JP club’s costumes highlight Caribbean carnival

August 17, 2012
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JP club’s costumes highlight Caribbean carnival

The annual Caribbean festival returns to Franklin Park next week, and dazzling costumes made by a Jamaica Plain club will be a big part of the fun. The Trinidad & Tobago Social Club at 16 Glen Road makes hundreds of bikini-style costumes bedecked in sequins and colorful feathers. The club has won top performer...

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JP Branch Library to add community mosaic

August 17, 2012
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JP Branch Library to add community mosaic

SUMNER HILL—A community-wide art collaboration is under way to create mosaic art for the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library. A collaboration between ceramic artist and sculptor Bette Ann Libby and the community will result in a piece of ceramic artwork that will make its home in the library’s downstairs auditorium. The...

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Solar Power

August 17, 2012
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Solar Power

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105A S. Huntington project draws praise, concerns

August 17, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—Community feedback for the proposed luxury apartments and retail space in a 130-foot-tall building at 105A S. Huntington Ave., named “The Serenity,” is split between support for the developer and criticisms over the appearance of the project. At a community meeting on July 31 at Back of the Hill Apartments, the developer was...

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Hyde/Jackson Main Street gets new head

August 17, 2012
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Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) reportedly has a new executive director, though the chair of the business promotion organization’s board did not respond to requests for confirmation. A man identifying himself as HJSMS’s new executive director contacted the Gazette in late July, but declined to speak about the position on the record pending an...

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Rescue Me

August 17, 2012
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Rescue Me

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Criminal complaints dropped in pizzeria dispute

August 17, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—All criminal complaints have been dropped in the heated dispute over the former Slice o’ Pie pizzeria at 378 Centre St., according to landlord John Meehan. An Aug. 1 court hearing where Meehan faced a charge of making threats in the dispute ended with no criminal charges filed, according to a West Roxbury...

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JP’s Gentleman Farmer

August 17, 2012
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Some people switch careers with the changing of the wind. Not Jim Buckle. He’s a farmer for life. “It’s a good, clean way to make a living,” said Buckle. “I love growing food. I’m never going to give this up. I’ll go broke before I do.” Buckle, who lives in Jamaica Plain, owns and...

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Hope Lodge offers support for patients, locals

August 17, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge at 125 S. Huntington Ave. wants to connect with the community while serving its mission to provide free housing for out-of-town cancer patients. By offering free community meeting space, encouraging volunteerism and hosting twice-yearly art openings for local and regional artists—many from Jamaica Plain—the Hope Lodge staff...

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Bromley-Heath police tactics protested

August 17, 2012
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Protesters at the Bromley-Heath housing development July 27 claimed the Boston Police Department (BPD) is using overly aggressive tactics, while BPD is saying it is targeting known troublemakers. Other residents support the increased BPD presence. One Bromley-Heath resident questioned the police tactics in a recent phone interview with the Gazette. “Violence is everywhere, but...

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More city councilors oppose condos

August 17, 2012
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At-Large Boston City Councilors Felix Arroyo and Ayanna Pressley joined the opposition to condo buildings proposed for 207-209 Chestnut Ave. in a letter sent last month to the City’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD). City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who already opposed the project, also signed the letter. Developer Pat McKenna told the Gazette this week...

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JP Agenda, Aug. 17, 2012

August 17, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Aug. 28 for the Aug. 31 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings   Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, agenda tba, Tues., Aug. 28, 7pm, Julia Martin House, 90 Bickford St. Info: jpnc.org. District...

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Free Ride

August 17, 2012
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Free Ride

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Editorial: JP diversity

August 17, 2012
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A study has found that JP friendships are unusually diverse in terms of political, religious and social attitudes. That’s a sign of more than token respect for individual differences, and that’s a great thing for any neighborhood and any relationship. JP prides itself on diversity. In some ways, the local definition of diversity is...

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Editorial: Policing Jackson Square

August 17, 2012
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Police officers perform an incredibly difficult job. They put their lives on the line just by wearing the badge. They make dozens of potentially life-changing judgment calls every day. They try to keep order while respecting and protecting civil liberties in a free society that can and does throw just about anything at them....

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Letter: Same Old Place owner will be missed

August 17, 2012
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Fred Ciampa made many wonderful memories for my children. (“Fred Ciampa, owner of Same Old Place, dies,” Aug. 3.) We had pizza night when we could, when Mom needed a break from preparing meals, and when we all needed a treat. What a sweet event it was, marching down Centre Street to the Same...

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Letter: Wage theft is a widespread problem

August 17, 2012
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A father of three told me: “This man was looking for people to paint cars in his body shop after hours. He said he’d pay $20 an hour, so I went there after my regular job. I worked there six hours a night. I was there for two weeks and then I asked him...

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Letter: Goddard House closure a moral tragedy

August 17, 2012
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I am personally saddened by the news that Goddard House will be closing forever in September; an irreversible decision, I believe made too quickly. (“Goddard House nursing home to shut down,” July 20.) Since my days as a young pastor 40 years ago, continuing through my current role at the Mount Pleasant Home next...

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Letter: HIV test expansion law is a key step

August 17, 2012
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If you don’t know your HIV status, you should. Today, it’s easier than ever in Massachusetts to learn your status through your doctor thanks to a change in the state’s HIV testing law that went into effect on July 26. This new law, “An Act to Increase Routine Screening for HIV,” modernizes the Commonwealth’s...

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Letter: Sánchez wrong to support ‘three strikes’

August 17, 2012
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Regarding the “three strikes” bill, my rep., Jeffrey Sánchez, voted in favor of this bill, thus abandoning his confreres in the state Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, the chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, common sense and me. (“Local officials split on three strikes bill,” Aug. 3.) Across the land for decades, mandatory sentencing...

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VA garage work annoys neighbors

August 17, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—Weekend and early-morning construction work on the new Veterans Affairs hospital garage at 150 S. Huntington Ave. is annoying neighbors. The VA has set a 7 a.m. weekday start time, but some weekend work is unavoidable, according to spokesperson Diane Keefe. “We are doing our best to limit weekend work,” she said. “We...

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South St. condo plan rejected

August 17, 2012
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SOUTH ST.—Controversial plans to demolish a lawyer’s office and replace it with a five-unit condo building were rejected earlier this month by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee and the City’s zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). It is unclear what will happen to attorney Peter Fenn’s plan for 71 South St. Fenn did...

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Invitacion, Aug. 17, 2012

August 17, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 28 de agosto para la publicación del 31 de agosto. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, agenda pendiente, martes, 28 agosto, 7pm, Julia Martin...

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Grocery trucks park illegally in bus stops

August 17, 2012
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Grocery trucks park illegally in bus stops

Two local grocery stores have been caught with food trucks parked illegally in MBTA bus stops while making deliveries. John Rowse, who lives on Paul Gore Street, took pictures on July 13 and 20 of food trucks parked illegally in the MBTA bus stop in front of Whole Foods at 413 Centre St. during...

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