Obituary: Ángel Amy Moreno, educator and artist

August 29, 2014
By
Obituary: Ángel Amy Moreno, educator and artist

An important figure in Boston Latino and Hispanic culture and education, Dr. Ángel Amy Moreno, 69, died on Aug. 20 of cancer at his home in Jamaica Plain. He was one of the first Puerto Ricans to sit on the Boston School Committee, a professor at Roxbury Community College for 30 years, and a...

Read more »

Editorial: Remembering JP activists

August 29, 2014
By

Jamaica Plain has lost two of the people who embodied and helped create what “Jamaica Plain” means today. Carlos Icaza was a classic JP community activist, working both in high-profile leadership positions and behind the scenes to improve the neighborhood for more than 35 years. Dr. Ángel Amy Moreno was among the many people...

Read more »

Editorial: JP’s great festivals

August 29, 2014
By

The JP Music Festival returns next week for its fourth year. It’s a great grassroots event that reminds us how deeply diverse, talented and creative the JP music scene is. It joins the Wake Up the Earth Festival, JP Open Studios and the Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade as among JP’s trademark community and artistic...

Read more »

Letter: Tolman’s policies and record reasons to vote for him

August 29, 2014
By

I am writing to voice my support for Warren Tolman in his campaign to secure the Democratic nomination to become the next Massachusetts attorney general. For the past two decades Warren has worked tirelessly to fight for working families across the Commonwealth. I first became a Warren Tolman fan during his time in the...

Read more »

Letter: Why Tolman is the right nominee for AG’s Office

August 29, 2014
By

In the race for attorney general, Warren Tolman stands out to me as the right choice, and the reason is simple: he will maximize the potential of the office by standing up and fighting for the people of the Commonwealth. So, how is the office’s potential maximized? Through leadership—a trait that is nothing short...

Read more »

On the Police Beat, Aug. 10-17, 2014

August 29, 2014
By

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. Aug. 17: Cameron Nichol Bullard of JP charged with operating under influence-alcohol, 175 Green St.; threats, 545 Centre...

Read more »

Obituary: Ángel Amy Moreno, educator and artist

August 25, 2014
By
Obituary: Ángel Amy Moreno, educator and artist

An important figure in Boston Latino and Hispanic culture and education, Dr. Ángel Amy Moreno, 69, died on Aug. 20 of cancer at his home in Jamaica Plain. He was one of the first Puerto Ricans to sit on the Boston School Committee, a professor at Roxbury Community College for 30 years, and a...

Read more »

West Roxbury man dies in JP truck accident

August 20, 2014
By

The State Police is investigating a truck accident on Morton Street near the rotary in Jamaica Plain that killed a West Roxbury man Monday night, according to mspnews.org. A preliminary investigation by the State Police has found that a truck traveling eastbound on Morton Street swerved off the road around 10 p.m. and came...

Read more »

Obituary: Carlos B. Icaza, community organizer

August 19, 2014
By

Carlos B. Icaza, of Jamaica Plain, died August 16, 2014. Beloved husband of Shelley Norton Icaza and best Poppy of Elizabeth Icaza (Giovanni) Poles.  Carlos is survived by Shelley and Elizabeth, his brothers David H. (Jean) Icaza and Peter S. (Mony) Icaza; nephews Jimmy, Robby, Michael, Ethan and Eric; and nieces Melissa and Erinn....

Read more »

Library plan would have more glass, fewer books

August 15, 2014
By
Library plan would have more glass, fewer books

An advanced renovation plan of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library at 12 Sedgwick St., revealed at an Aug. 15 meeting, would add flexible space, but also reduce the book collection. The proposed addition of a computer bar and reading room would create a new entrance facing South Street and give a “civic presence” to...

Read more »

Cool Summer

August 15, 2014
By
Cool Summer

Read more »

BRA chief pledges transparency

August 15, 2014
By

The Boston Redevelopment Authority’s acting director pledged more transparency on some of the agency’s locally controversial issues in a recent Gazette interview. Brian Golden is helming the quasi-public economic development and planning agency during a top-to-bottom review ordered by new Mayor Martin Walsh. A recent audit found various management problems, and that’s only the...

