Scholarship Star

August 31, 2012
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MIT prof sees beauty in overpass

August 31, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The Casey Overpass is doomed to demolition and widely considered one of the ugliest structures in Jamaica Plain. But a professor of architectural history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has spotted beauty and drama in the overpass’s massive piers and subtle curve. This spring and summer, David Friedman captured some of those...

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New bar replaces the Old Stag

August 31, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—Coco’s Bar & Lounge recently opened at 3171 Washington St., the former location of the Old Stag Tavern. Betsy Cowan, executive director of Egleston Square Main Street, said there was a soft opening on July 20 and a grand opening the next day. She said owners Jose de la Rosa and Leoni Pascasio...

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Day at the Beach

August 31, 2012
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BRA won’t analyze latest census data

August 31, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will not create a local report of the latest U.S. Census data, according to BRA spokesperson Melina Schuler. “Those facts and figures had been recently released,” said Schuler, referring to the 2010 U.S. Census, though that is not the most recent census data. The BRA will not analyze the...

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Motorcycle hits T van; 1 dead

August 31, 2012
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PARKSIDE—A motorcyclist died after running into an MBTA RIDE van at the corner of Park Lane and Walnut Avenue on Aug. 20, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. The motorcyclist was identified as Juan Feliz, 35, of Boston by the Boston Police Department (BPD). The van contained no passengers at the time and its...

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JP Art

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New charter school opens, others swap spaces

August 31, 2012
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PARKSIDE—A new public charter school, KIPP Boston Middle School, has just opened at 215 Forest Hill St., sharing a building with the Match Charter Public Middle School. The Match Charter Public Middle School has just relocated to 215 Forest Hills St. from 86 Wachusett St., in a building swap with NAtch’s elementary school, which...

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Local nursing homes highly rated

August 31, 2012
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With the Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center closing, there are three remaining nursing homes in Jamaica Plain. The three nursing homes rank mostly higher than the state average, according to state Executive Office of Health and Human Services website. The Goddard House at 201 S. Huntington Ave., which recently announced it will...

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New plan, same criticism for 161 S. Huntington

August 31, 2012
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Opposition to the 161 S. Huntington Ave. apartment project remains high despite changes made by the developer, Boston Residential Group, after an initial round of public comment on the project. Most of the about 40 attendees who spoke during a community meeting at the Back of the Hill Apartments on Aug. 15 voiced much...

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Good Sportsmanship

August 31, 2012
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Local councilors differ on redistricting plan

August 31, 2012
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The City Council approved a controversial redistricting plan by a 7-6 vote on Aug. 22, with local councilors splitting on the issue. City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who lives in and represents Jamaica Plain, voted in favor of the plan, saying it creates a “fair map.” At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo, a JP resident, said...

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Murder attempt suspect arrested at T station

August 31, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—A man cited for smoking at the Forest Hills T Station on Aug. 16 turned out to be wanted on a charge of assault with intent to murder, according to MBTA Transit Police. Ronaldo Taylor, 39, of Roxbury had an open warrant issued in Chelsea, according to Transit Police. He was approached by...

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School renovation rushes to meet deadline

August 31, 2012
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The roughly $4 million renovation of the old Agassiz building at 20 Child St. is nearing completion with the Boston Public Schools (BPS) opening day of Sept. 6 rapidly approaching. The renovated building will contain the Mission Hill K-8 School, which will retain its name despite moving to Jamaica Plain, and the new Margarita...

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JP woman charged in heroin bust

August 31, 2012
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A Jamaica Plain woman already wanted for alleged drug trafficking was caught in Andover in a minivan containing hidden heroin on Aug. 18, according to State Police spokesperson David Procopio. Xiomara Ortiz, 48, was arrested after the driver, Luis Sanchez-Moreta, allegedly told a state trooper that he did not know who she was and...

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Needles found in Forest Hills Cemetery

August 31, 2012
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By Rebeca Oliveira and John Ruch, Gazette Staff FOREST HILLS—Three hypodermic needles, apparently used for drugs, have been found at Forest Hills Cemetery in the past month, according to local resident Kosta Demos, who pricked his finger on one while trying to throw it away. Forest Hills Cemetery installed new streetlights last month to...

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Farm Dinner

August 31, 2012
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A look inside JP’s new hotel

August 31, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—The Gazette received an exclusive tour of the new boutique hotel on S. Huntington Avenue. EnVision Hotel Boston offers 39 stylish and well-proportioned rooms, including two two-bedroom suites that overlook Olmsted Park and Leverett Pond. “You want to make people feel warm and welcome,” Manager Trevor Cross told the Gazette during the recent...

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Main Streets moves into salon space

August 31, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—JP Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS), the local business promotion organization, moved last week into a new office in the basement of Q Salon at 676 Centre St. “Partnering with a local business is a perfect example of the Main Street mission,” said CSMS President Richard Downey. CSMS, whose activities include staging the monthly...

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Political Notes: Sánchez to attend DNC

August 31, 2012
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Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez will be taking a field trip down to Charlotte, N.C. for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) as he continues to campaign for President Barack Obama. The convention will be held Sept. 4-6. “It’s incredible to hear from people from all walks of life,” Sánchez said in a Gazette interview...

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Beetle Busters

August 31, 2012
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2 new Chinese eateries for JP

August 31, 2012
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Two new Chinese restaurants have come to the Washington Street corridor—both replacing other Chinese restaurants. JP Kitchen Chinese Restaurant aimed to open this week at 3510 Washington St. across from English High School, according to co-manager Cai Gao. Gao and co-manager Lisa Pan previously operated the Talk and Wok Café in Hyde Park and...

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JP Music Fest reflects the local scene

August 31, 2012
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When the local Americana-rock band Tallahassee took the stage at the first annual JP Music Festival last year, singer/guitarist Brian Barthelmes was impressed by the professional set-up and the diversity of the huge crowd. Impressed, but not surprised. “JP’s an amazing place for that reason, its ability to bring people together,” he said in...

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Collective has fresh take on art

August 31, 2012
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By Tommy Dean, Special to the Gazette HYDE SQ.—A group of artists called the Fresh Collective held a debut exhibit in their Sheridan Street home earlier this week, setting the stage for more art to come. The group is inspired by the basement shows and do-it-yourself ethos of the underground independent music scene. Getting...

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