Monthly Archives: August 2012

Sen. Brown visits JP, backs vets memorial

August 31, 2012
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(Photo by Felix Browne/Brown campaign) (from left) U.S. Sen. Scott Brown holds a model of the proposed memorial alongside Puerto Rican Veterans Monument Square Association Project Director Tony Molina and President Jaime Rodriguez.

HYDE SQ.—U.S. Sen. Scott Brown visited Jamaica Plain on Aug. 16, meeting with organizers of a Puerto Rican veterans memorial at the landmark restaurant El Oriental de Cuba at 416 Centre St. “The good senator has committed to help us raise $100,000 for the monument,” said Tony Molina, a JP resident and the project...

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A brief history of S. Huntington

August 31, 2012
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How the institutions came to town S. HUNTINGTON—S. Huntington Avenue, after nearly a century of heavy institutional use, is readying for fast changes: two 200-unit luxury apartment buildings are under consideration by the City, and a new boutique hotel just opened. At the turn of the 20th century, however, S. Huntington Avenue was home...

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JP Observer: Living with wildlife in our urban area

August 31, 2012
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As though on cue, as the sun fell on the evening of July 31, the crickets began chirping in Jamaica Plain for the first time this year—signaling that summer is waning. Right around the same time, another Jamaica Plain insect made the news as mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus were found here, something that...

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Scholarship Star

August 31, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident and bass player Matthew Pitts holds a document granting him a full four-year scholarship to Berklee College of Music during a celebratory concert at the Back Bay school on Aug. 8. Pitts was one of only 16 people to win the scholarship from the Berklee City Music program.

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MIT prof sees beauty in overpass

August 31, 2012
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(Photo by David Friedman) The massive arches in the Casey Overpass piers at the Forest Hills T Station are captured in one of David Friedman’s photos.

FOREST HILLS—The Casey Overpass is doomed to demolition and widely considered one of the ugliest structures in Jamaica Plain. But a professor of architectural history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has spotted beauty and drama in the overpass’s massive piers and subtle curve. This spring and summer, David Friedman captured some of those...

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New bar replaces the Old Stag

August 31, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—Coco’s Bar & Lounge recently opened at 3171 Washington St., the former location of the Old Stag Tavern. Betsy Cowan, executive director of Egleston Square Main Street, said there was a soft opening on July 20 and a grand opening the next day. She said owners Jose de la Rosa and Leoni Pascasio...

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Day at the Beach

August 31, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) A group of youths and supervisors from the Boston Centers for Youth & Families Curtis Hall Community Center in JP enjoy at day at the M Street Beach in South Boston on Aug. 17 as part of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s annual Kids Beach Bash.

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BRA won’t analyze latest census data

August 31, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will not create a local report of the latest U.S. Census data, according to BRA spokesperson Melina Schuler. “Those facts and figures had been recently released,” said Schuler, referring to the 2010 U.S. Census, though that is not the most recent census data. The BRA will not analyze the...

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Motorcycle hits T van; 1 dead

August 31, 2012
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PARKSIDE—A motorcyclist died after running into an MBTA RIDE van at the corner of Park Lane and Walnut Avenue on Aug. 20, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. The motorcyclist was identified as Juan Feliz, 35, of Boston by the Boston Police Department (BPD). The van contained no passengers at the time and its...

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JP Art

August 31, 2012
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(Image by Barbara Watkins) The painting “Red Boots” by Barbara Watkins is among the works on display in the Jamaica Plain Artists Association 2012 Summer Member Exhibition, showing through Sept. 17 at J.P. Licks. A reception will be held during the First Thursday art event on Sept. 6. See Sights & Sounds listing.

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