Roslindale Neighbors: Check-in with RVMS director

May 13, 2016
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A veterinary clinic, new cafes, businesses in the Roslindale Substation, and the return of the farmers market are some of the new developments happening in Roslindale Village, according to Christina DiLisio, executive director of Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS). RVMS is a business promotion organization. “For a long time, Roslindale has been eager to...

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Roslindale Neighbors: New path proposed for connecting Roslindale Village to Arboretum

May 13, 2016
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WalkUP Roslindale and Rozzie Bikes have proposed the Roslindale Arboretum Gateway Path, an initiative which may lead to a new path connecting Roslindale Village to the Arnold Arboretum. Alan Wright, on behalf of WalkUP Roslindale and Rozzie Bikes, said in an email that the idea for the path has been percolating for many years...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Police body camera program faces questions

May 13, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Special to the Gazette Members of the City Council have held hearings all over the city recently to field concerns and comments regarding the police body camera program that will begin in all neighborhoods this summer, and the leader of that effort now says she has doubts as to whether serious...

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BRA: A litmus test for the BRA

May 13, 2016
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The 64 Allandale St. project is a litmus test for the Boston Redevelopment Authority—is it the old agency, working primarily for the rich and powerful developers in the city or is it the new, transparent organization that is responsive to the concerns of common citizens? It appears that it is the former, as the...

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Editorial: The BRA—a little less asinine

May 13, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority recently fixed an illogical irregularity that the proposed project on Mission Hill at 1470 Tremont St. brought to light. Before that project, the BRA did not have a policy on whether existing units on site would count towards the affordable-housing requirement of a new development. Taken to an extreme example,...

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Letter: Allandale St. project deserves green light

May 13, 2016
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Thank you for covering the controversy over the proposed development at 64 Allandale St. It is important to note a few things at the start of discussing the issue. First, something will be built on this privately-owned land and second, the proposal will not, as is implied by some, result in building on or...

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Letter: Early ed school funding crucial

May 13, 2016
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When we returned to Boston a year and a half ago, my son got a slot at the West Zone Early Learning Center in Jamaica Plain midway through his K2 year last year. He’s now a first grader there, and we are thrilled with the school and with the extended learning time he gets...

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Letter: Latin Quarter is welcoming

May 13, 2016
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In his recent letter to the Gazette, “Latin Quarter Name Change Risky” (4/29/2016), Frank Stone states, “The last thing JP needs is some thug or thugs who think only Latinos are allowed into the Latin Quarter.” He then expresses a fear that “we will retreat into cultural and racial divisions that took so very...

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Letter: Concerns remain for Allandale St. project

May 13, 2016
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We appreciate the Gazette’s continuing coverage of the proposed development adjacent to Allandale Woods. (“Abundant Displeasure Voiced over New Design of 64 Allandale Project,” 4/29/16) The piece correctly reports that the developer aims to spend 20 million dollars to build 20 units. The article also states that the units would sell for $700,000 to...

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Abundant displeasure voiced over new design for 64 Allandale St. project

April 29, 2016
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The developer for the 64 Allandale St. project presented a revised proposal during an April 25 community meeting, but most of the 100 attendees continued to oppose the project, citing concerns about the abutting natural resource, Allandale Woods, and density. Jacqueline Nunez, a Dorchester-based developer, filed a project notification form last summer with the...

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El adelanto de inmigrantes un enfoque para la Ciudad

April 29, 2016
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Como parte del proceso estratégico de reposicionamiento de marca, el Alcalde Martin Walsh ha anunciado que la Oficina del Alcalde para los Nuevos Bostonianos ha pasado a denominarse la Oficina del Alcalde para el Adelanto de Inmigrantes en un esfuerzo para habilitar a los residentes inmigrantes y reconocer sus contribuciones a Boston, según un...

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Members of civic groups express concern on JP/Rox study

April 29, 2016
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Members of several civic groups who represent areas within the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s (BRA) Plan: JP/Rox corridor study have written a letter to Mayor Martin Walsh and the City Council asking that no new developments be approved unless they adhere to the emerging guidelines from the study. The Mayor’s Office and the City Council...

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City Realty proposes 49-unit Washington St. development

April 29, 2016
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City Realty is proposing a $13 million, 49-unit condominium development at 3193 Washington Street, according to a project notification form (PNF) filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). “The project is intended to be transit oriented as the site lies within walking distance to both the Stonybrook and Green Street stations on the Orange...

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JP Observer: CPA would bring needed benefits to JP

April 29, 2016
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Riddle 1: What would likely raise millions of dollars for the three core areas of affordable housing, historic preservation, and outdoor recreation and open space in Boston through a minor property tax surcharge and matching state funds? Answer 1: The Community Preservation Act (CPA), if put on the November ballot by the City Council...

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Homeless care development opens Sat.

April 29, 2016
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PARKSIDE—The long-awaited homeless care development at 461 Walnut Ave. will officially open tomorrow, April 30, according to a press release. The project, which was developed by Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), faced a lively community process and a two-year lawsuit before breaking ground more...

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Immigrant advancement a focus for the City

April 29, 2016
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As part of a strategic rebranding process, Mayor Martin Walsh has announced that the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians will now be named the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement in an effort to empower immigrant residents and recognize their contributions to Boston, according to a press release. The Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement will...

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DCR’s plan for parkways improvements crawls forward

April 29, 2016
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) plan for improving safety and access to the parklands and parkways of the Emerald Necklace in Jamaica Plain is progressing at a snail’s pace and it appears the Perkins Street and Francis Parkman Drive intersection will be the first area tackled. The project focuses on three...

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JPNC election tomorrow

April 29, 2016
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) election will be held tomorrow, April 30, with polling places at: the Harvest Co-op (3815 Washington St.); J.P. Licks (659 Centre St.); and Stop & Shop (301 Centre St.). Polls will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Any JP resident 16 or older can vote. Voters should...

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Verizon to eventually bring fiber-optic network to Jamaica Plain

April 29, 2016
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Jamaica Plain residents will eventually have more choices for their broadband providers due to a new partnership between Verizon and Boston. Verizon will invest $300 million over six years to replace the existing copper-based infrastructure with a fiber-optic network platform to offer large bandwidths and speeds, according to a press release. The change is...

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JP Agenda, April 29, 2016

April 29, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., May 10 for the May 13 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JP Problem Properties Committee, first Wednesday of the month, 10:30am, E-13 Police Station Community Room, 3347 Washington St. Info: Liana Poston,...

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Invitacion, April 29, 2016

April 29, 2016
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El plazo para la sección de participación es al mediodía, martes, 10 de mayo para la edición del 12 de mayo. Mande eventos a [email protected] Note: marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Discusión sobre las decoraciones de navidad en Centre/South, miércoles, 11 mayo, 7pm, en Taylor House Bed and...

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Greenovate award

April 29, 2016
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Greenovate award

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Sights and Sounds, April 29, 2016

April 29, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. May 10 for the May 13 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council neighborhood election, Sat. Apr. 30 10am-5:00pm at JP Licks on Centre Street, Stop & Shop near Jackson...

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JP Kids: English High School performing arts program transformed

April 29, 2016
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JP Kids: English High School performing arts program transformed

Eytan Wurman, the visual and performing arts director at English High School (EHS), has transformed the program over the past four years, and has goals to further enhance it. Wurman took over the program in 2012, and told the Gazette in a phone interview that EHS and his program have “transformed miraculously” since that...

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