Condo building nears opening

March 30, 2012
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GREEN ST.—Residents will begin moving into the new Bartlett Square condominium building in about two weeks, while the ground-floor retail spaces still await tenants. “We will wait and be selective” on the commercial tenants, said Chris DeSisto, whose Maple Hurst Builders created the new building at 154-160 Green St. diagonally across from the Green...

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JP’s CDCs are nationally renowned

March 30, 2012
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Urban Edge in Jackson Square and Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) on Amory Street are national standouts and are held in high-esteem in the non-profit development community, according to Frank Woodruff, director at National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) in Washington, D.C. NACEDA represents more than 3,000 community development corporations throughout...

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Foreclosed property garners fines

March 30, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—A house at 25 Chilcott Place continues to accrue fines due to its lack of maintenance, stemming from unclear ownership. On the Problem Properties list since last year, the property’s issues stem from its disputed ownership. The list is maintained by the Jamaica Plain Problem Properties Committee—an advisory group that identifies private properties...

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Banking on Affordable Housing

March 30, 2012
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(Photo by Katherine Muhlfelder/Boston Private Bank & Trust Co.) (from left) Leroy Stoddard of Urban Edge, Sarah Lamitie of Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, Noah Maslan of Urban Edge, and Peter Hollands of Boston Private Bank stand before the soon-to-be-renovated building at Columbus Avenue and Dixwell Street March 23.

How one bank’s mission helps JP The Urban Edge-owned apartment buildings around Egleston Square are easy-to-see neighborhood assets, preserving affordable housing and, in many cases, attractive historical facades. Look a little harder, and you can spot some of the renovation work that is improving them and making them greener, such as the heat-reflecting white...

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BPS grad rates don’t tell the whole story

March 30, 2012
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Boston Public Schools (BPS) recently touted its “all-time high” four-year graduation rate of 64.4 percent. But the Gazette has found both the measure and the context are coming into question. The BPS’s graduation rate report included a 100 percent rate for the Kennedy Academy for Health Careers. But the Gazette has learned that at...

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Bike racks to be redesigned

March 30, 2012
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Jamaica Plain residents will have to wait a little longer to secure their bikes to racks in the shape of a lock after concerns about their design. Three such bike racks have already been installed in Mission Hill. Similar racks were next slated to come to Hyde/Jackson Squares and Central JP. But when Randace...

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Workshops teaches kids photography

March 30, 2012
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(Photo by Nell Fredericks) A portrait photo of Paloma Ortiz taken by Nell Fredericks, a student of Jenny Connelly.

Jenny Connelly felt there were not a lot of after-school activities for middle school children. That’s why she started running workshops to teach them photography last year. “It’s just great to have kids work in small groups and think about art,” she said. “They can develop their eye for communicating in pictures.” The workshops,...

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Festive Welcome

March 30, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP Music Festival staffers Randance Rauscher Moore (left) and Daisy Kincaid greet attendees at the Art 4 Music festival fund-raiser at Doyle’s Café on March 25. The event raised $2,500 for the annual music fest, which be held for the second time this summer.

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Editorial: The Casey criticism

March 30, 2012
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Bridging Forest Hills, the group opposing the Casey Parkway plan in favor of a new bridge, is engaged in the sort of dubious public process it aims to criticize. Slanted meetings misleadingly advertised as objective ones. Flyers with a casual treatment of known facts and rhetoric that stirs emotion rather than marshaling evidence. It’s...

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Editorial: What’s in a street name

March 30, 2012
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The roadway that will replace the Casey Overpass has been hastily—too hastily—renamed the “Casey Arborway.” The overpass is a gap in a roadway that already has a name: simply, the Arborway. Indeed, one of the arguments in favor of the surface-street option for the overpass replacement was that it restores and reconnects the Arborway,...

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Op-Ed: On Easter, remembering that light overcomes darkness

March 30, 2012
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By Rev. Ashlee Wiest-Laird, Special to the Gazette Easter always begins in darkness. The women who were with Jesus had seen their friend and teacher tortured and killed. They watched as his lifeless body was placed in the cold tomb; then they went home and waited in despair for the Sabbath to end.  Having...

