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Occupy survives in churches, marches

January 6, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) Carlos and Melida Arredondo set up the “Camp Alex” Occupy Boston/JP display at First Church on Dec. 19.

  While the Occupy Boston protest was shut down last month, it lives on in symbolic displays at Jamaica Plain churches and in a team-up with JP housing activists. It also survives as a loose, active organization with lots of JP residents involved, including prominent spokesperson Gunner Scott. Meanwhile, the local Occupy JP group...

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JP’s Punk Rock Friar

January 6, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) Brother Charles Sammons.

A Catholic friar and priest who can quote scripture—no surprise. But one who also quotes punk rock and heavy metal lyrics? Meet Brother Charles Sammons, a Jamaica Plain-based Capuchin Franciscan friar who says that rebel music was his first conversion experience on the way to the ultimate punker: Jesus Christ. “If you’re going to...

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You Said It, JP! 2011 in Quotes

January 6, 2012
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“There is someone coming to this location—a Whole Foods.” —Former Hi-Lo Foods manager Bill Jordan breaking the news that Whole Foods was coming to Hyde Square.   “Based on what we know now, we are concerned that Whole Foods is not a good fit for Hyde Square. We hope that it will reconsider its...

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No hay comidas malas ni buenas

January 6, 2012
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Hay varias posiciones vacantes en muchas oficinas y agencias al empezar el 2012. Una de ellas es en Community Servings, donde la persona que ejercía una de las posiciones  más importante se fue para buscar otras alternativas, fuera del estado y trabajando por la educación. Así lo destacó Rosario Domínguez, en una entrevista exclusiva...

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FinComm investigates school move costs

January 6, 2012
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The Boston Finance Commission (FinComm) is investigating Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) funding of a plan to open two new schools in the former Agassiz School building. “We are going to look at how the funding decisions were made and whether there is enough money for the renovations,” FinComm Director Matt Cahill said. “We welcome...

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Local mentor

January 6, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Teresa Herd (above), a Staples employee, is one of many volunteers who mentor at-risk youths through the Mass Mentoring Partnership, which is receiving a $25,000 donation from Staples. Mass Mentoring serves a wide variety of organizations, including JP’s Home for Little Wanderers. For info, see massmentors.org.

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Laundromat has clean start

January 6, 2012
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The new Jackson Square Laundromat washed its first loads at 270 Centre St. on Dec. 30. The full-service laundry offers some unusual features, including New England’s only washer-dryer combo machines, according to owner Jason Santelli. Free Wi-Fi is another service for those waiting on the wash. The laundromat will have a grand opening this...

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Man convicted in teen’s murder

January 6, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—A Dorchester man was convicted of murder last month for gunning down a Bromley-Heath housing development teenager in 2008. Elbert Newson, 23, was sentenced to life in prison with no parole for killing 17-year-old Thomas Webb. Another man charged in the case, Michael Gaines of Roxbury, was convicted last year of unlawful gun...

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Met his MATCH

January 6, 2012
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(Photo by Eric Haynes/Governor’s Office) Gov. Deval Patrick reads along with students at the new MATCH Community Day Charter Public School on Forest Hills Street on Dec. 20, where he praised the school’s focus on English Language Learners. Patrick also visited Community Servings on Marbury Terrace the same day to announce a new newsletter about healthy family eating.

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Ten Tables owner to open ‘burger bar’

January 6, 2012
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JP CENTER—A new burger restaurant called Grass Fed Burger Bar, operated by the owner of the well-known Ten Tables, is coming soon to 605 Centre St. Grass Fed will replace the recently shuttered Bon Savor restaurant a few doors down from Ten Tables. The menu will include “alternative, creative burgers” as well as classic...

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