Community service

January 6, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) David Waters (left), CEO of JP’s Community Servings, accepts a donation of more than $30,000 from Whole Foods Market officials Heather McCready, Melissa Traverse and Jennifer Licht on Dec. 22. The donation from Whole Foods stores, including one in JP, support the nonprofit’s work in providing meals to people who are homebound due to critical illness.

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Condo plan riles neighbors

January 6, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) The existing law office at 71 South St.

SOUTH ST.—A plan to replace the law office at 71 South St. with a three-story, five-unit condo building is riling neighbors, who call it too dense. Attorney Peter Fenn was seeking multiple significant zoning variances for the plan at the Dec. 15 meeting of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee. He agreed to...

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HOPE goes bankrupt

January 6, 2012
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The Hispanic Office for Planning and Evaluation (HOPE), a major human services organization at 165 Brookside Ave. Ext., declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy last month. That follows an abrupt closure of its offices in April. “We did consider a number of options and strategies over many meetings before deciding that bankruptcy was our only alternative,”...

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Arborway Yard gets cleaned up

January 6, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Issues at the Arborway Yard that got the MBTA-owned bus facility added to a “problem properties” list were resolved within 48 hours, Inspectional Services Department spokesperson Lisa Timberlake told the Gazette. In an unusual move, the Jamaica Plain Problem Properties Committee—an advisory group that normally identifies private properties for city inspectors to investigate—added...

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Computer lab

January 6, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Hyde Square now has 25 laptop computers for use by students and their families thanks to a donation from Wentworth Institute of Technology. Celebrating the donation at the school on Dec. 16 were (from left): Principal Waleska Landing-Rivera; Joe Boston, director of WIT’s Center for Learning and Community Partnership; student Haley Tejeda; state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez; and WIT President Zorica Pantic.

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Editorial: Yes to a casino vote

January 6, 2012
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There is something absurd about holding a vote on whether a legal business can open its doors in Boston. But that is what the law permitting casinos in Massachusetts demands. The only question is whether the vote will be held in just the casino’s neighborhood, or citywide. When a Suffolk Downs casino in Eastie...

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Editorial: A neighborhood loss

January 6, 2012
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Bruce Wallin, the co-founder of the West Roxbury Courthouse Neighborhood Association, passed away last week. First and foremost, his passing is a tragedy for his family and friends. It is also a loss for Northeastern University, where he was a professor, and for the Forest Hills neighborhood for which he cared deeply. Bruce brought...

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Editorial: Seize the year

January 6, 2012
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The year 2012 is here, and very little can be said with certainty about what events it will hold. Except this: An ancient Mayan god will not return to destroy the world, contrary to a surprisingly popular superstition. More sophisticated thinkers point out that end-of-the-world stories are metaphors for changes in belief systems. They...

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Op-Ed: Progress Over Party: JP should vote for Paul

January 6, 2012
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By Sean Ryan, Special to the Gazette If you lived in JP in 2008, chances are you voted for Barack Obama.  Tired of the wars, privacy invasions and rampant crony corporatism of the Bush years, JP residents overwhelmingly endorsed an idealistic young reformer who offered a universally popular message: change. Candidate Obama’s closing argument...

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Letter: A big shout-out to Egleston Sq.

January 6, 2012
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I just would like to give a “shout-out” to Egleston Square! I have lived here in this neighborhood for over 20 years. I have lived on School and Copley streets for most of this time. I have seen this community change quite a bit. I remember the X-Men, a time before there was a...

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Letter: AAA Appliances is A-plus

January 6, 2012
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What a great resource we have right here in JP. Last week, our oven gave out. The problem seemed apparent. The pilot light lit, but the flame did not spread across the oven bottom, making it impossible to reach a temperature above “warm.” We called a recommended service provider. The company charged us an...

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Letter: Tedeschi has great staff

January 6, 2012
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Tedeschi is one of my favorite stores in Jamaica Plain. Some employees from years ago are still there and others come and go, but this present staff is so friendly. There is among other customers and such a wonderful staff a camaraderie that I love. I am from Europe and from very mixed origins,...

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Letter: Thanks for JP honesty

January 6, 2012
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Here’s yet another reason to shop JP local: My daughter’s Hanukkah miracle. My daughter, in for the holiday, came home from shopping at JP Center and realized all her presents were missing. After much consternation emotionally and monetarily (she’s a social worker and bartender—not much flowing in) she went back to ask the stores...

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Letter: What Menino can do for the 99%

January 6, 2012
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The following letter was sent to Mayor Thomas Menino and Boston city councilors: A recent Boston Globe article quotes you, Mayor Menino, as saying about Occupy Boston, “You know, mayors can’t do much about what they are talking about. It’s Congress and the U.S. Senate that can make these decisions, but nobody is talking...

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‘Nutcracker’ notice

January 6, 2012
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(Photo by Petr Metlicka) The popular “Urban Nutcracker,” a modern take on the classic ballet produced by JP’s BalletRox, got national attention on the ABC News program “Nightline” on Dec. 23. The piece about various versions of the ballet included footage of this year’s “Urban Nutcracker” at Wheelock College and BalletRox’s Amory Street studio. Above, Caroline Cohn and Joe Gonzalez dance in this year’s show.

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IdeAZ: Un año crucial

January 6, 2012
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Somos un país dominado por la política, aunque sea la política de sólo dos partidos. Por eso, aprovechando la presencia de dos personalidades en una sola actividad desarrollada en JP, hablamos con ellos sobre lo que será el año que acabamos de empezar y que ya corre apresuradamente porque hoy, cuando aparece esta nota,...

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Minority leaders focus of JP photographer

January 6, 2012
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(Photo by Don West) Gov. Deval Patrick, from JP photographer Don West’s exhibit “Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership (1980-2011).”

JP photographer Don West’s latest photo exhibit has been 30 years in the making, and he is not done yet. “Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership (1980-2011),” is a collection of 65 life-size pictures of minority leaders. It features local leaders—like state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, City Councilor Felix Arroyo and longtime activist and...

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Sights and Sounds, 1/6/12

January 6, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Jan. 17 for the Jan. 20 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events ¡Plenazo Parrandero!, concert, dance and dinner, featuring Grupo Chévere, Jorge Arce and Raíz de Plena, Mista B Style and food by...

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Agenda, Jan. 6, 2012

January 6, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Jan. 17 for the Jan. 20 issue. Send listings to news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Jackson Square Community Advisory Committee, Weds., Jan. 11, 6:30pm, Amory Residences Community Room, 20 Amory Ave. Info: Rodneysing@gmail.com. Police Community...

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Fallen Marine’s brother takes his own life

December 22, 2011
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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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FinComm investigates school move

December 21, 2011
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Updated 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. BPS...

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French-influenced eatery to open next year

December 21, 2011
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FOREST HILLS—A new restaurant called Tonic will open early next 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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Occupy JP marches on Centre St.

December 16, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) Occupy JP protesters march on Centre Street on Dec. 11.

Occupy JP held two protest marches on Centre Street in recent weeks, with stops at corporate chains and community institutions, in the new group’s debut actions. “Occupy JP is mobilizing to protect the working classes,” went the rallying cry that began the Dec. 4 and 11 marches. The group was formed by socialist activists...

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Overpass decision is delayed

December 16, 2011
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Activists debate options Supporters of two different futures for the Forest Hills area are mobilizing in the wake of the state’s postponement of its decision about the Casey Overpass replacement. Originally scheduled for this week, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announcement of the replacement plan for the failing Casey Overpass has been postponed...

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