Wake Up the Earth

May 9, 2014
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Serah Holley of JP shows off her costume on stilts. (Photo by Stacey Rupolo)

The truly official arrival of spring in Jamaica Plain is the annual Wake Up the Earth Parade and Festival, sponsored by Spontaneous Celebrations, which made its 35th appearance May 3. These are some images taken during the Monument Square parade, one of three separate parades that met at the festival grounds on the Southwest...

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WIT students create Stonybrook master plan

May 9, 2014
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An illustration suggesting how pedestrians and diners might enjoy the exposed Stony Brook in the master plan. (Courtesy Image)

Hypothetical master plans for the Stonybrook neighborhood area and the Arborway Yard site—featuring dense buildings, plazas and a rebirth of the buried Stony Brook—were created by Wentworth Institute of Technology students this year. The plans were a final group project in the design studio class for fourth-year architecture students. The nature of the class...

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Investigación revela los afectos del aburguesamiento

May 9, 2014
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Un tesis doctoral de 2012, escrito por la residente de JP Jen Douglas, destaca el impacto del aburguesamiento en Hyde Square y posibles remedios para frenar el proceso. El tesis de Douglas es citado en el próximo estudio sobre el impacto de Whole Foods Market en las demográficas de Hyde Square, como ya se...

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Casey project to begin prep this fall

May 9, 2014
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The as-yet unselected contractor for the Casey Arborway project is expected to begin site preparation work early this fall and demolition is expected to begin over the winter. The completion of the project, which will replace the 50-year-old Casey Overpass with a six- to eight-lane surface road, is still expected to take place by...

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Controversial house projects to get more local input

May 9, 2014
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Proponents of two controversial construction projects announced at the April 16 Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee meeting that they would postpone their hearings with the City Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) to consult further with the community. The project at 266 Lamartine St., proposed to raze an existing building and erect a new,...

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Wu holds roundtable for small businesses

May 9, 2014
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At-Large City Councilor Michelle Wu held a roundtable discussion for small-business owners May 1 in Jamaica Plain, where complaints were launched about a complex licensing process and burdensome inspections, according to a recap provided by Wu spokesperson Henry Cohen. About 20 small businesses, including owners of restaurants, art businesses and tech startups, attended the...

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Classic Cleaners sold

May 9, 2014
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Classic Cleaners sold

After 61 years of keeping JP’s shirts clean and trousers pressed, the family-owned Classic Cleaners at 650 Centre St. has been sold. The last day the local Pavone family operated the cleaners was May 3. The new owners, the Hong family, own other cleaners in the area, including some in Brookline and Ideal Cleaners...

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DCR willing to consider bus yard move

May 9, 2014
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By Rebeca Oliveira and Peter Shanley/Gazette Staff A proposed plan to relocate the as-yet-unfunded permanent MBTA bus maintenance yard from its 500 Arborway site to an alternate location at 415 American Legion Highway would have the “full cooperation” of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the site’s owner. Earlier this year, JP...

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Egleston association regroups

May 9, 2014
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The Egleston Square Neighborhood Association (ESNA) is regrouping after being dormant for several years, according to a press release. “ESNA had been inactive for many years, but with the ever-pressing need to improve the quality of life in the Egleston Square neighborhood, neighbors need and want a vehicle to express their issues and concerns...

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Home Visit

May 9, 2014
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Home Visit

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Boston Shines cleanup slated for May 17

May 9, 2014
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The annual Boston Shines neighborhood cleanup event returns to Jamaica Plain on Sat., May 17. The City-organized event provides tools and guidance to volunteers cleaning up litter and tending green space around JP. The citywide event started in JP and is still sometimes locally known as the JP Spring Cleanup. Boston Shines runs 9...

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Zoo volunteers plant organic garden

May 9, 2014
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Zoo volunteers plant organic garden

Franklin Park Zoo is planting an organic garden of produce, herbs and other plantings for the zoo’s animals to eat and play with. Harry Liggett, the zoo’s manager of horticulture and grounds, told the Gazette that this year’s plantings will include buckwheat, Swiss chard, basil, corn, turnip, pumpkins and others. The garden will also...

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Local research shows gentrifying forces in JP

May 9, 2014
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A 2012 doctoral dissertation, written by JP resident Jen Douglas, outlined where gentrification is making the greatest impact in Hyde Square and possible tactics for slowing the process. Douglas’s dissertation is cited in a forthcoming study on Whole Foods Market’s impact on Hyde Square demographics, as the Gazette previous reported. The dissertation was for...

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Turkey Time

May 9, 2014
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Turkey Time

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Sights and Sounds, May 9, 2014

May 9, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., May 20 for the May 23 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events JP Bikes Spring Roll, all-ages bike ride through JP, Sat., May 10, meet at 10am, ride 11am, South Street Mall,...

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New music festival coming to JP

May 9, 2014
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If you are a Jamaica Plain resident who is a fan of the musical festival Somerville Porchfest, you soon won’t have to travel out of the neighborhood to enjoy that type of experience. Marie Ghitman and Mindy Fried are organizing the first annual Jamaica Plain Porchfest that will be held on porches throughout the...

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HSTF gears up for annual run

May 9, 2014
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HSTF gears up for annual run

HYDE SQ.—The Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF), a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of youths, is gearing up for its third annual 5K run/walk on June 7 that promotes healthy living and raises money for the organization. Runners and walkers will have three different routes to pick from that go through the Jamaica...

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Fishing Season

May 9, 2014
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Fishing Season

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JP Agenda, May 9, 2014

May 9, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., May 20 for the May 23 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Boston Police District E-13, Strategic planning: May 15, E-13 Police Station. Police-community relations meeting, Thurs., June 5, 7pm, E-13 Police Station,...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Former JPer starts Rozzie senior group

May 9, 2014
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A former longtime Jamaica Plain resident is creating a Roslindale senior group that seeks to keep aging residents in their home as long as possible. Bill Allan, who has long been involved with senior affairs, lived in JP for more than 30 years before moving to Roslindale, where he began speaking with friends and...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Rozzie to get parklet (eventually)

May 9, 2014
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Roslindale Village is proposed to get a parklet this summer as part of a pilot program, Boston Transportation Department (BTD) Director of Planning Vineet Gupta told the Gazette. A location has not yet been selected, Gupta said. The City is working with Roslindale Village Main Streets (RVMS) on potential locations. A parklet is a...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Adams Park renovation in the works

May 9, 2014
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Roslindale Neighbors: Adams Park renovation in the works

Roslindale’s Adams Park—the triangle formed by Washington, Poplar and South Streets—is undergoing a $208,000 renovation that will include a new performance space, according to Boston Parks and Recreation Department spokesperson Ryan Woods. During the renovation, the Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS) Farmer’s Market, which usually is held at Adams Park, will be moved to...

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Roslindale Neighbors: What’s happening on Main Streets

May 9, 2014
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Christina DiLisio recently reached her first-year anniversary as executive director of the Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS), a business promotion organization, and during that time she said she has learned the importance of following up with the many stakeholders in the community. “People really appreciate it,” said DiLisio in a recent Gazette phone interview....

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Roslindale Neighbors: Poets to read in Rozzie

May 9, 2014
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The latest “Rozzie Reads Poetry” event on May 15 will include two featured poets and an open mic. Poet Kenneth Lee is the author of a chapbook, “Cleaning the Attic” (Finishing Line Press, 2010) and two books of poetry, “Sweet Spot” (2012) and “Lake Effect” (2014), both from Antrim House. He has published individual...

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