Sights and Sounds, 1/20

January 20, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Jan. 31 for the Feb. 3 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Accessible ice-skating at Kelly Rink, for wheelchairs, ice-sleds and conventional skates. Wed. Feb. 1, Kelly Rink, 1 Marbury Ter. Info: 413-527-8980....

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Invitación, 1/20

January 20, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es mediodía, 31 de enero para la publicación 3 febrero. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número.  Reuniones Discuscion sobre la ley de tres “strikes”, patrocinado por JP Forum, viernes, 27 enero, 7-9pm, First...

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Agenda, 1/20

January 20, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Jan. 31 for the Feb. 3 issue. Send listings to news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Jackson Sq. Recreational Center meeting, discussing updates and next steps. Jan. 24, 6pm, Anna Mae Cole Community Center, 10 Lamartine...

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Overpass announcement delayed

January 17, 2012
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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) may reach a decision on the future of the Casey Overpass in private this week, but it will not immediately hold a public meeting to announce the decision. MassDOT previously said the decision would be made this week. “Usually we publicize meetings for two weeks, and we haven’t...

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Cops: Woman assaulted at Jamaica Pond

January 16, 2012
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A woman was attacked by an unknown man at Jamaica Pond early this morning while walking her dog, according to the Boston Police Department. The woman reported that she was walking around the pond at 5 a.m. when the suspect passed her and said, “Hello.” The suspect then grabbed her from behind, causing them...

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Occupy survives in churches, marches

January 6, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) Carlos and Melida Arredondo set up the “Camp Alex” Occupy Boston/JP display at First Church on Dec. 19.

  While the Occupy Boston protest was shut down last month, it lives on in symbolic displays at Jamaica Plain churches and in a team-up with JP housing activists. It also survives as a loose, active organization with lots of JP residents involved, including prominent spokesperson Gunner Scott. Meanwhile, the local Occupy JP group...

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JP’s Punk Rock Friar

January 6, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) Brother Charles Sammons.

A Catholic friar and priest who can quote scripture—no surprise. But one who also quotes punk rock and heavy metal lyrics? Meet Brother Charles Sammons, a Jamaica Plain-based Capuchin Franciscan friar who says that rebel music was his first conversion experience on the way to the ultimate punker: Jesus Christ. “If you’re going to...

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You Said It, JP! 2011 in Quotes

January 6, 2012
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“There is someone coming to this location—a Whole Foods.” —Former Hi-Lo Foods manager Bill Jordan breaking the news that Whole Foods was coming to Hyde Square.   “Based on what we know now, we are concerned that Whole Foods is not a good fit for Hyde Square. We hope that it will reconsider its...

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No hay comidas malas ni buenas

January 6, 2012
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Hay varias posiciones vacantes en muchas oficinas y agencias al empezar el 2012. Una de ellas es en Community Servings, donde la persona que ejercía una de las posiciones  más importante se fue para buscar otras alternativas, fuera del estado y trabajando por la educación. Así lo destacó Rosario Domínguez, en una entrevista exclusiva...

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FinComm investigates school move costs

January 6, 2012
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The Boston Finance Commission (FinComm) is investigating Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) funding of a plan to open two new schools in the former Agassiz School building. “We are going to look at how the funding decisions were made and whether there is enough money for the renovations,” FinComm Director Matt Cahill said. “We welcome...

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Local mentor

January 6, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Teresa Herd (above), a Staples employee, is one of many volunteers who mentor at-risk youths through the Mass Mentoring Partnership, which is receiving a $25,000 donation from Staples. Mass Mentoring serves a wide variety of organizations, including JP’s Home for Little Wanderers. For info, see massmentors.org.

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Laundromat has clean start

January 6, 2012
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The new Jackson Square Laundromat washed its first loads at 270 Centre St. on Dec. 30. The full-service laundry offers some unusual features, including New England’s only washer-dryer combo machines, according to owner Jason Santelli. Free Wi-Fi is another service for those waiting on the wash. The laundromat will have a grand opening this...

