Bicon and residents discuss 21 Yale Terrace

May 8, 2015
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FOREST HILLS—Bicon Dental Implants and neighbors continue to meet over the company’s controversial plan to demolish a 19th century house at 21 Yale Terrace and replace it with a building and a parking garage. Bicon is located at 501 Arborway. The company has agreed not to demolish the house at 21 Yale Terrace, which...

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Egleston Sq. might get new fire station

May 8, 2015
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Egleston Square might be in the pipeline for a new firehouse, according to Boston Fire Department (BFD) spokesperson Steve MacDonald. He said that BFD Commissioner Joseph Finn has put in his five-year capital plan money to build two new fire houses—one at the Engine 42 station at 1870 Columbus Ave. in Egleston Square and...

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Rare MFA photo leads to segregation exhibit

May 8, 2015
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Rare MFA photo leads to segregation exhibit

It began with a single photograph in the Museum of Fine Arts’ (MFA) collection. Photography curator and JP resident Karen Haas knew very little about it, aside from the fact that Gordon Parks had made it in 1950: a black-and-white photograph of a couple outside under the segregated Liberty Theater’s marquee, in Fort Scott,...

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O’Malley pitches sunscreen dispensers

May 8, 2015
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City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who represents most of Jamaica Plain, proposed last week to install sunscreen dispensers in City parks. “The response has been phenomenal,” he told the Gazette this week. According to him, the Melanoma Foundation of New England has already been in touch with the goal of possibly underwriting the expense of...

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BRA seeks to renew 1960s-era local plan

May 8, 2015
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A 1960s-era plan to displace thousands of people in Jackson and Egleston Squares by eminent domain is among 14 “urban renewal” plans the Boston Redevelopment Authority is seeking to have reapproved. Much of that displacement already happened, and the BRA says it won’t use eminent domain there again, but it still seeking reauthorization of...

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Obituary: Rev. Michael F. McLellan; Blessed Sacrament’s last pastor

May 8, 2015
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Obituary: Rev. Michael F. McLellan; Blessed Sacrament’s last pastor

As the 11:30 Mass was about to begin on Sunday morning, April 26, at St. John the Evangelist Church in Canton, pastor Fr. Mike McLellan collapsed and died suddenly. He was 64 and had been pastor of the Canton parish since February 2008. Fr. Mike, as he was affectionately called, came to Jamaica Plain...

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Editorial: Roslindale Neighbors

May 8, 2015
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The Gazette makes its twice-a-year visit to Roslindale this week. You could call it a meeting of old friends, and we tend to use the term “neighbors,” but JP and Rozzie are more like siblings joined at the hip by Arnold Arboretum. We’re both diverse neighborhoods with rich social histories but also facing—and embracing—a...

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Editorial: Fix the DND map

May 8, 2015
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It’s great that Mayor Walsh and the Department of Neighborhood Development have created the city’s first comprehensive student housing report. It is not great that DND continues to poison its reports by using an old BRA map that was never correct. We have warned of this repeatedly, and here we go again. JP as...

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Letter: 3200 Washington project sets a bad precedent

May 8, 2015
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The pending approval of 76 residential units for a new development at the old Economy Plumbing site on Washington Street between Montebello and Iffley streets sets a series of bad precedents for development of the entire JP Washington Street corridor. The proposed 3200 Washington St. project overwhelms the surrounding community in both size and...

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Invitacion, May 8, 2015

May 8, 2015
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 19 de mayo al mediodía para la publicación del 22 de mayo. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marque el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Comité del medio ambiente, los parques y la energía de JPNC, agenda incluye una discusión inicial de la...

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Casey Overpass closure to begin Sat.; meeting slated for May 7

May 5, 2015
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The Casey Overpass will being shutting down forever this Saturday in preparation for its demolition, currently slated for the week of May 18. Major detours and construction of the new Casey Arborway surface streets will continue for more than 18 months. The state Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting about the closure...

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Post office resolves lease situation

May 4, 2015
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The United States Postal Service (USPS) has resolved its lease situation over the Jamaica Plain post office at 655 Centre St, allowing the store to remain at its current location. The USPS had been considering moving or downsizing since early in the year, while it negotiated with property owner Bulfinch Companies. The lease was...

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Bicon agrees to delay razing of historic house

April 24, 2015
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FOREST HILLS—Bicon Dental Implants has agreed to delay the demolition of a historic house at 21 Yale Terrace for a month to get community input, according to Inspectional Services Department (ISD) spokesperson Lisa Timberlake. The delay follows pressure from residents and City Councilor Ayanna Pressley. Bicon did not respond to a request for comment....

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Top Olympics reporter talks bid secrecy

April 24, 2015
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Many people have remarked that Boston’s Olympics bid is in trouble. But when Ed Hula says it’s “truly tottering towards collapse,” the entire Olympics world sits up and takes notice. Hula is editor and founder of Around the Rings, the first and most popular news outlet devoted to the Olympics business. Now an Atlanta-based...

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Periodista olímpico conocido habla del secreto

April 24, 2015
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Muchas personas han comentado que la apuesta olímpica de Boston se encuentra en dificultades. Pero cuando Ed Hula dice que “está al borde del fracaso”, el mundo olímpico entero reacciona. Hula es el editor y fundador de Around the Rings, la primera y más popular fuente de noticias dedicada al negocio de las Olimpiadas....

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Hero Foundation

April 24, 2015
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Hero Foundation

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Frame shop celebrates 30 years

April 24, 2015
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Frame shop celebrates 30 years

Jameson and Thompson Fine Art Services celebrated a milestone anniversary last month—30 years in business. Dwight Jameson and his original business partner, Bill Thompson, first opened at 15 Greenview Ave. off Centre Street in March 1985. Current and former employees and loyal patrons convened at the shop for an art show and event that...

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Boston Shines, park cleanup coming soon

April 24, 2015
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Annual street and park cleanup events are needed more than ever after the winter’s litter-filled snow soiled the neighborhoods. If you’d like to pitch in, the opportunities start this weekend. Franklin Park is hosting a cleanup this Saturday, April 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. The park needs a spring cleaning, especially after being...

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Post Office’s fate remains unknown

April 24, 2015
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The United States Postal Service (USPS) has yet to make any decision regarding the fate of the Jamaica Plain Post Office despite its lease expiring for the store at 655 Centre St. at the end of April. The USPS has been considering moving or downsizing since early in the year, while it negotiates with...

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Detour coming to Casey Arborway project

April 24, 2015
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The first detour for the Casey Arborway project is slated for the week of April 27, according to the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) website. The exit of Forest Hills Street into Shea Circle will be temporarily closed, while traffic is detoured onto Cemetery Road. MassDOT did not list a time or day for...

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JP Observer: Like buying locally? Support the state business aid budget

April 24, 2015
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Bella Luna, The Blue Nile, Fat Ram’s Pumpkin Tattoo, Mike’s Fitness, El Oriental de Cuba, City Feed and Supply, Xposure by Noél and the Tony Williams Dance Center (home to BalletRox, which produces the Urban Nutcracker)… These are just some of the popular local businesses that the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has...

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Bikes of Spring

April 24, 2015
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Bikes of Spring

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Mayor’s new Olympic planning office raises questions

April 24, 2015
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A new City Office of Olympic Planning has been created by Mayor Martin Walsh to plan and review Boston’s controversial Olympic bid. But the office is already drawing criticism for being funded by the private bidding organization Boston 2024. And the City had no answers for some basic Gazette questions about it, including its...

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Expecting Mom

April 24, 2015
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Expecting Mom

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