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Galway House wins ‘muckball’ trophy

October 21, 2011
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The Galway House will host the “muckball” trophy for another year after beating three other local businesses in the annual fund-raiser softball tournament on Sept. 24 at Franklin Park. Named for founder Brian “Mucky” Manning of Jamaica Plain’s American Legion Post 76, the muckball tournament raises funds for the Post’s Christmas party for seniors....

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Local foreclosure crisis victim arrested at protest

October 21, 2011
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Local foreclosure crisis victim arrested at protest

While the foreclosure crisis largely passed Jamaica Plain by, not everyone escaped unscathed, and one local resident and former business owner, Ken Tilton, has found some redemption in fighting back. Tilton—the former owner of landmark JP businesses Zon’s restaurant and the novelty store Pluto—has been working with the local anti-foreclosure group City Life/Vida Urbana...

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Believing in students

October 21, 2011
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Believing in students

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Fewer youths call JP home

October 21, 2011
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Don’t let the influx of baby strollers on Jamaica Plain streets fool you. JP’s youth population plunged by nearly 1,170 in the past 10 years, while the adult population increased, according to U.S. Census data. The 6,327 youths 17 and under who called JP home in 2010 marks a nearly 16 percent drop from...

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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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