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Radical bookstore opens

November 18, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—The Lucy Parsons Center, a radical left-wing bookstore and gathering spot, opened Nov. 5 in its new home at 358A Centre St. The space is smaller than the center’s previous South End location, so it is “focusing more on quality rather than quantity,” said Marie Benkley, a member of the collective that runs...

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Two arrested after shooting

November 18, 2011
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EGLESTON SQ.—A man was shot and wounded inside a School Street residence on Nov. 8. Two suspects were later arrested, though they were only charged with gun offenses. The unidentified 24-year-old victim was shot inside 165 School St. He was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD)....

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First Thursday bags pedestrian award

November 18, 2011
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Jamaica Plain Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS)has been given a Walkers’ Choice award from WalkBoston for its First Thursday arts nights. WalkBoston chose CSMS and First Thursdays “because it was a great way to connect the community, make people linger and spend time outside and meet their neighbors,” said WalkBoston spokesperson Hillary Borcheding....

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Chang-Díaz, Malia push to mend Congressional split

November 15, 2011
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Local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz and state Rep. Liz Malia are seeking to reunify Jamaica Plain’s Congressional map, which would be split between two new districts in a plan that could be approved by the state legislature as early as today. Chang-Díaz told the Gazette that she and Malia are sponsoring an amendment to...

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Occupy JP movement begins

November 14, 2011
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An “Occupy JP” movement is organizing as a local version of the Occupy Wall Street protest, the Gazette has learned. Organizing was slated to begin yesterday at a “general assembly” meeting at Doyle’s Café, according to an Occupy JP page on Facebook. It is unclear when or where an Occupy JP protest would be...

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Opposition to Congressional district split is rising

November 11, 2011
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By David Taber and John Ruch Local opposition is rising to a Congressional redistricting plan released Nov. 7 that would split Jamaica Plain and put a huge chunk of the neighborhood into a district that likely would be more politically conservative. The plan is racing toward a vote next week. The JP Progressives organization...

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Incumbents win City Council races

November 8, 2011
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City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo is all smiles at his victory party Nov. 8 at JP's James's Gate. (Gazette Photo by John Ruch)

The incumbent candidates won all of the at-large and local district Boston City Council seats in today’s election. In the at-large race, Jamaica Plain resident Felix Arroyo, John Connolly, Steve Murphy and Ayanna Pressley retained their seats. Challenger Michael Flaherty finished a close fifth in the balloting. Another JP resident, Sean Ryan, finished a...

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New Congressional map splits JP

November 7, 2011
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By David Taber and John Ruch Updated  A huge chunk of Jamaica Plain could be cut from U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano’s district and put in a new district where two incumbent Congressmen—Stephen Lynch and Bill Keating—live, under a redistricting proposal released Nov. 7. Keating is indicated he will move out of the district into...

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Whole Foods Opens Its Doors: Customers line up

November 4, 2011
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) Customers line up at the counters inside Whole Foods Market at 413 Centre St. on its opening day, Oct. 31.

With Rebeca Oliveira, Gazette Staff HYDE SQ.–Whole Foods Market opened to brisk business on Oct. 31 at 413 Centre St. after months of controversy about the grocery store chain’s arrival in Jamaica Plain. Whole Foods replaces the shuttered Hi-Lo market in a revamped building. The store will be open daily from 8 a.m. to...

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At-Large candidates talk JP issues

November 4, 2011
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All seven candidates for At-Large Boston City Council seats in the Nov. 8 election talked Jamaica Plain issues in response to written questions from the Gazette. Felix Arroyo, John Connolly, William Dorcena, Michael Flaherty, Stephen Murphy, Ayanna Pressley and Sean Ryan were asked to weigh in on: • Whether the Casey Overpass should be...

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