JP to march in Pride Parade

May 25, 2012
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Jamaica Plain residents are invited to join a neighborhood-specific contingent of marchers in the June 9 Boston Pride Parade downtown, which celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. “To me, the Boston Pride Parade has always been missing something. That something is neighborhood representation,” said JP resident Randall Engleman, who is organizing the...

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Civil Rights icon recalls Little Rock Nine history

May 25, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Laura Plummer) Dr. Terrence Roberts speaks at the Curley K-8 School on May 17.

By Laura Plummer, Special to the Gazette Civil Rights icon Dr. Terrence Roberts visited the Curley K-8 School on May 17 to recount his experience as one of the Little Rock Nine, the students involved in a historic confrontation about school desegregation. “It was life-threatening all the time being black in the South,” said...

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South Street Apartments receiving upgrade

May 25, 2012
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The majority of units at the South Street Apartments are undergoing kitchen renovations, while all of the 131 units will receive new bathroom exhaust fans, according to Lydia Agro, director of communications for the Boston Housing Authority (BHA). The kitchen renovations, which impact 88 units, typically include new cabinetry, lightning, appliances, repairs to the...

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Local group pushes pro-tax, anti-war ballot question

May 25, 2012
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Jamaica Plain-based Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants is part of an effort to place a non-binding referendum on the ballot for the November election. The referendum urges the U.S. Congress to tax the rich, prevent budget cuts, end the Afghanistan war and invest in jobs. “The idea is to send a message,” said Michael...

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Editorial: Keeping meetings open

May 25, 2012
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The May 3 meeting of the City-appointed Impact Advisory Group (IAG) for the Home for Little Wanderers redevelopment must have been pretty interesting, considering that most IAG members later issued a letter blasting the project. But we can only guess, because the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) did not publicize the meeting and did not...

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Editorial: Remember the living, too

May 25, 2012
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Jamaica Plain has been shaped by war. The heart of the neighborhood is Monument Square, so named for its prominent monument to the local men, from what was then a heavily abolitionist area, who sacrificed their lives in a horrific civil war to end slavery and preserve the Union. Across the street is the...

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Letter: Racist comments part of the ‘New JP’

May 25, 2012
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“Watch out for those black kids.” This is what some of the children from the after-school program in JP where I work were greeted with on April 6 as they were running to get on the awaiting bus that takes them home every night. On that day, I happened to be the bus monitor....

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Latvian church may become housing

May 25, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) The Latvian Lutheran Church at 100 Rockview St.

CENTRAL JP—The Jamaica Plain Latvian Lutheran Church is moving and its historic Rockview Street building may be sold to a housing developer, according to Rev. J. John Keggi, the congregation’s pastor. “Money is what it comes down to,” said Keggi, who heads a congregation that now numbers only about a dozen people. Keggi said...

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Letter: It’s time for the JPNDC to move on

May 25, 2012
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It is time for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation to move on to an area of the city that needs its expertise and knowledge of community and economic development (“Loft apartments planned for church site,” May 11). Thirty-five years ago, the JPNDC was formed to create jobs, develop affordable housing and assist folks...

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Letter: Thanks for Wake Up the Earth help

May 25, 2012
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Spontaneous Celebrations would like to thank all who made this year’s Wake Up the Earth another “best festival and parades ever”! Thanks to our 2012 “Festival Partners,” City Feed and Supply, Mt. Washington Bank, Amirs’ Natural Foods, Bukhara, Audio Spectrum and Playworks, and all of our sponsors and donors that make it possible. Thanks...

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He Wants to be a Millionaire

May 25, 2012
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(Photo by Valleycrest Productions Ltd.) JP resident Mike Lantvet poses on the set of the ABC game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” where he was a contestant in an episode aired on May 11. Lantvet, an academic support specialist at Boston University, was hoping to win enough to take a family vacation.

