Occupy Boston occupies JP

October 21, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by David Taber) JP resident Geoff Modest at Occupy Boston on Oct. 15.

Activists, artists visit protest With Jamaica Plain’s just reputation for being a haven for progressives it’s no surprise that plenty of residents and local organizations have taken an interest in Occupy Boston. The local protest in Dewey Square in the city’s Financial District, which started Sept. 30, has seen participation from JP politicians, musicians...

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Cops: Drugs hidden behind secret door

October 21, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—Two women were charged with drug trafficking on Oct. 12 after police allegedly found cocaine hidden behind a motor-powered secret door in their Forbes Street apartment. Miriam Machado-Soler, 24, and Juana Perez, 37, were arrested in a raid of 50 Forbes St. by federal agents and Boston and state police, according to the...

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Late school buses plague kids, parents

October 21, 2011
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School buses running as late as an hour are plaguing local students, parents and public schools, with no ultimate cause nailed down seven weeks into the year. “It seems as if it’s just a fundamental breakdown of something,” said Jamaica Plain parent Marc Lipsitch, a parent of two children at the Hernandez School, whose...

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New Arboretum head explores mysteries of plants

October 21, 2011
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New Arboretum head explores mysteries of plants

Historic cartoons mocking Charles Darwin decorate the office walls of Dr. William “Ned” Friedman, the new director of Arnold Arboretum. “Evolution and revolution go together as evil,” reads the caption on one. Times have certainly changed. Friedman now oversees a facility best known as a public park, but which is also Harvard University’s world-class...

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JP Observer: Reviving, Not Retiring, in JP

October 21, 2011
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“So, how is retirement? What are you doing? How does it feel?” People, many looking ahead, ask me questions these days. I was on the radio, sort of, when I was a month old. My parents were being interviewed as the first post-WWII military couple in Southwestern Ohio to have a baby. It was...

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Council districts must change, but how?

October 21, 2011
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Jamaica Plain’s City Council District 6 must grow and District 7 must shrink in this year’s redistricting process. That could mean that Egleston Square shifts from City Councilor Tito Jackson to City Councilor Matt O’Malley. But while big changes are on the way, the local councilors involved with the process are not being specific...

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City shoots for 2020 reprecincting

October 21, 2011
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Long lines at local polls are not a fact of life and Boston City Council voted last month to do something about them, in 10 years. Thanks to population shifts in the 80 years since Boston last redrew its voting precincts, some precincts have a few hundred voters and some have thousands, but that...

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Capuano meets with seniors on Medicare

October 21, 2011
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Capuano meets with seniors on Medicare

S. HUNTINGTON AVE.—U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano met with seniors and their care providers to talk about possible Medicare and Medicaid funding cuts at Jamaica Plain’s Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on Sept. 26. The “spirited” discussion covered “fears about impacting jobs, benefits and the quality of care,” according to a Goddard House...

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Salon to replace former bookstore

October 21, 2011
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Q Salon and Spa will open in late fall at 676 Centre St., in the space formerly occupied by Jamaicaway Books. It will offer massage services and other spa services like facials along with nail services, owner Jennifer Lydon told the Gazette. “It will be a Newbury Street type of salon with JP service,”...

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Galway House wins ‘muckball’ trophy

October 21, 2011
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The Galway House will host the “muckball” trophy for another year after beating three other local businesses in the annual fund-raiser softball tournament on Sept. 24 at Franklin Park. Named for founder Brian “Mucky” Manning of Jamaica Plain’s American Legion Post 76, the muckball tournament raises funds for the Post’s Christmas party for seniors....

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Local foreclosure crisis victim arrested at protest

October 21, 2011
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Local foreclosure crisis victim arrested at protest

While the foreclosure crisis largely passed Jamaica Plain by, not everyone escaped unscathed, and one local resident and former business owner, Ken Tilton, has found some redemption in fighting back. Tilton—the former owner of landmark JP businesses Zon’s restaurant and the novelty store Pluto—has been working with the local anti-foreclosure group City Life/Vida Urbana...

