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JP Moms creates a virtual village

October 21, 2011
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JP Moms, a group of moms, dads and caretakers in and around JP make daily use of a powerful resource—each other. “Our kids don’t come with how-to handbooks,” said Divya Kumar, one of JP Moms’ moderators. “We’re here to offer guidance, support and a listening ear to each other.” The listserv group was created...

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Dental School

October 21, 2011
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Dental School

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JP’s favorite toys and games

October 21, 2011
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Dinosaurs still rule Dinosaurs, friendship bracelets, X-Men and chemistry sets are favorites of local kids, according to local toy and game shop owners. Kim Mitchell, owner of Boing! JP’s Toy Shop at 667 Centre St. , and Paul Bryant, co-owner of JP Comics and Games at 603 Centre St. recently offered the Gazette their...

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‘Miss Judy’ is a PAL for homeless kids

October 21, 2011
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‘Miss Judy’ is a PAL for homeless kids

At a large wooden picnic table in the backyard of Portis Family Home at 226 S. Huntington Ave., a young mother braids her daughter’s hair. They sit in the shade of a tall ash tree, heavy with late summer leaves, as they await the arrival of Miss Judy. To those who know her professionally,...

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Hennigan school to get new library

October 21, 2011
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The Hennigan Elementary School at 200 Heath St. is getting a new library this fall, and it is coming courtesy of the big-box chain Target. In partnership with the nonprofit Heart of America, Target has been renovating school urban school libraries since 2007, Heart of America spokesperson John Flynn told the Gazette. This year,...

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Halloween activities around JP

October 21, 2011
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Jamaica Plain is working up a fright for Halloween. If parties and bothering the neighbors are no longer enough entertainment, these JP events should do the trick. The Dog Parade and Fashion Show, organized by the JP Business and Professional Association and JP Centre/South Main Streets, is the place for Rex to show off...

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Furniture designers find a home on South St.

October 21, 2011
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Furniture designers find a home on South St.

Inside Room 68, South Street’s latest addition, there is a bench made of Lucite and repurposed industrial-looking legs. The Lucite top is semi-translucent and looks like something from the future. The industrial base has layers of peeling paint and looks like it has seen decades of hard work. And that bench is part of...

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School keeps cross at front door

October 21, 2011
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CENTRAL JP—A new public school that is in the sticky situation of operating out of a church building still has a Christian cross next to its front door, despite warnings from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that it might violate separation of Church and State. As the Gazette previously reported, Bridge Boston Charter...

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Teaching Point

October 21, 2011
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Teaching Point

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First Thursday expands to year-round

October 21, 2011
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JP CENTER—Starting next month, the popular community art event First Thursday will run year-round. Previously, First Thursday only took place May through September, with a special holiday December date. The evening, scheduled for the first Thursday in each month, features art openings, musical performances, shopping and dining in Centre and South street businesses. “The...

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