Editorial: Awaiting an answer on mail delivery problems

February 28, 2014
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JP deserves a full explanation about the reasons behind the U.S. Postal Service’s recent delivery problems, and the specifics of a plan to halt them. Considering the large volume of mail and USPS’s endless budget problems, mail delivery in general is quite good. But the recent problems documented by the Gazette over large sections...

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Editorial: A boon to LGBTQ youths

February 28, 2014
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Congratulations to JP’s Katy Erker on her appointment to the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. It is great to see representation on the commission from Jamaica Plain, whose organizations are well-known for its effective LGBTQ activism, particularly on marriage equality and transgender rights. It is even better to see someone of Erker’s background on...

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Letter: Failed logic in T’s rejection of bus yard move

February 28, 2014
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As a 1,000-hour survivor of the Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard process, plus a year of Facility Design Review meetings, I believe Ms. Oliveira’s latest article allowed a glimpse at the biggest reason for our frustrations and disappointments of the past 15 years. (“Support grows for new T bus yard,” Feb. 14.)...

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JPNC Zoning supports take-out license for Cuban restaurant

February 28, 2014
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The Old Havana Restaurant at 349 Centre St. requested support for a take-out license application, and the owners of 83-85 Brookside Ave. requested support for a new rooftop deck, at the Feb. 19 meeting of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) Zoning Committee. According to Committee Chair David Baron, no one on the committee...

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Man shot, seriously wounded

February 28, 2014
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WOODBOURNE—Police found a man shot and seriously wounded behind a Woodbourne home in the early morning hours of Feb. 19, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). Responding around 1 a.m. to a reported shooting, officers found an unidentified man in his 30s lying in a rear driveway behind 381 Hyde Park Ave. He...

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On the Police Beat, Feb. 9-23, 2014

February 28, 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. Feb. 23: Sexual assault (location classified); juvenile charged with trespassing, 934 Parker St.; larceny, 11 Priesing St.; auto...

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Demo delay meeting set for Forest Hills house

February 27, 2014
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A demolition delay meeting has been set for March 5 for a two-story house with a separate garage building at 57 Wachusett St. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Curtis Hall, which is located at 20 South St. The demolition delay ordinance, which is Article 85 of the zoning code, requires an...

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Northeastern Recruits New Class for Youth Education Program

February 27, 2014
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Northeastern University is now accepting applicants for its highly successful Youth Development Initiative Project. YDIP provides middle school youth (students currently in sixth grade) from housing developments neighboring Northeastern with academic and counseling programming during the school year, after school and Saturdays, as well as a six-week summer program that focuses on career exposure,...

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State of Neighborhood event slated for Feb. 27

February 24, 2014
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The fourth annual State of Our Neighborhood Forum, a community conversation about racial justice and equity organized by the Jamaica Plain Forum, is slated for Feb. 27, 6-9 p.m., at the Kennedy Elementary School on Bolster Street. This year’s theme is “Ain’t No One Can Afford This,” about the high cost of living in JP and...

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Officials question Shattuck child care’s pending closure

February 14, 2014
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Officials question Shattuck child care’s pending closure

FOREST HILLS—Seven months after the state-subsidized Shattuck Child Care Center was given its official eviction and de-funding notice, it is no closer to finding a new permanent home, despite getting help from local elected officials.“It’s really unfortunate. Very, very, very sad, really,” said state Rep. Liz Malia, blasting the lack of resolution. “The ...

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Mail problems lead to staff changes

February 14, 2014
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The spate of mail delivery problems that hit Jamaica Plain last month has resulted in managerial changes, according to United States Postal Service spokesperson Melissa Lohnes. The Gazette reported last month that several areas of Jamaica Plain had problems with undelivered mail, including St. Rose, Boylston and Jamaica Streets, as well as Robinwood and...

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English High Art

February 14, 2014
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English High Art

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Gunshot victim was Hennigan student

February 14, 2014
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A 9-year-old boy who was shot and killed in Mattapan, allegedly by his older brother, was a Hennigan Elementary School student, according to Boston Public Schools spokesperson Brian Ballou. The Hennigan School is located at 200 Heath St. in Jamaica Plain. “Counselors are at the school and are available for any students or staff,”...

