Monthly Archives: April 2012

Sweet Deal

April 27, 2012
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(Photo by Anne Morton Smith) Young JP business people (from left) Lulu Steeves, Hannah Elbeik, Nick Steeves and Mazen Elbeik sell fresh lemonade for 50 cents a cup at a stand on South Street during School Vacation Week on April 20.

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Councilor holds school assignment meetings

April 27, 2012
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At-Large City Councilor John Connolly feels that there is a middle road that can be reached on the attempt to modify the Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) school-assignment plan, he said in a recent Gazette interview. He has been holding meetings with parents throughout the city on the matter. “I’m more convinced than ever that...

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Water pipe work may close streets

April 27, 2012
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Water pipe replacement work will come to five Jamaica Plain streets within the next five weeks, possibly creating street closures and temporary water service bypasses. The affected streets are Arcola, Day, Prince, Rosemary and St. Rose. “It’s for the community,” said Boston Water and Sewer Commission spokesperson Tom Bagley about the work, which will...

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Tonic restaurant opens in Forest Hills

April 27, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Tuna tartare is one of the menu items at Tonic.

FOREST HILLS—Tonic, the long-awaited restaurant and bar at 3698 Washington St., opened its doors on April 14. Tonic is described as an “affordably ‘upscale’ neighborhood haunt” in a press release announcing the opening. The head chef is Ryan Kelly, formerly of Jamaica Plain’s Canary Square restaurant and downtown’s Haru Sushi and Clio. His menu...

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JP prof to head Whole Foods study

April 27, 2012
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A sociology professor who lives in Hyde Square will lead an academic study about Whole Foods Market’s impact on the area. Dr. Glenn Jacobs, whose online resume says he lives on Lamartine Street, told the Gazette that the University of Massachusetts Boston study is just being organized. He declined to comment on its exact...

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New dog park could come to JP

April 27, 2012
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Local advocates have teamed up with elected officials to create a city-run off-leash dog park accessible to Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, West Roxbury and Hyde Park. Though the first suggested location—Millennium Park in West Roxbury—was rejected, City Councilor Matt O’Malley, the original proponent of the project, remains involved in what has become the Dog Park...

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Forest Hills Trust still leaderless

April 27, 2012
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Over a year after the Forest Hills Educational Trust’s (FHET) last executive director quit, the organization still hasn’t filled the position. The cemetery and FHET are separate organizations with separate boards of directors. FHET functions like a “friends” group of the cemetery, fundraising and organizing programming that the cemetery must approve. FHET announced in...

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Doctor helps the poor of Guatemala

April 27, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Peter Rohloff) Peter Rohloff working in Guatemala.

Jamaica Plain resident Dr. Peter Rohloff believes all interesting things happen as accidents. That certainly seems the case with how he founded Wuqu’ Kawoq, a nonprofit organization that provides health care to the indigenous people of Guatemala. Rohloff first started going to Guatemala in Central America 10 years ago to study tropical diseases, do...

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Tostado owner follows dreams

April 27, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) The Dominican and the Cuban tostados and passion fruit and mamey smoothies from Tostados.

Tony Tavarez, owner of the local Tostados sandwich bars, left a stable corporate job to make sandwiches for his neighborhood, and he’s not looking back. In the mid-aughts, Tavarez was working for Spanish-language network Telemundo in Houston and missing good Latin food. He was also miserable in his corporate marketing job, where he was...

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Library group claims BPL to end tutor program

April 27, 2012
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The Friends of the Connolly Branch Library co-President Fran Streeter believes the Boston Public Library (BPL) attempt to fold the popular Homework Assistance Program (HAP) inside a broader after-school program is actually a ploy to kill it. Streeter said she has no proof, but believes in her “heart of hearts” BPL has already decided...

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