Monthly Archives: January 2012

Three Kings

January 20, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) (from left) Francys Perez, “King” Karina Arias and Celanni Rosario celebrate Three Kings Day on Jan. 5 at the Hyde Square Task Force’s (HSTF) Cheverus Building. The event included a youths-written play by the HSTF’s Youth Literacy Theater troupe and toys for the 100 children in attendance.

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Cops: Woman assaulted at pond

January 20, 2012
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A woman was attacked by an unknown man at Jamaica Pond early on Jan. 16 while walking her dog, according to the Boston Police Department. The woman reported that she was walking around the pond at 5 a.m. when the suspect passed her and said, “Hello.” The suspect then grabbed her from behind, causing...

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JP Observer: Siren noise problem shouldn’t fall on deaf ears

January 20, 2012
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Walking down Centre Street just after New Year’s, I was suddenly assaulted by a sound so loud it felt like someone had jabbed an ice pick in my right ear. I instinctively covered both ears, and I noticed some other pedestrians did the same. We were responding to the siren from an ambulance speeding...

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Musician/activist creates JP rock opera

January 20, 2012
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(Photo courtesy Joe Driscoll) (from left) Kevin Silvia, Brian O’Connell, Colleen Kleya, Justin Kleya and Sam Ward form the band The Grass Gypsys, who will perform in O’Connell’s rock opera “Over The Line.”

Jamaica Plain musician and activist Brian O’Connell is prepping for a big undertaking: presenting a “radical social satire rock opera,” complete with over-sized puppet actors, spoken word and a 10-piece band with 8 singers, scheduled to open at Spontaneous Celebrations Feb. 4. The story of “Over The Line” follows JP resident Sleepy Doormat, a...

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Commuter Carols

January 20, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Hope Central Church members (from left) Kathy Mainzer, Nia Rogers and Trinity Peacock-Broyles sing Christmas carols inside the Jackson Square T Station on Dec. 19. Led by Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett and music director Vanessa Morris (not pictured), the carolers also handed out Equal Exchange fair-trade chocolate to show their support for a sustainable economy.

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JPCC Basketball League Standings

January 20, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Coach Rasheem Cope instructs his team during a timeout in recent JPCC Basketball League action.

The following are the Jamaica Plain Community Centers  Basketball League standings for the week of Jan. 10. The league plays on Saturdays at the Curtis Hall Community Center, which is part of Boston Centers for Youth & Families. Junior Division Standings W L Thunder 3 1 Heat 3 1 Celtics 1 3 Nets 1...

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Bank to move branch

January 20, 2012
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Commonwealth Cooperative Bank will move its Centre Street branch to the new Arboretum Place development on Washington Street later this year in a switch approved by the state last month. The Hyde Park-based bank was already known to be part of the new development at 3803 Washington St. But the fate of the existing...

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How should park spend $250K?

January 20, 2012
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How would you spend a quarter-million dollars on the Southwest Corridor Park? The park is getting $250,000 from a Back Bay real estate development and the Parkland Management Advisory Committee (PMAC) is asking that question of residents—including at a Feb. 1 meeting in Jamaica Plain. The 5-mile linear state park runs along the Orange...

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We Are Hair grows in to new home

January 20, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Christina Durant has her hair blow-dried at We Are Hair’s newly-decorated premises.

Six months after opening its doors at Soleil Salon, We Are Hair is settling into its space with bold paint colors and regular patronage. The walls have been painted and festooned with hair-related movie posters—titles such as “The Beautician and the Beast,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Edward Scissorhands” and “Tangled”...

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Sánchez to halt medical pot bill

January 20, 2012
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Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez once again is poised to halt a bill that would legalize medical-use marijuana. His annual killing of the proposal has angered local and statewide marijuana activists. But this time, those activists seem to be focused more on their own efforts to make medical marijuana legalization a ballot question. Sixteen...

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