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JP Music Fest seeking bands through June 10

June 7, 2013
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The annual JP Music Festival is accepting submissions from local musicians who want to join the line-up through Mon., June 10. Slated for Sept. 7 at Jamaica Pond Park, the festival is for local musicians or bands with at least one member who lives or works in Jamaica Plain. For submission info, email jpmusicfestival@gmail.com...

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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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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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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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Manning Strong

June 7, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Teachers and staff at the Manning Elementary School in Jamaica Hills show their Boston pride on April 26, when they and others raised $350 for The One Fund benefiting Boston Marathon bombing victims. Pictured, from left, are: (front row) Michelle Scansaroli, Corey Lubin, Secretary Cheryl Pastore, Shannon Windus, Principal Ethan d’Ablemont Burnes and Luisa Cruz; (middle row) Kristen Chaplin, Maria Karloutsos, Claire O’Donoghue and Nicole Vanderheiden; (back row) Special Education Administrator Marvin Mitchell, Dakota Bonilla, Leona Cook, Juli Rice, Robert Demerjian, Teri Cunningham, Patti Cahill and Macquin Brockington.

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Editorial: The parklet boondoggle

June 7, 2013
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The up-to-$25,000 cost of JP’s City-funded “parklet,” aka free sidewalk seating for private businesses, is as amazing as the fact that it took a Gazette Freedom of Information Act request to get that number. The parklet program looks like a classic boondoggle that snuck through its stunning overall $100,000 taxpayer-funded price tag via deliberately...

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Editorial: Unleash the dog-walking talk

June 7, 2013
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While we are not convinced that the Franklin Park Coalition’s proposal for off-leash dog permitting in the park is the best idea or the product of a thorough discussion, we are grateful that the coalition had the guts and brains to get this important conversation started. We need serious commitment to seeing this conversation...

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Editorial: Close the historic review loophole

June 7, 2013
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Whether the 120-year-old former home of Dr. Marie Zakrzewska—founder of today’s Dimock Community Health Center and a member of Boston’s historic feminist and abolitionist circles—should have been saved for posterity is debatable. The problem is, we are only having that discussion after most of the building was demolished thanks to a giant loophole in...

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Letter: JPNDC remains committed to affordable housing

June 7, 2013
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The future of the Blessed Sacrament church has understandably received much attention in the Gazette recently. We are writing to emphasize the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation’s strong commitment to creating affordable homes in JP and to figuring out, if at all possible, an alternative to market-rate condos in the church. After the Boston...

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