BAPA names holiday decoration winners

January 8, 2016
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The Jamaica Plain Business & Professional Association chose 15 winners for its 2015 Business District Holiday Decorations Contest. Ninety-four businesses in the Centre and South Street districts were seen to have decorations for the holiday season and were awarded points for being most artistic, most festive, and most inviting to customers. New Leaf Flores...

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BPL spokesperson talks neighborhood libraries

January 8, 2016
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BPL spokesperson talks neighborhood libraries

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library is closed for a much needed $10 million renovation. The Gazette recently spoke with Boston Public Library spokesperson Rosemary Lavery via email about where the JP Branch Library programs have gone and what the neighborhood’s other two libraries, Egleston Square (2044 Columbus Ave.) and Connolly (433 Centre St.), have...

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MassDEP surveys 64 Allandale St. site, decision coming

January 8, 2016
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The state Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) conducted a survey on Dec. 18 of the 64 Allandale St. project site to determine whether it falls under the state Wetlands Protection Act and a decision is expected in February, according to MassDEP spokesperson Joe Ferson. MassDEP conducted a survey after receiving an appeal from the...

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JP Agenda, Jan. 8, 2016

January 8, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Jan. 26 for the Jan. 29 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. 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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Invitacion, Jan. 8, 2016

January 8, 2016
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El plazo para la sección de participación es al mediodía, martes, 26 de enero para la edición del 29 de enero. Mande eventos a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Reunión mensual de distrito E-13, reunión de la planificación estratégica jueves, 21 ene, 7pm en distrito E-13....

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Sanchez brings Latino elected officials together

January 8, 2016
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On Dec. 17, state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez held a celebratory luncheon for nearly 50 elected Latino officials in recognition of recent electoral gains throughout Massachusetts, according to a press release. After the November elections, there are now almost 50 Latino elected officials in the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which is a considerable growth from...

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HELPING OTHERS

January 8, 2016
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HELPING OTHERS

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Sights and Sounds, Jan. 8, 2016

January 8, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Jan 26 for the Jan. 29 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events Laughing Liberally Boston, a monthly progressive political comedy show, Sat. Jan. 9, 8pm, $8. The Riot Theater, 146a South St....

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Neighborhood group forms in Parkside

January 8, 2016
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A new neighborhood association, Parkside Neighborhood Association (PNA), has formed and held its first meeting on Dec. 1. The group will meet every other month to share information, meet neighbors, and work together to address community issues, according to a press release. Jamaica Plain homeowners and renters who live between Iffley Road, Glen Road,...

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BPS receives $1.5 million art grant

January 8, 2016
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Boston Public Schools (BPS) has been awarded $1.5 million in grant funding from the Wallace Foundation to support its continuing expansion of arts education, according to a press release. The money will directly support the Boston Public School Arts Expansion Initiative, an effort to expand arts education that was launched in February 2009 as...

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JPNDC submits revised Site III plan

January 8, 2016
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) with their partner The Community Builders (TCB) have submitted a revised plan to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) for Site III of the Jackson Square redevelopment project after years of planning and community processes. About 11 acres of land in Jackson Square are being redeveloped by a...

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Letter: Solutions to the post office wait

January 8, 2016
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I also have experienced the long, slow-moving lines at the Jamaica Plain Post Office. I have tried to make the best of my time in line. I often initiate long conversations with strangers who also wait. I sometimes do stretches and use my backpack as a free weight and do some lifts to tone...

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Letter: More delivery problems

January 8, 2016
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In this neighborhood mail delivery has been averaging four days a week, even during the Christmas rush. People with their names clearly visible on their boxes find their mail thrown on the ground or delivered to the wrong address. What the Sam Hill is going on with our post office? David A. Mittell, Jr....

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Letter: Better post office leadership needed

January 8, 2016
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In our fifteen years on Hampstead Hill in Forest Hills, we have had two people deliver our mail. First, we had the nonpareil Lynette Dion, who retired after 26 years with full honors from all the people and pets on our hill. Now we have Shawn Connolly, who is Lynette’s worthy successor: the mail...

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Letter: Taxes too high

January 8, 2016
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I am fuming mad after receiving my latest real estate tax bill. It is up 14.5 percent from my 2015 tax bill, which was up 12.2 percent from my 2014 tax bill, which was up 6 percent from my 2013 tax bill… and on and on accordingly. I am not one of these crazy...

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Obituary: Howard R. Leibowitz

January 8, 2016
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Obituary: Howard R. Leibowitz

Jamaica Plain resident Howard R. Leibowitz, an adviser to Mayors Ray Flynn and Tom Menino, died suddenly on Dec. 27. He was 63. For 29 years, the beloved husband of Constance Jane Doty. Dear son of Laurie (Berman) Leibowitz and the late Sumner Leibowitz. Devoted brother of Steven, Laurence and Peter Leibowitz and his...

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Neighbor has issues with Goddard House project

December 18, 2015
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The owner of Olmsted Place at 161 S. Huntington Ave. has written a letter to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) expressing concerns over the proposed Goddard House project and complaining that he was not notified of any public meetings about the project or the S. Huntington Avenue corridor study. Olmsted Place, which was a...

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MassDEP to survey 64 Allandale St. site

December 18, 2015
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The state Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) will conduct a survey of the 64 Allandale St. project site to determine whether it falls under the state Wetlands Protection Act after receiving an appeal from the developer, according to MassDEP spokesperson Joe Ferson. Ferson said that the survey will happen today, Dec. 18. He did...

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION

December 18, 2015
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UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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MassDEP revisará el proyecto en 64 Allandale St.

December 18, 2015
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El departamento estatal para la protección del medio ambiente (MassDEP) realizará una revisión del proyecto en 64 Allandale St. después de recibir una apelación de su promotora para averiguar si la propiedad está protegida por el acto para la protección de los humedales, según el portavoz de MassDEP Joe Ferson. Ferson dijo que se...

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BRA board’s vote on S. Huntington Ave. guidelines delayed

December 18, 2015
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By Emily Resnevic and Peter Shanley Gazette Staff The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board’s vote on the S. Huntington Ave. guidelines has been delayed so the agency can further discuss them with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, according to spokesperson Nick Martin. The BRA board was slated to vote on the guidelines during...

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Operation Exit expands

December 18, 2015
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Operation Exit, the City’s reentry program for people with criminal backgrounds, will be expanding by including opportunities in the technology industry through a partnership with Resilient Coders, according to a press release. “Operation Exit is a true example of what can be achieved when people are given second chances and opportunities for a fresh...

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JP Observer: Going national for gun control (and more)

December 18, 2015
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Some terrific people represent Jamaica Plain in the United States Congress. Oddly enough, that can be frustrating at times. When our team votes our way, but Congress itself doesn’t, what can we do? Efforts to strengthen gun restrictions in the U.S. offer a classic case. Both of JP’s representatives in the House, Stephen Lynch...

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BRA board approves Heath St. project

December 18, 2015
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority board approved the $17.4 million General Heath Square Apartments during its meeting on Dec. 10, according to a press release. The General Heath Square Apartments will be built on City-owned land formed by the triangle of Heath, New Heath, and Bromley streets, and is expected to created 42 construction jobs....

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