Monthly Archives: February 2013

School fitness program OK after review

February 1, 2013
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EGLESTON SQ.—Following a Boston Public Schools (BPS) review of its business practices, a physical fitness program at Greater Egleston Community High School (GECHS) is still under way. Generation Fitness, or Gen/Fit, is GECHS Dean of Students Kwadwo Mike Thompson’s program. Students sign up for off-campus, non-team activities like rock-climbing and other challenges, led by...

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Consultant hired for Blessed Sacrament church

February 1, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has hired a consultant for the Blessed Sacrament Church building to vet alternative options for its future, it was announced during a Jan. 17 community meeting at the Julia Martin House. The name of the consultant was not revealed during the meeting. The current plan is to...

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Latino grocer backs out of 225 Centre

February 1, 2013
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The Latino grocery store chain that was considering moving into 225 Centre St. in a controversial move has withdrawn from negotiations. Developer spokesperson Dave Traggorth announced the change at last month’s Jackson Square Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting. The CAC is a City-appointed group that reviews redevelopment in the area. The supermarket made the...

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Cello group debuts album, scores game

February 1, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) The Boston Cello Quartet’s (from left) Blaise Déjardin, Mihail Jojatu, Alexandre Lecarme and Adam Esbensen.

“Classical music is not just serious or stuffy,” said Jamaica Plain resident Blaise Déjardin, explaining the premise of his chamber music group the Boston Cello Quartet, which releases its debut album on Feb. 5. The quartet lives up to that mission, mixing unique arrangements of classical pieces with jazz, blues and other curveballs. The...

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Hair salon reopens

February 1, 2013
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(Gazette File Photo by Peter Shanley) Amp Hair Studio at 482 Centre St.

CENTRAL JP—Amp Hair Studio at 482 Centre St. is back in business after being shut down by the state last month for operating without a license, according to owner Aura Peguero. “I have my license and we’re open,” said Peguero on Jan. 25. The state Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation confirmed that...

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City ‘closely’ monitoring Main Streets programs

February 1, 2013
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The Main Streets programs, which are business promotion organizations, need to have their houses in order or they might risk losing funding, according to a top City official. The Main Streets programs are nonprofits that are separate from the City, but receive some funding and oversight through the City’s Boston Main Streets program. Two...

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Obituary: John P. Craven; JP resident

February 1, 2013
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John P. Craven of Jamaica Plain died on Jan. 1, 2013. Beloved son of the late William F. and Anne M. (Smythe) Craven. Dear brother of Mary T. Kirrane of Jamaica Plain; Patricia A. Watson and her husband Lawrence of Needham; and the late William F. Craven Jr. Dear uncle of Kevin M. Kirrane...

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Game Show Champ

February 1, 2013
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(Photo Courtesy Jeopardy Productions, Inc.) JP resident David Gard (right), joined by “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, won more than $84,000 on the game show last year and returns Feb. 13 for the show’s “Tournament of Champions.” “Jeopardy!” airs at 7:30 p.m. on WBZ-TV.

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Boy’s cocoa stand raises $500-plus for zoo

February 1, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Adam Crellin-Sazama (left) and friend Franz Criscione hawk their goods on a snowy day last month.

JP resident Adam Crellin-Sazama has raised over $500 this winter to benefit Franklin Park Zoo by selling hot chocolate, tea and pastries outside his Boylston Street home. He’s aiming to donate over $1,000 by late spring, he told the Gazette. The reason for his generosity is his love of animals. Not only does Crellin-Sazama...

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Editorial: Win or lose, lawsuits raise good points

February 1, 2013
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Two recent, high-profile lawsuits against JP real estate developments may or may not have legal merit. But they certainly raise excellent points about a City planning system that is in desperate need of fundamental reform. Last year’s lawsuit by neighbors against the 461 Walnut Ave. homeless care facility was thrown out of court before...

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