Invitación, 3/30/12

March 30, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 10 de abril para la publicación del 13 de abril. Mandar a [email protected] Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones Reunión pública anual del Concejal Matt O’Malley’s. lunes, 2 abril, 630pm, Connolly...

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Agenda, 3/30/12

March 30, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, April 10 for the April 13 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings City Councilor Matt O’Malley’s annual town hall meeting. Mon., April 2, 6:30pm, Connolly Brach Library, 433 Centre St. Info: 635-4220....

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T plans to trim Green Line, kill JP Loop bus

March 28, 2012
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The MBTA plans an overall 23 percent fare increase,  an end to weekend Green Line streetcar service between Brigham Circle and Heath Street, and an elimination of the Route 48 “JP Loop” bus, according to a budget summary document released March 28 following months of controversy about the T’s sorry financial state. Originally facing...

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Italian coffee shop to open in key spot

March 22, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—An Italian coffee shop called Caffe Aromi is aiming to open in the long-vacant storefront at 403A Centre St. in the heart of Hyde Square next month, according to executive general manager Terry Bruce. It will serve coffee drinks, light pastries and panini, and “create a neighborhood hangout,” Bruce told the Gazette. Bruce...

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Overpass replacement to be ‘Casey Parkway’

March 21, 2012
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Project timeline announced The revised schedule for the newly-renamed Casey Parkway project was announced last night at the first Design Advisory Group (DAG) meeting. The “25 percent design,” or first draft, for the replacement of the Casey Overpass with the new parkway will be presented to the community in October. The 75 percent design...

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Overpass to be replaced by surface street network

March 16, 2012
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(Courtesy Illustration) The design chosen by MassDOT will remove the Casey Overpass and replace it with six lanes of street-level traffic.

FOREST HILLS—After months of delay and speculation, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has decided that the Casey Overpass will be replaced by an at-grade street network and not a new bridge. The decision to replace the overpass with six lanes of surface streets and possibly redesign Shea Circle was confirmed to the Gazette...

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Intersección en vez de un paso elevado

March 16, 2012
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FOREST HILLS- Después de meses de tardanza y especulación, el Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) ha decidido que el paso elevado Casey será reemplazado por una nueva intersección a nivel de la calle y no por un puente. La semana pasada, el portavoz de MassDOT Michael Verseckes, en una entrevista con el Gazette, confirmó...

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JP Branch to get fix-up, but not full renovation

March 16, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) (from left) Friends of the JP Branch member Peg Moloney and co-chairs Don Haber and Gretchen Grozier at the library on March 10.

The Boston Public Library (BPL) trustees voted March 13 to request $125,000 for “improvements” to the JP Branch on Sedgwick Street in this year’s capital fund instead of a long-stalled $8 million renovation plan recently pushed for again by the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library. “What they have proposed is what the...

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Unofficial dog parks meet off-leash demand

March 16, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Cindi and Carl Johnson and their dog Calvin take a break from chasing Pepper (right) at the Beecher St. dog park last Saturday.

Dog owners in Jamaica Plain know where to go to let their dogs off-leash—even if it’s not legal. Peter’s Hill in the Arboretum, the Peter Parkman playground on Wachusett Street and the Beecher Street Park are not City-sanctioned off-leash dog parks. But daily, dozens of dogs have off-leash adventures there. “Problems with unleashed dogs...

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Local man scores big on ‘Jeopardy!’

March 16, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Jeopardy Productions, Inc.) JP resident David Gard (right) with “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek.

While growing up in Bristol, Conn., Jamaica Plain resident David Gard was always fascinated by the television quiz show “Jeopardy!” “I thought, ‘How cool is it to win money? One day someone is going to give me money for being smart,’” said Gard. Gard had the pleasure of just that, winning $84,700 on “Jeopardy!”...

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Suspect arrested in 7-Eleven homicide

March 16, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—A suspect in last year’s stabbing death of a Jamaica Plain man in the 7-Eleven parking lot was arrested yesterday by Boston Police officers and charged with murder. Kenneth Soto, 19, was killed during an early-morning fight at the 451 Centre St. convenience store on Oct. 16. The man charged in the killing...

