BRA looks to spruce up image

April 15, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority is looking in the mirror and it doesn’t like what it is seeing. It’s time for a makeover. The City announced last month that the BRA will be getting a “strategic advisor” to help the authority develop an “organizational identity” and “brand strategy,” according to a press release. A request...

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S. Huntington Ave. guidelines approved

April 15, 2016
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The S. Huntington Avenue guidelines are now officially part of the City zoning after the Zoning Commission approved them on March 9 and Mayor Martin Walsh signed them days later, according to City officials. The guidelines address the types of developments preferred by the community for the S. Huntington Avenue corridor. The guidelines are...

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VIGIL OF SUPPORT

April 15, 2016
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VIGIL OF SUPPORT

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Op-Ed: Motor vehicle license suspension repeal

April 15, 2016
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By Local State Rep. Liz Malia On March 30, the governor signed into law An Act relative to motor vehicle license suspension, an important reform of our criminal justice system. Previously in Massachusetts, individuals convicted of a non-violent drug offense automatically lost their licenses for up to five years, and faced a reinstatement fee...

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Letter: Airplane noise is a nuisance

April 15, 2016
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Being awoken at 5:04 a.m. by the thunderous noise of jetliners over JP has become intolerable. That’s the earliest I’ve experienced. The next was 5:08am. Many times the jets can be heard every 90 seconds, which is the time between takeoffs at Logan Airport. We must let Massport and the Federal Aviation Administration know...

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Letter: Bicon Dental is ‘a pillar’ of the neighborhood

April 15, 2016
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The latest flap over its occupancy permit is yet another salvo in a long-running smear campaign against Bicon Dental Implants by a group of narrow-minded neighbors. As I have noted in past letters of support to the City’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD), Bicon has become a pillar of the neighborhood. They first turned a...

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Letter: Lyme patients need care, not more bills

April 15, 2016
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I have been following the news about the hardships suffered by those with chronic Lyme disease when the insurance companies deny payment for their needed medicine. As if their physical suffering was not enough, these patients have the burden of paying out-of- pocket for the special antibiotics they need to get healthy. This is...

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Obituary: Oscar Giraud, a former JP resident, dies

April 6, 2016
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Obituary: Oscar Giraud, a former JP resident, dies

Oscar D. Giraud, Sr., a former Jamaica Plain resident, died on March 25. He was 87. Giraud is survived by his ex-wife Zoila Giraud and his children, Ingrid, Jeannette, Oscar Jr. and Omar Giraud, Miriam Rodrigues and Irene McGill. He is also survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass...

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ZBA refers Bicon appeal to City’s Legal Dept.

March 25, 2016
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FOREST HILLS—The City’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) has referred the Yale Terrace Neighborhood Association’s (YTNA) appeal over Bicon Dental Implants’ occupancy permit to the City’s Legal Department, according to YTNA member Liz O’Connor. The Inspectional Services Department (ISD), which oversees the ZBA, and Bicon Dental Implants both did not immediately respond to a...

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Planned Parenthood, local officials advocate for Healthy Youth Act

March 25, 2016
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The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts and local elected officials advocated for the Healthy Youth Act, a bill that would expand access to comprehensive sexual education in Massachusetts, during a community event on March 14 at the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain Jamaica Plain City Councilor Matt O’Malley, local Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz,...

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FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN KICK OFF

March 25, 2016
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FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN KICK OFF

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Slow Streets program slated to bring speed humps, artwork to Stonybrook

March 25, 2016
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The City’s Slow Streets pilot program is slated to bring speed humps and artwork to the Stonybrook neighborhood, according to a presentation by the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) to the Stonybrook Neighborhood Association (SNA) last month. The City expects to implement the program in the Stonybrook neighborhood sometime this year. The Slow Streets program...

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Planned Parenthood y oficiales electos promueven el Healthy Youth Act

March 25, 2016
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Durante un evento comunitario el 14 de marzo en la Primera Iglesia Bautista de Jamaica Plain, la fundación de promoción de Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts y oficiales electos locales abogaron por el Healthy Youth Act, un proyecto de ley que expandiría el acceso a la educación sexual comprensiva en Massachusetts. El Consejero Municipal de...

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City’s small business plan announced

March 25, 2016
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The City of Boston’s small business plan has been released and will be used a roadmap that allows the City to support local small business, especially those that are owned by minorities, women, and immigrants, according to a press release. The plan will “ensure a thriving small business economy in the city, enhance the...

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Library renovation remains on schedule, impacting traffic

March 25, 2016
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The Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL)’s ongoing construction remains on schedule, according to information provided by BPL spokesperson Rosemary Lavery. As of March 15, steels and framework are being constructed, excavation related to a foundation wall is commencing, and wall frames are expected to be installed in early April. For...

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English High School to receive state grant

March 25, 2016
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The English High School will be one of 35 high schools to receive support for vocational technical education and training equipment purchases as a result of $9.3 million in grant money the Baker administration is distributing, according to a press release. The English High School’s $137,888 grant will be used to launch a new...

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JP Observer: You saw it here: Trump is not very popular

March 25, 2016
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In the 19 states that have held popular vote primaries for both parties so far this year, calculation of the raw numbers published on the New York Times website reveals that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has earned 19.9 percent of the total votes cast. Here in Boston he got 16.6 percent, 16.9 in...

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Grants for DACA/DAPA outreach

March 25, 2016
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The City of Boston has received $180,000 in funding to provide community outreach and education on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) through the DACA/DAPA Outreach Initiative, according to a press release. The funds are a result of an $80,000 match grant...

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Invitacion, March 25, 2016

March 25, 2016
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El plazo para la sección de participación es al mediodía, martes, 12 abr para la edición del 15 abr. Mande eventos a [email protected] Note: marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Parkside Neighborhood Association (PNA) martes, 5 abr, 7:00, Doyle’s. Agenda: discusión de ventajas y desventajas de los planes de...

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JP Agenda, March 25, 2016

March 25, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Apr. 12 for the Apr. 15 issue. Send listings to [email protected] 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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NEW ADDITION

March 25, 2016
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NEW ADDITION

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Sights and Sounds, March 25, 2016

March 25, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Apr. 12 for the Apr. 15 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events Black Lives Matter Vigil, Wed., Apr. 6, 5:30 to 6:30 on lawn of First Baptist Church, 633 Centre Street. Come...

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Real Estate Today: JP market still smoking hot

March 25, 2016
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As spring is upon us, the real estate market in Jamaica Plain is as strong as ever, with a lot of demand from buyers and a higher value for most properties. Karen McCormack, real estate agent at McCormack & Scanlan Real Estate, specializes in residential sales. She told the Gazette that this past winter...

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Real Estate Today: BRA board approves Goddard House project

March 25, 2016
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The slide of S. Huntington Avenue from an institutional lane to that of a residential area continued on March 17, as the Boston Redevelopment Authority board approved the $62 million renovation and expansion project at the former Goddard House nursing home site at 201 S. Huntington Ave. The project, which is expected to generate...

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