JP resident leads Boston Baroque orchestra

December 5, 2014
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JP resident leads Boston Baroque orchestra

Lifelong violinist resident Christina Day Martinson suffered a injury that could have ended her career years ago. Instead, that injury is directly responsible for the Jamaica Plain resident’s current position as concertmaster with the Boston Baroque orchestra. Day Martinson started learning the traditional violin at age 4, despite feeling more connected with baroque music...

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Editorial: Thanks to JP’s Olympic protesters

December 5, 2014
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Thanks to the JP activists who have begun sticking up for our parks and all Boston residents against an out-of-control, secret Olympics plan. That they held the first community meeting about a Boston Olympics—and the only one prior to bid submission—speaks volumes about the validity of this scheme. In combination with community reporting by...

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Editorial: JP’s living tradition of activism

December 5, 2014
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It is impressive to see JP continue to be a font of high-profile political activism, with First Baptist Church serving as a home base to the local Black Lives Matter movement, and one of its ministers organizing peaceful demonstration tactics in Ferguson. JP has a long tradition of effective, sometimes historic, activism. That goes...

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Editorial: Shopping local

December 5, 2014
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This is a good season to shop local—and to appreciate what JP has to offer. The variety of unusual and wonderful goods available for local purchase is remarkable, as the Gazette discusses in this issue. And the business community is ever-active, whether it be a holiday decoration contest or shops teaming up to donate...

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Letter: Thanks for Connolly Halloween support

December 5, 2014
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The Connolly Branch Library and the Hyde Square community celebrated their 7th annual Halloween Party and Parade on Oct. 31. Over 100 children and adults enjoyed a costume party with food and fun activities at the library, before parading through Hyde Square and ending at the Blessed Sacrament Plaza. There, the Hyde Square Task...

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Op-Ed: A gentrifier’s guide to being a good neighbor

December 5, 2014
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By Susan Naimark The super-hot housing market in Jamaica Plain is a scourge to some and a goldmine to others.  If you’ve been around the neighborhood long enough, you know this isn’t the first round of gentrification, but the latest in a series of heat waves in the local real estate market. With condos...

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Letter: There’s no money for those JP T fixes

December 5, 2014
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It is all very well and good to ask for more service on the MBTA Route 38. (“JP Observer: Two for T: JP needs better service from The Ride and 38 bus,” Nov. 21.) The MBTA does not have enough money to maintain the current fleet. The voters in their infinite wisdom voted against...

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JP nonprofit leader wins fellowship

December 5, 2014
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JP nonprofit leader wins fellowship

Wayne Ysaguirre, the president and CEO of the early-education nonprofit Nurtury and a Jamaica Plain resident, has been awarded a fellowship from the Barr Foundation. It is Ysaguirre’s fourth time being named to the fellowship program since 2005. Formerly known as Associated Early Care and Development, his South End-based organization changed its name this...

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Pathway to Success

December 5, 2014
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Pathway to Success

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On the Police Beat, Nov. 16-30, 2014

December 5, 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. Nov. 30: Cornelia Makris of JP charged with assault and battery, 66 Orchard St.; assault and battery, 27...

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JP activists hold anti-Olympics protest meeting

November 25, 2014
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JP activists held a meeting last night to organize protests against Boston’s 2024 Olympics bid, drawing more than 50 people. The meeting was triggered by Gazette reports that the bid includes Franklin Park, a choice made without public input. It was the city’s first community meeting of any kind about the Olympic bid. An...

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Local activists to host anti-Olympics meeting Monday

November 21, 2014
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Local activists will hold a public meeting on Monday for those interested in opposing Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, which proposes using Franklin Park for horse and pentathlon events. Organized by veterans of such movements as Black Lives Matter and Occupy Boston, the meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov....

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Car lot redevelopment approved

November 21, 2014
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An illustration of the new building planned at Washington and McBride streets. (Courtesy Image)

STONYBROOK—A massive mixed-use development of the former Flanagan & Seaton Motor Car Company on Washington Street was approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) last week. The project at 3521-3529 Washington St. will include a four- to five-story multi-use building at the corner of Washington and McBride streets. The ground floor is planned to...

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JP minister trains Ferguson protesters

November 21, 2014
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JP minister trains Ferguson protesters

A Jamaica Plain minister has been training protesters in non-violent civil disobedience in Ferguson, Mo., in preparation for the grand jury decision on whether to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black youth, three months ago. “I’ve been heartened by a new generation of young leaders… disappointed in our...

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Franklin Park added to Olympics bid without local input

November 21, 2014
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Franklin Park has been added to the venue list for Boston’s 2024 Summer Olympics bid without any public input or notice. The plan—created by a private committee called Boston 2024—proposes building equestrian event facilities in the park, and rebuilding White Stadium to host the pentathlon. While the plan could change, the bidding process begins...

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Baroque Master

November 21, 2014
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Baroque Master

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Aprueban la renovación de lote vacío

November 21, 2014
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STONYBROOK— La renovación de un departamento inmenso multiuso antiguamente de Flanagan & Seaton Motor Car Company en Washington Street fue aprobado por el Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) la semana pasada. El proyecto en 3521-3529 Washington St. incluirá un edificio multiuso de cuatro o cinco pisos en la esquina de las calles Washington y McBride....

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BRA: Washington St. development needs more work

November 21, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has told the developer of a project along Washington and Green streets to go back to the “drawing board” in the face of community concerns. The proposal by developer Walter Craven calls for two buildings at 3371-3375 Washington St. and 197-201 Green St. that would have four commercial spaces,...

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Arsonist now blamed for entire JP fire spree

November 21, 2014
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A Dorchester arsonist currently in federal prison for setting four fires, including one in Jamaica Plain, is now blamed by investigators for an entire nine-blaze arson spree that terrorized JP from 2005 to 2009. That allegedly includes the notorious—and long unsolved—2005 firebombing of Hyde Square’s popular El Oriental de Cuba restaurant, a crime that...

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Casey demo to begin this winter

November 21, 2014
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Demolition and construction on the Casey Arborway project is expected to begin this winter, following the state Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) vote to approve Barletta Heavy Division Corp.’s bid for the $60 million project. The “Notice To Proceed,” a document that is issued after the contractor’s plan is approved, will likely be issued in...

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Musical Party

November 21, 2014
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Musical Party

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JP Observer: Two for T: JP needs better service from The Ride and 38 bus

November 21, 2014
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The Ride less taken A local woman noticed that the driver of a familiar looking car labeled “The Ride” had been honking for awhile this past August, so she went out that afternoon to check. The Ride, according to its operator, the MBTA, “provides door-to-door, shared ride transportation to eligible people who cannot use...

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JP poet publishes collection

November 21, 2014
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JP poet publishes collection

Jamaica Pond Poets member and Gazette columnist Sandra Storey published her first collection of poems this month. The 114-page book, titled “Every State Has Its Own Light,” welcomes interactive interpretations, Storey said. “I invite people to join the creative process by writing the name of a state, geographical or otherwise, and describing its light...

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Coffee shop agrees to community benefits

November 21, 2014
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Coffee shop agrees to community benefits

Caffè Nero, a U.K.-based coffee franchise opening a location on Centre Street, has committed to to a “Good Community Business” agreement with the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, according to Michael Reiskind of the JPNC and the Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association. The agreement states that Caffè Nero will: participate in local JP businesses groups,...

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