Hubway Move

August 1, 2014
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Hubway Move

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Sights and Sounds, Aug. 1, 2014

August 1, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Aug. 12 for the Aug. 15 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Hyde Square Task Force summer nights out, Blessed Sacrament Church Plaza, 365 Centre St., 6-7:30pm. Aug. 5: Latin Dance. Info:...

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Immigration a hot topic in gov. candidate forum

August 1, 2014
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Roxbury Community College (RCC) held a governor candidate forum last month where the political fireworks concerned an issue prominent in Jamaica Plain: immigration. State Treasurer Steve Grossman attacked state Attorney General Martha Coakley over her views on that subject, including her former support for Secure Communities, a federal program that relies on local and...

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Dog parks on Open Space Plan wish list

August 1, 2014
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The lack of dog parks in Jamaica Plain was among the concerns raised at a July 24 meeting about the City’s 2015-2021 Open Space Plan. The Open Space Plan, which is being created by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD), will be a plan for open space protection and development in the city....

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JP Art

August 1, 2014
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JP Art

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Bike lanes installed, then removed on Arborway

August 1, 2014
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Bike lanes were installed on the Arborway between Jamaica Pond and the Arnold Arboretum in May, but were removed a month later after the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) received a letter from the Boston Cyclists Union (BCU) criticizing them and the lack of public process. DCR said the bike lanes installation...

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Revamped Centre Street Café to reopen in fall

August 1, 2014
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A revamped Centre Street Café, which is located at 669A Centre St., will reopen in late September or early October, according to new owner David Doyle. Doyle and other business partners, who also own the restaurant and book-and-music store Tres Gatos, bought the Centre Street Café from Felicia Sanchez and closed it last month...

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Fenway Challenge

August 1, 2014
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Fenway Challenge

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South St. office-to-houses project shot down

August 1, 2014
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In a decision that a developer’s representative called “unbelievable,” the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) Zoning Committee on July 16 voted to oppose the redevelopment of 71 South St. into four new apartments. The owner and developer, Peter Fenn, spent almost two years in negotiation with the neighbors before reaching a compromise of four...

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Zoo Baby

August 1, 2014
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Zoo Baby

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JP Agenda, Aug. 1, 2014

August 1, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Aug. 12 for the Aug. 15 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JP Branch Library renovation meeting, Mon., Aug. 4, 6pm, JP Branch, 12 Sedgwick St. Info: 524-2053. JPNC Public Service Committee, agenda...

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City appears to reconsider White Stadium renovation

August 1, 2014
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PARKSIDE—The City appears to be reconsidering former Mayor Thomas Menino’s and Suffolk Construction magnate John Fish’s proposal to renovate White Stadium, citing a need to protect “taxpayer dollars.” Meanwhile, the organization behind the proposed renovation said it is hopeful to have the opportunity to work with the City on the project. Former Mayor Thomas...

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Speed hump disappears in Hyde Sq.

August 1, 2014
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A speed hump was removed in Hyde Square last fall during a construction project and still has not been replaced, according to Jamaica Plain resident Erik Berg. The speed hump at 70 Day St. was one of several that were installed in the Hyde Square area about 15 years ago as part of a...

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Invitacion, Aug. 1, 2014

August 1, 2014
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 12 de agosto al mediodía para la publicación del 15 de agosto. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Reunión sobre la renovación de JP Branch Library, lunes, 4 agosto, 6pm, JP Branch, 12 Sedgwick St. Info:...

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Curley Field

August 1, 2014
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Curley Field

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BPD investigates larceny at smoke shop

August 1, 2014
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BPD investigates larceny at smoke shop

Detectives at Jamaica Plain’s District E-13 are investigating a larceny that occurred Sunday July 13 at the Smoke Shop Variety at 666 Centre St., according to bpdnews.com. Responding officers were informed that a suspect had walked behind the counter and stole an undisclosed amount of money from the register while a store employee was...

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Inside JP Licks’ ice cream kitchen

August 1, 2014
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Inside JP Licks’ ice cream kitchen

While you’re grabbing a cone at the JP Licks counter, the little-known kitchen is whipping up the ice cream and experimenting with new flavors. The kitchen in the company headquarters at 659 Centre St. makes at least 1,500 gallons of ice cream a day to sell there and at the 12 other branches around...

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Editorials: BRA reform

August 1, 2014
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The BRA “is in dire need of reform.” For once, that isn’t just residents, or political candidates, or disapproving judges in lawsuits, or the Gazette saying it. That’s straight from the Mayor’s Office, and it’s about time. Mayor Walsh is doing an outstanding job at checking items off his list of campaign promises. BRA...

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Editorial: The magic word ‘opportunity’

August 1, 2014
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Egleston Square, that great neighborhood where JP and Roxbury shake hands, is the latest gentrification hotspot that developers are sniffing around. At a recent meeting, the would-be developers of the Economy Plumbing building said the right things about “community,” and Tim Reardon of the Egleston Square Neighborhood Association said smart things about “affordability.” Those...

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JP writer masks identity to publish crime novel

August 1, 2014
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JP writer masks identity to publish crime novel

A Jamaica Plain-based author released a pulp-fiction crime thriller last year under a pen name, due to its “dark scenes.” Going by J.M. Taylor, the author of “Night of the Furies” works as a secondary English teacher in a neighboring suburb. The Gazette agreed to keep his real identity secret. “I wouldn’t want my...

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On the Police Beat, July 13-27, 2014

August 1, 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. July 27: Vandalism, 10 Woodman St. July 26: Larceny shoplifting, 467 Centre St.; Gerado Axel Rivera of Dorchester...

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ZBA to work more, appear on TV

August 1, 2014
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The City’s Zoning Board of Appeals will hold longer hearings that will be televised and live-streamed online, in a move to boost speed and transparency. Mayor Martin Walsh and the City’s Inspectional Services Department announced the changes, effective Aug. 5. Currently, applicants seeking zoning variances face a wait list of up to six months...

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New beetle infestation pesters Arboretum

July 30, 2014
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Jamaica Plain is facing another infestation of a tree-killing beetle, just months after the end of a multi-year quarantine related to a different insect. A single specimen of the emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle was found in a trap at the Arnold Arboretum on July 16, and was confirmed by federal officials on July...

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Egleston block eyed for massive mixed-use project

July 18, 2014
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Egleston block eyed for massive mixed-use project

EGLESTON SQ.—A block of Washington Street that includes former plumbing company and car garage is being eyed for an energy-efficient, mixed-use development. Developers Dan Mangiacotti and Paul Iantosca are looking to redevelop the 3190-3204 block of Washington Street, between Montebello and Iffley roads, into ground-level retail and housing with “some sustainability and energy conservation...

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