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Oiste? recibe nuevo director de JP

February 14, 2014
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Oiste? recibe nuevo director de JP

Residente de Jamaica Plain Juan Leyton se quedará a cargo de la organización política latina Oiste? como director interino debido a la salida inesperada se su antigua directora. “Me encanta trabajar con la comunidad latina,” dijo Leyton al Gazette esta semana. “No puedo predecir qué pasará después de conseguir otro director, pero me gustaría...

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JP resident taking over Oiste?

February 14, 2014
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JP resident taking over Oiste?

Jamaica Plain resident Juan Leyton will take up the post of interim director at the Latino political organization Oiste? following the previously director’s exit to lead the City’s Office of New Bostonians (ONB). “I love working with the Latino community,” Leyton told the Gazette this week. “I can’t say what will happen after we...

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Library plans no closures under Walsh

February 14, 2014
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The Boston Public Library (BPL), which proposed highly controversial branch closures under former Mayor Thomas Menino, has no such plans under new Mayor Martin Walsh. “All of our branches—24 in all, plus the Central Library in Copley Square—are open and will remain so,” BPL spokesperson Gina Perille told the Gazette in an email. During...

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Support grows for new T bus yard

February 14, 2014
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Support grows for new T bus yard

FOREST HILLS—Despite the MBTA’s rejection of his proposal to move a proposed permanent bus yard to a new site on American Legion Highway, local activist Allan Ihrer continues to pursue the idea and gather support. Ihrer, a long-time member of the Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard (CPCAY), has proposed building the permanent...

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Felix D. Arroyo to run for register of probate

February 14, 2014
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Former City Councilor Felix D. Arroyo is running for the Suffolk County Register of Probate and Family Court, according to an email blast. Felix D. Arroyo is the father of Felix G. Arroyo, who is also a former city councilor. Felix G. Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident, ran a failed campaign for mayor last...

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Former Main Street director guilty of larceny charges

February 14, 2014
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Carlos Schillaci, former executive director of Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS), plead guilty to four larceny charges last summer, according to Suffolk County District Attorney spokesperson Jake Wark. Schillaci will serve three years probation and pay about $20,000 in restitution to HJSMS, said Wark. Schillaci left HJSMS in summer 2011 amid accusations that money...

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Martha Eliot finishes move to youths-only medical facility

February 14, 2014
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JACKSON SQ.—All adult patients from Martha Eliot Health Center (MEHC) have been transferred to other facilities, according to Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) spokesperson Rob Graham. MEHC has also increased services for adolescent patients and the community. BCH announced in January 2013 that it was ending service for about 5,000 adult patients at MEHC, which...

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2 teens charged in Bromley-Heath shooting

February 14, 2014
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JACKSON SQ.—Two teens are facing attempted murder charges after allegedly shooting a man outside a Bromley-Heath public housing development building on Jan. 27. The victim, a man in his twenties found by Boston Police officers outside 49 Horan Way, suffered “non-life-threatening” injuries, according to the Boston Police Department. A short time later, officers arrested...

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JP WWII casualty to be honored in U.K. memorial

February 14, 2014
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A Jamaica Plain pilot who was killed in action during World War II is being honored by the United Kingdom’s Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire along with 25,610 other aircrew members. Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire (AHL), a partnership of local governments and aviation heritage centers based in the U.K., is erecting a memorial to aircrew who were...

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JP Agenda, Feb. 14, 2014

February 14, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Feb. 25 for the Feb. 28 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNC Zoning Committee, Wed., Feb. 19: agenda tbd. Info: jpnc.org. Boston Police Monthly E-13 meeting, Strategic planning, Thurs., Feb. 20, 7pm,...

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Sights and Sounds, Feb. 14, 2014

February 14, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Feb. 25 for the Feb. 28 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Valentine’s Day Pop Up Shop, hosted by CSMS, 12 local craftspeople & artisans, Feb 14, 6-9pm; Feb. 15 & 16,...

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