Monthly Archives: May 2012

Hyde/Jackson Main Street gets new director

May 11, 2012
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Nearly a year after its last executive director resigned amid allegations of $20,000 in missing funds, Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) has a new executive director. Interim Executive Director Katie Reed will be working on a “very part-time basis,” she said in an email to the Gazette last month. She will also be involved...

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JPNC denies Whole Foods seating license

May 11, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) narrowly voted to deny Whole Foods a license to set up inside and outside seating during its meeting April 24. The council’s vote is not binding on Whole Foods Market’s effort to add 38 seats—22 inside and 16 outside—to its 413 Centre St. location. The company can still...

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Hall of Fame Coach

May 11, 2012
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) Former English High School football coach Keith Parker (center, with plaque) is congratulated by alumni after being inducted into the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Randolph on April 29. Parker led the Bulldogs from 1977 to 2009.

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JP’s Iron Chef

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Gerard O’Connor (center) is congratulated by fellow JP-ers (from left) Liz O’Connor, Maria Maffei, Silja Kallembath and Beatriz Zabater after winning the “Iron Chef” competition at the University of Massachusetts Club downtown with his spicy tuna sliders. The fund-raiser event will result in a donation made in Gerard O’Connor’s name to the Boston Latin School Foundation.

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Program Victory

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Students in Boston College’ PULSE Program enjoy a picnic marking the end of their volunteer work with Victory Programs’ Living and Recovery Community program in Franklin Park on May 2. The students worked with Shattuck Hospital residents who have HIV/AIDS and substance abuse and mental health issues. Pictured are (from left) Austin Hughes, Ryan McGuill, Julie Beigner, Taylor Stiegler, Victory Programs President and CEO Jonathan Scott, Lyan Chung (standing), Mary Sheehy (standing), Katie Oskar, Laura Banu, Alexandra Simpson and Kathryn McKennon. Local state Rep. Liz Malia (not pictured) also attended and praised the students.

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Never mind the bigotry, here’s a queer punk night

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) (from left) Bruce Derfler (“Taffy Vicious”) and Michael Flowers (“Mickey Rotten”).

Two Jamaica Plain residents, not finding a dance night that plays the music they like and welcomes queers, are bringing the punk ethos to dance nights: just do it yourself. Bruce Derfler (“Taffy Vicious”) and Michael Flowers (“Mikey Rotten”) saw something missing from the Boston nightlife—a punk night that was also a welcoming environment...

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Apartment developer pays $11k fine

May 11, 2012
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The developer hoping to build up to 200 apartments at 105A S. Huntington Ave. owed the city $11,000 in unpaid fines until last week. Anthony Nader, who has yet to file his plan with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) for 190 to 200 luxury apartments at 105A S. Huntington Ave., paid off the $10,915...

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Housing Help

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident and former State Street Corporation employee Marjorie Hanson (left) joins Hearth CEO May Shields (center) and State Street alumna Pat Walker (right) at the Spirit of State Street breakfast April 24 in Dorchester. Hanson and Walker are leaders of the the Adopt-A-Room program that outfits rooms in Hearth’s housing for formerly homeless elders.

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DA: Rozzie man’s van hid drug cache

May 11, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—More than 20 pounds of cocaine was found in a secret compartment in a Roslindale man’s minivan during a traffic stop on School Street on April 30, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Elvyn Rafael Garcia, 31, is facing charges of drug trafficking, drug violations in a school zone, and various...

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New parking lot in the works

May 11, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—Local developer Mordechai Levin is planning on turning the property at 41 Amory St. into an 84-vehicle parking lot. “To be honest with you, much of Jamaica Plain needs more parking. Much of the city needs more parking. It’s an old city,” said Levin. The site was previously used for “wrecking, dismantling and...

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