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New theater company opens in JP

April 25, 2014
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New theater company opens in JP

Jamaica Plain theater enthusiasts are set to have a new option to go to as the Open Theatre Project (OTP) is hosting a series of events at St. John’s Episcopal Church, kicking off with the “Henry and Vanessa Unbound.” The play, which starts today, April 25, is written by former JP resident Howard Zilber....

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BTU student leads donation drive

April 25, 2014
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BTU student leads donation drive

With her five-member team seated around her, Boston Teacher Union (BTU) School eighth-grader Anne Jean had nothing but praise for her fellow students for helping her food-and-clothing drive for the nonprofit Cradles to Crayons. “I think everyone here is a leader. I didn’t want people who were fooling around,” said Jean during an interview...

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JP start-up brings artisan food to doorstep

April 25, 2014
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A Jamaica Plain-based start-up business called Glenwood Garden is launching an e-commerce online platform that offers artisan food products, while giving a portion of proceeds to nonprofits, according to a press release. The food available includes caramels, teas, jams and spices. Glenwood Garden, which is a for-profit business, is offering a special artisan food...

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Group forms over Wachusett St. project

April 11, 2014
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Group forms over Wachusett St. project

A neighborhood group is forming around the Wachusett and Wenham streets area over concerns with proposed developments, especially a project to demolish at historic house at 57 Wachusett Street, according to local resident Tess Pope. Meanwhile, Greg Galer, executive director of the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA), said he has spoken to the developer of...

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AIDS Action’s new head hits ground running

April 11, 2014
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AIDS Action’s new head hits ground running

Carl Sciortino, a former state representative from Medford, is hitting the ground running after becoming the new executive director of the Jamaica Plain-based AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. AIDS Action, which moved to 75 Amory St. in 2009, is described as New England’s first and largest AIDS service organization. The nonprofit, which was founded...

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Artists create peace mural at Spontaneous Celebrations

April 11, 2014
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Artists create peace mural at Spontaneous Celebrations

While U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing for a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a group of local Jewish and Palestinian artists is creating a mosaic “peace” mural at the studio Spontaneous Celebrations at 45 Danforth St. “We don’t want war. We don’t want kids to die. We want a good life...

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Charter schools compromise fails

April 11, 2014
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The state Legislature’s Joint Committee of Education, which local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz co-chairs, failed to reach a compromise last month on the lifting the cap on charter schools in Boston and several other urban school districts. But state Rep. Alice Peisch, the other co-chair of the Joint Committee of Education, filed legislation in...

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Local online venture links community to nonprofits

April 11, 2014
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A Jamaica Plain-based online fundraising platform called Social Seam has been created to link local nonprofits, donors and businesses. “The goal is for Social Seam to become a useful tool for communities,” Jason Baguio, the website creator, said in an email to the Gazette. “That it helps members and supporters of a community to...

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Birdwatcher aims to boost Latino interest in hobby

April 11, 2014
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When Isabel Mendez retired, she returned to a hobby she had picked up during college: birdwatching. But she encountered a lack of Spanish-language literature as she researched the study of birds. Mendez is now attempting to rectify that problem through a project that targets the Latino population of the city, including creating Spanish-language literature....

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Forum brings state candidates to JP

March 28, 2014
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Following its successful governor candidate forums last fall, the JP Progressives recently brought to JP several Democratic state office-seekers for lieutenant governor, attorney general and treasurer. At a March 19 forum at Doyle’s Cafe, attorney general (AG) candidate and former Jamaica Plain resident Maura Healey spoke about her experience fighting for equality in the...

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