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School Pride

March 30, 2012
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(Gazette Photo By Peter Shanley) James Hennigan Jr. meets a second-grader during a celebration at the Hennigan Elementary School on Heath Street March 23 in recognition of him recently turning 85 and starting a $5,000 fund for the school. The school is named after his father, a longtime Jamaica Plain leader. Hennigan told the second-graders, “Your learning here is what is important. You can have what your mothers, fathers and friends want you to have: a great education and a great life.”

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Library Friends push for renovations

March 30, 2012
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JP SOUTH—The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library are not giving up on a long-delayed $8.5 million renovation, despite the Boston Public Library (BPL) trustees voting earlier this month to only request $125,000 for “improvements” to the branch instead. Friends co-chairs Don Haber and Gretchen Grozier both told the Gazette they will continue...

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Casey project could be Malia campaign issue

March 30, 2012
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The debate that has surrounded the Casey Overpass project and the at-grade or bridge option could become a campaign issue for state Rep. Liz Malia. Although no opponents have declared a candidacy, some residents have criticized her involvement with the project, while others have praised it. But for her, that comes with the territory....

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Cat Care

March 30, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Bernadette the cat is comforted after recovering from burns at the MSCPA-Angell Animal Care and Adoption Center on S. Huntington Avenue. Bernadette was found dumped in a cardboard box outside the facility on March 18 with all of her fur and her whiskers singed down to the skin. It is unknown what happened to her, and she is now available for adoption. For more info, see mspca.org.

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Italian coffee shop to open in key spot

March 30, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—An Italian coffee shop called Caffe Aromi is aiming to open in the long-vacant storefront at 403A Centre St. in the heart of Hyde Square next month, according to executive general manager Terry Bruce. It will serve coffee drinks, light pastries and panini, and “create a neighborhood hangout,” Bruce told the Gazette. Bruce...

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T plans to trim Green Line, kill JP Loop bus

March 30, 2012
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The MBTA plans an overall 23 percent fare increase,  an end to weekend Green Line streetcar service between Brigham Circle and Heath Street, and an elimination of the Route 48 “JP Loop” bus, according to a budget summary document released March 28 following months of controversy about the T’s sorry financial state. Originally facing...

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Birthday for a Leader

March 30, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Helene Connolly Leary (left) celebrates her 90th birthday at Doyle’s Café on Feb. 26 with sister Carol Connolly Anderson and other family and friends. Leary worked for ESAC’s Housing Program and was one of ESAC’s founding board members. She also worked at Urban Edge brokering house sales and served as chair of the Mass. Mental Health area board. She was awarded a proclamation from the Massachusetts legislature, presented by state Rep. Liz Malia; two resolutions, one from the president of the City Council, Stephen Murphy, presented by Tom O'Malley; and one from Mayor Thomas Menino, presented by Julianne Doherty.

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City Life expands to national activities

March 30, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Brandon German) A March 22 City Life/Vida Urbana anti-foreclosure vigil in Hyde Park draws protesters.

From its Jamaica Plain seeds in 1973, City Life/Vida Urbana (CLVU) is making big change grow all over the country. As a result of its housing rights organizing, CLVU has been written about in newspapers all over the country, including The New York Times in 2010. CLVU has become a nation-wide model for foreclosure...

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Home, Sweet Hotel

March 30, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The kitchen in the Arthouse short-term rental property.

Short-term rentals for tourists a hot trend For the price of a downtown hotel room, travelers can rent entire gorgeous, furnished condos at nearly a dozen Jamaica Plain homes. Short-term house rentals might be the best open secret in local travel, and appears to be a growing real estate trend. They essentially offer a...

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Local real estate market heats up

March 30, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley) The most expensive home sold in JP last week was this $1.7 million house at 32 Woodland Road.

Time to slap a fresh coat of paint on the walls and tidy up if you are thinking about selling your home. The Jamaica Plain real estate market is bumping up, according to local realtors. “The market is very active,” said Karen McCormack of McCormack and Scanlan Real Estate. “It’s felt on the edge...

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