Walk around Jamaica Pond to benefit libraries

May 25, 2012
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A Jamaica Plain-centered Facebook group has organized a walk around Jamaica Pond to fund raise for the Jamaica Plain and Connolly branches of the Boston Public Library (BPL). The “I Grew Up in Jamaica Plain” Facebook group will be walking around Jamaica Pond on June 2 to “bring people into JP, into the local...

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JP Observer: BPS needs more ‘pathways’ to boost grad rates

May 25, 2012
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Sit at a desk facing the front of the room with young people roughly your age. Listen. Write things down from time to time. Speak every once in while after you get permission. Move around when told, down a hall to another room that looks pretty much the same, maybe briefly outdoors or to...

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T parcel unsold, but buyers are looking

May 25, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The MBTA received no bids on a surplus parcel south of the Forest Hills T Station on Hyde Park Avenue. The parcel is now open to offers from any interested buyers. “Despite concerted outreach efforts, which included bidder-friendly modifications to the requirements for submitting offers, no bids were received,” MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo...

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JP Heroes

May 25, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Art teacher Brian Barresi (left) shows Aimee Wang a “3-D mural” called “JP Heroes” made by children in the Home for Little Wanderers Voices & Visions Creative Writing and Art Exhibit last week at the Home on S. Huntington Avenue. The heroes included firefighters and the J.P. Licks ice cream store. The exhibit was on display May 17 and 18 at the Home and earlier this week at the Home’s downtown gala.

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Police post signs for fallen officers

May 25, 2012
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Street signs memorializing Boston Police officers killed in the line of duty have popped up at three Jamaica Plain locations as part of a citywide effort. The gray-and-black signs are part of the “Hero Project” to mark spots where officers were killed, according to Boston Police Department (BPD) historian Officer Robert Anthony. All three...

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Brookley Road owners owe $7,000 in taxes

May 25, 2012
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The City of Boston filed a lien against the owners of 101 Brookley Road for over $7,000 in unpaid property taxes in December. The lien could result in the eventual foreclosure of the property, possibly as soon as next month. “We move to foreclose on a property only after we have exhausted all other...

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Senator, Whole Foods duel on fish ban

May 25, 2012
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U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is dueling with Whole Foods Market over the grocer’s policy to stop selling seafood that is not caught in a “sustainable” way. Brown claimed that the move by Whole Foods, which has a store at 413 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain, is based on “political correctness” and will “hurt Massachusetts...

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Councilors’ views of BPS school moves differ

May 25, 2012
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The Boston City Council was slated to decide the fate of the controversial Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) $19 million school-move plan this week. Councilor Mike Ross, who represents Hyde Square, is calling it a “bad plan,” while At-Large Councilor Felix Arroyo is battling an internal conflict on how to vote. “I’m still deliberating within...

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Salon opens, plans seniors-only spinoff

May 25, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—Xposure by Noel is open in its new space at 15 Lamartine St. and has expanded from a salon to a full-service spa. “It’s beautiful here,” said owner Noel Negron, whose business moved from central JP into a new building created by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC). Negron is also planning...

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Hyde/Jackson Main Street missing annual report

May 25, 2012
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Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) is six months late in filing a mandatory annual report with the state Attorney General’s Office. The annual report is required of all nonprofits and includes details of that organization’s assets and officers. “We know we’re required to file and we will,” HJSMS President of the Board...

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Chuck Turner appeal starts

May 25, 2012
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Former City Councilor Chuck Turner, whose district included Egleston Square in Jamaica Plain, began the appeal of his 2010 conviction on charges of public corruption earlier this month. Oral arguments for the federal case were heard on May 9 in district court. “Given the quality of the brief prepared by I think...

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Church getting repaired stone by stone

May 25, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) Scaffolding and removed stones sit around St. John’s Episcopal Church earlier this month.

SUMNER HILL—The historic St. John’s Episcopal Church is undergoing major repairs for “incredible damage” caused by water in its stone walls, according to the chair of the church’s capital campaign. Some exterior walls on the 1880s church at Roanoke Avenue and Revere Street are being taken down stone by stone for repair. The stones...

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JP residents help urban gardens grow

May 25, 2012
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Urban agriculture is blooming in Boston, from backyard vegetable patches to community gardens to for-profit urban farms, and Jamaica Plain residents are involved in nearly all aspects of the boom. From the Mayor’s Urban Agriculture Working Group (UAWG), to Boston’s “Food Czar,” to business owners and backyard beekeepers, JP residents are not afraid to...

