Monthly Archives: September 2011

New bilingual school named for JP principal

September 9, 2011
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A planned Boston Public Schools (BPS) academy will be named after Margarita Muñiz, the founder and longtime principal of JP’s Rafael Hernandez K-8 School. The Muñiz Academy, proposed to open for the 2012 school year, would be the first bilingual high school in the BPS system. “I believe it’s terrific. It’s very needed,” Muñiz...

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Getting the message

September 9, 2011
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(Photo by Lightchaser Photography) Alba Gonzalez, a women’s health counselor and medical assistant at Brookside Community Health Center, tries out the Washington Street center’s new text-messaging system that reminds mothers-to-be about prenatal care tips. The messages in English and Spanish is open to all patients who are accompanied by a Brigham and Women’s midwife. It is a pilot program by Partners Community Health. For more info, call 617-522-4700.

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District 7 preliminary is Sept. 27

September 9, 2011
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The only preliminary City Council election in Jamaica Plain this year will take place in Egleston Square Sept. 27, where incumbent Tito Jackson is facing three challengers—Althea Garrison, Roy Owens and Sheneal Parker. District 7 mostly covers Roxbury but also includes parts of Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, the Fenway and the South End. “The best...

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The industry that’s eating JP

September 9, 2011
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Local food thrives in area shops For Jamaica Plain residents “local flavor” is more than a reference to the neighborhood’s atmosphere. It describes the food they can find in their stores and restaurants, where locally grown and made food is the new trend, and it is an integral part of the economy. Local farmers,...

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Bank to join Forest Hills project

September 9, 2011
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Commonwealth Cooperative Bank is looking to join the Forest Hills development that will include a new Harvest Co-op Market next year, according to the chair of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee. Commonwealth is seeking a conditional use variance to install a drive-through window as part of a new branch at 3815 Washington...

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Artistic freedom

September 9, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) “Sugar Addiction” by JP artist Andrea Rosenthal is one of the works in “Freedom and Enslavement,” a pair of exhibits by Rosenthal and JP artist Myrna Balk at the Brookline Arts Center (Sept. 10-Oct. 28) and the Newbury College of Art Gallery (Sept. 15-Nov. 18). The exhibit addresses eating disorders and sex trafficking.

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Library gets local poetry collection

September 9, 2011
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The Jamaica Plain Branch Library now has a special section devoted to full-length collections of poetry by contemporary Boston area poets. More than two dozen books have been donated to the 12 Sedgwick St. library by members of Jamaica Pond Poets (JPP), a poetry workshop and sponsor of the local Chapter and Verse literary...

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Snap Shots

September 9, 2011
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Snap Shots

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Streetcars may get cameras

September 9, 2011
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Car drivers illegally whizzing past can make stepping off the E Line train directly onto S. Huntington Avenue a treacherous experience, residents at Back of the Hill Apartments say. At an Aug. 25 meeting at the 100 S. Huntington Ave. apartment building—a residence for low-income seniors and people with disabilities—City Councilor Mike Ross said...

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Rail work to wrap up

September 9, 2011
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Track replacement work on the shared commuter rail and Amtrak line on the Southwest Corridor through Jamaica Plain is expected to wrap up on Sept. 12, according to the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (MBCR). Normal schedules are expected to resume that day, including on the Needham commuter rail line, which stops at the...

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