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Arborway Yard could be a ‘problem property’

December 2, 2011
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State and city legislators are considering placing the temporary Arborway bus yard on a “problem properties” list to kick-start the building of a permanent facility. The problem properties list is maintained by a local group of law enforcement and city officials and so far has only ever included private property. The goal is to...

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Congress district split OK’d

December 2, 2011
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Gov. Deval Patrick signed a new Congressional redistricting plan into law Nov. 21 that shifts a huge slice of Jamaica Plain into a new Congressional district. Under the new map, 10 voting precincts covering the Forest Hills, Jamaica Hills and Jamaica Pond areas, central JP and part of Hyde Square will be in the...

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Health advice

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Barbara Ferrer, a JP resident and executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, speaks as a panelist at a Nov. 15 State House forum on teaching children healthy lifestyles, presented by Partners HealthCare and Words Can Work.

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Bon Savor’s stranded owners look to sell

December 2, 2011
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Bon Savor’s owners have put the 605 Centre St. restaurant for sale after two years of being unable to re-enter the U.S. Ibonne Zabala and Oleg Konovalov, the owners, have been in Zabala’s native Colombia since a 2009 vacation, when their re-entry visa to the U.S. was denied. “The whole JP community supported them...

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Slavery flyer is torched

December 2, 2011
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CENTRAL JP—A flyer about Harvard University’s links to slavery was burned next to the front door of the Haymarket People’s Fund last month in an apparent act of protest. “This is shocking, considering that JP is thought to be a progressive neighborhood,” said Jennifer Dowdell-Rosario, a Haymarket employee who posted the flyer outside the...

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Budget gifts abound in local shops

December 2, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Artisan soaps are three for $20 at Fire Opal.

The Gazette visited several JP businesses to find out what deals under $20 they are offering for the upcoming holiday season. Tres Gatos offers quite a choice for $20 or under—but it might take longer to make a choice. “For $20, you can get four or five used vinyl , or two or three...

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Holiday trees to light up

December 2, 2011
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Holiday trees will be lit around the neighborhood over the next week in an annual tradition. Sat., Dec. 3, Monument Square and Hyde Square. Mayor Thomas Menino will once again lead the Enchanted Trolley Tour on stops in Jamaica Plain and other neighborhoods for tree-lightings, Santa visits and more. The Monument Square event is...

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Eateries name dishes for JP icons

December 2, 2011
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JP holiday shoppers can not only dine in the neighborhood, but on it—thanks to many restaurants with dishes named for JP icons. “Thinking about our customer base in JP, we wanted to come up with names that feel comfortable and familiar,” said Charles Fiore, owner of Fiore’s Bakery, purveyor of the Jamaica Pond—chicken or...

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Old Christmas a ‘Delight’ at concert

December 2, 2011
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The Delight Consort will be “Welcoming Old Christmas” in a concert of Renaissance and Baroque holiday music played on period instruments at the Loring-Greenough House on Dec. 18. The group is named for the Delight, a ship in the fleet of Newfoundland colonizer Sir Humphrey Gilbert, which sank on a sand bar in 1583...

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Children’s gift donations accepted

December 2, 2011
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The Home for Little Wanderers is holding its annual Big Wishes Gift Drive, collecting holiday gifts for needy children and teens who would otherwise receive little. The drive accepts new, unwrapped gifts or gift cards. It runs through Dec. 22. There are two gift drop-off locations in Jamaica Plain: The Home for Little Wanderers...

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