Holidays in JP: Tree lightings slated for Dec. 5

November 20, 2015
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The “Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour & Tree Lighting” will be coming to Jamaica Plain on Dec. 5, according to a press release. “We are fortunate in the City of Boston to have a community that celebrates its cultural diversity, but also comes together to unite behind common ideals—love of family, friends and community,” said...

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The Midville Majestic

November 20, 2015
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The Midville Majestic

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Holidays in JP: Secret Recipes

November 20, 2015
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Holidays in JP: Secret Recipes

The Gazette every year asks various JP people and institutions to share their favorite holiday recipes. Derek Downs of Whole Foods Market at 413 Centre St. offered the following: I came to Boston five years ago for school (graduated last May) and have lived many places in the metro area, but I’m now residing...

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City introduces new online permitting system

November 20, 2015
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The City’s permitting process might now be just a little bit easier, with the new Boston Permits and Licenses online platform. Mayor Martin Walsh unveiled the platform on Nov. 2, according to a press release. “We are committed to creating a permitting process that is user-friendly, modern and easily accessible to all of our...

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Chris Hoeh honored

November 20, 2015
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Chris Hoeh honored

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Writers for Justice in Palestine

November 20, 2015
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Writers for Justice in Palestine

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DCR extends comment period for parkways improvements

November 20, 2015
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has extended the comment period for the three projects it has presented for improving safety and access for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to the parklands and parkways of the Emerald Necklace in Jamaica Plain. The deadline is now Nov. 30. The projects focus on three different...

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JP resident pleads guilty for Boston Marathon scam

November 20, 2015
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Joanna Leigh, a Jamaica Plain resident, pled guilty Nov. 13 to several charges relating to her falsely claiming to be a victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, which led to her receiving nearly $40,000 in cash and benefits, according to a press release from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s (DA) Office. Leigh admitted...

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Sights and Sounds, Nov. 20, 2015

November 20, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Dec. 1 for the Dec. 4 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events Politics Story Slam at Doyles Café, 3484 Washington St., Sat. Nov. 21, 7:30pm. $10. Info: love2tell2@aol.com. Third Annual Turkey Trot,...

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Obituary: Jesse Zackular, former JP resident, dies

November 20, 2015
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Obituary: Jesse Zackular, former JP resident, dies

Jesse Zackular, a former Jamaica Plain resident, died on Nov. 6. Zackular was born in Malden on July 15, 1974, the son of Patricia (Fitzgerald) Zackular and the late Artie Zackular, Jr. Jesse was a longtime resident of Jamaica Plain. Jesse, also known as Slim Goodbody, was the bass player for the punk mambo...

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Neighborhood deserves better from post office

November 20, 2015
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Jamaica Plain deserves a post office that operates efficiently and timely. For far too long, that has not been the case. The complaints run the gamut—rampant missed deliveries, forcing some people to pay bills late and go without much needed paychecks; receiving other people’s mail; sent mail arriving days late or sometimes never arriving...

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Giving thanks

November 20, 2015
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Thanksgiving Day is almost here. It is a time to gather with those we love, whether that is with family, friends, dogs, cats or just ourselves. Let us give thanks for what we have. If we have much, let us appreciate our fortunes and help those in need. If we have little, let us...

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JP Post Office continues spectacular service

November 20, 2015
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Let’s quit knocking the Jamaica Plain Post Office. I recently mailed a letter to Quincy, and it only took eight days to get there. I mailed an important document to Melrose last year, and it still hasn’t arrived. So things are definitely improving! John Stark Jamaica Plain resident

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Traffic woes at Forest Hills

November 20, 2015
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There is a constant multi-directional traffic jam at the corner of South Street and Arborway. The traffic on South Street (heading toward Rozzie) stops in the well-marked pedestrian crossing zone when the light turns red. Then no one can move in any direction, although the occasional driver will ease forward or back up a...

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Corporal punishment is wrong

November 20, 2015
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My educational resolution to encourage parents to refrain from using corporal punishment (CP) was included in a recent public hearing at the State House. As a psychological researcher, I raise the issue of CP because the evidence is overwhelming that it is harmful, and yet it needs more attention because it is misunderstood and...

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James’s Gate was a ‘third place’

November 20, 2015
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It has now been several months since we were all shocked to learn that the James’s Gate Pub had closed. And the sadness hasn’t lessened. Why is this, we ask? What made this local pub with peeling paint, faded sign, and not-exceptional pub food land into our collective spirit and take hold? Years ago,...

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Essaibi-George, Campbell voted new members on Council

November 6, 2015
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The number of women on the City Council has doubled, as Andrea Campbell beat out longtime District 4 City Councilor Charles Yancey and Annissa Essaibi-George edged out incumbent Stephen Murphy for the last At-Large seat in the Nov. 3 election, according to unofficial City results. In the only other competitive Council race in Jamaica...

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JP resident tapped for a City Urban Mechanic position

November 6, 2015
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JP resident tapped for a City Urban Mechanic position

Sabrina Dorsainvil, a Jamaica Plain resident, was recently hired for the position of civic designer in the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM), which will have her doing innovative research on the issue of affordable housing for the middle class. MONUM is the City’s civic innovation lab that conducts experiments that might offer...

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Residente de JP la nueva “mecánica urbana” de la Ciudad

November 6, 2015
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Sabrina Dorsainvil, una residente de Jamaica Plain, fue contratada últimamente para el puesto de diseñadora cívica en el departamento del alcalde Nuevos Mecánicos Urbanos (MONUM), que hace investigaciones innovadoras sobre la vivienda asequible de la clase medio. MONUM es el laboratorio de innovación cívica de la ciudad que realiza experimentos que pueden ofrecer la...

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Ribbon Cutting

November 6, 2015
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Ribbon Cutting

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Neighborhood group hires attorney over Bicon permit dispute

November 6, 2015
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FOREST HILLS—The Yale Terrace Neighborhood Association has hired a lawyer in the dispute over Bicon Dental Implants’ occupancy permits. Bicon, a 501 Arborway company, has stirred controversy in the area by demolishing a 19th century house at 21 Yale Terrace for a new development. The neighborhood association had tried to stop the company from...

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DCR update on parkways improvements

November 6, 2015
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) recently held a series of meetings on improving safety and access for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to the parklands and parkways of the Emerald Necklace in Jamaica Plain. Below is an update provided to the Gazette in an email by DCR. Perkins Street and Francis Parkman...

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Black Lives Matter

November 6, 2015
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Black Lives Matter

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Q. and A. with author Christopher Irvin

November 6, 2015
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Q. and A. with author Christopher Irvin

Jamaica Plain author Christopher Irvin will soon release his first collection of short stories, “Safe Inside the Violence.” The Gazette conducted a question-and-answer session with him through email about the book. (The session has been edited.) What prompted you to release your first collection of short stories? “Safe Inside the Violence” is compromised of...

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