New bilingual school will partner with JP

June 22, 2012
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The Margarita Muñiz Academy, the state’s first public bilingual English and Spanish high school, is coming in September to the now-vacant Agassiz building, located on Child Street in Jamaica Plain. Headmaster Dania Vázquez expects her school will have a healthy, reciprocal relationship with the JP community. “We are happy that we are being welcomed...

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Good Catch

June 22, 2012
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State rep. arrested at eviction blockade

June 22, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—State Rep. Liz Malia, along with five others, was arrested on June 14 following a City Life/Vida Urbana-organized eviction blockade on Mendell Way. Homeowner Heather Gordon was evicted after a standoff with Boston police, having already moved her belongings out of her 3 Mendell Way home. “I didn’t know what else to do,”...

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T considers selling stations’ names

June 22, 2012
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Imagine sitting on the Orange Line subway and hearing, “Next stop, J & P’s Garbage Services Stony Brook T stop.” That might become a reality as the MBTA is considering selling the naming rights of T stations, including those on the Green and Orange lines. “It’s been discussed, but there are no proposals on...

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Remembering the Fallen

June 22, 2012
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Park program to hold car-free day on Green St.

June 22, 2012
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A new program to get more people into city parks will close Green Street to cars on Sun., July 15 so that people can “walk, bike, roll, skate or dance” in freedom. The “Open Streets” event is part of Circle the City, a new program headed by Jamaica Plain resident Jessica Parsons. Circle the...

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JP Observer: Young adults drive the neighborhood

June 22, 2012
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Jamaica Plain is getting younger and younger. Or it seems that way to residents who have lived here for a while. Although JP is diverse in terms of race, ethnic groups and incomes, the truth is that young adults have dominated the neighborhood’s economy and culture for more than 30 years. Nearly one-third of...

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Senior’s lonely death repeats history

June 22, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—An elderly woman living alone at 40 Sheridan St. was found dead there this month, almost exactly 12 years after a similar death at the address drew attention to neglected senior citizens. Authorities have been unable to officially identify the woman. But the U.S. Postal Service letter carrier whose curiosity led the discovery...

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Hopping to the Rescue

June 22, 2012
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Vacant house is secured

June 22, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—The owner of a vacant house at 25 Chilcott Place returned to housing court last week and proved he had secured the house. The owner of the house, Jamaica Plain resident John Darling, was ordered to secure the property from invaders at a May 21 hearing. “We also asked an inspector go by...

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Three wounded in shooting

June 22, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—Three men were wounded in a shooting on the night of June 14 at 279 Centre St. in the Bromley-Heath housing development, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). The three unidentified victims all had injuries described as “non-life-threatening,” according to BPD. One victim is 22 years old, another 27, and the age...

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Apartment project IAG forming

June 22, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON AVE.—The Impact Advisory Group (IAG) for an apartment building project at 105A S. Huntington Ave. is currently being assembled by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). An IAG is a city-appointed group of residents and other stakeholders that advise the city on potential impacts of building projects. The project would build 190 to...

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‘Extreme ironing’ steams into JP

June 22, 2012
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Anne McKinnon wants to raise the standards for the “slobs of the world.” Jamaica Plain resident McKinnon partakes in “extreme ironing”—a new sport that takes the often-dreaded laundry chore and does it in unexpected and possibly dangerous places. A cursory Google search shows participants ironing garments on mountains, on kayaks and strapped to the...

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State reps. urge teacher contract resolution

June 22, 2012
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Several local elected officials, including state Reps. Jeffrey Sánchez, Russell Holmes and Liz Malia, have signed on to a letter sent to Boston Public Schools (BPS) and the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) saying they are “disappointed” an agreement has not been reached in contract negotiations. The letter, which was dated June 6, calls for...

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Rt. 39 bus bump-outs questioned

June 22, 2012
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A major facet of the Route 39 bus renovation plan might be in jeopardy as the project’s start date approaches. The Route 39 bus is slated to undergo changes starting this fall, including the consolidation of some stops and improved amenities like new shelters and benches and “bump-out” sidewalk extensions. But the MBTA has...

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Stepping Up

June 22, 2012
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Clerk candidates debate safety, skills

June 22, 2012
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The two candidates for the clerk of the criminal division of the Suffolk County Superior Court are ensuring the campaign is one of the more contentious local races by slinging accusations against each other. Current office-holder Maura Hennigan, a JP resident, is accusing her opponent’s supporters of jeopardizing public safety, while Robert Dello Russo,...

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Vacant lot draws fines

June 22, 2012
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STONYBROOK—A controversial property at 101 Brookley Road is garnering fines over its unkempt state. Since October, the city’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD) has cited the owner eight times for improper trash storage and overgrown weeds. Six of those fines, ranging from $25 to $65, have been issued since April. They remain unpaid, according to...

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First Communion

June 22, 2012
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Orchard, other lots to be sold

June 22, 2012
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The fate of three City-owned lots on Dalrymple and Boylston streets in Jamaica Plain are up for debate. Egleston Community Orchard (ECO) currently occupies one of the lots. ECO has grown an orchard and garden there that boasts tomatoes, a composting area, basil, flowers, chard, kale, a path, an arbor for grapes, blueberries, raspberries,...

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Project JamaicaWay

June 22, 2012
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(Gazette Photos by Courtney Sacco) The Project JamaicaWay Sustainable Style Competition & Fashion Show, hosted by JP Forum, brought a big crowd to First Church in Jamaica Plain on June 7 to see fashions made from recycled clothing and fabric from the Boomerangs and Goodwill thrift stores.

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JP restaurateur expands to Caribbean

June 22, 2012
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While most of Jamaica Plain was spending last winter inside, JP Seafood Café owner Phil Paik was commuting to the Caribbean to pull double duty at his second restaurant, The Ocean Club. The Ocean Club, open since October, is located on the small Caribbean island of St. Lucia, just northwest of Barbados. “It’s not...

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Indian Center regroups after funding loss

June 22, 2012
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The North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB) is fighting to get back on its feet after a major 2010 funding loss hampered its work with low-income Indians. “We’re in a tenuous situation right now,” said NAICOB Executive Director Joanne Dunn in a Gazette visit to the organization’s 105 S. Huntington Ave. headquarters last...

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Centre/South redesign plan to resume in fall

June 22, 2012
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The City’s long-stalled redesign plan for Centre and South streets—including major changes to Hyde and Monument Squares—is slated to resume this fall, nearly two years after the last community meeting. The Centre and South Streets Streetscape and Transportation Action Plan, led by the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), aims...

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