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Main Streets moves into salon space

August 31, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—JP Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), the local business promotion organization, moved last week into a new office in the basement of Q Salon at 676 Centre St. “Partnering with a local business is a perfect example of the Main Street mission,” said CSMS President Richard Downey. CSMS, whose activities include staging the monthly...

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Political Notes: Sánchez to attend DNC

August 31, 2012
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Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez will be taking a field trip down to Charlotte, N.C. for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) as he continues to campaign for President Barack Obama. The convention will be held Sept. 4-6. “It’s incredible to hear from people from all walks of life,” Sánchez said in a Gazette interview...

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Beetle Busters

August 31, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) (from left) Lindsay Nystrom and Jessi Flynn of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation and Jonathan Hnatiuk of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) peer through binoculars at a backyard tree for signs of the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) from the driveway of J.P. Licks at 659 Centre St. on Aug. 17. No new cases of the invasive, tree-killing beetle have found since a small infestation was discovered in JP in 2010, but the USDA workers continue to hunt it. This is the active season for the ALB, a large black beetle with white spots and long antennae. For more info, see beetlebusters.info.

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2 new Chinese eateries for JP

August 31, 2012
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Two new Chinese restaurants have come to the Washington Street corridor—both replacing other Chinese restaurants. JP Kitchen Chinese Restaurant aimed to open this week at 3510 Washington St. across from English High School, according to co-manager Cai Gao. Gao and co-manager Lisa Pan previously operated the Talk and Wok Café in Hyde Park and...

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Collective has fresh take on art

August 31, 2012
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By Tommy Dean, Special to the Gazette HYDE SQ.—A group of artists called the Fresh Collective held a debut exhibit in their Sheridan Street home earlier this week, setting the stage for more art to come. The group is inspired by the basement shows and do-it-yourself ethos of the underground independent music scene. Getting...

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Chemical Crusaders

August 31, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Elizabeth Saunders (seated, second from right), the legislative director for Clean Water Action Massachusetts, and JP resident Alex Papali (standing, second from right) were among the “Stroller Brigade for Safe Chemicals” demonstration June 28 at the State House in support of Senate bill 2079, which would require companies to replace toxic chemicals with safer alternatives when feasible.

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Winter farmers market coming

August 31, 2012
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BROOKSIDE—Jamaica Plain’s first wintertime, indoor farmers market is slated to debut in November at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall on Brookside Avenue. The Egleston Farmers Market will feature about a dozen vendors and run on select dates in November through February, according to its website at eglestonfarmersmarket.org. It aims to provide fresh foods,...

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Church tower work to finish

August 31, 2012
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MONUMENT SQ.—Two years of repair work on one of Jamaica Plain’s great landmarks, the stone tower of First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist at 6 Eliot St., is slated to wrap up by the end of next week. The 1853 church tower overlooking historic Monument Square has been bedecked with construction scaffolds as...

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Obituary: Jennifer Boyd; founded JP Knit and Stitch

August 31, 2012
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Jennifer Boyd. (Courtesy Photo)

Jennifer Devereaux Boyd, 41, of Jamaica Plain died peacefully at home on Aug. 20 after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. Jennifer is survived by her husband, Bryan E. M. Harter; her two sons, Russell and Zachary Harter; her mother, Pat Boyd; her brother, Cameron Boyd, his wife Kelley and their son, Brooks. Also...

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Locals complete college prep program

August 31, 2012
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Two Jamaica Plain middle-school students are heading into top schools this fall after graduating The Steppingstone Academy college prep program. And another two local Steppingstone grads are heading to college. Elyas Egal enters Boston Latin Academy and David Meneses-Ontiveros heads to the Fenn School in Concord after graduating the Steppingstone program on Aug. 11....

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