Small Dig

March 16, 2012
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(Photo by John Seamans/Boston Parks Department) Workers from Boston Parks and Recreation Department contractor Fleming Bros. dig into the sidewalk along Circuit Drive by Shattuck Hospital at Franklin Park on March 12. The work was done to alleviate flooding in the roadway by replacing a broken clay pipe.

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Tension continues between T police and youths, survey says

March 16, 2012
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The Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) has completed a follow-up survey that, while showing some improvement, tension continues between MBTA Transit Police and urban youths. “What the findings show is that while there has been some improvements in the last 18 months, we still have major problems in how Transit Police interact with urban...

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Legislation aims to plug natural gas leaks

March 16, 2012
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There is legislation moving through the State house that aims to put a clamp on natural gas leaks, a problem one local resident says probably killed several trees on the Arborway. “Personally, I get upset,” said Sarah Freeman, a member of the Arborway Coalition, who acknowledges some trees on the Arborway have died due...

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AIDS Action

March 16, 2012
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(Photo by Adam C. Webster/City Councilor John Connolly’s Office) Cutting the ribbon on the new MOMS Pharmacy at the AIDS Action Committee headquarters at 75 Amory St. on Feb. 28 are (from left) City Councilor John Connolly; AIDS Action President and CEO Rebecca Haag; David Richart of MOMS Pharmacy; and City Councilor and JP resident Felix Arroyo. The pharmacy specializes in HIV/AIDS medicine and joins a new drop-in social service center. For info, see aac.org.

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Traffic committee reunites

March 16, 2012
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The Boston Police E-13 Traffic and Parking Committee is reconvening after a year absence. The committee, which is a collaboration among the local E-13 Police Station, residents, city agencies and elected officials geared to improving traffic safety, stopped meeting when its representative from the Boston Transportation Department retired and a replacement was not available....

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Crash victim cut out of car

March 16, 2012
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JAMAICA HILLS—A victim of a three-car accident on Parkman Drive had to be cut out of his vehicle by firefighters on March 2. The Boston Fire Department’s Egleston Square-based Rescue 2 company was called to the scene because it has heavy-duty rescue equipment, according to BFD spokesperson Steve MacDonald. “They used Jaws ...

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Occupy JP continues with fewer members

March 16, 2012
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Occupy JP, the local version of the Occupy protest movement, plans to join a St. Patrick’s Day Peace Parade this week, but is facing “dwindling” participation in its meetings, according to its website. “Do we want to continue Occupy JP?” was a question raised at a Feb. 5 meeting, according to minutes posted at...

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Rep. Sánchez looks at medicine shortage

March 16, 2012
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A State House committee co-chaired by local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez examined prescription drug shortages at a Feb. 13 hearing. “That came up from individual complaints—people saying there were on a cancer regimen and had to stop,” Sánchez told the Gazette. The Joint Committee on Public Health is investigating the impact of drug shortages...

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After the fire

March 16, 2012
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(Photo by Richard Heath) Only the doorway remains standing at 71 Westminster Ave. in Egleston Square, as the fire-damaged building is razed March 8 for forthcoming reconstruction. The Urban Edge-owned apartment building was severely damaged in an Oct. 17 explosion and fire apparently caused by an arsonist. Urban Edge says the reconstruction schedule will be set later.

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Urban farm aims to feed BPS

March 16, 2012
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A farm business is pushing Boston Public Schools (BPS) to include more locally-grown fruits and vegetables in school meals. City Growers, a for-profit organization that aims to transform vacant lots into intensive urban farms, is trying to join the fleet of food vendors who sell to BPS for student breakfasts and lunches. The problem...

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Police seek suspects in McDonald’s robbery

March 16, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—The Boston Police Department has released descriptions of two suspects in a Feb. 25 armed robbery of the McDonald’s restaurant at 3064 Washington St. The two men reportedly ate at the restaurant, then returned around 11 p.m. They entered through a back door and brandished a pistol while robbing the restaurant. The pistol...

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Kosovo president lays wreaths at cemetery

March 16, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Forest Hills Cemetery) Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga (left) shakes hands with George Milley, president and CEO of Forest Hills Cemetery, at the cemetery on March 4.

FOREST HILLS—The president of the Republic of Kosovo visited Forest Hills Cemetery on March 4 to lay wreaths on the graves of prominent Albanian nationalists of the early 1900s. President Atifete Jahjaga paid her respects at the graves of Archbishop Fan Noli, who headed Boston’s St. George Cathedral, and Faik Konitza, who edited a...

