Editorial: Saving the Shattuck’s child care

February 14, 2014
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What’s really going on with the state and the Shattuck Child Care Center it is giving the boot? It’s hard to tell. But when two of our most respected elected officials make extraordinary criticism of the move, it’s time to pay attention. In their op-ed in this week’s Gazette, state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz and...

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Editorial: The State of JP

February 14, 2014
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The annual State of Our Neighborhood forum convenes on Feb. 27, co-sponsored by the Gazette, offers Jamaica Plain a chance to take stock. “Ain’t No One Can Afford This” is this year’s provocative theme, one that notes a turning point in the neighborhood’s history. Of course, many people can afford JP—if only just barely....

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Op-Ed: The State of JP: No one can afford this

February 14, 2014
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Op-Ed: The State of JP: No one can afford this

By Orion Kriegman, Juan Gonzalez, Abigail Ortiz, Carlos Espinoza-Toro, Greg Buckland and Tracy Bindel/Special to the Gazette “Ain’t No One Can Afford This,” reads an anonymous note to the world scrawled on the map of the Orange Line near the JP Monument. These six silent words speak volumes about the state of our neighborhood....

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Op-Ed: Gov. Patrick offers only lip service on threatened child care center

February 14, 2014
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By Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz and Rep. Liz Malia/Special to the Gazette Gov. Deval Patrick has repeatedly made early education his number one priority, and this laudable goal was reinforced in his recent State of the Commonwealth address. Unfortunately, his administration is currently ignoring an opportunity to preserve dozens of high-quality seats at the Shattuck...

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Police seize cache of heroin, cocaine in Egleston raid

February 13, 2014
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Boston Police officers seized over a pound of heroin as well as cocaine and drug-dealing equipment in a raid yesterday on an Egleston Square apartment. An unidentified 22-year-old Boston man was arrested on charges of heroin and cocaine trafficking in the bust at 3037 Washington St. on the Roxbury side of Egleston Square, according to...

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Gunshot victim was Hennigan student

February 11, 2014
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A 9-year-old boy who was shot and killed in Mattapan, allegedly by his older brother, was a Hennigan Elementary School student, according to Boston Public Schools spokesperson Brian Ballou. The Hennigan School is located at 200 Heath St. in Jamaica Plain. “Counselors are at the school and are available for any students or staff,”...

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2 teens charged in Bromley-Heath shooting

February 10, 2014
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JACKSON SQ.—Two teens are facing attempted murder charges after allegedly shooting a man outside a Bromley-Heath public housing development building on Jan. 27. The victim, a man in his twenties found by Boston Police officers outside 49 Horan Way, suffered “non-life-threatening” injuries, according to the Boston Police Department. A short time later, officers arrested...

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Obituary: Monique Monroe; ran family daycare

February 4, 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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Undelivered mail problems hit part of JP

January 31, 2014
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Several areas of Jamaica Plain have had problems with undelivered mail in recent weeks. St. Rose, Boylston and Jamaica Streets, as well as Robinwood and Spring Park Avenues, have been reportedly affected. Maureen O’Connor, a St. Rose Street resident, said in an email to the Gazette she did not have mail delivered for four...

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Big ideas, but no funds, for decaying Bear Dens

January 31, 2014
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Big ideas, but no funds, for decaying Bear Dens

The century-old Bear Dens in Franklin Park, abandoned since the 1970s, will continue to fall prey to decay and theft for the foreseeable future. There are no public or private plans to renovate them, and it is unclear who even owns them, the Gazette has found. The Bear Dens also have no special historic...

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New book reveals JP’s role in Boston’s subway

January 31, 2014
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The cover of “The Race Underground” by Doug Most. (Courtesy Photo)

As Boston and New York City competed to build the country’s first subway system in the 1890s, a high-powered sibling rivalry fueled the contest, and a Jamaica Plain company dug the tunnel that made Boston the winner. The dramatic personalities who built the T and transformed Boston come to life in the new book...

