JPNDC brainstorms for affordable Heath St. project

November 21, 2014
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JACKSON SQ.—Community members helped to brainstorm ideas for an affordable rental housing project proposed for 10 City-owned parcels along Heath Street at a Nov. 12 meeting organized by two nonprofit developers. The Back of the Hill Community Development Corporation (BOTH CDC) and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) will bid on 10 City-owned...

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Ex-councilor Tobin tells Menino anecdotes

November 21, 2014
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Following former Mayor Thomas Menino’s death on Oct. 30, former City Councilor John Tobin, now a Northeastern University vice president for community relations, posted several personal anecdotes about Menino on his Facebook page. Tobin represented Jamaica Plain on the City Council from 2002 to 2010 and got to know Menino well. His detailed, often...

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Driver in Arborway crash heads to trial

November 21, 2014
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Nikolas Papadopoulos, a 19-year-old West Roxbury resident who caused a two-vehicle crash on the Arborway last year that sent six people to the hospital, will go to trial in March to face a charge of negligent operation of a motor vehicle, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s (DA) Office. The trial will be...

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JP Agenda, Nov. 21, 2014

November 21, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Dec. 2 for the Dec. 5 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Zoning Board of Appeals, City Hall, room 801. Tues., Nov. 25, 9:30am: 54-56 Iffley Road (construction of new mud room), 222-224...

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Soccer MVP

November 21, 2014
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Soccer MVP

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Sights and Sounds, Nov. 21, 2014

November 21, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Nov. 18 for the Nov. 21 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Showa Japanese culture festival, Sun., Nov. 23, 1-5pm, 420 Pond St. Info: showaboston.org. Bromley-Heath Fall Festival, hosted by state Rep....

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BLC director among 8 City managers forced out

November 21, 2014
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The City has ended the employment of eight high-ranking managers, including Boston Landmarks Commission Executive Director (BLC) Ellen Lipsey, a Jamaica Plain resident, according to Mayor’s Office spokesperson Kate Norton. The Boston Globe first reported the action. “As with any administration, there are a number of staff changes that take place at various points....

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Thanksgiving Football

November 21, 2014
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Thanksgiving Football

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Holidays in JP: Holiday tree-lightings in JP slated for Dec. 6

November 21, 2014
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Two holiday tree-lightings featuring Mayor Martin Walsh will take place in Jamaica Plain on Sat., Dec. 6, according to a City document provided to the Gazette by the Mayor’s Office. The events are being billed as part of the “Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour & Tree Lighting,” featuring music, treats and a visit from Santa....

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Holidays in JP: A Thanksgiving wine suggestion from JP’s Blanchards

November 21, 2014
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Holidays in JP: A Thanksgiving wine suggestion from JP’s Blanchards

Looking for the perfect wine to complement your Thanksgiving dinner? John Paul Kaminga, the wine manager at Jamaica Plain’s Blanchards Wines & Spirits, suggested bringing a lambrusco wine to Thanksgiving dinner this year. “It’s a bubbly, red Italian. It can vary from very, very sweet to bone dry. It’s a very refreshing wine,” he...

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Holidays in JP: Buy a pie, feed those in need

November 21, 2014
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Buy a pie and feed those in need this holiday season. That’s the simple—and delicious—formula for “Pie in the Sky,” the annual holiday fundraiser for the Jamaica Plain-based nonprofit Community Servings. But hurry—tomorrow, Nov. 22, is the last day to place a pie order. Community Servings, located at 18 Marbury Terrace, cooks and delivers...

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Holidays in JP: Secret Recipes: Sara Beth’s Tofu Turkey

November 21, 2014
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The Gazette asked various JP people and institutions to share their favorite holiday recipes. City Feed and Supply at 672 Centre St. and 66a Boylston St. offered the following: Please vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike with this tofu turkey recipe! This tried-and-true recipe was created City Feed’s Sara Beth. All local ingredients listed in the...

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Connolly Halloween

November 21, 2014
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Connolly Halloween

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SW Corridor Park may expand to include new ‘urban wild’

November 21, 2014
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The Southwest Corridor Park (SWCP) will likely be branching out with a new “urban wild” between Forest Hills and McBride Street as the result of a community push and two major housing developments. Following years of negotiations with developers and the community, the urban wilds between the former Hughes Oil site and Flanagan &...

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Franklin Park playground to get renovation

November 21, 2014
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A Franklin Park playground will be renovated next year after the City’s Youth Participatory Budget (YPB) volunteers voted it as their first choice for action, Franklin Park Coalition Director Christine Poff told the Gazette. Located across from Angell Street, the American Legion Highway playground was built when the then-mayor’s wife Angela Menino argued that...

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On the Police Beat, Nov. 2-16, 2014

November 21, 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. 16: Annoying and accosting, 15 Waldren Road; Kellie M. Green of Dracut and Robert Donald Wilson of...

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JP’s tree-killing beetle triggers statewide wood quarantine

November 21, 2014
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The discovery this summer of the tree-killing Emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle has triggered a ban on transporting ash wood. But unlike a previous quarantine for the Asian longhorned beetle, it doesn’t have much local impact, banning only taking the wood across the state line. The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) already...

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Invitacion, Nov. 21, 2014

November 21, 2014
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 2 de diciembre al mediodía para la publicación del 5 de diciembre. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marque el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Zoning Board of Appeals, City Hall, sala 801, martes, 25 noviembre, 9:30am: 54-56 Iffley Road (construcción de una...

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Centre/South Main Streets remains leaderless

November 21, 2014
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Jamaica Plain’s Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), a business promotion organization that has had past problems, remains leaderless a month after former executive director Andrew Zarro left the organization. CSMS ran into a tumultuous period from late 2012 and to the beginning of last year, when the organization saw a change of leadership and had...

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Change-Makers

November 21, 2014
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Change-Makers

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Coakley won JP handily in governor election

November 21, 2014
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Republican Charlie Baker eked out a victory over Democrat Martha Coakley and three other challengers during the Nov. 4 general election, but in Jamaica Plain the results were a bit different. JP voters went overwhelmingly for Coakley, while also bucking the statewide trend on several of the ballot questions. Coakley garnered a commanding 81...

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Editorial: Say no to Olympics park-jacking

November 21, 2014
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The secretive, private committee of tycoons and special interests behind Boston’s 2024 Summer Olympics bid has committed Franklin Park—and the surrounding Jamaica Plain area—to serving as a heavily impacted venue with no local input whatsoever. That is no accident or oversight. It is the well-considered, cynical tactic of the land-grabbing gentrification and privatization scheme...

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Letter: JP Local First urges local holiday shopping

November 21, 2014
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We are fortunate in Jamaica Plain to be able to purchase a terrific cup of coffee, a useful tool for cooking a meal, a gift for a friend’s new baby, or a wholesome loaf of bread for dinner—all from locally-owned, independent businesses whose shop owners care about our neighborhood and are invested in our...

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JP Branch renovation plan continues to tweak

November 21, 2014
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Renovation plans for the Jamaica Plain Branch Library were tweaked further at a Nov. 12 meeting. The latest plan for the 12 Sedgwick St. library showed a smaller reading porch than previously shown, though the Boston Public Library (BPL) and the architects are “hopeful as the design progresses, the full size will be brought...

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