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Program Victory

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Students in Boston College’ PULSE Program enjoy a picnic marking the end of their volunteer work with Victory Programs’ Living and Recovery Community program in Franklin Park on May 2. The students worked with Shattuck Hospital residents who have HIV/AIDS and substance abuse and mental health issues. Pictured are (from left) Austin Hughes, Ryan McGuill, Julie Beigner, Taylor Stiegler, Victory Programs President and CEO Jonathan Scott, Lyan Chung (standing), Mary Sheehy (standing), Katie Oskar, Laura Banu, Alexandra Simpson and Kathryn McKennon. Local state Rep. Liz Malia (not pictured) also attended and praised the students.

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Never mind the bigotry, here’s a queer punk night

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) (from left) Bruce Derfler (“Taffy Vicious”) and Michael Flowers (“Mickey Rotten”).

Two Jamaica Plain residents, not finding a dance night that plays the music they like and welcomes queers, are bringing the punk ethos to dance nights: just do it yourself. Bruce Derfler (“Taffy Vicious”) and Michael Flowers (“Mikey Rotten”) saw something missing from the Boston nightlife—a punk night that was also a welcoming environment...

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Apartment developer pays $11k fine

May 11, 2012
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The developer hoping to build up to 200 apartments at 105A S. Huntington Ave. owed the city $11,000 in unpaid fines until last week. Anthony Nader, who has yet to file his plan with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) for 190 to 200 luxury apartments at 105A S. Huntington Ave., paid off the $10,915...

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Housing Help

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident and former State Street Corporation employee Marjorie Hanson (left) joins Hearth CEO May Shields (center) and State Street alumna Pat Walker (right) at the Spirit of State Street breakfast April 24 in Dorchester. Hanson and Walker are leaders of the the Adopt-A-Room program that outfits rooms in Hearth’s housing for formerly homeless elders.

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DA: Rozzie man’s van hid drug cache

May 11, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—More than 20 pounds of cocaine was found in a secret compartment in a Roslindale man’s minivan during a traffic stop on School Street on April 30, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Elvyn Rafael Garcia, 31, is facing charges of drug trafficking, drug violations in a school zone, and various...

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New parking lot in the works

May 11, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—Local developer Mordechai Levin is planning on turning the property at 41 Amory St. into an 84-vehicle parking lot. “To be honest with you, much of Jamaica Plain needs more parking. Much of the city needs more parking. It’s an old city,” said Levin. The site was previously used for “wrecking, dismantling and...

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Mayor Menino on what makes Rozzie great

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

By Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Special to the Gazette One of the best things about Roslindale is how familiar it feels when you’re walking through Roslindale Village or driving down Washington Street. I don’t need to tell you that generations of families call this neighborhood home. Children play ball at Fallon Field, where their...

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El Chavo, farmer’s market win awards

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) (from left) Alejandro Rodriguez and Lucy Galvan stand outside El Chavo, Roslindale’s Business of the Year.

El Chavo Mexican Products will be named Roslindale’s 2011 Business of the Year at an annual Boston Main Streets awards ceremony to be held May 17. Roslindale Farmer’s Market co-chair Jaime Pullen will be named the neighborhood’s volunteer of the year at the same ceremony. El Chavo, a Mexican specialty store at 4254 Washington...

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Rozzie train club toots horns

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) A 1/48 scale model trolley—about three inches tall—rolls along in the Bay State Model Railroad Museum’s large space.

Roslindale has a train network that would make U.S. Vice President and Amtrak enthusiast Joe Biden jealous—if Biden were one-and-a-half inches tall. The Bay State Model Railroad Museum is not really a museum. It’s a club, open to new members, that gives members the space to create the train model of their dreams. “We’re...

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Senator Brown visits Roslindale Village

May 11, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley) U.S. Sen. Scott Brown gives Cecilia Blacker a high-five.

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown toured Roslindale Village April 27 to meet with local residents, taking photographs with many of them and signing autographs for others. The senator made many stops along the way, including the Blue Star Restaurant, the Fornax Bread Company and Tony’s Market. Tony DeBenedictis, owner of Tony’s Market, made sure Brown...

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