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JP Kids: Match reaches high MCAS scores

October 11, 2013
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JP Kids: Match reaches high MCAS scores

A group of fourth-graders at the Match Community Day Elementary School in Jamaica Plain recently received noteworthy MCAS scores. Principal Kate Carpenter Bernier placed the credit on the school’s structure and tutoring program. The Match School teaches third and fourth grades at 215 Forest Hills St. and kindergarten through second grade at 86 Wachusetts...

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JP Kids: State: Kennedy School is on right track

October 11, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—The John F. Kennedy Elementary School at 7 Bolster St. is moving in the right direction, as it was recently named an improving school by the state Department of Education. Principal Waleska Landing-Rivera credits teachers, parents and a social and emotional program called “Open Circle” for the improvement. The Kennedy School was designated...

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JP man charged with child porn, firearm offenses

October 4, 2013
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A Jamaica Plain man has been charged with distributing child pornography and firearms offenses after investigators executed a search warrant at his Elm Street home last night, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s (DA) Office. Martin Kollar, 57, was arraigned today in JP’s West Roxbury District Court on charges of possession of child...

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Casey Overpass to close for ‘emergency repairs’ in October

September 27, 2013
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The Casey Overpass will close for two days in October for “emergency repairs,” according to a Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) press release. The bridge, which carries Route 203/Arborway over Washington and New Washington Streets, will close Oct. 5 and Oct. 6 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to allow the repair of 17...

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Walsh, Connolly top mayoral ticket; Arroyo out

September 27, 2013
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Mayoral candidate Marty Walsh. (Courtesy Photo)

State Rep. Marty Walsh and At-Large City Councilor John Connolly punched their tickets into the Nov. 5 Boston mayoral final after finishing one-two in the Sept. 24 preliminary, according to the unofficial City results. About 31 percent of registered voters participated in the election. Boston mayoral candidate Felix Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident and...

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Local author’s 2nd vampire novel released

September 27, 2013
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The cover of "Sour." (Courtesy Image)

The second book in a series of Boston-based vampire novels came out in July, written by Uzuri Wilkerson, one of the managers of Harvest Co-Op Market’s South Street location in Jamaica Plain. The novel is titled “Sour,” which plays off the name of the first book, “Sweet.” It continues to follow the protagonist Celia...

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JP agent helps top activists be heard

September 27, 2013
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Jodi Solomon, a Jamaica Plain resident, runs an agency booking speaking engagements for a variety of personalities. But Solomon insists having clients who have an impact on the world, such as actor Sidney Poitier and women’s equal pay activist Lilly Ledbetter. Those clients include prominent JP residents. “I’m selective with my clients, who offer...

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Driver faces charges in Arborway crash

September 27, 2013
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The 18-year-old driver who earlier this month caused a two-vehicle crash on the Arborway that sent six people to the hospital will face several criminal and civil charges, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s (DA) Office and State Police. Nikolas Papadopoulos, a West Roxbury resident, will be charged with the criminal offense of...

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Real Estate Today: JP real estate market stays strong

September 27, 2013
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Real Estate Today: JP real estate market stays strong

The Jamaica Plain real estate market continues to be strong, but there is a dearth of available homes, according to local real estate agents. “It’s fantastic,” Karen McCormack of McCormack and Scanlan Real Estate said about the state of the market. But, she then added, it depends on who perspective it is, as sellers...

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Real Estate Today: Scale of Washington St. development worries neighbors

September 27, 2013
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A developer’s proposal for two buildings containing 20 residential units and more than 5,000 square feet of commercial space at 3371-3375 Washington St. and 197 Green St. is drawing concern from neighbors. Meanwhile, the proposal was scheduled to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on Sept. 10, but has been delayed until...

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