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July 6, 2012
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Councilor wants school recycling bins Next time a student uses an empty water bottle as a basketball, City Councilor At-Large Felix Arroyo wants the target to be a recycling bin. Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident, has introduced a hearing order to bring single-stream recycling to the Boston Public Schools system, according to a press...

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Casey peer review released, gives thumbs-up

July 6, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Following strong community pressure, state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) officials posted traffic analyses and a peer review of the Casey Arborway project online last week. The peer review states that the traffic analysis done by the state’s team was “performed in a professional manner.” Some community and Design Advisory Group (DAG) members are...

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Wine and beer store to debut

July 6, 2012
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Streetcar Wine & Beer, a new store focused on higher-end products from small producers, will hold its grand opening on July 14. Michael Dupuy, owner of the store at 488 Centre St. at the corner of Kingsboro Park, said the starting inventory will include an emphasis on “Old World” wines from such places as...

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BPS program provides summer meals for youths

July 6, 2012
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The Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) Summer Food Service Program is once again offering free breakfast and lunch to youngsters this summer. “It’s a great program that kids don’t have to be signed up for,” said Debra Korzec-Ramirez, the nutrition education coordinator for BPS and a JP resident. “They just go in and get the...

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Three lots in JP to remain open space

July 6, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—Three City-owned lots on Dalrymple and Boylston streets in Jamaica Plain will likely remain open space, according to Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) Director Evelyn Friedman. “The overwhelming response was for the sites to be used as open space,” Friedman said of the reaction at a community meeting held June 21 on proposals...

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JPNDC program helps out low-income families

July 6, 2012
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With many families still suffering effects from the Great Recession, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) is rolling out the Family Prosperity Initiative, a program aimed at teaching families how to manage their finances. “There are a lot of JP families who are low-income and struggling,” said Anna Waldron, director of programs for...

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Q Salon opens doors

July 6, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—Q Salon opened its doors in late May at 676 Centre St., the space formerly occupied by Jamaicaway Books. Q Salon, named after owner Jennifer Lydon’s middle name and grandmother’s maiden name, Quinlan—“We were very close,” she said—is currently offering hair services. Nail services are expected to start next week and spa services...

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BPL surveys parents for kids’ program

July 6, 2012
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Having surveyed city youths about what they would like to see in a new after-school program, the Boston Public Library (BPL) is moving on to collect their parents’ and caregivers’ input through an online survey. “This is our current phase,” said BPL spokesperson Gina Perille. “It covers a couple of key areas of input.”...

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Shelter Funds

July 6, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Nancy Owens Hess (left), executive director of the Elizbeth Stone House on Notre Dame Street in Jackson Square, joins Maryann Civitello of the law firm Mintz Levin at the firm’s downtown headquarters last month to offer thanks for a silent auction hosted there that raised more than $25,000 for the family shelter and community support center for survivors of domestic violence, substance abuse, mental health issue and homelessness.

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Asian wrap take-out restaurant opens

July 6, 2012
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MONUMENT SQ.—A new Asian wrap restaurant opened in Monument Square last week. Wrapmi, a “healthy, organic, on-the-go” Asian wrap restaurant opened on June 28 at 779 Centre St., replacing the short-lived Super Fusion Sushi. The menu offers wraps inspired by Chinese cuisine, Manager Sam Ho said. “When you’re eating Chinese food with chopsticks, you...

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