Whole Foods is open for business

October 25, 2011
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Whole Foods Market, originally scheduled to open Nov. 2, opened its doors on Oct. 31. “Thanks to the hard work of our team members, we were able to open the doors this morning; two days ahead of schedule,” Whole Foods spokesperson Heather McCready said in an email. The new store at 413 Centre St....

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New schools could move into Agassiz

October 25, 2011
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A proposal announced by Boston Public Schools (BPS) superintendent Carol Johnson this week would have a K-8 school and a new two-way bilingual high school moving into the former Agassiz School building at 20 Child St. next year. A community meeting to discuss some of the changes is scheduled for Oct. 26. Under the...

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Few changes in state redistricting plan

October 21, 2011
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State Rep. Liz Malia’s 11th Suffolk District stands to pick up a couple of Jamaica Plain precincts from state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez’s  15th Suffolk District, according to a proposed state legislative redistricting plan released Oct. 18. Under the plan, Malia would pick up two of Sánchez’s precincts: Ward 11, Precinct 6, which covers the...

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JP man killed in parking lot fight

October 21, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—Kenneth “Black” Soto, a 19-year-old Jamaica Plain resident who had been involved with the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) since he was 6, was stabbed to death in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven at 451 Centre St. on Oct. 16. Soto “was in the Task Force office last week, celebrating finishing high...

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Warren talks jobs, Wall Street

October 21, 2011
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Warren talks jobs, Wall Street

EGLESTON SQ.—Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren said she was “astonished” at Congress’s failure to pass the American Jobs Act after a campaign house party in JP on Oct. 12. “People across this country, across this state, are hurting. I don’t understand how anyone could vote against the jobs bill,” Warren told the Gazette....

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Jóvenes hablan de un crimen

October 21, 2011
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Tenía apenas 19 años de edad y su nombre ya es parte de la historia criminal. Dice la policía que se llamaba Kenneth “Black” Soto y que lo encontraron, con múltiples heridas de arma blanca, en el parking lot del 7-Eleven, en la interseccion de Centre Street y South Huntington Avenue, la madrugada del...

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Occupy Boston occupies JP

October 21, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by David Taber) JP resident Geoff Modest at Occupy Boston on Oct. 15.

Activists, artists visit protest With Jamaica Plain’s just reputation for being a haven for progressives it’s no surprise that plenty of residents and local organizations have taken an interest in Occupy Boston. The local protest in Dewey Square in the city’s Financial District, which started Sept. 30, has seen participation from JP politicians, musicians...

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Cops: Drugs hidden behind secret door

October 21, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—Two women were charged with drug trafficking on Oct. 12 after police allegedly found cocaine hidden behind a motor-powered secret door in their Forbes Street apartment. Miriam Machado-Soler, 24, and Juana Perez, 37, were arrested in a raid of 50 Forbes St. by federal agents and Boston and state police, according to the...

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Late school buses plague kids, parents

October 21, 2011
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School buses running as late as an hour are plaguing local students, parents and public schools, with no ultimate cause nailed down seven weeks into the year. “It seems as if it’s just a fundamental breakdown of something,” said Jamaica Plain parent Marc Lipsitch, a parent of two children at the Hernandez School, whose...

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New Arboretum head explores mysteries of plants

October 21, 2011
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New Arboretum head explores mysteries of plants

Historic cartoons mocking Charles Darwin decorate the office walls of Dr. William “Ned” Friedman, the new director of Arnold Arboretum. “Evolution and revolution go together as evil,” reads the caption on one. Times have certainly changed. Friedman now oversees a facility best known as a public park, but which is also Harvard University’s world-class...

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JP Observer: Reviving, Not Retiring, in JP

October 21, 2011
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“So, how is retirement? What are you doing? How does it feel?” People, many looking ahead, ask me questions these days. I was on the radio, sort of, when I was a month old. My parents were being interviewed as the first post-WWII military couple in Southwestern Ohio to have a baby. It was...

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Council districts must change, but how?

