Editorial: Supporting local businesses

February 27, 2015
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The natural disaster that was—and still is—Boston’s recent waves of blizzards has hit small businesses hard. JP’s local businesses are not only a source of pride, but a linchpin of the local economy. They keep dollars in the neighborhood, from paychecks to contributions to another key JP resource, the nonprofit sector. Mayor Walsh’s “Boston...

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Editorial: A good School Committee choice

February 27, 2015
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We applaud Mayor Walsh for appointing Miren Uriarte to the Boston School Committee. It is good to see that both JP and the Latino community that is a key constituency of our neighborhood will continue to be represented on the committee following the recent departure of Claudio Martinez. Uriarte shares and perhaps exceeds Martinze’s...

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Letter: Meeting needed on mail delivery problems

February 27, 2015
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The following letter was sent to U.S. Rep. Steven Lynch: Mail delivery in my neighborhood of Jamaica Plain has been erratic and unpredictable. ( Repeated calls to the Mark Stokes Supervisor of Customer Service at the 02130 post office have been fruitless. Complaints to the Boston postmaster have been fruitless, too. In 12 delivery...

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Letter: Mayor should halt historic house demolition

February 27, 2015
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Thank you for your piece on Bicon’s plans to demolish 21 Yale Terrace. (“Dental firm aims to demolish historic house,” Jan. 16.) Yale Terrace is a historic, architecturally interesting and cohesive neighborhood, nestled between the Forest Hills Cemetery and Franklin Park. There are nine houses on this street, and it is a very cohesive,...

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2 face charges in JP store robberies

February 17, 2015
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Two men are in custody and facing charges in two of Jamaica Plain’s recent store robberies, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Heath Carson, 35, of Quincy, and Richard Perry, 41, of Taunton, are accused of committing a Jan. 22 hold-up at the Tostado Sandwich Bar at 300 Centre St. in Jackson Square. Carson...

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Olympics organizers to meet with Franklin Park Coalition

February 13, 2015
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A meeting has been scheduled between the Franklin Park Coalition (FPC) and Boston 2024, the private nonprofit heading Boston’s bid to host the 2024 summer Olympic games for March 5. Franklin Park is part of Boston 2024’s bid as a suggested venue for equestrian and pentathlon events for the Olympics and Paralympics. According to a...

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Local officials urge post office not to move

February 13, 2015
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A group of local elected officials is urging the United States Post Office (USPS) and Bulfinch Companies, which owns the building that houses the Jamaica Plain Post Office at 655 Centre St., to resolve lease negotiations and allow the post office to remain at its current location. Meanwhile, USPS is saying it is a...

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Snow Day

February 13, 2015
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Snow Day

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JP Historical Society acquires Curley photo collection

February 13, 2015
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Curley waves to the crowd at a rally during his unsuccessful 1938 campaign for governor. (Photo Courtesy JP Historical Society)

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society (JPHS) recently bought a collection of nearly 1,000 photos of James Michael Curley, the late Boston mayor, Massachusetts governor and U.S. congressman who lived in Jamaica Plain. Born in 1874, Curley became a powerful populist Democrat and led the era of rising Irish-American political influence in Boston. His involvement...

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JP officials voice Olympic doubts and questions

February 13, 2015
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Several local elected officials are expressing doubts and calling for more details on Boston’s Olympics bid following the first public meetings hosted by Mayor Martin Walsh and the Boston 2024 bid committee. While the City Council is forming an Olympics subcommittee, it appears JP’s State House leaders will let Boston 2024’s own meetings serve...

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Olimpiadas tendrían grandes impactos locales

February 13, 2015
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Jules Boykoff, un antiguo jugador de fútbol y actualmente un académico que estudia las Olimpiadas, dice que Boston debe esperar numerosos impactos a escala comunitaria si albergue los Juegos Olímpicos de verano de 2024. Boykoff dijo que los residentes de Boston pueden disfrutar de “los mejores atletas del mundo durante una fiesta divertida de...

