Peace Drums unite teens and elders

July 22, 2011
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By Rishi Sidhu, Special to the Gazette The Peace Drum Project began in 2000 when Susan Porter’s 85-year-old mother-in-law commented on the baggy jeans and brazen attitudes of teenagers she observed on the bus. Porter, a JP resident and senior program developer at JP-based Cooperative Artists Institute, says she realized that her mother-in-law wasn’t...

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Top Performer

July 22, 2011
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Top Performer

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Mentalist to take over Doyle’s

July 22, 2011
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Mentalist to take over Doyle’s

Christopher Bolter is more Sherlock Holmes than Miss Cleo. He’s also heard “‘Number 23’ meets ‘Rain Man.” The magician and mentalist—“not psychic,” he is quick to clarify—performs sleight of hand and card tricks. But he is most impressive when applying the latter half of his skills, as he will be at Doyle’s Café on...

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IdeAZ: Y usted, ¿qué dice?

July 22, 2011
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La llegada de Whole Foods sigue siendo el asunto más controversial para Jamaica Plain y vecindarios cercanos. Tras una cantidad de reuniones, promesas y hasta escaramusas de enfrentamiento, hay gran expectativa por saber cómo se desarrollará una reunión comunitaria que ha sido convocada por el Consejo del Vecindario para el martes 26, de la...

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Music fest line-up announced

July 22, 2011
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PONDSIDE—The preliminary line-up for the first annual JP Music Festival has been set. Bands slated to perform at the Aug. 20 fest at Jamaica Pond Park all feature at least one Jamaica Plain resident. They include: the Angelic Slugs (rock), Coyote Kolb (blues rock), the Delta Swingers (Delta blues), Lenny Lashley (acoustic rock), the...

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Editorial: The BRA gets census data right

July 22, 2011
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Jamaica Plain’s police station is finally in JP. So are the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and last week’s Lantern Festival. Weren’t they always, you ask? Not according to U.S. Census data as reported by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and used by all city agencies. Not until this year, after 40 years of...

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Op-Ed: Harry Potter story isn’t over

July 22, 2011
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By Alicia Perez, Special to the Gazette For months, Warner Brothers has been promoting the final Harry Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 2,” as the official end to the Harry Potter franchise, the end of a generation. The media, of course, has been eating it all up. News organizations and magazines...

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Letter: Overpass process seems anti-bridge

July 22, 2011
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The following letter was sent to Paul King, the state Department of Transportation co-project manager on the Casey Overpass replacement project: I am writing with concerns about the Casey Overpass process. Procedurally, the project discussion seems to be skewed in favor of the at-grade concept. The number of proffered schematic designs about the at-grade...

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Looking Peachy

July 22, 2011
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Looking Peachy

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Letter: Whole Foods debate should not be silenced

July 22, 2011
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Heartfelt thanks to the editor of the JP Gazette for the editorial in the June 10 issue (“Whole Foods arrests a bad sign of the times”). We attended the June 2 Whole Foods meeting and were immediately surprised at the heavy police presence. We watched as the Whole Foods management team put on their slick...

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Top Grads

July 22, 2011
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Top Grads

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Kids christen new Jamaica Pond fleet

July 22, 2011
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Kids christen new Jamaica Pond fleet

Built their own boats with JP group PONDSIDE—Swimzilla, Piranha, The Rider, The Great Ebony Blanca Shark—those are the names emblazoned on the backs of four rowboats that were christened with Poland Springs sparkling water and launched on Jamaica Pond June 15 by about 40 fifth-graders. The students, from the Haley Pilot School in Roslindale,...

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Bromley-Heath history film re-released

July 22, 2011
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JACKSON SQ.—A 1978 documentary named after Mission Hill, but with a large focus of the Bromley-Heath Housing development and Jackson Square neighborhood, was recently re-released on DVD by the Watertown-based non-profit Documentary Educational Resources. The film “Mission Hill and the Miracle of Boston,” looks at changes in the area between the 1940s and the...

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Flaherty eager for another term

July 22, 2011
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Flaherty eager for another term

Two years after challenging Mayor Thomas Menino in one of the closest races the mayor has ever faced, former At-Large City Councilor Michael Flaherty wants his old job back. “It was never an option for me to take my ball and go home. I am not interested in sitting in the bleachers,” Flaherty said...

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Muddy River rehab to roll this year

July 22, 2011
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After years of delays, an Army Corps of Engineers-led project aimed at rehabilitating the Muddy River is getting started this fall, city and federal officials told the Gazette this month. For Jamaica Plain, that means the final engineering designs for dredging the river—which flows from Jamaica Pond through Ward’s, Willow and Leverett ponds along...

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Invitación, 7/22

July 22, 2011
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Vacaciones Comida. Free Summer Meals for Children, es el nombre del programa de la ciudad de Boston y Mass Department of Education. Funciona entre junio 29 y Sept. 2, para brindar alimentos a los niños que están de vacaciones. No exigen registro ni ID. Info/Locations: 800-645-8333. Verano. El ciclo de Summer Nights Out, de ...

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Agenda, 7/22

July 22, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Aug. 9 for the Aug. 12  issue. Send listings to news@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. Meetings JPNC Special Meeting, Tues., July...

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Happenings, 7/22

July 22, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for Happenings listings is noon, Aug. 9 for the Aug. 12 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 The Grill...

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Forest Hills Trust may lose funding

July 8, 2011
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If the Forest Hills Educational Trust (FHET), known for the yearly Lantern Festival at Forest Hills Cemetery, does not maintain last year’s level of cultural programming, it could lose its steady funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), the Gazette has learned. FHET programming was abruptly suspended in January, as the Gazette reported at...

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Medical clinic to open

July 8, 2011
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S. HUNTINGTON AVE.—A major new medical clinic is aiming to open next month inside Mount Pleasant Home’s new building. Brigham and Women’s Advanced Primary Care, South Huntington at 301 S. Huntington Ave. will have a total of six doctors and up to 35 other staff members, according to Dr. Joseph Frolkis, the director of...

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Hasta el 10 compre con “pasaporte”

July 8, 2011
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“Esto es un ejemplo para todos los vecindarios” dijo Jeffrey Sánchez, en el pasado evento donde tiendas y bodegas de Jamaica Plain se unieron para demostrar no sólo la capacidad de atender una demanda multicultural, sino la posibilidad de trabajar juntos “sin diferencias ni competencia”. Aquella actividad fue en abril y la ceremonia que...

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Bright Idea

July 8, 2011
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Bright Idea

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New life planned for Curley House

July 8, 2011
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New life planned for Curley House

A group seeking to take over operations at the city-owned former home of legendary Boston politician James Michael Curley introduced itself to the neighborhood at a meeting at the 350 Jamaicaway house June 27. The Friends of the James Michael Curley House’s plan is to bring in regular events and exhibits, focused on Curley...

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Battle against rising food costs discussed

July 8, 2011
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WEB EXCLUSIVE By Benjamin Colb “Supply stations” for urban gardeners was among several ideas for combating the rising costs of food and fuel suggested at a May 26 forum held by JP’s New Economy Transition (JP NET). About 30 people attended the forum, held at First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist. By a...

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