Monthly Archives: December 2011

Playtime

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Franklin Park Coalition board member Merlin Southwick and granddaughter Abigail try out the new El Parquesito de Hermandad playground in Franklin Park during its grand opening on Nov. 27. The playground is the work of the Play2Dream Foundation and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

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Arborway Yard goes on problem property list

December 16, 2011
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In a City of Boston first, a publicly-owned property has been placed on the “problem properties” list. The Arborway bus yard joined fire hazards, abandoned homes and rat-infested properties this month. City inspectors will go out soon to view the site, Colleen Kennedy, an Inspectional Services Department (ISD) representative, said at a Dec. 7...

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JP Observer: Time to spend—and give—locally

December 16, 2011
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No matter how little or how much money local folks have to spend this special month of December, the best place to do it is here in the neighborhood. Fortunately, many businesses offer merchandise and services at price ranges that match the range of incomes of JP residents. Restaurants beckon to us with food...

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Home, Sweet Home

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Justin Paik (second from left) was on the team that won the “most realistic” category in the Home for Little Wanderers’ annual gingerbread house decorating competition on Dec. 1 at its S. Huntington Avenue complex. On the team were (from left): WCVB-TV’s Bianca de la Garza; NECN-TV’s Tonya Mezrich; Mandarin Oriental Hotel Chef Nelson Paz; Paik; Joshua Pires; and Dana Williams. Gingerbread houses from the competition are on display in JP, including at JP Seafood Café and the Station 8 salon.

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Car-free councilor travels city by T

December 16, 2011
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She is the only woman sitting on City Council and the only minority woman ever to hold the office, but At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley is unique among her colleagues in another way. She is the only city councilor without a driver’s license. Pressley would not say on the record why she did not...

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South St. Shooting

December 16, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) A bullet hole scars the windshield of a minivan on South Street near the scene of a shooting that wounded a 19-year-old man on Dec. 11, according to the Boston Police Department. The man was wounded behind 219 South St. when two unknown suspects opened fire on a group of five people. Police found bullet holes in two vehicles and a stop sign on South Street. The victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, said BPD.

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More council district shifts proposed

December 16, 2011
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New maps are now appearing at a regular clip as Boston City Council presses on with its efforts redraw its districts. The latest redistricting map, unveiled at a hearing on Dec. 7, is the second put forward by City Councilor Bill Linehan, chair of the council’s Committee on the Census and Redistricting. In it,...

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No light display at mansion

December 16, 2011
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The famous—and often infamous—Christmas light display at an Arborway mansion is not happening this year. “No, I’m just not going to do it,” said Dominic Luberto, who for years has covered his 61 Arborway home in thousands of dollars in lights. “Next year. I’ll do it next year.” Luberto has gained international attention for...

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Emerging Candidate

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Maria Moreno graduated from Emerge Massachusetts’ political training program on Dec. 3 at a downtown ceremony. Emerge trains Democratic women to run for public office.

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Sheriff In Town

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Ed Geary Jr. (left), director of external relations and communications for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, accepts a Boston Neighborhood Network Producer Spotlight Award from BNN General Manager Curtis Henderson at BNN’s annual meeting at its Egleston Square headquarters on Nov. 15. Geary produces the “Common Ground” program for the department, headed by JP resident Sheriff Andrea Cabral.

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