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Music Leader

August 31, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Krystal Banfield (above) was appointed dean of the Berklee City Music program this month. Affliated with Berklee College of Music, the nonprofit program that provides music instruction to underserved students in Boston and 38 sites across the U.S. A former voice professor, Banfield previously served as the program’s senior director.

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Scholarship Star

August 31, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident and bass player Matthew Pitts holds a document granting him a full four-year scholarship to Berklee College of Music during a celebratory concert at the Back Bay school on Aug. 8. Pitts was one of only 16 people to win the scholarship from the Berklee City Music program.

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Day at the Beach

August 31, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) A group of youths and supervisors from the Boston Centers for Youth & Families Curtis Hall Community Center in JP enjoy at day at the M Street Beach in South Boston on Aug. 17 as part of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s annual Kids Beach Bash.

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JP Art

August 31, 2012
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(Image by Barbara Watkins) The painting “Red Boots” by Barbara Watkins is among the works on display in the Jamaica Plain Artists Association 2012 Summer Member Exhibition, showing through Sept. 17 at J.P. Licks. A reception will be held during the First Thursday art event on Sept. 6. See Sights & Sounds listing.

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Good Sportsmanship

August 31, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Sam Steeves (right) of the Boston Astros youth baseball league meets legendary sportswriter Peter Gammon (left) as teammates look on at Fenway Park on Aug. 22. Sponsored by the Foundation to Be Named Later, the event featured Los Angeles Angels star Torii Hunter talking about the challenges he overcame as a young man. The Astros then were guests for the Red Sox-Angels game that night.

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Murder attempt suspect arrested at T station

August 31, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—A man cited for smoking at the Forest Hills T Station on Aug. 16 turned out to be wanted on a charge of assault with intent to murder, according to MBTA Transit Police. Ronaldo Taylor, 39, of Roxbury had an open warrant issued in Chelsea, according to Transit Police. He was approached by...

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Farm Dinner

August 31, 2012
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(Photo by Roger Farrington) JP resident Simca Horwitz chops mint leaves fresh from the garden at Brookwood Community Farm in Milton for its annual Field-to-Table fundraiser dinner on Aug. 9, where a gourmet meal was served alongside the fields where ingredients were grown. Horwitz is a board member at the farm, which aims to increase the consumption of locally grown food, especially in underserved communities.

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Beetle Busters

August 31, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) (from left) Lindsay Nystrom and Jessi Flynn of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation and Jonathan Hnatiuk of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) peer through binoculars at a backyard tree for signs of the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) from the driveway of J.P. Licks at 659 Centre St. on Aug. 17. No new cases of the invasive, tree-killing beetle have found since a small infestation was discovered in JP in 2010, but the USDA workers continue to hunt it. This is the active season for the ALB, a large black beetle with white spots and long antennae. For more info, see beetlebusters.info.

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Collective has fresh take on art

August 31, 2012
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By Tommy Dean, Special to the Gazette HYDE SQ.—A group of artists called the Fresh Collective held a debut exhibit in their Sheridan Street home earlier this week, setting the stage for more art to come. The group is inspired by the basement shows and do-it-yourself ethos of the underground independent music scene. Getting...

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Chemical Crusaders

August 31, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Elizabeth Saunders (seated, second from right), the legislative director for Clean Water Action Massachusetts, and JP resident Alex Papali (standing, second from right) were among the “Stroller Brigade for Safe Chemicals” demonstration June 28 at the State House in support of Senate bill 2079, which would require companies to replace toxic chemicals with safer alternatives when feasible.

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