Invitación

August 12, 2011
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Citas Elex. Llegó el momento de conocer más del Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) que es un grupo de  20 miembros que representan al vecindario en posiciones at large y de distrito. El 5de agisto terminó el proceso de presentación de candidaturas y las elecciones son en  Sept. 24. Sólo interesa ser residente y...

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Redistricting plans call for new U.S. reps.

August 12, 2011
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Proposals from advocacy groups for redrawing federal legislative district—put forward last month as the state legislature finished a series of 13 public hearings on the topic—would have a significant impact on who represents Jamaica Plain in Congress. U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano said in an email that he supports the advocates’ goal of increasing minority...

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No bidders on MBTA parcel

August 12, 2011
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The MBTA came up empty for the second time in its efforts to unload a surplus parcel south of the Forest Hills T Station on Hyde Park Avenue when a July 20 bid deadline came and went with no takers. It is was one of a handful of large parcels that the T has...

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Editorial: Investigating Main Streets

August 12, 2011
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Amid the financial scandal at Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS), every Main Street organization should be reviewing its accounting practices and reassuring the public. But there also should be a review of the entire Boston Main Streets program and its blurry combination of private nonprofits with a city department. Mayor Thomas Menino established the...

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Mozart St. gang members sentenced

August 12, 2011
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Two men involved with Jamaica Plain’s Mozart Street gang were sentenced to prison Aug. 3 for shooting high-powered firearms at a Salisbury shooting range, in violation their probation. Jeffrey Medina and Sherwin Garcia both had previous firearms charges and were on probation last December when they traveled to Salisbury for target practice. They both...

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Eyeglass shop eyes Sept. opening

August 12, 2011
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CENTRAL JP—Optical Designs, an eyeglasses company with locations in Needham and Wellesley, is planning to open at 753 Centre St. within the next few weeks. Optical Designs announced through its Twitter page on June 7 its decision to set up shop in Jamaica Plain. Ronnie Friedman, a manager at the Needham Optical Designs, told...

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PATRICK’S DAY

August 12, 2011
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PATRICK’S DAY

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Editorial: Not a landing zone

August 12, 2011
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The landing of a helicopter on the Agassiz School roof on July 28 was a military exercise—an exercise in poor judgment, that is. Use of the empty school for unarmed commando training is fine, if surprising, and JP should be proud of its contribution to readying our nation’s outstanding special forces. But the secret...

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Top Cop

August 12, 2011
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Top Cop

Burglary Prevention Tips   Burglary can happen to you, anywhere in JP, and summer is favorite time for criminals because of open windows. The local District E-13 Police Station offers the following tips for preventing housebreaks:   Keep all doors and windows locked when no one is at home. Secure air conditioners to window...

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The Pastor and the Bridge

August 12, 2011
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How the Casey Overpass Got Its Name FOREST HILLS—If Monsignor William J. Casey were alive today, he surely would be serving on the “working advisory group” overseeing plans to replace the overpass that bears his name. Casey, who lived from 1872 to 1949, was a fixture of Forest Hills. He was the founding pastor...

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Editorial: Fund the Arborway Yard

August 12, 2011
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The Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) bus facility grant program is not likely to see a more worthy applicant than the Arborway Yard. The proposed bus facility at Washington Street and the Arborway would be a state-of-the-art home for some of the busiest bus lines in a public transit-dependent major city. The plan also would...

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Group wants 2nd Suffolk changes

August 12, 2011
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A proposal from the Massachusetts Black Empowerment for Redistricting would see JP’s 2nd Suffolk state senate district redrawn as part of state and federal redistricting taking place in the wake of the 2010 census. State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, vice chair of the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Redistricting, currently holds that seat. The proposed...

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Preocupación

August 12, 2011
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La palabra del momento es preocupación. La usamos indistintamente como la reacción más generalizada a la situación que nos ha puesto la economía; es decir, la economía que no manejamos. No estamos hablando de los grandes inversionistas o de los capitalistas que ya tienen la suya desde que salieron los calificativos que hacen pensar...

