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Wi-Fi arrives at local parks

April 25, 2014
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Free wireless Internet service is now available at Jamaica Pond Park and part of Franklin Park. The recent installation is part of the City program called “Wicked Free Wi-Fi: Boston’s Public Wireless Network.” The program includes 170 access points throughout the city. “Closing the digital divide and providing free public Wi-Fi in our neighborhoods...

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Match Day School leaving JP

April 25, 2014
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The Match Community Day School, which is a charter public school that first opened in 2011, will soon be leaving Jamaica Plain for a new home on Hyde Park/Mattapan line. The school is currently split in two locations in JP: Kindergarten through grade 2 reside at leased space at 86 Wachusett St., while grades...

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JP Kids: JP nonprofit targets high-risk kids

April 25, 2014
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JP Kids: JP nonprofit targets high-risk kids

The Friends of the Children-Boston is a Jamaica Plain-based chapter of a national organization that turns its attention to the children who need the most help. “We go into a high-risk community and build mentoring relationships with children,” said Friends-Boston Executive Director Michelle Harrington in a recent Gazette phone interview. Friends-Boston, which is located...

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JP-based site lets fans rate music fests

April 25, 2014
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A Jamaica Plain Internet business called Obfessed has created an online platform that allows attendees of music festivals to rate their experience and have a voice, according to founder Daniel Swain. “Our goal from the beginning has been to give festival fans a voice,” said Swain in an email to the Gazette. “The louder...

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New theater company opens in JP

April 25, 2014
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New theater company opens in JP

Jamaica Plain theater enthusiasts are set to have a new option to go to as the Open Theatre Project (OTP) is hosting a series of events at St. John’s Episcopal Church, kicking off with the “Henry and Vanessa Unbound.” The play, which starts today, April 25, is written by former JP resident Howard Zilber....

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BTU student leads donation drive

April 25, 2014
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BTU student leads donation drive

With her five-member team seated around her, Boston Teacher Union (BTU) School eighth-grader Anne Jean had nothing but praise for her fellow students for helping her food-and-clothing drive for the nonprofit Cradles to Crayons. “I think everyone here is a leader. I didn’t want people who were fooling around,” said Jean during an interview...

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JP start-up brings artisan food to doorstep

April 25, 2014
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A Jamaica Plain-based start-up business called Glenwood Garden is launching an e-commerce online platform that offers artisan food products, while giving a portion of proceeds to nonprofits, according to a press release. The food available includes caramels, teas, jams and spices. Glenwood Garden, which is a for-profit business, is offering a special artisan food...

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Group forms over Wachusett St. project

April 11, 2014
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Group forms over Wachusett St. project

A neighborhood group is forming around the Wachusett and Wenham streets area over concerns with proposed developments, especially a project to demolish at historic house at 57 Wachusett Street, according to local resident Tess Pope. Meanwhile, Greg Galer, executive director of the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA), said he has spoken to the developer of...

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AIDS Action’s new head hits ground running

April 11, 2014
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AIDS Action’s new head hits ground running

Carl Sciortino, a former state representative from Medford, is hitting the ground running after becoming the new executive director of the Jamaica Plain-based AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. AIDS Action, which moved to 75 Amory St. in 2009, is described as New England’s first and largest AIDS service organization. The nonprofit, which was founded...

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Artists create peace mural at Spontaneous Celebrations

April 11, 2014
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Artists create peace mural at Spontaneous Celebrations

While U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing for a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a group of local Jewish and Palestinian artists is creating a mosaic “peace” mural at the studio Spontaneous Celebrations at 45 Danforth St. “We don’t want war. We don’t want kids to die. We want a good life...

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