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Man convicted in teen’s murder

January 6, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—A Dorchester man was convicted of murder last month for gunning down a Bromley-Heath housing development teenager in 2008. Elbert Newson, 23, was sentenced to life in prison with no parole for killing 17-year-old Thomas Webb. Another man charged in the case, Michael Gaines of Roxbury, was convicted last year of unlawful gun...

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Met his MATCH

January 6, 2012
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(Photo by Eric Haynes/Governor’s Office) Gov. Deval Patrick reads along with students at the new MATCH Community Day Charter Public School on Forest Hills Street on Dec. 20, where he praised the school’s focus on English Language Learners. Patrick also visited Community Servings on Marbury Terrace the same day to announce a new newsletter about healthy family eating.

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Ten Tables owner to open ‘burger bar’

January 6, 2012
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JP CENTER—A new burger restaurant called Grass Fed Burger Bar, operated by the owner of the well-known Ten Tables, is coming soon to 605 Centre St. Grass Fed will replace the recently shuttered Bon Savor restaurant a few doors down from Ten Tables. The menu will include “alternative, creative burgers” as well as classic...

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French-style eatery coming soon

January 6, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—A new restaurant called Tonic will open early this year at 3698 Washington St., offering French-influenced cuisine at affordable prices and with late dining hours. “It’s a French restaurant with an accent of American food,” said owner Croan McCormack. Tonic is going into the former Griffin’s bar location and is right next door...

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Grocery team-up

January 6, 2012
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(Photo by Don West) Officials from three competing JP grocery stores come together last month at Jackson Square’s ABCD Jamaica Plain Food Pantry, which they supported with donations. Whole Foods Market’s Jennifer Licht (left), Stop & Shop’s Fitzgerald Iyamabo (center rear) and Harvest Co-Op Markets’ Chris Durkin (right) joined local ABCD Operations Manager Ana Soto de Bechtold (center front).

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JP residents could vote on Eastie casino

January 6, 2012
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JP residents should have the chance to vote on a casino development project in East Boston, local elected officials say. Under a recently passed state law authorizing three casinos and one slot parlor in Massachusetts, Boston City Council has the power to decide whether development plans for a casino in Boston will be subject...

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No overpass decision yet

January 6, 2012
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By Rebeca Oliveira and John Ruch, Gazette Staff The Massachusetts Department of Transportation plans to announce its decision on a Casey Overpass replacement project the week of Jan. 16, spokesperson Michael Verseckes told the Gazette this week. No community meetings have been scheduled. The aging bridge over the Forest Hills T Station area must...

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T may kill E Line on weekends

January 6, 2012
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E Line streetcar service could be shut down on weekends starting this summer as part of an MBTA cost-savings plan. The MBTA is also considering fare hikes and a range of other service cuts, as detailed on its website at mbta.com. The possible cuts and hikes were announced on Tuesday. A series of public...

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Life blood

January 6, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Two-year-old cancer survivor Treson Stuckey (center) samples a toy offered by Mayor Thomas Menino (right) while his mother Tracy Springer (left) looks on during a Dec. 22 American Red Cross blood drive at the Dimock Center on Dimock Street. Donated blood enabled Stuckey to survive surgery last year. For more info, see redcrossblood.org.

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Family Resource Center to open

January 6, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—A new family resource center is readying its doors for a Jan. 20 opening in Jackson Square. The expected opening of the Tree of Life/Arbol de Vida Coalition Family Resource Center (FRC) at the Webb building at Centre Street and Columbus Avenue will help residents address issues of housing, lack of food and...

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Fallen Marine’s brother kills self

January 6, 2012
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A brother of the fallen Marine for whom the Jamaica Plain post office was renamed has committed suicide, reportedly due to grief over his sibling’s 2004 death in Iraq. Brian Luis Arredondo, 24, took his own life in Norwood on Dec. 19, according to a statement from his father Carlos and stepmother Melida. Brian...

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WRCNA head dies

January 6, 2012
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Bruce A. Wallin, 63, of Jamaica Plain died Dec. 29, 2011. Wallin co-founded the West Roxbury Courthouse Neighborhood Association (WRCNA) and was an associate professor of political science at Northeastern University. He was the author of the books “Taxation: Myths and Realities” and “From Revenue Sharing to Deficit Sharing: General Revenue Sharing and Cities.”...

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