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Revolutionary food package liner comes to Co-op

August 12, 2011
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It sounds like the stuff of late-night infomercials: A “revolutionary” new organic product, made from ancient Indian herbs that inventor Kavita Shukla discovered on a visit to her grandmother, promises to significantly reduce food spoilage. But, according to Harvest Food Co-op spokesperson Chris Durkin, Fenugreen is for real.  Harvest is now selling a Fenugreen...

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Our perfect little corner of the world

August 12, 2011
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By Dan Janis Special to the Gazette When the doors open at Green Street and I hop off the Orange Line, my blood pressure goes down a little and I breathe a little easier. Downtown is for stress and working. Jamaica Plain is for living. Everyone thinks their neighborhood is perfect, but as we...

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Curtis Hall work misses a step

August 12, 2011
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MONUMENT SQ.—It’s been one step forward, two steps back for rehab work at Curtis Hall, where city officials have twice demanded that a contractor redo allegedly faulty work on the new front stairs. The $5 million renovation of the city community center at 20 South St. is still on track for an October reopening,...

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Asking too much of Whole Foods

August 12, 2011
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While I have no particular interest in whether or not Whole Foods moves into Jamaica Plain, I find I am wondering what other new businesses in Jamaica Plain have been placed under such scrutiny. Why has it been asked to set up an affordable housing trust fund; undertake a traffic study; commit to a...

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Get sandwich boards off sidewalks

August 12, 2011
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In response to Sandra Storey’s “JP Observer” piece (“JP streets: The orderly and the ugly,” July 22) that pointed out that City-planted trees and their “pits” use up too much sidewalk width and obstruct pedestrian traffic, I would like to suggest a faster solution. The City should enforce its law prohibiting sidewalk sandwich-board advertising...

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Bus yard grant includes building demo

August 12, 2011
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STONYBROOK—The MBTA last month submitted a $155.5 million federal grant application to fund construction of the Arborway Yard bus facility. In a last-minute surprise, the application proposes demolishing the T’s 500 Arborway office building. Residents years ago proposed demolishing 500 Arborway, an office building that sits at the heart of the proposed bus facility...

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Students build bikes in new program

August 12, 2011
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Students build bikes in new program

BPS students are building bikes—one for themselves, one for donation—in a new partnership with Bikes Not Bombs, a Jamaica Plain nonprofit organization, and Roxbury’s Madison Park Technical Vocational High School that launched last month. By Alicia Perez Special to the Gazette The program, called “Strive,” allows special needs students to use their hands and...

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Happenings

August 12, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for Happenings listings is noon, Aug. 23 for the Aug. 26 issue. Send arts and entertainment listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Listings with no end date will be run for 3 months, space permitting. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Keepin’ Cool...

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Mail delivery spotty after route cuts

August 12, 2011
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Parts of Jamaica Plain are experiencing irregular mail delivery as a result of a route reshuffling in the United States Postal Service (USPS). Homes in central JP—on Rockview Street, Parley Avenue, Parley Vale, Burr Street, Grovenor Road and St. John Street—are receiving their mail as late as 7 p.m., due to a new mail...

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Doc’s office to become home

August 12, 2011
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MONUMENT SQ.—The recently closed Atreva Health Care doctor’s office at 770 Centre St. will become a private home for former owner Dr. Francisco Trilla’s children, he told the Gazette. Trilla still lives in Jamaica Plain, but now works in California as chief medical officer at a chain of community health centers. He closed Atreva...

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Cop catches escaped bird

August 12, 2011
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A pet bird named Hope who escaped her Jamaica Plain home last month was captured in Hyde Park by a Boston School Police officer. The 3-ounce cockatiel, an Australian bird, was found in Ross Field. That’s four miles away as the crow—er, cockatiel—flies. Hope escaped July 13 while trying to land on the shoulder...

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