Monthly Archives: April 2013

JP Observer: Popular history walks reveal marvels in many areas

April 26, 2013
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Jamaica Plain has a rich and varied past, and people here seemed more fascinated with local history than residents of other places. For the past 17 years, local interest has been evidenced every spring by the appearance, not just of flowers and leaves on the trees, but of small crowds of people walking and...

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FBI seeks bank robber

April 26, 2013
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FBI seeks bank robber

The FBI is seeking a man accused of robbing the Mt. Washington Bank branch at 515 Centre St. on April 10. The suspect is described as a white man, 5-feet-10-inches to 6 feet tall, medium build, bald or with a closely shaved head. He was wearing dark sunglasses, a green zippered jacket with yellow...

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ESAC repairs seniors’ homes

April 26, 2013
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Egleston Square-based nonprofit Ecumenical Social Action Committee/Ensuring Stability through Action in our Community (ESAC) is helping seniors stay at home longer by donating minor home repairs and improvements. Recently able to offer the service to those as young as 62 partly due to a grant from the national senior-rights organization AARP, ESAC aims “to...

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Man guilty in JP murder

April 26, 2013
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A Roslindale man was convicted this week of second-degree murder in the 2011 stabbing death of Jamaica Plain resident Kenneth Soto in the parking lot of the Canary Square 7-Eleven, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Hector “Nemo” Soto, 22 and no relation to the victim, faces a mandatory sentence of life...

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Boston Shines cleanup tomorrow

April 26, 2013
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Boston Shines, the City of Boston’s annual cleanup event, will be held Sat., April 27. Organizations and individuals will volunteer to clean up streets, parks and similar areas. In JP, Boston Shines collaborates with a longtime neighborhood cleanup and is one of the most popular local volunteer events.

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350.org Boston branch opens in JP

April 26, 2013
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A Boston branch of the state branch of the environmental activist organization 350.org is making a home in Jamaica Plain. Following an introductory meeting on March 28 at the Nate Smith House at 155 Lamartine St., the Cambridge-based 350 Massachusetts has decided to expand to a second branch in Jamaica Plain. “It would be...

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Health Leader

April 26, 2013
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(Photo Courtesy Mayor’s Office) Mayor Thomas Menino (center) is joined by JP resident and Boston Public Health Commission Executive Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer (right) and Health Care for All (HCFA) Executive Director Amy Whitcomb Slemmer (left) as he receives an HCFA award for his commitment to quality health care April 10 at the Sheraton Boston downtown.

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Task Force to protest condo plan

April 26, 2013
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The Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) will hold an event at 7:30 p.m. in front of the Blessed Sacrament Church at 365 Centre St. on May 3 to oppose the plan to turn the church building into luxury condos. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and New Atlantic Development bought the church in 2005....

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Route 39 improvement project to begin

April 26, 2013
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The repeatedly delayed Route 39 bus improvement project is set to begin soon, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. The project calls for several “bump-out” curb extensions, including at the Perkins Street, Roseway Street and Seaverns Avenue stops. Pesaturo said in an email to the Gazette on April 11 that the project should start...

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Dozens attend church vigil

April 26, 2013
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(Photo by Daniella Rascón) People hold candles at the First Baptist Church vigil April 17.

CENTRAL JP—Dozens of people attended a candlelight vigil on the lawn of First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain April 17, the first such local vigil in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. “It’s a way of helping people know they’re not alone in a time of stress and crisis,” First Baptist Pastor Ashlee...

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