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At JP Music Fest, a rebirth for local musician

August 29, 2014
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At JP Music Fest, a rebirth for local musician

In the 1990s, JP musician Chris Toppin co-founded the successful indie rock band Fuzzy. After a decade out of the music scene, Toppin is making a comeback with the band LOVE LOVE, which plays next week’s fourth annual Jamaica Plain Music Festival. “ is different at this age,” said Toppin in a recent Gazette...

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101 Brookley Road plans under scrutiny

August 29, 2014
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STONYBROOK—A proposed housing development on 1-acre site at 101 Brookley Road is getting a second look from the City’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD) and the Boston Redevelopment Authority, after residents expressed concerns the developer has skirted full review. Once the site of a nursing home, the large lot has been the subject of various...

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JPNDC Peace Rally drums up support

August 29, 2014
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JPNDC Peace Rally drums up support

A “Neighborhood Peace Rally” and march, hosted by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and JP residents and businesses on Aug. 16 drew about 50 participants to Hyde and Jackson Squares despite the beach-going weather. Following a spate of Egleston Square gun violence that left two people injured and one dead, JPNDC residents...

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JP climate protesters to head to NYC

August 29, 2014
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Dozens of environmental activists from Jamaica Plain are convoying to New York City in September to join a protest in advance of a United Nations climate change summit. The People’s Climate March, planned through climate change organization 350.org and dozens of other groups will march on Sept. 21. 350.org’s Massachusetts chapter is based in...

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ZBA process separates small projects

August 29, 2014
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Mayor Martin Walsh recently announced the creation of streamlined Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) process for small businesses and smaller residential applications. A subcommittee of the ZBA will meet bi-weekly to hear zoning relief requests from small businesses and smaller residential projects. The move will is aimed at aiding small businesses and homeowners making...

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New Mural

August 29, 2014
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New Mural

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New minister arrives at First Church UU

August 29, 2014
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First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist (UU) saw new Interim Minister Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris begin her two-year term on Aug. 15. Robinson-Harris is taking over the post from Rev. Terry Burke, who retired in June after 31 years. “My hope for this ministry is that I will be deeply engaged in building beloved community,...

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Indian food may come to Forest Hills

August 29, 2014
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A new Indian restaurant may be coming to Forest Hills. Punjab Foods, Inc., doing business as Tikki Masala Indian Restaurant, received the support of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Public Service Committee for a food and beer and wine license at its Aug. 5 meeting. The approval stipulates a a 10 p.m. closing and...

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Locals remember Icaza’s activism

August 29, 2014
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Longtime Jamaica Plain resident and activist Carlos Icaza, who died Aug. 16, is being remembered by many of those whose lives and organizations he touched. He served in various roles on the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) and on the JP Business and Professional Association since the 1980s. He single-handedly put up and took...

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Obituary: Carlos B. Icaza, community organizer

August 19, 2014
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Carlos B. Icaza, of Jamaica Plain, died August 16, 2014. Beloved husband of Shelley Norton Icaza and best Poppy of Elizabeth Icaza (Giovanni) Poles.  Carlos is survived by Shelley and Elizabeth, his brothers David H. (Jean) Icaza and Peter S. (Mony) Icaza; nephews Jimmy, Robby, Michael, Ethan and Eric; and nieces Melissa and Erinn....

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