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Group home permitting status is in dispute

December 5, 2014
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A landlord and City officials differ on whether the proposed group home at 221 Chestnut Ave. needs a zoning variance and community review. It also remains unclear exactly what kind of group home is being proposed, which would affect the permitting, with even its proposed operating organization expressing confusion. Neighbors, meanwhile, have retained a...

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Kelly Rink may open this month

December 5, 2014
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Unlike other state-run ice skating rinks, Kelly Rink at 1 Marbury Terrace has not yet opened. All other Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) rinks opened the day before Thanksgiving. Because it is an outdoor rink and therefore impacted by the weather, DCR spokesperson Bill Hickey told the Gazette, it is more likely that...

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Improv theater opens on South St.

December 5, 2014
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Improv theater opens on South St.

Along with plenty of galleries, orchestras and choruses, Jamaica Plain has added an improv theater to its repertoire. Riot Theater, started by Boston Latin teacher and JP resident Joseph Gels, moved into a shared space with A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra at 146A South St. in August, after several months of brainstorming, Gels told...

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Church seeks school tenant

December 5, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—Bethel AME Church is looking for a new tenant to take over the space at 86 Wachusetts St. after the MATCH Community Day School moves out at the end of the school year, Bethel officials announced at a community meeting last month. Nancy Dickerson, the interim operations officer at Bethel, told the Gazette...

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Holidays in JP: Specialty gift choices abound in JP

December 5, 2014
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Mayra Franco shows off one of the guayaberas available at Centre Fashion last week. (Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira)

Shopping local for holiday gifts is a great way to sustain small businesses and find unusual items that don’t appear at the typical mall. Whether you’re shopping for a board-gaming biker or a sharp-dressing anarchist, here are some specialty gift items you can find right here in JP this season: Board-gamers Table-top and board...

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Holidays in JP: Streetcar’s tips for holiday meal beer selections

December 5, 2014
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If you’re searching for an unusual beer to bring to holiday dinner with friends or serve at your own table, look no further than JP’s Streetcar Wine & Beer. Streetcar’s David Dougan suggested three options now in stock or soon available: Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project’s Our Finest Regards ($12 for a 22-oz...

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Holidays in JP: Liquor and wine gift suggestions

December 5, 2014
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With gift-giving holidays around the corner, Blanchards Wines & Spirits General Manager Mike Denson gave the Gazette his top three recommendations for grown-up gifts of the liquid variety. His top pick was a Glenlivet $42 gift pack that includes a full-sized bottle of the 12-year aged Scotch whisky, as well as drams of the...

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JP resident leads Boston Baroque orchestra

December 5, 2014
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JP resident leads Boston Baroque orchestra

Lifelong violinist resident Christina Day Martinson suffered a injury that could have ended her career years ago. Instead, that injury is directly responsible for the Jamaica Plain resident’s current position as concertmaster with the Boston Baroque orchestra. Day Martinson started learning the traditional violin at age 4, despite feeling more connected with baroque music...

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JP nonprofit leader wins fellowship

December 5, 2014
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JP nonprofit leader wins fellowship

Wayne Ysaguirre, the president and CEO of the early-education nonprofit Nurtury and a Jamaica Plain resident, has been awarded a fellowship from the Barr Foundation. It is Ysaguirre’s fourth time being named to the fellowship program since 2005. Formerly known as Associated Early Care and Development, his South End-based organization changed its name this...

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JP activists hold anti-Olympics protest meeting

November 25, 2014
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JP activists held a meeting last night to organize protests against Boston’s 2024 Olympics bid, drawing more than 50 people. The meeting was triggered by Gazette reports that the bid includes Franklin Park, a choice made without public input. It was the city’s first community meeting of any kind about the Olympic bid. An...

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