Blog Archives

Budget gifts abound in local shops

December 2, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Artisan soaps are three for $20 at Fire Opal.

The Gazette visited several JP businesses to find out what deals under $20 they are offering for the upcoming holiday season. Tres Gatos offers quite a choice for $20 or under—but it might take longer to make a choice. “For $20, you can get four or five used vinyl , or two or three...

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Salons aim for Newbury style, JP attitude

December 2, 2011
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Central JP is undergoing a salon boom. With Q Salon scheduled to open by the end of the year, the Centre/South corridor will be home to no fewer than 12 hair salons. With the boom comes pressure to provide Newbury Street quality cuts without the Newbury attitude and snobbery, say salon owners. “We’re professional....

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Whitehaus releases new compilation

December 2, 2011
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A new compilation of JP-based music has been released by Whitehaus Family Records. The album, named “Whitehaus Family Record Family Record vol. 2: Are You in Paradise?” features 25 two-minute tracks from as many artists. All of the artists on the album have lived in JP at some point, and many still do. The...

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Sights and sounds, 12/2/11

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Joe Bergin of the Carpenter Poets of Jamaica Plain (above) joins Peter Bates and Marcia Karp at tonight’s Chapter and Verse poetry reading at the Loring-Greenough House. See Sights & Sounds listing.

The deadline for listings is noon, Dec. 13 for the Dec. 16 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events JP Holiday Stroll, craft sales, performances on Centre & South streets, meet Santa Claus and his reindeer. 1:45pm: Mayor’s Office Trolley...

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Overpass replacement choice to be made

November 22, 2011
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FOREST HILLS—The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will decide on which alternative—bridge or at-grade—will replace the current Casey Overpass by Dec. 12. Public comment will be accepted through Dec. 6. The decision will be announced to members of the Working Advisory Group (WAG) on Dec. 12 and to the community at large Dec. 14....

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Cemetery loses arts funding

November 18, 2011
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FOREST HILLS—Nearly a year since the Forest Hills Educational Trust (FHET) announced its suspension of arts programming at Forest Hills Cemetery, the organization is all but dead due to a loss of Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) funding, the Gazette has learned. The future of the Lantern Festival, the cemetery’s last surviving major event, is...

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Casey team debates bridge vs. no bridge

November 18, 2011
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As decision time looms near, the Casey Overpass replacement team is choosing sides on whether to ask for a replacement bridge or a new street network without a bridge. According to the design team, either option would handle projected traffic increases well, and both would improve on the current street network. Working advisory group...

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Energy upgrades to no longer be free

November 18, 2011
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A program that now offers free energy-efficiency home upgrades will only cover 75 percent of costs next year. MassSave, a state program, will continue to provide free energy assessments, products and services—including energy-efficient light bulbs, low-flow showerheads, heating system inspections and insulation upgrades—for qualified participants. But Renew Boston, the city’s energy-efficiency initiative, will no...

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A rock camp for women

November 18, 2011
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After two years of success with Girls Rock Camp Boston, organizer and JP resident Hilken Mancini is offering the same opportunity to rock for grown-up ladies. Ladies Rock Camp Boston (LRCB) is a condensed version of the girls’ summer camp: campers have three days to learn an instrument, form a band and perform at...

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Bella Luna marks 18th anniversary

November 18, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) (From left) Sarah Morton, Chloe Martin, Rye Gentleman and Erin Kate Ryan get into the 1920s spirit with classic cocktails at Bella Luna’s Bootlegger’s Bash.

BROOKSIDE—The Jamaica Plain landmark Bella Luna restaurant celebrated its 18th birthday on Nov. 11 with a Bootlegger’s Bash, a 1920s-themed party complete with 17-piece band, costumes and Prohibition-era cocktails. “It’s just a way of keeping things fresh, of giving people an excuse to dress up and coming up with drinks and a menu that...

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