JP Observer: Like buying locally? Support the state business aid budget

April 24, 2015
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Bella Luna, The Blue Nile, Fat Ram’s Pumpkin Tattoo, Mike’s Fitness, El Oriental de Cuba, City Feed and Supply, Xposure by Noél and the Tony Williams Dance Center (home to BalletRox, which produces the Urban Nutcracker)… These are just some of the popular local businesses that the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has...

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Bikes of Spring

April 24, 2015
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Bikes of Spring

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Mayor’s new Olympic planning office raises questions

April 24, 2015
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A new City Office of Olympic Planning has been created by Mayor Martin Walsh to plan and review Boston’s controversial Olympic bid. But the office is already drawing criticism for being funded by the private bidding organization Boston 2024. And the City had no answers for some basic Gazette questions about it, including its...

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Expecting Mom

April 24, 2015
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Expecting Mom

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52 Montebello goes to RFP

April 24, 2015
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EGLESTON SQ.—A request for proposals (RFP) to buy an apartment building and vacant lot at 50-52 Montebello Road was issued by the City last month. The RFP seeks to preserve the lot as open space and have the apartments become affordable homeownership or rental housing. The site includes 50 Montebello Road, totaling approximately 5,625...

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Sights and Sounds, April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., May 5 for the May 8 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special  Interest JP Regan Youth League Opening Day, youth baseball/softball league event, Sat., April 25, 9am parade leaving from Monument; 10am opening...

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JP Agenda, April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., May 5 for the May 8 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNC Forest Hills ad-hoc committee, agenda tbd, Mon., April 27, 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90 South St. Info: jpnc.org. Jamaica Plain Neighborhood...

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Wake Up the Earth Festival returns May 2

April 24, 2015
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The 36th annual Wake Up the Earth Parade and Festival returns to Jamaica Plain on Sat., May 2. One of JP’s biggest annual celebrations, it highlights the neighborhood’s famed artistic and political-activist sides. It is a production of Spontaneous Celebrations, a JP-based festival and youth-programming organization. The celebration begins with two separate parades that...

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Education Thanks

April 24, 2015
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Education Thanks

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Traffic lights turn green in May

April 24, 2015
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The new traffic lights at the intersection of Centre and Burroughs streets should be fully operational in the second week of May, according to Boston Transportation Department spokesperson Tracey Ganiatsos. BTD installed lights at the intersection late last year after conducting a study at the neighborhood’s request, but have not turned them on. The...

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Farewell to Lion

April 24, 2015
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Farewell to Lion

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JP Kids: JP class explores ancient Nubia

April 24, 2015
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Second-graders Anand Koulomzin and Braxton Rocha hold up a Nubian alphabet book. (Courtesy Photo)

Ancient Egypt has received a lot of attention in popular culture, but another kingdom along the Nile—Nubia—has received far less. A class at Jamaica Plain’s Mission Hill K-8 School has attempted to change that through creating a “museum of Nubia.” Ashleigh L’Heureux, who teaches a class of first- and second-graders at the Mission Hill...

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JP Kids: Regan League Opening Day is Sat.

April 24, 2015
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The Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League will hold its 46th annual Opening Day parade and ceremonies on Sat., April 25. Players, coaches and parents with the youth baseball and softball league will begin the parade at 9 a.m. in Monument Square at Centre and South streets. The parade runs up Centre and S. Huntington...

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JP Kids: Kids join in ‘rhyme mob’ at Bromley-Heath

April 24, 2015
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JP Kids: Kids join in ‘rhyme mob’ at Bromley-Heath

Parents and children did not let the rainy weather dampen their spirits, as they came out in numbers for a “Flash Rhyme Mob” event at the Bromley-Heath housing development on April 17. About 60 children between the ages of 3 and 5 participated in the event, which took place outside the Nurtury Learning Lab...

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JP Kids: BISB hosts History Bee regionals

April 24, 2015
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JP Kids: BISB hosts History Bee regionals

JAMAICA HILLS—The British International School of Boston (BISB) on April 11 hosted the New England regional edition of the National History Bee, an annual history competition that attracts more than 10,000 students from across the country. The National History Bee is an academic competition for elementary and middle school students that tests knowledge of...

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JP Kids: Dance Center launches ballet program

April 24, 2015
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The Tony Williams Dance Center (TWDC) is launching a new ballet program, including a youth ensemble. The new company will debute at TWDC’s Brewery location, 284 Amory St., on May 17. Started in 2000 by Artistic Director and teacher Tony Williams, TWDC is best known for the critically acclaimed annual production of the “Urban...

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Perkins St. pond access plan still in works

April 24, 2015
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PONDSIDE—The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will hold a follow-up community meeting sometime in May or early June to discuss its plan to improve access to the Jamaica Pond at the intersection of Perkins Street and Francis Parkman Drive, according to spokesperson Bill Hickey. DCR held a community meeting in summer of...

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Latina-centered web series raising funds

April 24, 2015
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A new web series, created by and starring Jamaica Plain residents, is currently raising funds for a late summer release. “The Pineapple Diaries,” created by JP native Paloma Valenzuela, who is of Dominican descent, would focus on the lives of three young JP Latinas who are best friends—Maité, Feliz and Catalina—and their next-door neighbor,...

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FPC creating Olympics wish-list

April 24, 2015
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The Franklin Park Coalition (FPC) is requesting community input for a wish-list to send to Olympic bid organizing committee Boston 2024. “We always ask what people what to see in the park,” said FPC Executive Director Christine Poff. “It’s how our agenda is created. Franklin Park could use a good management plan and a...

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On the Police Beat, April 5-19, 2015

April 24, 2015
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The following police incident reports are public records provided by the Community Service Office of the District E-13 Police Station, which is solely responsible for their content. All suspects are innocent unless proven guilty in court. April 19: Armed robbery of residence-firearm, 253 Hyde Park Ave.; vandalism, 212 Boylston St.;vandalism, 33 Bickford St.; Mustafah...

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Invitacion, April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 5 de mayo al mediodía para la publicación del 8 de mayo. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marque el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Comité ad-hoc de JPNC Forest Hills, agenda se anunciará, lunes, 27 abr, 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90 South St....

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Obituary: Colm Bohill, beloved partner at Gazette’s publisher

April 24, 2015
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Obituary: Colm Bohill, beloved partner at Gazette’s publisher

There was never a time when one could not laugh with him, nor a moment that passed when he was short of the perfect word to describe any situation. That’s how friends, family and co-workers most remember Colm Bohill, 69, a long-time partner at the Independent News Group who passed away at Whidden Hospital...

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Forum: JP pricing out all but wealthiest

April 24, 2015
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Want to buy a house in JP? You’ll have to be in the top-5-percent income bracket. That was one of the statistics discussed at the April 9 Jamaica Plain Inequality Forum, where activist organization members addressed housing affordability and low-wage jobs. About 40 people attended the forum, which was held at the Hope Central...

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Editorial: JP’s great kids

April 24, 2015
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Our regular “JP Kids” special section this spring once again shows the creativity of local youths and the grown-ups who support them all around the neighborhood. At the Mission Hill K-8 in central JP, the kids are teaching us about ancient Nubia. At the British School in Jamaica Hills, the kids competed in a...

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