First Thursday postponed

January 2, 2014
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JP Centre/South Main Streets neighborhood gallery walk, “First Thursday,” has been postponed until next week due to the snow. Originally scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, the event will take place Jan. 9 instead, according to an email sent out today by JP Centre/South Main Streets.

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Judge rules Charlestown council is public body; cites JPNC case

December 31, 2013
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The Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC) is a “public body” that must obey the state Open Meeting Law, a judge ruled last week in a decision issued yesterday. Whether the ruling will affect the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC), which unsuccessfully claimed to be a “municipal board” in another lawsuit this year, and similar councils around the city...

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Eagle Eyed

December 28, 2013
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Eagle Eyed

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Pedestrian killed in Egleston Square

December 26, 2013
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A pedestrian died on Christmas Eve after being hit by a car in Egleston Square. Just after 8 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 24, a woman was hit near Amory Street and Columbus Avenue and taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. Boston Police (BPD) is still investigating the incident....

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Gov. candidates make their pitches in JP

December 20, 2013
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Three Democratic hopefuls to win the Governor’s Office next year spoke and answered questions at a Dec. 4 forum staged at Doyle’s Café by local progressive organizations. Joe Avellone, Donald Berwick and Juliette Kayyem took turns speaking and answering questions at the forum organized by JP Progressives and Jamaica Plain Forum. Avellone, an executive...

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Merry Mayor

December 20, 2013
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Merry Mayor

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JP reflects on Menino’s legacy

December 20, 2013
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JP reflects on Menino’s legacy

By Rebeca Oliveira and Peter Shanley/Gazette Staff When Mayor Thomas Menino leaves office on Jan. 6, he will leave more behind than just his office. His 20 years as mayor have left indelible memories in the hearts of his constituents. Some JP residents shared their thoughts with the Gazette last week. Howard Leibowitz, former Menino...

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Councilor gets district number tattooed on arm

December 20, 2013
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Councilor gets district number tattooed on arm

City Councilor Matt O’Malley decided to mark his dedication to District 6 permanently with a bicep tattoo of the number 6. “I wanted to commemorate the fact that I live in and represent the best place on Earth,” said O’Malley, a Jamaica Plain resident whose District 6 covers most of the neighborhood. “I’ve gotten...

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Candidatos a gobernador en JP

December 20, 2013
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Tres candidatos democráticos a gobernador hablaron y contestaron preguntas el 4 de diciembre en Doyle’s Café en un foro presentado por unas organizaciones locales progresistas. Joe Avellone, Donald Berwick y Juliette Kayyem hablaron en el foro organizado por JP Progressives y Jamaica Plain Forum. Avellone, un ejecutivo de PAREXEL International, una compañía global de...

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The state of S. Huntington development

December 20, 2013
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The latest rendering of “The Serenity,” expected to be completed by 2015. (Illustration Courtesy Prellwitz Chilinski Associates)

S. HUTINGTON—S. Huntington Ave. is about to experience a lot of simultaneous construction now that projects at 105A and 161 have been approved by the City and resolved neighborhood conflicts. The luxury apartments and retail project at 105A S. Huntington Ave., named “The Serenity,” was approved by the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals earlier...

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Sale of Goddard House continues

December 20, 2013
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S. HUNTINGTON—The sale process of the former Goddard House property continues with the building being on the market for almost a year. “We are still evaluating potential buyers,” said Diana Pisciotta, spokesperson for the Goddard House. She told the Gazette to check back next month, but that she does not expect any “news for...

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Walsh transition team talks education

December 20, 2013
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Mayor-elect Marty Walsh’s transition team held a public forum on education in Boston at English High on Dec. 10. The transition team spoke very little, giving almost all of the forum’s time to listening to the input from a nearly full auditorium of community members on topics such as charter schools, support for early...