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New cookbook greeted with rare herbs dinner

October 21, 2011
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New cookbook greeted with rare herbs dinner

A bestselling local author’s new cookbook about rare herbs will be welcomed with a special dinner featuring the unusual ingredients on Nov. 2 at the tapas bar/bookstore/record shop Tres Gatos. The unique crossover event is based on Didi Emmons’ “Wild Flavors: One Chef’s Transformative Year Cooking from Eva’s Farm,” which comes out next week....

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Believing in students

October 21, 2011
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Believing in students

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Fewer youths call JP home

October 21, 2011
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Don’t let the influx of baby strollers on Jamaica Plain streets fool you. JP’s youth population plunged by nearly 1,170 in the past 10 years, while the adult population increased, according to U.S. Census data. The 6,327 youths 17 and under who called JP home in 2010 marks a nearly 16 percent drop from...

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JP Moms creates a virtual village

October 21, 2011
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JP Moms, a group of moms, dads and caretakers in and around JP make daily use of a powerful resource—each other. “Our kids don’t come with how-to handbooks,” said Divya Kumar, one of JP Moms’ moderators. “We’re here to offer guidance, support and a listening ear to each other.” The listserv group was created...

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Dental School

October 21, 2011
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Dental School

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JP’s favorite toys and games

October 21, 2011
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Dinosaurs still rule Dinosaurs, friendship bracelets, X-Men and chemistry sets are favorites of local kids, according to local toy and game shop owners. Kim Mitchell, owner of Boing! JP’s Toy Shop at 667 Centre St. , and Paul Bryant, co-owner of JP Comics and Games at 603 Centre St. recently offered the Gazette their...

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‘Miss Judy’ is a PAL for homeless kids

October 21, 2011
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‘Miss Judy’ is a PAL for homeless kids

At a large wooden picnic table in the backyard of Portis Family Home at 226 S. Huntington Ave., a young mother braids her daughter’s hair. They sit in the shade of a tall ash tree, heavy with late summer leaves, as they await the arrival of Miss Judy. To those who know her professionally,...

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Hennigan school to get new library

October 21, 2011
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The Hennigan Elementary School at 200 Heath St. is getting a new library this fall, and it is coming courtesy of the big-box chain Target. In partnership with the nonprofit Heart of America, Target has been renovating school urban school libraries since 2007, Heart of America spokesperson John Flynn told the Gazette. This year,...

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Halloween activities around JP

October 21, 2011
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Jamaica Plain is working up a fright for Halloween. If parties and bothering the neighbors are no longer enough entertainment, these JP events should do the trick. The Dog Parade and Fashion Show, organized by the JP Business and Professional Association and JP Centre/South Main Streets, is the place for Rex to show off...

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Furniture designers find a home on South St.

October 21, 2011
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Furniture designers find a home on South St.

Inside Room 68, South Street’s latest addition, there is a bench made of Lucite and repurposed industrial-looking legs. The Lucite top is semi-translucent and looks like something from the future. The industrial base has layers of peeling paint and looks like it has seen decades of hard work. And that bench is part of...

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School keeps cross at front door

October 21, 2011
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CENTRAL JP—A new public school that is in the sticky situation of operating out of a church building still has a Christian cross next to its front door, despite warnings from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that it might violate separation of Church and State. As the Gazette previously reported, Bridge Boston Charter...

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Teaching Point

October 21, 2011
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Teaching Point

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First Thursday expands to year-round

October 21, 2011
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JP CENTER—Starting next month, the popular community art event First Thursday will run year-round. Previously, First Thursday only took place May through September, with a special holiday December date. The evening, scheduled for the first Thursday in each month, features art openings, musical performances, shopping and dining in Centre and South street businesses. “The...

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