Sights and Sounds, 9/23

September 23, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for listings is noon, Oct. 4 for the Oct. 7 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 Jamaica Plain Open...

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Agenda, 9/23

September 23, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Oct. 4 for the Oct. 7 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 Casey Overpass, Working Advisory Group...

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JP Neighborhood Council Candidates’ Statements

September 16, 2011
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council election will be held Sat., Sept. 24, with polling places at: the Forest Hills T Station (3700 Washington St.); J.P. Licks (659 Centre St.); and Stop & Shop (301 Centre St.). Polls will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Any JP resident 16 or older can vote. Voters...

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Whole Foods nixes JPNC request

September 14, 2011
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Whole Foods Market said it will not agree to the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s request for a “fund for use by JP community groups,” in a statement emailed to the Gazette this morning. The statement indicated that such a fund was part of an un-publicized “good neighbor agreement” that JPNC members proposed to Whole...

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Group calls on Whole Foods to sign agreement

September 13, 2011
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Whose Foods? Whose Community? The Coalition for a Diverse and Affordable JP released a statement today calling on Whole Foods to sign a “good neighbor” agreement presented to the company by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC). In the letter, Whose Foods calls for the agreement to include promises by Whole Foods to pay...

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JPNC chair: Whole Foods deal still possible; agreement to be public

September 12, 2011
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) did not directly ask Whole Foods Market to sign a community benefits agreement in a recent meeting, and a deal is still possible, JPNC chair Andrea Howley told the Gazette. “If we creatively redesign it, we might be able to get it ,” Howley said. “The door’s definitely...

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Hennigan School is aired out, opens

September 12, 2011
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The Hennigan School opened today as planned after being aired out over the weekend amid concerns of paint fumes. The school at 100 Heath St. underwent a troublesome paint job. Boston Public Schools (BPS) delayed the school opening from Sept. 8 after discovering toxic chemicals in old paint that was being removed, as the...

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JPNC: Whole Foods won’t sign agreement

September 9, 2011
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Whole Foods Market is “unwilling” to sign a community benefits agreement and will not offer any benefits unique to Jamaica Plain, according to members of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) who met with the grocer on Sept. 7. Whole Foods officials “were unwilling to enter into any formal agreement at this time,” said...

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Whole Foods meets with JPNC

September 9, 2011
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Whole Foods Market officials met with members of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council on Sept. 7, according to the grocer. It is unclear what was discussed or whether the JPNC presented its proposed community benefits agreement to Whole Foods. Whole Foods and JPNC chair Andrea Howley did not immediately respond to Gazette questions. “We...

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Overpass project threatened by funding loss

September 9, 2011
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Construction of the Casey Overpass replacement could be jeopardized if national transportation funding is not extended this year. The planning study and preliminary design are already funded and would continue regardless, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) spokesperson Michael Verseckes said. Construction currently is scheduled to begin in 2013. “While the Casey Overpass project is...

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Ya viene primera High S. bilingüe

September 9, 2011
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La primera escuela secundaria bilingüe de Boston ya tiene nombre: Margarita Muñiz. Sí, Margarita Muñiz, la mejor directora del sistema escolar; o, si le parece, the Principal of the Rafael Hernández School. Claro, es la Hernandez School de la Calle School en Egleston Square donde las listas de espera se acumulan para alcanzar espacio...

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JPNC deal with Whole Foods stays secret

September 9, 2011
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council is privately drafting what it now calls a “good neighbor agreement” with Whole Foods Market and intends to present it to the grocer in a private meeting sometime this month. The agreement text will remain unpublicized until after the meeting, and is being written in consultation with local nonprofit...

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10 years after 9/11, locals remember

September 9, 2011
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10 years after 9/11, locals remember

Sept. 11, 2001 dawned as a bright, sunny day in Jamaica Plain. For the southern edge of the neighborhood, it was special Election Day in a Congressional race eventually won by Stephen Lynch. For most people, it was just a normal late-summer day. Then came the terrorist airplane attacks on the World Trade Center...

