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Local LGBT activist visits Cuba

July 4, 2014
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Local LGBT activist visits Cuba

Local LGBT educator and author Robyn Ochs traveled to Cuba in May as part of that country’s Jornada Contra la Homofobia event, part of the worldwide International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). Ochs and spouse Peg Preble, a well-known Jamaica Plain electrician, were part of a 20-strong delegation that received rare travel visas...

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La guardería de Shattuck dado un golpe fuerte

July 4, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—Esta semana la guardería subsidiada por el estado, Shattuck Child Care Center, fue excluida del presupuesto estatal durante charlas de reconciliación del presupuesto del Senado y la Cámara. La guardería había esperado tener un sitio permanente, pero tiene que encontrar un nuevo sitio dentro de un año o dejará de existir. Según Clare...

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Business organization opposes chain café

July 4, 2014
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The nonprofit local business organization JP Local First has issued a letter opposing the opening of a U.K.-based coffee franchise on Centre Street. The local Main Streets organization’s board opposes it as well and is actively seeking alternatives. Caffè Nero, similar to Starbucks or Au Bon Pain, is planning on opening its second American...

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Shattuck child care center dealt crucial blow

July 4, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—The state-subsidized Shattuck Child Care Center was written out of the state budget during Senate and House budget reconciliation talks this week, gutting the center’s hopes for a permanent home. The center currently has one year to find a new home or be shut down. According to Clare Reilly, a member of the...

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Where to watch the Cup in JP

July 4, 2014
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With the soccer World Cup quarter finals currently underway, Jamaica Plain is getting into the swing of watching the soccer matches. Most bars in JP are showing the matches live. A few have added Cup-specific specials to enhance JP’s cheering pleasure. The Haven, 2 Perkins St., 524-2836: halftime “Pint and a Pie” special, $10;...

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Footlight Club fundraising for total renovation

July 4, 2014
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The Footlight Club—America’s oldest community theater— is working on raising up to $186,000 to upgrade its fire alarm and safety systems as part of a massive renovation to its Eliot St. home. Maria Wardwell, Footlight Club board president, told the Gazette that, while the building is safe and has all its safety permits, the...

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No parklet space found yet

July 4, 2014
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HYDE SQ.—The City still hasn’t found a new location for Jamaica Plain’s parklet, months after it was planned to return. future of JP’s parklet. Boston Transportation Department spokesperson Tracey Ganiatsos told the Gazette that “BTD is still working to find a parklet location in Jamaica Plain.” Due to ongoing utility work on Centre Street...

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Census of 7K Emerald Necklace trees completed

July 4, 2014
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The Emerald Necklace Conservancy (ENC) and its partners have sponsored an extensive census of the Emerald Necklace’s trees as a starting point for a long-term management plan. Co-sponsored by the Arborway Coalition, the ENC, the Friends of Jamaica Pond, the Friends of Olmsted Park Boston and Olmsted 2022, the census surveyed 7,000 trees and...

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Boston shortlisted to bid for 2024 Olympics

July 4, 2014
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Boston has been shortlisted as a possible U.S. host for the 2024 Summer Olympics, along with Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Jamaica Plain-based City Councilor Matt O’Malley has been a supporter of exploring the possibility. “The U.S. Olympic Committee was very keen on Boston,” O’Malley told the Gazette last week. “There are...

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Garden is rooted in community

July 4, 2014
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Garden is rooted in community

JP SOUTH—The St. Rose Street Garden is oriented so strongly toward its neighborhoods, it is a rarity even in the community garden haven that is Jamaica Plain. Located at a bend in the road on St. Rose, it now boasts community concerts, potlucks, gardening workshops—and loads of produce and other plants. “We’re actually a...

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