October 21, 2011
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Jamaica Plain’s City Council District 6 must grow and District 7 must shrink in this year’s redistricting process. That could mean that Egleston Square shifts from City Councilor Tito Jackson to City Councilor Matt O’Malley. But while big changes are on the way, the local councilors involved with the process are not being specific...

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City shoots for 2020 reprecincting

October 21, 2011
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Long lines at local polls are not a fact of life and Boston City Council voted last month to do something about them, in 10 years. Thanks to population shifts in the 80 years since Boston last redrew its voting precincts, some precincts have a few hundred voters and some have thousands, but that...

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Capuano meets with seniors on Medicare

October 21, 2011
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Capuano meets with seniors on Medicare

S. HUNTINGTON AVE.—U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano met with seniors and their care providers to talk about possible Medicare and Medicaid funding cuts at Jamaica Plain’s Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on Sept. 26. The “spirited” discussion covered “fears about impacting jobs, benefits and the quality of care,” according to a Goddard House...

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Salon to replace former bookstore

October 21, 2011
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Q Salon and Spa will open in late fall at 676 Centre St., in the space formerly occupied by Jamaicaway Books. It will offer massage services and other spa services like facials along with nail services, owner Jennifer Lydon told the Gazette. “It will be a Newbury Street type of salon with JP service,”...

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Galway House wins ‘muckball’ trophy

October 21, 2011
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The Galway House will host the “muckball” trophy for another year after beating three other local businesses in the annual fund-raiser softball tournament on Sept. 24 at Franklin Park. Named for founder Brian “Mucky” Manning of Jamaica Plain’s American Legion Post 76, the muckball tournament raises funds for the Post’s Christmas party for seniors....

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Local foreclosure crisis victim arrested at protest

October 21, 2011
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Local foreclosure crisis victim arrested at protest

While the foreclosure crisis largely passed Jamaica Plain by, not everyone escaped unscathed, and one local resident and former business owner, Ken Tilton, has found some redemption in fighting back. Tilton—the former owner of landmark JP businesses Zon’s restaurant and the novelty store Pluto—has been working with the local anti-foreclosure group City Life/Vida Urbana...

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New cookbook greeted with rare herbs dinner

October 21, 2011
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New cookbook greeted with rare herbs dinner

A bestselling local author’s new cookbook about rare herbs will be welcomed with a special dinner featuring the unusual ingredients on Nov. 2 at the tapas bar/bookstore/record shop Tres Gatos. The unique crossover event is based on Didi Emmons’ “Wild Flavors: One Chef’s Transformative Year Cooking from Eva’s Farm,” which comes out next week....

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Believing in students

October 21, 2011
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Believing in students

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Fewer youths call JP home

October 21, 2011
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Don’t let the influx of baby strollers on Jamaica Plain streets fool you. JP’s youth population plunged by nearly 1,170 in the past 10 years, while the adult population increased, according to U.S. Census data. The 6,327 youths 17 and under who called JP home in 2010 marks a nearly 16 percent drop from...

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JP Moms creates a virtual village

October 21, 2011
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JP Moms, a group of moms, dads and caretakers in and around JP make daily use of a powerful resource—each other. “Our kids don’t come with how-to handbooks,” said Divya Kumar, one of JP Moms’ moderators. “We’re here to offer guidance, support and a listening ear to each other.” The listserv group was created...

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Dental School

October 21, 2011
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Dental School

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JP’s favorite toys and games

October 21, 2011
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Dinosaurs still rule Dinosaurs, friendship bracelets, X-Men and chemistry sets are favorites of local kids, according to local toy and game shop owners. Kim Mitchell, owner of Boing! JP’s Toy Shop at 667 Centre St. , and Paul Bryant, co-owner of JP Comics and Games at 603 Centre St. recently offered the Gazette their...

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‘Miss Judy’ is a PAL for homeless kids

October 21, 2011
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‘Miss Judy’ is a PAL for homeless kids

At a large wooden picnic table in the backyard of Portis Family Home at 226 S. Huntington Ave., a young mother braids her daughter’s hair. They sit in the shade of a tall ash tree, heavy with late summer leaves, as they await the arrival of Miss Judy. To those who know her professionally,...

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