In Memoriam: Yolanda Peña, baker known for cakes

August 26, 2011
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By Alicia Perez, Special to the Gazette Yolanda Peña, a baker known for generously offering her Dominican cakes to children and businesses in Egleston Square, died on Aug. 6 at age 65. Born May 5, 1946 in the Dominican Republic, Yolanda moved to the United States in 1976 and started a pioneering Dominican cake...

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Yolanda Peña, panadera conocido por su bizcochos

August 26, 2011
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By Alicia Perez   Yolanda Peña, un panadera conocido por su generoso ofrecimiento de bizcochos Dominicana a niños y su negocio de bizcochos en Egleston Square, murió el 6 de agosto a los 65 años. Nacido 5 de mayo 1946 en la República Dominicana, Yolanda se mudó a los Estados Unidos en 1976 y...

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JP Music Fest a big hit

August 26, 2011
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PONDSIDE—The first annual Jamaica Plain Music Festival, held Aug. 20 at Jamaica Pond Park, looked like a hit. An ever-changing audience braving the hot and sunny weather swelled to what looked like around 1,000 people. Over 20 local bands and musicians performed at the free fest, from indie stars like Shepardess to up-and-comers like...

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Arroyo: Youths want clean streets, drug treatment

August 26, 2011
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Violence prevention, access to drug treatment and clean streets are among Boston youths’ top concerns, and as such, will top At-large City Councilor Felix Arroyo’s youth agenda, he told the Gazette last week. Arroyo, who heads the council Committee on Labor, Youth Affairs and Human Rights, spent much of the summer visiting with 25...

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Science Winner

August 26, 2011
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Connolly focuses on education

August 26, 2011
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Connolly focuses on education

If At-Large City Councilor John Connolly had his way, Boston Public Schools would be radically different. A former middle school teacher and chair of the City Council’s Education Committee, “I would pilot the whole system,” Connolly said in an interview at the Gazette office in June, referring to pilot schools—BPS schools that are granted...

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Rising Star

August 26, 2011
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Rising Star

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Keyed Up

August 26, 2011
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Keyed Up

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Editorial: A quiet end to trolleys

August 26, 2011
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The Arborway Line trolley restoration debate, which less than a decade ago divided JP as strongly as Whole Foods, ended almost unnoticed this year. A community lawsuit that was the last piece of realistic leverage for bringing the Green Line back through JP was tossed out in January. Critics of trolleys said they would...

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Editorial: A park leader’s legacy

August 26, 2011
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Overseeing a 525-acre, perpetually underfunded, historic park is pretty impressive work. Uniting the underserved neighborhoods around the park with a broad range of high-impact community programs—that’s really impressive. Doing it all while being one of the friendliest people in JP—that’s something of a miracle. Christine Poff, executive director of the Franklin Park Coalition, makes...

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Editorial: Music for the people

August 26, 2011
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The pantheon of must-see JP art events just got bigger. The Jamaica Plain Music Festival, with its Aug. 20 debut, already stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of the Lantern Festival, JP Open Studios and the Wake Up the Earth Festival. The Music Fest was everything great about JP and about music. This was music...

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Letter: School roof was lucky to hold chopper

August 26, 2011
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Upon reading the article about the commando training at the Agassiz School on July 28 (“Commandos train in Agassiz School,” Aug. 12), I remembered another discussion about things landing on the school’s roof. During the years I worked with the Agassiz School Asthma and Environmental Committee, we struggled to get building repairs to cut...

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Letter: Whole Foods agreement makes sense

August 26, 2011
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We all know that Whole Foods is coming to JP. And we know that the store is likely to have a big impact on the neighborhood—some of it good and some bad. We will have another place to buy healthy food and we will have more traffic. The new store is likely to contribute to...

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IdeAZ: ¿Todos a una?

August 26, 2011
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Una nota de prensa de la oficina del concejal Felix G. Arroyo dice: “Después de reunirse con más de 25 organizaciones y 500 jóvenes, el Concejal ha completado sus visitas relacionadas con el “Estado de la Juventud” en la ciudad. En cada visita, los jóvenes fueron responsables de arreglar una agenda para discutir los...

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Letter: Last overpass repair was a joke

August 26, 2011
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I found your piece on the Casey bridge to be of great interest, not so much for what is revealed about the structure’s genesis, but by what is glaringly omitted concerning its recent history (“The Pastor and the Bridge,” Aug. 12). Specifically, I am referring to the 1990s, when it underwent extremely extensive, and...

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Letter: Love JP and Gazette, hate the overpass

August 26, 2011
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I lived in JP for 10 years, about 20 years ago. I actually lived in five different parts of JP in those 10 years. Now, I work in JP in the Brewery complex. I love the op-ed piece from the last edition of the Gazette (“Our perfect little corner of the world,” Aug. 12)....

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Letter: Thanks for a great Night Out

August 26, 2011
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On behalf of our commander, Capt. Paul Russell, and all of us at District E-13, we would like to express our most sincere “thank you” to everyone who joined us at our Neighbors Night Out in Egleston Square on July 29. The Egleston Square YMCA hosted the annual experience. The event was organized by the...

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‘Catio’ Dining

August 26, 2011
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Harvest signs lease for Forest Hills store

August 26, 2011
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FOREST HILLS—Harvest Co-op Markets has signed a lease for a 9,000-square-foot storefront on Washington Street south of the Forest Hills T Station. It is expected to open late next year. Harvest’s current 57 South St. location will continue to operate even after the new location opens, said Christina Lively, president of the Harvest Co-op’s...

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WAG brainstorms public spaces

August 26, 2011
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FOREST HILLS—The Working Advisory Group (WAG) for the Casey Overpass replacement project has started brainstorming the pedestrian areas surrounding the future overpass replacement. At the Aug. 17 meeting, WAG members brainstormed on possible elements of the final design on either side of New Washington Street and around Shea Circle. Suggestions included a dog park;...

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Sewers treated to prevent West Nile Virus

August 26, 2011
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The Suffolk County Mosquito Control Project treated Jamaica Plain’s catch basins with pesticide last month in an effort to control the population of West Nile Virus (WNV)-carrying mosquitoes. JP catch basins tested positive for WNV mosquito larvae this year. There have been no reported infections. The pesticide Vectolex has been added to catch basins...

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Bank may replace fence

August 26, 2011
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By Benjamin Colb Special to the Gazette   PONDSIDE—Bank of America is considering replacing or repairing the chain-link fence around its Burroughs Street parking lot at the request of the Jamaica Pond Association (JPA). The JPA reached out to the local bank branch at 677 Centre St. in recent months as it conducted interior...

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Sights and Sounds, 8/26

August 26, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for Sights and Sounds listings is noon, Sept. 6 for the Sept. 9 issue. Send arts and entertainment listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Listings with no end date will be run for 3 months, space permitting. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events...

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Invitación, 8/26

August 26, 2011
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Deporte Maratón. El domingo 9 de octubre será el maratón que organiza Boston Athletic Association,con un recorrido especial por Emerald Necklace park system. Se trata de la mitad de una competencia regular y gran parte de los números ya han sido tomados; pero t the Emerald Necklace Conservancy tiene  25 números para quienes los...

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