Letter: Gazette is misleading about 71 South St. project

August 15, 2014
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The Gazette’s Aug. 1 story “South Street office-to-houses project shot down” misleads readers about the zoning issues at the 71 South St. site. First, the Gazette asserts that the “4,684 square-foot-lot…is zoned for a three-family house.” This is incorrect. In fact, pursuant to Article 55 of the Zoning Code, and as shown on Map...

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Peace march and rally scheduled

August 15, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and JP residents and businesses are holding a “Neighborhood Peace Rally” and march tomorrow, Aug. 16, in Hyde and Jackson Squares. “Just this summer we’ve already had three incidents in which one person died and two other people were hospitalized in critical condition due to these shootings,”...

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Weed-eating goats could come to JP

August 15, 2014
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Goats are nibbling plants in Hyde Park in a Boston Parks Department pilot program using the animals as old-school weed control. If it works out, the goats could come to JP’s urban wilds to manage invasive plant species like poison ivy, buckthorn and Japanese knotweed. Five years ago, JP residents proposed using goats to...

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Sock for Sox

August 15, 2014
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Sock for Sox

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On the Police Beat, July 28-Aug. 10, 2014

August 15, 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. Aug. 10: Vandalism, Gay Head St.; unarmed robbery, 3699 Washington St.; breaking and entering of non-residence, McBride St.;...

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Police seek 3 in connection with Jackson Sq. body

August 8, 2014
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Police seek 3 in connection with Jackson Sq. body

JACKSON SQ.–Boston Police homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying three “persons of interest” in connection with a woman found dead near Urban Edge’s Webb Building last month. An unidentified woman believed to be in her 40s was found dead July 13 in the area of 1542 Columbus Ave., on the...

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Obituary: Noah Katz, world traveler and runner

August 6, 2014
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Obituary: Noah Katz, world traveler and runner

Noah Katz of Jamaica Plain passed away July 31, 2014. Born March 13, 1952 in White Plains, N.Y. Pre-deceased by his loving mother Frances (Wollin) Katz; devoted son of Stanley Katz (and stepmother, Florence). Adored brother of Cima Katz (Gary Tebor). Cherished by his cousins, extended family and friends. Noah spent his adult life...

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Patrick talks child poverty, Shattuck Center

August 1, 2014
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Patrick talks child poverty, Shattuck Center

JACKSON SQ.—Gov. Deval Patrick came to Nurtury Learning Lab in Bromley-Heath last week to present an annual report on the state of child welfare in the Commonwealth. While there, he said that his office will “continue to work” with the Shattuck Child Care Center in Forest Hills, which is desperately looking for a new...

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Police: Egleston shootings are ‘targeted’

August 1, 2014
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Four recent shootings, including one homicide, in the vicinity of the Stony Brook MBTA station are connected and targeted, according to Boston Police (BPD) E-13 Capt. Alfredo Andres. Andres made the announcement during a community meeting organized by City Councilor Matt O’Malley on July 21 to discuss the recent spate of violence. Over 60...

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JP Porchfest

August 1, 2014
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JP Porchfest

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Local architects build ‘supergreen’ dream house

August 1, 2014
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Local architects build ‘supergreen’ dream house

WOODBOURNE—Architects Hansy Better Barraza and Anthony Piermarini love their corner of Jamaica Plain so much, they recently built their “supergreen” dream house there. They were inspired to make the 1B Meyer St. house highly energy efficient because of a nearby City-sponsored green housing project around the corner on Catherine Street. Another well-known energy-efficient home,...

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BRA lacks rules and records, audit finds

August 1, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority lacks proper policies and record-keeping practices, and has lost track of millions of dollars, according to an audit ordered by Mayor Martin Walsh. The Mayor’s Office and the BRA’s acting director called the findings “troubling” and pledge to reform the agency for better accountability and transparency. Among the undocumented items...

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Plan en Egleston recibe opiniones del público

August 1, 2014
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EGLESTON SQ.— En una reunión en Egleston Square Neighborhood Association (ESNA) el 23 de julio, unos diseñadores revelaron su plan para convertir una manzana en Washington Street en un edificio multiuso de 82 pies de altura, con 76 departamentos. La mayor preocupación de los 50 asistentes fue la asequibilidad. Los diseñadores Dan Mangiacotta y...

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Egleston Sq. block plan gets 1st local input

August 1, 2014
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EGLESTON SQ.—A mixed-use building up to 82 feet high, with 76 housing units, is the early plan for redeveloping a Washington Street block, developers said at a July 23 Egleston Square Neighborhood Association (ESNA) meeting. Affordability was a big community concern expressed at the meeting, which drew about 50 people. Developers Dan Mangiacotti and...

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Heath St. DND parcels going to RFP

August 1, 2014
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JACKSON SQ.—A request for proposals to redevelopment 10 City-owned parcels along Heath Street will likely be issued this month, with a preference for “deeply affordable” residential units clearly expressed. The City’s Department of Neighborhood Development has held three community meetings and a site tour about the contiguous parcels at 9-21 Bromley St., 894-908 Parker...

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JP Observer: In traffic, a little kindness makes a big change

August 1, 2014
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Anyone who has lived here a while has got to have noticed that traffic has increased immensely in JP. Cars and trucks and buses line up for blocks on our main boulevards, leaving vehicles on side streets just yearning to get into the flow. In mid-December, in line at Stop & Shop in Jackson...

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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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