Read more »

To rent Curley House, know a secret and skip caterers

August 15, 2014
By
To rent Curley House, know a secret and skip caterers

The City-owned historic home of legendary Boston politician James Michael Curley at 350 Jamaicaway, now sitting empty, is technically available for event rentals. But even finding that out—let alone reserving a spot—is no easy feat, the Gazette has found. Unlike other major City-owned spaces, the Curley House is not advertised as a rentable location...

Read more »

Jóvenes de JP habla de la violencia

August 15, 2014
By

Una serie de tiroteos – uno de ellos fatal – en Jamaica Plain ha provocado la inquietud de la comunidad, incluso en una reunión organizada por el Consejero Municipal Matt O’Malley. Aunque los oficiales y los investigadores de la policía han contribuido sus opiniones sobre el asunto de la delincuencia callejera, los jóvenes locales...

Read more »

Historic house teardown to move ahead

August 15, 2014
By

Neighbors and the developer of a controversial residential project proposed at 57 Wachusett St. have reached a resolution, according to Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA) Executive Director Greg Galer. The developer, Stephen Ballas, plans to demolish a 115-year-old Victorian house at 57 Wachusett St. and replace it with eight townhomes in three new buildings. The...

Read more »

Report: Health care dominates JP economy

August 15, 2014
By

Jamaica Plain’s business community is dominated by the health care and social assistance industry, mirroring the city as a whole, according to a new business report by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The BRA report, which is called “Boston’s Neighborhood Business Patterns” and was released earlier this month, shows that about 58 percent of...

Read more »

Sights and Sounds, Aug. 15, 2014

August 15, 2014
By

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Aug. 26 for the Aug. 29 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Neighborhood Peace Rally, organized by JPNDC & Merchant Leaders, Sat., Aug. 16, 1-4pm, start at Hyde Square rotary, end at...

Read more »

JP teens talk about gun violence

August 15, 2014
By

A recent rash of shootings—one of them fatal—in Jamaica Plain has stirred community concerns, including a packed meeting hosted by City Councilor Matt O’Malley. While officials and police investigators have weighed in on the issue of street crime, local youths haven’t had a similar forum. The Gazette recently talked with two JP teens at...

Read more »

‘You Spy’ scavenger hunt for Ten Tables dinner

August 15, 2014
By

A new JP photo scavenger hunt is taking place this summer, with the grand prize of dinner for two at Ten Tables up for grabs. Maxfield & Company, a real estate co-op, is sponsoring the ten-week challenge currently underway. John Maxfield told the Gazette that he’s always been fond of “different or weird…unusual marketing...

Read more »

Hyde Sq. speed hump to return

August 15, 2014
By

A speed hump that was removed in Hyde Square last year will be reinstalled this fall, according to Tracey Ganiatsos of the Boston Transportation Department (BTD). Resident Erik Berg recently complained about the removal of the 70 Day St. speed hump, as the Gazette previously reported. The hump was one of several that were...

Read more »

JP Agenda, Aug. 15, 2014

August 15, 2014
By

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Aug. 26 for the Aug. 29 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, 635-4775. Aug. 16, 9:30am: 233 Pond St. (erect an enclosed vestibule in front...

Read more »

Global Girls Advocacy

August 15, 2014
By
Global Girls Advocacy

Read more »

Jackson Sq. development gets funding

August 15, 2014
By

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has received funding for its planed low-income apartment project at 75 Amory Ave. “We have secured the financing for 75 Amory Ave., which means we will start construction in 2015,” said JPNDC spokesperson Sally Swenson in an email to the Gazette. JPNDC, a nonprofit community development corporation,...

Read more »

Obituary: Noah Katz, world traveler and runner

August 15, 2014
By
Obituary: Noah Katz, world traveler and runner

Noah Katz of Jamaica Plain passed away July 31, 2014. Born March 13, 1952 in White Plains, N.Y. Pre-deceased by his loving mother Frances (Wollin) Katz; devoted son of Stanley Katz (and stepmother, Florence). Adored brother of Cima Katz (Gary Tebor). Cherished by his cousins, extended family and friends. Noah spent his adult life...

Read more »