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Senate candidate meets with City Life

March 16, 2012
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BROOKSIDE—Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren stopped by Ula Café on Amory Street March 13 for a roundtable discussion about the mortgage crisis. City Life/Vida Urbana, a JP-based housing advocacy group, had members there sharing their stories about troubled mortgages and foreclosures. “We are here in Jamaica Plain because families across the Commonwealth have...

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Irish Star

March 16, 2012
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(Photo by Barry Fisher) JP resident Joey Arbata, an internationally known talent on the uilleann pipes, a traditional Irish instrument, will perform in WGBH’s “St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn” on March 17 in New Bedford and March 24 in Cambridge. Arbata placed second at the World Championships of Irish Music in 2009. For more info, see wgbh.org/celtic.

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Hennigan School gets $5K fund from family

March 16, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The Hennigan Elementary School has received $5,000—intended as the seed of a new foundation—from James Hennigan Jr., son of the longtime Jamaica Plain leader for whom the school is named. Hennigan held his 85th birthday party on March 10 in West Roxbury and gave a big gift rather than receiving one: a surprise...

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BPS grad rate up, but JP schools decline

March 16, 2012
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The Boston Public Schools (BPS) graduation rate hit an “all-time high” last year, according to a BPS report. But Jamaica Plain’s high schools showed declines. English High School on McBride Street graduated half of its four-year seniors in 2011, a 9.5 percent drop from the previous year. Greater Egleston Community High School in Egleston...

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Librarians return amid scent dispute

March 16, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—Two librarians are returning to the Connolly Branch Library after a fragrance worn by patrons reportedly caused health issues for them, forcing their temporary transfers. It is unclear how the issue was resolved. And there is still a disagreement between the Connolly’s Friends group and the Boston Public Library (BPL) about establishing a...

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Boston Teachers Union brings contract dispute to JP

March 16, 2012
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SUMNER HILL—Representatives from the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) held a meeting at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library to discuss the 20-month-long ongoing contract negotiation process between themselves and the Boston Public Schools (BPS) on Feb. 16. The meeting was part of a series of meetings held all over the city to explain the BTU’s...

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Parent talks school cuts at council meeting

March 16, 2012
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Jamaica Plain resident Kieran Fitzgibbon, who has a son at the Curley K-8 School, spoke at the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council meeting last month about cuts in funding at that school. Fitzgibbon, who is part of a group of concerned Curley School parents, noted that funding is projected to be $6.2 million for 2013,...

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T parcel gets bids; deadline extended again

March 16, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The MBTA has received bids on a surplus parcel south of the Forest Hills T Station on Hyde Park Avenue, but has extended its bidding deadline to April. MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo told the Gazette that bids have been received for Parcel U, but would not disclose who the bidders are until after...

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Activist author talks gay rights and ‘religious left’

March 16, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Rev. Osagyefo Sekou signs books after his March 7 reading at First Baptist Church.

It’s unusual to start a book reading with a song (“This Little Light of Mine”) and a prayer—but Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou is not a usual author. Reading from his book, “Gods, Gays and Guns: Essays on Race, Religion, and the Future of Democracy” at First Baptist Church on Centre Street on March 7,...

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Sami’s Wrap and Roll renovates

March 16, 2012
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Sami’s Wrap and Roll, a Middle Eastern eatery at 654 Centre St., has been closed for a period of time in March for renovations and has a new storefront sign saying Café Beirut. It is unclear whether the restaurant will reopen under the new name or new management. A message on its answering machine...

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JP resident named to gaming board

March 16, 2012
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(Gazette File Photo) Enrique Zuniga.

Jamaica Plain resident Enrique Zuniga has been appointed to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, which will oversee the newly legalized casino gambling in the state. “Public service is all about generating the best and most innovative outcomes for the taxpayers, and I ook forward to serving on the Gaming Commission in that spirit,” said Zuniga,...

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Man wounded in shooting

March 16, 2012
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A man was shot and wounded near Franklin Park last week, and police are seeking more information about a woman who was seen fleeing the area. The unidentified victim in the March 5 afternoon shooting transported himself to a hospital. At the time of the shooting, a witness reported seeing a woman running in...

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Wine on Tap

March 16, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Blanchard’s Wine & Spirits Manager Mike Denson demonstrates the new wine sample dispensers at the 741 Centre St. location. The two dispensers can safely house eight bottles of wine for up to 60 days and have been in place since mid-December. Samples are free but must be dispensed by an employee.

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