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Theater Scene

September 14, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Bevin Ayers (right) joins Rosemary DiGregorio of North Reading in the cast of Wakefield Repertory Theatre’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie” this month. For info, see wakefieldrep.org.

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JP man opens downtown eatery

September 14, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) (from left) Mayor Thomas Menino, Chef Paul Sussman, owner Brad Fredericks and Cake-ology store owner Victoria Donnelly cut a grill-shaped cake to celebrate the opening of the Back Deck on July 23.

Jamaica Plain resident Brad Fredericks is part of the revitalization of Downtown Crossing, recently opening a new charcoal grilling restaurant called the Back Deck. “The premise is simple. I’ve always liked food cooked over a charcoal grill,” said Fredericks. He picked up a taste for grilling while living in Texas and does his own...

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Senator’s Snack

September 14, 2012
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(Photo by Felix Brown/Brown campaign) U.S. Sen. Scott Brown reveals his pro-jimmies, anti-cone stance while enjoying an ice cream at J.P. Licks at 659 Centre St. during a JP visit on Aug. 16. The Republican incumbent is running for re-election this year and is opposed by Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

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Guide to JP: Mayor: JP’s business areas have special delights

September 14, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

By Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Special to the Gazette   Jamaica Plain has become an even livelier place to visit lately! One reason is the extension of the very popular JP Centre/South Main Streets’ First Thursdays into a year-round event. The stroll has grown a great deal in the seven years since it began...

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Guide to JP: What Makes JP Unique

September 14, 2012
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JP boasts a diverse population of about 38,000, according to the 2010 census: 54 percent white; 25 percent Hispanic/Latino; 13 percent African-American; and 4 percent Asian. JP has a large gay and lesbian population and is home to several prominent GLBT rights activists. Once called “The Eden of America” by a visitor, according to...

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Guide to JP: JP is Green

September 14, 2012
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Though Jamaica Plain is part of the city of Boston, the parks, urban wilds, playgrounds and community gardens, many supported by the city and state, allow an escape from an overdose of urban life. JP is bordered on three sides by green space, including several jewels of the Emerald Necklace, designed by Frederick Law...

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Guide to JP: JP Places and Politics

September 14, 2012
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Just as Jamaica Plain’s population is composed of a wide range of people and groups, the Boston neighborhood is divided into various sections for different purposes. Subneighborhoods Jamaica Plain is divided into 11 major sub-neighborhoods  recognized on the Boston Redevelopment Authority zoning map and largely used by locals. Within each sub-neighborhood there are other,...

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Guide to JP: A Brief History of JP

September 14, 2012
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Once referred to as “the Eden of America,” Jamaica Plain is a unique section of the City of Boston. It was part of the Town of Roxbury until 1848. It was then part of West Roxbury, until it finally became Jamaica Plain. Legend has it that the name Jamaica Plain came from the fondness...

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T police warn of Orange Line bike thefts

September 13, 2012
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A rash of bicycle thefts is hitting the MBTA Orange Line stations in Jamaica Plain, according to the MBTA Transit Police. “They’re stealing these bikes in less than two minutes,” said Transit Police Lt. Stephen Salisbury of the thieves. The Transit Police have some suspects in the ongoing thefts, he added. The Transit Police...

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Cemetery tree removal creates controversy

September 13, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Several people have recently contacted the Gazette to complain about tree removal taking place at the Forest Hills Cemetery. George Milley, CEO of the cemetery, says that the tree-cutting is to remove insect-infected hemlock trees and to produce space for future plots. Forest Hills is a historic garden cemetery founded 1848 and is...

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