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Sweet Symphony

April 13, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident William Banfield (above), founder of the Africana Studies program at Berklee College of Music, teamed with the famous a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock on a new work called “Symphony 10: Affirmations for a New World,” which premieres April 13 and 14 at the Kennedy Center in New York City.

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Court clerk under fire, trades jabs with opponent

April 13, 2012
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Already under investigation for alleged campaign violations and blasted by a recent TV news report for leaving the office during the work day, Clerk of Criminal Courts and JP resident Maura Hennigan told the Gazette that politics are behind the budding scandals. She and one would-be opponent in this fall’s election, Robert Dello Russo,...

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Parents create designs for school relocation

April 13, 2012
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(Courtesy Illustration) The parents’ design, showing a Mission K-8 School entrance to the Agassiz building on Carolina Avenue.

Three parents at the Mission Hill K-8 School—two of them architects—have drawn up the school’s own designs for its new home in Jamaica Plain, where it will controversially move as soon as September. The free designs, complete with floor plans, were submitted to Boston Public Schools in January. They aim to improve conditions at...

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Apartment plan draws opposition

April 13, 2012
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The high-end apartment building planned for the Home for Little Wanderers site is drawing opposition from the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA) and Occupy JP. The influential BPA is against demolishing the existing buildings at 161 S. Huntington Ave. to make way for a 196-unit modern apartment building. “JP has many fine examples of creative...

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DCR may manage completed Casey Arborway

April 13, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Shea Circle, along with the rest of the new Casey Arborway, will likely return to Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) oversight and maintenance after the current project’s construction is over, the Gazette has learned. “There’s a very small, slim, minute possibility” that the new Casey Arborway will not return to DCR control,...

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Cemetery to get sign, lights

April 13, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The long, curving main drive for Forest Hills Cemetery soon will feature a cemetery sign for the first time, and Victorian-style streetlamps are coming by next year. The historic cemetery at 95 Forest Hills Ave. is also nearing completion on renovation of the public restrooms in its dramatic, Gothic-style main gate at the...

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Big Score

April 13, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The team Sake Madrid (above) was the Open Division champion in the IceBreaker charity soccer tournament held April 7 at Harvard University by the JP-based America SCORES Boston after-school soccer and literacy program. For more info, see americascoresboston.org.

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Hubway bike rentals could be coming to JP

April 13, 2012
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Jamaica Plain residents might soon be able to rent bikes to cruise around the neighborhood. Hubway, the City’s bike-sharing program that began last summer, is looking to add 30 stations. Nicole Freedman, director of the Boston Bikes program, said officials “envision JP to be part of that.” She added exact locations have not been...

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JP man is mayor’s new Latino liaison

April 13, 2012
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(Photo by Luzportfolio Boston) Miguel Chávez.

JP resident Miguel Chavez has been named as the new Latino liaison in the City’s Office of Neighborhood Services by Mayor Thomas Menino. “The Latino community has spread our wings” in recent years and has even more to do, Chavez told the Gazette. He will serve as a connection between Latinos and the mayor....

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T to raise fares, trim Green Line

April 13, 2012
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The MBTA plans an overall 23 percent fare increase and will eliminate weekend Green Line streetcar service between Brigham Circle and Heath Street, following months of controversy about the T’s sorry financial state. The T also will kill the Route 48 “JP Loop” bus that serves the 125 Amory Street residence for seniors and...

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