Q. and A. with local artist Andrew Haines

August 25, 2017
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Local artist Andrew Haines has an exhibition at the Arnold Arboretum called “The Evolution of an Urban Landscape: Recent Paintings of Forest Hills,” which runs until Oct. 8.The Gazette recently conducted a Q. and A. through email with Haines about being a painter and the exhibition. For more information, visit arboretum.harvard.edu or andrewhainespaintings.com. (The...

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JP Observer: Fear itself: President’s behavior keeps us constantly scared

August 25, 2017
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Every few days since Donald Trump was elected president, it seems there’s something new from him—or something resuscitated—to frighten us. We have to be hyper-alert, constantly assessing and triaging the danger he’s causing: How likely is this to go wrong? Did it already? To what degree? Am I personally vulnerable? How far does this...

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Sights and Sounds, Aug. 25, 2017

August 25, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Sept. 12 for the Sept. 15 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events 22nd Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain Enjoy a spectacular evening with friends and neighbors. Sample food and beverages from Boston’s...

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JPNC’s Zoning Committee approves Jackson Sq. project

August 25, 2017
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee during an Aug. 16 meeting voted unanimously in support of the proposed mixed-used, mixed-income development at 250 Centre St., according to Chair Dave Baron. The proposal will go before the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals on Aug. 29, seeking several variances, including for forbidden use and excessive...

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Invitacion, Aug. 25, 2017

August 25, 2017
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Plazo para calendario de eventos: martes, 12 sept para la edición del 15 sept. Mande eventos a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Código de área es 617, a menos que haya otro. Reuniones Distrito E-13, reunión mensual, jueves, 7 sept, 7pm, Curtis Hall Community Center. Reunión mensual latina, jueves, 14 sept, 6.30pm, 155 Lamartine St. Comité de avisos...

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JP Agenda, Aug. 25, 2017

August 25, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Sept. 12 for the Sept. 15 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Public Service Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council will hold its monthly meeting on Tues. Sept. 5 at 7pm at...

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Start of Parkman/Perkins improvement project delayed

August 25, 2017
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The start of construction for the improvement project at the intersection of Francis Parkman Drive and Perkins Street has been delayed, according to state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) spokesperson Mark Steffen. Construction was supposed to began sometime this summer, but that was contingent on the Boston Conservation Commission (BCC), which did not...

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BREATHTAKING

August 25, 2017
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BREATHTAKING

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IDP report shows increase in affordable housing over 17 years

August 25, 2017
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The City has released its first report on the Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP), the program that requires private developers to include affordable housing as part of their proposals, according to a press release. The report describes the additional affordable housing units that have been created, specifically in the peak year 2016. The IDP applies...

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Staff turnover in Walsh administration

August 25, 2017
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Mayor Walsh’s Chief of Staff Daniel Koh will be leaving his role with the City of Boston and will be replaced with David Sweeney effective Sept. 1, according to a press release. Sweeney has served as chief financial officer (CFO) and collector-treasurer for the City of Boston since April 2014. According to media reports,...

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Residents to participate in Hubway expansion planning

August 25, 2017
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Boston residents are invited to participate in community planning workshops this fall to discuss the upcoming expansion of Hubway, the regional public bike share system, according to a press release. There will be 28 workshops as part of year-long City effort to bring bike share to new neighborhoods and add capacity in the existing...

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Letters:

August 25, 2017
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Disappointed with Lynch vote I am deeply disturbed that my Congressional Representative, Stephen Lynch, recently voted in favor of two bills which vilify my immigrant friends and neighbors and are based on false assumptions about them. They would waste taxpayer dollars, shackle local law enforcement and public health efforts to protect the public, and...

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Op-Ed: How we’re creating affordable housing

August 25, 2017
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By Mayor Martin Walsh Boston is a diverse city made up of residents of all backgrounds, all education levels, and job sectors spread out over 23 neighborhoods. Some of us were born and bred here, some with families that have been here for decades, some received a wonderful education or job here and decided...

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HSTF youths making waves

August 11, 2017
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TD Garden and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) have agreed to pay more than $2 million towards the construction of the proposed Jackson Square Recreation Center after teens from the Hyde Square Task Force found the Garden had not been complying with a state law enacted when it was built. But...

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Q. and A. with local cellist Javier Caballero

August 11, 2017
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Jamaica Plain resident Javier Caballero is a professional cellist who has been performing with Shelter Music Boston since 2015. Shelter Music Boston performs chamber music concerts at area homeless shelters every month. The Gazette conducted a question-and-answer session through email with Caballero about his involvement with Shelter Music Boston and being a professional musician....

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Entrevista con chelista local Javier Caballero

August 11, 2017
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Residente de Jamaica Plain Javier Caballero es un chelista profesional que ha trabajado con Shelter Music Boston desde 2015. Shelter Music Boston ejecuta conciertos de música de cámara en albergues para desamparados en el área. Mediante correo electrónico, Gazette ha llevado a cabo una sesión de preguntas y respuestas con Caballero sobre su participación...

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On the Campaign Trail

August 11, 2017
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On the Campaign Trail

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Hyde Square reconstruction happening; more improvements to Centre/South streets possible

August 11, 2017
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The long-awaited Hyde Square reconstruction is expected to finally get underway soon, while further improvements along Centre Street and South Street might be in the pipeline. The Centre/South streets improvement project, which is officially named the Jamaica Plain/South/Hyde/Jackson Design Projects, has been the dream of many residents since planning for it started in 2009....

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Former FPC director to lead CPA group

August 11, 2017
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Christine Poff, a longtime Jamaica Plain resident and the former director for the Franklin Park Coalition, has been selected as the City’s director of the Community Preservation Committee (CPC), a newly established position and committee to overlook funds from Community Preservation Act (CPA), which was approved by voters last year, according to a press...

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City makes public records on properties more accessible

August 11, 2017
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The City of Boston has announced the launch of RentSmart Boston, an online tool that allows renters and homeowners to access data about Boston’s properties, according to a press release. RentSmart compiles data from BOS:311 and the City’s Inspectional Services Department in order to give prospective tenants a more complete picture of the homes...

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Jackson Square project goes to JPNC’s Zoning Committee

August 11, 2017
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The proposed mixed-used, mixed-income development at 250 Centre St. will go before the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee on Aug. 16. The project, which is being proposed by The Community Builders, calls for a six-story, 112-unit building with 30 percent affordability and ground floor retail. The project is part of Site III of...

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English language learning bill changes public school education

August 11, 2017
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The state Senate unanimously passed legislation so that public schools are no longer required to teach in English only, according to a press release. An Act for language opportunity for our kids (S.2125), also known as the LOOK Bill, which removes the current mandate requiring schools to use Sheltered English Immersion (SEI), or English-only...

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JP Seafood owner aims to open new restaurant

August 11, 2017
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The family behind JP Seafood Cafe may be opening a second restaurant in Jamaica Plain called Evergreen Eatery. The restaurant would be located at 154 Green St., the former location of La Rana Rossa, which closed in June. “We are so excited to have an opportunity to open a second restaurant in JP where...

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Sights and Sounds, Aug. 11, 2017

August 11, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Aug. 22 for the Aug. 25 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events 22nd Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain Enjoy a spectacular evening with friends and neighbors. Sample food and beverages from Boston’s...

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