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Invitación, 5/25/12

May 25, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 5 de junio para la publicación del 8 de junio. Mandar a [email protected] Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones JPNC comité de servicio público, martes, 5 junio, 7pm. Cheverus Bldg., 365...

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Sights and Sounds, 5/25/12

May 25, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, June 5 for the June 8 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon and Green Roots Festival, Weds., June 6, ride 8-11:30am, festival: noon-5pm, Stony Brook T Station at Amory...

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Agenda, 5/25/12

May 25, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, June 5 for the June 8 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNC Public Service Committee, Tues. June 5, 7pm, Cheverus Bldg., 365 Centre St. Info: jpnc.org. Police monthly meeting, Thu.,  June...

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Mayor: I would have kept Casey Overpass

May 24, 2012
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Calling the Casey Arborway project a “second Big Dig,” Mayor Thomas Menino told the Gazette he would have preferred to see the existing overpass remain there. Menino said sometimes people have to think outside the box and his vision would have the overpass being rebuilt with green space underneath it. That would connect Arnold...

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Man charged in Hyde Park Ave. killing

May 18, 2012
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A suspect has been charged with murder in the April 27 shooting death of a Jamaica Plain man inside his Hyde Park Avenue apartment, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). The killing of Mariano Malave involved a drug deal gone bad, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Charles Reddicks, 18, of...

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Apartment project faces more opposition

May 16, 2012
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Eleven out of 13 members of the city-appointed Impact Advisory Group (IAG) for the proposed apartment building at 161 S. Huntington Ave. have signed a letter opposing the project. The letter, sent to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) today, included 20 bullet points opposing the look, size and scope of the project. “The signatories...

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Police post signs for fallen officers

May 11, 2012
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Street signs memorializing Boston Police officers killed in the line of duty have popped up at three Jamaica Plain locations as part of a citywide effort. The gray-and-black signs are part of the “Hero Project” to mark spots where officers were killed, according to Boston Police Department (BPD) historian Officer Robert Anthony. All three...

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Apartment project hits roadblocks

May 11, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—The Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) voted this week to delay demolition of the 1914 Knight Building at 161 S. Huntington Ave. to make way for luxury apartments. The BLC vote came on the heels of a Jamaica Pond Association’s (JPA) vote in opposition of the project earlier this week. The project’s developer, Boston...

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Loft apartments planned for church site

May 11, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—Loft-style, market-rate apartments are being planned for the vacant Norbert School building on the Blessed Sacrament Church site, a move that reportedly has “divided” the board of the affordable housing nonprofit involved in selling the building. The vacant former church on the Centre Street site also is getting developers’ attention, with at least...

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Wake Up the Earth 2012

May 11, 2012
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(Gazette Photos by Courtney Sacco)  Spontaneous Celebrations dancers lead the way on Centre Street in the 34th annual Wake Up the Earth Parade and Festival on May 5.

The 34th annual Wake Up the Earth Parade wound through central JP and Hyde, Jackson and Egleston Squares, leading into the Wake Up the Earth Festival at the Stony Brook T Station on May 5.

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Route 39 plan delayed again

May 11, 2012
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Plans to improve the Route 39 bus have been delayed yet again until the fall. The Route 39 bus changes, which were planned three years ago, were most recently scheduled to begin this spring. But according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo, they have been delayed again because MBTA staff needed additional time to ensure...

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Community center rental rates questioned

May 11, 2012
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The controversial rental hikes at the Hennigan Community Center on Heath Street were long overdue, but a “mistake” might have been made in the way they were carried out, said the group that sets the rates. Meanwhile, the City and a local city councilor are questioning the move and its impact on local youth...

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Housing Leader

May 11, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Angel Lopez, the Boston Housing Authority’s new manager of the Bromley-Heath housing development in Jackson Square, speaks to residents at a welcome breakfast held by state Re. Jeffrey Sanchez April 25 at Hyde Square’s El Oriental de Cuba restaurant.

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