Slain man was local resident

May 3, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The man shot to death last week in a Hyde Park Avenue apartment was a resident of the building, according to property owner Bridget Lacey. “He was a nice guy,” Lacey said in a Gazette interview about Mariano Malave, the man slain at 132 Hyde Park Ave. on April 27. “He had a...

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Man shot to death in home

April 28, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—A man was shot to death inside a home at 132 Hyde Park Ave. on the evening of April 27, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). The victim was identified as Mariano Malave, 25, of Boston. BPD could not immediately clarify whether Malave resided at the address where he was killed. Police...

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Community center prices out youth groups

April 27, 2012
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The Hennigan Community Center on Heath Street is sharply raising rates for programs to rent space, and that has left some JP groups—especially ones serving low-income and minority youths—out in the cold. Estrellas Tropicales and the Roberto Clemente 21 dance and basketball programs reportedly have either already been priced out or are in danger...

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JP Regan Youth League’s Opening Day

April 27, 2012
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JP Regan Youth League teams and coaches parade on Centre Street during the league’s 43rd annual Opening Day ceremony on April 21.

Gazette Photos by Chris Alspach.

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Centro comunitario excluye grupos para jóvenes

April 27, 2012
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The Hennigan Community Center en Heath Street va a cobrar más en el alquilo de espacio para los programas, una decisión que ha dejado a algunos de grupos de JP, especialmente los que sirven a los jóvenes de bajo ingreso. A los programas de baile y de baloncesto, Estrellas Tropicales y el Roberto Clemente...

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Court clerk’s campaign violated law, pays $2K

April 27, 2012
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The campaign committee of Maura Hennigan, the clerk of the Suffolk County criminal court system and a JP resident, violated campaign finance law last year and had to pay back $2,000, the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance ruled on April 17. Several of Hennigan’s court employees labeled envelopes intended for sending out...

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‘Yard-sharing’ seeks to turn lawns into gardens

April 27, 2012
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In an effort to turn Jamaica Plain’s underused lawns into gardens, the JP New Economy Transition (JP NET) is supporting a new program called “yard-sharing.” The mechanics are simple: those with underused yards and lawns welcome green-thumbed neighbors to create gardens for them. The costs and the yard’s yield are split between them. JP...

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Fishing Season

April 27, 2012
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(Photo by Eric Haynes/Governor’s Office) Gov. Deval Patrick carries a fish into Jamaica Pond alongside JP resident Gerry Wright, in character as Jamaica Pond Park designer Frederick Law Olmsted, during the annual stocking of the pond on April 18. The pond was stocked with 900 rainbow trout, 100 brook trout, 100 brown trout, 50 tiger trout, and several 8-pound salmon, all from state fish hatcheries. Hundreds of children joined in the fishing season kick-off event, along with: Richard Sullivan Jr., secretary of the state Energy and Environmental Affairs office; state Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Edward Lambert Jr.; City Councilor and JP resident Matt O’Malley; and James Hunt, the City of Boston’s chief of energy and environmental services. The pond is stocked several times a year.

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Historic house sees event rentals as preservation

April 27, 2012
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(Photo by Lori DeSantis) The Loring-Greenough House and its garden at 12 South St.

MONUMENT SQ.—The historic Loring-Greenough House is now marketing itself as a unique event-rental spot to boost preservation funds for the 1760 mansion. The 12 South St. mansion is already home to many well-attended arts and cultural events, and offers tours. But those events break even at best financially, said Edward Stanley, president of the Jamaica...

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Court clerk campaign heats up

April 27, 2012
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The election for the clerk of the criminal division of the Suffolk County Superior Court has heated up in recent weeks with current office-holder Maura Hennigan being fined for violating a campaign finance law and being blamed for allowing a murder suspect to be released from prison. But despite the hot temperature of the...

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Vintage shop coming to Centre St.

April 27, 2012
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A women’s vintage clothing store called Café Society plans to open next month at 606 Centre St., after moving here from Brookline, according to manager Lillian DeVane. The hair salon Xposure by Noel, which long occupied the Centre Street spot, is moving into a new building in Jackson Square. Café Society will hold an...

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Helicopter hauls gear atop tower

April 27, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Courtney Sacco) The helicopter delivers air conditioning equipment to the Jamaicaway Tower roof on April 22.

PONDSIDE—A helicopter landed at Daisy Field and hauled equipment to the roof of the 30-story Jamaicaway Tower on April 22, drawing curious bystanders and blocking Jamaicaway traffic. The $100,000 helicopter ride was the only way to get a new air conditioning device and related gear to the roof of the 111 Perkins St. residential...

