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August 26, 2011
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Students build bikes in new program

August 26, 2011
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Students build bikes in new program

By Alicia Perez, Special to the Gazette BPS students built 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 this summer. The program, called “Strive,” allows special needs students to use their hands and get...

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Whole Foods protesters could go to trial

August 26, 2011
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With John Ruch Boston Police District E-13 Commander Capt. Paul Russell said last month that the complaints were granted against three JP residents arrested at a meeting hosted by Whole Foods in June, clearing the way for them to go to trial. Anti-Whole Foods protesters Peter Blailock, Chloe Frankel and Andrew Murray, were arrested...

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$1m grant to help homeless vets

August 26, 2011
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The JP-based Volunteers of America Massachusetts (VOAMA) has received a $1 million grant to help homeless and at-risk veterans. VOAMA estimates that there are over 1,000 homeless veterans and over 7,000 veterans living in poverty in Suffolk, Norfolk and Plymouth counties. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs grant is for VOAMA programming in collaboration...

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Beer, wine store coming to Centre St.

August 26, 2011
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CENTRAL JP—A new wine and beer store that will focus on smaller producers is being planned for 488 Centre St. Although the lease has not yet been signed, Streetcar Wine and Beer is slated to open in late October, said Michael Dupuy, the owner. “I wanted to start by talking to as many people...

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Spectacle moves to JP

August 26, 2011
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Spectacle, a fringe art space that operated for years out of a loft in Chinatown, moved to an old factory building at 128 Brookside Ave. in Jamaica Plain in June. On Sept. 2, the space is hosting a “listening party” titled “What a Strange Place.” According to Spectacle’s Facebook page, the Sept. 2event will...

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JP Music Fest a big hit

August 26, 2011
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PONDSIDE—The first annual Jamaica Plain Music Festival, held Aug. 20 at Jamaica Pond Park, looked like a hit. An ever-changing audience braving the hot and sunny weather swelled to what looked like around 1,000 people. Over 20 local bands and musicians performed at the free fest, from indie stars like Shepardess to up-and-comers like...

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Arroyo: Youths want clean streets, drug treatment

August 26, 2011
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Violence prevention, access to drug treatment and clean streets are among Boston youths’ top concerns, and as such, will top At-large City Councilor Felix Arroyo’s youth agenda, he told the Gazette last week. Arroyo, who heads the council Committee on Labor, Youth Affairs and Human Rights, spent much of the summer visiting with 25...

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Science Winner

August 26, 2011
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Connolly focuses on education

August 26, 2011
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Connolly focuses on education

If At-Large City Councilor John Connolly had his way, Boston Public Schools would be radically different. A former middle school teacher and chair of the City Council’s Education Committee, “I would pilot the whole system,” Connolly said in an interview at the Gazette office in June, referring to pilot schools—BPS schools that are granted...

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