Monthly Archives: June 2013

5 JP artists win state grants

June 7, 2013
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Five Jamaica Plain artists are among the winners of this year’s Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) Artist Fellowship Program grants. The state grants, announced May 30, are intended to recognize significant artists and encourage their work. JP winners of the full, unrestricted $7,500 grants include installation artist J. Georgie Friedman and photographers Brian Rosa and...

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Happy 100th

June 7, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo, a JP resident who is running for mayor, presents a resolution to Mercedes Ortolaza in honor of her 100th birthday at Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Church in Jamaica Plain May 25.

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Casey design plans move forward

June 7, 2013
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The state Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) Casey Arborway project design team has dismissed the notion of an “opening year” variation, while it continues to discuss the possibility of adding off-peak left-hand turns on the Arborway. There is also the possibility of moving the MBTA Forest Hills station’s upper busway by a few feet to...

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JP First Responders: E-13 Community Service Officers multitask in JP

June 7, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Community Service Officers (from left) Carlos Lara, Antonette Ramsay and William Jones. Jones is out of uniform because he was about to escort a group of kids to a baseball game.

A day in the life of a community service officer (CSO) in the Boston Police Department (BPD) can hold a great many surprises, the Gazette recently learned after sitting down with Officers Carlos Lara, Antonette Ramsay and William Jones of Jamaica Plain’s District E-13 Police Station. From counseling troubled teens during softball practice, to...

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JP First Responders: Firefighter serves up meals at JP firehouse

June 7, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley) Firefighter and cook Jay Sciara.

The Boston firefighters at the Jamaica Plain firehouse at 746 Centre St. have a motto: they rather “eat good than eat out.” Luckily, they have firefighter Jay Sciara manning the grill. The firehouse is headquarters for Division Two and is home to Engine 28 and Tower Ladder 10. Sciara started working in the restaurant...

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JP First Responders: Editorial: Thank you, first responders

June 7, 2013
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(Image Courtesy Boston Police Department)

Late last year, the Gazette staff decided to create this new, annual special section of stories about JP’s first responders—the police officers, firefighters and EMTs who keep us safe, yet often work unnoticed and un-thanked. We could not have imagined that just four months later, Boston would be struck by an insane terror attack...

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JP First Responders: ‘Jamaica Plain’—the police thriller novel

June 7, 2013
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The cover of “Jamaica Plain” by Colin Campbell. (Image Courtesy Midnight Ink Books)

“Jamaica Plain” is the title and setting for a new hard-boiled crime thriller from English novelist Colin Campbell. The novel, published in April, tells the story of a tough English police officer who travels to Boston to question a suspect. Things quickly go wrong, as it appears the “political intrigue brewing in Jamaica Plain...

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JP First Responders: Decoding the Boston Police badge

June 7, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) A giant, generic version of the Boston Police Department badge as seen on a monument outside BPD headquarters in Roxbury.

A galloping horse and a Bible quote are among the decorations on the Boston Police badge carried by every officer. While most people probably avoid situations where they would see a police badge up-close, there is a lot going on for those who take a look. A giant version is available for view at...

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JP First Responders: JP police stations, past and present

June 7, 2013
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(Photo Courtesy Boston Police Department) The Jamaica Plain police station at 28 Seaverns Ave. in 1901.

Jamaica Plain has been patrolled by some form of police officer since it began emerging as a distinct neighborhood in the 1850s. The home base for those officers has varied widely, from a grand Victorian structure to a long period with no local police station at all. The earliest known local policing was organized...

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Policy Doctor

June 7, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Dr. David Rosman (above) was reelected as the Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates of the Massachusetts Medical Society at its May 9 annual meeting downtown. The House of Delegates is the group’s legislative and policy-making body. Rosman, a radiologist, works at Worcester’s Mass General Imaging and Massachusetts General Hospital and is an instructor at Harvard Medical School.

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