Never mind the bigotry, here’s a queer punk night

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) (from left) Bruce Derfler (“Taffy Vicious”) and Michael Flowers (“Mickey Rotten”).

Two Jamaica Plain residents, not finding a dance night that plays the music they like and welcomes queers, are bringing the punk ethos to dance nights: just do it yourself. Bruce Derfler (“Taffy Vicious”) and Michael Flowers (“Mikey Rotten”) saw something missing from the Boston nightlife—a punk night that was also a welcoming environment...

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Apartment developer pays $11k fine

May 11, 2012
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The developer hoping to build up to 200 apartments at 105A S. Huntington Ave. owed the city $11,000 in unpaid fines until last week. Anthony Nader, who has yet to file his plan with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) for 190 to 200 luxury apartments at 105A S. Huntington Ave., paid off the $10,915...

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Housing Help

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident and former State Street Corporation employee Marjorie Hanson (left) joins Hearth CEO May Shields (center) and State Street alumna Pat Walker (right) at the Spirit of State Street breakfast April 24 in Dorchester. Hanson and Walker are leaders of the the Adopt-A-Room program that outfits rooms in Hearth’s housing for formerly homeless elders.

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DA: Rozzie man’s van hid drug cache

May 11, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—More than 20 pounds of cocaine was found in a secret compartment in a Roslindale man’s minivan during a traffic stop on School Street on April 30, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Elvyn Rafael Garcia, 31, is facing charges of drug trafficking, drug violations in a school zone, and various...

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New parking lot in the works

May 11, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—Local developer Mordechai Levin is planning on turning the property at 41 Amory St. into an 84-vehicle parking lot. “To be honest with you, much of Jamaica Plain needs more parking. Much of the city needs more parking. It’s an old city,” said Levin. The site was previously used for “wrecking, dismantling and...

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Mayor Menino on what makes Rozzie great

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

By Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Special to the Gazette One of the best things about Roslindale is how familiar it feels when you’re walking through Roslindale Village or driving down Washington Street. I don’t need to tell you that generations of families call this neighborhood home. Children play ball at Fallon Field, where their...

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El Chavo, farmer’s market win awards

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) (from left) Alejandro Rodriguez and Lucy Galvan stand outside El Chavo, Roslindale’s Business of the Year.

El Chavo Mexican Products will be named Roslindale’s 2011 Business of the Year at an annual Boston Main Streets awards ceremony to be held May 17. Roslindale Farmer’s Market co-chair Jaime Pullen will be named the neighborhood’s volunteer of the year at the same ceremony. El Chavo, a Mexican specialty store at 4254 Washington...

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Rozzie train club toots horns

May 11, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) A 1/48 scale model trolley—about three inches tall—rolls along in the Bay State Model Railroad Museum’s large space.

Roslindale has a train network that would make U.S. Vice President and Amtrak enthusiast Joe Biden jealous—if Biden were one-and-a-half inches tall. The Bay State Model Railroad Museum is not really a museum. It’s a club, open to new members, that gives members the space to create the train model of their dreams. “We’re...

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Senator Brown visits Roslindale Village

May 11, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley) U.S. Sen. Scott Brown gives Cecilia Blacker a high-five.

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown toured Roslindale Village April 27 to meet with local residents, taking photographs with many of them and signing autographs for others. The senator made many stops along the way, including the Blue Star Restaurant, the Fornax Bread Company and Tony’s Market. Tony DeBenedictis, owner of Tony’s Market, made sure Brown...

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Bridal salon coming to Roslindale Village

May 11, 2012
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After a year in business, jewelry store Marla’s Obsession is expanding to add a bridal boutique. Marla’s Bridal Shop will open at 20 Belgrade Ave. in Roslindale this month. The family business, owned by sisters Tricia, Marla and Melissa Adams, started because of Marla’s love of fashion jewelry, Tricia Adams told the Gazette. “She...

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Affordable housing fading away at Stony Brook

May 11, 2012
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Decreasing affordable housing at Stony Brook Commons on Blue Ledge Drive in Roslindale, formerly High Point Village, has one resident hoping a lawsuit against the property owner will bring back the old days. “I used to know my neighbors,” said Elaine Marin-Ruff, a plaintiff in the lawsuit and member of High Point Families United....

