5 nuevos negocios a la vista

August 12, 2011
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Richard Thal no es de los personajes que sonríe con facilidad. Sin embargo el director ejecutivo del Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) tiene motivos que le hacen decir “soy optimista por el momento que está atravesando la corporación que dirijo”. Tiene razón porque nos revela que “la situación de dificultades que teníamos con...

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18 run for JPNC seats

August 12, 2011
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A total of 18 candidates are running for the 20 seats on the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council in its Sept. 24 election. The council will see major turnover, with many incumbents not running. The Whole Foods debate, which the JPNC has been deeply involved with, may be a big campaign issue. Several of the...

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Secret concerts flood neighborhood

August 12, 2011
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The plan for August Noise, a concert series taking place in JP this month, is to host six more bands at six locations between now and 25—but to find out what bands will be where and when, you just have to wait. The website for the concert series—www.augustnoisejp.org—lists the dates for the seven shows...

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Overpass team preps four plans

August 12, 2011
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FOREST HILLS—State planners are drawing up four alternatives to replace the Casey Overpass—two with a bridge and two with surface streets only—in advance of a September community meeting. The bridge options include a single bridge and parallel twin bridges. The surface street options both feature wide, tree-lined medians in varying amounts. The options were...

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Shop to offer cutting-edge furnishings

August 12, 2011
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SOUTH ST.—Room 68, a furniture shop coming soon to 68 South St., will feature cutting-edge designs in a gallery atmosphere. “It’s going to impress people,” said owner Brent Refsland, who also runs the Hallway Gallery two doors down. “It’s nice to bring this quality of design to the neighborhood and kind of shock the...

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Regan League season ends in wins

August 12, 2011
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By Harry Smith Special to the Gazette This spring’s wet weather failed to put a damper on the 42nd edition of the JP Regan Youth League, a season marked by close pennant races, exciting championship games, and great memories and friendships. Thanks to the generosity of dozens of local sponsors, 800 local boys and...

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Bike lanes coming to rest of Centre St.

August 12, 2011
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Bike lanes are coming to the rest of Centre Street as soon as this month, a city-hired planner announced July 26 to the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council. Bike lanes and shared-lane markings were painted on Centre and South streets through central JP last year. The new bike lanes will continue down Centre from Monument...

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BLAZE BEATEN

August 12, 2011
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BLAZE BEATEN

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Invitación

August 12, 2011
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Citas Elex. Llegó el momento de conocer más del Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) que es un grupo de  20 miembros que representan al vecindario en posiciones at large y de distrito. El 5de agisto terminó el proceso de presentación de candidaturas y las elecciones son en  Sept. 24. Sólo interesa ser residente y...

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Redistricting plans call for new U.S. reps.

August 12, 2011
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Proposals from advocacy groups for redrawing federal legislative district—put forward last month as the state legislature finished a series of 13 public hearings on the topic—would have a significant impact on who represents Jamaica Plain in Congress. U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano said in an email that he supports the advocates’ goal of increasing minority...

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No bidders on MBTA parcel

August 12, 2011
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The MBTA came up empty for the second time in its efforts to unload a surplus parcel south of the Forest Hills T Station on Hyde Park Avenue when a July 20 bid deadline came and went with no takers. It is was one of a handful of large parcels that the T has...

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Editorial: Investigating Main Streets

August 12, 2011
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Amid the financial scandal at Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS), every Main Street organization should be reviewing its accounting practices and reassuring the public. But there also should be a review of the entire Boston Main Streets program and its blurry combination of private nonprofits with a city department. Mayor Thomas Menino established the...

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Mozart St. gang members sentenced

August 12, 2011
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Two men involved with Jamaica Plain’s Mozart Street gang were sentenced to prison Aug. 3 for shooting high-powered firearms at a Salisbury shooting range, in violation their probation. Jeffrey Medina and Sherwin Garcia both had previous firearms charges and were on probation last December when they traveled to Salisbury for target practice. They both...

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Eyeglass shop eyes Sept. opening

August 12, 2011
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CENTRAL JP—Optical Designs, an eyeglasses company with locations in Needham and Wellesley, is planning to open at 753 Centre St. within the next few weeks. Optical Designs announced through its Twitter page on June 7 its decision to set up shop in Jamaica Plain. Ronnie Friedman, a manager at the Needham Optical Designs, told...

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PATRICK’S DAY

August 12, 2011
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PATRICK’S DAY

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Editorial: Not a landing zone

August 12, 2011
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The landing of a helicopter on the Agassiz School roof on July 28 was a military exercise—an exercise in poor judgment, that is. Use of the empty school for unarmed commando training is fine, if surprising, and JP should be proud of its contribution to readying our nation’s outstanding special forces. But the secret...

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Top Cop

August 12, 2011
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Top Cop

Burglary Prevention Tips   Burglary can happen to you, anywhere in JP, and summer is favorite time for criminals because of open windows. The local District E-13 Police Station offers the following tips for preventing housebreaks:   Keep all doors and windows locked when no one is at home. Secure air conditioners to window...

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The Pastor and the Bridge

August 12, 2011
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How the Casey Overpass Got Its Name FOREST HILLS—If Monsignor William J. Casey were alive today, he surely would be serving on the “working advisory group” overseeing plans to replace the overpass that bears his name. Casey, who lived from 1872 to 1949, was a fixture of Forest Hills. He was the founding pastor...

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Editorial: Fund the Arborway Yard

August 12, 2011
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The Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) bus facility grant program is not likely to see a more worthy applicant than the Arborway Yard. The proposed bus facility at Washington Street and the Arborway would be a state-of-the-art home for some of the busiest bus lines in a public transit-dependent major city. The plan also would...

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Group wants 2nd Suffolk changes

August 12, 2011
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A proposal from the Massachusetts Black Empowerment for Redistricting would see JP’s 2nd Suffolk state senate district redrawn as part of state and federal redistricting taking place in the wake of the 2010 census. State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, vice chair of the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Redistricting, currently holds that seat. The proposed...

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Preocupación

August 12, 2011
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La palabra del momento es preocupación. La usamos indistintamente como la reacción más generalizada a la situación que nos ha puesto la economía; es decir, la economía que no manejamos. No estamos hablando de los grandes inversionistas o de los capitalistas que ya tienen la suya desde que salieron los calificativos que hacen pensar...

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Revolutionary food package liner comes to Co-op

August 12, 2011
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It sounds like the stuff of late-night infomercials: A “revolutionary” new organic product, made from ancient Indian herbs that inventor Kavita Shukla discovered on a visit to her grandmother, promises to significantly reduce food spoilage. But, according to Harvest Food Co-op spokesperson Chris Durkin, Fenugreen is for real.  Harvest is now selling a Fenugreen...

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Our perfect little corner of the world

August 12, 2011
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By Dan Janis Special to the Gazette When the doors open at Green Street and I hop off the Orange Line, my blood pressure goes down a little and I breathe a little easier. Downtown is for stress and working. Jamaica Plain is for living. Everyone thinks their neighborhood is perfect, but as we...

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Curtis Hall work misses a step

August 12, 2011
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MONUMENT SQ.—It’s been one step forward, two steps back for rehab work at Curtis Hall, where city officials have twice demanded that a contractor redo allegedly faulty work on the new front stairs. The $5 million renovation of the city community center at 20 South St. is still on track for an October reopening,...

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