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WRCNA head dies

January 6, 2012
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Bruce A. Wallin, 63, of Jamaica Plain died Dec. 29, 2011. Wallin co-founded the West Roxbury Courthouse Neighborhood Association (WRCNA) and was an associate professor of political science at Northeastern University. He was the author of the books “Taxation: Myths and Realities” and “From Revenue Sharing to Deficit Sharing: General Revenue Sharing and Cities.”...

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Community service

January 6, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) David Waters (left), CEO of JP’s Community Servings, accepts a donation of more than $30,000 from Whole Foods Market officials Heather McCready, Melissa Traverse and Jennifer Licht on Dec. 22. The donation from Whole Foods stores, including one in JP, support the nonprofit’s work in providing meals to people who are homebound due to critical illness.

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Condo plan riles neighbors

January 6, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) The existing law office at 71 South St.

SOUTH ST.—A plan to replace the law office at 71 South St. with a three-story, five-unit condo building is riling neighbors, who call it too dense. Attorney Peter Fenn was seeking multiple significant zoning variances for the plan at the Dec. 15 meeting of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee. He agreed to...

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HOPE goes bankrupt

January 6, 2012
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The Hispanic Office for Planning and Evaluation (HOPE), a major human services organization at 165 Brookside Ave. Ext., declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy last month. That follows an abrupt closure of its offices in April. “We did consider a number of options and strategies over many meetings before deciding that bankruptcy was our only alternative,”...

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Arborway Yard gets cleaned up

January 6, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Issues at the Arborway Yard that got the MBTA-owned bus facility added to a “problem properties” list were resolved within 48 hours, Inspectional Services Department spokesperson Lisa Timberlake told the Gazette. In an unusual move, the Jamaica Plain Problem Properties Committee—an advisory group that normally identifies private properties for city inspectors to investigate—added...

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Computer lab

January 6, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Hyde Square now has 25 laptop computers for use by students and their families thanks to a donation from Wentworth Institute of Technology. Celebrating the donation at the school on Dec. 16 were (from left): Principal Waleska Landing-Rivera; Joe Boston, director of WIT’s Center for Learning and Community Partnership; student Haley Tejeda; state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez; and WIT President Zorica Pantic.

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‘Nutcracker’ notice

January 6, 2012
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(Photo by Petr Metlicka) The popular “Urban Nutcracker,” a modern take on the classic ballet produced by JP’s BalletRox, got national attention on the ABC News program “Nightline” on Dec. 23. The piece about various versions of the ballet included footage of this year’s “Urban Nutcracker” at Wheelock College and BalletRox’s Amory Street studio. Above, Caroline Cohn and Joe Gonzalez dance in this year’s show.

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Fallen Marine’s brother takes his own life

December 22, 2011
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A brother of the fallen Marine for whom the Jamaica Plain post office was renamed has committed suicide, reportedly due to grief over his sibling’s 2004 death in Iraq. Brian Luis Arredondo, 24, took his own life in Norwood on Dec. 19, according to a statement from his father Carlos and stepmother Melida. Brian...

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FinComm investigates school move

December 21, 2011
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Updated The Boston Finance Commission (FinComm) is investigating Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) funding of a plan to open two new schools in the former Agassiz School building. “We are going to look at how the funding decisions were made and whether there is enough money for the renovations,” FinComm Director Matt Cahill said. BPS...

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French-influenced eatery to open next year

December 21, 2011
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FOREST HILLS—A new restaurant called Tonic will open early next year at 3698 Washington St., offering French-influenced cuisine at affordable prices and with late dining hours. “It’s a French restaurant with an accent of American food,” said owner Croan McCormack. Tonic is going into the former Griffin’s bar location and is right next door...

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