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Community centers MOU remains unfinished

December 20, 2013
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A new operating agreement between the City and community centers was supposed to be in place long ago, but now it seems likely the document will not be completed before the Menino administration exits. The issue of an agreement between the City and community centers arose after two groups at the Hennigan Community Center...

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JP Observer: A New Year’s wish list for the new mayor

December 20, 2013
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Dear Santa: Here’s what I want for Christmas. Er, no… Dear Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh: Here are a few wishes for Jamaica Plain (and environs) in the new year under your new administration. Please: 1. Keep the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services and Jullieanne Doherty, its Jamaica Plain Coordinator. They are both unique and...

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CSMS holds holiday artist event

December 20, 2013
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JP Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), a business promotion organization, will host its first annual holiday pop-up bazaar at 668 Centre Street, according to Executive Director Andrew Zarro. Zarro said the three-day event will feature local crafts and arts and is “super impromptu.” He said that it will have a “cohesive feel” and the theme...

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Holiday Tree-Lightings

December 20, 2013
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O’Malley backs new ban on smoking in parks

December 20, 2013
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The City Council last month passed legislation that bans smoking in City’s parks. The measure was introduced by Mayor Thomas Menino and steered out of City Councilor Matt O’Malley’s Committee on Government Operations. “I think it is a great idea and a great piece of legislation,” said O’Malley, who lives in and represents Jamaica...

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Local state rep. travels to D.C. to talk health plan

December 20, 2013
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Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez recently traveled to Washington D.C. to speak during the National Conference of State Legislatures about Massachusetts healthcare program in light of the ongoing implementation of the Affordable Healthcare Act. “Massachusetts is at the forefront of healthcare reform,” Sánchez said in a recent Gazette interview. The representative said he focused...

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Sights and Sounds, Dec. 20, 2013

December 20, 2013
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Jan. 14 for the Jan. 17 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events JP Centre/South’s Holiday Pop Up Bazaar, Fri., Dec. 20, 6-9pm, 668 Centre St. Info: 971-8078. Breakfast with Santa at Franklin...

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Tres Gatos to buy Centre Street Cafe

December 20, 2013
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Tres Gatos to buy Centre Street Cafe

The owners of the restaurant and book-and-music store Tres Gatos are closing on a deal to buy Centre Street Café and relaunch it as an Italian restaurant. Tres Gatos owner David Doyle and his business partners decided to buy the restaurant, located at 669A Centre St., once they found out its owner, Felicia Sánchez,...

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Birth Notices

December 20, 2013
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Adina Allen and Jeffrey Kasowitz are pleased to announce the birth of a baby boy, Remez (Remy) Ner Kasowitz, on Nov. 23, 2013 at home in Jamaica Plain. JP parents can send birth announcements to news@jamaicaplaingazette.com.

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JP resident named to Parks Commission

December 20, 2013
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JP resident named to Parks Commission

Jamaica Plain resident Anne Connolly, who recently was named to the Boston Parks and Recreation Commission (BPRC) by Mayor Thomas Menino, grew up in the housing developments of South Boston. Those surroundings afforded little greenery, so her mother often shipped off Connolly and her three younger brothers with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and...

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JP artist preserves Casey Overpass in paintings

December 20, 2013
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"Three Pole Shadow" by Sean McCabe. (Courtesy Photo)

FOREST HILLS—Jamaica Plain resident Sean McCabe is getting inspiration for his art from the impending transformation of the Casey Overpass into the Casey Arborway. A collection of McCabe’s paintings depicting the overpass and the area around it is currently on display at the James’s Gate pub at 5 McBride St. “Aesthetically, many see The...

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JP puppeteer debuts family show

December 20, 2013
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JP puppeteer debuts family show

Jamaica Plain-based puppeteer and performer Bonnie Duncan is performing her first family show, “Squirrel Stole My Underpants,” at the Puppet Showplace Theatre in Brookline later this month. Telling the story of Sylvie, who is sent to hang up the laundry in the backyard before a certain rodent absconds with her favorite piece of clothing,...

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