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Holidays in JP: Local currency to fuel holiday shopping

November 23, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The “Boston Bean” local currency.

The Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition (JP NET) will offer $1,000 in “local currency” this holiday season to encourage spending in local businesses. Local currency is make-believe money—like Disney Dollars or Monopoly money—that is backed by real money but only accepted in certain areas. “Boston Beans” will only be accepted in Jamaica Plain. The...

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Family Prosperity

November 23, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Graduates of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation’s latest “Family Finances 101” course are all smiles on the last day of class, Nov. 15, at Jackson Square’s Julia Martin House. The course is part of the new Family Prosperity Initiative, aimed at training low- and moderate-income people and connecting them to other JPNDC services such as career development. For info, see jpndc.org.

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Holidays in JP: Expert tips on wines to bring to dinner

November 23, 2012
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With holiday feasts on the horizon, Blanchard’s Wines & Spirits General Manager Mike Denson and Streetcar Wine & Beer owner Michael Dupuy gave the Gazette some recommendations for which wines to bring along. For budget wines—under $15 a bottle—Denson recommended Apothic Red, a blend of red wines grapes, not unlike a blended whisky. “Red...

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Holidays in JP: ‘Messiah’ and more on JP Concerts slate

November 23, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) St. John’s Episcopal Church, home of JP Concerts.

The only uncut performance of Handel’s “Messiah” is just one of the attractions on the seasonal slate of the JP Concerts series at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sumner Hill. The homegrown concert series showcases local musicians year-round, but is in a Christmas mood right now, said Ken Brooks, the church’s music director, who...

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Holidays in JP: Police Spotlight – Tips to avoid holiday crimes

November 23, 2012
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The holidays should be a joyous time of the year, but they are this is also the season for burglars and pickpockets drawn to presents and cash. The local District E-13 Police Station offers the following tips to avoid holiday crime: When shopping, walk confidently and be alert to people around you. Dress down...

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Holidays in JP: Secret Recipes – Chef Herbie’s Traditional Jerk Chicken

November 23, 2012
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The Gazette asked various JP people and institutions to share their favorite holiday recipes. Whole Foods Market at 413 Centre St. offered the following: Chef Herbert “Herbie” Ewan began his Whole Foods Market career in the Prepared Foods department at the Jamaica Plain store in May, but Herbie has been cooking for over 26...

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JP Library restarts renovation talk

November 23, 2012
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SUMNER HILL—Six months after Mayor Thomas Menino said that the Jamaica Plain Branch Library “would be taken care of” financially, the library is having a public meeting to discuss renovations. The meeting is scheduled for Wed., Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. at Curtis Hall, next door to the 12 Sedgwick St. branch. An appointed...

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Eatery gets OK for food truck

November 23, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—A local restaurant recently ran into trouble for opening a food truck as a kind of second kitchen in its parking lot. Yely’s Coffee Shop will run a food truck just outside its 284 Centre St.  location again, following a Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) decision to grant the eatery conditional approval to...

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JP court has high acquittal rate for OUI cases

November 23, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain-based West Roxbury District Court at 445 Arborway has one of the highest acquittal rates in the state when it comes to jury-waived operating under the influence (OUI) trials, according to a special report commissioned by the state Supreme Judicial Court. The report was commissioned after a Boston Globe investigation found high...

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Veterans Day

November 23, 2012
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) English High School students march in the Veterans Day Parade downtown on Nov. 11.

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