Monthly Archives: March 2013

Advisory group picks school-assignment plan

March 1, 2013
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The External Advisory Committee (EAC), a group put together to help form a new school-assignment system, on Feb. 25 picked a “home-based” plan out of three options. The other two plans were a zone plan—similar to, but more varied than the one used today—and a different version of a home-based plan. Meanwhile, Quality Education...

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3-story building an option for Centre St. space

March 1, 2013
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CENTRAL JP—Future options for the commercial building at 656-660 Centre St.—half of it home to Ace Hardware and half vacant—include reviving a 2005 plan to demolish it and erect a three-story structure in its place, according to owner and developer Christ Stamatos. “That’s one of the options, of course,” Stamatos said, adding he has...

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Health center pledges to stay; mayor ‘concerned’

March 1, 2013
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JACKSON SQ.—Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) has committed to providing children and adolescent services at the Martha Eliot Health Center (MEHC) for the foreseeable future, but a “thoughtful” process will take place to determine the exact structure of that care. “We have a commitment for pediatric care for this neighborhood,” said Dr. Shari Nethersole, MEHC’s...

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Backyard chickens killed by mystery predator

March 1, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) The chickens in their coop prior to the Feb. 17 attack where a predator got through the plastic roof of the fenced-in area.

PARKSIDE—Four chickens kept in a backyard coop at a home near Franklin Park were killed Feb. 17 by an unknown large predator—probably a dog or coyote. As part of the popular urban farming trend, the hens were kept for eggs and as beloved pets. One of the chickens was named Dr. Richard Kimball, an...

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City may fund mounted park rangers

March 1, 2013
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After four years off the city budget, the City of Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit —stabled at Franklin Park— may be spared the final sunset ride. City Council President Stephen Murphy told the Gazette that it might be time to “look into” bringing the mounted unit back into the City budget. While the City...

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City Councilor John Connolly to run for mayor

March 1, 2013
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City Councilor John Connolly this week announced his intention to run for mayor this year. Connolly started his campaign by focusing on the need to bring change to Boston Public Schools. He is a former teacher and the father of two school-aged children. “I am running because every child deserves a world-class education from...

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City services truck makes Egleston Square debut

March 1, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) JP Coordinator for the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services Julieanne Doherty (center) talks toHyde/Jackson Main Streets executive Director Gerald Robbins and a police officer while Christina Connors (second from right) files for a birth certificate.

The City’s new resident service vehicle, City Hall To Go, made a two-hour appearance at Egleston Square on Feb. 20 to build up awareness. The truck, modeled after food trucks, offers a “menu” of services that includes getting a library card; requesting a birth certificate, dog license or resident parking permit; and registering to...

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Seniors singing class starts today

March 1, 2013
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Starting today, a new class called “Singing for Seniors” will bring new and experienced singers aged 55 and over together to learn and perform at the Jamaica Plain Branch library. Taught by long-time voice teacher and JP resident Elizabeth Anker, the nine-week class at the 12 Segdwik St. library will focus on breathing techniques,...

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JP company makes video games for phones, Facebook

March 1, 2013
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(Courtesy Image) A doggie detective explores an imaginative world in the upcoming “SqueeDogs” Facebook videogame, developed by local company Infrared5.

The next video game craze could be hatching right here in Jamaica Plain, courtesy of local software company Infrared5. The JP-based software company is currently working a new game and a new video game system that could change the way people game: a new Facebook game called “SqueeDogs” and a smartphone-based multiplayer system called...

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Vampire novelist is ‘Bitten’ by writing bug

March 1, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Novelist Uzuri Wilkerson.

Fans of paranormal fiction are sinking their teeth into a new series of Boston-based vampire novels penned by Uzuri Wilkerson, one of the managers of Harvest Co-Op Market’s South Street location in Jamaica Plain. The “Bitten” series debuted last summer with “Sweet” and will continue with a sequel this June, Wilkerson said in a...

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