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Holiday trees to light up

December 2, 2011
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Holiday trees will be lit around the neighborhood over the next week in an annual tradition. Sat., Dec. 3, Monument Square and Hyde Square. Mayor Thomas Menino will once again lead the Enchanted Trolley Tour on stops in Jamaica Plain and other neighborhoods for tree-lightings, Santa visits and more. The Monument Square event is...

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Eateries name dishes for JP icons

December 2, 2011
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JP holiday shoppers can not only dine in the neighborhood, but on it—thanks to many restaurants with dishes named for JP icons. “Thinking about our customer base in JP, we wanted to come up with names that feel comfortable and familiar,” said Charles Fiore, owner of Fiore’s Bakery, purveyor of the Jamaica Pond—chicken or...

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Old Christmas a ‘Delight’ at concert

December 2, 2011
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The Delight Consort will be “Welcoming Old Christmas” in a concert of Renaissance and Baroque holiday music played on period instruments at the Loring-Greenough House on Dec. 18. The group is named for the Delight, a ship in the fleet of Newfoundland colonizer Sir Humphrey Gilbert, which sank on a sand bar in 1583...

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Children’s gift donations accepted

December 2, 2011
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The Home for Little Wanderers is holding its annual Big Wishes Gift Drive, collecting holiday gifts for needy children and teens who would otherwise receive little. The drive accepts new, unwrapped gifts or gift cards. It runs through Dec. 22. There are two gift drop-off locations in Jamaica Plain: The Home for Little Wanderers...

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JP Seafood opens sake bar, gallery

December 2, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by David Taber) The new communal table and art gallery at JP Seafood Café.

JP Seafood Café this week added a new dimension with the opening of the JP Seafood Gallery Lounge, featuring local art, a communal table and sake and wine bar. The Gallery Lounge is in the storefront at 734 Centre—the former home of Skelly Insurance—next door to the Japanese/Korean restaurant’s main dining room at 730...

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JP’s Type of Music

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) The Boston Typewriter Orchestra will tap out rhythms in an offbeat concert during the Jamaica Plain Branch Library’s Winter Holiday Party on Dec. 8. See Sights & Sounds listing.

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Flavor of the Month

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) J.P. Licks owner Vince Petryk poses as a Pilgrim last month at the 659 Centre St. shop while showing off Thanksgiving-themed ice cream flavors. The store is offering more special flavors for December, including candy cane, egg nog and red velvet.

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Salons aim for Newbury style, JP attitude

December 2, 2011
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Central JP is undergoing a salon boom. With Q Salon scheduled to open by the end of the year, the Centre/South corridor will be home to no fewer than 12 hair salons. With the boom comes pressure to provide Newbury Street quality cuts without the Newbury attitude and snobbery, say salon owners. “We’re professional....

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Rebuilding together

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Celebrating the 20th anniversary of JP-based Rebuilding Together Boston (RTB) at WCVB-TV Channel 5’s Needham studios on Nov. 15 were (from left): Gail and Bill Fine of WCVB; RTB President Simone Auster; Susan Wornick and Karen Holmes Ward of WCVB; and Gary Officer, the president and CEO of RTB’s national headquarters. RTB repairs and restores homes for owners who cannot afford the work themselves. RTB recently rehabbed the JP home of a Vietnam veteran.

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Stroke Stopper

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident John Auerbach (left), the state commissioner of public health, joins Massachusetts General Hospital’s Dr. Lee Schwamm at the NorthEast Cerebrovascular Consortium’s Educational Summit downtown on Oct. 21. Auerbach received the Helen B. Spaulding Community Conscience Award from the American Heart and Stroke Association at the event for his stroke prevention efforts.

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