BTD to present Slow Streets program during SNA meeting

January 29, 2016
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The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) will be presenting its plan to bring the City’s Slow Streets pilot program to the Stonybrook area during the Stonybrook Neighborhood Association’s (SNA) meeting on Feb. 8, according to BTD spokesperson Tracey Ganiatsos. Ganiatsos said that the Feb. 8 meeting is the only meeting BTD has scheduled for presenting...

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New grading system for City services announced

January 29, 2016
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The City services can now finally be tracked and held accountable for achievements and…well, underachievements. CityScore is a new initiative that compiles metrics from various City departments every day to provide an at-a-glance view of the City’s overall performance, according to a press release. CityScore currently tracks measures in public safety, economic development, education,...

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THREE KINGS DAY

January 29, 2016
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THREE KINGS DAY

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JP Agenda, Jan. 29, 2016

January 29, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Feb. 9 for the Feb. 12 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. 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, Jan. 29, 2016

January 29, 2016
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El plazo para la sección de participación es al mediodía, martes, 9 de febrero para la edición del 12 de febrero. Mande eventos a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Jamaica Pond Association, lunes, 1 feb en la sala de reuniones de Jamaica Tower, 111 Perkins St.,...

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Some IAG members want more affordable units for Goddard House project

January 29, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) held an impact advisory group (IAG) meeting for the Goddard House project on Jan. 7 with some members advocating for more affordable-housing units, according to BRA spokesperson Nick Martin. An IAG is a City-appointed group of residents and other stakeholders that advise the City on potential impacts of building...

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Meetings scheduled on MBTA fare hikes

January 29, 2016
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The MBTA is holding a series of public meetings to hear comments and suggestions from the community about proposed fare hikes, according to a press release. The nearest meeting for Jamaica Plain residents will be at the Roxbury Community College on Feb. 10. The MBTA is making efforts to close its $242 million structural...

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JP History: Everything is new again: Eliot School celebrates 340 years of education and craft

January 29, 2016
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By Pamela Larson Mathews Special to the Gazette The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts marks its 340th birthday this year, celebrating with a series of parties, talks, and exhibitions. A Jamaica Plain grammar school for over two centuries, the school would become a vibrant center for craft education in the 19th century....

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JP History: This Week in JP History

January 29, 2016
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The Gazette’s top headlines from this week in JP history: 5 years ago: 2011 “Whole Foods likely to replace Hi-Lo” Whole Foods had confirmed its plans to open a new store at 415 Centre St., replacing Hi-Lo Foods. Hi-Lo had been serving Jamaica Plain’s Latino community for 47 years. “JP has definitely changed. Whole...

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Sights and Sounds, Jan. 29, 2016

January 29, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Feb 9 for the Feb. 12 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events Laughing Liberally Boston, Feb. 13, 8pm, $8, The Riot Theater, 146a South St. Comedians on the bill include Sam Ike,...

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New BRA director of planning announced

January 29, 2016
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Mayor Martin Walsh announced at his State of the City address that Sara Myerson, the current executive director of Imagine Boston 2030, will become the new director of planning at the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), according to a press release. Myerson, who is the former executive director of the City Office of Olympic Planning,...

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NEW RECTOR OF THE CHURCH

January 29, 2016
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NEW RECTOR OF THE CHURCH

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HOLIDAY WINDOW DECORATING CONTEST WINNER

January 29, 2016
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HOLIDAY WINDOW DECORATING CONTEST WINNER

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Editorial: Council President Wu

January 29, 2016
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There is welcome news coming from the Council President’s Office. At-Large City Councilor Michelle Wu, who was recently voted president, says she will be bringing more transparency to the Council. One of the ways she plans to do that is through improving the Council website, allowing residents easier access to information on hearings and...

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Editorial: MBTA, a grade A business

January 29, 2016
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We would like to commend the people running the MBTA for having a terrific business plan. The T continues to break down and have delays frequently, leaving the average Joe or Jane stranded on their way to or from work. One cannot go on social media without reading the pain, anguish, and frustration of...

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Letter: The end of Shea Circle

January 29, 2016
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The stumps of generations of familiar shade trees on Shea Circle are being ground into nothing. Shea Circle is no more. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is converting this site (the rotary near the gateways to Franklin Park and Forest Hills Cemetery) into the largest traffic signal controlled intersection in this part of the...

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Op-Ed: Gun violence has no place in our neighborhoods

January 29, 2016
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By Mayor Martin Walsh I traveled to Washington, D.C., and stood with President Barack Obama as he took measures to make our communities safer. Requiring all gun purchases to include a background check is a common sense, simple step, which will make it harder for criminals and those who intend to commit crimes to...

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Letter: An open letter to our friends and neighbors of Jamaica Plain

January 29, 2016
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We write to update you on the recent substance abuse legislation unanimously passed on Jan. 13 by the Massachusetts House of Representatives. As the chairs of the Joint Committees on Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Health Care Financing, we both played an intimate role in crafting the bipartisan legislation to help those facing...

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City to review dog use of Beecher St. land

January 8, 2016
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City to review dog use of Beecher St. land

The City is reviewing the use of the Beecher Street Play Area as a community-organized dog park after receiving complaints from neighbors. The review could spell the end to one of the few places Jamaica Plain residents can release their dogs off-leash. The Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) and the Mayor’s Office of...

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SHOWING SUPPORT

January 8, 2016
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SHOWING SUPPORT

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La Ciudad revisará el uso del terreno de Beecher St.

January 8, 2016
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La Ciudad está revisando el uso del área de recreación de Beecher Street como un parque de perros organizado por la comunidad después de recibir quejas de vecinos. La revisión podría significar el fin de uno de los pocos lugares donde los residentes de Jamaica Plain pueden dejar correr libres a sus perros. El...

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Stonybrook to participate in City’s Slow Streets program

January 8, 2016
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The Stonybrook neighborhood will be one of two areas that will participate in the City’s Neighborhood Slow Streets pilot program, according to Boston Transportation Department (BTD) spokesperson Tracey Ganiatsos. The Stonybrook neighborhood is roughly bounded by the Arborway and Forest Hills, Williams, and Amory streets. The Stonybrook Neighborhood Association (SNA) had sent letters to...

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City changes affordable-housing policy

January 8, 2016
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Mayor Martin Walsh signed an executive order last month that changes the City’s affordable-housing policy, forcing some developers to pay more money or build more affordable units if they don’t meet the affordable-housing requirement on-site. The policy change went into effect Jan. 1. But to the disappointment of some housing organizations, the executive order...

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BRA to hold IAG meeting for Goddard House project

January 8, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) is slated to hold an impact advisory group (IAG) meeting for the Goddard House project on Jan. 7, after the Gazette deadline. An IAG is a City-appointed group of residents and other stakeholders that advise the City on potential impacts of building projects. There are 12 members of the...

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