Cigarette sparks blaze

April 13, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—A cigarette left on a porch sparked a fire that caused $25,000 in damage to a triple-decker on St. Patrick’s Day. There were no injuries in the blaze, which happened around 6 p.m. on March 17 at 28 Paul Gore St, according to the Boston Fire Department (BFD). The cause was “careless disposal...

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Food trucks may come to Egleston

April 13, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—Food trucks have a spot reserved this year at Washington and School streets—but no food truck business has yet signed up. High-quality food served from trucks has become popular new trend on both city streets and private property. The City of Boston recently began permitting various street spots for food truck use. Egleston...

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Franklin Park gets national nod

April 13, 2012
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PARKSIDE—Franklin Park has been recognized as a “Frontline Park” by the City Parks Alliance (CPA). CPA is a nonprofit urban park organization in Washington, D.C. Each month, it recognizes a park for excellence and for coping with today’s economic and political pressures. The 527-acre historic park, part of the Emerald Necklace and designed by...

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Burger bar opens

April 13, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—Grass Fed, a new burger bar, opened last month at 605 Centre St. The restaurant features classic and “alternative” burgers made of beef from cows raised in open pastures. It also offers a variety of other burgers, including vegetarian and vegan options. Grass Fed is operated by Krista Kranyak, founder of the nearby...

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JP Agenda, 4/13/12

April 13, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, April 24 for the April 27 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings BPS school choice community meeting, Fri., April 13, 4:30-6pm, Hennigan Elementary School, 200 Heath St. Info: 635-6771. JPNC Housing and...

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Invitación, 4/13/12

April 13, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 24 de abril para la publicación del 27 de abril. Mandar a [email protected] Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones Reunion pública de BPS sobre la seleccion de escuelas,  viernes, 13 abril,...

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Sights and Sounds, 4/13/12

April 13, 2012
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(Image Courtesy Heather Reynolds) INFLUENTIAL ART “Underwater 1,” an oil painting on canvas by Heather Reynolds, is among the works showing in “Under the Influence,” a Jamaica Plain Open Studios juried exhibition running through May 4 at the Footlight Club.

The deadline for listings is noon, April 24 for the April 27 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Kush Groove Clothing Company spring line launch, to support The Urbano Project. Fri., April 20, 6pm, 284 Amory St. Info: facebook.com/kushgroove....

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Tonic restaurant to open Saturday

April 12, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Tonic, the long-awaited restaurant and bar at 3698 Washington St., will open its doors for the first time on Sat., April 14. Tonic is described as an “affordably ‘upscale’ neighborhood haunt” in a press release announcing the opening. The head chef is Ryan Kelly, formerly of Jamaica Plain’s Canary Square restaurant and downtown’s...

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Preservation group opposes Little Wanderers demolition

April 5, 2012
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The influential Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA) is opposing the plan to demolish the Home for Little Wanderers buildings at 161 S. Huntington Ave. to make way for a 196-unit modern apartment building. “JP has many fine examples of creative reuse, like the Brewery Complex, that have been embraced by the neighborhood,” wrote Judy Neiswander,...

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More apartments coming to S. Huntington

April 4, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—A large apartment complex with 195 units is being planned for a parcel next to the North American Indian Center of Boston on S. Huntington Avenue, according to a Letter of Intent filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority last week by Cedar Valley Development. Cedar Valley purchased the 1.1-acre parcel at 105A S....

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A Correction about the Casey Project’s Name

April 2, 2012
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In recent print and online articles, the Gazette incorrectly reported that the Casey Overpass replacement project was initially named the “Casey Parkway” and then changed to the “Casey Arborway.” In fact, the project was announced as the “Casey Arborway” and has not changed. The error was due to the Gazette’s reporter writing down the...

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Casey Arborway project advisory group could change

March 30, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The design team for the Casey Overpass replacement project, known as the Casey Arborway, may change as the planning moves ahead. The crowd of over 100 community members responded mostly with support for the plan and community engagement going forward, as the Design Advisory Group (DAG) continues in working with the Massachusetts Department...

