‘Sustainable economy’ expert to speak

January 31, 2014
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‘Sustainable economy’ expert to speak

  UPDATE: This event has been postponed to April 9 due to a predicted snowstorm. On Feb. 5, the Jamaica Plain Forum will host author Bruce Seifer to explore the components of sustainable economies at the city level. Seifer, advisor to former mayors Bernie Sanders and Peter Clavelle of Burlington, Vt., developed a nationally recognized...

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JPNC Zoning Committee denies residential project

January 31, 2014
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On Wed., Jan. 22, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) Zoning Committee voted to deny support to a nine-unit residential project at 81 Amory St. The Zoning Committee also voted to approve the building of a two-family dwelling at 251 Lamartine St./30-32 Chestnut Square, pending a memorandum of understanding between the neighbors and the...

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New Hyde Sq. diner opens

January 31, 2014
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New Hyde Sq. diner opens

HYDE SQ.—The Aurum Restaurant, a creative diner with artwork-strewn walls that is located at 377 Centre St., was a dream that turned into reality in six weeks. During that time, general manager Andrea Belanger and owner Matt Virzi developed the concept, aesthetic and menu for the diner, which specializes in calzone-type pies. Sitting in...

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JP resident hired at NEFA

January 31, 2014
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JP resident hired at NEFA

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) announced that Meena Malik, a Jamaica Plain resident, has joined the organization as a program coordinator for the National Theater Project. Meena managed all aspects of the 35-member Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston before joining NEFA. She is also a founding member of the Voci...

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Gazette columnist publishes ebook on mayoral race

January 31, 2014
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The cover of “Hizzonnaroo.” (Courtesy Image)

Author Chris Faraone will release an ebook of his Gazette columns covering the 2013 Boston mayoral race on Feb. 4. The book, “Hizzonnaroo: The Fervent Fete and Street Fight to Replace a Boston Patriarch,” compiles all 32 of Faraone’s weekly “Politics as Unusual” columns and about 5,000 words of extra material, he told the...

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Invitación, Jan. 31, 2014

January 31, 2014
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 11 de febrero para la publicación del 14 de febrero. Manda a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Reunión de MassDOT, para hablar sobre la expansión de la plataforma de buses y la consolidación de los...

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JP Agenda, Jan. 31, 2014

January 31, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Feb. 11 for the Feb. 14 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings MassDOT meeting, to discuss expansion of Forest Hills MBTA station upper busway & consolidation of school bus drop-off, Tues. Feb. 4,...

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Election reform backed by Chang-Díaz passes

January 31, 2014
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The state Senate on Jan. 16 passed election-reform legislation that authorizes early voting for state and federal elections and primaries; allows residents to register to vote on Election Day; and creates an online voter registration system, according to a press release. Local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz has pushed for many of the reforms contained...

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Casey meeting on Forest Hills impacts slated for Feb. 4

January 31, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—A community meeting to explain in detail the Casey Arborway project’s expected impact to the Forest Hills area has been scheduled for Feb. 4. Organized by Weld Hill Avenue resident Sarah Buermann, the meeting is expected to cover traffic patterns and circulation, the revised drop-off area and parking concerns for the area. “The...

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New Cuban eatery opens in Hyde Sq.

January 31, 2014
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New Cuban eatery opens in Hyde Sq.

HYDE SQ.—A new Cuban restaurant has opened in the former Tacos El Charro space. The new restaurant, the Old Havana, was opened last month by Juana Tejeda and her husband, a Cuban native, at 349 Centre St. They offer traditional Cuban cuisine, like the nearby El Oriental de Cuba, and a few other dishes...

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Chang-Díaz endorses Berwick for governor

January 31, 2014
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Local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz has endorsed Democrat Don Berwick for governor, according to a press release. She will also serve as the chair of his campaign. Berwick is the founder of the nonprofit Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the former head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Berwick is battling candidates...

