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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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Pizzeria building is sold

February 17, 2012
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Century 21 Pondside Realty has bought the property at 662 Centre St., where the Same Old Place pizzeria resides. “We already own the rest of the block,” said Christ Stamatos, owner of Century 21 Pondside Realty, which is headquartered in that block. “It was a good move to make real estate-wise.” There are no...

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School-move probe seeks missing data

February 17, 2012
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The Boston Finance Commission (FinComm) investigation into the funding of the Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) controversial plan to move various schools has hit a patch of turbulence. BPS failed to provide key data, according to FinComm, and BPS told the Gazette it never had the information in the first place. FinComm is investigating the...

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Man charged with child porn

February 17, 2012
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A Needham man is facing child pornography possession charges after his former employer in Jamaica Plain allegedly found porn on his work computer. Keith L. Millan, 55, was charged last week in JP’s West Roxbury District Court. He was fired last year from his former job at a JP property management company, which the...

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Giant Loss

February 17, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) City Councilor Tito Jackson, whose District 7 includes part of JP, suffers the humiliation of wearing New York Giants gear to City Hall on Feb. 6 after losing a Super Bowl bet. “I am a man of my word,” said Jackson, who had bet on a New England Patriots victory with another District 7 Councilor Jackson—Robert Jackson of New York City. “I won’t tell you how many times I had to bathe to get the Giants off of me,” Tito Jackson said, calling it “one of the most painful experiences I’ve had in City Hall.” He Tweeted the photo as evidence.

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Bromley-Heath leader to retire; BHA to take over

February 9, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—The leader and co-founder of the Bromley-Heath housing development’s groundbreaking tenant-run management corporation will retire at the end of March, and the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) will take over, according to a BHA press release. The tenant group will continue to advise the BHA, but will no longer have a management role, BHA...

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Officials pledge T budget fix amid protests

February 3, 2012
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Local officials pledged to come up with a budget solution. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation circulated a petition. Bikes Not Bombs announced a night of political lobbying. Occupy JP held up signs saying, “Increase fairness, not fares.” The tactics varied, but the response from over 150 people was the same: a rejection of...

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