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New schools moving into Agassiz

November 18, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) A worker repairs the roof of the Agassiz School on Nov. 8.

Despite fierce opposition from parents and City Councilor Mike Ross, the Boston School Committee on Nov. 15 approved a Boston Public Schools plan that will have two schools moving into the Agassiz School building at 20 Child St. next year. The plan moves the Mission Hill K-8 School and the new Margarita Muñiz Academy—a...

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Whole Foods gives money, gets reviews

November 18, 2011
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In the two weeks since Whole Foods Market opened at 413 Centre St., it has made a major contribution to a local nonprofit, generated animated responses from local businesses and gotten its first online reviews. On Nov. 15, local nonprofit Community Servings, which provides home-cooked meals for people who are homebound with chronic health...

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Local band signs to famous label

November 18, 2011
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Debo Band, a Jamaica Plain-based Ethiopian music group, has signed to an imprint of the famous record label Sub Pop. The nine-piece band inspired by Ethiopian dance music of the 1970s, signed last month with Sub Pop’s international music imprint Next Ambiance. It is currently recording its first full-length album, which it hopes to...

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Footlight Club seeks community spotlight

November 18, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Noah Tobin performs as the Cat in the Hat in “Seussical,” the Footlight Club’s Dr. Seuss-themed musical running through Nov. 19 at Eliot Hall.

The Footlight Club—America’s oldest community theater—is looking to raise its profile and raise funds for major renovations, members of the volunteer-run theater’s management team told the Gazette. “So many people don’t know that the Footlight Club exists,” said Brian Crete, chair of the non-profit theater’s board, The Trustees of Eliot Hall. The Footlight Club...

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Agenda, 11/18/11

November 18, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Nov. 29 for the Dec. 2 issue. Send listings to news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Listings with no end date will be run for 3 months, space permitting. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Casey Overpass Community Meeting, Mon.,...

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Chang-Díaz, Malia push to mend Congressional split

November 15, 2011
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Local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz and state Rep. Liz Malia are seeking to reunify Jamaica Plain’s Congressional map, which would be split between two new districts in a plan that could be approved by the state legislature as early as today. Chang-Díaz told the Gazette that she and Malia are sponsoring an amendment to...

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Opposition to Congressional district split is rising

November 11, 2011
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By David Taber and John Ruch Local opposition is rising to a Congressional redistricting plan released Nov. 7 that would split Jamaica Plain and put a huge chunk of the neighborhood into a district that likely would be more politically conservative. The plan is racing toward a vote next week. The JP Progressives organization...

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New Congressional map splits JP

November 7, 2011
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By David Taber and John Ruch Updated  A huge chunk of Jamaica Plain could be cut from U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano’s district and put in a new district where two incumbent Congressmen—Stephen Lynch and Bill Keating—live, under a redistricting proposal released Nov. 7. Keating is indicated he will move out of the district into...

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Whole Foods Opens Its Doors: Customers line up

November 4, 2011
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) Customers line up at the counters inside Whole Foods Market at 413 Centre St. on its opening day, Oct. 31.

With Rebeca Oliveira, Gazette Staff HYDE SQ.–Whole Foods Market opened to brisk business on Oct. 31 at 413 Centre St. after months of controversy about the grocery store chain’s arrival in Jamaica Plain. Whole Foods replaces the shuttered Hi-Lo market in a revamped building. The store will be open daily from 8 a.m. to...

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At-Large candidates talk JP issues

November 4, 2011
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All seven candidates for At-Large Boston City Council seats in the Nov. 8 election talked Jamaica Plain issues in response to written questions from the Gazette. Felix Arroyo, John Connolly, William Dorcena, Michael Flaherty, Stephen Murphy, Ayanna Pressley and Sean Ryan were asked to weigh in on: • Whether the Casey Overpass should be...

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