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Church getting repaired stone by stone

May 25, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) Scaffolding and removed stones sit around St. John’s Episcopal Church earlier this month.

SUMNER HILL—The historic St. John’s Episcopal Church is undergoing major repairs for “incredible damage” caused by water in its stone walls, according to the chair of the church’s capital campaign. Some exterior walls on the 1880s church at Roanoke Avenue and Revere Street are being taken down stone by stone for repair. The stones...

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JP residents help urban gardens grow

May 25, 2012
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Urban agriculture is blooming in Boston, from backyard vegetable patches to community gardens to for-profit urban farms, and Jamaica Plain residents are involved in nearly all aspects of the boom. From the Mayor’s Urban Agriculture Working Group (UAWG), to Boston’s “Food Czar,” to business owners and backyard beekeepers, JP residents are not afraid to...

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Disney casting director moves to JP

May 25, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Brittany Shapiro.

Leaving her job casting actors for Disney has worked out well for recent Jamaica Plain transplant Brittany Shapiro. After years in Los Angeles, she has just been made director of the Media Performance Institute (MPI) at Boston Casting. “L.A. is such a tough city. There’s a very warm feeling in JP,” Shapiro said in...

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First Lady’s Night

May 25, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Maura Hennigan (right), a JP resident and the clerk of the Suffolk County Superior Court for Criminal Business, poses with First Lady Michelle Obama at a campaign fund-raiser for President Barack Obama at the Institute for Contemporary Arts in South Boston on March 9.

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Art Therapy

May 25, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) An attendee views some of the art on display during the first annual Arts Festival April 29 at Rogerson House, 434 Jamaicaway. More than 70 people attended and viewed art by residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, which was created as part of an art therapy program.

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‘Eldercare block’ celebrates unity

May 25, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Joining in the Eldercare Block visit were (from left, front row): Goddard House’s Jim Stamatopoulos and Carmen Wornum; Mount Pleasant’s Gwen James; Boston Commissioner on Elderly Affairs Emily Shea; (back row) Goddard House’s Jim Sugrue and Emmanuel Freddura; Nathaenael Shea of state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz’s office; Jullianne Doherty, JP Neighborhood Coordinator for the Mayor’s Office; and Sherrill House’s Josh Hammond.

The Goddard House, the Sherrill House and the Mount Pleasant Home—three elder care organizations on S. Huntington Avenue—gathered May 14 to celebrate National Nursing Home week. The event, which started at the Goddard House with refreshments and speeches and then went on to tour the other two facilities, was billed as the “JP Eldercare...

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Chasing Venus

May 25, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Author Andrea Wulf will discuss her new history book “Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens” on May 30 at Arnold Arboretum. The book is about the scientific community’s worldwide effort, despite enormous challenges, in the 1760s to use a rare astronomical event to make the first measurements of the distance between planets in our solar system. The event, known as the transit of Venus, will occur again next month. See Sights & Sounds listing.

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1812 Music

May 25, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society (above) will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 with traditional instruments and songs performed in period costume at the Loring-Greenough House on June 3. See Sights & Sounds listing.

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Main Streets honors best businesses

May 25, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Mayor’s Office) Caleb Hannon (center), 13, accepts the Volunteer of the Year award for JP Centre/South Main Streets from Mayor Thomas Menino (left) and Department of Neighborhood Development Director Evelyn Friedman (right).

Boston Main Streets and Mayor Thomas Menino last week honored the “businesses of the year” and “volunteers of the year” from the city’s Main Streets organizations. Main Streets are city-affiliated nonprofits that promote local businesses and historic preservation. The winners from Jamaica Plain’s three local Main Streets organizations, announced May 17 at the Strand...

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Justice Award

May 25, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Rev. Dr. Gloria White-Hammond (left) of JP’s Bethel AME Church looks toward Catholic Charities President Deborah Kincade Rambo after receiving the organization’s Justice and Compassion Award at the Spring Celebration fund-raiser at Dorchester’s John F. Kennedy Library and Museum on May 17. White-Hammond was honored as co-founder of My Sister’s Keeper, an organization that aids women who suffered slavery in Sudan and Darfur.

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