Youth Vote

November 23, 2012
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Protest dolls displayed at 161 S. Huntington

November 23, 2012
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff S. HUNTINGTON—About 10 dolls adorned with protest signs were arranged around a tree at the Home for Little Wanderers at 161 S. Huntington Ave. last week, an effort carried out by a new Occupy JP-affiliated group called Babies Against Boondoggles, according to an Occupy JP member....

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Police Spotlight: Drop off old meds at police station

November 23, 2012
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Residents can now safely dispose of unused prescription or over-the-counter drugs at the local District E-13 Police Station at 3345 Washington St., where a kiosk is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Expired or unused medical drugs are a big source of drug abuse when they are not disposed of properly....

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Volleyball All-stars

November 23, 2012
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S. Huntington project approved by City

November 23, 2012
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The City Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) voted last week to approve the variances requested by the developers of the luxury apartment project at 161 S. Huntington Ave. in the midst of great community opposition. That, along with the expected approval from the Parks Commission this week, were the last steps in approving the...

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Mayor responds to donation controversy

November 23, 2012
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Mayor Thomas Menino has responded to controversy created after local activists spotlighted campaign contributions made to elected officials by developers of two disputed S. Huntington Avenue housing projects. Dot Joyce, Menino’s spokesperson, told the Gazette that, as far as she is aware, Menino did not know about those campaign donations and that he did...

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JP Observer: Homeless families put in danger by the state

November 23, 2012
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All the candidates for election this year, no matter their party, seemed to agree on one value: families. Here in Massachusetts, U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, a Republican, and Democratic challenger, now Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren, argued fiercely on many topics. But they were both always for families. Scott Brown’s biography at his U.S. Senate web...

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Menino, others mum on mayor’s race

November 23, 2012
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As Will Dorcena gears up his 2013 mayoral campaign, incumbent Thomas Menino and other possible contenders—including Jamaica Plain’s City Councilor Felix Arroyo—are not definitively saying “yes” or “no” to a run. Asked whether Menino intends to run for re-election, spokesperson Dot Joyce noted that she cannot answer campaign-related questions due to ethics laws. But...

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New crosswalk signs installed

November 23, 2012
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JP CENTER—New signs planted in the middle of the road on Centre Street to warn drivers to stop for pedestrians were installed earlier this month after an effort by local residents and City Councilor Matt O’Malley. Called “traffic delineators,” the bright, upright signs note the $200 fine for entering a crosswalk with a pedestrian...

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Café/bar coming to Arboretum Place

November 23, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—A 700-square-foot café and bar is planned to open in April at Arboretum Place. The “Simpli Café” would be owned and managed by Jamaica Plain-based WCI Corp., which is the developer of the Washington Street site. It will be WCI’s first foray into owning a restaurant or café, though employees and owner Kevin...

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Hyde/Jackson Main Street debuts director, open house

November 23, 2012
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Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) has introduced its new executive director, Gerald Robbins, after several months on the job. HJSMS also announced it will hold an “open house” Dec. 6. Main Street is a program introduced by Mayor Thomas Menino to revitalize the city’s neighborhood commercial districts through design, technical and financial support, according...

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BRA to present draft ‘corridor plan’

November 23, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will host a community meeting to present a first draft for a S. Huntington Avenue “corridor plan” by the end of the month, BRA spokesperson Melina Schuler told the Gazette. “A great team of planners and designers have been selected,” she said. “We’re confident that we’ll be able to...

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Emerging Leader

November 23, 2012
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Centre/South Main Streets head resigns

November 23, 2012
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JP Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS) Executive Director Randace Moore resigned earlier this month after nearly five years in the chair. “It was time to move on and explore other career options,” Moore told the Gazette. “I’m taking a much needed rest.” CSMS programs are expected to continue as planned, CSMS Board President Richard Downey...

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JPNC seeks new members

November 23, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) has five vacant seats and is welcoming any nominees interested in joining the council to attend its Nov. 27 meeting, according to chair Ben Day. The JPNC is an elected community organization that advises City government about local issues. It reviews zoning and licensing requests and serves as...

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JP voters favor liberal candidates, causes

November 23, 2012
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Jamaica Plain remained one of the highest-turnout neighborhoods in the city in the Nov. 6 election and continued its liberal voting streak. About 70 percent of Jamaica Plain registered voters turned out for the election, up 5 percent from the city as a whole. They voted overwhelmingly for President Barack Obama, U.S. Senate candidate...

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Gym replaces martial arts studio

November 23, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—A longtime landmark of the Forest Hills area, Yang’s Martial Arts Association at 38 Hyde Park Ave. has closed its Jamaica Plain doors and set up shop in Roslindale Village. Part of the space previously occupied is already home to a new crossfit gym, JP Crossfit. Classes continue as scheduled at Yang’s new...

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Holidays in JP: ‘A Carol Christmas’ ushers in holiday season

November 23, 2012
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some people, putting up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season. Other people find the kick-off to be the rabid shopping spree known as Black Friday. But for some Jamaica Plain residents, the musical “A Carol Christmas,” which is always performed on the first weekend of December,...

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Holidays in JP: Holiday trees to light up

November 23, 2012
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Holiday trees will begin lighting up around the neighborhood next week in an annual tradition that includes music, Santa Claus visits and more. Sat., Dec. 1, Egleston Square. The Egleston Holiday Celebration will include a tree-lighting, caroling, music, dance performances and the announcement of Egleston Square Main Street’s window display award-winners. The event begins...

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Holidays in JP: Local currency to fuel holiday shopping

November 23, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition (JP NET) will offer $1,000 in “local currency” this holiday season to encourage spending in local businesses. Local currency is make-believe money—like Disney Dollars or Monopoly money—that is backed by real money but only accepted in certain areas. “Boston Beans” will only be accepted in Jamaica Plain. The...

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Family Prosperity

November 23, 2012
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Holidays in JP: Expert tips on wines to bring to dinner

November 23, 2012
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With holiday feasts on the horizon, Blanchard’s Wines & Spirits General Manager Mike Denson and Streetcar Wine & Beer owner Michael Dupuy gave the Gazette some recommendations for which wines to bring along. For budget wines—under $15 a bottle—Denson recommended Apothic Red, a blend of red wines grapes, not unlike a blended whisky. “Red...

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Holidays in JP: ‘Messiah’ and more on JP Concerts slate

November 23, 2012
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The only uncut performance of Handel’s “Messiah” is just one of the attractions on the seasonal slate of the JP Concerts series at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sumner Hill. The homegrown concert series showcases local musicians year-round, but is in a Christmas mood right now, said Ken Brooks, the church’s music director, who...

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Holidays in JP: Police Spotlight – Tips to avoid holiday crimes

November 23, 2012
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The holidays should be a joyous time of the year, but they are this is also the season for burglars and pickpockets drawn to presents and cash. The local District E-13 Police Station offers the following tips to avoid holiday crime: When shopping, walk confidently and be alert to people around you. Dress down...

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