Apartamentos estilo loft vienen al sitio de una iglesia

May 11, 2012
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HYDE SQ.— Van planeando nuevos departamentos estilo loft para el edificio vacío del Norbert School en el sitio de la iglesia Blessed Sacrament. La decisión ha dividido al comité de la organización de vivienda económica que vende el edificio. El edificio vacío en el sitio Centre Street llama la atención de agentes inmobiliarios, con...

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JP man shot to death in home

May 11, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—A local man was shot to death in his Hyde Park Avenue apartment on April 27. The Boston Police Department (BPD) has not announced any suspects or motive in the killing of Mariano Malave, 25, of 132 Hyde Park Ave. “He was a nice guy. He had a lot of charisma,” said property...

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2 charged in South St. shooting

May 11, 2012
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Two men—one of them a Jamaica Plain resident—have been charged in a shooting last December on South Street, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office told the Gazette. Luis Prieto, 19, of Hyde Park is charged with firing the gun that wounded a man behind 219 South St. on Dec. 11, 2011. Niko Flores, 17,...

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JP Indian Center: Warren should visit us

May 11, 2012
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U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, who is embroiled in a controversy over her claims of American Indian ethnicity, has never visited the local North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB), despite her many campaign stops in Jamaica Plain, according to the center’s head. “We’ve never heard from Elizabeth Warren, unfortunately,” said NAICOB Executive Director...

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Jackson Square redevelopment starts

May 11, 2012
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The first phase of the $250 million redevelopment of Jackson Square will kick off Saturday, May 12 with a groundbreaking ceremony for the 225 Centre St. project. “I think the community has been so involved in setting the vision for the Jackson Square redevelopment that it is a real exciting day to reach the...

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Literary Lights

May 11, 2012
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(Photo by Roger Farrington) Amy Chua, author of “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” poses with JP’s Larry DiCara (left) and Teresa Spillaine (right) and their daughters Flora and Sophia at the Associates of the Boston Public Library’s Literary Lights Dinner at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel downtown on April 15.

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Casey plan features Shea Square, parking changes

May 11, 2012
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The design phase of the Casey Arborway project began with a discussion on parking, bus traffic, street names and the announcement of Shea Circle’s future: a standard intersection to be named Shea Square. While the design has been assumed to be future of the rotary for months, it was finally announced as the state...

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Running for a Cause

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo)  JP resident Jennifer Stewart (right) joins National Braille Press board member David Kennedy (left) in the Back Bay on April 15, where they ran in the Blindfold Challenge following the Boston Marathon. Stewart was tethered to the blindfolded Kennedy as they ran the Boston Athletic Association 5K race as a fund-raiser for nonprofits that support blind and visually impaired people.

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New Catholic pastor takes over; parishioners concerned

May 11, 2012
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The pastor of Jamaica Plain’s three Roman Catholic parishes is leaving after only 13 months on the job and will be replaced on June 5, according to the St. Thomas Aquinas Church bulletin. The pending replacement of Rev. Alonso Macias by Rev. Carlos Flor has stirred concern in local congregations, with the May 6...

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English High headmaster will not return in fall

May 11, 2012
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English High School Headmaster Sito Narcisse announced this week that he will not be returning to the school next fall. Narcisse is leaving English, located on McBride Street, because he was offered a “leadership position in a school district outside Massachusetts,” Boston Public Schools (BPS) spokesperson Lee Maguire told the Gazette. Narcisse was not...

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Gail’s Café opens

May 11, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—Gail’s Café and Grille, a new restaurant at 268 Centre St., opened late last month. The restaurant serves a wide variety of food, from fish to rotisserie barbecue to baked and deli-style goods. It is being managed by Bill Jordan, a Jamaica Plain resident who previously managed Hyde Square’s former Hi-Lo grocery store,...

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Stonybrook Crash

May 11, 2012
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(Photo by Jonathan McCurdy) A damaged SUV sits on Rossmore Road in front of the Rossmore-Stedman Park tot lot following a two-vehicle accident on April 10 that sent one person to the hospital with neck and back pain, according to the Boston Fire Department. Resident Jonathan McCurdy said that the rear-ender accident highlights a growing problem of cut-through traffic speeding and running stop signs in the Stonybrook neighborhood between Forest Hills and Washington streets.

