Monthly Archives: March 2013

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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Opposition to addiction clinic closure continues

March 1, 2013
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Broad opposition to the closure of a 15-bed detox unit at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital continues to be voiced following a public hearing Feb. 15. Those who spoke at the hearing in opposition to the closure included a representative of Mayor Thomas Menino, state lawmakers, city councilors, medical professionals and “graduates” of the...

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Senior Life: Eliot School a home for senior artists, crafters

March 1, 2013
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(Photo by Robert Siegelman) JP resident Gail Bos paints in an Eliot School class.

By Abigail Norman, Special to the Gazette Maggie Hill was 26 when she started restoring furniture, the same year she started teaching second grade. She recalled that an upholsterer had cheated her on a chair. “I thought if I got some skills I might do better myself. A friend mentioned the Eliot School, and...

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Senior Life: Organization becomes seniors’ ‘best friend’

March 1, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) A dinner at the Little Brothers house.

For some homebound seniors, isolation can be unbearable. But as people grow old that is sometimes exactly what happens as friends and family pass away. The Little Brothers—Friends of the Elderly is a volunteer-based organization that attempts to break that isolation, bringing services to seniors with the warmth and care of a friend. Little...

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Senior Life: Retirement home helps seniors downsize

March 1, 2013
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Drive around Boston on Sept. 1 and you’ll witness plenty of misery on the faces of college students moving. And moving only gets harder once you start cashing Social Security checks. But the Springhouse Retirement Community is attempting to ease that process for seniors with a program that has coordinators help them transition from...

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Senior Life: Ethos wins major award for West Roxbury program

March 1, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain-based elder services agency Ethos recently won a major award—including $10,000 in cash and $100,000 in capacity-building help—for its AgeWell West Roxbury program from the nonprofit consulting organization Root Cause. “This is an amazing opportunity for Ethos AgeWell West Roxbury to gain greater visibility for our work with the older adult population,...

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Pop-up gallery fills empty storefront

March 1, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—OGO Gallery, a temporary “pop-up” art exhibition space, is debuting today in a vacant storefront at 405 Centre St. The gallery is the brainchild of real estate agent and artist Eileen Taylor, who saw a chance to highlight artists while showing off a donated space. “There are a million people out there who...

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New sheriff aims to keep people out of system

March 1, 2013
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(Photo Courtesy Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office) Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins (at podium) speaks at the State House shortly after being appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick (at right) Jan. 21.

By John Ruch and Seth Daniel, Gazette Staff Steven Tompkins is the new sheriff in town, and aims to hold the job as Suffolk County’s top jailer for years to come. But, he said in a recent interview at the Gazette office, he is also working hard to put himself out of business with...

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