AIDS Action wins social justice award

November 9, 2012
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AIDS Action wins social justice award

Eastern Bank honored the Jamaica Plain-based AIDS Action Committee and its president and CEO, Rebecca Haag, with the 24th annual Wainwright Social Justice Award at a downtown ceremony Oct. 4. AIDS Action is New England’s largest AIDS service organization. The Social Justice Award recognizes nonprofits and affiliated individuals who have achieved outstanding success in addressing...

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LGBT seniors supper club launches

November 9, 2012
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LGBT seniors supper club launches

Ethos, a Jamaica Plain-based senior care organization, has launched a new program to build and support the LGBT seniors community: Out4Supper, a monthly dinner club, hosted by Mount Pleasant Home. Out4Supper is aimed at gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people aged 60 or over, though younger people are welcome as companions or guests. There...

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Alternative music agency helps the local scene

November 9, 2012
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A new local booking agency called the Music and Arts Matrix is helping to get bands from Jamaica Plain’s burgeoning music scene into traditional and alternative venues alike. “It’s a promotion agency with a heart,” said Lisa Fraggos, a 32-year-old Hyde Square resident who founded the company about eight months ago. She has already...

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Sights & Sounds, Nov. 9, 2012

November 9, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Nov. 19 for the Nov. 23 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Taste of Jamaica Plain, culinary tour of JP restaurants to support ESAC, Thu., Nov. 15, 6:30pm, Cedars Hall, 61 Rockwood St....

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JP-based web shop sells vintage-flavored fashions

November 9, 2012
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Good Manners, a new web-based store operated by two Pondside residents, focuses on Victorian-flavored modern fashion for men and women. The shop launched this week at goodmannersboston.com. Operators Andrew Anissi and Jennifer Tran aim to restore the virtues of “ladylike” clothing for women and pride in appearance for men, according to a press release....

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Political Notes: Chang-Díaz set to receive legislator award

November 9, 2012
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Local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz will receive the Legislator of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, according to a press release. “I am so honored to receive this award,” said Chang-Díaz, according to the press release. “Our state’s commitment to education is at the core of who we are.” Chang-Díaz...

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JP Tunes: New local music

November 9, 2012
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Jamaica Plain musicians recently released the following albums or singles: • Hey Ice Machine, “Hey Ice Machine” (self-released). Heyicemachine.com. JP musicians can notify JP Tunes about new releases at news@jamaicaplaingazette.com.

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Legislators to hold hearings on lab scandal, meningitis outbreak

November 9, 2012
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State legislators will hold a series of hearings starting Nov. 14 on the state Department of Health (DPH) handling of the meningitis outbreak that has killed at least 30 people and the state drug lab scandal, according to local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez. “It’s a really big deal,” said Sánchez. “We want to be...

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Bigger drug lab was rejected in 1986

November 9, 2012
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The William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute at 305 South St. has been thrust into the spotlight by the state drug lab scandal, but it is not the first time the site has been involved with controversy. About 25 years ago, the state planned to build a separate crime lab and state medical examiner’s...

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Polly Wants a Walk

November 9, 2012
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Polly Wants a Walk

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Winter farmers market to debut

November 9, 2012
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BROOKSIDE—Jamaica Plain’s first cold-season farmers market will debut Nov. 10 at the Our Lady of Lourdes Church Parish Hall at 45 Brookside Ave. The Egleston Farmers Market will feature a wide variety of seasonal foods, including from such JP-based producers as Buckle Farms and Yard Birds. It will run two Saturdays a month in...

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Trees down as storm largely spares JP

November 9, 2012
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Trees and large limbs came down around Jamaica Plain and the rest of the city in the wake of Hurricane or “Superstorm” Sandy on Oct. 29. While the gigantic storm devastated New Jersey and New York City and killed people as far away as Toronto, it was not as strong as predicted here. Unlike...

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Latvian church condo conversion approved

November 9, 2012
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The city’s Zoning Board of Appeals has approved the redevelopment of the former Jamaica Plain Latvian Lutheran Church at 98 Rockview St. into three condos. “The project was just approved” on Oct. 23, Robert Allan, attorney for the project, told the Gazette last week. In the next few months, owner Dennis Coghlan will prepare...

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JP Halloween

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Editorial: JPNC chair should resign

November 9, 2012
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Benjamin Day, the chair of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, led an ill-informed smear campaign against the developers and elected officials involved in two housing developments that his council will review. He threw a bomb that backfired and damaged the JPNC. He should resign. This is a difficult call to make because Day has...

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Editorial: Honoring veterans

November 9, 2012
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As Veterans Day is observed Nov. 12, America is anticipating the official end of the Afghanistan war. Veterans will be welcomed home, but often to a lack of jobs and services. Veterans deserved thanks, but need much more than that. It is a good time to consider supporting Volunteers of America-Massachusetts or the Wounded...

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Letter: Gazette failed to report real S. Huntington news

November 9, 2012
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You and your reporters have failed to report the news. The editorial “JPNC chair should resign” (jamaicaplaingazette.com, Nov. 1) and article “Developers’ donations stir debate; JPNC chair’s role questioned” (jamaicaplaingazette.com, Oct. 31) contain misleading statements, and do not focus on what is truly newsworthy: 1) despite nearly total opposition to luxury condo developments at...

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Letter: Casey plan degrades all forms of transportation

November 9, 2012
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At the most recent planning meeting to eliminate the Casey Overpass, MassDOT announced its misguided “Complete Street” design, having degraded every form of transportation at Forest Hills. First, this meeting presented the elimination of on-street bike lanes along New Washington Street. This is being done because they have acknowledged that the six-lane roadway presents...

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Letter: Opposing housing for poor or rich is class warfare

November 9, 2012
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Hooray for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, Boston Health Care for the Homeless and the Pine Street Inn! (“Homeless care project wins appeal,” Oct. 26.) The state appellate court has ruled in favor of the 461 Walnut Ave. respite care facility. The plaintiffs argued that increased traffic and decreased property values would impact...

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Letter: Focus on developers, not critics

November 9, 2012
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Your recent editorial “JPNC chair should resign” (jamaicplaingazette.com, Nov. 1) as well as your article “Developer’s donations stir debate” (jamaicaplaingazette.com, Oct. 31) cast a critical light on JP residents volunteering to improve our neighborhood. Why didn’t you choose instead to aim your attention at heavyweight luxury housing developers rapidly encroaching in JP? The nearly...

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Letter: Higher standard needed in JPNC, S. Huntington debate

November 9, 2012
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Residents of Jamaica Plain are wrestling over who can lay claim to the neighborhood. At a time of declining and stagnating real estate values overall, when one-third of mortgage holders nationwide are underwater, prices here are steady and rising. Some will benefit and some will not. We are attracting heightened interest, including from far-flung...

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Letter: Put lights in windows for unity

November 9, 2012
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Be you a Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jew or Shinto, this time of year has been sacred to man since before any religion was founded. Huge bonfires lit the night to tempt the Sun back. To light your windows is assumed a Christian tradition. Yet many Christians do not observe this way. Here in America,...

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On Stage

November 9, 2012
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On Stage

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JP Agenda, Nov. 9, 2012

November 9, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Nov. 19 for the Nov. 23 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings   Zoning Board of Appeals, Boston City Hall, Room 801, 635-4775. Tues., Nov. 13, 9:30am, Boston Residential Group seeks variances for floor-area...

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