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Park addition design options to be presented

February 1, 2013
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State Department of Transportation consultants will present “several options” for the near-acre of land to be added to the Southwest Corridor Park as a result of the Casey Arborway project to the park’s Parkland Management Advisory Committee (PMAC) next week, PMAC President Janet Hunkel told the Gazette. Hunkel also said she has reached out...

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Centre/South Main Streets regains nonprofit status, hires interim director

February 1, 2013
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Jamaica Plain’s Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), a business promotion organization, has regained its status as a nonprofit corporation and has hired an interim executive director, according to a CSMS board member. CSMS has also reacquired its former office space over City Feed and Supply at 670 Centre St. The organization had moved to shared...

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Health center ends care for 5K adults

February 1, 2013
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff JACKSON SQ.—The Martha Eliot Health Center (MEHC) at 75 Bickford St., which is run by Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), will no longer care for adult patients, it was announced Jan. 29 in a letter to BCH’s staff, associated personnel and volunteers. The change will affect about...

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Looking for Love

February 1, 2013
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Nonprofit puts student art on T-shirts, funds schools

February 1, 2013
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Uninspired by the corporate world, two young Jamaica Plain residents have started Rightside Shirts, a nonprofit that raises money for art programs in public schools. Rightside goes to a school and has all the students draw any design they want. Rightside picks the best ones, places them on T-shirts and sells them to raise...

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JP indie business group forms

February 1, 2013
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JP Local First, a new nonprofit association for local, independent businesses, is being formed by the owners of City Feed and Supply and Red Sun Press. It will hold its first monthly meeting on Feb. 14. The idea is to “build a network of locally owned and independent businesses,” said David Warner, owner of...

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Local author to celebrate novel at JP event

February 1, 2013
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Jamaica Plain resident Randy Susan Meyers is celebrating the release of her second novel, “The Comfort of Lies,” this month with parties and readings at Tres Gatos restaurant and bookstore and other Boston venues. The novel’s story focuses on three women: one who gave up her daughter for adoption five years earlier, the woman...

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BPS lays out 3 school-assignment plans

February 1, 2013
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The Boston Public Schools (BPS) has unveiled three plans in its effort to improve the school-assignment system. One plan would create a new zone system—similar to, but more varied than the one used today—while two other plans would create a list of schools based on quality and proximity to the student’s home. For the...

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Presidential visit

February 1, 2013
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Officials favor no-zone BPS plans, with caution

February 1, 2013
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Some Boston city councilors and a local parents group told the Gazette they favor the “home-based,” zone-less options for the Boston Public Schools’ new assignment plan. But most also expressed skepticism about how well the plans would work in practice. Aiming to save money by reducing busing of students, BPS is considering three plans...

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