DA’s Office considers streamlining JP prosecution work

November 7, 2014
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The Suffolk County District Attorney’s (DA) Office held on Sept. 22 a roundtable discussion in Jamaica Plain. Two topics discussed were expanding the boundaries covered by JP’s West Roxbury District Court and having an in-house assistant district attorney at JP’s District E-13 Police Station. Four people attended the meeting at the Nate Smith House....

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Skate park wins DCR funds

November 7, 2014
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Young organizers have independently fund-raised and secured a public/private partnership with the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) for $75,000 to upgrade and maintain a skate park on the Southwest Corridor Park (SWCP). According to SWCP Parkland Management Advisory Committee (PMAC) President Janet Hunkel, the grant means the skate park is a “legit...

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English High Reunion

November 7, 2014
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English High Reunion

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Menino memorial arrangements announced

October 30, 2014
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Former Mayor Thomas Menino, who died yesterday, will lie in state at Faneuil Hall downtown on Sun., Nov. 2, according to an official memorial website. The event will be open to the public starting at 10 a.m. that day. A private funeral Mass will follow on Mon., Nov. 3 at noon at Most Precious...

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How to send condolences to Menino family

October 30, 2014
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Anyone wishing to share memories and condolences with the family of the late former Mayor Thomas Menino can do so in several ways, the City announced today. A memorial area in the lobby of Boston City Hall is open until 11 p.m. tonight, Oct. 30. Starting tomorrow, Oct. 31, condolence books will be available...

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‘A giant is gone': Locals mourn Menino

October 30, 2014
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By Peter Shanley, Rebeca Oliveira and John Ruch/Gazette Staff A “legend.” A “giant.” A “champion of the underdog.” Those are just a few of the ways local leaders remember former Mayor Thomas Menino, who died today, as seen in the following quotes. The Gazette will continue to update this story with more local tributes....

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Former Mayor Menino, city’s 20-year leader, dies

October 30, 2014
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Former Mayor Menino, city’s 20-year leader, dies

Former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who led the city for an unprecedented 20 years before choosing not to run again last year, died this morning after a long and public battle with cancer, his family announced. Menino, 71, began his first term as mayor in 1993. For 10 years before that, he served...

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Former Mayor Menino ‘suspends’ his cancer treatment

October 24, 2014
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Former Mayor Menino ‘suspends’ his cancer treatment

Former Mayor Thomas Menino announced yesterday that he is “suspending” his medical treatments for advanced, reportedly inoperable cancer. He also halted the promotional tour for his new book, “Mayor for a New America.” While Menino’s announcement also said he will “continue to fight this terrible disease,” it is being widely read as an end-of-life decision....

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Homeless care project breaks ground

October 24, 2014
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Homeless care project breaks ground

PARKSIDE—After four years of planning, a two-year lawsuit and a lively community process, a new Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) respite care facility at 461 Walnut Ave. broke ground earlier this month. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) development, now called Walnut Avenue Apartments, will turn the former Barbara McInnis House,...

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Mayor’s rep walks JP, street by street

October 24, 2014
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Mayor’s rep walks JP, street by street

Jullieanne Doherty, Jamaica Plain’s neighborhood coordinator from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, has been getting plenty of chances to wear down her walking shoes over the last six weeks. Mayor Martin Walsh last month announced NEW (Neighborhood Engagement Walks) Boston, a comprehensive audit of every street in every neighborhood across Boston last month....

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Voters face big choices on Nov. 4 ballot

October 24, 2014
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Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker are fighting it out in a close gubernatorial race, while three other candidates trail far behind in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 4 general election. Meanwhile, in the only competitive local election, Democrat  state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz (2nd Suffolk District) will face Republican David James...

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Decisiones importantes en la elección del 4 de noviembre

October 24, 2014
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La demócrata Martha Coakley y el republicano Charlie Baker se enfrentan en la estrecha carrera para gobernador, mientras que otros tres candidatos se han quedado muy atrás en las semanas previas a la elección general del 4 de noviembre. Mientras tanto, en la única elección local competitiva, la Senadora del Estado demócrata Sonia Chang-Diaz...

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JP resident featured in ACLU report on BPD racial profiling

October 24, 2014
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JP resident featured in ACLU report on BPD racial profiling

The Boston Police Department has a pattern of racial profiling in stop-and-frisk incidents, claims a new report from the state’s American Civil Liberties Union chapter that highlights a Jamaica Plain resident’s experiences. Ivan Richiez, a longtime resident of JP’s South Street Apartments, appears on the front page of the report, titled, “Black, Brown and...

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1 wounded in shooting

October 24, 2014
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HYDE SQ.—An unidentified victim was shot in the leg on the afternoon of Oct. 15 near the Pimentel Market at 340 Centre St. The victim survived and was hospitalized, according to the Boston Police Department. A Roxbury man arrested on gun charges that night in Mozart Park was friends with the victim, the Suffolk...

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Caregiver Walk

October 24, 2014
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Caregiver Walk

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Sen. Chang-Díaz weighs in on ballot questions

October 24, 2014
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Local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz recently spoke with the Gazette about the four ballot questions that Jamaica Plain voters will help decide on Nov. 4, including her support for the ballot question to overturn the state casino law. Question 3 is about repealing the state casino law, which Chang-Díaz voted against at the State...

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O’Malley votes against council pay raise

October 24, 2014
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City Councilor Matt O’Malley voted against a measure giving councilors a $20,000 raise during a meeting Oct. 8. Despite his no vote, the measure passed with a 9-4 tally. “It’s a little disappointing,” O’Malley, who represents most of Jamaica Plain, said in a Gazette interview. “It’s still too high.” City Council President Bill Linehan...

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JP Observer: New ‘reforms’ could reduce families getting state aid

October 24, 2014
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Most of us like to think we have government programs and funding in place to help poor and disabled people and their children in Massachusetts. We do, to some extent, but the state, under the well-worn label of “reform,” appears to be trying to reduce the number of recipients of Transitional Aid to Needy...

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Mentor Award

October 24, 2014
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Mentor Award

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2 killed in Jamaicaway crash

October 24, 2014
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PONDSIDE—Two women died in a car crash on the Jamaicaway at Perkins Street on Oct. 19. The victims were passengers in a BMW that apparently crossed the center line and struck an oncoming Toyota Camry at around 3 a.m., according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. They were identified only as a 33-year-old...

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Indie bookstore is coming to Green St.

October 24, 2014
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JP CENTER—An independent bookstore created by a Jamaica Plain resident with a background in book publishing is slated to open next month at 5 Green St. Papercuts, JP owned by Kate Layte, a former associate production editor at Little, Brown/Hachette Book Group. The store will carry “a carefully curated selection of new and nearly...

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Sunday Music

October 24, 2014
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Sunday Music

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No timeframe for Arborway crosswalk upgrade

October 24, 2014
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No timeframe for Arborway crosswalk upgrade

ARBORWAY—A local resident is complaining about the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) taking its time making upgrades to a crosswalk on the Arborway. Meanwhile, DCR said those upgrades will happen “shortly,” but had no timeframe for when they would happen. The crosswalk in question is on the state-operated Arborway near the Arnold...

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Sights & Sounds, Oct. 24, 2014

October 24, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Nov. 4 for the Nov. 7 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events JP Forum Community Dance Party, honoring JP change makers, Sat., Oct. 25, 7-10pm, 29 Germania St. Info: facebook.com/events/714358001970478. Egleston Sq....

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