Councilors worry new school would move

May 11, 2012
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Adding to the controversial Boston Public School (BPS) school-move plan process, city councilors have expressed concerns about BPS commitment to keeping the new Margarita Muñiz Academy at the former Agassiz School on Child Street in JP. As part of the BPS plan, the Mission Hill K-8 is slated to move into the now-empty Agassiz...

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Arborway group seeks crosswalk, woods fixes

May 11, 2012
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The Arborway between the Casey Overpass and Murray Circle could see an improved crosswalk and better woodlands if the local Arborway Coalition can raise enough funds for a state matching grant. The group aims to improve the Arnold Arboretum crosswalk across the Arborway. And it wants to make further improvements to the wooded hillside...

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Hundreds clean up JP

May 11, 2012
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About 580 Jamaica Plain residents from at least 29 community groups swept streets and picked up litter as part of the Boston Shines citywide cleanup event on April 28. “JP residents were up bright and early Saturday morning, making a difference one trash bag at a time,” said Jullianne Doherty, the JP coordinator for...

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Whole Foods study to focus on Latino impact

May 11, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The academic study of Whole Foods Market’s local impact will focus on the Latino community and gentrification. The study is being called “Gentrification and Representation: Hi-Lo, Whole Foods and Latinos in Jamaica Plain,” according to Pablo Goldbarg, a spokesperson for the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and...

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Hyde/Jackson Main Street gets new director

May 11, 2012
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Nearly a year after its last executive director resigned amid allegations of $20,000 in missing funds, Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) has a new executive director. Interim Executive Director Katie Reed will be working on a “very part-time basis,” she said in an email to the Gazette last month. She will also be involved...

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JPNC denies Whole Foods seating license

May 11, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) narrowly voted to deny Whole Foods a license to set up inside and outside seating during its meeting April 24. The council’s vote is not binding on Whole Foods Market’s effort to add 38 seats—22 inside and 16 outside—to its 413 Centre St. location. The company can still...

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Hall of Fame Coach

May 11, 2012
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) Former English High School football coach Keith Parker (center, with plaque) is congratulated by alumni after being inducted into the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Randolph on April 29. Parker led the Bulldogs from 1977 to 2009.

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JP’s Iron Chef

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Gerard O’Connor (center) is congratulated by fellow JP-ers (from left) Liz O’Connor, Maria Maffei, Silja Kallembath and Beatriz Zabater after winning the “Iron Chef” competition at the University of Massachusetts Club downtown with his spicy tuna sliders. The fund-raiser event will result in a donation made in Gerard O’Connor’s name to the Boston Latin School Foundation.

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Program Victory

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Students in Boston College’ PULSE Program enjoy a picnic marking the end of their volunteer work with Victory Programs’ Living and Recovery Community program in Franklin Park on May 2. The students worked with Shattuck Hospital residents who have HIV/AIDS and substance abuse and mental health issues. Pictured are (from left) Austin Hughes, Ryan McGuill, Julie Beigner, Taylor Stiegler, Victory Programs President and CEO Jonathan Scott, Lyan Chung (standing), Mary Sheehy (standing), Katie Oskar, Laura Banu, Alexandra Simpson and Kathryn McKennon. Local state Rep. Liz Malia (not pictured) also attended and praised the students.

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Never mind the bigotry, here’s a queer punk night

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) (from left) Bruce Derfler (“Taffy Vicious”) and Michael Flowers (“Mickey Rotten”).

Two Jamaica Plain residents, not finding a dance night that plays the music they like and welcomes queers, are bringing the punk ethos to dance nights: just do it yourself. Bruce Derfler (“Taffy Vicious”) and Michael Flowers (“Mikey Rotten”) saw something missing from the Boston nightlife—a punk night that was also a welcoming environment...

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Apartment developer pays $11k fine

May 11, 2012
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The developer hoping to build up to 200 apartments at 105A S. Huntington Ave. owed the city $11,000 in unpaid fines until last week. Anthony Nader, who has yet to file his plan with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) for 190 to 200 luxury apartments at 105A S. Huntington Ave., paid off the $10,915...

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Housing Help

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident and former State Street Corporation employee Marjorie Hanson (left) joins Hearth CEO May Shields (center) and State Street alumna Pat Walker (right) at the Spirit of State Street breakfast April 24 in Dorchester. Hanson and Walker are leaders of the the Adopt-A-Room program that outfits rooms in Hearth’s housing for formerly homeless elders.

