Honored Activist

April 27, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Beatriz Rivera (left), a community health activist with the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center and JP’s Beantown Society, is presented with The Philanthropic Initiative’s Boston Neighborhoods Fellow award by Mayor Thomas Menino at an April 11 South End ceremony. Given to only six residents a year, the prestigious fellowship includes an unrestricted cash grant.

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Street Art

April 27, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) Mission Hill artist Peter Bass works on a watercolor painting of the Centre Street and Seaverns Avenue intersection in front of 673 Centre on the afternoon of April 19. Bass said he is teaching himself to paint.

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Bad JP map fades from use

April 27, 2012
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A wildly incorrect official map of Jamaica Plain and other neighborhoods that tainted City of Boston programs for decades appears to be rapidly fading from use a year after it was corrected. The map still lingers in some long-running programs and studies, however. The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) created the deliberately incorrect map of...

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Web error puts Vegas casino in JP

April 27, 2012
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A major Las Vegas hotel and casino occupies the Jamaicaway Tower and a triple-decker on Child Street, according to an incorrect Google Maps listing that has spread across the web. The 111 Perkins St. condo tower is labeled as Nevada’s Venetian Resort Hotel Casino on the popular web mapping service. Another address behind the...

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Red Sox Nation’s First President

April 27, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo)  JP resident David Crellin (right) joins his 101-year-old father Floyd at Goddard House in Brookline last week during a birthday party sponsored by the Boston Red Sox baseball team. Floyd Crellin was born a year to the day before Fenway Park opened on April 20, 1912 and was honored at the 100th home opener at the park on April 13.

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Cops: Baby kidnapped from JP home

April 27, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—An Allston woman allegedly kidnapped an 8-month-old baby from a Jamaica Plain home on April 17, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). The baby was recovered safely at 70 Weaver Court in Jackson Square’s Academy Homes housing development. Andrea K. Martin, 25, was arrested and charged with kidnapping. An unidentified caregiver was...

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Duck houses installed in park

April 27, 2012
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PONDSIDE—Boxes intended as homes for wood ducks have been installed in Olmsted Park in an attempt to help the colorful, formerly rare bird bounce back in the area. Two wooden boxes mounted atop poles were installed late last month, one in Ward’s Pond and one in Leverett Pond, by Jamaica Plain and Brookline park...

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Ross seeks Green Line traffic cameras

April 27, 2012
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City Councilor Mike Ross is attempting to apply the brakes to motorists who speed by the Green Line while passengers enter and exit the trolley. He has filed a home-rule petition in the City Council that would install trolley cameras intended to capture the law-breaking culprits. “This is such a public safety need,” said...

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Condo project talks continue

April 27, 2012
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SOUTH ST.—Attorney Peter Fenn aims to have an updated plan this summer to demolish his 71 South St. law office and replace it with a five-unit condo building, he told the Gazette. Some neighbors expressed concerns about the proposal’s density and parking when Fenn announced it in December 2011. The existing property includes a...

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Chef, author injured in bike crash

April 27, 2012
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CANARY SQ.—A Jamaica Plain chef and bestselling cookbook author was injured April 6 when her bicycle hit a car door at Centre and Moraine streets. Didi Emmons said she spent a night in the hospital with a concussion after the accident in a post on her Facebook page. She noted that she fell in...

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Editorial: Centers minus community?

April 27, 2012
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What is a community center without the community? We’re about to find out, as ludicrous, abrupt rental hikes at the Hennigan Community Center drive successful JP youth programs out of the neighborhood, and perhaps out of business. This looks like another way to balance the books on the backs of the disadvantaged, and it...

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Editorial: Leash your dogs

April 27, 2012
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People are roaming free in JP’s wealth of parkland with the arrival of spring. Unfortunately, so are off-leash pet dogs. Having a dog off-leash on the street or in a park is illegal. It’s illegal because it’s irresponsible, rude and dangerous. Dogs are not miniature people. They are animals that can and will bite....

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Letter: Casey Arborway is a cheap but bad solution

April 27, 2012
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Regarding the Casey Arborway project, it’s about the money. And don’t forget, the state, at the start, told the Working Advisory Group members this is not about money. So anytime I hear otherwise, I want to pick up my pen. This is an important bridge. The bridge keeps cross-town traffic out of a neighborhood...

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Letter: Give Valentine some love

April 27, 2012
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Sawx fans, the players and many in the sports media need to lighten up re: their new manager, Bobby Valentine. They’re acting like small-town hicks, suspicious of the newcomer because he has a slight attitude and edge to him, and, no doubt in this case, because his hometown of Stamford is closer to N.Y.C. than Boston....

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Letter: Apartment project should preserve, not demolish

April 27, 2012
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We read with alarm the announcement of plans to demolish the New England Home for Little Wanderers to make way for a new apartment building described as “huge” and “high-end” (“Apartment project plan is filed,” March 30). For over 100 years, the west side of S. Huntington Avenue has been home to a group...

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Letter: Developer’s work does not add to JP character

April 27, 2012
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“Life goes on. Things get built,” developer Pat McKenna is quoted as saying in John Ruch’s April 13 article “Housing developer stirs more debate.” I have lived in the Glenvale Park neighborhood since 1988, a few doors down from Mr. McKenna’s proposed demolition of 207 Chestnut Ave., a farmhouse that dates back to the...

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Letter: Don’t mock luxury residents-to-be

April 27, 2012
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I found your April 13 editorial (“S. Huntington luxuries) on the impending cuts to the Green Line insulting to the nth degree. Instead of discussing the ramifications of the proposed MBTA service cuts and how these could negatively impact our community, and perhaps even offering your readers a cogent solution to this dilemma, your first impulse is to...

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Letter: Thanks to JP volunteers

April 27, 2012
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In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, we would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank and celebrate the 420 volunteers whose steadfast dedication and commitment enable Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston to fulfill its mission: to enrich the quality of life for terminally ill patients and their families....

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Sights and Sounds, 4/27/12

April 27, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, May 8 for the May 11 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Wake Up the Earth Festival & Parade, Sat., May 5, parade assembly at 10:30am, parade 11:30am, from Curtis Hall. Rain date...

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Invitación, 4/27/12

April 27, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 8 de mayo para la publicación del 11 de mayo. Mandar a [email protected] Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones Grupo de advertencia para Casey Arborway Design, lúnes 30 abril; miercoles 16...

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JP Agenda, 4/27/12

April 27, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, May 8 for the May 11 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Casey Arborway Design Advisory Group, Mon., April 30; Wed., May 16, 6-8pm, State Lab Bldg., 305 South St. Info: massdot.state.ma.us/caseyoverpass....

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Fire leaves 14 homeless

April 25, 2012
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A porch fire at an 83 Paul Gore St. residential building has left 14 people homeless until repairs are made. The Boston Fire Department did not respond to Gazette questions about the cause of the April 20 fire. A fund to assist the residents has been set up through the Neighbors for Neighbors organization...

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Jackson Sq. property to become parking lot

April 25, 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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Police seek school sex crime suspect

April 25, 2012
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SUMNER HILL—A man exposed his genitals to children outside a local school on April 24 and is being sought by police, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). The suspect, described as a short white male in blue jeans, reportedly approached children playing outside the Hollow Reed School at 93 Sedgwick St. around 10:30...

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