After the fire

March 16, 2012
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(Photo by Richard Heath) Only the doorway remains standing at 71 Westminster Ave. in Egleston Square, as the fire-damaged building is razed March 8 for forthcoming reconstruction. The Urban Edge-owned apartment building was severely damaged in an Oct. 17 explosion and fire apparently caused by an arsonist. Urban Edge says the reconstruction schedule will be set later.

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Urban farm aims to feed BPS

March 16, 2012
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A farm business is pushing Boston Public Schools (BPS) to include more locally-grown fruits and vegetables in school meals. City Growers, a for-profit organization that aims to transform vacant lots into intensive urban farms, is trying to join the fleet of food vendors who sell to BPS for student breakfasts and lunches. The problem...

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Police seek suspects in McDonald’s robbery

March 16, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—The Boston Police Department has released descriptions of two suspects in a Feb. 25 armed robbery of the McDonald’s restaurant at 3064 Washington St. The two men reportedly ate at the restaurant, then returned around 11 p.m. They entered through a back door and brandished a pistol while robbing the restaurant. The pistol...

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Kosovo president lays wreaths at cemetery

March 16, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Forest Hills Cemetery) Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga (left) shakes hands with George Milley, president and CEO of Forest Hills Cemetery, at the cemetery on March 4.

FOREST HILLS—The president of the Republic of Kosovo visited Forest Hills Cemetery on March 4 to lay wreaths on the graves of prominent Albanian nationalists of the early 1900s. President Atifete Jahjaga paid her respects at the graves of Archbishop Fan Noli, who headed Boston’s St. George Cathedral, and Faik Konitza, who edited a...

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Accessory store opens on Hyde Park Ave.

March 16, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) (from left) Owners Marcos and Wendy Paul and jewelry artist Joanna Werman show off Werman’s wares at Loud Accessories’ grand opening on March 10.

FOREST HILLS—Loud Accessories opened its doors to shoppers last Saturday. The new accessory store carries hats, scarves, gloves and jewelry, as well as local artists’ handmade jewelry on consignment. It took over the former Ultimate Kitchen and Bath storefront at 18 Hyde Park Ave. Co-owner Wendy Paul told the Gazette she already has pieces by...

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Urban Edge wins anti-foreclosure funds

March 16, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—Urban Edge has been awarded a $20,000 grant from Citi Community Development to support its Foreclosure Prevention Counseling Program. Citi provided start-up funds for the program at the Columbus Avenue community development corporation in 2007. Since then, it has provided $90,000 in funds. The latest grant was awarded in January. The program provides...

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JP-based restaurant ‘pops up’ anywhere

March 16, 2012
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Wheeler del Torro ’s restaurant, Fillet of Soul, is based in Jamaica Plain, but it serves food in Brighton. And Paris. And São Paulo. And Tokyo—and anywhere Del Torro feels like going. Fillet of Soul is part of a new trend in dining out: “pop-up” restaurants, which open wherever and whenever the cook feels...

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Winter Fest

March 16, 2012
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(Photo by Jon Seamans/Boston Parks Department) Four-year-old Laura Cattoir of JP, joined by mother Valerie, shows off the paper mask she made at the Children’s Winter Festival at Franklin Park on Feb. 23. Over 350 children attended the event, hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

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Hombre de JP elegido a la comisión de juegos

March 16, 2012
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Haciendo cita de su experiencia en finanzas en los sectores público y privado, el Tesorero del Estado Steve Grossman nombró hoy a Enrique A. Zúñiga a la Comisión de Juego de Massachusetts.  Zúñiga sirve como Director Ejecutivo del Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust (MWPAT). “Enrique es una persona con suma integridad, visión, sabiduría y...

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Councilors want to control trash pickups

March 16, 2012
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City Councilors Mike Ross and Felix Arroyo are attempting to wrestle control of the City’s commercial trash services from the state after receiving numerous complaints. Residents are annoyed at being awoken by commercial trash collectors during the night. “It’s a serious problem, especially if you live near a commercial district,” said Arroyo, a JP...

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Sisters Donation

March 16, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Steve Murakishi (left), owner of JP’s Fire Opal boutique, presents a $748 check to Deborah Re, CEO of the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, at the store on Feb. 1. The donation came from Fire Opal’s holiday gift-wrapping program. Big Sister provides mentors to 73 JP girls. JP resident Diane Ivey recently was named the organization’s Big Sister of the year.