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Olympics comes with big local impacts, prof says

February 13, 2015
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Jules Boykoff, a former professional soccer player turned Olympics-studying academic, says Boston can expect a major trade-off of fun versus community impacts if it hosts the 2024 Summer Olympics. Boykoff said that residents on the one hand can watch “the best athletes in the world for a really fun two-and-a-half-week party.” But on the...

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Councilor seeks Olympics vote

February 13, 2015
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City Councilor Josh Zakim last week filed an order for four nonbinding questions about Boston’s 2024 Summer Olympics bid to appear on the Nov. 3 municipal election ballots. The yes-or-no questions would ask whether Boston should host the Games, and if so, whether public money or seizing of private property by eminent domain should...

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Shelter: ‘Wait and see’ on Olympics homeless impact

February 13, 2015
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The Shattuck Shelter, which abuts Franklin Park at its 120-bed Morton Street location, is saying its “too early” to comment on how the proposed 2024 Boston Olympics might affect it. Previous Olympics have seen the host cities attempt to cleanse the streets of homeless people, while Olympics-triggered housing displacement has sometimes increased the homeless...

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Advisory group forming for Economy Plumbing site

February 13, 2015
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An Impact Advisory Group (IAG) for the proposed redevelopment of the Economy Plumbing building site at 3190-3204 Washington Street is currently being formed by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). That and other updates on the proposed project were expected to be discussed at a community meeting this week that has been cancelled due to...

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JP activists travel to newly open Cuba

February 13, 2015
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Three Jamaica Plain-based activists are part of a 150-strong delegation traveling to Cuba this week, following the recent thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations. Laura Foner, Emily Achtenberg and Mary Meehan are taking part of the CODEPINK-organized trip. CODEPINK is a women-led peace and human rights organization. “I am so excited to be visiting Cuba at...

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Casey Arborway project impacted by weather

February 13, 2015
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The recent record snow has impacted the Casey Arborway project, but to what extent remains unclear. The Casey Arborway project will replace the Casey Overpass, which carries Route 203 over the Forest Hills T Station area. A new six- to eight-land surface road will be constructed. The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) held a...

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Snowed Under

February 13, 2015
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Snowed Under

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Sights and Sounds, Feb. 13, 2015

February 13, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Feb. 24 for the Feb. 27 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Eliot Street Soirée presents a Valentine’s Evening with jazz, poetry, dancing, Fri., Feb. 13, Parish Hall at First Church UU,...

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Children’s Winter Festival coming to Franklin Park

February 13, 2015
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The Children’s Winter Festival is scheduled to take place Thurs., Feb. 19 at the Franklin Park Golf Course Clubhouse. The festival includes a New England Aquarium tadpole exhibit; Science on the Street tabletop experiments; an artifact display hosted by the Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology; a Boston Nature Center scavenger hunt and nature...

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Teen charged with gun possession

February 13, 2015
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JACKSON SQ.–A teen is facing firearms charges after Boston Police officers allegedly found a handgun hidden under a mattress in his bedroom in the Bromley-Heath public housing development, according to the Boston Police Department. According to BPD, officers visited the 17-year-old’s home at 9 Horan Way on Jan. 30 after state Department of Youth...

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Homeless shelter sees winter-storm crowds

February 13, 2015
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The 120-bed Shattuck Shelter on Morton Street has seen more homeless people seeking shelter from the harsh winter weather that has recently hit the region, according to Barbara V. Trevisan, a spokesperson for shelter operator Pine Street Inn. The Boston area has been smacked with several significant snowstorms in less than three weeks, leading...

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Chang-Díaz files bill for universal preschool

February 13, 2015
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Chang-Díaz files bill for universal preschool

State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz announced a bill to implement universal preschool last month. “An Act Relative to Universal Pre-K Access” would create universal access to pre-school education for 3- and 4-year-olds, through public or private schools. The bill would create state funding following the same formula that already supports local school systems, like Boston...

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Invitacion, Feb. 13, 2015

February 13, 2015
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 24 de feb al mediodía para la publicación del 27 de feb. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marque el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones La policía de Boston distrito E-13, reunión mensual latina, jueves, 12 feb, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St....

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