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JPNC opposes Norbert School project

December 7, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) approved a motion during a Nov. 27 meeting to oppose the plan to turn the Norbert School building into 21 market-rate apartments unless the developers show a good-faith effort to include affordable housing. The vote was split, with seven members approving the motion, two members opposing and...

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JPNC receives interest in vacant seats

December 7, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) has five vacancies on its board, but those slots look soon to be filled as 11 people expressed interest in joining the council during its meeting Nov. 27. The JPNC is an elected community organization that advises City government about local issues Those interested are the following: Kelvin...

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Holidays in JP: ‘Urban Nutcracker’ brings diversity to holiday

December 7, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Petr Metlicka) The “Urban Nutcracker” in 2010.

Living in the city usually means experiencing diversity, and with Anthony Williams’ “Urban Nutcracker,” you can bring that to your holiday celebrations. The “Urban Nutcracker” is Williams’ take on the 19th century classical ballet. It has a vast array of dance, ranging from classical ballet to hip-hop to urban tap to traditional Chinese. “We...

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Holidays in JP: Expert: Holidays are opportunity for interfaith couples

December 7, 2012
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Holidays can be a stressful time of year, even more so for some interfaith couples. But Paula Brody of Reform Jewish Outreach Boston, which is based in Newton and has a JP program, said the holidays are not a problem for interfaith couples, but an opening. “Holidays are opportunity for interfaith couples to really...

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Orchestra returns from Europe, set to play local concerts

December 7, 2012
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A Far Cry, a self-directed orchestra that rehearses in a storefront on South Street, recently returned from a European tour and has two upcoming local concerts. “It was phenomenal,” Sarah Darling, A Far Cry violinist, said about the European tour. The tour, which was A Far Cry’s fifth visit to Europe, lasted two weeks...

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Bike shop to host tax-cut petition tomorrow

December 5, 2012
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There will be a petition drive to extend the middle-class tax cuts tomorrow at the Ferris Wheels Bike Shop at 66 South St. Middle-class tax cuts are set to expire at the end of the year unless Congress acts. “We need the tax break. We can’t be taxed anymore,” said Jeffrey Ferris, owner of...

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Main Street presenta a su nuevo director

November 23, 2012
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Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) presenta a su nuevo director ejecutivo, Gerald Robbins, quien asumió el puesto hace varios meses. La organización anunció que tendrá una casa abierta el 6 de diciembre. HJSMS es una programa iniciada por el alcalde Thomas Menino para fortalecer los distritos comerciales de JP mediante el apoyo monetario, técnico...

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Protest dolls displayed at 161 S. Huntington

November 23, 2012
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The dolls with signs displayed at 161 S. Huntington Ave. (Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley)

By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff S. HUNTINGTON—About 10 dolls adorned with protest signs were arranged around a tree at the Home for Little Wanderers at 161 S. Huntington Ave. last week, an effort carried out by a new Occupy JP-affiliated group called Babies Against Boondoggles, according to an Occupy JP member....

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Hyde/Jackson Main Street debuts director, open house

November 23, 2012
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Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) has introduced its new executive director, Gerald Robbins, after several months on the job. HJSMS also announced it will hold an “open house” Dec. 6. Main Street is a program introduced by Mayor Thomas Menino to revitalize the city’s neighborhood commercial districts through design, technical and financial support, according...

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JP voters favor liberal candidates, causes

November 23, 2012
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Jamaica Plain remained one of the highest-turnout neighborhoods in the city in the Nov. 6 election and continued its liberal voting streak. About 70 percent of Jamaica Plain registered voters turned out for the election, up 5 percent from the city as a whole. They voted overwhelmingly for President Barack Obama, U.S. Senate candidate...

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