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‘Yard-sharing’ seeks to turn lawns into gardens

April 27, 2012
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In an effort to turn Jamaica Plain’s underused lawns into gardens, the JP New Economy Transition (JP NET) is supporting a new program called “yard-sharing.” The mechanics are simple: those with underused yards and lawns welcome green-thumbed neighbors to create gardens for them. The costs and the yard’s yield are split between them. JP...

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Mayors converge to talk food

April 27, 2012
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Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and nine other mayors from across the country visited the Brewery complex at 284 Amory St. as part of a conference to discuss urban food policy on April 19. The conference discussed policies that impact access to healthy food in urban areas. It was chaired by Menino and Baltimore Mayor...

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Community wants apartment projects reviewed together

April 27, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—Community members said they would like two apartment projects proposed for S. Huntington Avenue to be reviewed together at a Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA)-organized meeting on April 11. The developers presented various demolition alternatives for the Home for Little Wanderers site as required by the Boston Landmarks Commission’s (BLC) process. About a dozen...

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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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