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Skating Along

March 2, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Chris Alspach) Paul Henry tries out a new skateboard he just bought at Got Sole at 617 Centre St. on Feb. 20.

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No bids on T parcel, deadline shifts

March 2, 2012
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(Courtesy Illustration) Parcel U is the long rectangle at the center of the map.

FOREST HILLS—The MBTA has not received any bids in its third attempt to sell a surplus parcel south of the Forest Hills T Station on Hyde Park Avenue. The bidding deadline was extended to this week. The parcel was offered at a reduced price, MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo previously told the Gazette. Bidding documentation...

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Music enriches lives at Sherrill House

March 2, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Music therapist Dianne Tow leads residents in playing a large drum at Sherrill House.

Some write songs. Others listen to classical music. Some meet one-on-one, while others join in groups. Music helps some regain physical skills, and others to sharpen their memory. Music therapy comes in many forms at Sherrill House, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center at 135 S. Huntington Ave. that has a rare in-house program....

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JP senior population declines

March 2, 2012
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If you have trouble finding a gray-haired person for advice, that might be because Jamaica Plain’s senior population dipped nearly 12 percent the past decade. From 2000 to 2010, the number of JP residents 65 years or older dropped by 535, according to U.S. Census data. “That does not surprise me at all,” said...

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Home winner

March 2, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) (from left) State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, Senior Property Manager Julia Tonelli and Back of the Hill Community Development Corporation board president Kay Gallagher celebrate Back of the Hill Apartments winning the National Affordable Housing Management Association’s 2011 Exemplary Development for the Elderly Award on Feb. 14. The 100 S. Huntington Ave. apartment building for seniors and people with disabilities is managed by The Community Builders, Inc., headed by JP resident Bart Mitchell. The award was announced during Sanchez’s Valentine’s Day lunch for the residents.

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Senior meals program to be slashed

March 2, 2012
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A program that provides meals to hundreds of needy and isolated seniors in the Jamaica Plain area is slated for a 25 percent state budget cut. Ethos, a JP-based organization that provides many of those meals, says the cut is a double whammy. That’s because the state just ran out of money to provide...

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Retirees offer advice to younger generation

March 2, 2012
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The Gazette joined a group of seniors at J.P. Lick’s last week for a cup of coffee and good advice. The retiree group, organized by Arva Clark, meets weekly to discuss different topics. The group is so popular that Clark has recently added a second regular meeting. She can be reached at 971-9419. Some...

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Car Crash

March 2, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) Police officers examine a car disabled by a two-vehicle crash on Centre Street in Monument Square on Feb. 27. The mid-morning accident caused long traffic back-ups.

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Patrons’ scent forces librarians to move

March 2, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—A strong fragrance worn by Connolly Branch Library patrons triggered health issues for two librarians who were forced to temporarily transfer elsewhere, and the library’s Friends group is raising a stink about it. The Friends group wants longtime librarians Jane Bickford and Amy Manson back and a fragrance-free policy to keep them there....

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Ready to Work

March 2, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP youths march in Downtown Crossing as part of a Youth Jobs Coalition rally downtown and at the State House on Feb. 23. More than 1,200 youths from across the state demanded more government and corporate youth jobs programs and tax increases to pay for them. Local groups involved included Beantown Society, Franklin Park Coalition, Hyde Square Task Force, JP Youth Health Equity Coalition, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, South Street Youth Center, Spontaneous Celebrations and Teen Empowerment.

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