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Library plan would have more glass, fewer books

August 15, 2014
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Library plan would have more glass, fewer books

An advanced renovation plan of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library at 12 Sedgwick St., revealed at an Aug. 15 meeting, would add flexible space, but also reduce the book collection. The proposed addition of a computer bar and reading room would create a new entrance facing South Street and give a “civic presence” to...

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To rent Curley House, know a secret and skip caterers

August 15, 2014
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To rent Curley House, know a secret and skip caterers

The City-owned historic home of legendary Boston politician James Michael Curley at 350 Jamaicaway, now sitting empty, is technically available for event rentals. But even finding that out—let alone reserving a spot—is no easy feat, the Gazette has found. Unlike other major City-owned spaces, the Curley House is not advertised as a rentable location...

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Jóvenes de JP habla de la violencia

August 15, 2014
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Una serie de tiroteos – uno de ellos fatal – en Jamaica Plain ha provocado la inquietud de la comunidad, incluso en una reunión organizada por el Consejero Municipal Matt O’Malley. Aunque los oficiales y los investigadores de la policía han contribuido sus opiniones sobre el asunto de la delincuencia callejera, los jóvenes locales...

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JP teens talk about gun violence

August 15, 2014
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A recent rash of shootings—one of them fatal—in Jamaica Plain has stirred community concerns, including a packed meeting hosted by City Councilor Matt O’Malley. While officials and police investigators have weighed in on the issue of street crime, local youths haven’t had a similar forum. The Gazette recently talked with two JP teens at...

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‘You Spy’ scavenger hunt for Ten Tables dinner

August 15, 2014
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A new JP photo scavenger hunt is taking place this summer, with the grand prize of dinner for two at Ten Tables up for grabs. Maxfield & Company, a real estate co-op, is sponsoring the ten-week challenge currently underway. John Maxfield told the Gazette that he’s always been fond of “different or weird…unusual marketing...

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JP teacher wins national education award

August 15, 2014
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JP teacher wins national education award

Christopher Hoeh, a Jamaica Plain resident and second-grade teacher at Cambridge Friends School in Cambridge, was awarded one of five 2014 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Hoeh told the Gazette his curriculum, focused on the process of creating cotton clothing, was responsible for his win. “The...

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Peace march and rally scheduled

August 15, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and JP residents and businesses are holding a “Neighborhood Peace Rally” and march tomorrow, Aug. 16, in Hyde and Jackson Squares. “Just this summer we’ve already had three incidents in which one person died and two other people were hospitalized in critical condition due to these shootings,”...

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Weed-eating goats could come to JP

August 15, 2014
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Goats are nibbling plants in Hyde Park in a Boston Parks Department pilot program using the animals as old-school weed control. If it works out, the goats could come to JP’s urban wilds to manage invasive plant species like poison ivy, buckthorn and Japanese knotweed. Five years ago, JP residents proposed using goats to...

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Patrick talks child poverty, Shattuck Center

August 1, 2014
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Patrick talks child poverty, Shattuck Center

JACKSON SQ.—Gov. Deval Patrick came to Nurtury Learning Lab in Bromley-Heath last week to present an annual report on the state of child welfare in the Commonwealth. While there, he said that his office will “continue to work” with the Shattuck Child Care Center in Forest Hills, which is desperately looking for a new...

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Police: Egleston shootings are ‘targeted’

August 1, 2014
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Four recent shootings, including one homicide, in the vicinity of the Stony Brook MBTA station are connected and targeted, according to Boston Police (BPD) E-13 Capt. Alfredo Andres. Andres made the announcement during a community meeting organized by City Councilor Matt O’Malley on July 21 to discuss the recent spate of violence. Over 60...

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