JP Observer: Historic arts school celebrates decade of progress; honors three leaders

May 26, 2017
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JP Observer: Historic arts school celebrates decade of progress; honors three leaders

The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts has seen dramatic, positive change in the past ten years. A celebration of that progress and three Jamaica Plain residents who were key to building the programs and stability of the local nonprofit took place last month at a supporter’s home in JP. Long-time board members...

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Sights and Sounds, May 26, 2017

May 26, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. June 6 for the June 9 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events Komera Global Run Boston, a global movement of people around the world coming together to move in support of girls’...

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Jamaica Plain Branch Library reopens after renovation

May 26, 2017
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After years of planning and advocacy, the renovated Jamaica Plain Branch Library opened on May 20 with a big turnout and symbolic ribbon cutting by Mayor Martin Walsh, according to Gretchen Grozier, co-chair of the board of Friends of Jamaica Plain Branch Library. The $10 million renovation updated the library to have 20 percent...

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BPDA board approves 5 McBride St. affordable-housing agreement

May 26, 2017
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The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board during its May 11 meeting approved an affordable-housing agreement with the developer of the 5 McBride St. project, according to BPDA spokesperson Bonnie McGilpin. Developer Stephen Ballas has plans for an 11-unit, mixed-use project at 5 McBride St., the former home of the popular Irish bar...

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FPC picks interim leader

May 26, 2017
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Jamaica Plain resident Samantha Wechsler has been selected as interim executive director of the Franklin Park Coalition (FPC), according to FPC board member Mike Carpentier. Wechsler takes over for former director Corey Allen. FPC is a nonprofit group that helps maintain the park. “The Franklin Park Coalition is excited to welcome Samantha Wechsler as...

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Invitacion, May 26, 2017

May 26, 2017
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Plazo para calendario de eventos: 6 de junio para la edición del 9 de junio. Mande eventos a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Código de área es 617, a menos que haya otro. Reuniones The Jamaica Pond Association, reunión mensual, Jamaicaway Tower, 111 Perkins Street, Jamaica Plain, lunes, 5 jun, 7-9pm. Abierta al público. Estacionamiento limitado.          Reunión comunitaria...

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Self Esteem Boston receives grant money

May 26, 2017
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Self Esteem Boston, a Jamaica Plain-based organization, is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through the Cummings Foundation’s “100K for 100” program, according to a press release. Self Esteem Boston is an agency whose primary purpose is to teach self-esteem skills to the homeless, substance abusers, victims of domestic...

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One community meeting closer to Olmsted Park restoration

May 26, 2017
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Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) held a community meeting on May 10 to hear ideas for improvements that park-goers have about Olmsted Park, and to collect feedback about which of three potential options might be the best allocation of the $575,000 restoration budget. With a low turnout of just eight residents, there was...

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VISUAL ART EXHIBIT

May 26, 2017
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VISUAL ART EXHIBIT

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EL BARRIO

May 26, 2017
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EL BARRIO

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“Rock for All” Fundraiser

May 26, 2017
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“Rock for All” Fundraiser

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Zoning review for Plan: JP/Rox has not started

May 26, 2017
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The zoning review for the Plan: JP/Rox study has not started and might be a while before the first meeting takes place, according to Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) spokesperson Bonnie McGilpin. The BPDA board approved the controversial plan by a 4-1 vote in March. The Zoning Commission must now approve the zoning...

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JP Agenda, May 26, 2017

May 26, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. June 6 for the June 9 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JP Problem Properties Committee, first Wednesday of the month, 10:30am, E-13 Police Station Community Room, 3347 Washington St. Info: Liana Poston,...

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Letters:

May 26, 2017
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Racism is a headache A few weeks back in the Jamaica Plain Gazette, a reader wrote a letter stating that “racism is our limp.” Interesting metaphor but I see racism not as a limp but as a headache. We often spend to much time in our heads apparently in pain over a previous incident...

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Op-Ed: Celebrating the opening of the JP Library

May 26, 2017
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By Mayor Martin Walsh In September 2015, work began: we broke ground on a renovation to the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library, a $10 million renovation that aimed to revitalize this community space, and ensure Jamaica Plain has a new, innovative library for residents to gather. I’m so proud to announce...

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Op-ed: House passes balanced budget

May 26, 2017
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By Local State Rep. Liz Malia At the end of April, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a $40.4 billion FY18 budget. The spending bill protects vulnerable residents through investments in early education and care (EEC), higher education, mental health and substance use disorder initiatives, trauma prevention and intervention, homelessness programs, developmental disability services,...

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Affordable housing, racial justice discussed at State of Our Neighborhood

May 12, 2017
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The 7th annual State of Our Neighborhood event was held on April 27 at the Curley K-8 School where topics discussed ranged from affordable housing to racial justice. The event was sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), as well as other local organizations. “We started the State of the Neighborhood events...

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ZBA approves variances for 3353 Washington St. project despite opposition

May 12, 2017
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Despite opposition, the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) during a May 9 hearing approved variances for Mordechai Levin’s 3353 Washington St. project. As part of the project, two existing buildings will be demolished and five parcels of land will be combined into one. The project needed several variances, including for exceeding height limit...

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Friends of the Library

May 12, 2017
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Parkman/Perkins improvement project clears key hurdle

May 12, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Special to the Gazette The long-awaited improvement project at the intersection of Francis Parkman Drive and Perkins Street cleared a key hurdle last month as the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) approved the proposal. The Parkman/Perkins proposal is part of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation Department (DCR) parkway improvement project....

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Evento anual explora la justicia racial, vivienda económica y otros asuntos

May 12, 2017
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El 27 de abril, la escuela Curley presentó el séptimo anual Estado del Vecindario donde los residentes de Jamaica Plain podían compartir ideas sobre asuntos sociales como la vivienda económica y la justica racial. El evento fue organizado por Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) junto con otras organizaciones locales. “Iniciamos el Estado del...

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Renovated library equipped for hearing aide system

May 12, 2017
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The renovated Jamaica Plain Branch Library will have a technology called a looping system to help those with hearing loss, according to Susan Jacoby, a member of the Hearing Loss Association of America-Boston Chapter, which is the group that helped get the system installed. A dedication of the new looping system will be held...

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Sights and Sounds, May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. May 23 for the May 26 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events Wake up the Earth, festival has been rescheduled for Sat. May 13. Parade starts at 10:30 at Curtis Hall. Sweet...

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No decision on DCR’s dog park

May 12, 2017
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has not made a decision about its proposal for a dog park in the Southwest Corridor Park, according spokesperson Mark Steffen. DCR held a public meeting on April 5 to propose building an off-leash dog park within the Southwest Corridor Park near Anson Street. The plan...

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