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After the fire

March 16, 2012
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(Photo by Richard Heath) Only the doorway remains standing at 71 Westminster Ave. in Egleston Square, as the fire-damaged building is razed March 8 for forthcoming reconstruction. The Urban Edge-owned apartment building was severely damaged in an Oct. 17 explosion and fire apparently caused by an arsonist. Urban Edge says the reconstruction schedule will be set later.

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Urban Edge wins anti-foreclosure funds

March 16, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—Urban Edge has been awarded a $20,000 grant from Citi Community Development to support its Foreclosure Prevention Counseling Program. Citi provided start-up funds for the program at the Columbus Avenue community development corporation in 2007. Since then, it has provided $90,000 in funds. The latest grant was awarded in January. The program provides...

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Winter Fest

March 16, 2012
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(Photo by Jon Seamans/Boston Parks Department) Four-year-old Laura Cattoir of JP, joined by mother Valerie, shows off the paper mask she made at the Children’s Winter Festival at Franklin Park on Feb. 23. Over 350 children attended the event, hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

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Hombre de JP elegido a la comisión de juegos

March 16, 2012
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Haciendo cita de su experiencia en finanzas en los sectores público y privado, el Tesorero del Estado Steve Grossman nombró hoy a Enrique A. Zúñiga a la Comisión de Juego de Massachusetts.  Zúñiga sirve como Director Ejecutivo del Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust (MWPAT). “Enrique es una persona con suma integridad, visión, sabiduría y...

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Sisters Donation

March 16, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Steve Murakishi (left), owner of JP’s Fire Opal boutique, presents a $748 check to Deborah Re, CEO of the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, at the store on Feb. 1. The donation came from Fire Opal’s holiday gift-wrapping program. Big Sister provides mentors to 73 JP girls. JP resident Diane Ivey recently was named the organization’s Big Sister of the year.

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Irish Music

March 16, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Irish music band The Ivy Leaf, whose members include some JP residents and recently played at City Feed & Supply for First Thursday, will release its debut album “The Ivy Leaf: Traditional Irish Music” on March 29. The group will hold various CD release shows around New England, including a May 11 gig in JP. For more info, see ivyleafmusic.com.

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JP Tunes: New local music

March 16, 2012
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Jamaica Plain musicians recently released the following singles or albums: Chris North, “Lovedream” (Grinding Tapes Recordings/Whitehaus Family Record). Chrisnorth.bandcamp.com. The Ivy Leaf, “The Ivy Leaf: Traditional Irish Music” (self-released). Ivyleafmusic.com. The Woodrow Wilsons, “Devil Jonah” (self-released). Thewoodrowwilsons.bandcamp.com. JP musicians can notify JP Tunes about new releases at news@jamaicaplaingazette.com.

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Editorial: The other Casey decisions

March 16, 2012
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The state has made its decision about the Casey Overpass replacement project, and we believe it is the right one. But more important is that the state keep making the right decisions as the planning and construction move forward. The community’s many activists must remain involved to ensure that happens. The obvious next challenge...

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Editorial: Library work is overdue

March 16, 2012
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If the renovation and expansion plan for the Jamaica Plain Branch Library were one of the library’s books, the City of Boston would be facing a heck of an overdue fee. The needs of the busy branch are obvious. Not so obvious are the reasons the City keeps ducking the project. The original improvement...

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Editorial: Happy St. Pat’s

March 16, 2012
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St. Patrick’s Day arrives on Saturday. Here in Boston, that means celebrating the enormous contributions to our country and our city by Irish immigrants. Immigration is a hot topic in America once again. There are valid concerns about security and the use of limited social resources. There is also a lot of scapegoating for...

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