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Earthsound

January 31, 2014
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Héroe local asiste al Discurso del Estado de la Unión

January 31, 2014
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Héroe local asiste al Discurso del Estado de la Unión

Carlos Arredondo, un activista político muy conocido y un héroe local del atentado del maratón de Boston, fue invitado al Discurso del Estado de la Unión de Presidente Obama el 28 de enero. Arredondo y Jeff Bauman, un superviviente del atentado cuya vida fue salvada por Arredondo, serán dos invitados de la Primera Dama...

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Local marathon bombing hero attends State of Union

January 31, 2014
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Local marathon bombing hero attends State of Union

Carlos Arredondo, a well-known local peace activist and a hero of last year’s Boston Marathon bombing, was a special guest at President Obama’s State of the Union address on Jan. 28. Arredondo and Jeff Bauman, the bombing victim whose life Arredondo helped save, were guests of First Lady Michelle Obama, according to the White...

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Future of neighborhood coordinator unclear

January 31, 2014
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Jullieanne Doherty, Jamaica Plain’s coordinator for the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, was still grinding away at local issues when the Gazette spoke with her recently, but whether she remains in that position in Mayor Marty Walsh’s new administration is unclear. “I’m here and strong in this capacity for now,” Doherty said in a...

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Casey project delayed again

January 31, 2014
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The Casey Arborway project remains delayed, with a decision from the state Historic Commission (MHC) holding up the project. The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) needs approval from MHC for a redesign of Shea Circle at the Arborway and Morton Street into an intersection called Shea Square. The MHC has repeatedly requested design alternatives...

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Plan for White Stadium renovation progressing

January 31, 2014
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Plan for White Stadium renovation progressing

PARKSIDE—The plan to renovate Franklin Park’s White Stadium into a year-round facility appears to be moving forward. Former Mayor Thomas Menino and Boston Scholar Athletes (BSA), a nonprofit founded by construction company magnate John Fish, announced last summer a $45 million renovation plan for White Stadium. The proposal would add a turf field for...

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JP software company moves

January 31, 2014
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Infrared5, a Jamaica Plain company that creates video games and other software, mostly for smartphones and the web, has moved its office to 500 Amory St. “The layout is better for us for what we do,” said Infrared5 owner Rebecca Allen, pointing out that the new office has a closed conference room and other...

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JP Observer: Student playing field funding down to the wire

January 31, 2014
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Parents and students at the Curley K-8 School on Centre Street, as well as friends and interested community members, have been working very hard since last May to raise money for a new schoolyard. They deserve to succeed, and the larger Jamaica Plain community should come forward in the next few weeks to insure...

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AIDS Action not a fan of Patrick’s budget

January 31, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain-based AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts is not a fan of Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposed budget, the group said in a Jan. 22 press statement. “The budget released today by Governor Deval Patrick is not enough to sustain the fight against HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts,” said AIDS Action CEO Rebecca Haag in the...

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Rock collapse closes Centre St.

January 31, 2014
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Rock collapse closes Centre St.

Large debris, fallen from a rocky ledge on private land, was responsible for a lane closure and a pedestrian detour on Centre Street between Allandale Street and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Parkway earlier this month. The Faulkner Hospital side of the road, including the bike lane and sidewalk, were closed from Jan....

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Urbanica hosts Parcel U meetings

January 31, 2014
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Urbanica hosts Parcel U meetings

FOREST HILLS—Developer Urbanica presented a draft plan for 121 new housing units on “Parcel U” last week as part of a host of community meetings. Urbanica plans to create 56 rental units and 65 condo units on the former MBTA parcel, bounded by Hyde Park Avenue on the east and Ukraine Way on the...

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Oreo cookies to J.P. Licks: Stop using our name

January 31, 2014
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Oreo cookies to J.P. Licks: Stop using our name

The word “Oreo” is being scrubbed from any J.P. Licks ice cream shop flavor names after the cookie company demanded a fee for use of its brand. Oreos can still be used in the store’s recipes, but such flavor names as “Oreo Cookie Dough” have to go. The store is holding a contest through...

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Sights and Sounds, Jan. 31, 2014

January 31, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Feb. 11 for the Feb. 14 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events First Thursday neighborhood walk & art display, Feb. 6, 6-8, Centre/South streets. Info: centresouth.org. Franklin Park Coalition Snow Fest, Sat.,...

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