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Gazette founder to be named JP ‘champion’

May 23, 2014
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Sandra Storey, who founded the Gazette and now writes its “JP Observer” column, will be named ESAC’s “Community Champion” of the year at a June 17 celebration. ESAC is a social services nonprofit agency founded nearly 50 years in Egleston Square. It recently moved to Dorchester, but remains active in Jamaica Plain. The “Community...

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Book about map thief has JP ties

May 23, 2014
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Book about map thief has JP ties

A new nonfiction book about an infamous thief of rare maps has some Jamaica Plain ties. “The Map Thief,” due out May 29, follows the strange crimes of Edward Forbes Smiley III, who stole maps from the Boston Public Library and Harvard University, among other places, until he was caught in the act at...

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Gazette founder to be named JP ‘champion’

May 14, 2014
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Sandra Storey, who founded the Gazette and now writes its “JP Observer” column, will be named ESAC’s “Community Champion” of the year at a June 17 celebration. ESAC is a social services nonprofit agency founded nearly 50 years in Egleston Square. It recently moved to Dorchester, but remains active in Jamaica Plain. The “Community Champion”...

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JP activists featured in same-sex marriage exhibits

May 9, 2014
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JP activists featured in same-sex marriage exhibits

May 17 marks the 10th anniversary of legal same-sex marriages in Massachusetts and the United States—an achievement rooted in a lawsuit brought by seven couples, three of whom lived in Jamaica Plain. Those activists and other local couples are featured in two photo exhibits commemorating the anniversary at the Boston Center for Adult Education...

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Gas and sewer work comes to Hyde Sq.

May 9, 2014
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National Grid will be digging up part of Centre Street in Hyde Square starting this week to replace natural gas pipes—a project that will last four to six months. When that work is done, the Boston Water and Sewer Commission will do its own repairs in the same area. The work will affect the...

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Gas and sewer work comes to Hyde Sq.

May 7, 2014
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National Grid will be digging up part of Centre Street in Hyde Square starting this week to replace natural gas pipes—a project that will last four to six months. When that work is done, the Boston Water and Sewer Commission will do its own repairs in the same area. The work will affect the...

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Councilor Wu to hold business roundtable May 1

April 28, 2014
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City Councilor At-Large Michelle Wu will host a roundtable discussion with small business owners Thurs., May 1 at the Brendan Behan Pub in Hyde Square. Wu invites local owners of small businesses to attend and discuss their experiences with the City’s licensing and permitting processes. Wu campaigned on making Boston more business-friendly. This is...

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JP leaders react to Menino cancer news

March 15, 2014
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JP leaders react to Menino cancer news

Former Mayor Thomas Menino is being treated for “advanced” cancer, the Boston Globe reported tonight, triggering early words of shock and support from local leaders. “I’m in shellshock right now,” said state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, a Jamaica Plain resident who long worked for Menino, starting in the mid-1990s. “One thing I know about him...

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Zoo plans ‘major project’

March 14, 2014
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Franklin Park Zoo will announce a new “major project” at a March 17 press conference slated to include Mayor Martin Walsh, according to a press release and a zoo publicist. Zoo New England, which operates Franklin Park Zoo and Stoneham’s Stone Zoo, declined to give advance details about the project. The press release describes...

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Flowery peace symbol may return to pond

March 14, 2014
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Flowery peace symbol may return to pond

Flowery symbols secretly planted at Jamaica Pond may again bloom this spring, according to the “Guerrilla Gardner” who last year cultivated a peace symbol of daffodils there. “Spring is on the way, and who knows what might pop up this year!” said the anonymous planter in an email to the Gazette signed only, “your...

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