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Cuban baseball greats play in JP

August 31, 2012
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(Photo by Courtney Sacco) Alfredo Mora of the Cuba Veteranos makes a hit during the Aug. 25 game at Jamaica Pond Park.

A team of senior Cuban baseball players, including several major league and national team legends, played softball against an American senior team at Jamaica Pond Park on Aug. 25 as part of a “Friendship Games” visit to Boston. The pick-up game was followed by a visit to Hyde Square’s landmark Cuban restaurant El Oriental...

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La contienda para clerk pronto terminará

August 31, 2012
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff Los oficiales elegidos competirán en las elecciones primarias del 6 de septiembre. En la contienda polémica para elegir un clerk para la división criminal de Suffolk County Superior Court compiten los demócratas Robert Dello Russo, un antiguo clerk, y la actual, Maura Hennigan, una residente de...

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Music Leader

August 31, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Krystal Banfield (above) was appointed dean of the Berklee City Music program this month. Affliated with Berklee College of Music, the nonprofit program that provides music instruction to underserved students in Boston and 38 sites across the U.S. A former voice professor, Banfield previously served as the program’s senior director.

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Goddard House gets set for closure

August 31, 2012
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The ultimate fate of the Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center building at 201 S. Huntington Ave. remains a mystery as it prepares for its closing date of Sept. 8. Goddard House spokesperson Diana Pisciotta, said that after the closure, the building will be cleaned for several weeks. Then the building will be...

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Sánchez backs therapy some call torture

August 31, 2012
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez is backing a controversial shock therapy that many officials are trying to ban. Some people claim the procedure is tantamount to torture. Bill Allan, a Jamaica Plain resident and activist at the Disability Policy Consortium, said that Massachusetts is the only...

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Sen. Brown visits JP, backs vets memorial

August 31, 2012
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(Photo by Felix Browne/Brown campaign) (from left) U.S. Sen. Scott Brown holds a model of the proposed memorial alongside Puerto Rican Veterans Monument Square Association Project Director Tony Molina and President Jaime Rodriguez.

HYDE SQ.—U.S. Sen. Scott Brown visited Jamaica Plain on Aug. 16, meeting with organizers of a Puerto Rican veterans memorial at the landmark restaurant El Oriental de Cuba at 416 Centre St. “The good senator has committed to help us raise $100,000 for the monument,” said Tony Molina, a JP resident and the project...

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A brief history of S. Huntington

August 31, 2012
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How the institutions came to town S. HUNTINGTON—S. Huntington Avenue, after nearly a century of heavy institutional use, is readying for fast changes: two 200-unit luxury apartment buildings are under consideration by the City, and a new boutique hotel just opened. At the turn of the 20th century, however, S. Huntington Avenue was home...

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JP Observer: Living with wildlife in our urban area

August 31, 2012
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As though on cue, as the sun fell on the evening of July 31, the crickets began chirping in Jamaica Plain for the first time this year—signaling that summer is waning. Right around the same time, another Jamaica Plain insect made the news as mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus were found here, something that...

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Scholarship Star

August 31, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident and bass player Matthew Pitts holds a document granting him a full four-year scholarship to Berklee College of Music during a celebratory concert at the Back Bay school on Aug. 8. Pitts was one of only 16 people to win the scholarship from the Berklee City Music program.

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MIT prof sees beauty in overpass

August 31, 2012
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(Photo by David Friedman) The massive arches in the Casey Overpass piers at the Forest Hills T Station are captured in one of David Friedman’s photos.

FOREST HILLS—The Casey Overpass is doomed to demolition and widely considered one of the ugliest structures in Jamaica Plain. But a professor of architectural history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has spotted beauty and drama in the overpass’s massive piers and subtle curve. This spring and summer, David Friedman captured some of those...

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