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Baseball Surprise

July 6, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (center) joins employees Araty Torres (left) and Joe Flynn (right), both JP residents, during a surprise visit to Sullivan Tire and Auto Service in Watertown on June 26. The visit was arranged as a company morale-booster.

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Walk for Kids

July 6, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Emily Spooner (second from left) poses at the Brookline stop of the Anna’s Walqueria half-marathon walk on June 16. The walk to various locations of the Anna’s Taqueria restaurants raised funds for the Home for Little Wanderers, a children’s service agency that has a JP location. Joining her are (from left) Julie Bartolomeo, Kerianne Okie, Sarah McGowan and Kimberly Reisman.

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Special Store

July 6, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) City Feed and Supply owners (from left) Kristine Kortese and David Warner accept an Outstanding Specialty Food Retailer award from Ron Tanner (right), vice president of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 18. City Feed, a market that has two JP locations, was one of only five nationwide honorees and was noted for its local community involvement.

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Nonprofits pay ‘tax,’ show community benefits

July 6, 2012
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The City and local nonprofits alike are praising a new system of tax-like payments that saw Faulkner Hospital make the first such payment ever and revealed a wealth of community benefits provided by Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture. Those two nonprofits were the only ones in Jamaica Plain tapped to make the...

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Hennigan faces ethics investigation

July 6, 2012
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The State Ethics Commission (SEC) recently sent Maura Hennigan, clerk of the criminal division of the Suffolk County Superior Court, a letter stating it has opened a “preliminary inquiry” into an earlier campaign violation, according to Hennigan. The state Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) ruled in April that Hennigan had violated campaign...

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Turner unfairly ousted from City Council, court says

July 6, 2012
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Former City Councilor Chuck Turner was ousted from his position illegally in 2010, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) opined earlier this month. The June 15 opinion was requested by federal Judge Mark Wolf, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts, who will make the final ruling, Chester Darling, Turner’s civil attorney,...

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Pet supply store coming to Hyde Square

July 6, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—A new doggie daycare and pet supply store will open in Hyde Square by summer’s end. Tails, which will serve cats and dogs, is expected to open at Fat Ram’s Pumpkin Tattoo’s old location at 380 Centre St. by the end of July, owner Yesse Feliz told the Gazette. “We serve people and...

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Food and art at Gail’s Café

July 6, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Gail’s looks out to Jackson Square from 268 Centre St.

JACKSON SQ.—A new eatery in Jackson Square is serving up comfort food for Jamaica Plain. Gail’s Café & Grille at 268 Centre St. just opened in April, and its menu includes such favorites as barbecue chicken and ribs, baked haddock, gyros, pulled pork sandwiches and cheeseburgers. Owner Lakis Vlahoulis told the Gazette that a...

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JP remains beetle-free

July 6, 2012
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Two years after Jamaica Plain first saw Asian longhorned beetles (ALB), the neighborhood remains free of any further sightings of the tree-killing beetle. JP can look forward to at least two more years of quarantine and possible pesticide treatments, despite the lack of new sightings since the Faulkner Hospital discovery two years ago this...

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Cops: Man carried gun, drugs

July 6, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—A Dorchester man was arrested in the Bromley-Heath housing development on June 19 for allegedly carrying a gun with altered serial numbers and prescription drugs. Jiwan Battiste, 33, “violently struggled” with police during the 9 p.m. arrest outside 940 Parker St., according to a Boston Police Department (BPD) report. Police officers reportedly questioned...

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