DCR extends Arborway comment period

March 13, 2015
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A proposed bicycle-oriented redesign of the Arborway between Murray and Kelley Circles that would replace the historic rotaries with modern roundabouts has had its public comment date extended to March 20. Created and advertised as a plan to create and improve bicycle facilities on the Arborway, the plan would replace Murray Circle with two...

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English High alumnus Leonard Nimoy dies

March 13, 2015
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Leonard Nimoy, an English High School alumnus and best known for playing the part-human, part-alien Spock in the 1960s “Star Trek” series, died Feb. 27. He was 83. Nimoy died of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which he blamed on his years of smoking. He announced last year that he had the disease. Born...

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BRA to create a citywide master plan

March 13, 2015
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority soon will begin creating the first citywide land-use master plan in more than a half-century, spokesperson Nick Martin told the Gazette. The effort will tie into smaller-scale neighborhood plans as well—including a long-awaited plan for Jamaica Plain’s Washington Street corridor. “It’s really sort of a monumental effort on our part,”...

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EHS staffer charged with shooting student

March 13, 2015
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An employee of JP’s English High School (EHS) is charged with attempting to murder an EHS student in Roxbury on March 3 in a shooting related to drug-dealing, according to Suffolk County District Attorney spokesperson Jake Wark. Shaun Harrison, 55, was working as “dean of academy” at EHS at 144 McBride St. at the...

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ESMS to host music series

March 13, 2015
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Egleston Square Main Street (ESMS) will host a music series this summer after being one of five Main Street districts receiving a total of $22,500 in grant money, according to a press release. Main Street is a business-promotion organization. The grant money is from the Boston Main Streets Foundation. “We’re very excited about the...

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Concert Time

March 13, 2015
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Concert Time

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Sights and Sounds, March 13, 2015

March 13, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., March 24 for the March 27 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Jamaica Plain Porchfest fundraiser, with summer menu of Porch Tapas, BBQ, ribs, watermelon and summer-themed cocktails, $12.50/ahead, $15/door, Mon., March...

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JP Reads flash fiction contest begins

March 13, 2015
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JP Reads, the local literary organization, is holding its annual “flash fiction” contest. Entries are due April 6, and the winners will be published in the Gazette. JP Reads stages an annual event series encouraging Jamaica Plain residents to all read and discuss the same book. This year’s book is “The Song of Achilles,”...

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Gallery, store close down; bike shop to expand

March 13, 2015
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The Hallway Gallery and the Room 68 furniture store closed down on Dec. 31. An expansion of the neighboring Ferris Wheels Bike Shop, as well as a marketing firm, are taking over their South Street storefronts. Brent Refsland ran the Hallway at 66a South for six years, and with partner Eric Portnoy, operated Room...

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Wright Stuff

March 13, 2015
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Wright Stuff

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50-52 Montebello won’t mix with bigger project

March 13, 2015
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The proposed development on the 3200 block of Washington Street between Montebello and Iffley roads will not include the properties at 50-52 Montebello Road, as originally suggested by the developers. Instead, the City Department of Neighborhood development (DND) will offer a Request for Proposals (RFP) by the end of the month for renovations of...

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JP Agenda, March 13, 2015

March 13, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., March 24 for the March 27 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings 3200 Washington St. IAG, March 16, 6:30-7:30pm, Boston Police District E-13 Jamaica Plain, 3345 Washington St. Info: 918-4251. JPNC Housing &...

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Forbes Fire

March 13, 2015
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Forbes Fire

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Senior Life: Dedicated staff help seniors during record snow

March 13, 2015
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Dedicated personnel for the Springhouse Retirement Community and Ethos helped deliver services to seniors during the recent record snowfall that hit the area. Karen Pollack, spokesperson for the Springhouse Retirement Community on Allandale Street in Jamaica Hills, said that everyday service was “100 percent not affected” because the staff went “above and beyond.” She...

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Senior Life: City plans a senior-friendly future

March 13, 2015
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The City’s Commission on Affairs of the Elderly has recently launched the “Age Friendly Boston” initiative, aimed at making transportation, public meetings and public spaces more accessible and respectful to Boston’s older denizens. It all ties into the City’s coordinated development of improvements for the future Boston of 2030. “Mayor Walsh is committed to...

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BPS eyes JP school closure and move

March 13, 2015
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BPS eyes JP school closure and move

Citing budget woes, Boston Public Schools (BPS) is calling for closure of the Community Academy at 25 Glen Road at the end of the school year. Another possible change: the Margarita Muñiz Academy at 20 Child St. may be relocated to the building currently occupied by the Rogers Middle School in Hyde Park in...

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Post office running short on time for move decision

March 13, 2015
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With its lease set to expire in less than two months, the Jamaica Plain post office still has no resolution over whether it will move or shrink. “As it stands, we are looking at all the best available opportunities for both our operations in JP and the customers we serve. I will be in...

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Invitacion, March 13, 2015

March 13, 2015
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 24 de marzo al mediodía para la publicación del 27 de marzo. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marque el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones 3200 Washington St. IAG, 16 mar, 6:30-7:30pm, policía de Boston de Distrito E-13, Jamaica Plain, 3345 Washington St....

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Editorial: The answer behind the Franklin Park Olympics non-answers

March 13, 2015
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When Boston 2024 committed Franklin Park as an Olympic venue in its bid without telling anyone locally, that move was uninformative, arrogant and disingenuous. No surprise that its first, incredibly belated public meeting at the park was all of the above and worse. Boston 2024 is interested in Franklin Park because, from its godlike...

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Editorial: Mayor Walsh’s big picture

March 13, 2015
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Mayor Walsh’s commitment to long-range planning on virtually every front in his 2030-targeted system is to be applauded. Taking on the big picture is a massive turnabout from the previous administration, which in some ways had a healthy aversion to centralized planning, and in other ways merely replaced it with mayoral fiat. Meanwhile, the...

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On the Police Beat, Feb. 22-March 8, 2015

March 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. March 8: Breaking and entering of residence, 16 Newbern St.; Carlos Ovando of Boston and Joaquin Ramon Arias...

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Sanctuary restaurant closes

March 13, 2015
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HYDE SQ.—The restaurant Centre Street Sanctuary, which was located at the Blessed Sacrament Church campus at 365 Centre St., has closed, according to owner Adam Rutstein. The restaurant’s last day was March 8. “We ran out of time and we ran out of money,” he said in a Gazette interview. He said Sanctuary was...

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The return of Dianne Wilkerson

March 12, 2015
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The return of Dianne Wilkerson

Of all of the twists and turns of Boston’s Olympics bid, perhaps the most surprising is the public reappearance of Dianne Wilkerson. JP’s former state senator’s last public activities here were in 2008, when her reelection attempt collapsed with her FBI arrest for taking bribes. After her release from federal prison in 2013, she has...

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EHS staffer charged with shooting student

March 6, 2015
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An employee of JP’s English High School (EHS) is charged with attempting to murder an EHS student in Roxbury on Tuesday night in a shooting related to drug-dealing, according to Suffolk County District Attorney spokesperson Jake Wark. Shaun Harrison, 55, was working as dean of students at EHS at 144 McBride St. at the...

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