Senior Life: Writing at 72

March 10, 2017
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By Gustaf Berger Special to the Gazette Obsession? Addiction? Within a year of my return to writing, I had lost twenty pounds. Emerging 22 years ago from a dark, drug-fueled period in my life, I began writing and submitting short stories, collecting a bag full of rejections along the way. I didn’t know that...

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Senior Life: Seniors bend into shape

March 10, 2017
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People of all ages trying to stay in shape can draw inspiration from the senior fitness class at Springhouse Senior Living. Kelly Sullivan teaches a class that she calls “Fit Mix,” which is a mixed fitness class for seniors ranging in age from the mid 80s up to 105 years old, with the bulk...

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JPNC to meet with DCR head over parkway project

March 10, 2017
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation Department (DCR) Commissioner Leo Roy is slated to meet with the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) and others to discuss the long-awaited parkway improvement project, according to JPNC Kevin Moloney. The meeting is expected to take place March 8, after the Gazette deadline. The gathering, which is...

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3353 Washington St. project heads to JPNC’s Zoning Committee

March 10, 2017
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Developer Mordechai Levin’s 3353 Washington St. project is set to appear before the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee on March 22, according to the agenda for the meeting. The meeting will take place at 90 South St. at 7 p.m. Levin has proposed an $18 million mixed-use development at the intersection of Washington...

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Hyde Square eatery closes

March 10, 2017
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The Aurum Restaurant, a diner in Hyde Square known for its calzone-like hand pies, has closed, according to a post by owner Matt Virzi on the restaurant’s Facebook page. “I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate your patronage over the last 3 years,” he wrote in the post, “but I have decided...

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Bikes Not Bombs announces new director

March 10, 2017
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The board of directors at Bikes Not Bombs (BNB) have selected Elijah Evans to serve as the organization’s new executive director, according to a press release. BNB is a Jamaica Plain nonprofit. Evans will start his new position on March 27. Evans has been involved with BNB since he was 14 years old as...

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JP Agenda, March 10, 2017

March 10, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Mar. 21 for the Mar. 24 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Democratic Caucus, Ward 10 Caucus will be at 735 Huntington Ave. in the Levinson multi-purpose room on Sat. Mar. 18 at...

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Invitacion, March 10, 2017

March 10, 2017
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El plazo para el calendario de eventos es 12pm, martes, 21 marzo, para la edición del 24 marzo. Reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Código de área es 617, a menos que haya otro. Reuniones Caucus Democrático, Caucus de la Zona 10, 735 Huntington Ave. En la sala multiusos Levinson, sábado, 18 mar, para elegir delegados y alternos para...

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JPNC gives nod to affordable-housing development

March 10, 2017
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) voted during its Feb. 28 meeting to approve Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC)’s plan to construct a 100 percent affordable development in Jackson Square at 25 Amory St., according to JPNC Chair Kevin Moloney. The project is expected to go before the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals...

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Update on James’s Gate projects

March 10, 2017
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The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) design review staff has signed off on the 14-16 McBride St. project, but is still looking at the 5 McBride St. project, which is the site of the of former James’s Gate bar, according to BPDA spokesperson Bonnie McGilpin. Site work has already begun at 14-16 McBride...

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Preschool opens on South Street

March 10, 2017
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The long vacant retail space that used to be Harvest Co-op is now occupied by Pine Village Preschool. Pine Village Preschool signed a lease for the current location at 57 South St. in the fall of 2015 and opened at the beginning of 2017 after a complete rebuild of the property. The preschool is...

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City seeks to redevelop Mildred. C. Hailey Apartments into a mixed-income property

March 10, 2017
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Boston Housing Authority (BHA), seeking to upgrade and sustain its affordable housing in the midst of federal budget cuts, has issued a request for proposals (RFP) inviting developers to submit proposals to rebuild existing affordable housing while building market-rate units at the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments, a housing development in Jackson Square. “It’s imperative...

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Sights and Sounds, March 10, 2017

March 10, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Mar. 21 for the Mar. 24 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events          Frederick Law Olmsted’s 195th Birthday, April 26, 6-8pm. First Church Unitarian Universalist Jamaica Plain, Eliot and Centre Streets. Wheelchair...

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New online tool for teen summer jobs

March 10, 2017
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City youths can apply for summer jobs with SuccessLink, an online tool recently launched by the City of Boston, according to a press release. Using SuccessLink, teenagers between the ages of 15 and 18 as of Aug. 18, 2017 can register for the summer Youth Employment Program lottery and join civic engagement initiatives designed...

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Op-ed: Don’t drape our iconic public parks in shadows

March 10, 2017
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By Elizabeth Vizza One of the world’s most livable cities, Boston is known for the iconic parks that comprise its heart, providing welcome open space in our urban environment while contributing to the physical and mental well-being of our residents and acting as a tourist hub to support our local economy. Boston Common and...

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Op-Ed: Make your voices heard

March 10, 2017
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By Local State Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez The JP Historical Society is one of my favorite Facebook pages. They have hundreds of photos posted depicting Jamaica Plain from as early as the 1800s. One of the best shows horse drawn buggies crawling along next to the pond – reminding us that JP was once known...

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Letters:

March 10, 2017
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Warren letter ‘over the top’ As I read a letter to the editor from a Jamaica Plain resident, I thought his letter supporting US Sen. Elizabeth Warren for standing up for all the smart voters in the nation was a bit over the top. Really, calling white guys supporting President Trump as “the last gasp...

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JPNC seeks meeting, leadership from governor over parkway project

February 24, 2017
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council has sent a Feb. 13 letter to Gov. Charlie Baker requesting a meeting and asking for his leadership to get the long-awaited parkway improvement project started. The letter, which is written by JPNC Chair Kevin Moloney, criticizes the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Leo Roy for...

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Access, lighting among concerns raised at Franklin Park meeting

February 24, 2017
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Residents mingled at a community meeting on Feb. 16 to share their feelings about what needs to be improved and maintained in Franklin Park as part of the Imagine Boston 2030 planning process. The meeting did not include the traditional presentation from the City and long line of concerned residents waiting to share their...

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YOUTH RALLY

February 24, 2017
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JP civic groups want answers on Centre/South project

February 24, 2017
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Five Jamaica Plain civic groups have signed a letter requesting a meeting with Mayor Martin Walsh and asking that the City fully fund the Centre/South streets improvement project. Asked for comment on the letter and whether the mayor will meet with the groups, the Mayor’s Office replied, “The City values community input and feedback...

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Jóvenes manifiestan por centro de recreo

February 24, 2017
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El día de San Valentín, jóvenes de Jamaica Plain manifestaron por el amor—amor en la forma de recursos comunitarios. El 14 de febrero, miembros de Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) y funcionarios electos manifestaron en el centro de desarrollo juvenil por la construcción del centro de recreo muy esperado en Jackson Square. HSTF es...

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Teachers, students take field trip to Cuba

February 24, 2017
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A group of students and teachers from Margarita Muñiz Academy in Jamaica Plain are currently on a ten-day trip in Cuba where the itinerary includes visiting the family of the school’s namesake. Margarita Muñiz was the former principal of Egleston Square’s Rafael Hernandez School who died in 2011 after a long battle with cancer....

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Grass Fed at Forest Hills closes

February 24, 2017
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Grass Fed’s second location at Forest Hills was shortly lived, and closed suddenly on Jan. 8. It had opened in 2016. Krista Kranyak Chalfin, the owner, said she sold the Forest Hills location because it was too close to the Centre Street location. The other Grass Fed is located about a mile away, at...

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