JPNC revives Whole Foods Committee

November 4, 2011
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council voted to revive its Ad Hoc Whole Foods Negotiating Committee at its Oct. 25 meeting, where it also selected anti-Whole Foods activist Ben Day to chair the council for the upcoming session. The meeting also featured a spirited conversation about whether the council should support Streetcar Wine and Beer’s...

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Trick or Treat

November 4, 2011
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Trick or Treat

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Tacos El Charro reopens

November 4, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—After an unplanned eight-month closure, Tacos El Charro at 349 Centre St. reopened last month. The popular Mexican restaurant, located between Hyde and Jackson squares, closed last December for what owner Aida Navarro expected to be a couple of weeks because of “personal and financial troubles.” But by the time she was ready...

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Let There Be Lights

November 4, 2011
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Let There Be Lights

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Wish Comes True

November 4, 2011
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Wish Comes True

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Bank Breakfast

November 4, 2011
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Bank Breakfast

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Rising Star

November 4, 2011
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Rising Star

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IdeAZ: Noche segura

November 4, 2011
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Jamaica Plain debe haber tenido una de las fiestas del “día de brujas” más seguro de la historia. No hay reportes de excesos, ni tampoco de actividades de exagerados que aprovechan una fiesta como Halloween para sus desbordes. Todo transcurrió de maravilla, como en las historias de fantasía,  con niños disfrazados con los atuendos...

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Talking more than turkey

November 4, 2011
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Plant expert looks at Thanksgiving dinner University of Colorado and Harvard Professor Pamela Diggle will present an up-close and personal look at squash, potatoes, cranberries and other traditional Thanksgiving produce in her lecture “The Botany of Thanksgiving” at Arnold Arboretum’s Weld Hill Research Building Nov. 16. The lecture “grew out of a class I...

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Name links Rozzie to conspiracies, clones

November 4, 2011
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Roslindale is named for a Scottish village that has since become famous for conspiracy theories and cloning experiments. Rozzie took its name from Roslin (earlier known as Roslyn or Rosslyn), Scotland, according to the book “Roslindale: Then & Now” by Anthony Mitchell Sammarco. Roslin is famous today for Rosslyn Chapel, an elaborately decorated church...

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Hardware store still kicking after 123 years

November 4, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) The original Roslindale Hardware building next to Adams Park in Roslindale Village.

Roslindale Ace Hardware at 4407 Washington St.—one of the oldest businesses in the City of Boston—has been operating since 1888. “There are not a lot of businesses that have been around that many decades,” owner Joseph Porteleki said in an interview with the Gazette last week. Porteleki, the stores third owner, has been running...

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Children of Nepal focus of JP artist at Open Studios

November 4, 2011
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Children of Nepal focus of JP artist at Open Studios

By Janice Williams, Special to the Gazette   Artists create work that reflects the human spirit. The mediums they use are many. Some create with paper, canvas, paint, pencils or clay. Others use objects or a photographic process. The end result, whether realistic or abstract, always tells a story that begins in the artist’s...

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Ethos offers care to Rozzie seniors

November 4, 2011
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Ethos, an elderly support non-profit based in Jamaica Plain and serving Roslindale, is offering new programs to Rozzie seniors. Ethos provides supportive services to elders and their care-givers to keep elders in their own homes. Among other new programs, Ethos has started an “Out to Brunch” event on Saturdays at Roslindale House at 120...

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Holiday events will brighten the Village

November 4, 2011
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The Tree Lighting and the Holiday Wander are among the holiday events that will brighten the central business district in coming weeks thanks to Roslindale Village Main Street. On Sat., Nov. 26 from 3 to 5 p.m., hundreds will gather for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Adams Park, Roslindale’s village green at the...

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Santa to visit model train museum

November 4, 2011
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Santa to visit model train museum

The annual Holiday Train Show—including a visit from Santa—returns Dec. 4 to the Bay State Model Railroad Museum at 760 South St. Founded in 1968, the museum is a unique permanent home for a model railroad club. Its holiday show includes model trains running through miniature landscapes. The show will run 11 a.m. to...

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Jackson Sq. Playground delayed again

November 4, 2011
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A playground designed by members of the community planned for Jackson Square has been delayed a second time. Project organizers told the Gazette construction has been re-scheduled for spring of next year. The postponement is due to unexpected but required legal processes between state and non-state agencies. “Any time a non-state agency wants to...

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Urban Edge scrambles to help fire victims

November 4, 2011
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Urban Edge scrambles to help fire victims

EGLESTON SQ.—Urban Edge is still scrambling to help households displaced by a massive fire that damaged 24 units of affordable housing at Wardman Road and Westminster Avenue on Oct. 17. “It’s not easy. No one plans for this,” said Chrystal Kornegay, the president of the Jackson Square-based affordable housing non-profit. A visiting Medford man...

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Editorial: Just vote

November 4, 2011
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We’re not going to tell you who to vote for on Nov. 8. We’re just going to tell you to vote. Voters don’t have much trouble figuring out whom to support. The real challenge is getting them in a voting booth in the first place. Philosophers spilled ink, and warriors spilled blood, to establish...

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Editorial: Resurrect cemetery art

November 4, 2011
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A cemetery killing a Day of the Dead ceremony: The arts situation at Forest Hills Cemetery is now truly a joke. Problem is, it’s on JP. The cemetery, via the Forest Hills Educational Trust, once had a renowned slate of exhibits, festivals, poetry readings and concerts. In January, it suddenly pulled the plug on...

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Editorial: BPS flunks geography

November 4, 2011
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Boston Public Schools is about to flunk its own geography test. In its new school-swapping plan, it would put the Mission Hill K-8 School in JP—but potentially keep the Mission Hill name. Likewise, “Fenway” High would end up in Mission Hill. It’s the worst idea since they kept “West Roxbury” on JP’s courthouse. This...

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Op-Ed: Why I support affordable housing

November 4, 2011
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By Felicia Sanchez, Special to the Gazette I’d like to share my perspectives on affordable housing both as a small-business person and a homeowner and hopefully put a few myths to rest. The first myth is that affordable housing is somehow optional to a community’s health and well-being. I’m going to tell you that...

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Letter: New districts a good start; reform still needed

November 4, 2011
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The recent release of the redistricting maps for the Massachusetts Senate and House gives us pause. As community organizers, we have spent years fighting to strengthen the redistricting process, as we are keenly aware of the ties that bind redistricting and civil rights. We believe the civil rights issue of our time is the...

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Letter: Remember Kenny by helping youths

November 4, 2011
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On Sun., Oct. 16, 2011, Kenny Soto, a 19-year old Jamaica Plain resident, was killed in front of a local convenience store. Kenny had spent over 10 years in various programs at the Hyde Square Task Force, a JP-based youth community development organization. We at the Hyde Square Task Force are struggling to deal...

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Letter: Thanks for help making party a hit

November 4, 2011
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The Nira Rock Neighborhood Association would like to thank all of the many people and organizations who made our “End of Summer Bash” a huge success! Loads of party-goers basked in the sun while enjoying free hot dogs and roasted Twinkies (delicious!), free food donated by local restaurants, free ice cream, world-class hula-hooping, juggling, ginormous bubbles and amazing face-painting!...

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