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Letter: Arizona ethnic studies ban is racist

March 30, 2012
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Regarding the Arizona law banning ethnic studies classes in public schools: Listen, this racism really needs to end. Why do Caucasians get to learn about their history, but people in Arizona don’t get to learn about their histories? OK, that’s fair, really fair. If you’re against ethnic studies, you need to rethink. It doesn’t...

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Letter: Capuano vote could stifle protest

March 30, 2012
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I was very disappointed to see that U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano voted for H.R.347 and continues the ongoing suppression of public protest. In the past decade, I have been appalled to see the suppression of protest by corralling protesting citizens into “free speech” zones, well away from any elected officials and out of the cameras’ view. Armed...

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Letter: Thanks for a good deed

March 30, 2012
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I was doing the third of my usual three rounds around the pond on Sat., March 10 when my granddaughter phoned. She lives on the West Coast, so the sound of her 6-year-old voice is a precious gift. She had 20 minutes she could talk to me and we were engrossed in the kind...

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Letter: Time to move past the bridge debate

March 30, 2012
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In the ongoing drama surrounding the Casey Overpass replacement project, there is one definitive point of consensus: the current Casey Overpass must go. And to that point of consensus I would like to offer a follow-up: both of the core options MassDOT considered (simply put: to bridge or not to bridge) are better than...

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Whole Foods seeks 38 seats

March 30, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—Whole Foods Market is seeking a license to add 38 seats—22 inside and 16 outside—to its 413 Centre St. location, according to the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Public Service Committee. The grocer needs a “7-day common victualler,” or restaurant, license to add the seating. It is seeking to operate the seating from 8...

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Café Beirut opens

March 30, 2012
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Sami’s Wrap and Roll/Café Beirut, a Middle Eastern eatery at 654 Centre St., has reopened after closing for renovations earlier this month. The restaurant issued fliers announcing a grand opening of Café Beirut for March 25. It is unclear whether the restaurant will retain both names.

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Yoon lands federal job

March 30, 2012
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Sam Yoon has left his executive director position at the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) in Washington, D.C. and accepted an appointment with the U.S. Department of Labor, according to Frank Woodruff, who took over Yoon’s position at NACEDA. Yoon is a former Boston city councilor who ran a prominent but...

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JPNC opposes Curley funding cuts

March 30, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council on March 20 sent the Boston School Committee a letter urging it to restore funding for the Curley K-8 School. “The budget cuts proposed for next year are dramatic and will be felt by every student at the Curley,” the letter states. According to the letter, the school will...

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Franklin Park paths, entries up for repairs

March 30, 2012
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Over the next two fiscal years, Franklin Park is slated to receive $300,000 from the City—two-thirds of which will go to fix entryways and pathways, while the remaining amount is to re-do the cross-country course. “There is more work to do than there is money out there this go-round,” said Margaret Dyson, director of...

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Exceptional Care

March 30, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Yanick Louis-Jean (left), lead nursing assistant at Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on S. Huntington Avenue, is congratulated by colleague Francia Mazile for being awarded the 2012 Phyllis Vineyard Award for Exemplary Service. Louis-Jean is a 26-year employee.

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Cemetery files overdue reports

March 30, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Forest Hills Cemetery filed overdue annual reports with the state in January, when the Gazette began pointing out their absence. The historic, nonprofit cemetery at 95 Forest Hills Ave. had never filed annual reports, despite being required to do by a 1985 law, according to Secretary of State’s Office spokesperson Brian McNiff. The...

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JP residents are on Gaming Commission

March 30, 2012
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Stephen Crosby and Enrique Zuniga, two Jamaica Plain residents, have seats on the recently finalized state Gaming Commission. The five-member commission will help usher casino gambling into the state and will decide which developers receive licenses to operate. “We have a huge amount to do. We have to start from scratch,” Crosby said in...

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Sights and Sounds, 3/30/12

March 30, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) A photograph printed on the inside of an eggshell (above) is among the photographic and mixed-media works by Gretjen Helene that will show April 5-27 at the Hallway Gallery at 66a South St. See Sights & Sounds listing.

The deadline for listings is noon, April 10 for the April 13 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events First Thursdays, community art shows and walkabout, throughout Centre & South streets. Thurs., April 5. Info: jpcentresouthmainstreets.org. Hot Jazz Cool Neighborhood,...

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