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Former T substation might be renovated

May 11, 2012
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A former MBTA transit substation, built in 1911 and situated at 4228 Washington St. in Roslindale, might finally be renovated into a year-round farmers’ market and event space after sitting vacant for more than 40 years. “It would be amazing,” said Stephanie Cave, executive director of Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS). RVMS teamed up...

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Roslindale Events

May 11, 2012
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Roslindale Village Main Street Farmers’ Market Community Meeting, participate in planning for this year’s Farmers’ Market. Thurs., May 17, 6:30-8pm, Roslindale Community Center, Washington St. and Cummins Highway. Volunteer opportunities include flyer distribution, social media, set-up and take-down, staffing the RVMS booth, surveying shoppers, assisting with theme days, helping with fundraising, counting shoppers and...

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Law Day celebrates freedom, rights

May 11, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Holy Name Parish School’s sixth grade class poses in front of a fire truck during the West Roxbury Courthouse’s Law Day on April 27.

FOREST HILLS—The Mozart School, Sacred Heart Academy and Holy Name Parish Schools joined the West Roxbury Courthouse in celebrating Law Day on April 27. Law Day is a part of the courthouse’s Reinventing Justice program, which invites students to witness proceedings at the 445 Arborway courthouse and learn about the legal system. Law Day...

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Nira Rock to get $30k in improvements

May 11, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—Jamaica Plain’s urban wild, Nira Rock, is slated to receive $30,000 in improvements this summer. The work is expected to take place by August, and will include an expansion of the park, a new seating area, new stairs leading up the hill, new fencing and new plantings. “The Boston Parks and Recreation Department...

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Changes coming to Route 32 bus

May 11, 2012
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The MBTA presented a plan that would cut 17 stops from the Route 32 bus, and alter, move and add other stops. The Route 32 bus runs from the Forest Hills T station down Hyde Park Avenue in JP. The plan, which was discussed during a community meeting May 1 at the Woodbourne Apartments,...

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Bird Watching

May 11, 2012
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(Photos by Stephen Baird)

A pine warbler (left) and a red-bellied woodpecker (right) are among the birds spotted in Franklin Park in late April. (Photos by Stephen Baird)

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SWCP skate park moves forward

May 11, 2012
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Young organizers are moving ahead with reclaiming a disused area of the Southwest Corridor Park (SWCP) by transforming it into a skate park. The organizers have presented a proposal to the SWCP Parkland Management Advisory Committee (PMAC), along with a model of the proposed changes to the area just south of Minton Street. PMAC...

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Sounding Great

May 11, 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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Franklin Park moves closer to repairs

May 11, 2012
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Franklin Park is a step closer to renovated pathways and entrances after the Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) received a receptive response to its plan at a community meeting April 30. “I think there is interest from the community for us to do more work like this,” said Margaret Dyson, director of historic...

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Creating Together

May 11, 2012
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(Photo by Susan Kooperstein) Ed Pazzanese (center), program director of Families Creating Together (FTC), joins neighborhood residents at an event to recruit new advisory board members for the multicultural arts program focused on families with children who have disabilities on March 28 at Curtis Hall on South Street. FTC recently moved into the new Family Resource Center in Jackson Square. For more info, call 617-522-1018.

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Massages come to JP

May 11, 2012
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JP’s Massage Therapy Center opened last week at 398 Centre St., where it shares space with Center & Spring Acupuncture. The business is run by JP resident Andres Gutierrez, who told the Gazette that he aims to keep massages affordable. “It’s like a tune-up for the body,” he said of massage. “Every machine needs...

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Editorial: Roslindale neighbors

May 11, 2012
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The Gazette makes its twice-a-year visit to Roslindale this week. You could call it a meeting of old friends, and we tend to use the term “neighbors,” but JP and Rozzie are more like siblings joined at the hip by Arnold Arboretum. We’re both diverse neighborhoods with rich social histories but also facing—and embracing—a...

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Editorial: Where’s the debate?

May 11, 2012
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JP erupted in a frenzy about Whole Foods Market last year, a debate widely decried as a vicious civil war, though it was also a long-overdue soul-searching about potential gentrification. Yet now that gentrification is here in the form of self-advertised “luxury” housing on a grand scale coming to S. Huntington Avenue—and now possibly...

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