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Mini Library

December 7, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) The “JP Free Tiny Library,” a house-shaped wooden box set atop a City street light control box at South and Bardwell streets, invites passers-by to “take a book, leave a book” earlier this week. It is unclear who placed the “library” there or when. Books on math, Tibet and the history of punk rock were among the offerings. The site is across South Street from the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, which had been closed for repairs.

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Holidays in JP: Tree-lightings slated for Sat.

December 7, 2012
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The annual tree-lightings and Enchanted Trolley Tour events in Monument and Hyde Squares are slated for tomorrow, Dec. 8. The Mayor’s Trolley Tour and Tree-Lighting event in Monument Square, the intersection of Centre and South streets, at 1:30 p.m. pairs up with the Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association’s day-long Holiday Stroll. It includes...

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Holidays in JP: Secret Recipes: Chef Elvis’s Dominican Pork Roast

December 7, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Chef Elvis Torres of JP’s Whole Foods Market.

The Gazette asked various JP people and institutions to share their favorite holiday recipes. Whole Foods Market at 413 Centre St. offered the following: Chef Elvis Torres began his Whole Foods Market career as a part of the opening team at the Jamaica Plain store in October 2011. From the Dominican Republic, Elvis was...

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Holidays in JP: Secret Recipes: Sara Beth’s Tofu Turkey

December 7, 2012
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The Gazette asked various JP people and institutions to share their favorite holiday recipes. City Feed and Supply at 672 Centre St. and 66a Boylston St. offered the following: Please vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike with this tofu turkey recipe! This tried-and-true recipe was created City Feed’s Sara Beth. All local ingredients listed in the...

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Housing Excellence

December 7, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Jamie Seagle (second from left), president of Rogerson Communities, accepts the MetLife Foundation’s Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing for recent renovation and green retrofits at its Farnsworth House at 90 South St. during the senior housing building’s 30th anniversary on Nov 15. Joining Seagle are (from left) Scott Batey of Bay State Financial on behalf of MetLife; Rogerson’s Laurie Trilling; and Enterprise Community Partners’ Victoria Shire.

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Editorial: When ‘affordable’ isn’t

December 7, 2012
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With Boston housing costs at truly obscene levels, any foothold of affordability is welcome. The community’s recent success at gaining affordable units at 161 S. Huntington and the new pressure for them at the Norbert School are meaningful. However, we should not assume that “affordable” is affordable. In fact, it is often still quite...

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Editorial: Thanks for bus stop move

December 7, 2012
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The MBTA deserves thanks for putting aside red tape and relocating a dangerous Monument Square bus stop. As we noted in September, the stop was illegally placed across crosswalks, blocked the view of traffic lights, and prevented pedestrians and drivers from seeing each other. Instead of delaying for months or years more, the MBTA...

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Editorial: Welcome back, Mr. Mayor

December 7, 2012
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It is good to hear that Mayor Thomas Menino is out of his recent major hospitalization and rehabbing in preparation for returning home. We wish the mayor well and look forward to seeing him in JP again soon. The mayor has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a serious, chronic disease requiring lifestyle changes....

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Letter: Thanks for supporting Taste of JP

December 7, 2012
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We are writing on behalf of ESAC (Ecumenical Social Action Committee, Inc.) Board of Directors and staff to thank all who were responsible for making ESAC’s 17thAnnual Taste of JP such a successful event. This was an important event for us as we also celebrate our 47 years of serving the community. The event...

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Letter: Gazette is right about need for planning agency

December 7, 2012
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I am so impressed with the balanced assessment of the 161 S. Huntington project in your editorial. (“Editorial: S. Huntington achievements,” Nov. 23.) Rarely are issues evaluated as fairly and as cogently as in your editorial. Your appeal for a freestanding planning commission is especially appropriate and overdue. Jeff Cronin Jamaica Plain

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