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First Baptist seeks church-sharing ideas

May 11, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—First Baptist Church is looking for groups to share its still-unfinished sanctuary space in the hopes of one day worshipping there itself. The 633 Centre St. church, which is still rebuilding from a 2005 fire, last week issued a request for proposals from community groups to use the roughly 6,400 square feet of...

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50 Years of Faith

May 11, 2012
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) Monsignor Charles Bourque (center), the former pastor of the Our Lady of Lourdes (OLOL) Catholic parish on Brookside Avenue, celebrates the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood with brother James Bourque (left) and his wife Gail at the church following a Mass of Thanksgiving on April 15. Bourque, now retired, served as OLOL pastor for 28 years until 2008 and still frequently returns to perform the noontime Mass in Spanish.

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Councilors worry new school would move

May 11, 2012
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Adding to the controversial Boston Public School (BPS) school-move plan process, city councilors have expressed concerns about BPS commitment to keeping the new Margarita Muñiz Academy at the former Agassiz School on Child Street in JP. As part of the BPS plan, the Mission Hill K-8 is slated to move into the now-empty Agassiz...

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Arborway group seeks crosswalk, woods fixes

May 11, 2012
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The Arborway between the Casey Overpass and Murray Circle could see an improved crosswalk and better woodlands if the local Arborway Coalition can raise enough funds for a state matching grant. The group aims to improve the Arnold Arboretum crosswalk across the Arborway. And it wants to make further improvements to the wooded hillside...

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Hundreds clean up JP

May 11, 2012
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About 580 Jamaica Plain residents from at least 29 community groups swept streets and picked up litter as part of the Boston Shines citywide cleanup event on April 28. “JP residents were up bright and early Saturday morning, making a difference one trash bag at a time,” said Jullianne Doherty, the JP coordinator for...

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Whole Foods study to focus on Latino impact

May 11, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The academic study of Whole Foods Market’s local impact will focus on the Latino community and gentrification. The study is being called “Gentrification and Representation: Hi-Lo, Whole Foods and Latinos in Jamaica Plain,” according to Pablo Goldbarg, a spokesperson for the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and...

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Hyde/Jackson Main Street gets new director

May 11, 2012
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Nearly a year after its last executive director resigned amid allegations of $20,000 in missing funds, Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) has a new executive director. Interim Executive Director Katie Reed will be working on a “very part-time basis,” she said in an email to the Gazette last month. She will also be involved...

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JPNC denies Whole Foods seating license

May 11, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) narrowly voted to deny Whole Foods a license to set up inside and outside seating during its meeting April 24. The council’s vote is not binding on Whole Foods Market’s effort to add 38 seats—22 inside and 16 outside—to its 413 Centre St. location. The company can still...

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Hall of Fame Coach

May 11, 2012
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) Former English High School football coach Keith Parker (center, with plaque) is congratulated by alumni after being inducted into the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Randolph on April 29. Parker led the Bulldogs from 1977 to 2009.

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JP’s Iron Chef

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Gerard O’Connor (center) is congratulated by fellow JP-ers (from left) Liz O’Connor, Maria Maffei, Silja Kallembath and Beatriz Zabater after winning the “Iron Chef” competition at the University of Massachusetts Club downtown with his spicy tuna sliders. The fund-raiser event will result in a donation made in Gerard O’Connor’s name to the Boston Latin School Foundation.

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