Youth center gets neighbors’ support

December 16, 2011
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Teenagers from the South Street housing development’s Youth Center are now making house calls. In response to neighbors interested in learning more about the center at 15 St. Rose St., two center youths, John Mejia and Jamilex Paulino, appeared as the featured speakers at a house party hosted by St. Rose Street resident Christy...

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Casey para el 2012

December 16, 2011
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Massachusetts Department of Transportation ha postergado “hasta mediados de enero” la decisión sobre el futuro del proyecto que se viene discutiendo hace tiempo bajo el nombre de “Casey Overpass”; es decir, el paso a desnivel Casey. Según proponen los encargados del DOT “esto permitirá a los residentes del área adquirir más conocimiento del proyecto...

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Tree Time

December 16, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by Courtney Sacco) Anais Villalona, 5, decorates the holiday tree in the Egleston Square Peace Garden on Washington Street on Dec. 10 with a little help from Boston Police Officer Carlos Martinez.

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Lynch embraces new district

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch.

Congressman Stephen Lynch is a fan of controversial plan that significantly expands the district he represents in Jamaica Plain, he told the Gazette in a phone interview last week. “I think it’s great. The driving force behind redistricting was trying to come up with a district that is minority-majority. Everyone had to bend a...

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Cemetery Trust holds buried treasure

December 16, 2011
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Forest Hills Cemetery’s troubled arts trust owns over $125,000 in historic artifacts that are not on public view, despite the trust’s educational mission. As part of its $340,000 in assets, the Forest Hills Educational Trust (FHET) lists rare treasures: paintings, sculptures and first editions that are related to people buried in the cemetery. FHET...

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Playtime

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Franklin Park Coalition board member Merlin Southwick and granddaughter Abigail try out the new El Parquesito de Hermandad playground in Franklin Park during its grand opening on Nov. 27. The playground is the work of the Play2Dream Foundation and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

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Arborway Yard goes on problem property list

December 16, 2011
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In a City of Boston first, a publicly-owned property has been placed on the “problem properties” list. The Arborway bus yard joined fire hazards, abandoned homes and rat-infested properties this month. City inspectors will go out soon to view the site, Colleen Kennedy, an Inspectional Services Department (ISD) representative, said at a Dec. 7...

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JP Observer: Time to spend—and give—locally

December 16, 2011
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No matter how little or how much money local folks have to spend this special month of December, the best place to do it is here in the neighborhood. Fortunately, many businesses offer merchandise and services at price ranges that match the range of incomes of JP residents. Restaurants beckon to us with food...

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Home, Sweet Home

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Justin Paik (second from left) was on the team that won the “most realistic” category in the Home for Little Wanderers’ annual gingerbread house decorating competition on Dec. 1 at its S. Huntington Avenue complex. On the team were (from left): WCVB-TV’s Bianca de la Garza; NECN-TV’s Tonya Mezrich; Mandarin Oriental Hotel Chef Nelson Paz; Paik; Joshua Pires; and Dana Williams. Gingerbread houses from the competition are on display in JP, including at JP Seafood Café and the Station 8 salon.

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Car-free councilor travels city by T

December 16, 2011
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She is the only woman sitting on City Council and the only minority woman ever to hold the office, but At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley is unique among her colleagues in another way. She is the only city councilor without a driver’s license. Pressley would not say on the record why she did not...

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South St. Shooting

December 16, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) A bullet hole scars the windshield of a minivan on South Street near the scene of a shooting that wounded a 19-year-old man on Dec. 11, according to the Boston Police Department. The man was wounded behind 219 South St. when two unknown suspects opened fire on a group of five people. Police found bullet holes in two vehicles and a stop sign on South Street. The victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, said BPD.

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More council district shifts proposed

December 16, 2011
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New maps are now appearing at a regular clip as Boston City Council presses on with its efforts redraw its districts. The latest redistricting map, unveiled at a hearing on Dec. 7, is the second put forward by City Councilor Bill Linehan, chair of the council’s Committee on the Census and Redistricting. In it,...

