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Curley House revival crawls forward

August 3, 2012
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PONDSIDE—It is taking a little longer than expected, but plans to revive the long-underused historic home of legendary Boston politician James Michael Curley are still ongoing. Richard Dennis, head of the Friends of the James Michael Curley House, which is spearheading the revival effort, said that the group’s plans to take over operations at...

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Mayor’s rep observes JP for 24 hours

August 3, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley) JP Neighborhood Coordinator Jullieanne Doherty speaks to constituents at Johnson Park.

Jullieanne Doherty, Jamaica Plain’s coordinator for the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, recently spent 24 hours observing JP and talking to its residents as part of an effort by the City to give the coordinators a different perspective of the neighborhoods they cover. “I learned some things and gained valuable experience in the off...

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Regan League’s 43rd season wraps up with champs, picnic

August 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The Regan League’s U15 Girls softball team hold trophies after winning the Mayor’s Cup championship July 15.

By Harry Smith, Special to the Gazette The 43rd season of the Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League has come to a close with another successful year of close pennant races, thrilling championship games, and friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. The league continued to reflect the diversity of the neighborhood, with 800...

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City census finds zero homeless on JP streets

August 3, 2012
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The number of homeless people living on the City streets dipped to the lowest level since 1997, according to the City’s 2011 homeless census. And in Jamaica Plain, no homeless people were found on Jamaica Plain streets on the night of the census, said a City official. The census, which is normally released during...

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30th anniversary for South St. businesses

August 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Fresh Hair’s first sign being installed in the summer of 1982.

Joy Silverstein, owner of Fresh Hair salon at 62 South St., and Jeffrey Ferris, owner of Ferris Wheels Bike Shop at 66 South St., are celebrating 30 years of doing business in Jamaica Plain this year. The celebration, scheduled to coincide with First Thursday on Aug. 2, after the Gazette’s deadline, was expected to...

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Police Spotlight: Beware of fake utility workers

August 2, 2012
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Local residents should be alert for thieves posing as utility workers who knock on people’s doors to get inside the house, according to Jamaica Plain’s District E-13 Police Station. In a July 27 incident in JP, two men knocked on the victim’s door and said they needed to check the water pressure in her...

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Surprise concerts planned for JP streets

July 31, 2012
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August Noise JP, a series of nine surprise street concerts that are announced only just before they happen, is returning to Jamaica Plain this month for its second year. The first concert is slated for Weds., Aug. 1. The concerts are intended to “bring the joy of unexpected music into everyday life,” said series...

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Fred Ciampa, owner of Same Old Place, dies

July 23, 2012
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Fred Ciampa, the long-time owner of Same Old Place pizza parlor at 662 Centre St, died unexpectedly last night. He was 69. “He was a healthy man. It was sudden,” daughter Gina Ciampa said when asked about the cause of death. Funeral services are still begin planned, Ciampa added. “They built Jamaica Plain around...

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Church to become high-end condos

July 20, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The former Blessed Sacrament Church at 361 Centre St. likely will be turned into high-end condominiums priced up to $725,000, as co-owner the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has accepted a buyout offer from its partner, New Atlantic Development. “We are going to be negotiating an agreement with New Atlantic to sell...

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Candle in the Dark

July 20, 2012
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(Photo by Courtney Sacco) A girl releases a Japanese paper lantern onto Forest Hills Cemetery’s Lake Hibiscus during the annual Lantern Festival on July 12. The event allows people to honor the memories of loved ones who have passed away.

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