Monthly Archives: May 2013

Peace symbol of flowers blooms at pond

May 10, 2013
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The peace symbol composed of daffodils at Jamaica Pond Park on April 26. (Gazette Photo by John Ruch)

PONDSIDE—Call it peace on Earth. Daffodil flowers planted in the shape of a peace symbol are blooming bright yellow on an embankment at Jamaica Pond Park in an unofficial, guerrilla landscaping. Next to the peace symbol is what appears to be a yin-yang symbol of white and red tulips that did not grow in...

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Opening Day

May 10, 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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Gazette writer pens marathon bombing ebook

May 10, 2013
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The cover of Chris Faraone's "Heartbreak Hell." (Courtesy Image)

Chris Faraone, a Jamaica Plain journalist who writes the Gazette’s “Politics as Unusual” column, has published an ebook of essays and photos about the week of the Boston Marathon bombing. “Heartbreak Hell: Searching for Sanity in Boston through a Week of Tragedy & Terror” is available for free at a dedicated website, heartbreakhell.marquee.by. A...

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JP artist creates poster to aid bombing victims

May 10, 2013
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(Image Courtesy Nancy Marks) The marathon poster “The Extra Mile” by Nancy Marks.

Jamaica Plain artist Nancy Marks has created a poster honoring the Boston Marathon bombing victims and raise money for them via The One Fund. Each victim will be offered a free print as well. “The Extra Mile,” a mixed-media and acrylic painting, depicts various pieces of Boston architecture along with candles for the victims,...

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Bombing memorial comes down

May 10, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) A sign bearing a star-and-crescent Islamic symbol that was part of the marathon bombing victims memorial.

The makeshift memorial to Boston Marathon bombing victims in Monument Square, partly by bombing rescue hero Carlos Arredondo, was removed on May 6, apparently by its creators. The memorial had some changes over its two weeks of existence, including the addition of an Islamic symbol that reportedly was vandalized. The memorial honored the three...

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The Connolly-Arroyo election myth

May 10, 2013
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With City Councilors John Connolly and Felix G. Arroyo both in the mayoral race, voters likely will once again hear a minor but enduring political myth: that Connolly ousted Arroyo’s father, Felix D., from the City Council in 2007 in a blow to minority voting power. The Gazette debunked the myth at the time...

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Car lot project revived after 2-year delay

May 10, 2013
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STONYBROOK—Two years after it was first proposed, a stalled mixed-use development on Washington Street has been revived with only minor changes, following the discovery of hazardous chemicals on the site in 2011. The project proposed for the former Flanagan & Seaton Motor Car Company location at 3521-3529 Washington St. calls for a four-story self-storage...

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Neighbors challenge condo permits

May 10, 2013
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CENTRAL JP—Appeals have been made to the building and demolition permits for planned condos at 207-209 Chestnut Ave., according to a representative for the Glenvale Park Neighborhood Association, which is opposed to the project. The City has already granted those permits and construction has started at the site. But the representative of association, who...

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Climate Change

May 10, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident and Olmsted 2022 founder Gerry Wright joins JP residents and Boston Latin School students (from left) Clare Vallely and Sally Gillis at an April 27 seminar at Simmons College called “Climate Change: What Would Olmsted Do?” Wright regularly portrays Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Boston’s Emerald Necklace parks, in one-man shows. Vallely and Gillis gave a presentation on small daily activities anyone can do to help the environment.

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Eating around the world in Rozzie

May 10, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Blue Star Restaurant on May 5.

Roslindale offers a true tour of the world’s cuisines in less than a quarter-mile around Rozzie Village. “The diversity of food retail in Rozzie—restaurants, grocers, butchers, and specialty shops—reflects, and celebrates, the unique character of our community. Our neighborhood is really enriched by all these choices and we can’t wait to see what new...

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