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Basketball program steers youths away from trouble

February 17, 2012
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Hoopz Excellence, a basketball program started in Jackson Square, is celebrating a decade worth of helping at-risk youths. Robert A. Lewis, a JP resident, founded the program so kids would have a safe environment to go to after school. Besides teaching basketball, the program focuses on education and keeping the kids free from gangs...

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Councilor wants improved traffic safety

February 17, 2012
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District 6 Councilor Matt O’Malley is pushing for various traffic-calming measures, including “virtual” speed bumps and glowing crosswalks. Following an order filed by O’Malley, the City Council’s Committee on City, Neighborhood Services and Veterans Affairs will hold a hearing Feb. 21 at City Hall on how to improve traffic safety. “The issue of traffic...

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Tributes to Hailey pour in

February 17, 2012
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(Gazette File Photo by John Swan) Mildred Hailey at Bromley-Heath in 2006.

Tributes to Mildred Hailey were offered by local leaders this week after her retirement from Bromley-Heath housing development’s groundbreaking Tenant Management Corporation (TMC) was announced. State Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez: “She’s the mother of the tenant management movement. That’s big! She was always the first one to be angry when people tried to stir up...

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Governor’s Council seat open after death

February 17, 2012
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Kelly Timilty, a longtime member of the Governor’s Council, died at the end of January, leaving vacant the District 2 seat. That district encompasses Jamaica Plain’s Ward 19, Precinct 12 in Woodbourne. Secretary of State spokesperson Brian McNiff noted that according to the state’s 25th amendment, it is the legislature’s option to replace Timilty....

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Skate park may be coming to SWCP

February 17, 2012
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A group of young skateboarders is breathing new life into a nearly-unused part of the Southwest Corridor Park (SWCP) by transforming it into a skate park. The skaters have begun legitimizing their temporary park and hope to make it a permanent fixture. “I, and others, feel a connection with the run-down area and long...

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Homeless groups merge, won’t change services

February 17, 2012
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No program or service cuts are expected in a Pine Street Inn and hopeFound merger that was announced at the end of January. HopeFound, which primarily runs the Shattuck Shelter at 170 Morton St., and the Pine Street Inn, which is based in the South End and has facilities throughout JP, are expected to...

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Whisk whips up creative menus at Fiore’s

February 17, 2012
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Three nights a week, Fiore’s Bakery on South Street is transformed into a decadent dessert bar and bistro: Whisk. Whisk is the budding business of Fiore’s chef, Phillip Kruta. This “pop-up” restaurant offers two seatings a night for changing tasting menus. A customer makes a reservation and shows up to eat whatever Kruta and...

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Barbershop and studio to open on South St.

February 17, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) B’s Chop Shop’s new mural depicts the Boston skyline.

A new barbershop and music recording studio on South Street is readying its doors for opening day. The barbershop, B’s Chop Shop, will likely open in March, owner Brandon Campbell told the Gazette, while the basement studio will likely take a few months more before it’s ready. “I see so much talent in...

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How JP helped launch Occupy Boston

February 17, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Robin Jacks (right) at Occupy Boston last October.

Robin Jacks, whose rallying cry for an Occupy Boston launched the local protest movement, lives and works in Jamaica Plain—an experience that has informed her activism. Jacks is one of several prominent Occupy Boston leaders who call JP home. “There are a lot of us here,” she told the Gazette in a recent interview....

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Rec. center inches closer to reality

February 17, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—The Kelly Ice Rink’s future new home, the Jackson Square Recreation Center at Columbus Avenue and Ritchie Street, has taken another step towards completion. Urban Edge announced its fund-raising plan for the $10.4 million still not secured for the building’s construction. Urban Edge also announced it will form a stakeholder group that will...

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