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Sights and Sounds, 2/3

February 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP STORIES: JP resident Ken Tangvik will read from his short story collection “Don’t Mess with Tanya: Stories Emerging from Boston’s Barrios” as part of the Chapter and Verse Literary Reading Series Feb. 10 at the Loring-Greenough House.

The deadline for listings is noon, Feb. 14 for the Feb.17 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Winter Snow Festival at Franklin Park, snowshoe, track animal prints, cross country ski tour at 1:30pm, Sat., Feb. 4, 1-3pm. Sign-in at...

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Homeless care project wins in court

January 25, 2012
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PARKSIDE—After nearly a year in court, the developers of a care and housing facility for the homeless on Walnut Avenue have won the right to proceed with construction. The developers, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), plan to make the former Barbara McInnis House at 461...

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Overpass choice delayed

January 20, 2012
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FOREST HILLS— The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) may reach a decision on the future of the Casey Overpass in private this week, but it will not immediately hold a public meeting to announce the decision. MassDOT previously said the decision would be made this week. “Usually we publicize meetings for two weeks, and...

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Poetry returns to Forest Hills Cemetery

January 20, 2012
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Poetry-reading is returning to Forest Hills Cemetery in a new series organized by the Forest Hills Educational Trust (FHET). It is the first poetry series to be held at Forest Hills Cemetery since FHET abruptly suspended programming in January 2011. Last year, only the Lantern Festival and a small series of walking tours were...

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Parcel U on sale for 3rd time

January 20, 2012
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The MBTA is making a third attempt to sell a surplus parcel south of the Forest Hills T Station on Hyde Park Avenue. Parcel U, encompassing almost 123,000 square feet, is one of a handful of parcels that the T has been trying to sell, with limited success, since 2007. The Forest Hills Improvement...

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Musician/activist creates JP rock opera

January 20, 2012
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(Photo courtesy Joe Driscoll) (from left) Kevin Silvia, Brian O’Connell, Colleen Kleya, Justin Kleya and Sam Ward form the band The Grass Gypsys, who will perform in O’Connell’s rock opera “Over The Line.”

Jamaica Plain musician and activist Brian O’Connell is prepping for a big undertaking: presenting a “radical social satire rock opera,” complete with over-sized puppet actors, spoken word and a 10-piece band with 8 singers, scheduled to open at Spontaneous Celebrations Feb. 4. The story of “Over The Line” follows JP resident Sleepy Doormat, a...

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We Are Hair grows in to new home

January 20, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Christina Durant has her hair blow-dried at We Are Hair’s newly-decorated premises.

Six months after opening its doors at Soleil Salon, We Are Hair is settling into its space with bold paint colors and regular patronage. The walls have been painted and festooned with hair-related movie posters—titles such as “The Beautician and the Beast,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Edward Scissorhands” and “Tangled”...

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JP History: Franklin Park Zoo turns 100

January 20, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection) Two grizzly bears splash around one of the pools in the now-abandoned bear dens in Franklin Park, 1929.

This year, Franklin Park Zoo celebrates a milestone that many through its history never thought it never would: its centennial. “We look forward to welcoming and introducing a whole new generation of people to the wonders of our natural world and will continue to create fun and lasting memories for visitors of all ages,”...

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New Arboretum map shows 15k plants

January 20, 2012
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A new online map of Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum can pinpoint each of 15,000 plants, including planting date and cultivar name, on the 265-acre property. “The Arboretum has been disseminating information about its plants for over a century, and Collection Researcher is the latest,” Curator of Living Collections Michael Dosmann told the Gazette. The new...

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Cemetery misses annual report filings

January 20, 2012
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Forest Hills Cemetery has never filed a mandatory yearly report, according to the Secretary of State’s Office website. It is also apparently based out of a nonexistent address, according to city tax records. As of 1985, cemeteries, along with all other nonprofits, are required to file an annual report with the Secretary of State’s...

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