Monthly Archives: February 2013

Church reuses would cost millions

February 15, 2013
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A consultant has found high costs for renovating the former Blessed Sacrament church building into either a performance/community center or affordable housing, it was announced during a community meeting Feb. 6. Meanwhile, Jason Hutchinson and the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) presented proposals to turn the church building into a performance/community center, but neither...

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‘Honk!’ If You Like Musicals

February 15, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) JP actress Carly Kastel (above) will play the role of a mother duck in Boston Children’s Theatre’s production of the family musical “HONK!” Feb. 9-24 at the Boston Center for the Arts in the South End. Kastel is a recent graduate of The Boston Conservatory and has performed with the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, among other productions. For more info, see bostonchildrenstheatre.org.

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On the Police Beat, Jan. 20 – Feb. 10

February 15, 2013
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The following crime incident reports are public records provided by the Community Service Office of the District E-13 Police Station, which is solely responsible for their content. All suspects are innocent unless proven guilty in court. Feb. 10: Armed robbery of home, 265 Centre St.; assault and battery, 1909 Columbus Ave.; explosives found, 336...

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Political Notes: Capuano wants Social Security numbers secret

February 15, 2013
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Local U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano is expected to file legislation to prevent Social Security numbers of deceased people from being publicly available, according to a press release. Social Security numbers can be used for identity theft. The Social Security Administration currently publishes the Death Master File (DMF), which includes the full name, Social Security...

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The Blizzard of 2013

February 15, 2013
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(Photo by Anthe Kelley) Adara Rodriguez, 7, sits atop a giant snowball made by her and brother Aenaon, 8, sitting beside it, at Akasha Studio at 14 Meehan St. on Feb. 10.

 

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Kid-made arcade coming to JP

February 15, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Zhencheng Duan tries his hand at Wacky Watermelon mini golf’s previous appearance in JP on Nov. 17.

A handmade old-fashioned arcade will be coming to Jamaica Plain’s First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist Church at 6 Eliot St. on Sun., Feb. 24, 2-7 p.m. The KidsArts! hand-built community arcade will feature a nine-hole mini-golf course, a pinball machine and kid-created skee-ball, foosball, claw-crane, mini-basketball and wheel of fortune. “...

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JP Poets

February 15, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) The Jamaica Pond Poets will read Feb. 24 at Forest Hills Cemetery. Pictured are (seated, from left) Dorian Kotsiopoulos, Gary Whited, Jennifer Markell and Carolyn Gregory; (standing, from left) Jim LaFond-Lewis, Susanna Kittredge, Sandra Storey, Dorothy Derifield and Holly Guran. See Sights & Sounds listing.

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Obituary: Ghazi Sami Saba; founded Sami’s falafel restaurants

February 15, 2013
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Ghazi Sami Saba. (Photo Courtesy Kfoury Keefe Funeral Home)

Ghazi Sami “Big Sam” Saba of Dedham, formerly of Roslindale, a visionary who brought healthy Lebanese food and wraps to Boston, passed away on Feb. 6, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. He was 58 years old. Sami was the founder of Sami’s Falafel Truck of the Longwood Medical Area. Sami was the...

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No State Lab response on critical report

February 15, 2013
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It is unclear what, if any, actions have been taken to correct management issues a report from a lab oversight agency found at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute in Jamaica Plain. The state Department of Public Health (DPH), which oversees the Hinton Institute, did not respond to a request for comment. Local...

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Health Investigators

February 15, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) English High School students (from left) Keysa Salado, Jonathan Almanzar Fermin, Sheltzie Flores, Massiel Ramirez Cuello, Carla Soares and Diosaris Lorenzo speak at the Tufts University School of Medicine downtown on Jan. 23. They were among 10 students who worked with Tufts student mentors in the Health Impact Partnership program to conduct an informal survey of fellow English High student’s health habits.

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