New schools moving into Agassiz

November 18, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) A worker repairs the roof of the Agassiz School on Nov. 8.

Despite fierce opposition from parents and City Councilor Mike Ross, the Boston School Committee on Nov. 15 approved a Boston Public Schools plan that will have two schools moving into the Agassiz School building at 20 Child St. next year. The plan moves the Mission Hill K-8 School and the new Margarita Muñiz Academy—a...

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Whole Foods gives money, gets reviews

November 18, 2011
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In the two weeks since Whole Foods Market opened at 413 Centre St., it has made a major contribution to a local nonprofit, generated animated responses from local businesses and gotten its first online reviews. On Nov. 15, local nonprofit Community Servings, which provides home-cooked meals for people who are homebound with chronic health...

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$223K to fix Arboretum wall

November 18, 2011
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ARBORWAY—Repairs to a collapsed, historic stone wall in Arnold Arboretum will cost the City at least $223,000 and probably more, according to Boston Parks Department spokesperson Jacque Goddard. “It’s pretty expensive,” Goddard said of the work, which is under way. “We expect that amount may go up.” The 120-year-old stone wall bordering the Arborway...

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City Champs

November 18, 2011
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) The English High School girls volleyball team poses with its city league championship trophy following its Nov. 1 win against O’Bryant. The English team has won the championship for four years in a row.

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Casey team debates bridge vs. no bridge

November 18, 2011
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As decision time looms near, the Casey Overpass replacement team is choosing sides on whether to ask for a replacement bridge or a new street network without a bridge. According to the design team, either option would handle projected traffic increases well, and both would improve on the current street network. Working advisory group...

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Energy upgrades to no longer be free

November 18, 2011
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A program that now offers free energy-efficiency home upgrades will only cover 75 percent of costs next year. MassSave, a state program, will continue to provide free energy assessments, products and services—including energy-efficient light bulbs, low-flow showerheads, heating system inspections and insulation upgrades—for qualified participants. But Renew Boston, the city’s energy-efficiency initiative, will no...

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Study aims to link Orange Line projects

November 18, 2011
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A new study will examine all real estate projects along the MBTA’s Orange Line with the aim of possibly linking their planning and marketing campaigns in a big-picture view. It will include major projects at Jamaica Plain’s Jackson Square and Forest Hills, along with proposals everywhere from Mission Hill’s Roxbury Crossing to Somerville’s Assembly...

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Map shows hyperlocal census info

November 18, 2011
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A remarkable new online map lets people see hyperlocal U.S. Census information about Boston down to individual streets. The “myNeighborhood Census Viewer” will soon include a vast amount of other info, ranging from police districts to the location of libraries, according to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), which created the map. The map requires...

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Local band signs to famous label

November 18, 2011
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Debo Band, a Jamaica Plain-based Ethiopian music group, has signed to an imprint of the famous record label Sub Pop. The nine-piece band inspired by Ethiopian dance music of the 1970s, signed last month with Sub Pop’s international music imprint Next Ambiance. It is currently recording its first full-length album, which it hopes to...

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A rock camp for women

November 18, 2011
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After two years of success with Girls Rock Camp Boston, organizer and JP resident Hilken Mancini is offering the same opportunity to rock for grown-up ladies. Ladies Rock Camp Boston (LRCB) is a condensed version of the girls’ summer camp: campers have three days to learn an instrument, form a band and perform at...

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JP Tunes: New local music

November 18, 2011
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Jamaica Plain musicians recently released the following singles and albums: Aloud, “The Cash and the Pearls” (Lemon Merchant). Allthingsaloud.com. Old New England Weather, “Knew Myths” (self-released). Oldnewenglandweather.bandcamp.com. JP musicians can notify JP Tunes about new releases at news@jamaicaplaingazette.com.

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Bella Luna marks 18th anniversary

November 18, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) (From left) Sarah Morton, Chloe Martin, Rye Gentleman and Erin Kate Ryan get into the 1920s spirit with classic cocktails at Bella Luna’s Bootlegger’s Bash.

BROOKSIDE—The Jamaica Plain landmark Bella Luna restaurant celebrated its 18th birthday on Nov. 11 with a Bootlegger’s Bash, a 1920s-themed party complete with 17-piece band, costumes and Prohibition-era cocktails. “It’s just a way of keeping things fresh, of giving people an excuse to dress up and coming up with drinks and a menu that...

