Possible route of Orange Line extension along Commuter Rail line

Orange Line Extension to Rozzie Square Envisioned

A giant report on how to overhaul the city's transportation system includes an item of keen interest for JP residents: An extension of the Orange Line from Forest Hills to Roslindale Square. City Hall published the report Tuesday. The full 224 pages are required reading for transit advocates. But many neighborhood residents might focus on page 157. It describes how Orange Line riders could get a one-seat ride all the way to Rozzie Square by using track next to the commuter rail bed.

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CJ Reese, who like a large majority of the staff lives in or very near JP, tends bar.

City Floats 15 JP-Only Alcohol Licenses

Jamaica Plain businesses would get five new booze licenses a year for three years under a proposal floated Monday. Mayor Marty Walsh and City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley announced the plan, which would add a total of 105 licenses to JP, Hyde Park, Roxbury, East Boston, Dorchester, Mattapan and Mission Hill. In a holdover from the days when the state did not trust Boston to distribute its own booze licenses, a restauranteur faces six-digit costs and Byzantine rules to serve vodka, stout or chardonnay. All licenses are tightly regulated and involve approvals at both the state and city levels. Pressley, taking up liquor licenses as an economic development issue, shepherded a similar program through in 2014.

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Action shot of Tiger jamming

Meet the Roller Derby Women of Jamaica Plain

If you overhear a group of women calling each other names like Hex and Tiger, you might have fallen in with the roller derby chicks. Boston has an active derby scene. Four home teams play against each other from February through October and the travel team is ranked 26th internationally. Four of the skaters — Iris “America” Ayala, Caitlin “Hexoskeleton” Boag, Chloé “Tiger Eye” Mason and Michele “Della Kinetic” Savery — live here in JP. Not Your Mother’s Roller Derby
This is a time of revival for the sport.

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Felix D. Arroyo

Suspended Register of Probate Félix D. Arroyo Has Deep JP Ties

Suffolk Register of Probate Félix D. Arroyo, whose roots go deep in JP, has been placed on paid leave while his office is under investigation. Arroyo's lawyer told the Globe that entrenched court employees sabotaged his efforts to hire a more diverse staff. The suspension has provoked ire from Arroyo's supporters, including Máximo Torres, a columnist for the JP-based El Mundo Newspaper. Torres said Arroyo has not been accused of wrongdoing and was suspended without due process. Arroyo for years lived in JP.

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Rendering of proposal for 25 Amory St.

Neighborhood Group to Consider 44-Unit Affordable Rental Complex

Development is always big news in JP. And the Zoning Committee of the JP Neighborhood Council sees virtually every proposal of consequence. The neighborhood group meets Wednesday to consider two projects. The largest is a proposal from the JP Neighborhood Development Corp. to build 44 units of affordable rental housing at 25 Amory St.

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