Community Honor

February 13, 2015
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Community Honor

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JP Agenda, 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. Meetings Boston Police District E-13, Latino monthly meeting, Thurs., Feb. 12, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St. Strategic planning, Thurs., Feb. 19,...

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Music video director works with JP school class

February 13, 2015
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Music video director works with JP school class

Music video director J.R. Saint recently led a new video-production program for students at Jamaica Plain’s Community Academy. Community Academy at 25 Glen Road is a small, alternative public high school that serves students who have struggled in traditional classrooms. Saint grew up in Lawrence, Mass., and is now a well-known music video director...

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‘Missed Connections’ opera coming to Milky Way

February 13, 2015
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If you’re a fan of Missed Connections and opera, the Milky Way and Opera on Tap have a show for you. “Missed Connections,” a show that honors “the love stories that almost were,” based on popular online personals columns, will bring arias, songs, musical theater favorites and ensemble numbers to the Milky Way/Bella Luna...

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Young people’s input sought on City budget

February 13, 2015
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The City recently announced $1 million has been allocated to “Youth Lead the Change,” a project that allows the City youths to help decide where some funds from the City budget should be spent, according to a press release. City youths last year voted to fund several projects, including enhancing community parks and installing...

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Editorial: The State of JP

February 13, 2015
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The annual State of Our Neighborhood forum, co-sponsored by the Gazette, convenes Feb. 26. We look forward to seeing the promised concrete policy proposals that will be devised there regarding JP’s increasing housing costs and decreasing diversity. This is a crucial time for such ideas. Housing advocates have a great potential partner in Mayor...

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Editorial: Olympics vs. democracy

February 13, 2015
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A hearty thank you to City Councilor Josh Zakim for bolding proposing ballot questions regarding the Boston Olympics bid. Yes, the questions would be nonbinding, and ballots would be cast after the bid submission deadline. But Zakim’s real message is that the Olympics and the bigwigs backing it must pay attention to the thoughts...

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Op-Ed: The State of JP: Racial equity through housing justice

February 13, 2015
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By Carlos Espinoza-Toro, Juan Gonzalez, Orion Kriegman, Abigail Ortiz, Giovanny Valencia, and Tracy Bindel/Special to the Gazette. For the fifth consecutive year an estimated 250 residents will gather to engage in a productive dialogue, with each other and with our elected officials, about top community concerns. This year, the 2015 State of Our Neighborhood...

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Letter: Casey protesters were angry for good reasons

February 13, 2015
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Clay Harper’s letter to the editor complaining about the MassDOT Casey Overpass meeting January 21 is one take on the meeting. (“Casey protesters were rude and juvenile,” Jan. 30.) But his complaint about loud participants is misplaced. If MassDOT had done an honest, comprehensive, responsive, and sincere planning and design process, there would not...

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On the Police Beat, Jan. 20-Feb. 8, 2015

February 13, 2015
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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. 8: Stolen vehicle recovered, 90 Bragdon St.; threats, 14 Spring Park Ave.; assault and battery, 45 Bournedale...

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Man shot, killed on Centre St.

February 11, 2015
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A man in his 20s was fatally shot near 891 Centre St. this morning, according to Boston Police Department (BPD). An officer who was nearby heard the shots, fired around 10:30 this morning, and chased two male suspects. While at least one of the suspects fired at police, the officer did not return fire....

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Teen charged after gun found in bedroom

January 31, 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 Services...

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Casey Overpass closures, demo to start next month

January 30, 2015
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The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) laid out plans for the first 90 days for the Casey Arborway construction project during a contentious community meeting Jan. 21 at English High School. The plan includes closing the westbound lane of the Casey Overpass in late February and the entire overpass by the end of March,...

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Franklin Park Olympics details revealed

January 30, 2015
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Franklin Park Olympics details revealed

By Rebeca Oliveira, John Ruch and Peter Shanley/Gazette Staff Franklin Park’s White Stadium and William J. Devine Golf Course are officially proposed as 2024 Boston Olympics venues in bid documents finally revealed on Jan. 21 by Boston 2024. The plans include hosting various events in a renovated stadium, and temporarily turning the golf course...

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A Stroll in the Snow

January 30, 2015
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A Stroll in the Snow

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Ex-owner: I was ‘deceived’ in historic house sale

January 30, 2015
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FOREST HILLS—The former owner of 21 Yale Terrace says that she was “deceived” by a buyer who claimed to be a family-minded local grandmother into selling the historic house to the neighboring Bicon Dental Implants. The 501 Arborway business controversially plans to demolish the 19th century house and replace it with a parking garage...

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Cierran el paso elevado Casey para empezar la demolición

January 30, 2015
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En una contenciosa reunión comunitaria el 21 de enero en English High School, el departamento de transporte del estado (MassDOT) reveló sus planes para los primeros 90 días del proyecto de construcción de Casey Arborway. El plan incluye el cierre del carril hacia el oeste del paso elevado Casey a finales de febrero y...

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3383-3389 Washington St. project approved

January 30, 2015
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3383-3389 Washington St. project approved

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved the redeveloped as a mixed-use residential and retail building with 21 units of housing and over 2,300 square feet of ground floor retail space at 3383-3389 Washington St. The site at 3383-3389 Washington St. covers three parcels and is currently vacant. It includes the former Royal Fried Chicken...

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JP Post Office might move or shrink

January 30, 2015
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The United States Postal Service (USPS) is considering moving or downsizing the Jamaica Plain Post Office at 655 Centre St, although it is in the “very earliest stage” of the process, according to spokesperson Maureen Marion. A notice about possible changes is hanging up inside the post office building, stirring community discussions. “We are...

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New York man charged with Jackson Sq. murder

January 30, 2015
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JACKSON SQ.— A woman found dead last summer in Jackson Square was a murder victim, according to Boston Police, who arrested a suspect in New York City on Jan. 19. On July 13, 2014, the body of Pippin Roe, 40, of Boston was found in a wooded area next to Urban Edge’s building at...

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JP Observer: Tree removal needs regulation

January 30, 2015
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In what is just the latest in several tree massacres in Jamaica Plain in the past decade, the MBTA cleared the proposed Southwest Corridor Park Greenway Extension near Washington Street of most of its trees last month without informing or getting input from neighbors or groups. Wholesale chopping down of trees on private and...

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500 Arborway demo delayed for Casey

January 30, 2015
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Demolition of the vacant MBTA building at 500 Arborway has been delayed until the completion of the Casey Arborway project, late 2016 at the earliest, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. The building will be used for office space for that project, Pesaturo said. Other parts of the site have been slated for temporary...

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SJC upholds conviction of store clerk’s killer

January 30, 2015
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SJC upholds conviction of store clerk’s killer

The state’s highest court upheld the conviction of the murderer who committed one of Jamaica Plain’s most infamous crimes in a Jan. 20 decision. Edward Corliss, now 68, robbed the Tedeschi convenience store in Monument Square on the day after Christmas in 2009. After clerk Surendra Dangol handed over the cash, Corliss shot him...

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Nonprofits place only bid for Heath St. site

January 30, 2015
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A team of local nonprofit developers placed the only bid to develop 10 City-owned parcels along Heath Street, according to the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND). The bid was put together by two nonprofit developers specializing in affordable housing—the Back of the Hill Community Development Corporation (BOTH CDC) and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development...

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