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Accessory store opens on Hyde Park Ave.

March 16, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) (from left) Owners Marcos and Wendy Paul and jewelry artist Joanna Werman show off Werman’s wares at Loud Accessories’ grand opening on March 10.

FOREST HILLS—Loud Accessories opened its doors to shoppers last Saturday. The new accessory store carries hats, scarves, gloves and jewelry, as well as local artists’ handmade jewelry on consignment. It took over the former Ultimate Kitchen and Bath storefront at 18 Hyde Park Ave. Co-owner Wendy Paul told the Gazette she already has pieces by...

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Urban Edge wins anti-foreclosure funds

March 16, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—Urban Edge has been awarded a $20,000 grant from Citi Community Development to support its Foreclosure Prevention Counseling Program. Citi provided start-up funds for the program at the Columbus Avenue community development corporation in 2007. Since then, it has provided $90,000 in funds. The latest grant was awarded in January. The program provides...

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JP-based restaurant ‘pops up’ anywhere

March 16, 2012
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Wheeler del Torro ’s restaurant, Fillet of Soul, is based in Jamaica Plain, but it serves food in Brighton. And Paris. And São Paulo. And Tokyo—and anywhere Del Torro feels like going. Fillet of Soul is part of a new trend in dining out: “pop-up” restaurants, which open wherever and whenever the cook feels...

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Winter Fest

March 16, 2012
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(Photo by Jon Seamans/Boston Parks Department) Four-year-old Laura Cattoir of JP, joined by mother Valerie, shows off the paper mask she made at the Children’s Winter Festival at Franklin Park on Feb. 23. Over 350 children attended the event, hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

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Hombre de JP elegido a la comisión de juegos

March 16, 2012
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Haciendo cita de su experiencia en finanzas en los sectores público y privado, el Tesorero del Estado Steve Grossman nombró hoy a Enrique A. Zúñiga a la Comisión de Juego de Massachusetts.  Zúñiga sirve como Director Ejecutivo del Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust (MWPAT). “Enrique es una persona con suma integridad, visión, sabiduría y...

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Councilors want to control trash pickups

March 16, 2012
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City Councilors Mike Ross and Felix Arroyo are attempting to wrestle control of the City’s commercial trash services from the state after receiving numerous complaints. Residents are annoyed at being awoken by commercial trash collectors during the night. “It’s a serious problem, especially if you live near a commercial district,” said Arroyo, a JP...

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Sisters Donation

March 16, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Steve Murakishi (left), owner of JP’s Fire Opal boutique, presents a $748 check to Deborah Re, CEO of the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, at the store on Feb. 1. The donation came from Fire Opal’s holiday gift-wrapping program. Big Sister provides mentors to 73 JP girls. JP resident Diane Ivey recently was named the organization’s Big Sister of the year.

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Egleston orchard reaps the benefits of volunteer work

March 16, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) (from left) Dan Bensonoff and Mike Steinhoff work on the strawberry patch in the Egleston Community Orchard last summer.

Egleston Sq.—A community orchard and garden has received a grant from City Hall to develop a former junk lot on Boylston Street. Egleston Community Orchard (ECO) received a grant from the Department of Neighborhood Development to work with the community to develop a plan for the lot at 195 Boylston Street. “The grant will...

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Club hopes to generate women scientists

March 16, 2012
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Volunteers working with the Science Club for Girls (SCFG) at the Curley School hope that the next generation of scientists and engineers will include a lot more women. SCFG is a nonprofit collection of educational programs for girls that encourages them in the fields of science and engineering and can include topics as diverse...

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Irish Music

March 16, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Irish music band The Ivy Leaf, whose members include some JP residents and recently played at City Feed & Supply for First Thursday, will release its debut album “The Ivy Leaf: Traditional Irish Music” on March 29. The group will hold various CD release shows around New England, including a May 11 gig in JP. For more info, see ivyleafmusic.com.

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Aviary to open photo lab

March 16, 2012
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Aviary, a gallery and art boutique on South Street, is raising funds to install a digital photo lab for community use. The planned lab will include four computers, four professional-grade scanners and two professional-grade printers for rent. Each computer will have state-of-the art software like Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture. “We’ll also have a selection...

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Street Music

March 16, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) (from left) Daniel Winshall, 14, and Mike Greenstein serenade walkers on Centre Street on March 12 with a high hat, a saxophone and a double bass. A busking veteran of over four years, Greenstein has an album, “Big Man on the Shelf,” coming out in the next few months.

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