 23, 2016
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A Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) hearing has been scheduled for the controversial 64 Allandale St. project for Sept. 27 at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall. The City is also slated to host a community meeting for the project on Sept. 22, after the Gazette deadline. The project was approved by the Boston Redevelopment...

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JP Agenda, Sept. 23, 2016

September 23, 2016
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El plazo para la sección de participación es al mediodía, martes, el 11 de octubre para la edición del 14 de octubre. Mande eventos a [email protected] Note: marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Conversación comunitaria sobre la extensión de la línea verde, jueves, 29 sept, 7pm, Connolly Branch Library,...

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Sights and Sounds, Sept. 23, 2016

September 23, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Oct. 11 for the Oct. 14 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events Franklin Park’s Run Wild 5k, Sept. 24. All ages invited to participate in the race, which includes prizes for the...

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Op-Ed: Welcome back to school

September 23, 2016
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By Mayor Martin Walsh On Thursday, Sept. 8, Boston Public Schools (BPS) began classes for their first day of school. I hope BPS teachers, parents, and students have had a restful summer, and are excited to start another great school year. I know I’m excited — I visited Boston schools throughout the city on...

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Invitacion, Sept. 23, 2016

September 23, 2016
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El plazo para la sección de participación es al mediodía, martes, el 11 de octubre para la edición del 14 de octubre. Mande eventos a [email protected] Note: marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Conversación comunitaria sobre la extensión de la línea verde, jueves, 29 sept, 7pm, Connolly Branch Library,...

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Op-Ed: Preparing Boston children to take the exam school entrance test

September 23, 2016
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By Superintendent Tommy Chang As we start the 2016-2017 school year, we are setting out to increase awareness of the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) for entrance to the city’s three examination schools, Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School, and John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics & Science, and highlight that these schools with...

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Letter: Residents deserve long-awaited parkway improvements

September 23, 2016
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It has been nearly a year since the DCR last updated our community regarding its effort towards “Improved Multi-modal Safety and Access to the Emerald Necklace Parkways in Jamaica Plain” and it is high time the department did so. After some two decades of studies and planning concerning the corridor, the tens of thousands...

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Letter: Allandale St. project a bad idea

September 23, 2016
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The 64 Allandale St. proposal to build 20 “green” units and 47 parking spaces on a less than a two-acre lot adjacent to a Boston park has received overwhelming neighborhood opposition. That concern is not just for the extreme environmental costs in developing this site with such density but also for the Wonder Group’s...

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JPNC’s Zoning Committee green lights another Goddard House approval

September 9, 2016
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) Zoning Committee ultimately approved on Aug. 24 the proposed development at the old Goddard House building on South Huntington Ave with a close 5-4 vote, despite some neighbors’ disapproval. The project had already been approved by the JPNC Zoning Committee and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), but needs...

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Q. and A. with John Swan about his wife’s memoir

September 9, 2016
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Dale Swan was a Jamaica Plain resident who died from cancer in 2015. While she was dying, she wrote a book about her life called, “My Life as Compost.” Dale Swan died before finishing the book, but her husband John Swan helped complete and edit the book. (Editor’s note: John Swan is a former...

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CONSTRUCTION HAS STARTED

September 9, 2016
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CONSTRUCTION HAS STARTED

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