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‘Casey Arborway’ project met with cheers, protests

March 30, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The newly-renamed Casey Arborway project is being greeted with both cheers and protests by the community. Some members of the project’s Design Advisory Group (DAG) showed their ire and disappointment at Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) choice of an at-grade street network instead of a new bridge to replace the Casey Overpass at...

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Spring Has Sprung

March 30, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) A tree bursts with white flowers during the first full day of spring, March 21, in front of the Nazareth Child Care Center at 19 St. Joseph St.

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Activist who left the 1% writes book on inequality

March 30, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Chuck Collins.

Jamaica Plain resident Chuck Collins has been organizing against income inequality for decades, including giving up his personal fortune in his 20s—so when he was invited to write a book about inequality and the 99 to 1 percent divide, he jumped at the chance. “I believe we are on the brink of ecological and...

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Ex-miembro del 1% escribe sobre la desigualdad

March 30, 2012
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Hace décadas que el residente Chuck Collins ha estado organizando contra la desigualdad de salario, incluso entregar su fortuna personal durante sus 20s, así cuando fue solicitado para escribir un libro sobre la desigualdad y la división del 99% y el %1, celebró la oportunidad. “Creo que nos encontramos en el borde de obstáculos...

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School assignment review begins

March 30, 2012
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Neighborhood schools and public outreach were the topics of discussion as a school assignment advisory committee met for the first time March 19 at English High School. The advisory committee was handpicked by Mayor Tom Menino and Boston Public School (BPS) Superintendent Carol Johnson to help improve the district’s school assignment plan. In his...

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Se junta el comité para la asignación de escuelas

March 30, 2012
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Cuando se juntó la comité de la asignación de escuelas por primera vez el 19 de marzo en English High School, hablaron de las escuelas y de su alcance al público. El comité fue seleccionado por el alcalde Tom Menino y la directora de Boston Public School Carol Johnson para mejorar el plan de...

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School Pride

March 30, 2012
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(Gazette Photo By Peter Shanley) James Hennigan Jr. meets a second-grader during a celebration at the Hennigan Elementary School on Heath Street March 23 in recognition of him recently turning 85 and starting a $5,000 fund for the school. The school is named after his father, a longtime Jamaica Plain leader. Hennigan told the second-graders, “Your learning here is what is important. You can have what your mothers, fathers and friends want you to have: a great education and a great life.”

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Library Friends push for renovations

March 30, 2012
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JP SOUTH—The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library are not giving up on a long-delayed $8.5 million renovation, despite the Boston Public Library (BPL) trustees voting earlier this month to only request $125,000 for “improvements” to the branch instead. Friends co-chairs Don Haber and Gretchen Grozier both told the Gazette they will continue...

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Casey project could be Malia campaign issue

March 30, 2012
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The debate that has surrounded the Casey Overpass project and the at-grade or bridge option could become a campaign issue for state Rep. Liz Malia. Although no opponents have declared a candidacy, some residents have criticized her involvement with the project, while others have praised it. But for her, that comes with the territory....

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Cat Care

March 30, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Bernadette the cat is comforted after recovering from burns at the MSCPA-Angell Animal Care and Adoption Center on S. Huntington Avenue. Bernadette was found dumped in a cardboard box outside the facility on March 18 with all of her fur and her whiskers singed down to the skin. It is unknown what happened to her, and she is now available for adoption. For more info, see mspca.org.

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Italian coffee shop to open in key spot

March 30, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—An Italian coffee shop called Caffe Aromi is aiming to open in the long-vacant storefront at 403A Centre St. in the heart of Hyde Square next month, according to executive general manager Terry Bruce. It will serve coffee drinks, light pastries and panini, and “create a neighborhood hangout,” Bruce told the Gazette. Bruce...

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T plans to trim Green Line, kill JP Loop bus

March 30, 2012
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The MBTA plans an overall 23 percent fare increase,  an end to weekend Green Line streetcar service between Brigham Circle and Heath Street, and an elimination of the Route 48 “JP Loop” bus, according to a budget summary document released March 28 following months of controversy about the T’s sorry financial state. Originally facing...

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