Monthly Archives: May 2012

Chasing Venus

May 25, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Author Andrea Wulf will discuss her new history book “Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens” on May 30 at Arnold Arboretum. The book is about the scientific community’s worldwide effort, despite enormous challenges, in the 1760s to use a rare astronomical event to make the first measurements of the distance between planets in our solar system. The event, known as the transit of Venus, will occur again next month. See Sights & Sounds listing.

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1812 Music

May 25, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society (above) will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 with traditional instruments and songs performed in period costume at the Loring-Greenough House on June 3. See Sights & Sounds listing.

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Community chorus brings music to JP

May 25, 2012
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A new all-ages community chorus, SingPositive!, aims to bring music to Jamaica Plain’s art scene. “Jamaica Plain has so many artists, musicians and community-oriented residents, but no community chorus” until now, Executive Director Krissy Skare told the Gazette. The first concert was May 20 at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Sumner Hill to a...

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Cemetery hosts Memorial Day history tour

May 25, 2012
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If you’re looking for a way to commemorate Memorial Day, then head to the Forest Hills Cemetery, where there is more than 200 years of history. The Forest Hills Educational Trust (FHET) will be hosting a tour called “Answering the Call” there Sun., May 27 to celebrate Memorial Day. “The history here is so...

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Main Streets honors best businesses

May 25, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Mayor’s Office) Caleb Hannon (center), 13, accepts the Volunteer of the Year award for JP Centre/South Main Streets from Mayor Thomas Menino (left) and Department of Neighborhood Development Director Evelyn Friedman (right).

Boston Main Streets and Mayor Thomas Menino last week honored the “businesses of the year” and “volunteers of the year” from the city’s Main Streets organizations. Main Streets are city-affiliated nonprofits that promote local businesses and historic preservation. The winners from Jamaica Plain’s three local Main Streets organizations, announced May 17 at the Strand...

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Justice Award

May 25, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Rev. Dr. Gloria White-Hammond (left) of JP’s Bethel AME Church looks toward Catholic Charities President Deborah Kincade Rambo after receiving the organization’s Justice and Compassion Award at the Spring Celebration fund-raiser at Dorchester’s John F. Kennedy Library and Museum on May 17. White-Hammond was honored as co-founder of My Sister’s Keeper, an organization that aids women who suffered slavery in Sudan and Darfur.

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JP reacts to Obama same-sex marriage support

May 25, 2012
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President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage on May 9 to acclaim from local activists. Same-sex marriage in the U.S. began in Massachusetts in 2004 thanks to a lawsuit, Goodridge vs. Department of Public Health, named for a Jamaica Plain couple and include four other JP residents as plaintiffs. “I was a...

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JP to march in Pride Parade

May 25, 2012
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Jamaica Plain residents are invited to join a neighborhood-specific contingent of marchers in the June 9 Boston Pride Parade downtown, which celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. “To me, the Boston Pride Parade has always been missing something. That something is neighborhood representation,” said JP resident Randall Engleman, who is organizing the...

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Civil Rights icon recalls Little Rock Nine history

May 25, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Laura Plummer) Dr. Terrence Roberts speaks at the Curley K-8 School on May 17.

By Laura Plummer, Special to the Gazette Civil Rights icon Dr. Terrence Roberts visited the Curley K-8 School on May 17 to recount his experience as one of the Little Rock Nine, the students involved in a historic confrontation about school desegregation. “It was life-threatening all the time being black in the South,” said...

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South Street Apartments receiving upgrade

May 25, 2012
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The majority of units at the South Street Apartments are undergoing kitchen renovations, while all of the 131 units will receive new bathroom exhaust fans, according to Lydia Agro, director of communications for the Boston Housing Authority (BHA). The kitchen renovations, which impact 88 units, typically include new cabinetry, lightning, appliances, repairs to the...

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