Boston Shines cleanup slated for May 17

May 9, 2014
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The annual Boston Shines neighborhood cleanup event returns to Jamaica Plain on Sat., May 17. The City-organized event provides tools and guidance to volunteers cleaning up litter and tending green space around JP. The citywide event started in JP and is still sometimes locally known as the JP Spring Cleanup. Boston Shines runs 9...

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Zoo volunteers plant organic garden

May 9, 2014
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Zoo volunteers plant organic garden

Franklin Park Zoo is planting an organic garden of produce, herbs and other plantings for the zoo’s animals to eat and play with. Harry Liggett, the zoo’s manager of horticulture and grounds, told the Gazette that this year’s plantings will include buckwheat, Swiss chard, basil, corn, turnip, pumpkins and others. The garden will also...

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Local research shows gentrifying forces in JP

May 9, 2014
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A 2012 doctoral dissertation, written by JP resident Jen Douglas, outlined where gentrification is making the greatest impact in Hyde Square and possible tactics for slowing the process. Douglas’s dissertation is cited in a forthcoming study on Whole Foods Market’s impact on Hyde Square demographics, as the Gazette previous reported. The dissertation was for...

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Turkey Time

May 9, 2014
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Turkey Time

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Sights and Sounds, May 9, 2014

May 9, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., May 20 for the May 23 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events JP Bikes Spring Roll, all-ages bike ride through JP, Sat., May 10, meet at 10am, ride 11am, South Street Mall,...

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New music festival coming to JP

May 9, 2014
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If you are a Jamaica Plain resident who is a fan of the musical festival Somerville Porchfest, you soon won’t have to travel out of the neighborhood to enjoy that type of experience. Marie Ghitman and Mindy Fried are organizing the first annual Jamaica Plain Porchfest that will be held on porches throughout the...

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HSTF gears up for annual run

May 9, 2014
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HSTF gears up for annual run

HYDE SQ.—The Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF), a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of youths, is gearing up for its third annual 5K run/walk on June 7 that promotes healthy living and raises money for the organization. Runners and walkers will have three different routes to pick from that go through the Jamaica...

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Fishing Season

May 9, 2014
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Fishing Season

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JP Agenda, May 9, 2014

May 9, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., May 20 for the May 23 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Boston Police District E-13, Strategic planning: May 15, E-13 Police Station. Police-community relations meeting, Thurs., June 5, 7pm, E-13 Police Station,...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Former JPer starts Rozzie senior group

May 9, 2014
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A former longtime Jamaica Plain resident is creating a Roslindale senior group that seeks to keep aging residents in their home as long as possible. Bill Allan, who has long been involved with senior affairs, lived in JP for more than 30 years before moving to Roslindale, where he began speaking with friends and...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Rozzie to get parklet (eventually)

May 9, 2014
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Roslindale Village is proposed to get a parklet this summer as part of a pilot program, Boston Transportation Department (BTD) Director of Planning Vineet Gupta told the Gazette. A location has not yet been selected, Gupta said. The City is working with Roslindale Village Main Streets (RVMS) on potential locations. A parklet is a...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Adams Park renovation in the works

May 9, 2014
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Roslindale Neighbors: Adams Park renovation in the works

Roslindale’s Adams Park—the triangle formed by Washington, Poplar and South Streets—is undergoing a $208,000 renovation that will include a new performance space, according to Boston Parks and Recreation Department spokesperson Ryan Woods. During the renovation, the Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS) Farmer’s Market, which usually is held at Adams Park, will be moved to...

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Roslindale Neighbors: What’s happening on Main Streets

May 9, 2014
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Christina DiLisio recently reached her first-year anniversary as executive director of the Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS), a business promotion organization, and during that time she said she has learned the importance of following up with the many stakeholders in the community. “People really appreciate it,” said DiLisio in a recent Gazette phone interview....

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Roslindale Neighbors: Poets to read in Rozzie

May 9, 2014
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The latest “Rozzie Reads Poetry” event on May 15 will include two featured poets and an open mic. Poet Kenneth Lee is the author of a chapbook, “Cleaning the Attic” (Finishing Line Press, 2010) and two books of poetry, “Sweet Spot” (2012) and “Lake Effect” (2014), both from Antrim House. He has published individual...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Therapists specialize in post-partum family care

May 9, 2014
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A therapy practice, recently transplanted to Roslindale, specializes in treating the whole family after the birth of a new baby. While it is common for new mothers to suffer from post-partum depression after a birth, psychotherapist Jen Erbe Leggett and her partners at The Legett Group, located at 4238 Washington St., also treat co-parents,...

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Hyde Park Ave. project zoning hearing delayed

May 9, 2014
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The developer City Realty is postponing a zoning hearing on its plan to demolish a Hyde Park Avenue commercial building and replace it with a four-story, mixed-use one. The plan for 38-42 Hyde Park Ave. was slated for a May 9 hearing before the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee. According to a meeting...

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Residents want affordable housing for Heath St.

May 9, 2014
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Residents told the City’s Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) that they support plans for new housing– especially affordable housing—on a group of 10 vacant parcels on Bromley, New Heath and Parker streets. DND Senior Development Officer for Housing John Feuerbach told the Gazette that residents strongly supported housing, especially affordable housing, and possibly a...

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Woman shot in Egleston Sq.

May 9, 2014
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A woman was shot on Walnut Park just after midnight on Sun., April 27, according to the Boston Police Department. She was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital while conscious. Boston Police did not release any information regarding a suspect. There appeared to be ballistic damage to two nearby cars and a cement wall,...

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Gas and sewer work comes to Hyde Sq.

May 9, 2014
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National Grid will be digging up part of Centre Street in Hyde Square starting this week to replace natural gas pipes—a project that will last four to six months. When that work is done, the Boston Water and Sewer Commission will do its own repairs in the same area. The work will affect the...

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Editorial: Updating Hyde and Monument Squares

May 9, 2014
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The Boston Transportation Department’s revival of plans to improve the Hyde Square rotary is good news. The general idea of tightening car lanes and expanding public space will make Hyde Square much safer for pedestrians and create elbow room for local businesses and public art. For these same reasons, BTD should not give up...

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Editorial: Commemorating marriage equality

May 9, 2014
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May 17, 2004 is one of those dates that civil rights activists will remember 100 years from now: the day legal same-sex marriage licenses became available in Massachusetts and for the first time anywhere in the U.S. So it is appropriate that we mark the 10th anniversary as a start. That achievement came because...

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Invitacion, May 9, 2014

May 9, 2014
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 20 de mayo al mediodía para la publicación del 23 de mayo. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Policía de Boston Distrito E-13, Planificación estratégica: 15 mayo, Comisaría de distrito E-13. Reunión sobre las relaciones entre...

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DA seeks JP applicants for Youth Advisory Council

May 9, 2014
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Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley is recruiting young leaders from Jamaica Plain to help staff his Youth Advisory Council, a 21-member body drawn from across the region to provide input on policy, legislation and crime-fighting strategies affecting young people. “Young people today are smarter and more sophisticated than ever before,” Conley said. “They’re...

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On the Police Beat, April 20-May 4, 2014

May 9, 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. May 4: Catherine Gandy of JP charged with assault and battery with dangerous weapon, 125 Amory St.; assault...

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