Casey team prefers replacing Shea Circle

July 22, 2011
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Casey team prefers replacing Shea Circle

FOREST HILLS—Design sketches for possible replacements for Shea Circle and re-routing of Morton Street were presented to the Casey Overpass replacement project’s Working Advisory Group (WAG) at its July 13 meeting. The WAG supported turning Shea Circle, the rotary at the eastern end of the Casey Overpass, into a signalized intersection and turning Morton...

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Límitesen mapa asunto divisor

July 22, 2011
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“Boston debería ser el distrito de mayoría de minorías”. Dicho así por la directora ejecutiva de ¿Oíste? y otras instituciones que han tomado liderazgo en el debate sobre la redistribución de los distritos electorales, todo parece fácil. Sin embargo el asunto se complica cuando se ven las propuestas, los mapas o las explicaciones que...

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JPNC to consult others on Whole Foods deal

July 22, 2011
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Lacking a clear roadmap for moving forward toward a community benefits agreement (CBA) with Whole Foods, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) voted at a June 12 meeting to “circle back” and check in with other community groups and elected officials. The JPNC will try to reach out to around a dozen groups in...

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Century-old Valentine finds a home

July 22, 2011
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A long-lost, century-old Valentine card from Jamaica Plain that somehow turned up this year in England is in the mail once again, heading for the hands of the original addressee’s granddaughter. “This really has been a great journey,” said Sarah Swain and Lyndon Berry, the English couple who discovered the card. As the Gazette...

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Doctor’s office closes; records move

July 22, 2011
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MONUMENT SQ.—Atreva Health Care, a doctor’s office that operated for 25 years at 770 Centre St., closed last month, according to Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare (BIDHC), which took control of Atreva patients’ medical records. Atreva owner Dr. Francisco Trilla, who still lives in JP but now works in California, told the Gazette that his...

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Charter school finds home at church

July 22, 2011
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Starting Sept. 6, the First Baptist Church at 633 Centre St. will have 72 new tenants, not counting teachers. The church will serve as the temporary home of the new Bridge Boston Charter School for the 2011-2012 school year, First Baptist pastor Ashlee Wiest-Laird told the Gazette. “It really helps a lot financially,” to...

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JP streets: The orderly and the ugly

July 22, 2011
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Here in Jamaica Plain, where the shopping districts consist of long corridors, the extended buffer between pedestrians and vehicles makes an important first impression. As soon as the City of Boston put down the bike lanes and related lines on the South/Centre/S. Huntington corridors last year, the business districts seemed to improve. Sure, it...

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Taking note

July 22, 2011
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Taking note

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Eliot School gets $25K donation

July 22, 2011
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Eliot School gets $25K donation

PONDSIDE—An anonymous $25,000 donation from a Jamaica Plain family to the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts is the basis for a new scholarship fund for low-income students. The 24 Eliot St. art school, which specializes in such handicrafts as woodworking, is now seeking matching donations for the fund, according to Director Abigail...

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New life for bridesmaid dresses

July 22, 2011
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Being asked to be a bridesmaid is a huge honor. It’s also a huge pain in the wallet. Looking to make the process a little less draining, Hyde Square resident Kathryn House founded Bridesmaid Trade, an online bridesmaid’s dress consignment shop. It brings former bridesmaids and their never-to-be-worn-again garments with soon-to-be-bridesmaids and their need...

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Ex-food truck puts down stakes in JP

July 22, 2011
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Fill Belly’s—formerly a food truck—reopened as a brick-and-mortar restaurant June 6 at 3381 Washington St. Restaurant proprietor Boswell “Chef Bos” Scott said the small, six-table restaurant is allowing him to expand on what he described as his “funky…urban cultural cuisine”—experimental variations and mixes from different culinary traditions. He serves a variety of “Bosolitos”—Latin American...

