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O’Malley pitches sunscreen dispensers

May 8, 2015
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City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who represents most of Jamaica Plain, proposed last week to install sunscreen dispensers in City parks. “The response has been phenomenal,” he told the Gazette this week. According to him, the Melanoma Foundation of New England has already been in touch with the goal of possibly underwriting the expense of...

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BRA seeks to renew 1960s-era local plan

May 8, 2015
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A 1960s-era plan to displace thousands of people in Jackson and Egleston Squares by eminent domain is among 14 “urban renewal” plans the Boston Redevelopment Authority is seeking to have reapproved. Much of that displacement already happened, and the BRA says it won’t use eminent domain there again, but it still seeking reauthorization of...

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Casey Overpass closure to begin Sat.; meeting slated for May 7

May 5, 2015
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The Casey Overpass will being shutting down forever this Saturday in preparation for its demolition, currently slated for the week of May 18. Major detours and construction of the new Casey Arborway surface streets will continue for more than 18 months. The state Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting about the closure...

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Frame shop celebrates 30 years

April 24, 2015
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Frame shop celebrates 30 years

Jameson and Thompson Fine Art Services celebrated a milestone anniversary last month—30 years in business. Dwight Jameson and his original business partner, Bill Thompson, first opened at 15 Greenview Ave. off Centre Street in March 1985. Current and former employees and loyal patrons convened at the shop for an art show and event that...

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52 Montebello goes to RFP

April 24, 2015
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EGLESTON SQ.—A request for proposals (RFP) to buy an apartment building and vacant lot at 50-52 Montebello Road was issued by the City last month. The RFP seeks to preserve the lot as open space and have the apartments become affordable homeownership or rental housing. The site includes 50 Montebello Road, totaling approximately 5,625...

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JP Kids: BISB hosts History Bee regionals

April 24, 2015
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JP Kids: BISB hosts History Bee regionals

JAMAICA HILLS—The British International School of Boston (BISB) on April 11 hosted the New England regional edition of the National History Bee, an annual history competition that attracts more than 10,000 students from across the country. The National History Bee is an academic competition for elementary and middle school students that tests knowledge of...

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JP Kids: Dance Center launches ballet program

April 24, 2015
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The Tony Williams Dance Center (TWDC) is launching a new ballet program, including a youth ensemble. The new company will debute at TWDC’s Brewery location, 284 Amory St., on May 17. Started in 2000 by Artistic Director and teacher Tony Williams, TWDC is best known for the critically acclaimed annual production of the “Urban...

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Latina-centered web series raising funds

April 24, 2015
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A new web series, created by and starring Jamaica Plain residents, is currently raising funds for a late summer release. “The Pineapple Diaries,” created by JP native Paloma Valenzuela, who is of Dominican descent, would focus on the lives of three young JP Latinas who are best friends—Maité, Feliz and Catalina—and their next-door neighbor,...

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FPC creating Olympics wish-list

April 24, 2015
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The Franklin Park Coalition (FPC) is requesting community input for a wish-list to send to Olympic bid organizing committee Boston 2024. “We always ask what people what to see in the park,” said FPC Executive Director Christine Poff. “It’s how our agenda is created. Franklin Park could use a good management plan and a...

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JP Library renovation to begin Aug. 1; will involve long closure

April 10, 2015
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After over a decade of waiting, the Jamaica Plain Branch Library will undergo its first major renovation in 50 years beginning Aug. 1. But while welcomed locally, the work will require an 18- to 24-month closure. “While having the JP Branch Library closed for 18 to 24 months will be tough, the amazing building...

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