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Tea bar to celebrate one-year anniversary

June 9, 2017
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Tea Bar by Evy, a cold brew tea bar located at 253 Amory St., will host a one-year anniversary event on June 17. The event, which will go from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will also feature the launch of a new mobile tea bar, which is a converted 1976 Airstream. “It is so...

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Q. and A. with local musician Maria Finkelmeier

June 9, 2017
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Jamaica Plain resident Maria Finkelmeier, who is an internationally-recognized percussion performer, was recently selected by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to be the next Polly Thayer Starr Artist Series guest artist. The program supports artists in the Boston area by providing them with opportunities to develop artistic experiences and to run workshops for visitors at...

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Two local residents open up JP brewery

May 26, 2017
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Two local residents are hearkening back to Jamaica Plain’s past and are opening up a brewery in the neighborhood called Turtle Swamp Brewing at 3377 Washington St. When the Gazette asked Nicholas Walther, who is co-owner of the brewery with John Lincecum, what prompted them to start the venture in JP, he kidded, “Insanity....

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JPNC’s Zoning Committee gives a thump up for Forest Hills project

May 26, 2017
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee during its May 17 meeting voted to recommend for approval “The Residences at Forest Hills” project at 3694 Washington St., according to committee chair Dave Baron. “The Residences at Forest Hills” was submitted to Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) last year in a project notification form...

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BPDA board approves 5 McBride St. affordable-housing agreement

May 26, 2017
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The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board during its May 11 meeting approved an affordable-housing agreement with the developer of the 5 McBride St. project, according to BPDA spokesperson Bonnie McGilpin. Developer Stephen Ballas has plans for an 11-unit, mixed-use project at 5 McBride St., the former home of the popular Irish bar...

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FPC picks interim leader

May 26, 2017
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Jamaica Plain resident Samantha Wechsler has been selected as interim executive director of the Franklin Park Coalition (FPC), according to FPC board member Mike Carpentier. Wechsler takes over for former director Corey Allen. FPC is a nonprofit group that helps maintain the park. “The Franklin Park Coalition is excited to welcome Samantha Wechsler as...

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Zoning review for Plan: JP/Rox has not started

May 26, 2017
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The zoning review for the Plan: JP/Rox study has not started and might be a while before the first meeting takes place, according to Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) spokesperson Bonnie McGilpin. The BPDA board approved the controversial plan by a 4-1 vote in March. The Zoning Commission must now approve the zoning...

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ZBA approves variances for 3353 Washington St. project despite opposition

May 12, 2017
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Despite opposition, the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) during a May 9 hearing approved variances for Mordechai Levin’s 3353 Washington St. project. As part of the project, two existing buildings will be demolished and five parcels of land will be combined into one. The project needed several variances, including for exceeding height limit...

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JPNC’s Zoning Committee to review Forest Hills project

May 12, 2017
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee will review “The Residences at Forest Hills” project at 3694 Washington St. during its May 17 meeting. “The Residences at Forest Hills” was submitted to Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) last year in a project notification form (PNF) by Criterion Development Partners and was approved by...

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Q. and A. with local author Randy Susan Meyers

May 12, 2017
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“The Widow of Wall Street” is the latest novel from author Randy Susan Meyers, a Jamaica Plain resident. The Gazette conducted a question-and-answer session through email with Meyers about her new novel. (The session has been edited.) For more information about the book or Meyers, visit randysusanmeyers.com. Q: Where did the inspiration for the...

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