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Parking lot repairs see the light

October 7, 2011
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PONSIDE—After a month without power, the parking lot between Thomas and Burroughs streets regained illumination on Sept. 30. The parking lot behind Blanchards Wines and Spirits had been without power since Sept. 2, following a car accident that damaged a control box. “It’s dangerous. It’s been getting dark earlier and earlier,” said John Matthews,...

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The art of storytelling is alive and well

October 7, 2011
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The art of storytelling is alive and well

Drunken underage little sisters, haunted trees, incontinence and world travelers featured in stories that regaled an audience of about 50 at Doyle’s Café on Washington Street at the first night of massmouth’s third season of story slams. “‪Storytelling is an essentially human art and it creates a deep connection between talker and listener. People...

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Making your home more energy-efficient

October 7, 2011
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A Boston city program, a Massachusetts state program and several utility company programs want to make your house cool—or warm, depending on the weather. In an effort to improve efficiency in heating and electricity systems, utility companies and the city program Renew Boston are providing free services to Boston residents. The services range from...

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Neighbors propose McBride St. project changes

October 7, 2011
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STONYBROOK—Neighbors to a proposed mixed-used development at Washington and McBride streets have created a counter-offer design that shows changes the neighbors would like to see integrated into the project. The changes would reduce parking and replace a commercial building with a mixed-use building. “We at the Stonybrook Neighborhood Association have a pretty big interest...

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Arboretum Place construction begins

October 7, 2011
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Construction for a new Harvest Co-op is already under way, in anticipation of a September 2012 opening. The new Harvest and possibly a Commonwealth Cooperative Bank will be housed at the Arboretum Place development on Washington Street, just south of Ukraine Way. Harvest General Manager Mike St. Clair said in a Sept. 21 presentation...

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Letter: Thanks to a great librarian

October 7, 2011
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I am writing to publicly thank Laraine Hall, who recently retired from the Boston Public Library Jamaica Plain Branch. As a regular BPL visitor, I can’t thank Laraine enough for her wonderful years of public service working at the circulation desk. Laraine knew all the regulars; always had a smile and a kind word;...

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Sights and Sounds, 10/7/11

October 7, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for listings is noon, Oct. 18 for the Oct. 21 issue. Send arts and entertainment listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Listings with no end date will be run for 3 months, space permitting. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Extreme Esteem Awards,...

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Dist. 7 candidates selected

September 28, 2011
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Incumbent Tito Jackson and political newcomer Shaneal Parker will be the District 7 candidates for City Councilor following their first and second place finishes in the district preliminary election Sept. 27. Jackson received 76 percent of the 2,467 votes cast. Parker got 11.1 percent. The other candidates, Althea Garrison and Roy Owens, won 8.8...

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Feminist icon moves to JP

September 23, 2011
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Feminist icon moves to JP

Jessica Valenti, the founder of feministing.com and the face of 21st century feminism, has joined the ranks of Jamaica Plain residents. Leaving her life-long home of New York a few weeks ago was the cap on an already busy year. Valenti and husband Andrew had time to plan the move, she told the Gazette...

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JP Open Studios returns this weekend

September 23, 2011
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This weekend, Jamaica Plain artists will open their doors in the 18th annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios (JPOS). The free event showcases the artwork of over 230 artists at 52 sites including artists’ studios, the historic Eliot School on Eliot Street, the Sam Adams brewery complex on Amory Street, and the Arnold Arboretum. This...

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