Monthly Archives: August 2012

A look inside JP’s new hotel

August 31, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—The Gazette received an exclusive tour of the new boutique hotel on S. Huntington Avenue. EnVision Hotel Boston offers 39 stylish and well-proportioned rooms, including two two-bedroom suites that overlook Olmsted Park and Leverett Pond. “You want to make people feel warm and welcome,” Manager Trevor Cross told the Gazette during the recent...

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Main Streets moves into salon space

August 31, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—JP Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), the local business promotion organization, moved last week into a new office in the basement of Q Salon at 676 Centre St. “Partnering with a local business is a perfect example of the Main Street mission,” said CSMS President Richard Downey. CSMS, whose activities include staging the monthly...

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Political Notes: Sánchez to attend DNC

August 31, 2012
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Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez will be taking a field trip down to Charlotte, N.C. for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) as he continues to campaign for President Barack Obama. The convention will be held Sept. 4-6. “It’s incredible to hear from people from all walks of life,” Sánchez said in a Gazette interview...

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Beetle Busters

August 31, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) (from left) Lindsay Nystrom and Jessi Flynn of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation and Jonathan Hnatiuk of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) peer through binoculars at a backyard tree for signs of the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) from the driveway of J.P. Licks at 659 Centre St. on Aug. 17. No new cases of the invasive, tree-killing beetle have found since a small infestation was discovered in JP in 2010, but the USDA workers continue to hunt it. This is the active season for the ALB, a large black beetle with white spots and long antennae. For more info, see beetlebusters.info.

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2 new Chinese eateries for JP

August 31, 2012
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Two new Chinese restaurants have come to the Washington Street corridor—both replacing other Chinese restaurants. JP Kitchen Chinese Restaurant aimed to open this week at 3510 Washington St. across from English High School, according to co-manager Cai Gao. Gao and co-manager Lisa Pan previously operated the Talk and Wok Café in Hyde Park and...

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JP Music Fest reflects the local scene

August 31, 2012
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(Photo by Gretchen Gavett) The members of Tallahassee.

When the local Americana-rock band Tallahassee took the stage at the first annual JP Music Festival last year, singer/guitarist Brian Barthelmes was impressed by the professional set-up and the diversity of the huge crowd. Impressed, but not surprised. “JP’s an amazing place for that reason, its ability to bring people together,” he said in...

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Collective has fresh take on art

August 31, 2012
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By Tommy Dean, Special to the Gazette HYDE SQ.—A group of artists called the Fresh Collective held a debut exhibit in their Sheridan Street home earlier this week, setting the stage for more art to come. The group is inspired by the basement shows and do-it-yourself ethos of the underground independent music scene. Getting...

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Chemical Crusaders

August 31, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Elizabeth Saunders (seated, second from right), the legislative director for Clean Water Action Massachusetts, and JP resident Alex Papali (standing, second from right) were among the “Stroller Brigade for Safe Chemicals” demonstration June 28 at the State House in support of Senate bill 2079, which would require companies to replace toxic chemicals with safer alternatives when feasible.

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Editorials: Reasons to vote

August 31, 2012
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Many people will sit out the Sept. 6 primary election amid a bunch of uncontested races and an election date moved from the usual third Tuesday to the first Thursday. Still, the local ballots present JPers with some motivation to vote. Most notable is the Democratic ballot battle for the Suffolk County Clerk of...

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Editorial: Rethinking redistricting

August 31, 2012
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The controversy about the City Council redistricting plan raises real concerns about minority representation and ham-handed incumbent protection. But it is just a symptom of underlying problems and our city leadership’s stubborn refusal to let the people rethink their form of government. No matter what boundaries are chosen, the City Council districts, redrawn every...

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