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Mayors converge to talk food

April 27, 2012
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Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and nine other mayors from across the country visited the Brewery complex at 284 Amory St. as part of a conference to discuss urban food policy on April 19. The conference discussed policies that impact access to healthy food in urban areas. It was chaired by Menino and Baltimore Mayor...

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JP Observer: JP’s affordable housing is diverse, plentiful

April 27, 2012
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The affordable housing stock of Jamaica Plain is another diverse element of the neighborhood that is home to a well-known mix of races, ethnic groups and income levels. When the words “affordable housing” are used in JP, no specific picture should come to mind, because the housing is so varied. Also, thanks to the...

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Community wants apartment projects reviewed together

April 27, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—Community members said they would like two apartment projects proposed for S. Huntington Avenue to be reviewed together at a Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA)-organized meeting on April 11. The developers presented various demolition alternatives for the Home for Little Wanderers site as required by the Boston Landmarks Commission’s (BLC) process. About a dozen...

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Bromley-Heath manager named

April 27, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—Angel Lopez has been named the manager of the Bromley-Heath public housing development by the Boston Housing Authority (BHA). Lopez is Bromley-Heath’s first manager since the BHA’s still-unexplained takeover from the resident-run Tenant Management Corporation last month. Lopez is an experienced BHA manager who himself grew up in Mission Hill’s public housing, according...

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City Life protests foreclosure eviction

April 27, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Protesters picket outside Heather Gordon’s Wendell Way home on April 20.

EGLESTON SQ.—JP residents and local activists picketed outside a Mendell Way home in a City Life/Vida Urbana-organized eviction blockade on April 20. The homeowner facing eviction, Heather Gordon, was granted a 30-day eviction delay by a bankruptcy court later the same morning. “This has been the fight of my life, to keep this roof...

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Junior editor prints own newspaper

April 27, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Nine-year-old publisher and editor Alexa Wang shows off her newspaper, The Newsome Park Times, during a recent visit to the Gazette office.

PONDSIDE—The Newsome Park Times, written and published by 9-year-old Alexa Wang, is the definition of hyperlocal: the newspaper is targeted to the fewer than 10 houses that comprise Newsome Park. The two-month-old paper includes the street’s news and weather and anything else Wang wants to write about. “I started doing the newspaper in my...

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Local day care celebrates 10 years of service

April 27, 2012
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JAMAICA HILLS—Arc-En-Ciel, a bilingual French day care and Montessori School on Rockwood Street, is set to mark 10 years in existence during the first week of May. “We want to express how blessed we have been the last 10 years with being in such a wonderful, diverse community,” said founder Linda Chery-Valentin during a...

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Local teens push for more summer jobs

April 27, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) City Councilor Felix Arroyo and a small group of teen activists outside U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s office after being denied entry on April 19.

Jamaica Plain teens are getting politically active in hopes of not having a jobless summer. Funding for city youth summer jobs programs has been radically slashed in recent years—and is under threat of further cuts. The City’s youth summer jobs program is funded with cash from the city, state and federal governments as well...

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Reaching across nations

April 27, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Children explore the site-specific art installation “Hello Goodbye” created in Samorin, Slovakia by JP artist Alison Safford following its March 22 opening. The work consists of porcelain hands on rods suspended from wires inside the At Home Gallery—a former synagogue—as an expression of reaching across symbolic spaces. Safford, who traveled to the Central European nation to install the piece, met the gallery owners at last year’s Boston Transcultural Exchange Conference.

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Sweet Deal

April 27, 2012
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(Photo by Anne Morton Smith) Young JP business people (from left) Lulu Steeves, Hannah Elbeik, Nick Steeves and Mazen Elbeik sell fresh lemonade for 50 cents a cup at a stand on South Street during School Vacation Week on April 20.

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Councilor holds school assignment meetings

April 27, 2012
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At-Large City Councilor John Connolly feels that there is a middle road that can be reached on the attempt to modify the Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) school-assignment plan, he said in a recent Gazette interview. He has been holding meetings with parents throughout the city on the matter. “I’m more convinced than ever that...

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Water pipe work may close streets

April 27, 2012
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Water pipe replacement work will come to five Jamaica Plain streets within the next five weeks, possibly creating street closures and temporary water service bypasses. The affected streets are Arcola, Day, Prince, Rosemary and St. Rose. “It’s for the community,” said Boston Water and Sewer Commission spokesperson Tom Bagley about the work, which will...

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