Invitación, Feb. 14, 2014

February 14, 2014
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 25 de febrero para la publicación del 28 de febrero. Manda a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones JPNC Zoning Committee, Wed., Feb. 19: agenda tbd. Info: jpnc.org. Boston Police Monthly E-13 meeting, Strategic planning, Thurs.,...

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Pipeline Protest

February 14, 2014
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Pipeline Protest

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JP man charged with gun possession

February 14, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—A traffic stop on Forest Hills Street led police to arrest a Jamaica Plain man on charges of illegally carrying a handgun on Jan. 31. Officers investigating gang and firearm crimes allegedly saw a car speeding on Lamartine Street that day, and observed it honking and swerving around pedestrians as they followed it,...

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With Casey still delayed, MassDOT talks bus details

February 14, 2014
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The Casey Arborway project remains delayed, with a review by the state Historic Commission (MHC) holding up the project, project manager Stephen McLaughlin told a group of Forest Hills-area neighbors on Feb. 4. McLaughlin said he expects the project to be put out to bid “in a few weeks.” The meeting was organized by...

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Hyde Sq. diner to appear on TV show

February 14, 2014
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Hyde Sq. diner to appear on TV show

HYDE SQ.—The Aurum Restaurant, a creative diner with artwork-strewn walls that was featured in the Gazette last month, is slated to appear on a new Food Network television show, according to a press release. The restaurant, which is run by general manager Andrea Belanger and owner Matt Virzi, will be featured on the second...

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Landmarks Commission future unclear

February 14, 2014
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With the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) involvement in a controversy last summer in Jamaica Plain, the Gazette reached out to Mayor Martin Walsh’s administration to see whether the commission will undergo any changes moving forward. But the Mayor’s Office and the BLC did not respond to requests for comment. Meanwhile, an architectural historian who...

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Dimock Discussion

February 14, 2014
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Dimock Discussion

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Forest Hills gets bus clock

February 14, 2014
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Forest Hills gets bus clock

Forest Hills MBTA station got the system’s first bus countdown clock last week. The centrally located sign shows departure-time countdowns for all bus routes serving the station according to MBTA spokesperson Kelly Smith. “The display is flexible enough to allow the MBTA to add more information about bus service and other MBTA services in...

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Doherty staying on as mayor’s coordinator

February 14, 2014
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Jullieanne Doherty, who former Mayor Thomas Menino appointed to be Jamaica Plain’s coordinator for the Office of Neighborhood Services, will be staying on under the Mayor Martin Walsh’s administration, according to spokesperson Kate Norton. There was some uncertainty about whether Doherty would remain in that position when the Gazette spoke with her last month....

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Homeless census a mixed bag

February 14, 2014
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The number of homeless people living on the city’s streets decreased almost 7 percent from a year ago, but the number of people homeless has risen by about 4 percent, according to the City’s 2013 homeless census. The Gazette contacted the Mayor’s Office to see if any Jamaica Plain-specific numbers were available, but it...

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‘Oreo’ gone from J.P. Licks

February 14, 2014
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Following a legal warning from cookie-maker Oreo’s parent company, the local J.P. Licks ice cream store is replacing the cookie’s name in its flavors in favor of “cookies ’n’ cream.” J.P. Licks owner Vince Petryk ran a contest to find a replacement term for the cookie’s name. It ended late last month. The winning...

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O’Malley seeks better trash cans, less litter

February 14, 2014
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City Councilor Matt O’Malley filed an order to reduce litter and promote recycling late last month. O’Malley said he believes that the City needs to expand its use of public trash compactors and recycling bins, explore the use of cutting-edge receptacles, and re-evaluate litter fines. “I’ve been working with the City for a better...

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Obituary: Monique Monroe; ran family daycare

February 14, 2014
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Obituary: Monique Monroe; ran family daycare

Monique Monroe, a longtime resident of Jamaica Plain, died peacefully in her home on Jan. 22, 2014, following a short battle with cancer. Monique will be much missed by family members, friends, neighbors and generations of “Mema’s Babies” who were nurtured in her family daycare. In many ways, Monique was larger than life, from...

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JP Firefighter

February 14, 2014
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JP Firefighter

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Officials lay out 2014 agendas

February 14, 2014
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Gun control, drug treatment programs and education funding are among the items on the 2014 agendas of Jamaica Plain’s elected officials. State Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez said he has “a full plate” this year. He will be working on legislation to further regulate the pharmaceutical industry, following the distribution around the country of tainted drugs...

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On the Police Beat, Jan. 26-Feb. 9, 2014

February 14, 2014
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The following police incident reports are public records provided by the Community Service Office of the District E-13 Police Station, which is solely responsible for their content. All suspects are innocent unless proven guilty in court. Feb. 9: Coreen Fortunato of JP charged with larceny shoplifting $50 to $199, 704 Centre St. Feb. 8:...

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JP reps. weigh in on Henriquez’s expulsion

February 14, 2014
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Jamaica Plain’s state representatives talked to the Gazette about the “difficult vote” to expel Rep. Carlos Henriquez, following his conviction on two counts of misdemeanor assault. The Massachusetts House voted earlier this month to expel Henriquez, a Dorchester Democrat. He was convicted last month of two misdemeanor charges, stemming from an episode in July...

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‘Problem Properties’ get updates

February 14, 2014
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‘Problem Properties’ get updates

The Jamaica Plain Problem Properties Committee recently reported on updates with several local properties that have been in the news for their conditions. The committee, composed of City officials, Boston Police officers and residents, helps to direct City action on properties that appear to have ongoing issues with their conditions or uses. 38-40 Sheridan...

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El antiguo director de Main Street culpable del latrocinio

February 14, 2014
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Carlos Schillaci, el anterior director ejecutivo de Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS), se declaró culpable de cuatro cargos del latrocinio el verano pasado, según el portavoz del fiscal del distrito de Suffolk County Jake Wark. Schillaci tendrá tres años de libertad condicional y pagará alrededor de $20.000 en restitución al HJSMS, dijo Wark. Schillaci...

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Vet displays Tuskegee Airmen plane models at VA hospital

February 14, 2014
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Vet displays Tuskegee Airmen plane models at VA hospital

A veteran who lives on the Jamaica Plain/Roxbury border recently had his three large model airplanes, replicas of the P-51 Mustangs he says the Tuskegee Airmen flew in WW IIin World War II, displayed at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center at 150 S. Huntington Ave. Tuskegee Airmen is the name given to the...

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Improving Child Care

February 14, 2014
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Improving Child Care

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Mayor reorganizes his cabinet

February 14, 2014
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Mayor reorganizes his cabinet

Mayor Martin Walsh released a plan last month for a reorganization of the cabinets under his leadership, according to a press release. The reorganization includes elevating arts and culture to a cabinet-level position, a pledge Walsh had made during the mayoral race. “Our role as a government is to improve people’s lives, and the...

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HSTF plans youth jobs rally

February 14, 2014
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The Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) is doing its part in planning an annual rally to boost support for youth jobs on Feb. 20. The rally will gather at the Old South Church then march to the State House to ask for state officials to support budget line items that will fund jobs for...

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Polar Bear Weather

February 14, 2014
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Polar Bear Weather

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