Letter: Vote no on Question 2

August 12, 2016
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Question 2 on the ballot this November considers lifting the cap on charter schools. It is imperative we vote NO and keep the cap. Charter schools directly reduce Massachusetts’ public schools’ funding and quality. Charter schools are funded with public money that would otherwise go to public schools. In 2015-16, the state’s public schools’...

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Changes coming to 76 Stonley Road project

July 22, 2016
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Changes are coming to the proposed 76 Stonley Road development, including the height of the project being reduced by one floor, according to Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) spokesperson Nick Martin. Developers John Morrissey and Bryan Austin originally planned a 31-unit, 40,940-square-foot project at 76 Stonley Road. But attendees during a BRA-held community meeting on...

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Renovation and expansion for 125 Amory St. in the works

July 22, 2016
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Amory Street Partners held its first meeting on July 6 to discuss a renovation and expansion at the 125 Amory St. site that would include adding a significant amount of mixed-income units. The development at 125 Amory St. is a City-owned property that currently provides housing for seniors and people with disabilities. The Amory...

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FUNDRAISING FOR ORLANDO

July 22, 2016
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FUNDRAISING FOR ORLANDO

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Persisten las preocupaciones sobre la propuesta para 3193 Washington St.

July 22, 2016
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De Josie Grove Especial a la Gaceta A pesar de los cambios que ha hecho City Realty a su propuesta para el desarrollo de 3193 Washington St, los participantes en una reunión comunitaria el 11 de junio expresaron dudas sobre el proyecto, incluido su impacto en el aburguesamiento y el progreso del proyecto sin...

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Concerns remain for 3193 Washington St. proposal

July 22, 2016
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By Josie Grove Special to the Gazette Despite City Realty making changes to its 3193 Washington St. development proposal, attendees at a July 11 community meeting continued to express concerns over the project, including its impact on gentrification and the project proceeding without having to follow the Plan: JP/Rox guidelines. “It seems like every...

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Main Streets businesses and volunteers honored

July 22, 2016
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Several Jamaica Plain volunteers and businesses were chosen as business and volunteer of the year at the 20th annual Boston Main Streets awards ceremony last month, according to a press release. Karen Sama of Egleston Square Main Street and Arno Puskar of Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street were celebrated as volunteers of the year, and...

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BRA still reviewing 3353 Washington St. project, changes possible

July 22, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) is still reviewing the 3353 Washington St. project and changes might come to it, according to spokesperson Nick Martin. Martin said in an email BRA staff met with the developer, Mordechai Levin, to discuss the density bonus that is being proposed as part of the Plan: JP/Rox study. That...

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JP Observer: Translating harmony into justice takes work

July 22, 2016
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Porchfest in Jamaica Plan revealed an almost other-worldly neighborhood on July 9. Crowds of people of many colors, backgrounds and ages stood in attentive clusters every few streets, clapping for bands and singers and other performers, too. All afternoon, the grand mix of humans—some holding maps dotted with the 80-plus locations offering entertainment—paraded down...

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Obituary: Elizabeth G. English, a JP resident, dies

July 22, 2016
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Obituary: Elizabeth G. English, a JP resident, dies

Elizabeth G. English, a longtime Jamaica Plain resident, died on July 7. She was 97. Daughter of the late Thomas H. Skinner and Esther (Jennings) Skinner. She married Edward Wesley English, Jr. (deceased) of New Bern, North Carolina. She is survived by five children: Deborah A. (English) Rippy, Mai Chang (formerly Joyce I. English),...

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Sights and Sounds, July 22, 2016

July 22, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Aug. 9 for the Aug. 12 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events Viva el Latin Quarter Summer Series, Theater performances on Tuesdays, Family zumba on Wednesdays, Concerts on the Plaza on Thursdays,...

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Invitacion, July 22, 2016

July 22, 2016
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El plazo para la sección de participación es al mediodía, martes, el 9 de agosto para la edición del 12 de agosto. Mande eventos a [email protected] Note: marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Zonificación de JPNC, miércoles, 27 jul, Farnsworth House 7pm. Reunión mensual de JPNC, martes, 26 jul,...

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THE COUPLE FROM TABLE 10

July 22, 2016
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THE COUPLE FROM TABLE 10

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MAYOR’S CUP TOURNAMENT WINNERS

July 22, 2016
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MAYOR’S CUP TOURNAMENT WINNERS

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Public space ideas awarded

July 22, 2016
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Egleston Square will be getting a touch up on paint with the new street mural at the intersection of Boylston Street and Egleston Street, according to a press release. The proposed project was announced as a winner of the City’s second Public Space Invitational, a civic design competition that challenged applicants to conceptualize projects...

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JP History: This Week in JP History

July 22, 2016
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The Gazette’s top headlines from this week in JP history: 25 years ago: 1991 “Apparent drug deal ends in murder” A JP man, Timothy Lee Bond, was shot twice in the head and killed during an argument with at least one other man in a courtyard outside his home in the South Street Housing...

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JP Agenda, July 22, 2016

July 22, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Aug. 9 for the Aug. 12 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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Baker announces ‘Summer Nights Initiative’

July 22, 2016
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Gov. Charlie Baker announced the “Summer Nights Initiative,” which includes extended hours of operation and new programs at select pools and athletic complexes throughout the state, on July 19 at Lorber Playground in Jamaica Plain, according to a press release. Special programs in JP include at Kelly Rink between Monday and Thursday from 7...

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Letter: Time to pump brakes on Forest Hills development

July 22, 2016
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In recent weeks, every article in the Gazette has been about the BRA rubber-stamping one development project after another. Most of these approved projects had fewer parking spaces, less open space and affordable housing, or greater height requirements than code mandates. The proposed project at the former site of the James’s Gate Pub was...

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Letter: JPA likes new parking lot look

July 22, 2016
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The Jamaica Pond Association is pleased with the new look on the Burroughs Street side of the Bank of America Parking lot.  The chain link fence has been removed and replaced with a new fence, a buffer zone, and greenery, creating a structure that is in harmony with the well-kept homes and yards of...

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An open letter to constituents, community leaders, and concerned citizens

July 22, 2016
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As elected officials of color, we join you and the nation in the overwhelming feelings of sadness and outrage over the violence that occurred over the past week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Falcon Heights, Minnesota; and Dallas, Texas. We offer our prayers and deepest condolences to...

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Op-ed: Protecting vulnerable citizens in the budget negotiations

July 22, 2016
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By State Rep. Liz Malia At the start of this year’s budget process, the governor’s budget recommended $39.5 billion in spending. Near the end of the budget process, the Baker administration indicated tax revenues were $750 million lower than previously projected, causing the legislature to lower their spending plan. This plan sent to the governor...

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Op-Ed: Congrats to our City of Boston Scholars

July 22, 2016
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By Mayor Martin Walsh Earlier this month, I was excited to announce this year’s City of Boston Scholars with my Education Cabinet and the City’s Scholarship Committee. We recognized 35 students from our high schools and neighborhoods, and welcomed back 70 returning Scholars. This year, the City’s annual scholarship process administered $250,000 in total:...

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Developer has plans for massive Forest Hills dev.

July 8, 2016
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The Forest Hills area might be in line for another massive residential development, as Criterion Development Partners has preliminary plans for a 260-unit project at the LAZ parking lot, which is across from the Forest Hills T Station at the corner of Washington Street and the Arborway. “The Commons,” a 283-unit development, is currently...

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