Monthly Archives: January 2013

Volunteers weatherize JP homes

January 4, 2013
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Groups of volunteers are coming to Jamaica Plain to help neighbors weatherize their homes. The Boston Climate Action Network (BostonCAN) has scheduled its third “Green Minga Barn-raising” in JP for Sat., Jan. 12. Volunteers from the Boston metro area will come to Minden Street to help homeowner Yolanda Gonzalez weatherize her triple-decker for the...

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JP Tunes: New local music

January 4, 2013
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Jamaica Plain musicians recently released the following albums or singles: Cult 45, “On High” (self-released). Cult45.bandcamp.com. JP musicians can notify JP Tunes about new releases at news@jamaicaplaingazette.com.  

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Commune builds community in Hyde Square

January 4, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—In the heart of Hyde Square, an unusual household is thriving. With nine residents ages 22 to 65, the heARTbeat Collective at 35 Wyman St. is responsible for no fewer than six ongoing dance, arts and sustainability programs, some operating internationally. As part of their programming, heARTbeat also occasionally hosts concerts and festivals...

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School shooting memorial moves to Newtown

January 4, 2013
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A homemade memorial in Monument Square to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass murder was taken down last week, and parts of it are now on display in Newtown, Conn., where the killings happened. The memorial display, composed of crosses, flags and toy animals, was erected Dec. 18 by peace activists...

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Sidewalk Safety

January 4, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) A firefighter carries a 10-foot piece of metal downspout down a fire truck ladder after removing it from the front of 754 Centre St. on Jan. 1. Minutes earlier, a 30-foot section of the pipe blew off the building and crashed to the sidewalk, leaving the rest dangling dangerously from the roof edge. Gazette Editor John Ruch witnessed the accident and summoned help from the fire station right next door.

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City still working on community center MOU

January 4, 2013
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The Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) anticipates having a rough draft memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the City and community centers come next year. BCYF had hoped to have the document ready in the fall. A MOU is a document formally describing a relationship. “We’re pushing rolling out something to the local...

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Ordinance attempts to tamp down parties

January 4, 2013
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The City Council’s Government Operations Committee is currently reviewing an ordinance that will try to rein in out-of-control parties in the city. City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who lives in and represents Jamaica Plain, said he supports the ordinance. The “nuisance control” ordinance, which was introduced by City Councilor Sal LaMattina, could have hosts of...

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Warren goes to D.C. with JP ties

January 4, 2013
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Elizabeth Warren this week went to Washington, D.C. to become the junior U.S. senator from Massachusetts. And she leaves roots stretching to Jamaica Plain. Warren, who garnered 87 percent of the JP vote, campaigned on numerous occasions in JP, including a stop at Ula Café in March. Warren held a roundtable discussion there with...

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Local author writes book on spirituality

January 4, 2013
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(Photo Courtesy Roger Gottlieb) JP author Roger Gottlieb.

With the holiday season in the rearview mirror, some people might not only be questioning how much they ate, but also the meaning of spirituality. A local author has recently penned a book that attempts to answer some of those questions on the subject. Roger Gottlieb, a philosophy professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has...

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Fit for Gifts

January 4, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Kids and staff from Yutitas Child Care visit Santa Claus at Mike’s Fitness in The Brewery complex on Amory Street Dec. 20. Gym owner Omar Argote offered member discounts in exchange for toys for 150 children in the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation’s Family Childcare Program. JPNDC staff and other Brewery businesses, including Samuel Adams, also donated toys.

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