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Zoo to build ‘learning playground’

March 28, 2014
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Zoo to build ‘learning playground’

Franklin Park Zoo announced last week plans to replace its children’s zoo section with a $6.6 million “learning playground” project called “Nature’s Neighborhoods.” The “nature-based educational exhibit for children,” as described by Zoo New England’s Vice President for Development Suzanne Thompkins, will compare various ecosystems to neighborhoods. Grasslands, woodlands and wetlands will form the...

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Zoo a construir un ‘patio de aprendizaje’

March 28, 2014
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Franklin Park Zoo anunció la semana pasada su plan de sustituir la sección del zoológico para niños por un ‘patio de aprendizaje’ llamado “Nature’s Neighborhoods” valorado en $6.6 millones. La vicepresidente de desarrollo del zoo, Suzanne Thompkins, la describió como “una exhibición educativa para niños basada en la naturaleza.” Comparará varios ecosistemas con vecindarios....

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First Thursday relaunches with new art, reduced schedule

March 28, 2014
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CENTRE/SOUTH—Centre/South Main Streets’ (CSMS) flagship event, the monthly neighborhood art walk First Thursday, has been retooled with a new April-to-October schedule in a more structured format. Held on the First Thursday of each month, the evening event features art exhibits in local businesses along with live entertainment. In recent years, it has been a...

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JP has new police captain

March 28, 2014
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Jamaica Plain has a new police commander who grew up in the neighborhood. Capt. Alfredo Andres took over for Capt. Paul Russell earlier this year at District E-13 Police Station, which is located at 3345 Washington St. Andres was not immediately available for an interview. According to Boston Police Department (BPD) spokesperson Sgt. Mike...

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Legal clinic offers free workshops in basic law

March 28, 2014
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A Harvard Law School clinic in Jamaica Plain is offering free workshops in basic law tomorrow. The Legal Services Center (LSC) at 122 Boylston St. offers low-cost legal services that cover a wide range of civil services, like divorce, representation for veterans and suing predatory lenders. The LSC will be holding its Second Annual...

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MassDOT pushes for Shea Sq. design

March 28, 2014
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The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is continuing to push for replacing Shea Circle with a signalized intersection as part of its Casey Arborway project, according to a letter obtained by the Gazette. MassDOT is negotiating with the Massachusetts Historic Commission (MHC) about the final design for the historic traffic rotary at the Arborway...

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Video store remains open with new owner

March 28, 2014
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Video store remains open with new owner

HYDE SQ.—It’s not only movie zombies who come back from the dead. Beloved neighborhood video rental store the Video Underground has found a new owner and a new lease on life just weeks after tolling its death knell. New owner Kevin Koppes bought the majority share of the Video Underground, located at 358 Centre...

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JP author pens Mexican crime drama

March 28, 2014
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JP author pens Mexican crime drama

JP resident and author Christopher Irvin has published a crime noir novel set in Mexico named “Federales.” “Federales” tells the story of Mexican Federal Agent Marcos Camarena, who comes out of retirement from law enforcement to look after a woman embroiled in Mexico’s drug war. “I’ve always been a fan of the underdog. Noir’s...

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JP runners prepare for Boston Marathon

March 28, 2014
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Jamaica Plain runners training for the April 19 Boston Marathon, the first since last year’s infamous terrorist bombing, told the Gazette they know this one is special. “This year’s race will have special significance for me, as it will for all the runners and spectators,” JP resident Harry Smith told the Gazette. “The words...

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JP arts groups ask for more state funding

March 28, 2014
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Various Jamaica Plain-based arts organizations, including representatives from BalletRox, Stonybrook Fine Arts and MassMouth, met with state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez in JP last week, looking for increased arts funding. According to a MASSCreative leaflet handed out at the meeting, held at Stonybrook Fine Arts on Porter Street, state-level arts funding has decreased from a...

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