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Holidays in JP: ‘Messiah’ and more on JP Concerts slate

November 23, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) St. John’s Episcopal Church, home of JP Concerts.

The only uncut performance of Handel’s “Messiah” is just one of the attractions on the seasonal slate of the JP Concerts series at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sumner Hill. The homegrown concert series showcases local musicians year-round, but is in a Christmas mood right now, said Ken Brooks, the church’s music director, who...

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Holidays in JP: Police Spotlight – Tips to avoid holiday crimes

November 23, 2012
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The holidays should be a joyous time of the year, but they are this is also the season for burglars and pickpockets drawn to presents and cash. The local District E-13 Police Station offers the following tips to avoid holiday crime: When shopping, walk confidently and be alert to people around you. Dress down...

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Holidays in JP: Secret Recipes – Chef Herbie’s Traditional Jerk Chicken

November 23, 2012
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The Gazette asked various JP people and institutions to share their favorite holiday recipes. Whole Foods Market at 413 Centre St. offered the following: Chef Herbert “Herbie” Ewan began his Whole Foods Market career in the Prepared Foods department at the Jamaica Plain store in May, but Herbie has been cooking for over 26...

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JP Library restarts renovation talk

November 23, 2012
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SUMNER HILL—Six months after Mayor Thomas Menino said that the Jamaica Plain Branch Library “would be taken care of” financially, the library is having a public meeting to discuss renovations. The meeting is scheduled for Wed., Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. at Curtis Hall, next door to the 12 Sedgwick St. branch. An appointed...

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Eatery gets OK for food truck

November 23, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—A local restaurant recently ran into trouble for opening a food truck as a kind of second kitchen in its parking lot. Yely’s Coffee Shop will run a food truck just outside its 284 Centre St.  location again, following a Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) decision to grant the eatery conditional approval to...

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JP court has high acquittal rate for OUI cases

November 23, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain-based West Roxbury District Court at 445 Arborway has one of the highest acquittal rates in the state when it comes to jury-waived operating under the influence (OUI) trials, according to a special report commissioned by the state Supreme Judicial Court. The report was commissioned after a Boston Globe investigation found high...

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Veterans Day

November 23, 2012
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) English High School students march in the Veterans Day Parade downtown on Nov. 11.

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Court orders retrial in gang murder

November 23, 2012
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The state’s highest court has ordered a new trial for a Jamaica Plain street gang member previously convicted of murder in an infamous 2006 mistaken-identity killing. Lamory S. “Lawz” Gray of 934 Parker St. in the Bromley-Heath housing development was a member of the Heath Street gang. In 2009, he was convicted of first-degree...

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English High to get new field

November 23, 2012
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The English High School at 144 McBride St. is slated to receive a new turf field that will be ready for the fall 2013 sport season, according to Boston Parks and Recreation Department spokesperson Jacque Goddard. The field, which is used for football, baseball and soccer games, is in such bad shape the school...

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JP resident debuts record label with own album

November 23, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Rachel Ament) Eli Schwartz.

Eli Schwartz is pulling a little double duty when it comes to the music business. The Jamaica Plain resident is both the co-founder of the new Mountain of Leopards Company and is the musician behind the company’s recently released first album, “Poison Packets.” Mountain of Leopards, which name comes from the Song of Solomon...

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