JP police captain: Community policing works

April 25, 2014
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JP police captain: Community policing works

When District E-13 Police Capt. Alfredo Andres joined the Boston Police Department in 1995, he said, there was a culture of cops and robbers. But as he rose in the ranks and the philosophy of community policing began permeating the police force, Andres said he witnessed the benefits of interacting with the community. “I...

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Arborway crosswalk meeting scheduled

April 25, 2014
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A community meeting will be held May 6 to discuss improving the crosswalk on the Arborway near the main entrance of the Arnold Arboretum. The meeting will be hosted by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Arborway Coalition, a local community organization. The hosts will ask for feedback on the...

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Wi-Fi arrives at local parks

April 25, 2014
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Free wireless Internet service is now available at Jamaica Pond Park and part of Franklin Park. The recent installation is part of the City program called “Wicked Free Wi-Fi: Boston’s Public Wireless Network.” The program includes 170 access points throughout the city. “Closing the digital divide and providing free public Wi-Fi in our neighborhoods...

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Sights and Sounds, April 25, 2014

April 25, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., May 6 for the May 9 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League Opening Day Ceremonies, Sat., April 26, parade begins 9am from the Monument, at Daisy Field...

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AIDS Action

April 25, 2014
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AIDS Action

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Match Day School leaving JP

April 25, 2014
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The Match Community Day School, which is a charter public school that first opened in 2011, will soon be leaving Jamaica Plain for a new home on Hyde Park/Mattapan line. The school is currently split in two locations in JP: Kindergarten through grade 2 reside at leased space at 86 Wachusett St., while grades...

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SMART Team joins forces with JRI

April 25, 2014
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Supporting Multi-Need Families with Advocacy, Resources and Tenacity (SMART) Team, a youth services provider based at 34 Arborway in Jamaica Plain, has joined Justice Resource Institute (JRI), gaining the support of JRI’s broad array of trauma-informed services to better serve at-risk youths aged 13 to 24. Founded in 2011, SMART Team provides mental health...

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JP Kids: JP nonprofit targets high-risk kids

April 25, 2014
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JP Kids: JP nonprofit targets high-risk kids

The Friends of the Children-Boston is a Jamaica Plain-based chapter of a national organization that turns its attention to the children who need the most help. “We go into a high-risk community and build mentoring relationships with children,” said Friends-Boston Executive Director Michelle Harrington in a recent Gazette phone interview. Friends-Boston, which is located...

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JP Kids: JP’s Bottom Line gets kids through college

April 25, 2014
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JP Kids: JP’s Bottom Line gets kids through college

Bottom Line, an organization based at 500 Amory St., is helping low-income and first-generation students graduate from college in droves. It’s founded on the belief that students are more likely to succeed in their education when paired with a mentor during their college applications and educations The program can last up to seven years,...

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JP Kids: Italian Home helps troubled children

April 25, 2014
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JP Kids: Italian Home helps troubled children

The Italian Home for Children (IHC), located at 1125 Centre St. for 95 years, helps the kids other organizations can’t. The residential and day-time facility treats severely abused and neglected at-risk children aged 4 to 14. Children who cycle through foster homes, have survived abuse or attempted suicide—the IHC works with troubled kids to...

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JP Kids: Tips for natural baby goods

April 25, 2014
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JP Kids: Tips for natural baby goods

Parents looking for all-natural items for babies can find a one-stop shop at Hatched, located at 5 Green St. in central JP. Hatched owner Liz Vittori Koch recently gave the Gazette her top five product recommendations for new parents. First on her list is a natural sheep skin manufactured by Kaiser Baby in Poland,...

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Musical Comedy

April 25, 2014
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Musical Comedy

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JP Agenda, April 25, 2014

April 25, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., May 6 for the May 9 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Centre/Hyde/Jackson Design Projects community meeting, to discuss design issues such as sidewalk size, crosswalks, landscaping and traffic along Centre and South...

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JP-based site lets fans rate music fests

April 25, 2014
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A Jamaica Plain Internet business called Obfessed has created an online platform that allows attendees of music festivals to rate their experience and have a voice, according to founder Daniel Swain. “Our goal from the beginning has been to give festival fans a voice,” said Swain in an email to the Gazette. “The louder...

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Marathon Doc

April 25, 2014
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Marathon Doc

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New theater company opens in JP

April 25, 2014
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New theater company opens in JP

Jamaica Plain theater enthusiasts are set to have a new option to go to as the Open Theatre Project (OTP) is hosting a series of events at St. John’s Episcopal Church, kicking off with the “Henry and Vanessa Unbound.” The play, which starts today, April 25, is written by former JP resident Howard Zilber....

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Video store finds new home in Egleston Sq.

April 25, 2014
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EGLESTON SQ.—New Video Underground owner Kevin Koppes has found a new home for JP’s video rental store at 3203 Washington St. in Egleston Square. The store’s new doors will open May 15. “We’re very much looking forward to a fresh start in Egleston Square while maintain the connections to JP we’ve enjoyed over the...

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BTU student leads donation drive

April 25, 2014
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BTU student leads donation drive

With her five-member team seated around her, Boston Teacher Union (BTU) School eighth-grader Anne Jean had nothing but praise for her fellow students for helping her food-and-clothing drive for the nonprofit Cradles to Crayons. “I think everyone here is a leader. I didn’t want people who were fooling around,” said Jean during an interview...

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Invitacion, April 25, 2014

April 25, 2014
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es al mediodía, el 6 de mayo para la publicación del 9 de mayo. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Centre/Hyde/Jackson Design Projects reunión comunitara para hablar sobre asuntos de diseño como tamaño de aceras, cruceros, jardinería, y...

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Editorial: Arborway Yard needs light

April 25, 2014
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Whatever minor tweaks or massive changes may eventually come to the Arborway Yard bus facility plan, there is one thing it unquestionably needs: daylight. For too long, a deeply dysfunctional relationship between the MBTA and the Jamaica Plain community has marred Arborway Yard planning with crazy surprises and bloated construction estimates. It’s time for...

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Letter: Thanks for Curley Field support

April 25, 2014
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We asked. And you gave! The Curley K-8 School Playing Field Committee gratefully announces that we have reached our goal! What started as a dream—raise enough funds in one year to transform a 14,000-square-foot, broken-up, unsafe asphalt lot into a safe, outdoor playing field and running track for our 850-plus students—has become reality. We...

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JP Branch renovation budget increases

April 25, 2014
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A long-delayed major renovation to the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL) had its budget unexpectedly boosted to $10 million, pending the City Council’s approval in June, City Councilor Matt O’Malley announced at an April 9 meeting to discuss the renovation’s design. The previous budget was set at just under $8.5...

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Room 68 expands to P-town

April 25, 2014
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Room 68 expands to P-town

Room 68, a designer furniture gallery and showroom located at 68 South St., is expanding into a second, much bigger showroom in Provincetown. Co-owners Brent Refsland, also owner of The Hallway Gallery at 66a South St., and Eric Portnoy told the Gazette that the new Cape Cod location, with about 12,000 square feet, is...

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JP start-up brings artisan food to doorstep

April 25, 2014
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A Jamaica Plain-based start-up business called Glenwood Garden is launching an e-commerce online platform that offers artisan food products, while giving a portion of proceeds to nonprofits, according to a press release. The food available includes caramels, teas, jams and spices. Glenwood Garden, which is a for-profit business, is offering a special artisan food...

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