Club hopes to generate women scientists

March 16, 2012
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Volunteers working with the Science Club for Girls (SCFG) at the Curley School hope that the next generation of scientists and engineers will include a lot more women. SCFG is a nonprofit collection of educational programs for girls that encourages them in the fields of science and engineering and can include topics as diverse...

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Irish Music

March 16, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Irish music band The Ivy Leaf, whose members include some JP residents and recently played at City Feed & Supply for First Thursday, will release its debut album “The Ivy Leaf: Traditional Irish Music” on March 29. The group will hold various CD release shows around New England, including a May 11 gig in JP. For more info, see ivyleafmusic.com.

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Aviary to open photo lab

March 16, 2012
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Aviary, a gallery and art boutique on South Street, is raising funds to install a digital photo lab for community use. The planned lab will include four computers, four professional-grade scanners and two professional-grade printers for rent. Each computer will have state-of-the art software like Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture. “We’ll also have a selection...

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Street Music

March 16, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) (from left) Daniel Winshall, 14, and Mike Greenstein serenade walkers on Centre Street on March 12 with a high hat, a saxophone and a double bass. A busking veteran of over four years, Greenstein has an album, “Big Man on the Shelf,” coming out in the next few months.

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JP Tunes: New local music

March 16, 2012
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Jamaica Plain musicians recently released the following singles or albums: Chris North, “Lovedream” (Grinding Tapes Recordings/Whitehaus Family Record). Chrisnorth.bandcamp.com. The Ivy Leaf, “The Ivy Leaf: Traditional Irish Music” (self-released). Ivyleafmusic.com. The Woodrow Wilsons, “Devil Jonah” (self-released). Thewoodrowwilsons.bandcamp.com. JP musicians can notify JP Tunes about new releases at news@jamaicaplaingazette.com.

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Editorial: The other Casey decisions

March 16, 2012
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The state has made its decision about the Casey Overpass replacement project, and we believe it is the right one. But more important is that the state keep making the right decisions as the planning and construction move forward. The community’s many activists must remain involved to ensure that happens. The obvious next challenge...

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Editorial: Library work is overdue

March 16, 2012
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If the renovation and expansion plan for the Jamaica Plain Branch Library were one of the library’s books, the City of Boston would be facing a heck of an overdue fee. The needs of the busy branch are obvious. Not so obvious are the reasons the City keeps ducking the project. The original improvement...

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Editorial: Happy St. Pat’s

March 16, 2012
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St. Patrick’s Day arrives on Saturday. Here in Boston, that means celebrating the enormous contributions to our country and our city by Irish immigrants. Immigration is a hot topic in America once again. There are valid concerns about security and the use of limited social resources. There is also a lot of scapegoating for...

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Letter: State made the right Casey decision

March 16, 2012
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As per the recent JP Gazette article “Overpass to be replaced by surface street network” (March 8, jpgazette.com), I applaud MassDOT’s decision to opt for the at-grade alternative. The amount of effort put into the project from working groups on all sides of the issue has been tremendous. I would like to give a...

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Letter: Malia fails to lead on overpass project

March 16, 2012
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The following letter was sent to state Rep. Liz Malia: Your belated, obstructionist and divisive intervention in the Casey Overpass replacement project is very disappointing to me, as a Jamaica Plain resident and one of your constituents. Rather than taking the side of one small group of constituents against the majority who oppose construction...

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Letter: JP Library deserves renovation

March 16, 2012
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Please help to bring about the renovation and expansion of our Jamaica Plain Branch Library building on Sedgwick Street. In October 2011, we celebrated its 100th anniversary.  We should not have to wait another 100 years for it to be renovated and expanded. In 2006, the city published a study and master plan. It...

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Letter: LaRouche campaign should be ignored

March 16, 2012
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I’m not one for denying anyone the right of free speech, but when I see the Lyndon LaRouche volunteers show up in front of Dunkin’ Donuts as I did earlier today, I wonder if the store manager is concerned about potential customers turning away. I would be. First of all, the posters of Obama...