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DA: Rozzie man’s van hid drug cache

May 11, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—More than 20 pounds of cocaine was found in a secret compartment in a Roslindale man’s minivan during a traffic stop on School Street on April 30, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Elvyn Rafael Garcia, 31, is facing charges of drug trafficking, drug violations in a school zone, and various...

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New parking lot in the works

May 11, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—Local developer Mordechai Levin is planning on turning the property at 41 Amory St. into an 84-vehicle parking lot. “To be honest with you, much of Jamaica Plain needs more parking. Much of the city needs more parking. It’s an old city,” said Levin. The site was previously used for “wrecking, dismantling and...

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Mayor Menino on what makes Rozzie great

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

By Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Special to the Gazette One of the best things about Roslindale is how familiar it feels when you’re walking through Roslindale Village or driving down Washington Street. I don’t need to tell you that generations of families call this neighborhood home. Children play ball at Fallon Field, where their...

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El Chavo, farmer’s market win awards

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) (from left) Alejandro Rodriguez and Lucy Galvan stand outside El Chavo, Roslindale’s Business of the Year.

El Chavo Mexican Products will be named Roslindale’s 2011 Business of the Year at an annual Boston Main Streets awards ceremony to be held May 17. Roslindale Farmer’s Market co-chair Jaime Pullen will be named the neighborhood’s volunteer of the year at the same ceremony. El Chavo, a Mexican specialty store at 4254 Washington...

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Rozzie train club toots horns

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) A 1/48 scale model trolley—about three inches tall—rolls along in the Bay State Model Railroad Museum’s large space.

Roslindale has a train network that would make U.S. Vice President and Amtrak enthusiast Joe Biden jealous—if Biden were one-and-a-half inches tall. The Bay State Model Railroad Museum is not really a museum. It’s a club, open to new members, that gives members the space to create the train model of their dreams. “We’re...

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Senator Brown visits Roslindale Village

May 11, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley) U.S. Sen. Scott Brown gives Cecilia Blacker a high-five.

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown toured Roslindale Village April 27 to meet with local residents, taking photographs with many of them and signing autographs for others. The senator made many stops along the way, including the Blue Star Restaurant, the Fornax Bread Company and Tony’s Market. Tony DeBenedictis, owner of Tony’s Market, made sure Brown...

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Bridal salon coming to Roslindale Village

May 11, 2012
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After a year in business, jewelry store Marla’s Obsession is expanding to add a bridal boutique. Marla’s Bridal Shop will open at 20 Belgrade Ave. in Roslindale this month. The family business, owned by sisters Tricia, Marla and Melissa Adams, started because of Marla’s love of fashion jewelry, Tricia Adams told the Gazette. “She...

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Affordable housing fading away at Stony Brook

May 11, 2012
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Decreasing affordable housing at Stony Brook Commons on Blue Ledge Drive in Roslindale, formerly High Point Village, has one resident hoping a lawsuit against the property owner will bring back the old days. “I used to know my neighbors,” said Elaine Marin-Ruff, a plaintiff in the lawsuit and member of High Point Families United....

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Former T substation might be renovated

May 11, 2012
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A former MBTA transit substation, built in 1911 and situated at 4228 Washington St. in Roslindale, might finally be renovated into a year-round farmers’ market and event space after sitting vacant for more than 40 years. “It would be amazing,” said Stephanie Cave, executive director of Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS). RVMS teamed up...

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Roslindale Events

May 11, 2012
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Roslindale Village Main Street Farmers’ Market Community Meeting, participate in planning for this year’s Farmers’ Market. Thurs., May 17, 6:30-8pm, Roslindale Community Center, Washington St. and Cummins Highway. Volunteer opportunities include flyer distribution, social media, set-up and take-down, staffing the RVMS booth, surveying shoppers, assisting with theme days, helping with fundraising, counting shoppers and...

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Law Day celebrates freedom, rights

May 11, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Holy Name Parish School’s sixth grade class poses in front of a fire truck during the West Roxbury Courthouse’s Law Day on April 27.

FOREST HILLS—The Mozart School, Sacred Heart Academy and Holy Name Parish Schools joined the West Roxbury Courthouse in celebrating Law Day on April 27. Law Day is a part of the courthouse’s Reinventing Justice program, which invites students to witness proceedings at the 445 Arborway courthouse and learn about the legal system. Law Day...

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Nira Rock to get $30k in improvements

May 11, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—Jamaica Plain’s urban wild, Nira Rock, is slated to receive $30,000 in improvements this summer. The work is expected to take place by August, and will include an expansion of the park, a new seating area, new stairs leading up the hill, new fencing and new plantings. “The Boston Parks and Recreation Department...

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