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City Life protests foreclosure eviction

April 27, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Protesters picket outside Heather Gordon’s Wendell Way home on April 20.

EGLESTON SQ.—JP residents and local activists picketed outside a Mendell Way home in a City Life/Vida Urbana-organized eviction blockade on April 20. The homeowner facing eviction, Heather Gordon, was granted a 30-day eviction delay by a bankruptcy court later the same morning. “This has been the fight of my life, to keep this roof...

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Junior editor prints own newspaper

April 27, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Nine-year-old publisher and editor Alexa Wang shows off her newspaper, The Newsome Park Times, during a recent visit to the Gazette office.

PONDSIDE—The Newsome Park Times, written and published by 9-year-old Alexa Wang, is the definition of hyperlocal: the newspaper is targeted to the fewer than 10 houses that comprise Newsome Park. The two-month-old paper includes the street’s news and weather and anything else Wang wants to write about. “I started doing the newspaper in my...

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Local teens push for more summer jobs

April 27, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) City Councilor Felix Arroyo and a small group of teen activists outside U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s office after being denied entry on April 19.

Jamaica Plain teens are getting politically active in hopes of not having a jobless summer. Funding for city youth summer jobs programs has been radically slashed in recent years—and is under threat of further cuts. The City’s youth summer jobs program is funded with cash from the city, state and federal governments as well...

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New dog park could come to JP

April 27, 2012
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Local advocates have teamed up with elected officials to create a city-run off-leash dog park accessible to Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, West Roxbury and Hyde Park. Though the first suggested location—Millennium Park in West Roxbury—was rejected, City Councilor Matt O’Malley, the original proponent of the project, remains involved in what has become the Dog Park...

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Forest Hills Trust still leaderless

April 27, 2012
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Over a year after the Forest Hills Educational Trust’s (FHET) last executive director quit, the organization still hasn’t filled the position. The cemetery and FHET are separate organizations with separate boards of directors. FHET functions like a “friends” group of the cemetery, fundraising and organizing programming that the cemetery must approve. FHET announced in...

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Tostado owner follows dreams

April 27, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) The Dominican and the Cuban tostados and passion fruit and mamey smoothies from Tostados.

Tony Tavarez, owner of the local Tostados sandwich bars, left a stable corporate job to make sandwiches for his neighborhood, and he’s not looking back. In the mid-aughts, Tavarez was working for Spanish-language network Telemundo in Houston and missing good Latin food. He was also miserable in his corporate marketing job, where he was...

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Sights and Sounds, 4/27/12

April 27, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, May 8 for the May 11 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Wake Up the Earth Festival & Parade, Sat., May 5, parade assembly at 10:30am, parade 11:30am, from Curtis Hall. Rain date...

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Invitación, 4/27/12

April 27, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 8 de mayo para la publicación del 11 de mayo. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones Grupo de advertencia para Casey Arborway Design, lúnes 30 abril; miercoles 16...

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JP Agenda, 4/27/12

April 27, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, May 8 for the May 11 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Casey Arborway Design Advisory Group, Mon., April 30; Wed., May 16, 6-8pm, State Lab Bldg., 305 South St. Info: massdot.state.ma.us/caseyoverpass....

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Apartments slated for Indian site

April 13, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—A large apartment complex with 190 to 200 units is being planned for a parcel next to the North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB) on S. Huntington Avenue, according to a Letter of Intent filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) last week by Cedar Valley Development. The multi-building development will include...

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