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Police post signs for fallen officers

May 25, 2012
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Street signs memorializing Boston Police officers killed in the line of duty have popped up at three Jamaica Plain locations as part of a citywide effort. The gray-and-black signs are part of the “Hero Project” to mark spots where officers were killed, according to Boston Police Department (BPD) historian Officer Robert Anthony. All three...

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Brookley Road owners owe $7,000 in taxes

May 25, 2012
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The City of Boston filed a lien against the owners of 101 Brookley Road for over $7,000 in unpaid property taxes in December. The lien could result in the eventual foreclosure of the property, possibly as soon as next month. “We move to foreclose on a property only after we have exhausted all other...

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Senator, Whole Foods duel on fish ban

May 25, 2012
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U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is dueling with Whole Foods Market over the grocer’s policy to stop selling seafood that is not caught in a “sustainable” way. Brown claimed that the move by Whole Foods, which has a store at 413 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain, is based on “political correctness” and will “hurt Massachusetts...

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Councilors’ views of BPS school moves differ

May 25, 2012
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The Boston City Council was slated to decide the fate of the controversial Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) $19 million school-move plan this week. Councilor Mike Ross, who represents Hyde Square, is calling it a “bad plan,” while At-Large Councilor Felix Arroyo is battling an internal conflict on how to vote. “I’m still deliberating within...

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Salon opens, plans seniors-only spinoff

May 25, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—Xposure by Noel is open in its new space at 15 Lamartine St. and has expanded from a salon to a full-service spa. “It’s beautiful here,” said owner Noel Negron, whose business moved from central JP into a new building created by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC). Negron is also planning...

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Hyde/Jackson Main Street missing annual report

May 25, 2012
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Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) is six months late in filing a mandatory annual report with the state Attorney General’s Office. The annual report is required of all nonprofits and includes details of that organization’s assets and officers. “We know we’re required to file and we will,” HJSMS President of the Board...

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Chuck Turner appeal starts

May 25, 2012
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Former City Councilor Chuck Turner, whose district included Egleston Square in Jamaica Plain, began the appeal of his 2010 conviction on charges of public corruption earlier this month. Oral arguments for the federal case were heard on May 9 in district court. “Given the quality of the brief prepared by I think...

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Church getting repaired stone by stone

May 25, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) Scaffolding and removed stones sit around St. John’s Episcopal Church earlier this month.

SUMNER HILL—The historic St. John’s Episcopal Church is undergoing major repairs for “incredible damage” caused by water in its stone walls, according to the chair of the church’s capital campaign. Some exterior walls on the 1880s church at Roanoke Avenue and Revere Street are being taken down stone by stone for repair. The stones...

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JP residents help urban gardens grow

May 25, 2012
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Urban agriculture is blooming in Boston, from backyard vegetable patches to community gardens to for-profit urban farms, and Jamaica Plain residents are involved in nearly all aspects of the boom. From the Mayor’s Urban Agriculture Working Group (UAWG), to Boston’s “Food Czar,” to business owners and backyard beekeepers, JP residents are not afraid to...

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Disney casting director moves to JP

May 25, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Brittany Shapiro.

Leaving her job casting actors for Disney has worked out well for recent Jamaica Plain transplant Brittany Shapiro. After years in Los Angeles, she has just been made director of the Media Performance Institute (MPI) at Boston Casting. “L.A. is such a tough city. There’s a very warm feeling in JP,” Shapiro said in...

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