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School renovation rushes to meet deadline

August 31, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley) Project director Bob Smith (left) walks past a worker upgrading a stair rail inside the former Agassiz School building on Aug. 23.

The roughly $4 million renovation of the old Agassiz building at 20 Child St. is nearing completion with the Boston Public Schools (BPS) opening day of Sept. 6 rapidly approaching. The renovated building will contain the Mission Hill K-8 School, which will retain its name despite moving to Jamaica Plain, and the new Margarita...

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JP woman charged in heroin bust

August 31, 2012
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A Jamaica Plain woman already wanted for alleged drug trafficking was caught in Andover in a minivan containing hidden heroin on Aug. 18, according to State Police spokesperson David Procopio. Xiomara Ortiz, 48, was arrested after the driver, Luis Sanchez-Moreta, allegedly told a state trooper that he did not know who she was and...

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Needles found in Forest Hills Cemetery

August 31, 2012
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By Rebeca Oliveira and John Ruch, Gazette Staff FOREST HILLS—Three hypodermic needles, apparently used for drugs, have been found at Forest Hills Cemetery in the past month, according to local resident Kosta Demos, who pricked his finger on one while trying to throw it away. Forest Hills Cemetery installed new streetlights last month to...

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Farm Dinner

August 31, 2012
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(Photo by Roger Farrington) JP resident Simca Horwitz chops mint leaves fresh from the garden at Brookwood Community Farm in Milton for its annual Field-to-Table fundraiser dinner on Aug. 9, where a gourmet meal was served alongside the fields where ingredients were grown. Horwitz is a board member at the farm, which aims to increase the consumption of locally grown food, especially in underserved communities.

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A look inside JP’s new hotel

August 31, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—The Gazette received an exclusive tour of the new boutique hotel on S. Huntington Avenue. EnVision Hotel Boston offers 39 stylish and well-proportioned rooms, including two two-bedroom suites that overlook Olmsted Park and Leverett Pond. “You want to make people feel warm and welcome,” Manager Trevor Cross told the Gazette during the recent...

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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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