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Housing Excellence

December 7, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Jamie Seagle (second from left), president of Rogerson Communities, accepts the MetLife Foundation’s Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing for recent renovation and green retrofits at its Farnsworth House at 90 South St. during the senior housing building’s 30th anniversary on Nov 15. Joining Seagle are (from left) Scott Batey of Bay State Financial on behalf of MetLife; Rogerson’s Laurie Trilling; and Enterprise Community Partners’ Victoria Shire.

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Orchestra returns from Europe, set to play local concerts

December 7, 2012
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A Far Cry, a self-directed orchestra that rehearses in a storefront on South Street, recently returned from a European tour and has two upcoming local concerts. “It was phenomenal,” Sarah Darling, A Far Cry violinist, said about the European tour. The tour, which was A Far Cry’s fifth visit to Europe, lasted two weeks...

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Family Dollar won’t open at JP site

December 7, 2012
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WASHINGTON ST.—Family Dollar, a national discount-goods chain, is giving up a potential Jamaica Plain location at 3383-3389 Washington St. because of community opposition. “The development team is trying to figure out what we can do with that property that isn’t offensive to the neighborhood,” developer Peter McLoughlin of Boston Property Development LLC told the...

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Soldier completes Army training

December 7, 2012
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Army National Guard Pvt. Angel L. Ortiz of Jamaica Plain recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. Ortiz is a 2008 graduate of Madison Park Technical Vocational High School and this year earned an associate’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston. From press materials.

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National Grid warns of bill pay scam

December 7, 2012
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The utility company National Grid is warning its customers of a bill-payment telephone scam being operated by criminals in the New England area. The scammers call a customer and ask them to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak pre-paid credit card to pay a balance or pay for replacing a faulty meter. The scammer then...

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JP man is human guinea pig

December 7, 2012
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Jamaica Plain resident Christopher Gussis, aged 84, has found a new calling in his retirement: human guinea pig. A former health science teacher, Gussis was volunteering at Harvard-MIT Health Science and Technology several years ago, “because of my background,” he said, “when I got these flyers coming across my desk” for medical research. He...

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Bike shop to host tax-cut petition tomorrow

December 5, 2012
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There will be a petition drive to extend the middle-class tax cuts tomorrow at the Ferris Wheels Bike Shop at 66 South St. Middle-class tax cuts are set to expire at the end of the year unless Congress acts. “We need the tax break. We can’t be taxed anymore,” said Jeffrey Ferris, owner of...

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BRA ‘corridor plan’ meeting scheduled

November 28, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will host a community meeting Dec. 12 to “start the conversation” on the first draft of a S. Huntington Avenue “corridor plan,” BRA spokesperson Melina Schuler told the Gazette. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Hennigan School at 200 Heath St. The first community meeting about...

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Dorcena runs for mayor to end ‘dictatorship’

November 23, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Will Dorcena.

Will Dorcena has come out swinging in his campaign for the Mayor’s Office, calling incumbent Thomas Menino a “teddy-bear tyrant” who runs a “dictatorship,” with Jamaica Plain’s S. Huntington Avenue and Casey Overpass controversies as prime examples. In an interview last week at the Gazette office, Dorcena, an energetic, 40-year-old Hyde Park resident, matched...

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Kids’ theater class teaches ‘Magic & Mayhem’

November 23, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Lucas Mulder) Magic & Mayhem owner and teacher Sarae DeCoster-Pacetta plays with two students.

New theater classes for 3- to 5-year-olds, called Magic & Mayhem, have come to Spontaneous Celebrations and Curtis Hall in Jamaica Plain. The classes include movement, music and storytelling games and grow into creating productions—writing, costuming and performing—completely from scratch. From pretending to walk across a room full of chocolate pudding, to creating dances...

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