Monthly Archives: March 2014

JP Observer: Commissioner search launches new City focus on arts

March 28, 2014
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When the mayoral candidates, including now-Mayor Marty Walsh, touted the importance of arts during the campaign last fall, the rhetoric was refreshing for people and organizations in Jamaica Plain. Many of our residents work in the arts. The neighborhood is home to myriad musical, literary, visual and other arts events, venues and educational programs....

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Legal clinic offers free workshops in basic law

March 28, 2014
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A Harvard Law School clinic in Jamaica Plain is offering free workshops in basic law tomorrow. The Legal Services Center (LSC) at 122 Boylston St. offers low-cost legal services that cover a wide range of civil services, like divorce, representation for veterans and suing predatory lenders. The LSC will be holding its Second Annual...

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MassDOT pushes for Shea Sq. design

March 28, 2014
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The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is continuing to push for replacing Shea Circle with a signalized intersection as part of its Casey Arborway project, according to a letter obtained by the Gazette. MassDOT is negotiating with the Massachusetts Historic Commission (MHC) about the final design for the historic traffic rotary at the Arborway...

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Video store remains open with new owner

March 28, 2014
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Video store remains open with new owner

HYDE SQ.—It’s not only movie zombies who come back from the dead. Beloved neighborhood video rental store the Video Underground has found a new owner and a new lease on life just weeks after tolling its death knell. New owner Kevin Koppes bought the majority share of the Video Underground, located at 358 Centre...

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JP man charged with downtown stabbing

March 28, 2014
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A Jamaica Plain man faces serious charges after allegedly stabbing another man who tried to stop him from assaulting a woman downtown on March 9, according to the Boston Police Department. John Driscoll, 29, is charged with assault with intent to murder; assault and battery; assault with a dangerous weapon; and assault and battery...

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JP author pens Mexican crime drama

March 28, 2014
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JP author pens Mexican crime drama

JP resident and author Christopher Irvin has published a crime noir novel set in Mexico named “Federales.” “Federales” tells the story of Mexican Federal Agent Marcos Camarena, who comes out of retirement from law enforcement to look after a woman embroiled in Mexico’s drug war. “I’ve always been a fan of the underdog. Noir’s...

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JP runners prepare for Boston Marathon

March 28, 2014
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Jamaica Plain runners training for the April 19 Boston Marathon, the first since last year’s infamous terrorist bombing, told the Gazette they know this one is special. “This year’s race will have special significance for me, as it will for all the runners and spectators,” JP resident Harry Smith told the Gazette. “The words...

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JP arts groups ask for more state funding

March 28, 2014
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Various Jamaica Plain-based arts organizations, including representatives from BalletRox, Stonybrook Fine Arts and MassMouth, met with state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez in JP last week, looking for increased arts funding. According to a MASSCreative leaflet handed out at the meeting, held at Stonybrook Fine Arts on Porter Street, state-level arts funding has decreased from a...

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Sam Adams drops out of St. Pat’s parade

March 28, 2014
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The Boston Beer Company, which owns the Samuel Adams Brewery at 30 Germania St. in JP, pulled out of the controversial South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade after sponsoring the event for several years. U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, who represents part of JP, also decided not to march in the parade. The parade is...

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BPD: Gun, drugs seized from car

March 28, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—A Boston man is facing gun and drug possession charges after a March 3 arrest at 120 Forest Hills St., according to the Boston Police Department. Syrus Hampton, 23, was arrested by Drug Control Unit officers following up on reports of drug activity and a man with a gun, according to BPD. Officers...

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