Tonic restaurant opens in Forest Hills

April 27, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Tuna tartare is one of the menu items at Tonic.

FOREST HILLS—Tonic, the long-awaited restaurant and bar at 3698 Washington St., opened its doors on 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 Haru Sushi and Clio. His menu...

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JP prof to head Whole Foods study

April 27, 2012
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A sociology professor who lives in Hyde Square will lead an academic study about Whole Foods Market’s impact on the area. Dr. Glenn Jacobs, whose online resume says he lives on Lamartine Street, told the Gazette that the University of Massachusetts Boston study is just being organized. He declined to comment on its exact...

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New dog park could come to JP

April 27, 2012
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Local advocates have teamed up with elected officials to create a city-run off-leash dog park accessible to Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, West Roxbury and Hyde Park. Though the first suggested location—Millennium Park in West Roxbury—was rejected, City Councilor Matt O’Malley, the original proponent of the project, remains involved in what has become the Dog Park...

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Forest Hills Trust still leaderless

April 27, 2012
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Over a year after the Forest Hills Educational Trust’s (FHET) last executive director quit, the organization still hasn’t filled the position. The cemetery and FHET are separate organizations with separate boards of directors. FHET functions like a “friends” group of the cemetery, fundraising and organizing programming that the cemetery must approve. FHET announced in...

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Doctor helps the poor of Guatemala

April 27, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Peter Rohloff) Peter Rohloff working in Guatemala.

Jamaica Plain resident Dr. Peter Rohloff believes all interesting things happen as accidents. That certainly seems the case with how he founded Wuqu’ Kawoq, a nonprofit organization that provides health care to the indigenous people of Guatemala. Rohloff first started going to Guatemala in Central America 10 years ago to study tropical diseases, do...

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Tostado owner follows dreams

April 27, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) The Dominican and the Cuban tostados and passion fruit and mamey smoothies from Tostados.

Tony Tavarez, owner of the local Tostados sandwich bars, left a stable corporate job to make sandwiches for his neighborhood, and he’s not looking back. In the mid-aughts, Tavarez was working for Spanish-language network Telemundo in Houston and missing good Latin food. He was also miserable in his corporate marketing job, where he was...

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Library group claims BPL to end tutor program

April 27, 2012
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The Friends of the Connolly Branch Library co-President Fran Streeter believes the Boston Public Library (BPL) attempt to fold the popular Homework Assistance Program (HAP) inside a broader after-school program is actually a ploy to kill it. Streeter said she has no proof, but believes in her “heart of hearts” BPL has already decided...

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Police Spotlight: Late-night robber hits area

April 27, 2012
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Five street robberies in JP between April 8 and 18 have the local E-13 Police Station warning residents to be alert. Two of the robberies were unarmed, while the suspect used a gun in the last three crimes. One of the robberies was described as violent. The suspect is described as a black or...

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Sounding Great

April 27, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz (center), a JP resident, presents an official state Senate citation to officials from JP’s Soundmirror Studios for their achievement in being awarded a Grammy this year for mixing work on the opera “Elmer Gantry” at the State House on April 12. Accepting the award were (from left) Frank Kelley, John Newton, Blanton Alspaugh and Jesse Lewis.

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JP artist remembered with exhibit

April 27, 2012
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Robert A. “Bob” Raymond, a Jamaica Plain photographer and videographer who died on Feb. 27 after a short illness, is being remembered with an exhibit at Cambridge’s Mobius gallery through May 5. Raymond, 59, was involved for 30 years with the Mobius Artist Group, which was founded by his wife, Marilyn Arsem. He documented...

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Health Mobile

April 27, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Marcia Fowler (second from left), the commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, joins other officials in cutting the ribbon for Northeastern University’s new Bouve College of Health Sciences’ Health and Welness Van at the university on April 5. Also pictured are (from left): Kevin Kranston of the state health department; Terry Fulmer, dean of the college; Maria Coakley from U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s office; Rita Nieves of the Boston Public Health Commission; and Dr. Huy Nguyen of the state health department.

