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Centre/South Main Streets regains nonprofit status, hires interim director

February 15, 2013
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Jamaica Plain’s Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), a business promotion organization, has regained its status as a nonprofit corporation and has hired an interim executive director, according to a CSMS board member. CSMS has also reacquired its former office space over City Feed and Supply at 670 Centre St. The organization had moved to shared...

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Nonprofit educates women about buying, storing guns

February 15, 2013
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Citizens for Safety (CFS), a nonprofit located at 31 Heath St., is looking for more than a cosmetic solution to gun violence with a program called LIPSTICK. “LIPSTICK,” or “Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner-City Killing,” is a workshop run by CFS. Nancy Robinson, executive director of CFS, said research shows that...

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Shared-use kitchen expanding to Grove Hall

February 15, 2013
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CropCircle Kitchen (CCK), a nonprofit, shared-use industrial kitchen at the Brewery Complex in Jamaica Plain, is expanding operations to a facility in Grove Hall, according Jen Faigel, a development consultant and board chair of CCK. The facility at 196 Quincy St. is the former Pearl Meat Factory in Grove Hall, which is on the...

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JP woman footballer: ‘It’s not flag football’

February 15, 2013
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When Jamaica Plain resident Nelli Ruotsalainen tells people she plays football, they assume it’s not of the tackle variety. Ruotsalainen, who is a running back for the New England Intensity professional women’s football team, wants to change that. “I want people to know women are playing football and it’s not flag football,” she said...

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Egleston farmers market a hit, expands to summer

February 15, 2013
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The Egleston Square Farmers Market, originally intended as a winter-only market, is such a hit that it will now run every season except the spring. The winter farmers market, which takes place indoors at Our Lady of Lourdes Church Parish Hall at 45 Brookside Ave., had its debut Nov. 10. Kate Peppard, a JP...

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Decision on school-choice plan delayed

February 15, 2013
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The External Advisory Committee (EAC), a group put together to help form a new school-assignment system, will wait to make a decision on recommending a new plan until the end of the month, according to a Boston Public Schools (BPS) official. Matt Wilder, spokesperson for BPS, said EAC had received a letter from Mayor...

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JPNDC receives funds for projects

February 15, 2013
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The Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC) announced Jan. 17 the commitment of almost $1 million to build three affordable housing developments, including two projects by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), according to a press release. CEDAC, a private-public community development finance institution, will loan $450,550 to JPNDC, a nonprofit community development...

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Church reuses would cost millions

February 15, 2013
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A consultant has found high costs for renovating the former Blessed Sacrament church building into either a performance/community center or affordable housing, it was announced during a community meeting Feb. 6. Meanwhile, Jason Hutchinson and the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) presented proposals to turn the church building into a performance/community center, but neither...

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Political Notes: Capuano wants Social Security numbers secret

February 15, 2013
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Local U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano is expected to file legislation to prevent Social Security numbers of deceased people from being publicly available, according to a press release. Social Security numbers can be used for identity theft. The Social Security Administration currently publishes the Death Master File (DMF), which includes the full name, Social Security...

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No State Lab response on critical report

February 15, 2013
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It is unclear what, if any, actions have been taken to correct management issues a report from a lab oversight agency found at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute in Jamaica Plain. The state Department of Public Health (DPH), which oversees the Hinton Institute, did not respond to a request for comment. Local...

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