Monthly Archives: May 2012

English High headmaster will not return in fall

May 11, 2012
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English High School Headmaster Sito Narcisse announced this week that he will not be returning to the school next fall. Narcisse is leaving English, located on McBride Street, because he was offered a “leadership position in a school district outside Massachusetts,” Boston Public Schools (BPS) spokesperson Lee Maguire told the Gazette. Narcisse was not...

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Gail’s Café opens

May 11, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—Gail’s Café and Grille, a new restaurant at 268 Centre St., opened late last month. The restaurant serves a wide variety of food, from fish to rotisserie barbecue to baked and deli-style goods. It is being managed by Bill Jordan, a Jamaica Plain resident who previously managed Hyde Square’s former Hi-Lo grocery store,...

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Stonybrook Crash

May 11, 2012
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(Photo by Jonathan McCurdy) A damaged SUV sits on Rossmore Road in front of the Rossmore-Stedman Park tot lot following a two-vehicle accident on April 10 that sent one person to the hospital with neck and back pain, according to the Boston Fire Department. Resident Jonathan McCurdy said that the rear-ender accident highlights a growing problem of cut-through traffic speeding and running stop signs in the Stonybrook neighborhood between Forest Hills and Washington streets.

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Church organ rescued by movers

May 11, 2012
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A moving and storage company will give First Baptist Church’s historic organ a free home for as long it takes for the church to raise funds and install it. Mark Silverman of Westborough’s Mark’s Moving & Storage also donated a free semi truck to move the gigantic organ from its longtime space in a...

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First Baptist seeks church-sharing ideas

May 11, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—First Baptist Church is looking for groups to share its still-unfinished sanctuary space in the hopes of one day worshipping there itself. The 633 Centre St. church, which is still rebuilding from a 2005 fire, last week issued a request for proposals from community groups to use the roughly 6,400 square feet of...

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50 Years of Faith

May 11, 2012
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) Monsignor Charles Bourque (center), the former pastor of the Our Lady of Lourdes (OLOL) Catholic parish on Brookside Avenue, celebrates the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood with brother James Bourque (left) and his wife Gail at the church following a Mass of Thanksgiving on April 15. Bourque, now retired, served as OLOL pastor for 28 years until 2008 and still frequently returns to perform the noontime Mass in Spanish.

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Councilors worry new school would move

May 11, 2012
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Adding to the controversial Boston Public School (BPS) school-move plan process, city councilors have expressed concerns about BPS commitment to keeping the new Margarita Muñiz Academy at the former Agassiz School on Child Street in JP. As part of the BPS plan, the Mission Hill K-8 is slated to move into the now-empty Agassiz...

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Arborway group seeks crosswalk, woods fixes

May 11, 2012
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The Arborway between the Casey Overpass and Murray Circle could see an improved crosswalk and better woodlands if the local Arborway Coalition can raise enough funds for a state matching grant. The group aims to improve the Arnold Arboretum crosswalk across the Arborway. And it wants to make further improvements to the wooded hillside...

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Hundreds clean up JP

May 11, 2012
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About 580 Jamaica Plain residents from at least 29 community groups swept streets and picked up litter as part of the Boston Shines citywide cleanup event on April 28. “JP residents were up bright and early Saturday morning, making a difference one trash bag at a time,” said Jullianne Doherty, the JP coordinator for...

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Whole Foods study to focus on Latino impact

May 11, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The academic study of Whole Foods Market’s local impact will focus on the Latino community and gentrification. The study is being called “Gentrification and Representation: Hi-Lo, Whole Foods and Latinos in Jamaica Plain,” according to Pablo Goldbarg, a spokesperson for the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and...

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