Park Spirit

May 22, 2015
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Park Spirit

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Hyde Sq. gas line work to last into Oct.

May 22, 2015
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Gas line work on Centre Street in Hyde Square will continue into the fall, National Grid told the Gazette. National Grid spokesperson Mary-Leah Assad told the Gazette last week that ongoing work will continue on Centre Street, between Sheridan and Walden streets, likely through the end of October. The pipe replacement work began last...

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On the Police Beat, May 3-17, 2015

May 22, 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. May 17: Larry Singleton of JP and Maurice A. Kyles of JP charged with assault and battery with...

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Editorial: A cultural master plan

May 22, 2015
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Another week, another master plan from Mayor Walsh’s administration. The “Boston Creates” arts and cultural “blueprint” sounds like another good big-picture approach from the new mayor. And it is fitting that the process kicks off in JP, the home to a wealth of art galleries, creative youth programs, musicians of all types, historic resources,...

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Editorial: JP talk

May 22, 2015
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It’s a tribute to JP’s cultural vitality that we can learn so much about the issues of the day thanks to the efforts of local organizations like the Jamaica Plain Forum and residents involved in the NoBoston2024 movement. The JP Forum regularly brings in high-profile speakers with well-timed relevance. This month, it will feature...

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Letter: A different, supportive view of 3200 Washington project

May 22, 2015
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I have to respectfully disagree with my neighbor in her letter to the editor in your May 8 issue regarding the pros and cons of the development at 3200 Washington St. (“3200 Washington project sets a bad precedent,” May 8.) Like her, I live very close to the site and will feel the impact...

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Letter: Development is changing JP’s character

May 22, 2015
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When I moved to Jamaica Plain 25 years ago, $180,000 bought a home with land. The interest was high (18 percent), but it was a better investment than buying a six-room condo in Brookline for the same money. Over the years, Jamaica Plain became increasingly popular because of its eclectic and inclusive neighborhoods, its...

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Savings Lesson

May 22, 2015
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Theater of War

May 22, 2015
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Theater of War

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Library ‘bibliocycle’ returns to JP

May 22, 2015
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Library ‘bibliocycle’ returns to JP

The Boston Public Library (BPL) Bibliocycle, a bike and book trailer, has returned to the streets of JP in its second season. The bike-drawn trailer will visit street fairs, markets, and community events to deliver library services on-the-go. Its first stop was last Saturday at the Kite and Bike Festival in Franklin Park. Features...

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Casey Overpass will close for demo this weekend

May 8, 2015
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Casey Overpass will close for demo this weekend

The Casey Overpass will being shutting down forever this Saturday in preparation for its demolition, currently slated for the week of May 18. Major detours and construction of the new Casey Arborway surface streets will continue for more than 18 months. Starting on Sat., May 9 at 7 a.m., the westbound lane of the...

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London protester: Olympics damaged park

May 8, 2015
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Heavy security fencing lines a Greenwich Park path in July 2012. (Photo by @SonyJim)

As local residents try to figure out what a Boston 2024 Olympics horse venue would mean for Franklin Park, a natural benchmark is London’s historic Greenwich Park, host to a similar venue for the latest Summer Games in 2012. The London 2012 party line is that the Olympics upgraded Greenwich Park to a better...

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Swan Boat Season

May 8, 2015
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Swan Boat Season

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Rally calls for all-affordable housing in new project

May 8, 2015
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Rally calls for all-affordable housing in new project

EGLESTON SQ.—A grassroots group held a protest rally on April 29 in Egleston Square, calling on the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and the developers of 3200 Washington St. to make that development 100 percent affordable. About 35 to 40 young adults and teenagers gathered for the rally April 29. The event started with a...

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Informe: BPS necesita nuevo plan para los varones afroamericanos y latinos

May 8, 2015
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Boston Public Schools (BPS) publicó el mes pasado la segunda fase de un estudio que investiga los malos resultados académicos de los varones latinos y afroamericanos en el sistema escolar. La segunda fase revela que se necesita “un enfoque más sistémico” para educar a los varones afroamericanos y latinos, y que la mayoría de...

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Marathon rescue hero joins anti-Olympic protest

May 8, 2015
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Marathon rescue hero joins anti-Olympic protest

By Rebeca Oliveira and John Ruch/Gazette Staff Carlos Arredondo, the nationally known peace activist and Boston Marathon bombing rescue hero, has joined the protest movement against the Boston 2024 Olympic bid. Arredondo joined NoBoston2024 protesters at an information table at the May 2 Wake Up the Earth Festival in the Southwest Corridor Park in...

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Anti-Olympics speakers to talk displacement, surveillance

May 8, 2015
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The anti-Olympics group NoBoston2024 is staging two panel discussions in Jamaica Plain on Olympics-related housing and security impacts. Among the speakers is Dave Zirin, the sports editor at the magazine The Nation. The first event, May 14, 7 p.m. at Hope Central Church, is “Olympic-Sized Displacement: What Boston 2024 Means for Housing Rights.” The...

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Boston 2024 changes Franklin Park plan

May 8, 2015
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Boston 2024 has altered its plan for Olympics horse-racing in Franklin Park so that the track would be built around rather than on the golf course. The Franklin Park Coalition says the change raises new questions about park impacts. The change was announced at a City-sponsored Boston 2024 meeting April 28 at Roxbury Community...

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BRA to codify S. Huntington guidelines

May 8, 2015
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) is looking to integrate guidelines developed for S. Huntington Avenue into the City zoning code. The BRA completed the community-requested South Huntington Avenue Framework for Future Development Review in May 2013. On May 21, the BRA will host a community meeting to “ensure that the guidelines have captured the...

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City releases first student housing report

May 8, 2015
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The City of Boston released its first ever “Student Housing Trends” report last month, establishing a baseline toward Mayor Martin Walsh’s goal of creating 18,500 new student dormitory beds by 2030. But all local data in the report is inaccurate because it continues to use an old, incorrect map that erases some neighborhoods and...

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Post office resolves lease situation

May 8, 2015
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The United States Postal Service (USPS) has resolved its lease situation over the Jamaica Plain post office at 655 Centre St, allowing the store to remain at its current location. The USPS had been considering moving or downsizing since early in the year, while it negotiated with property owner Bulfinch Companies. The lease was...

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Sights and Sounds, May 8, 2015

May 8, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., May 19 for the May 22 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special  Interest Rhythm of the Latin Quarter, celebrate ArtWeek with Hyde Square Task Force, Sat., May 9, noon, Blessed Sacrament Church, 361...

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Let Them Eat Olympics

May 8, 2015
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Let Them Eat Olympics

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JP Agenda, May 8, 2015

May 8, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., May 19 for the May 22 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNC Environment, Parks & Energy Committee, agenda includes preliminary discussion of Boston 2024 Olympics bid, Mon., May 11, 6pm, John F....

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