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No light display at mansion

December 16, 2011
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The famous—and often infamous—Christmas light display at an Arborway mansion is not happening this year. “No, I’m just not going to do it,” said Dominic Luberto, who for years has covered his 61 Arborway home in thousands of dollars in lights. “Next year. I’ll do it next year.” Luberto has gained international attention for...

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Emerging Candidate

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Maria Moreno graduated from Emerge Massachusetts’ political training program on Dec. 3 at a downtown ceremony. Emerge trains Democratic women to run for public office.

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Sheriff In Town

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Ed Geary Jr. (left), director of external relations and communications for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, accepts a Boston Neighborhood Network Producer Spotlight Award from BNN General Manager Curtis Henderson at BNN’s annual meeting at its Egleston Square headquarters on Nov. 15. Geary produces the “Common Ground” program for the department, headed by JP resident Sheriff Andrea Cabral.

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Man sought in stroller assault case

December 16, 2011
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(Image Courtesy Boston Police Department) A sketch of the man sought in the stroller assault case.

The Boston Police Department has released a sketch of a man being sought in connection with a Nov. 28 sexual assault in Franklin Park. The man is described as Hispanic; in his mid-20s; 5-feet-8-inches tall; medium build; and wearing a black hat and a black jacket or long-sleeved shirt. The sketch appears to show...

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Walkers’ Choice

December 16, 2011
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(Photo by Gloria Carrigg) Mary Hannon (left), board member of JP Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS) holds WalkBoston’s Walkers’ Choice Award as CSMS Executive Director Randace Moore (center) and WalkBoston Executive Director Wendy Landman (right) look on at Centre Street’s UForge Gallery on Dec. 1. CSMS won the award for its pedestrian-friendly First Thursday monthly art events.

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Protesters to sing against Whole Foods

December 16, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—An anti-Whole Foods Market group is attempting to boycott the grocer and will sing Christmas carol parodies against it in a Dec. 21 demonstration. Whose Foods? Whose Community? aims to get the grocer to sign a community benefits agreement (CBA) with the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC), even though the council has abandoned...

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JP Tunes: New local music

December 16, 2011
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Jamaica Plain musicians recently released the following singles or albums: • Mickey PG, “Mickey PG Comes of Age” (self-released). Mickeypg.bandcamp.com. • Ben Schwendener, “Industrial Folk Music” (Gravity Records). Cdbaby.com/cd/benschwendener2. JP musicians can notify JP Tunes about new releases at news@jamaicaplaingazette.com.

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Small Print: Tiny bookstore opens in tiny gallery

December 16, 2011
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SOUTH ST.—Jamaica Plain’s smallest storefront art gallery is now sharing space with the neighborhood’s smallest bookstore. The Hallway Gallery—literally a hallway at 66a South St.—has given over about six square feet of space at its far end to used bookseller Subterranean Books. The bookstore is the pet project of professional art handler and recent...

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Branch libraries to be reviewed

December 16, 2011
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The Boston Public Library (BPL) will begin reviewing its entire branch library system—including the Jamaica Plain Branch Library—in 2012 as part of a new “strategic plan” approved last month. The BPL has proposed controversial branch closings in recent years, with the JP Branch at 12 Segwick St. appearing on one hit list despite being...

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Going For Baroque

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Ensemble 44 performs music by women composers of the French and Italian Baroque era Jan. 8 at the Loring-Greenough House. See Sights & Sounds listing.

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Forest Hills pub nears opening

December 16, 2011
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FOREST HILLS—Napper Tandy’s at 3700 Washington St. will to open in early 2012 after a year of delays and challenges. Napper Tandy’s owner, John Jacobs, told the Gazette in a phone interview that the process is finally moving along. The proposed Irish pub/bistro is under construction, he said, and he is hoping to open...

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Obituary: Polly Curren Fedosiuk; wrote children’s books

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Polly Curren Fedosiuk (right) with nephew John Orthman.

Polly Curren Fedosiuk, a lifelong Jamaica Plain resident and author of nearly 30 children’s books, including “The Little Red Caboose That Ran Away,” died Nov. 7 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She was 94. She was born on Oct. 2, 1917. Her father, Frank Curren, an engineer and musician, was born in Delaware, but...

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