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JP residents help urban gardens grow

May 25, 2012
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Urban agriculture is blooming in Boston, from backyard vegetable patches to community gardens to for-profit urban farms, and Jamaica Plain residents are involved in nearly all aspects of the boom. From the Mayor’s Urban Agriculture Working Group (UAWG), to Boston’s “Food Czar,” to business owners and backyard beekeepers, JP residents are not afraid to...

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Disney casting director moves to JP

May 25, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Brittany Shapiro.

Leaving her job casting actors for Disney has worked out well for recent Jamaica Plain transplant Brittany Shapiro. After years in Los Angeles, she has just been made director of the Media Performance Institute (MPI) at Boston Casting. “L.A. is such a tough city. There’s a very warm feeling in JP,” Shapiro said in...

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Community chorus brings music to JP

May 25, 2012
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A new all-ages community chorus, SingPositive!, aims to bring music to Jamaica Plain’s art scene. “Jamaica Plain has so many artists, musicians and community-oriented residents, but no community chorus” until now, Executive Director Krissy Skare told the Gazette. The first concert was May 20 at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Sumner Hill to a...

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Sights and Sounds, 5/25/12

May 25, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, June 5 for the June 8 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon and Green Roots Festival, Weds., June 6, ride 8-11:30am, festival: noon-5pm, Stony Brook T Station at Amory...

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Agenda, 5/25/12

May 25, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, June 5 for the June 8 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNC Public Service Committee, Tues. June 5, 7pm, Cheverus Bldg., 365 Centre St. Info: jpnc.org. Police monthly meeting, Thu.,  June...

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Apartment project faces more opposition

May 16, 2012
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Eleven out of 13 members of the city-appointed Impact Advisory Group (IAG) for the proposed apartment building at 161 S. Huntington Ave. have signed a letter opposing the project. The letter, sent to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) today, included 20 bullet points opposing the look, size and scope of the project. “The signatories...

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Apartment project hits roadblocks

May 11, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—The Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) voted this week to delay demolition of the 1914 Knight Building at 161 S. Huntington Ave. to make way for luxury apartments. The BLC vote came on the heels of a Jamaica Pond Association’s (JPA) vote in opposition of the project earlier this week. The project’s developer, Boston...

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Casey plan features Shea Square, parking changes

May 11, 2012
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The design phase of the Casey Arborway project began with a discussion on parking, bus traffic, street names and the announcement of Shea Circle’s future: a standard intersection to be named Shea Square. While the design has been assumed to be future of the rotary for months, it was finally announced as the state...

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English High headmaster will not return in fall

May 11, 2012
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English High School Headmaster Sito Narcisse announced this week that he will not be returning to the school next fall. Narcisse is leaving English, located on McBride Street, because he was offered a “leadership position in a school district outside Massachusetts,” Boston Public Schools (BPS) spokesperson Lee Maguire told the Gazette. Narcisse was not...

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50 Years of Faith

May 11, 2012
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) Monsignor Charles Bourque (center), the former pastor of the Our Lady of Lourdes (OLOL) Catholic parish on Brookside Avenue, celebrates the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood with brother James Bourque (left) and his wife Gail at the church following a Mass of Thanksgiving on April 15. Bourque, now retired, served as OLOL pastor for 28 years until 2008 and still frequently returns to perform the noontime Mass in Spanish.

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