Monthly Archives: March 2012

Cat Care

March 30, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Bernadette the cat is comforted after recovering from burns at the MSCPA-Angell Animal Care and Adoption Center on S. Huntington Avenue. Bernadette was found dumped in a cardboard box outside the facility on March 18 with all of her fur and her whiskers singed down to the skin. It is unknown what happened to her, and she is now available for adoption. For more info, see mspca.org.

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Italian coffee shop to open in key spot

March 30, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—An Italian coffee shop called Caffe Aromi is aiming to open in the long-vacant storefront at 403A Centre St. in the heart of Hyde Square next month, according to executive general manager Terry Bruce. It will serve coffee drinks, light pastries and panini, and “create a neighborhood hangout,” Bruce told the Gazette. Bruce...

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T plans to trim Green Line, kill JP Loop bus

March 30, 2012
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The MBTA plans an overall 23 percent fare increase,  an end to weekend Green Line streetcar service between Brigham Circle and Heath Street, and an elimination of the Route 48 “JP Loop” bus, according to a budget summary document released March 28 following months of controversy about the T’s sorry financial state. Originally facing...

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JP Observer: JP has dozens of ‘arts centers’

March 30, 2012
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Fifteen years ago, Jamaica Plain’s Multicultural Arts Center had to vacate its large, prominent Centre Street space because it was having trouble paying the rent, causing much upset in the community. But no one is complaining about space for the arts in JP now. J.P. Licks later bought the former fire station and has...

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Birthday for a Leader

March 30, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Helene Connolly Leary (left) celebrates her 90th birthday at Doyle’s Café on Feb. 26 with sister Carol Connolly Anderson and other family and friends. Leary worked for ESAC’s Housing Program and was one of ESAC’s founding board members. She also worked at Urban Edge brokering house sales and served as chair of the Mass. Mental Health area board. She was awarded a proclamation from the Massachusetts legislature, presented by state Rep. Liz Malia; two resolutions, one from the president of the City Council, Stephen Murphy, presented by Tom O'Malley; and one from Mayor Thomas Menino, presented by Julianne Doherty.

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City Life expands to national activities

March 30, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Brandon German) A March 22 City Life/Vida Urbana anti-foreclosure vigil in Hyde Park draws protesters.

From its Jamaica Plain seeds in 1973, City Life/Vida Urbana (CLVU) is making big change grow all over the country. As a result of its housing rights organizing, CLVU has been written about in newspapers all over the country, including The New York Times in 2010. CLVU has become a nation-wide model for foreclosure...

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Home, Sweet Hotel

March 30, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The kitchen in the Arthouse short-term rental property.

Short-term rentals for tourists a hot trend For the price of a downtown hotel room, travelers can rent entire gorgeous, furnished condos at nearly a dozen Jamaica Plain homes. Short-term house rentals might be the best open secret in local travel, and appears to be a growing real estate trend. They essentially offer a...

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Local real estate market heats up

March 30, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley) The most expensive home sold in JP last week was this $1.7 million house at 32 Woodland Road.

Time to slap a fresh coat of paint on the walls and tidy up if you are thinking about selling your home. The Jamaica Plain real estate market is bumping up, according to local realtors. “The market is very active,” said Karen McCormack of McCormack and Scanlan Real Estate. “It’s felt on the edge...

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Marathon Drinking

March 30, 2012
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(Photo by Courtney Sacco) Jim Koch (center), founder of the JP-based Boston Brewing Company, maker of Samuel Adams beer, shares a laugh and a drink with four-time Boston Marathon champion Bill Rodgers (right) as Boston Athletic Association Joann Flaminio (left) looks on during a Feb. 23 announcement of a new Marathon-themed beer at the company’s headquarters in The Brewery on Germania Street. The one-batch “Boston 26.2” brew, named for the miles in a marathon, will be available only in Boston, only in kegs and only around the time of the April 16 Boston Marathon.

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City offers help to buy, maintain triple-deckers

March 30, 2012
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The City of Boston’s new “3D Campaign” is offering help to preserve Boston’s iconic triple-decker apartment buildings. The $3 million program was announced March 24 by Mayor Thomas Menino. “I am proud that our $3 million investment will give triple-decker owners the support they need to renovate their homes,” said Menino in a press...

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