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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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Editorials: Reasons to vote

August 31, 2012
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Many people will sit out the Sept. 6 primary election amid a bunch of uncontested races and an election date moved from the usual third Tuesday to the first Thursday. Still, the local ballots present JPers with some motivation to vote. Most notable is the Democratic ballot battle for the Suffolk County Clerk of...

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Editorial: Rethinking redistricting

August 31, 2012
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The controversy about the City Council redistricting plan raises real concerns about minority representation and ham-handed incumbent protection. But it is just a symptom of underlying problems and our city leadership’s stubborn refusal to let the people rethink their form of government. No matter what boundaries are chosen, the City Council districts, redrawn every...

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Letter: Church should be community space

August 31, 2012
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My name is Chloe and I’m 9 years old, and I live in a house across from the Blessed Sacrament Church campus. I have heard and read that the current plan is to turn the church building into expensive condos. From my perspective, I don’t think that would be the best use of the...

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