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Disney casting director moves to JP

May 25, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Brittany Shapiro.

Leaving her job casting actors for Disney has worked out well for recent Jamaica Plain transplant Brittany Shapiro. After years in Los Angeles, she has just been made director of the Media Performance Institute (MPI) at Boston Casting. “L.A. is such a tough city. There’s a very warm feeling in JP,” Shapiro said in...

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First Lady’s Night

May 25, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Maura Hennigan (right), a JP resident and the clerk of the Suffolk County Superior Court for Criminal Business, poses with First Lady Michelle Obama at a campaign fund-raiser for President Barack Obama at the Institute for Contemporary Arts in South Boston on March 9.

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Art Therapy

May 25, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) An attendee views some of the art on display during the first annual Arts Festival April 29 at Rogerson House, 434 Jamaicaway. More than 70 people attended and viewed art by residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, which was created as part of an art therapy program.

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‘Eldercare block’ celebrates unity

May 25, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Joining in the Eldercare Block visit were (from left, front row): Goddard House’s Jim Stamatopoulos and Carmen Wornum; Mount Pleasant’s Gwen James; Boston Commissioner on Elderly Affairs Emily Shea; (back row) Goddard House’s Jim Sugrue and Emmanuel Freddura; Nathaenael Shea of state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz’s office; Jullianne Doherty, JP Neighborhood Coordinator for the Mayor’s Office; and Sherrill House’s Josh Hammond.

The Goddard House, the Sherrill House and the Mount Pleasant Home—three elder care organizations on S. Huntington Avenue—gathered May 14 to celebrate National Nursing Home week. The event, which started at the Goddard House with refreshments and speeches and then went on to tour the other two facilities, was billed as the “JP Eldercare...

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Chasing Venus

May 25, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Author Andrea Wulf will discuss her new history book “Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens” on May 30 at Arnold Arboretum. The book is about the scientific community’s worldwide effort, despite enormous challenges, in the 1760s to use a rare astronomical event to make the first measurements of the distance between planets in our solar system. The event, known as the transit of Venus, will occur again next month. See Sights & Sounds listing.

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1812 Music

May 25, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society (above) will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 with traditional instruments and songs performed in period costume at the Loring-Greenough House on June 3. See Sights & Sounds listing.

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Community chorus brings music to JP

May 25, 2012
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A new all-ages community chorus, SingPositive!, aims to bring music to Jamaica Plain’s art scene. “Jamaica Plain has so many artists, musicians and community-oriented residents, but no community chorus” until now, Executive Director Krissy Skare told the Gazette. The first concert was May 20 at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Sumner Hill to a...

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Cemetery hosts Memorial Day history tour

May 25, 2012
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If you’re looking for a way to commemorate Memorial Day, then head to the Forest Hills Cemetery, where there is more than 200 years of history. The Forest Hills Educational Trust (FHET) will be hosting a tour called “Answering the Call” there Sun., May 27 to celebrate Memorial Day. “The history here is so...

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Main Streets honors best businesses

May 25, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Mayor’s Office) Caleb Hannon (center), 13, accepts the Volunteer of the Year award for JP Centre/South Main Streets from Mayor Thomas Menino (left) and Department of Neighborhood Development Director Evelyn Friedman (right).

Boston Main Streets and Mayor Thomas Menino last week honored the “businesses of the year” and “volunteers of the year” from the city’s Main Streets organizations. Main Streets are city-affiliated nonprofits that promote local businesses and historic preservation. The winners from Jamaica Plain’s three local Main Streets organizations, announced May 17 at the Strand...

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Justice Award

May 25, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Rev. Dr. Gloria White-Hammond (left) of JP’s Bethel AME Church looks toward Catholic Charities President Deborah Kincade Rambo after receiving the organization’s Justice and Compassion Award at the Spring Celebration fund-raiser at Dorchester’s John F. Kennedy Library and Museum on May 17. White-Hammond was honored as co-founder of My Sister’s Keeper, an organization that aids women who suffered slavery in Sudan and Darfur.

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JP reacts to Obama same-sex marriage support

May 25, 2012
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President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage on May 9 to acclaim from local activists. Same-sex marriage in the U.S. began in Massachusetts in 2004 thanks to a lawsuit, Goodridge vs. Department of Public Health, named for a Jamaica Plain couple and include four other JP residents as plaintiffs. “I was a...

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