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Martial arts master adopts JP

September 9, 2011
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Martial arts master adopts JP

When In Kwon Jang—Master Jang to his students at JP Taekwondo at 670 Centre St.—first lived in Boston nine years ago, to train the Harvard taekwondo team, he knew he’d come back to  Jamaica Plain, where he lived at the time, from his home in Korea. “For nine years, JP was in my mind…I...

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Washington St. project gets bigger

September 9, 2011
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(Courtesy illustration) A drawing of the proposed development at Washington and McBride streets.

STONYBROOK—The plan for a mixed-use development at the corner of Washington and McBride streets just got bigger, boosting its condo component from 30 to 42 units. The design team increased the number of housing units after changing the configuration of housing from several smaller buildings to one larger building. “Doing it as one building...

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Green Award

September 9, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) At-large City Councilor John Connolly presents a resolution supporting the Boston Latin School Youth Climate Action Network (BLS Youth CAN) program to JP resident and program co-president Eshe Sherley (right) at the school on Aug. 11. Joining them is faculty advisor Cate Arnold (center).

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Senate candidates make local stops

September 9, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by David Taber) U.S. Senate candidate Tom Conroy speaks to JP resident Daria Casinelli at J.P. Licks at 659 Centre St. Aug. 30 during a stop on Conroy’s 650-mile walk around the state.

Two Democratic candidates vying to replace Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown spoke to the Gazette last week about strategies for boosting the economy, bringing jobs to the state and repairing crumbling public infrastructure. Newton Mayor Setti Warren was interviewed by the Gazette at the Mission Bar & Grill in Mission Hill Aug. 31, prior...

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New bilingual school named for JP principal

September 9, 2011
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A planned Boston Public Schools (BPS) academy will be named after Margarita Muñiz, the founder and longtime principal of JP’s Rafael Hernandez K-8 School. The Muñiz Academy, proposed to open for the 2012 school year, would be the first bilingual high school in the BPS system. “I believe it’s terrific. It’s very needed,” Muñiz...

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Getting the message

September 9, 2011
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(Photo by Lightchaser Photography) Alba Gonzalez, a women’s health counselor and medical assistant at Brookside Community Health Center, tries out the Washington Street center’s new text-messaging system that reminds mothers-to-be about prenatal care tips. The messages in English and Spanish is open to all patients who are accompanied by a Brigham and Women’s midwife. It is a pilot program by Partners Community Health. For more info, call 617-522-4700.

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District 7 preliminary is Sept. 27

September 9, 2011
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The only preliminary City Council election in Jamaica Plain this year will take place in Egleston Square Sept. 27, where incumbent Tito Jackson is facing three challengers—Althea Garrison, Roy Owens and Sheneal Parker. District 7 mostly covers Roxbury but also includes parts of Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, the Fenway and the South End. “The best...

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The industry that’s eating JP

September 9, 2011
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Local food thrives in area shops For Jamaica Plain residents “local flavor” is more than a reference to the neighborhood’s atmosphere. It describes the food they can find in their stores and restaurants, where locally grown and made food is the new trend, and it is an integral part of the economy. Local farmers,...

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Bank to join Forest Hills project

September 9, 2011
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Commonwealth Cooperative Bank is looking to join the Forest Hills development that will include a new Harvest Co-op Market next year, according to the chair of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee. Commonwealth is seeking a conditional use variance to install a drive-through window as part of a new branch at 3815 Washington...

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Artistic freedom

September 9, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) “Sugar Addiction” by JP artist Andrea Rosenthal is one of the works in “Freedom and Enslavement,” a pair of exhibits by Rosenthal and JP artist Myrna Balk at the Brookline Arts Center (Sept. 10-Oct. 28) and the Newbury College of Art Gallery (Sept. 15-Nov. 18). The exhibit addresses eating disorders and sex trafficking.

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Library gets local poetry collection

September 9, 2011
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The Jamaica Plain Branch Library now has a special section devoted to full-length collections of poetry by contemporary Boston area poets. More than two dozen books have been donated to the 12 Sedgwick St. library by members of Jamaica Pond Poets (JPP), a poetry workshop and sponsor of the local Chapter and Verse literary...

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