Monthly Archives: February 2012

Governor’s Council seat open after death

February 17, 2012
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Kelly Timilty, a longtime member of the Governor’s Council, died at the end of January, leaving vacant the District 2 seat. That district encompasses Jamaica Plain’s Ward 19, Precinct 12 in Woodbourne. Secretary of State spokesperson Brian McNiff noted that according to the state’s 25th amendment, it is the legislature’s option to replace Timilty....

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Skate park may be coming to SWCP

February 17, 2012
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A group of young skateboarders is breathing new life into a nearly-unused part of the Southwest Corridor Park (SWCP) by transforming it into a skate park. The skaters have begun legitimizing their temporary park and hope to make it a permanent fixture. “I, and others, feel a connection with the run-down area and long...

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Homeless groups merge, won’t change services

February 17, 2012
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No program or service cuts are expected in a Pine Street Inn and hopeFound merger that was announced at the end of January. HopeFound, which primarily runs the Shattuck Shelter at 170 Morton St., and the Pine Street Inn, which is based in the South End and has facilities throughout JP, are expected to...

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Whisk whips up creative menus at Fiore’s

February 17, 2012
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Three nights a week, Fiore’s Bakery on South Street is transformed into a decadent dessert bar and bistro: Whisk. Whisk is the budding business of Fiore’s chef, Phillip Kruta. This “pop-up” restaurant offers two seatings a night for changing tasting menus. A customer makes a reservation and shows up to eat whatever Kruta and...

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Barbershop and studio to open on South St.

February 17, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) B’s Chop Shop’s new mural depicts the Boston skyline.

A new barbershop and music recording studio on South Street is readying its doors for opening day. The barbershop, B’s Chop Shop, will likely open in March, owner Brandon Campbell told the Gazette, while the basement studio will likely take a few months more before it’s ready. “I see so much talent in...

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How JP helped launch Occupy Boston

February 17, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Robin Jacks (right) at Occupy Boston last October.

Robin Jacks, whose rallying cry for an Occupy Boston launched the local protest movement, lives and works in Jamaica Plain—an experience that has informed her activism. Jacks is one of several prominent Occupy Boston leaders who call JP home. “There are a lot of us here,” she told the Gazette in a recent interview....

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SXSW Bound

February 17, 2012
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(Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Aloud (above) is one of two JP-based bands who will play the prestigious South By Southwest Music festival in Austin, Texas on March 17. Moe Pope and the Quills will join Aloud at the DigBoston’s Boston to Austin party. For info, see allthingsaloud.com.

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Rec. center inches closer to reality

February 17, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—The Kelly Ice Rink’s future new home, the Jackson Square Recreation Center at Columbus Avenue and Ritchie Street, has taken another step towards completion. Urban Edge announced its fund-raising plan for the $10.4 million still not secured for the building’s construction. Urban Edge also announced it will form a stakeholder group that will...

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Pizzeria building is sold

February 17, 2012
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Century 21 Pondside Realty has bought the property at 662 Centre St., where the Same Old Place pizzeria resides. “We already own the rest of the block,” said Christ Stamatos, owner of Century 21 Pondside Realty, which is headquartered in that block. “It was a good move to make real estate-wise.” There are no...

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School-move probe seeks missing data

February 17, 2012
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The Boston Finance Commission (FinComm) investigation into the funding of the Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) controversial plan to move various schools has hit a patch of turbulence. BPS failed to provide key data, according to FinComm, and BPS told the Gazette it never had the information in the first place. FinComm is investigating the...

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