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Egleston orchard reaps the benefits of volunteer work

March 16, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) (from left) Dan Bensonoff and Mike Steinhoff work on the strawberry patch in the Egleston Community Orchard last summer.

Egleston Sq.—A community orchard and garden has received a grant from City Hall to develop a former junk lot on Boylston Street. Egleston Community Orchard (ECO) received a grant from the Department of Neighborhood Development to work with the community to develop a plan for the lot at 195 Boylston Street. “The grant will...

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Club hopes to generate women scientists

March 16, 2012
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Volunteers working with the Science Club for Girls (SCFG) at the Curley School hope that the next generation of scientists and engineers will include a lot more women. SCFG is a nonprofit collection of educational programs for girls that encourages them in the fields of science and engineering and can include topics as diverse...

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Irish Music

March 16, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Irish music band The Ivy Leaf, whose members include some JP residents and recently played at City Feed & Supply for First Thursday, will release its debut album “The Ivy Leaf: Traditional Irish Music” on March 29. The group will hold various CD release shows around New England, including a May 11 gig in JP. For more info, see ivyleafmusic.com.

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Aviary to open photo lab

March 16, 2012
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Aviary, a gallery and art boutique on South Street, is raising funds to install a digital photo lab for community use. The planned lab will include four computers, four professional-grade scanners and two professional-grade printers for rent. Each computer will have state-of-the art software like Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture. “We’ll also have a selection...

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Street Music

March 16, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) (from left) Daniel Winshall, 14, and Mike Greenstein serenade walkers on Centre Street on March 12 with a high hat, a saxophone and a double bass. A busking veteran of over four years, Greenstein has an album, “Big Man on the Shelf,” coming out in the next few months.

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JP Tunes: New local music

March 16, 2012
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Jamaica Plain musicians recently released the following singles or albums: Chris North, “Lovedream” (Grinding Tapes Recordings/Whitehaus Family Record). Chrisnorth.bandcamp.com. The Ivy Leaf, “The Ivy Leaf: Traditional Irish Music” (self-released). Ivyleafmusic.com. The Woodrow Wilsons, “Devil Jonah” (self-released). Thewoodrowwilsons.bandcamp.com. JP musicians can notify JP Tunes about new releases at news@jamaicaplaingazette.com.

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Editorial: The other Casey decisions

March 16, 2012
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The state has made its decision about the Casey Overpass replacement project, and we believe it is the right one. But more important is that the state keep making the right decisions as the planning and construction move forward. The community’s many activists must remain involved to ensure that happens. The obvious next challenge...

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Editorial: Library work is overdue

March 16, 2012
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If the renovation and expansion plan for the Jamaica Plain Branch Library were one of the library’s books, the City of Boston would be facing a heck of an overdue fee. The needs of the busy branch are obvious. Not so obvious are the reasons the City keeps ducking the project. The original improvement...

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Editorial: Happy St. Pat’s

March 16, 2012
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St. Patrick’s Day arrives on Saturday. Here in Boston, that means celebrating the enormous contributions to our country and our city by Irish immigrants. Immigration is a hot topic in America once again. There are valid concerns about security and the use of limited social resources. There is also a lot of scapegoating for...

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Letter: State made the right Casey decision

March 16, 2012
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As per the recent JP Gazette article “Overpass to be replaced by surface street network” (March 8, jpgazette.com), I applaud MassDOT’s decision to opt for the at-grade alternative. The amount of effort put into the project from working groups on all sides of the issue has been tremendous. I would like to give a...

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Letter: Malia fails to lead on overpass project

March 16, 2012
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The following letter was sent to state Rep. Liz Malia: Your belated, obstructionist and divisive intervention in the Casey Overpass replacement project is very disappointing to me, as a Jamaica Plain resident and one of your constituents. Rather than taking the side of one small group of constituents against the majority who oppose construction...

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Letter: JP Library deserves renovation

March 16, 2012
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Please help to bring about the renovation and expansion of our Jamaica Plain Branch Library building on Sedgwick Street. In October 2011, we celebrated its 100th anniversary.  We should not have to wait another 100 years for it to be renovated and expanded. In 2006, the city published a study and master plan. It...

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Letter: LaRouche campaign should be ignored

March 16, 2012
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I’m not one for denying anyone the right of free speech, but when I see the Lyndon LaRouche volunteers show up in front of Dunkin’ Donuts as I did earlier today, I wonder if the store manager is concerned about potential customers turning away. I would be. First of all, the posters of Obama...

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