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Emerging Leader

November 23, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Oscar Brazoban (left), recipient of the Hyde Square Task Force’s first Emerging Leader Award, is joined by TV and film actor and activist Tony Plana at the Task Force’s first Annual Breakfast on Nov. 13 at the Seaport Hotel. Brazoban, a JP resident and alumni of the Task Force’s youth development program, is now attending the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

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Centre/South Main Streets head resigns

November 23, 2012
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JP Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS) Executive Director Randace Moore resigned earlier this month after nearly five years in the chair. “It was time to move on and explore other career options,” Moore told the Gazette. “I’m taking a much needed rest.” CSMS programs are expected to continue as planned, CSMS Board President Richard Downey...

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JPNC seeks new members

November 23, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) has five vacant seats and is welcoming any nominees interested in joining the council to attend its Nov. 27 meeting, according to chair Ben Day. The JPNC is an elected community organization that advises City government about local issues. It reviews zoning and licensing requests and serves as...

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JP voters favor liberal candidates, causes

November 23, 2012
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Jamaica Plain remained one of the highest-turnout neighborhoods in the city in the Nov. 6 election and continued its liberal voting streak. About 70 percent of Jamaica Plain registered voters turned out for the election, up 5 percent from the city as a whole. They voted overwhelmingly for President Barack Obama, U.S. Senate candidate...

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Gym replaces martial arts studio

November 23, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—A longtime landmark of the Forest Hills area, Yang’s Martial Arts Association at 38 Hyde Park Ave. has closed its Jamaica Plain doors and set up shop in Roslindale Village. Part of the space previously occupied is already home to a new crossfit gym, JP Crossfit. Classes continue as scheduled at Yang’s new...

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Holidays in JP: ‘A Carol Christmas’ ushers in holiday season

November 23, 2012
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some people, putting up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season. Other people find the kick-off to be the rabid shopping spree known as Black Friday. But for some Jamaica Plain residents, the musical “A Carol Christmas,” which is always performed on the first weekend of December,...

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Holidays in JP: Holiday trees to light up

November 23, 2012
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Holiday trees will begin lighting up around the neighborhood next week in an annual tradition that includes music, Santa Claus visits and more. Sat., Dec. 1, Egleston Square. The Egleston Holiday Celebration will include a tree-lighting, caroling, music, dance performances and the announcement of Egleston Square Main Street’s window display award-winners. The event begins...

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Holidays in JP: Local currency to fuel holiday shopping

November 23, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The “Boston Bean” local currency.

The Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition (JP NET) will offer $1,000 in “local currency” this holiday season to encourage spending in local businesses. Local currency is make-believe money—like Disney Dollars or Monopoly money—that is backed by real money but only accepted in certain areas. “Boston Beans” will only be accepted in Jamaica Plain. The...

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Family Prosperity

November 23, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Graduates of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation’s latest “Family Finances 101” course are all smiles on the last day of class, Nov. 15, at Jackson Square’s Julia Martin House. The course is part of the new Family Prosperity Initiative, aimed at training low- and moderate-income people and connecting them to other JPNDC services such as career development. For info, see jpndc.org.

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Holidays in JP: Expert tips on wines to bring to dinner

November 23, 2012
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With holiday feasts on the horizon, Blanchard’s Wines & Spirits General Manager Mike Denson and Streetcar Wine & Beer owner Michael Dupuy gave the Gazette some recommendations for which wines to bring along. For budget wines—under $15 a bottle—Denson recommended Apothic Red, a blend of red wines grapes, not unlike a blended whisky. “Red...

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