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JP Library gets $75k in fixes; renovation on hold

July 6, 2012
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SUMNER HILL—The Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL) will receive $75,000 from the City for improvements in the next fiscal year, $50,000 short of what BPL trustees requested, but a full renovation remains on hold. That follows a tantalizing hint dropped by Mayor Thomas Menino in May, suggesting that the branch...

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Criminal complaints fly in pizza shop shutdown

July 6, 2012
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(Gazette File Photo by Gloria Carrigg) Eric Ciampa at Slice O’ Pie shortly after its opening in February 2011.

HYDE SQ.—The former owner of the Slice O’ Pie pizza shop and his ex-landlord have filed criminal complaints against each other for alleged larceny and threats following the shop’s abrupt shutdown in late May. Meanwhile, an ex-employee says the workers were never told the closure was coming and remain unpaid after losing their jobs....

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Political Notes

July 6, 2012
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Councilor wants school recycling bins Next time a student uses an empty water bottle as a basketball, City Councilor At-Large Felix Arroyo wants the target to be a recycling bin. Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident, has introduced a hearing order to bring single-stream recycling to the Boston Public Schools system, according to a press...

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Casey peer review released, gives thumbs-up

July 6, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Following strong community pressure, state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) officials posted traffic analyses and a peer review of the Casey Arborway project online last week. The peer review states that the traffic analysis done by the state’s team was “performed in a professional manner.” Some community and Design Advisory Group (DAG) members are...

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Wine and beer store to debut

July 6, 2012
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Streetcar Wine & Beer, a new store focused on higher-end products from small producers, will hold its grand opening on July 14. Michael Dupuy, owner of the store at 488 Centre St. at the corner of Kingsboro Park, said the starting inventory will include an emphasis on “Old World” wines from such places as...

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BPS program provides summer meals for youths

July 6, 2012
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The Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) Summer Food Service Program is once again offering free breakfast and lunch to youngsters this summer. “It’s a great program that kids don’t have to be signed up for,” said Debra Korzec-Ramirez, the nutrition education coordinator for BPS and a JP resident. “They just go in and get the...

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Three lots in JP to remain open space

July 6, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—Three City-owned lots on Dalrymple and Boylston streets in Jamaica Plain will likely remain open space, according to Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) Director Evelyn Friedman. “The overwhelming response was for the sites to be used as open space,” Friedman said of the reaction at a community meeting held June 21 on proposals...

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JPNDC program helps out low-income families

July 6, 2012
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With many families still suffering effects from the Great Recession, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) is rolling out the Family Prosperity Initiative, a program aimed at teaching families how to manage their finances. “There are a lot of JP families who are low-income and struggling,” said Anna Waldron, director of programs for...

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Q Salon opens doors

July 6, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—Q Salon opened its doors in late May at 676 Centre St., the space formerly occupied by Jamaicaway Books. Q Salon, named after owner Jennifer Lydon’s middle name and grandmother’s maiden name, Quinlan—“We were very close,” she said—is currently offering hair services. Nail services are expected to start next week and spa services...

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BPL surveys parents for kids’ program

July 6, 2012
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Having surveyed city youths about what they would like to see in a new after-school program, the Boston Public Library (BPL) is moving on to collect their parents’ and caregivers’ input through an online survey. “This is our current phase,” said BPL spokesperson Gina Perille. “It covers a couple of key areas of input.”...

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