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JP orchestra aims to soothe mental woes

October 24, 2014
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A new Jamaica Plain ensemble called Me2/Orchestra aims to give people who suffer from mental illnesses a musical respite from any stigma they might endure elsewhere. “People living with mental health issues face stigma on a daily basis,” said Me2/Orchestra executive director Caroline Whiddon. “One day, they might face discrimination from an employer or...

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Egleston Farmers Market moves to Brewery

October 10, 2014
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The Egleston Farmers Market will kick off the winter season Nov. 1 in a new location at the Brewery complex at 29 Germania St., according to a press release. The market will be held at The Urbano Project, which is across from the Samuel Adams Brewery, and will run from November through February. The...

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O’Malley: Council pay raise is ‘too high’

October 10, 2014
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City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who represents most of Jamaica Plain, said last week he does not support his colleagues’ proposal to raise the salary for Council members by 29 percent, calling it “too high.” A majority of the council approved the pay raise this week, with O’Malley among those voting against it. City Council...

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City unveils redesign plan for Hyde Square

October 10, 2014
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City unveils redesign plan for Hyde Square

The City unveiled a redesign plan of the Hyde Square rotary during a community meeting Sept. 29 that would increase the width of the sidewalk, enhance greenery and add public art, according to Boston Transportation Department (BTD) Director of Planning Vineet Gupta. The redesign appears similar to a plan that was presented during an...

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JP Kids: English QB named ESPN’s ‘Player of the Week’

October 10, 2014
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English High School senior quarterback Emmanuel Almonte was recently named “Player of the Week” by ESPN Boston. But he has not always loved the sport that has landed him accolades. Almonte said in a recent Gazette interview at English High School that when he first began playing football at the Pop Warner level, he...

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JP Kids: Curley field set to open

October 10, 2014
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JP CENTER—The community-funded artificial turf field and track for the Curley K-8 School at 493 Centre St. is close to being completed. There will be a ribbon-cutting to open the field Oct. 28. The community fundraising campaign raised more than $250,000 to replace an unsafe asphalt lot with the field and track that will...

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JP resident named to Art Commission

September 26, 2014
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JP resident named to Art Commission

Jamaica Plain resident George Fifield, founder and director of Boston Cyberarts, has been named to the Boston Art Commission. Fiefield recently talked to the Gazette about the appointment at the Green Street T Station, where the Boston Cyberarts manages an art gallery. He spoke favorably about the Walsh administration’s new focus on the arts...

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Bromley-Heath manager replaced

September 26, 2014
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JACKSON SQ.—The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) has replaced Angel Lopez with Gwen Friend as the manager of the Bromley-Heath housing development. That move has drawn criticism. Lopez became the Bromley-Heath manager in 2012 when the BHA took over the housing development from the resident-run Tenant Management Corporation (TMC). Katherine Guzman, who said she is...

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JP resident pens book on yoga and trauma healing

September 26, 2014
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JP resident pens book on yoga and trauma healing

When Jamaica Plain resident Becky Thompson began training to become a yoga teacher, she said, she would hear whispers in the hallways and after sessions about people suffering from depression, loss, sexual abuse and other traumas. The traumas always seemed to be talked about in the background. That pushed her to co-lead a workshop...

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AIDS Action welcomes HIV prevention pill

September 26, 2014
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The JP-based AIDS Action Committee is embracing a groundbreaking HIV prevention pill that has stirred debate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently recommended an HIV drug prevention program called PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, for people at high risk of obtaining the virus, such as gay men who have sex without condoms...

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