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Taking a Stance

November 18, 2011
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(Photo by Patrice Flesch) JP resident Sara Castaneda of South End Yoga demonstrates yoga at the Occupy Boston protest in Dewey Square downtown on Nov. 1. Castaneda is one of three JP residents who teach at the studio—including owner Patrice Flesch and Mahendran Radhakrishnan—and are offering free weekly yoga instruction to the protesters. “They’re doing the work for us,” Flesch said of the protesters. “We felt like we should be giving something back.”

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IdeAZ: Nos dividieron

November 18, 2011
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Llegó el día que más temían los legisladores. Massachusetts tiene su nuevo  “redistricting map” para adecuarse a la sorpresa que nos dio  el Censo del 2010 obligando a que reduzcamos en uno la presencia de los representantes del estado en el Congreso en Washington. Pasada la época de las discusiones y oposiciones, el martes...

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‘Carol Christmas’ kicks off holiday fun

November 18, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) The cast of the 2009 edition of “A Carol Christmas,” which celebrates its latest incarnation Dec. 2 and 3.

By Rodney Raftery, Special to the Gazette The leaves have almost all fallen. And the evening frost touches the parks and neighborhoods of JP. If you take a stroll down Eliot Street, you can feel that the holidays are almost upon us. And if you walk by The Footlight Club, you may think they’ve...

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Buy a pie, feed those in need

November 18, 2011
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In possibly the largest bake sale in the city’s calendar, Jamaica Plain’s Community Servings is selling Thanksgiving pies to fund its food distribution program, and JP businesses are lending a hand. “Everybody needs a pie at Thanksgiving, everybody needs to feel like they’re connected to their community,” said Tim Leahy, a Community Servings spokesperson....

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Haven hosts James Bond dinner

November 18, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—The Haven will host a James Bond-themed dinner party on Nov. 29 and 30 to mark St. Andrew’s Day, a Scottish holiday. The Scottish restaurant at 2 Perkins St. will show a Bond movie and encourage diners to dress as Bond characters. Owner Jason Waddleton pledges he will dress as Miss Moneypenny. A...

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Footlight Club seeks community spotlight

November 18, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Noah Tobin performs as the Cat in the Hat in “Seussical,” the Footlight Club’s Dr. Seuss-themed musical running through Nov. 19 at Eliot Hall.

The Footlight Club—America’s oldest community theater—is looking to raise its profile and raise funds for major renovations, members of the volunteer-run theater’s management team told the Gazette. “So many people don’t know that the Footlight Club exists,” said Brian Crete, chair of the non-profit theater’s board, The Trustees of Eliot Hall. The Footlight Club...

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Wines and spirits that won’t break the bank

November 18, 2011
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The gift of a quality bottle of wine or liquor doesn’t need to break the bank to please the palate, Blanchard’s General Manager Mike Denson told the Gazette. “The two weeks before Christmas, we’ll see people asking for the most expensive bottle of Scotch,” he said, pointing out a $500 bottle to the Gazette....

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JP author takes votes on book title

November 18, 2011
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Jamaica Plain resident and activist Chuck Collins is letting the people decide the title for his new book, due out in February. The book, which will examine inequality and the “99 percent” movement, will be published by Berrett-Koehler. Possible titles include “How the 1% Won the Class War and How the 99% Can Recover”...

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Radical bookstore opens

November 18, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—The Lucy Parsons Center, a radical left-wing bookstore and gathering spot, opened Nov. 5 in its new home at 358A Centre St. The space is smaller than the center’s previous South End location, so it is “focusing more on quality rather than quantity,” said Marie Benkley, a member of the collective that runs...

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Editorial: Who really won the election

November 18, 2011
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City Councilor Ayanna Pressley’s ticket-topping re-election has been hyped as a triumph of identity politics: She is the council’s first black woman member, and currently the only woman serving on it. But the fact is, her win was at least as much of a victory for two white guys who co-funded her campaign: City...

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Editorial: Let’s split

November 18, 2011
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Concern over JP being split between two new Congressional districts shows an admirable sense of community spirit. But it is more about progressive self-image than political reality. JP would still be represented exclusively by Democrats. Yes, Stephen Lynch is more conservative than Mike Capuano on key issues. But that just means Lynch has as...

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Editorial: Giving thanks

November 18, 2011
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On Thanksgiving, some people have more to be thankful for than others, but we all have some blessings to count. At the Gazette, we have residents who not only read the paper but also contribute mightily to it, and local businesses whose advertisements make our work possible. Thank you.

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