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JP nonprofit boosts women’s self-esteem

October 7, 2011
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Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute (SEB) does work that is often trying to undo decades of harm. SEB, a nonprofit training provider based in Jamaica Plain, is dedicated to preparing low-income and at-risk women for social and economic success by helping them improve their self-esteem. “We work in recovery programs, transitional programs. We go...

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Alleged drug trafficker arrested in JP

October 7, 2011
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A major drug bust that included an arrest in a JP restaurant on Sept. 7 led to the seizure of over 3 kilos of cocaine. Adriano Pena, 35, of Roslindale and Wiston Pena, 42, of Dorchester, were arrested after allegedly exchanging more than 200 grams of cocaine. Adriano Pena was arrested at El Embajador...

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Landmark laundry returns to Hyde Sq.

October 7, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—A laundromat that has served as a basic community resource and chatting spot for decades re-opened last week after changing owners and a four-month closure and remodel. The Jamaica Plain Laundry Centre at 410 Centre St. closed in late May. The new owners, the Demopoulos family, have installed new washers and dryers and...

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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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