Editorial: Avoid hasty school moves

March 27, 2015
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The apparent preservation of the Community Academy for another year is good news. But BPS should not be proposing the drastic options of school closures and moves at this point anyway. Such conversations should wait for new Superintendent Tommy Chang to take office and execute his vision. And it should wait for a solid,...

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Letter: Willing to join the dog-poop police if it will stop careless pet owners

March 27, 2015
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There’s a scourge upon our land, and it’s not Asian long-horned beetles, Ebola or the Boston 2024 Olympics movement. It’s dog poop. Recent warm temperatures and spring rain have uncovered these odiferous landmines in my Jamaica Plain neighborhood, particularly Franklin Park. The city plowed the walking paths there this winter, to the surprise and...

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Letter: Gazette is right about Boston 2024’s contempt for public

March 27, 2015
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I want to thank you for your forceful editorial denouncing the Boston 2024 cabal and their attempt to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston by stealth. (“The answer behind the Franklin Park Olympics non-answers,” March 13). Their moves thus far show utter contempt for the people of Boston and for democracy itself, but only...

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Obituary: Detlev Koepke, JP activist

March 27, 2015
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Obituary: Detlev Koepke, JP activist

Detlev Alain Koepke, a longtime Jamaica Plain community activist, died Feb. 2, 2015 after a long battle with metastatic prostate cancer. Detlev was born on June 23, 1956 at Kandang Kerbau Hospital in Singapore. He spent his early childhood in Munich, Germany, and immigrated to the United States at age 9. After graduating from...

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Invitacion, March 27, 2015

March 27, 2015
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 7 de abril al mediodía para la publicación del 10 de abril. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marque el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Extensión de la renovación urbana de BRA, introducción a la petición de extender distritos de planificación especial, incluso...

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On the Police Beat, March 8-22, 2015

March 27, 2015
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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. March 22: Assault and battery, 8 Burnett St.; Bobby Feagin of Boston charged with trespassing, 1153 Centre St.;...

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Obituary: Detlev Koepke, JP activist

March 19, 2015
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Obituary: Detlev Koepke, JP activist

Detlev Alain Koepke, a longtime Jamaica Plain community activist, died Feb. 2, 2015 after a long battle with metastatic prostate cancer. Detlev was born on June 23, 1956 at Kandang Kerbau Hospital in Singapore. He spent his early childhood in Munich, Germany, and immigrated to the United States at age 9. After graduating from...

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Community skeptical of Franklin Park Olympics use

March 13, 2015
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Boston 2024 underwent a barrage of aggressive questioning from community members about its proposed use of Franklin Park as an Olympics venue at a meeting March 5. The majority of the roughly 80 attendees at the Franklin Park Coalition (FPC)-hosted meeting ranged from skeptical to outright hostile about the Olympics plan. Boston 2024 suggested...

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Egleston History

March 13, 2015
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Egleston History

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Connolly has new kids’ librarian

March 13, 2015
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Connolly has new kids’ librarian

After seven months without a children’s librarian, the Connolly Library at 433 Centre St. welcomed Sujei Lugo to the position in January. Lugo previously lived and worked in Somerville before relocating to JP, within walking distance to her new library. “I moved when I started here,” she told the Gazette last week. “I haven’t...

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New BPS superintendent is chosen

March 13, 2015
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In a 5-to-2 vote on March 3, the Boston School Committee named Dr. Tommy Chang the next superintendent of Boston Public Schools (BPS). “Dr. Chang will provide the leadership that our school system needs and I am confident that his innovative views on education will move our students forward. We need a transformative leader...

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Comunidad escéptica acerca de las Olimpiadas

March 13, 2015
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En una reunión el 5 de marzo, Boston 2024 recibió una oleada de interrogación de miembros de la comunidad sobre su uso propuesto de Franklin Park como uno de las sedes olímpicas. La mayoría de los ochenta asistentes a la reunión presentada por la coalición de Franklin Park (FCP) fue escéptica e incluso hostil...

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Snow delays Casey project to May

March 13, 2015
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The record snowfall the area has received has pushed back the closure of the Casey Overpass until the end of May, said officials at the second construction update meeting hosted by the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) on March 9. Officials also responded to concerns raised over asbestos and dust contamination. They said that...

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DCR extends Arborway comment period

March 13, 2015
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A proposed bicycle-oriented redesign of the Arborway between Murray and Kelley Circles that would replace the historic rotaries with modern roundabouts has had its public comment date extended to March 20. Created and advertised as a plan to create and improve bicycle facilities on the Arborway, the plan would replace Murray Circle with two...

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English High alumnus Leonard Nimoy dies

March 13, 2015
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Leonard Nimoy, an English High School alumnus and best known for playing the part-human, part-alien Spock in the 1960s “Star Trek” series, died Feb. 27. He was 83. Nimoy died of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which he blamed on his years of smoking. He announced last year that he had the disease. Born...

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BRA to create a citywide master plan

March 13, 2015
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority soon will begin creating the first citywide land-use master plan in more than a half-century, spokesperson Nick Martin told the Gazette. The effort will tie into smaller-scale neighborhood plans as well—including a long-awaited plan for Jamaica Plain’s Washington Street corridor. “It’s really sort of a monumental effort on our part,”...

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EHS staffer charged with shooting student

March 13, 2015
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An employee of JP’s English High School (EHS) is charged with attempting to murder an EHS student in Roxbury on March 3 in a shooting related to drug-dealing, according to Suffolk County District Attorney spokesperson Jake Wark. Shaun Harrison, 55, was working as “dean of academy” at EHS at 144 McBride St. at the...

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ESMS to host music series

March 13, 2015
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Egleston Square Main Street (ESMS) will host a music series this summer after being one of five Main Street districts receiving a total of $22,500 in grant money, according to a press release. Main Street is a business-promotion organization. The grant money is from the Boston Main Streets Foundation. “We’re very excited about the...

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Concert Time

March 13, 2015
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Concert Time

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Sights and Sounds, March 13, 2015

March 13, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., March 24 for the March 27 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Jamaica Plain Porchfest fundraiser, with summer menu of Porch Tapas, BBQ, ribs, watermelon and summer-themed cocktails, $12.50/ahead, $15/door, Mon., March...

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JP Reads flash fiction contest begins

March 13, 2015
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JP Reads, the local literary organization, is holding its annual “flash fiction” contest. Entries are due April 6, and the winners will be published in the Gazette. JP Reads stages an annual event series encouraging Jamaica Plain residents to all read and discuss the same book. This year’s book is “The Song of Achilles,”...

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Gallery, store close down; bike shop to expand

March 13, 2015
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The Hallway Gallery and the Room 68 furniture store closed down on Dec. 31. An expansion of the neighboring Ferris Wheels Bike Shop, as well as a marketing firm, are taking over their South Street storefronts. Brent Refsland ran the Hallway at 66a South for six years, and with partner Eric Portnoy, operated Room...

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Wright Stuff

March 13, 2015
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Wright Stuff

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50-52 Montebello won’t mix with bigger project

March 13, 2015
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The proposed development on the 3200 block of Washington Street between Montebello and Iffley roads will not include the properties at 50-52 Montebello Road, as originally suggested by the developers. Instead, the City Department of Neighborhood development (DND) will offer a Request for Proposals (RFP) by the end of the month for renovations of...

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