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NACA moving out of Forest Hills

January 31, 2014
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The nonprofit Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA) is finalizing a new Boston location after being pushed out of its longtime Washington Street home by a forthcoming housing development. The company was informed its lease would not be renewed this year to make way for the Commons at Forest Hills Station apartment development at...

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Church deal appears ready to close

January 31, 2014
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The deal to have the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) buy the former Blessed Sacrament Church building at 365 Centre St. from Church Square Partners is close to being finished, according to HSTF spokesperson Pat Gray. “We are involved in the process leading up to the closing and plan to close very soon,” said...

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CSMS to host Valentine’s Day bazaar

January 31, 2014
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CSMS to host Valentine’s Day bazaar

JP Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), a business promotion organization, will host its first annual Valentine’s Day pop-up bazaar at 668 Centre St., according to Executive Director Andrew Zarro. Inspired by the “hugely successful” holiday bazaar that, by Zarro’s estimation, put $4,200 into the pockets of some JP women entrepreneurs, the Valentine’s Day bazaar will...

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JP resident makes documentary on torture survivors

January 31, 2014
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JP resident makes documentary on torture survivors

Ben Achtenberg, a longtime Jamaica Plain resident, has created a documentary on survivors of torture and the care they receive in the United States. “Refuge: Caring for Survivors of Torture” was filmed in several locations throughout the country, including in Boston, Minneapolis and Atlanta, and shows interviews with torture survivors as well as their...

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On the Police Beat, Jan. 16-26, 2014

January 31, 2014
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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. Jan. 26: Nelson Morales of JP charged with larceny shoplifting $200 and over, 467 Centre St.; Aboubacar Conde...

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Business group marks 1st anniversary

January 31, 2014
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Locally Owned, an association for independent businesses in Jamaica Plain, is celebrating its first-year anniversary this month and founder Rebecca Allen is deeming the group a success. Allen, who owns the JP-based Infrared5, a video game and software company, said that she has more than 80 people on the association list and that Locally...

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Editorial: Un-ruin the Bear Dens

January 31, 2014
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The Gazette’s further revelations this week about the decaying Bear Dens in Franklin Park underscore the need for action. The lack of historic protection and ownership confusions place the charming structure in danger. But the many good ideas already collected from the public in prior decades point the way to its future. The Bear...

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Editorial: Congratulations to Arredondo

January 31, 2014
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Congratulations to Carlos Arredondo and his new friend, Jeff Bauman, on being invited by the First Lady to the president’s State of the Union speech. Both are heroes of the Boston Marathon bombing in their own rights, and their friendship is a testament to the triumph of good will over cowardly violence. Arredondo, a...

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Editorial: Sen. Chang-Díaz’s good ideas

January 31, 2014
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State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz is promoting some good ideas for voting reform, including early voting provisions and same-day registration. Voting needs to be secure, but too often it is needlessly confusing and inconvenient, involving strange timing and various deadlines. As a fundamental civil right, hurdles toward it should be few and low. The senator,...

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Letter: Thanks to Sen. Warren on Iran stand

January 31, 2014
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As a Massachusetts voter who doesn’t want another war, I am proud that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren spoke out against new sanctions and in support of the first-step nuclear deal with Iran. It is alarming that some in Congress are calling to violate the deal with new sanctions and sabotage this historic diplomatic opening....

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Letter: Parkside historic district needed

January 31, 2014
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Parkside, which was last inventoried (and incompletely so) by the Boston Landmarks Commission 30 years ago, deserves status as a historic district or architectural conservation district. As learned from the Dr. Marie Zakrzewska House tear-down on Peter Parley Road last year, significant historic resources such as the Wellington Kidder House; 18 Robeson St. (with...

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Letter: Thanks to Sen. Chang-Díaz on poverty issues

January 31, 2014
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Our op-ed “Welfare ‘reform’ would only deepen a poverty crisis,” (Jan. 17) did not include our appreciation of the strong advocacy efforts of state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz to combat further undermining of families in need. The Senate had not gone back into session by the by the time we submitted our article. Georgia Mattison,...

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Living Single

January 31, 2014
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Living Single

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