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Letter: MBTA budget solution doesn’t add up

March 16, 2012
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The MBTA has recently proposed two scenarios for attempting to solve its deficit problem by cutting service and increasing fares (“JP seeks MBTA cuts solution,” Feb. 17). However, both scenarios have a fundamental flaw, in addition to the obvious unacceptable social, economic and environmental consequences: They are mathematically unable to solve the problem. According...

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Letter: Need for homeless housing is high

March 16, 2012
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I am writing in response to the March 2 Gazette article “Homeless care project is back in court.” As a longtime Jamaica Plain resident that lives in the vicinity of the proposed development, I would like to express my strong support for the project. Permanent affordable housing remains a vital need for many—and that need has only...

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Letter: Looking forward to homeless facility neighbors

March 16, 2012
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I have lived on Iffley Road for three years, directly across the street from the proposed Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program facility at 461 Walnut Ave. I love my neighborhood. It has economic and cultural diversity, and my neighbors are caring, thoughtful and engaged. We warn each other about street-cleaning, and chat about sports, gardening and, most...

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Letter: Homeless care opposition is sickening

March 16, 2012
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If anything proves that Jamaica Plain has become a selfish, gentrified community, it is the opposition to the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation/Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program housing at 461 Walnut Ave. (“Homeless care project is back in court,” March 2). How the 11 litigants can sleep at night or even look...

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Letter: Yes to homeless facility

March 16, 2012
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Yes in my back yard. As a JP resident, I am still in full support of the plan to make the former Barbara McInnis House into a respite care facility (“Homeless care project is back in court,” March 2). If it weren’t for housing options when I was growing up, we would have ended up...

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Letter: NIMBYism, not the homeless, is the local threat

March 16, 2012
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I would like to express my personal support and that of the nonprofit Rogerson Communities for the redevelopment of the former Barbara McInnis House as presented by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (“Homeless care project is back in court,” March 2). Not only am I a long-term resident of Jamaica Plain now residing...

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Sights and Sounds, 3/16/2012

March 16, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The Nickel & Dime Band (above), featuring renowned JP rocker Rick Berlin, will play an “Anti-St. Patty’s Party” on Sat., March 17 at the Midway Café with fellow JP band Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers. The Nickel & Dime Band also plays the House of Blues on March 22, opening for Dr Dog.

The deadline for listings is noon, March 27 for the March 30 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Casino Day trips, cost include bus rides and other amenities. Sat., Sun., March 18: Newport Playhouse for ‘Never Get Smart with...

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Agenda, 3/16/12

March 16, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, March 27 for the March 30 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings BPS school choice meetings, Mon., March 19 & April 23, 6pm: External Advisory Committee roundtable discussion. Sat. March 31, 11am-2pm:...

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Invitación, 3/16/12

March 16, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 27 de marzo para la publicación del 30 de marzo. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número.  Reuniones Reuniones para escoger una escuela BPS, lunes, 19 marzo & 23 abril,...

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Overpass to be replaced by surface street network

March 8, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—After months of delay and speculation, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has decided that the Casey Overpass will be replaced by an at-grade street network and not a new bridge. The decision was confirmed to the Gazette today by MassDOT spokesperson Michael Verseckes. Community meetings are slated for later this month. “[The...

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Police seek suspects in McDonald’s robbery

March 7, 2012
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Police seek suspects in McDonald’s robbery

EGLESTON SQ.—The Boston Police Department has released descriptions of two suspects in a Feb. 25 armed robbery of the McDonald’s restaurant at 3064 Washington St. The two men reportedly ate at the restaurant, then returned around 11 p.m. They entered through a back door and brandished a pistol while robbing the restaurant. The pistol...

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Suspect arrested in 7-Eleven homicide

March 6, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—A suspect in last year’s stabbing death of a Jamaica Plain man in the 7-Eleven parking lot was arrested yesterday by Boston Police officers and charged with murder. Kenneth Soto, 19, was killed during an early-morning fight at the 451 Centre St. convenience store on Oct. 16. The man charged in the killing...

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