Councilor O’Malley Proclaiming June 20th Des Linden Day, Honoring Boston Marathon Winner

Desiree Linden was the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years, and to honor her, Wednesday will be Des Linden Day in Boston. District 6 Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley will host a meet and greet with Desiree “Des” Linden in Boston City Hall (Curley Room, 5th Floor) from 11 am to noon. Later at the weekly Boston City Council meeting at noon, O'Malley, himself and avid runner, will declare June 20, 2018, Des Linden Day in Boston. Linden has completed the Boston Marathon six times, and won it this year in treacherous weather conditions, with a time of 2:38:55.

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Rep. Malia, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Meet to Discuss Gun Control Legislation

State Rep. Liz Malia and Jamaica Plain members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America recently met to discuss current Massachusetts legislation to prevent gun tragedies. They specifically discussed House Bill 3610, which would allow family and law enforcement officials to initiate a process to temporarily remove guns from individuals who demonstrate that they post a significant risk of doing harm to themselves or others. The legislation would create a means for concerned family members to petition the court directly for a civil order, an extreme risk protective order (ERPO) to temporarily restrict access to firearms from individuals when they pose a serious danger to themselves or others, according to a press release. Malia met with the group in late March. The bill was filed by state Rep. Marjorie Decker, D-Cambridge, in response to the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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Shattuck Hospital Relocating Inpatient Beds, Adding Housing for Homeless: Public Meetings April 12th & 26th

The Shattuck Hospital campus will see a bunch of changes in the coming months and years. The state is planning to relocate 260 inpatient beds and other programs from Jamaica Plain to the South End in 2021, while also recently approving a 99-year lease for two acres of housing for chronically homeless individuals. There are two upcoming community meetings to discuss the changes. There will be an April 12th meeting to discuss the programs that are moving. During the meeting Massachusetts Secretary of Health & Human Services Marylou Sudders will be providing an overview of the relocation project and outline of the 12-month planning process.

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Vacancy Fee for High-End Property Owners with Empty Storefronts, Apartments Proposed by O’Malley

Tired of looking at those large empty storefronts or vacant luxury residential units in big buildings? So is District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley, who has proposed a vacancy fee for landlords causing "high-end blight." "When properties remain vacant year after year, they create holes in the fabric of our communities," said O'Malley to Jamaica Plain News. "As we encourage investment in our neighborhoods, we must also make sure that investment benefits our neighbors. When storefronts and high rises are filled with people, they contribute to the community as well as to the property owner's bottom line.

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City Conveys Ritchie Street Property for Eventual Jackson Square Recreation Center

Another piece for the eventual Jackson Square Recreation Center fell into place last week after the city conveyed a 5,970 sq. ft. vacant parcel on Richie Street to Urban Edge to be used for the project. Last week the Public Facilities Commission provided the city's 1 Richie St. site to Urban Edge for the Jackson Square Recreation Center, according to Boston's Department of Neighborhood Development.

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