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Letter: Sánchez wrong to rant about Brown visit

September 14, 2012
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I take exception to Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez’s public ranting and raving over Sen. Scott Brown’s decision to meet the Puerto Rican Veterans Monument Square Association (PRVMSA) at El Oriental de Cuba in Jamaica Plain on Aug. 16. (“Sen. Brown visits JP, backs vets memorial,” Aug. 31.) El Oriental is owned by Mr. Nobel Garcia,...

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Letter: Serenity project meets neighborhood needs

September 14, 2012
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We have read a few critical comments about the plans for the development on the empty lot at 105A S. Huntington Ave., and we’d like to respond. We think the architectural drawings that have been shown are attractive and offer a positive modern alternative to the valued historic brownstones and bay-fronts that have dominated...

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Letter: Thanks for Elizabeth Stone House support

September 14, 2012
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We recently completed our 17th annual Elizabeth Stone House Wilderness Heals pledge hike and want to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of the hikers, volunteers, team leaders and sponsors. The event helped to raise over $165,000. This support helped to make this an unforgettable, life-changing experience for everyone involved. A special thanks to all of you...

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Invitación, Sept. 14, 2012

September 14, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 25 de septiembre para la publicación del 28 de septiembre. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones Foro State of the Safety Net, oradores de organizaciones locales sobre servicios...

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Island Tree

August 31, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) (from left) David Gladstone, vice president of business banking at Citizens Bank, and Gerry Wright, president of Friends of Jamaica Pond and organizer of Olmsted 2022, plant a willow tree on Shea’s Island in the pond on Aug. 24 to replace a tree that fell last year in Hurricane Irene. There have been local concerns that the human-made island is eroding. The Parks Department spokesperson Jacque Goddard said the tree was planted without permission, but that it will stay.

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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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