Monthly Archives: January 2014

JP Observer: Student playing field funding down to the wire

January 31, 2014
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Parents and students at the Curley K-8 School on Centre Street, as well as friends and interested community members, have been working very hard since last May to raise money for a new schoolyard. They deserve to succeed, and the larger Jamaica Plain community should come forward in the next few weeks to insure...

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AIDS Action not a fan of Patrick’s budget

January 31, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain-based AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts is not a fan of Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposed budget, the group said in a Jan. 22 press statement. “The budget released today by Governor Deval Patrick is not enough to sustain the fight against HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts,” said AIDS Action CEO Rebecca Haag in the...

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Rock collapse closes Centre St.

January 31, 2014
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Rock collapse closes Centre St.

Large debris, fallen from a rocky ledge on private land, was responsible for a lane closure and a pedestrian detour on Centre Street between Allandale Street and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Parkway earlier this month. The Faulkner Hospital side of the road, including the bike lane and sidewalk, were closed from Jan....

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Urbanica hosts Parcel U meetings

January 31, 2014
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Urbanica hosts Parcel U meetings

FOREST HILLS—Developer Urbanica presented a draft plan for 121 new housing units on “Parcel U” last week as part of a host of community meetings. Urbanica plans to create 56 rental units and 65 condo units on the former MBTA parcel, bounded by Hyde Park Avenue on the east and Ukraine Way on the...

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Oreo cookies to J.P. Licks: Stop using our name

January 31, 2014
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Oreo cookies to J.P. Licks: Stop using our name

The word “Oreo” is being scrubbed from any J.P. Licks ice cream shop flavor names after the cookie company demanded a fee for use of its brand. Oreos can still be used in the store’s recipes, but such flavor names as “Oreo Cookie Dough” have to go. The store is holding a contest through...

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Sights and Sounds, Jan. 31, 2014

January 31, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Feb. 11 for the Feb. 14 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events First Thursday neighborhood walk & art display, Feb. 6, 6-8, Centre/South streets. Info: centresouth.org. Franklin Park Coalition Snow Fest, Sat.,...

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‘Sustainable economy’ expert to speak

January 31, 2014
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‘Sustainable economy’ expert to speak

  UPDATE: This event has been postponed to April 9 due to a predicted snowstorm. On Feb. 5, the Jamaica Plain Forum will host author Bruce Seifer to explore the components of sustainable economies at the city level. Seifer, advisor to former mayors Bernie Sanders and Peter Clavelle of Burlington, Vt., developed a nationally recognized...

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JPNC Zoning Committee denies residential project

January 31, 2014
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On Wed., Jan. 22, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) Zoning Committee voted to deny support to a nine-unit residential project at 81 Amory St. The Zoning Committee also voted to approve the building of a two-family dwelling at 251 Lamartine St./30-32 Chestnut Square, pending a memorandum of understanding between the neighbors and the...

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New Hyde Sq. diner opens

January 31, 2014
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New Hyde Sq. diner opens

HYDE SQ.—The Aurum Restaurant, a creative diner with artwork-strewn walls that is located at 377 Centre St., was a dream that turned into reality in six weeks. During that time, general manager Andrea Belanger and owner Matt Virzi developed the concept, aesthetic and menu for the diner, which specializes in calzone-type pies. Sitting in...

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JP resident hired at NEFA

January 31, 2014
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JP resident hired at NEFA

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) announced that Meena Malik, a Jamaica Plain resident, has joined the organization as a program coordinator for the National Theater Project. Meena managed all aspects of the 35-member Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston before joining NEFA. She is also a founding member of the Voci...

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