Monthly Archives: May 2013

Wake Up the House

May 24, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident, City Councilor and mayoral candidate Felix Arroyo (right) joins Elisa Alonso, intake coordinator at Roxbury’s Elizabeth Stone House, at the May 4 Wake Up the Earth Festival on the Southwest Corridor Park in JP. The organization helps people dealing with domestic violence, substance abuse, homelessness and other issues.

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Arborway tree-planting slated for June 1

May 24, 2013
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Trees will be planted June 1 on the “Arborway Hillside” at the Arborway and St. Rose Street to continue a woodlands restoration effort there, and volunteer tree-planters are needed. The hillside is an embankment along the outer Arborway that overlooks the main Arborway just before the Casey Overpass. State workers mistakenly clear-cut the hillside...

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JP mail is misdelivered to Jamaica

May 24, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) The “Missent to Jamaica” stamp on the Gazette mail.

A letter mailed to the Gazette in Jamaica Plain early this year took a three-month detour to the country of Jamaica. “Missent to Jamaica,” reads a stamp on the envelope, which was mailed around Jan. 22 and finally arrived at the Gazette’s JP post office box on April 16. It is uncommon but not...

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Courage Honor

May 24, 2013
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(Photo by Roger Farrington) (from left) JP resident Piper Alyea-Herman, a sixth-grader at the Hurley K-8 School, is honored by Mayor Thomas Menino and teacher Willie Gould as one of the 2013 Max Warburg Courage Curriculum’s Fellows at a May 3 gala downtown. Alyea-Herman was the author of an essay that will be published in the organization’s annual publication “The Courage of Boston’s Children.”

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Alzheimer’s Advocacy

May 24, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Ginny Mazur (left), the community partnership director at Brookline’s Goddard House Assisted Living, joins Erin Colgan-Snyder of the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter in Washington, D.C. April 28 as delegates to the National Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum. Delegates pushed officials to expand research and support for sufferers of the disease.

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Charges dropped against day care director

May 24, 2013
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The felony charges against Linda Chery-Valentin, who is the founding directing of a day care center in Jamaica Plain, have been dismissed, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s (DA) Office. The facility used to be called the Arc-En-Ciel Day Care Center and Montessori School, but has since changed its name to the Bilingual...

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Sign honors officer killed in Dot

May 24, 2013
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A street signed honoring a Boston Police officer killed in the line of duty in 1988 was erected in Canary Square this month. Detective Sherman Griffiths actually died in a drug raid in Dorchester, but the sign was erected May 11 in Jamaica Plain at his family’s request, because he and his wife met...

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JP residents honored as park heroes

May 24, 2013
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(Photo by Marilyn Rodriguez) Sarah Freeman (center) accepts a bicycle as part of her award from Emerald Necklace Conservancy board chair Ben Taylor and President Julie Crockford.

Three Jamaica Plain residents are among the “Emerald Necklace Parks Champions” honored by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy (ENC) at a May 14 ceremony in the Fenway. Christine Cooper, Sarah Freeman and John Iappini are being recognized as “unsung heroes” by the ENC, a nonprofit organization. “These individuals have been in it for the long...

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Play Ball

May 24, 2013
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(Photo by Daniella Rascón) City Councilor Ayanna Pressley throws out the first pitch during the Opening Day ceremony for the JP Regan Youth League April 27 at Daisy Field in Olmsted Park on the Jamaicaway.

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Food Delivery

May 24, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Volunteers from Gay For Good pose outside Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly on Washington Street April 27, when they distributed food provided by Stop & Shop and Whole Foods Market to the homes of 78 low-income seniors. Pictured, from left, are: (front row) Jim Spellman, Matthew Duffy and Art Nava; (middle row) David Bachman, Gary Fortin and Jude Smith; (back row) John Young, Peter Sidewater, Bobby Morris and Chris Dore.

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