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JP library closing for electrical upgrade

September 14, 2012
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SOUTH ST.—The Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL) at 12 Sedgwick St. will be closed from Nov. 17 to Dec. 3 to undergo electrical upgrades. The JP Branch will also have all its lighting fixtures rebuilt and rewired to accommodate higher efficiency bulbs. The work was approved as part of $75,000...

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JP Historical Society turns 25, aims for nonprofit status

September 14, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Historical Society is turning 25 this year and working to become an official nonprofit to celebrate. This year will also see the return of Historical Society-organized lectures and a film screening about the elevated Orange Line to be held in JP this fall. “We’ve been kicking around the idea [of making...

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Sedgwick Slog

September 14, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Dozens of runners gather on Sedgwick Street on Sept. 8 for the annual “Sedgwick SLOG” relay race through the neighborhood and around Jamaica Pond, sponsored by Vee Vee restaurant. The winning team of Rebecca Weintraub, Pat Banfield, Randal Engelmann and Breton Hornblower finished the 12-mile course in 1 hour, 30 minutes and 12 seconds. For info on next year’s SLOG, email dan@danjanis.com.

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Adult ELL program defunded

September 14, 2012
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La Alianza Hispana, a prominent Latino community nonprofit based in Roxbury, is on the brink of closing its English Language Learning (ELL) program following the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) decision to cut the organization’s funding. The defunding was due to DESE’s determination that La Alianza’s “services are not at the...

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Eliot School teacher continued legacy of longevity

September 14, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Abigail Norman) Charlie Sandler, who is retiring after 46 years at the Eliot School.

Old Eliot School teachers never die, they just fade away into the woodwork. And so it goes with Charlie Sandler, who retired in May after teaching woodworking at the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts since 1966. The school specializes in such handicrafts as woodworking and is located at 24 Eliot St. “I...

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Jackson Sq. playground delayed again

September 14, 2012
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A playground designed by members of the community planned for Jackson Square has been delayed a third time. The delay is due to a lengthier safety coordination process between the project team and the MBTA. Because the playground will stand near and over underground MBTA tracks, the MBTA had to make sure that neither...

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T station gallery changes hands

September 14, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—The art gallery in the Green Street T Station has been taken over by the Jamaica Plain-based organization Boston Cyberarts following the end of its former owner, Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media. The new Boston Cyberarts Gallery will hold its first show in November, according to Boston Cyberarts Director George Fifield....

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Campaign Dog

September 14, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Archie the dog, owned by local Maura Hennigan campaign volunteer Tammy Lewis, is outfitted with signs for a neighborhood tour on Election Day, Sept. 6. Hennigan won re-election as the clerk of Suffolk County’s criminal court system.

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BPS: Quality schools may not be local

September 14, 2012
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The new school choice plan currently under development by the Boston Public School (BPS) system will focus on quality schools close to home, but during a meeting last month, members of the External Advisory Committee (EAC) did not address Jamaica Plain’s recent school shake-up. Following the closure of the Agassiz School on Child Street,...

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JP Open Studios: Many paths to see art

September 14, 2012
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(Photo by Danielle Shamlian) Glass artist Jay Roberts shows off his work at last year’s Jamaica Plain Open Studios.

The annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios (JPOS), a celebration of the arts in JP that invites the public into local artists’ studios and group shows, is returning next weekend, Sept. 22 and 23. Maps and detailed viewing information will be available at venues and are already available at jpopenstudios.com. But with over 50 JPOS...

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