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‘Comfort shoes’ store opens

July 22, 2011
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A new shoe store off Centre Street wants to put a new pep in JP’s step. Millipede Shoes, at 7 Pond St., is offering “comfort shoes,” like clogs, in owner’s Rio Tutcik’s first small business venture. It was slated to have a “soft opening” by sometime this week. “Hopefully we can provide comfort shoes...

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Dame closes its doors

July 22, 2011
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On July 31, vintage clothing store Dame, at 68 South St., will close its Jamaica Plain doors. While the storefront is going away, Dame will return to open-air markets and other venues, owner Dany Pearson said on the store’s blog. “The current economic climate just has not been friendly enough to us to maintain...

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Major project’s advisory group named

July 22, 2011
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STONYBROOK—In preparation for the community process about a proposed major development on the corner of Washington and McBride streets, an Impact Advisory Group (IAG) has been selected. The first, unpublicized meeting of the IAG took place July 13. The 11 members of the IAG were nominated by residents and elected officials and appointed by...

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A Taste of Ireland

July 22, 2011
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A Taste of Ireland

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Soldier’s Monument will be rededicated September 17

July 22, 2011
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MONUMENT SQ.—The Soldier’s Monument will be rededicated on Sept. 17 in a ceremony being planned by the Jamaica Pond Association (JPA). In another honor, last year’s cleaning of the historic Monument at Centre and South streets was named last week as a Boston Preservation Alliance Preservation Achievement Award winner. The dramatic 1871 Monument memorializes...

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Softball Champs

July 22, 2011
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Softball Champs

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461 Walnut Ave. has its day in court

July 22, 2011
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The lawsuit over the proposed respite care and homeless housing facility at 461 Walnut Ave. may be drawing to a close next month. A judge will hear arguments at an Aug. 2 hearing, said Daniel Wilson, the attorney for the plaintiffs. “This will probably be the last hearing,” said Kyle Robidoux, community organizing assistant...

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Security cameras coming to Jackson Sq.

July 22, 2011
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JACKSON SQ.—Responding to community concerns about 12 reported assaults on the Southwest Corridor near Jackson Square T Station this summer, the MBTA plans to install security cameras around the T station. State Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez announced the security camera plans in a July 15 public letter. Sánchez told the Gazette he requested that the...

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Man charged with indecent assault following incident at MBTA station

July 22, 2011
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A man was charged with indecent assault and battery for allegedly grabbing a woman’s buttocks at the Forest Hills MBTA Station July 2. Gary Maggiacomo, 46, of 170 Morton St., was arrested after the alleged victim pointed him out across the street from the station. Maggiacomo had turned his shirt inside out, but the...

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Reagan Youth brings punk to Obama era

July 22, 2011
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By Benjamin Colb, Special to the Gazette   Reagan Youth, one of the pioneering hardcore punk bands of the East Coast in the 1980s, will be playing a show at the Midway Café on July 24. Lead guitarist Paul Bakija, aka Paul Cripple, regrouped the band in 2006 after a 17-year hiatus. He spoke...

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Mount Pleasant gets state-of-the-art rehab

July 22, 2011
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Mount Pleasant gets state-of-the-art rehab

After over a decade of planning and construction residents at Mount Pleasant Home, an elder housing facility at 301 S. Huntington Ave. last month stepped out the 1920s-era facility’s former back door and into the twenty-first century. One of the new addition’s most striking architectural features of the buildings new 30,390-square-foot, four-story addition is...

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Missing woman found in Mexico

July 22, 2011
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A Jamaica Plain woman who disappeared on June 21 has been found in Mexico, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). Amber DeVoe, 28, was the subject of a citywide search, with her face appearing on flyers around JP. DeVoe was found on July 12 in Mexico City, BPD said in a brief press...

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75 years of ‘wash and set’ for salon regulars

July 22, 2011
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75 years of ‘wash and set’ for salon regulars

Every Saturday morning, Laura Dembski and her employees know to have Miss Laura’s at Cla-Mar Beauty Culture open and ready by 8:30. The regulars start showing up about then. Anne Puleo, 81, is the first. She gets her hair washed and set and is usually on her way out the door by 9:30, just...

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