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Church organ rescued by movers

May 11, 2012
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A moving and storage company will give First Baptist Church’s historic organ a free home for as long it takes for the church to raise funds and install it. Mark Silverman of Westborough’s Mark’s Moving & Storage also donated a free semi truck to move the gigantic organ from its longtime space in a...

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First Baptist seeks church-sharing ideas

May 11, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—First Baptist Church is looking for groups to share its still-unfinished sanctuary space in the hopes of one day worshipping there itself. The 633 Centre St. church, which is still rebuilding from a 2005 fire, last week issued a request for proposals from community groups to use the roughly 6,400 square feet of...

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50 Years of Faith

May 11, 2012
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) Monsignor Charles Bourque (center), the former pastor of the Our Lady of Lourdes (OLOL) Catholic parish on Brookside Avenue, celebrates the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood with brother James Bourque (left) and his wife Gail at the church following a Mass of Thanksgiving on April 15. Bourque, now retired, served as OLOL pastor for 28 years until 2008 and still frequently returns to perform the noontime Mass in Spanish.

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Councilors worry new school would move

May 11, 2012
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Adding to the controversial Boston Public School (BPS) school-move plan process, city councilors have expressed concerns about BPS commitment to keeping the new Margarita Muñiz Academy at the former Agassiz School on Child Street in JP. As part of the BPS plan, the Mission Hill K-8 is slated to move into the now-empty Agassiz...

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Arborway group seeks crosswalk, woods fixes

May 11, 2012
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The Arborway between the Casey Overpass and Murray Circle could see an improved crosswalk and better woodlands if the local Arborway Coalition can raise enough funds for a state matching grant. The group aims to improve the Arnold Arboretum crosswalk across the Arborway. And it wants to make further improvements to the wooded hillside...

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Hundreds clean up JP

May 11, 2012
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About 580 Jamaica Plain residents from at least 29 community groups swept streets and picked up litter as part of the Boston Shines citywide cleanup event on April 28. “JP residents were up bright and early Saturday morning, making a difference one trash bag at a time,” said Jullianne Doherty, the JP coordinator for...

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Whole Foods study to focus on Latino impact

May 11, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The academic study of Whole Foods Market’s local impact will focus on the Latino community and gentrification. The study is being called “Gentrification and Representation: Hi-Lo, Whole Foods and Latinos in Jamaica Plain,” according to Pablo Goldbarg, a spokesperson for the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and...

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Hyde/Jackson Main Street gets new director

May 11, 2012
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Nearly a year after its last executive director resigned amid allegations of $20,000 in missing funds, Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) has a new executive director. Interim Executive Director Katie Reed will be working on a “very part-time basis,” she said in an email to the Gazette last month. She will also be involved...

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JPNC denies Whole Foods seating license

May 11, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) narrowly voted to deny Whole Foods a license to set up inside and outside seating during its meeting April 24. The council’s vote is not binding on Whole Foods Market’s effort to add 38 seats—22 inside and 16 outside—to its 413 Centre St. location. The company can still...

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Hall of Fame Coach

May 11, 2012
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) Former English High School football coach Keith Parker (center, with plaque) is congratulated by alumni after being inducted into the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Randolph on April 29. Parker led the Bulldogs from 1977 to 2009.

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JP’s Iron Chef

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Gerard O’Connor (center) is congratulated by fellow JP-ers (from left) Liz O’Connor, Maria Maffei, Silja Kallembath and Beatriz Zabater after winning the “Iron Chef” competition at the University of Massachusetts Club downtown with his spicy tuna sliders. The fund-raiser event will result in a donation made in Gerard O’Connor’s name to the Boston Latin School Foundation.

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Program Victory

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Students in Boston College’ PULSE Program enjoy a picnic marking the end of their volunteer work with Victory Programs’ Living and Recovery Community program in Franklin Park on May 2. The students worked with Shattuck Hospital residents who have HIV/AIDS and substance abuse and mental health issues. Pictured are (from left) Austin Hughes, Ryan McGuill, Julie Beigner, Taylor Stiegler, Victory Programs President and CEO Jonathan Scott, Lyan Chung (standing), Mary Sheehy (standing), Katie Oskar, Laura Banu, Alexandra Simpson and Kathryn McKennon. Local state Rep. Liz Malia (not pictured) also attended and praised the students.

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