Nativity Prep Class of ’14

June 20, 2014
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Nativity Prep Class of ’14

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Use a concern for DND Heath St. parcels

June 20, 2014
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BACK OF THE HILL—The size and shape of any new development on 10 City-owned parcels along Heath Street need careful consideration, community members told the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) planners at a June 5 meeting. DND Senior Development Officer for Housing John Feuerbach told the Gazette that, following a site visit of the...

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Audit: Local VA hospital wait times within range

June 20, 2014
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In the wake of a national Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) wait list scandal that led to patient deaths, a federal audit shows the local VA hospital at 150 S. Huntington Ave. manages to schedule appointments for local veterans within 30 days 99 percent of the time. But first-time patients have a significantly longer...

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Developer, neighbors ‘restart’ over controversial project

June 20, 2014
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Neighbors and the developer of a controversial project at 57 Wachusett St. have hit the “restart button” after recently meeting with each other, according to local resident Tess Pope. The meeting was brokered by Greg Galer of the Boston Preservation Alliance. “The meeting went really well,” she said. “We cleared a lot of air.”...

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Keeping the Beat

June 20, 2014
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Keeping the Beat

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JP Champion

June 20, 2014
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JP Champion

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Skate park applies for public/private partnership

June 20, 2014
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Young organizers are forging ahead with a public/private partnership application to upgrade and maintain a skate park on the Southwest Corridor Park (SWCP). Wheels of Steel, an organization founded by Brian Leff, a recent Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) graduate and JP resident, has spearheaded the transformation of a former disused hockey...

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Courage Award

June 20, 2014
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Courage Award

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JP Agenda, June 20, 2014

June 20, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., July 1 for the July 4 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, election of the community members on the Ad-Hoc Committee on Forest Hills Construction & Development Projects, and...

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St. John’s rectory to get renovation

June 20, 2014
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St. John’s rectory to get renovation

SUMNER HILL—The rectory for St. John’s Episcopal Church, which is located at 24 Alveston St., is slated for a major renovation that will split the 4,000-square-foot house into two units, according to Franklyn Salimbene. St. John’s Episcopal Church is located nearby at 1 Roanoke Ave. One unit will be either sold or leased to...

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Regan League gets Major League grant

June 20, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League was recently awarded a grant of almost $20,000 from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF), a joint initiative of Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association. The grant will support efforts to expand participation in spring, summer and fall baseball and softball programming by providing funding for uniforms...

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Invitacion, June 20, 2014

June 20, 2014
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 1 de julio al mediodía para la publicación del 4 de julio. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, elección de miembros comunitarios al Ad-Hoc Committee on Forest Hills Construction & Development Projects,...

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Editorial: Arborway Yard: Just the facts

June 20, 2014
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The CPCAY has made the extraordinary claim that the MBTA is lying about the Arborway Yard and is plotting to sell it and build its bus yard elsewhere. Intriguing as this claim is, it’s mostly a complicated way of saying no one really knows what the T is doing. Someone in a position of...

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Editorial: Dogs parks are City’s responsibility

June 20, 2014
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If you’ve ever seen a nice dog park, you know what a great amenity it is, both for those wonderful social pets and for other park users who otherwise would be beset by off-leash animals. Of course, you probably have not seen one in Boston, where the city government continues to obstinately refuse to...

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Editorial: VA should support our troops

June 20, 2014
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A federal audit’s determination that the patient wait times at the S. Huntington VA hospital are in the acceptable range is good news, but it sure doesn’t feel good. A month to see a doctor is certainly better than dying while on a vile secret list, as happened in the recent VA scandal elsewhere....

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Letter: Thanks for covering police spying abuses

June 20, 2014
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I wanted to thank you for your truly excellent article “Police Spies tracked Occupy JP, Whole Foods protests” (June 6). Only by publicizing these abuses will people attempt to correct them. I have called the Mayor’s Office and the police commissioner and will be following up by sending them your article and demanding the...

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On the Police Beat, June 1-15, 2014

June 20, 2014
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June 15: Alexander M. Nunez of Roslindale charged with vandalism (graffiti), 3530 Washington St.; stolen vehicle recovered, 15 Spring Park Ave.; hit and run (property), 113 Chestnut Ave.; vandalism, 9 Atherton St.; hit and run (property), 76 Wenham St. June 14: Mark Higginbottom of Roxbury charged with assault and battery on police officer, 1975...

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Neighborhood 5K

June 20, 2014
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Neighborhood 5K

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Lantern Festival cancelled this year

June 6, 2014
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The Forest Hills Cemetery (FHC) announced it will not hold its annual Lantern Festival this summer, which it has held for the last 15 years. FHC Assistant Treasurer Janice Stetz told the Gazette that the Cemetery is “reviewing procedures and logistics” and that the festival “may come back next year.” Stetz said she did...

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Police spies tracked Occupy JP, Whole Foods protests

June 6, 2014
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Police spies tracked Occupy JP, Whole Foods protests

A controversial Boston Police spy agency tracked the local Occupy JP events, Whole Foods Market protests, and a vigil for the suicidal son of acclaimed marathon bombing hero Carlos Arredondo, recently released secret documents reveal. The Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) documents, dating to 2011, put a new context on the Boston Police’s unprecedented,...

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BRA: Washington St. planning study possible

June 6, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) might soon conduct a planning study that would encompass the Washington Street corridor between Egleston Square and Forest Hills, according to BRA spokesperson Nick Martin. That section of Washington Street has several proposed projects on the horizon, including a 283-unit apartment project called “The Commons” at 3593-3615 Washington St....

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Connolly Children’s librarian to retire

June 6, 2014
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Connolly Children’s librarian to retire

HYDE PARK—The longtime children’s librarian at the Connolly Branch Library, Laura Foner, will be retiring next month. Foner became a children’s librarian after having her first child and “falling in love with children’s books,” she told the Gazette. “I was doing a lot of reading with him and I was going to the library,...

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Bibliotecaria de Connolly se jubilará

June 6, 2014
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Bibliotecaria de Connolly se jubilará

HYDE PARK—Laura Foner, la bibliotecaria de literatura infantil del sucursal Connolly desde hace muchos años, se jubilará el próximo mes. Foner se hizo bibliotecaria de literatura infantil después de dar la luz a su primer hijo y enamorarse de la literatura infantil”, dijo al Gazette. “Leía mucho con él e iba a la biblioteca,...

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Shot fired at man on Heath St.

June 6, 2014
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JACKSON SQ.—A hooded gunman fired a shot next to a man walking his dog on Heath Street on the night of May 28, according to a Boston Police report obtained by the Gazette. The unidentified victim was walking the dog around 10:40 p.m. in front of 106 Heath St., a building in the Bromley-Heath...

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