Fewer youths call JP home

October 21, 2011
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Don’t let the influx of baby strollers on Jamaica Plain streets fool you. JP’s youth population plunged by nearly 1,170 in the past 10 years, while the adult population increased, according to U.S. Census data. The 6,327 youths 17 and under who called JP home in 2010 marks a nearly 16 percent drop from...

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JP Moms creates a virtual village

October 21, 2011
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JP Moms, a group of moms, dads and caretakers in and around JP make daily use of a powerful resource—each other. “Our kids don’t come with how-to handbooks,” said Divya Kumar, one of JP Moms’ moderators. “We’re here to offer guidance, support and a listening ear to each other.” The listserv group was created...

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Dental School

October 21, 2011
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Dental School

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JP’s favorite toys and games

October 21, 2011
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Dinosaurs still rule Dinosaurs, friendship bracelets, X-Men and chemistry sets are favorites of local kids, according to local toy and game shop owners. Kim Mitchell, owner of Boing! JP’s Toy Shop at 667 Centre St. , and Paul Bryant, co-owner of JP Comics and Games at 603 Centre St. recently offered the Gazette their...

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‘Miss Judy’ is a PAL for homeless kids

October 21, 2011
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‘Miss Judy’ is a PAL for homeless kids

At a large wooden picnic table in the backyard of Portis Family Home at 226 S. Huntington Ave., a young mother braids her daughter’s hair. They sit in the shade of a tall ash tree, heavy with late summer leaves, as they await the arrival of Miss Judy. To those who know her professionally,...

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Hennigan school to get new library

October 21, 2011
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The Hennigan Elementary School at 200 Heath St. is getting a new library this fall, and it is coming courtesy of the big-box chain Target. In partnership with the nonprofit Heart of America, Target has been renovating school urban school libraries since 2007, Heart of America spokesperson John Flynn told the Gazette. This year,...

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Halloween activities around JP

October 21, 2011
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Jamaica Plain is working up a fright for Halloween. If parties and bothering the neighbors are no longer enough entertainment, these JP events should do the trick. The Dog Parade and Fashion Show, organized by the JP Business and Professional Association and JP Centre/South Main Streets, is the place for Rex to show off...

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Furniture designers find a home on South St.

October 21, 2011
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Furniture designers find a home on South St.

Inside Room 68, South Street’s latest addition, there is a bench made of Lucite and repurposed industrial-looking legs. The Lucite top is semi-translucent and looks like something from the future. The industrial base has layers of peeling paint and looks like it has seen decades of hard work. And that bench is part of...

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School keeps cross at front door

October 21, 2011
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CENTRAL JP—A new public school that is in the sticky situation of operating out of a church building still has a Christian cross next to its front door, despite warnings from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that it might violate separation of Church and State. As the Gazette previously reported, Bridge Boston Charter...

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Teaching Point

October 21, 2011
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Teaching Point

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First Thursday expands to year-round

October 21, 2011
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JP CENTER—Starting next month, the popular community art event First Thursday will run year-round. Previously, First Thursday only took place May through September, with a special holiday December date. The evening, scheduled for the first Thursday in each month, features art openings, musical performances, shopping and dining in Centre and South street businesses. “The...

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Park Cleanup

October 21, 2011
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Park Cleanup

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Dental firm gets wall permit

October 21, 2011
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Bicon Dental Implants, was almost immediately issued a permit this month after it was cited by the city Inspectional Services Department (ISD) for building a patio wall without a permit at its office building at 500 The Arborway. Bicon was issued the permit on Oct. 4. The stop-work order from ISD had been issued...

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IdeAZ: Incompleto

October 21, 2011
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Jamaica Plain ya tiene su nuevo Neighborhood Council. Pero, como sucede en Boston, la elección no se hizo por mayoría. Si se recuerda, allá las autoridades ediles fueron seleccionadas por, apenas, un poco más del 30 por ciento de los que tienen capacidad para votar. Aquí el 24 de setiembre, que pasó, registró la...

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Play your part

October 21, 2011
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Play your part

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Court: Council is OK on transparency

October 21, 2011
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The Boston City Council has changed its ways in the years since a 2005 lawsuit caught it holding illegal secret meetings, a judge ruled last month, declining to keep the council under court monitoring. Council President Steve Murphy said the decision “vindicates” the council. Co-plaintiff Shirley Kressel called it “surprising,” and said citizens will...

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Volunteers rehab vet’s home

October 21, 2011
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A local veteran’s house was rehabbed on Oct. 10 by volunteers and Jamaica Plain-based Rebuilding Together Boston as part of a nationwide program. The Sigourney Street home of the U.S. Marine Reserves veteran of Vietnam was rehabbed as part of the Heroes at Home program of the national Rebuilding Together organization. Since 2007, Heroes...

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Editorial: JP’s missing children

October 21, 2011
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Nearly 1,170 children are missing from JP. That is the population plunge in the 17-and-under age category between 2000 and 2010, according to U.S. Census data analyzed by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. JP still has a lot of kids: 6,300, about 17 percent of the neighborhood population. But that drop-off is fairly staggering, especially...

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Editorial: Occupational therapy

October 21, 2011
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Don’t watch the Occupy Boston protest on TV. Go down to Dewey Square and see it for yourself. Listen to the stories about people who work from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. and still can’t pay the bills. Watch the execs in silk ties smirk their way past the camp. See the diversity, from...

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Letter: ‘Inmates,’ not ‘convicts’

October 21, 2011
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I believe that both Rebeca Oliveira and Benjamin Colb did their article “Convicts turn a new leaf” (Oct. 7) a disservice by their overused term “convict,” which they used to describe two inmates, George Graham and Jason Conroy, both serving time at Boston Pre-Release Center on Morton Street and working at the center’s horticultural and...

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Letter: Obama outdoes Bush on lawlessness

October 21, 2011
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Remember the uproar when the Bush administration announced that they could imprison Americans indefinitely and without due process? Obama has now outdone Bush in his disregard for our Constitution by ordering the assassination of the Americans Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan in Yemen. It seems that the Sixth Amendment, the right to a trial in criminal...

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Letter: Double-bagging at Whole Foods

October 21, 2011
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I have an idea for a small business in JP. Situated discreetly around the corner from the new Whole Foods, a small pushcart business. This would rent recycled paper bags, with eyeholes cut out of them. Shoppers could stop at this cart before going into Whole Foods and rent a paper bag to wear...

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Letter: No right to make Whole Foods demands

October 21, 2011
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Although I would 10 times more like to have Hi-Lo as my neighbor than Whole Foods, I feel that the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council has no right to demand anything from Whole Foods that it did not demand from Hi-Lo. (“Whole Foods will not create fund,” Sept. 23.) I would say the same about...

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Letter: In support of Occupy Boston protests

October 21, 2011
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It seems that this fall many Bostonians will be walking like an Egyptian. What started out as Mohamed Bouazizi’s last stand against those who tried to stop him from making a hard-earned buck has now turned into a global movement. The Arab Spring is no longer just an Arab thing. Wall Street represents the heart of the...

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