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Honored Activist

April 27, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Beatriz Rivera (left), a community health activist with the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center and JP’s Beantown Society, is presented with The Philanthropic Initiative’s Boston Neighborhoods Fellow award by Mayor Thomas Menino at an April 11 South End ceremony. Given to only six residents a year, the prestigious fellowship includes an unrestricted cash grant.

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Street Art

April 27, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) Mission Hill artist Peter Bass works on a watercolor painting of the Centre Street and Seaverns Avenue intersection in front of 673 Centre on the afternoon of April 19. Bass said he is teaching himself to paint.

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Bad JP map fades from use

April 27, 2012
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A wildly incorrect official map of Jamaica Plain and other neighborhoods that tainted City of Boston programs for decades appears to be rapidly fading from use a year after it was corrected. The map still lingers in some long-running programs and studies, however. The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) created the deliberately incorrect map of...

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Web error puts Vegas casino in JP

April 27, 2012
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A major Las Vegas hotel and casino occupies the Jamaicaway Tower and a triple-decker on Child Street, according to an incorrect Google Maps listing that has spread across the web. The 111 Perkins St. condo tower is labeled as Nevada’s Venetian Resort Hotel Casino on the popular web mapping service. Another address behind the...

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Red Sox Nation’s First President

April 27, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo)  JP resident David Crellin (right) joins his 101-year-old father Floyd at Goddard House in Brookline last week during a birthday party sponsored by the Boston Red Sox baseball team. Floyd Crellin was born a year to the day before Fenway Park opened on April 20, 1912 and was honored at the 100th home opener at the park on April 13.

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Cops: Baby kidnapped from JP home

April 27, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—An Allston woman allegedly kidnapped an 8-month-old baby from a Jamaica Plain home on April 17, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). The baby was recovered safely at 70 Weaver Court in Jackson Square’s Academy Homes housing development. Andrea K. Martin, 25, was arrested and charged with kidnapping. An unidentified caregiver was...

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Duck houses installed in park

April 27, 2012
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PONDSIDE—Boxes intended as homes for wood ducks have been installed in Olmsted Park in an attempt to help the colorful, formerly rare bird bounce back in the area. Two wooden boxes mounted atop poles were installed late last month, one in Ward’s Pond and one in Leverett Pond, by Jamaica Plain and Brookline park...

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Ross seeks Green Line traffic cameras

April 27, 2012
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City Councilor Mike Ross is attempting to apply the brakes to motorists who speed by the Green Line while passengers enter and exit the trolley. He has filed a home-rule petition in the City Council that would install trolley cameras intended to capture the law-breaking culprits. “This is such a public safety need,” said...

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Condo project talks continue

April 27, 2012
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SOUTH ST.—Attorney Peter Fenn aims to have an updated plan this summer to demolish his 71 South St. law office and replace it with a five-unit condo building, he told the Gazette. Some neighbors expressed concerns about the proposal’s density and parking when Fenn announced it in December 2011. The existing property includes a...

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Chef, author injured in bike crash

April 27, 2012
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CANARY SQ.—A Jamaica Plain chef and bestselling cookbook author was injured April 6 when her bicycle hit a car door at Centre and Moraine streets. Didi Emmons said she spent a night in the hospital with a concussion after the accident in a post on her Facebook page. She noted that she fell in...

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Editorial: Centers minus community?

April 27, 2012
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What is a community center without the community? We’re about to find out, as ludicrous, abrupt rental hikes at the Hennigan Community Center drive successful JP youth programs out of the neighborhood, and perhaps out of business. This looks like another way to balance the books on the backs of the disadvantaged, and it...

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Editorial: Leash your dogs

April 27, 2012
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People are roaming free in JP’s wealth of parkland with the arrival of spring. Unfortunately, so are off-leash pet dogs. Having a dog off-leash on the street or in a park is illegal. It’s illegal because it’s irresponsible, rude and dangerous. Dogs are not miniature people. They are animals that can and will bite....

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Letter: Casey Arborway is a cheap but bad solution

April 27, 2012
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Regarding the Casey Arborway project, it’s about the money. And don’t forget, the state, at the start, told the Working Advisory Group members this is not about money. So anytime I hear otherwise, I want to pick up my pen. This is an important bridge. The bridge keeps cross-town traffic out of a neighborhood...

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