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PATRICK’S DAY

August 12, 2011
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PATRICK’S DAY

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Eyeglass shop eyes Sept. opening

August 12, 2011
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CENTRAL JP—Optical Designs, an eyeglasses company with locations in Needham and Wellesley, is planning to open at 753 Centre St. within the next few weeks. Optical Designs announced through its Twitter page on June 7 its decision to set up shop in Jamaica Plain. Ronnie Friedman, a manager at the Needham Optical Designs, told...

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Top Cop

August 12, 2011
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Top Cop

Burglary Prevention Tips   Burglary can happen to you, anywhere in JP, and summer is favorite time for criminals because of open windows. The local District E-13 Police Station offers the following tips for preventing housebreaks:   Keep all doors and windows locked when no one is at home. Secure air conditioners to window...

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Group wants 2nd Suffolk changes

August 12, 2011
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A proposal from the Massachusetts Black Empowerment for Redistricting would see JP’s 2nd Suffolk state senate district redrawn as part of state and federal redistricting taking place in the wake of the 2010 census. State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, vice chair of the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Redistricting, currently holds that seat. The proposed...

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The Pastor and the Bridge

August 12, 2011
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How the Casey Overpass Got Its Name FOREST HILLS—If Monsignor William J. Casey were alive today, he surely would be serving on the “working advisory group” overseeing plans to replace the overpass that bears his name. Casey, who lived from 1872 to 1949, was a fixture of Forest Hills. He was the founding pastor...

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Revolutionary food package liner comes to Co-op

August 12, 2011
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It sounds like the stuff of late-night infomercials: A “revolutionary” new organic product, made from ancient Indian herbs that inventor Kavita Shukla discovered on a visit to her grandmother, promises to significantly reduce food spoilage. But, according to Harvest Food Co-op spokesperson Chris Durkin, Fenugreen is for real.  Harvest is now selling a Fenugreen...

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Curtis Hall work misses a step

August 12, 2011
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MONUMENT SQ.—It’s been one step forward, two steps back for rehab work at Curtis Hall, where city officials have twice demanded that a contractor redo allegedly faulty work on the new front stairs. The $5 million renovation of the city community center at 20 South St. is still on track for an October reopening,...

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Bus yard grant includes building demo

August 12, 2011
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STONYBROOK—The MBTA last month submitted a $155.5 million federal grant application to fund construction of the Arborway Yard bus facility. In a last-minute surprise, the application proposes demolishing the T’s 500 Arborway office building. Residents years ago proposed demolishing 500 Arborway, an office building that sits at the heart of the proposed bus facility...

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Students build bikes in new program

August 12, 2011
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Students build bikes in new program

BPS students are building bikes—one for themselves, one for donation—in a new partnership with Bikes Not Bombs, a Jamaica Plain nonprofit organization, and Roxbury’s Madison Park Technical Vocational High School that launched last month. By Alicia Perez Special to the Gazette The program, called “Strive,” allows special needs students to use their hands and...

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Mail delivery spotty after route cuts

August 12, 2011
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Parts of Jamaica Plain are experiencing irregular mail delivery as a result of a route reshuffling in the United States Postal Service (USPS). Homes in central JP—on Rockview Street, Parley Avenue, Parley Vale, Burr Street, Grovenor Road and St. John Street—are receiving their mail as late as 7 p.m., due to a new mail...

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