Illicit chickens ruffle neighbors’ feathers

March 2, 2012
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While the process to legally welcome chickens into the Boston cityscape has begun, makes Jamaica Plain chicken-keepers happy, it may raise concerns with their neighbors. A JP resident who lives near an illicit chicken-keeper spoke to the Gazette about how it has created tension between herself and her neighbor. She asked to remain anonymous...

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Dog Day

March 2, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Chris Alspach) The weather looks more like April as Kayla McCue plays tug of war with dog Jackson at Beecher Park on Hyde Square’s Beecher Street on Feb. 20.

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Jackson Square development receives funds

March 2, 2012
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(Courtesy Image) An illustration of the proposed 225 Centre St. building.

JACKSON SQ.—The 225 Centre St. development recently received $46.8 million in funding from MassHousing, New Market Tax Credits and union pension funds. The project, which will create 103 new apartments along with retail and commercial space, is the first part of a $250 million redevelopment in Jackson Square. The 225 Centre St. development is...

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BHA: Bromley TMC had no contract, no ‘heir’

March 2, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—The Bromley-Heath housing development’s Tenant Management Corporation (TMC) had no existing management contract and no “heir apparent” to follow its retiring leader, sparking the Boston Housing Authority’s (BHA) surprise takeover, the Gazette has learned. Led by Mildred Hailey for 40 years, the TMC drew national attention for its groundbreaking model of tenant-operated public...

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Housing project to get advisory group

March 2, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON AVE.—The giant apartment project proposed for the Home for Little Wanderers site will be reviewed by an advisory group being formed by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). Boston Residential Group is proposing to demolish the existing buildings at the Home site at 161 S. Huntington Ave. and erecting a new building with...

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Service with a smile

March 2, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Kristina Zontini, who helps organize Project Bread’s annual Walk for Hunger, chops onions during volunteer work at the South End’s Pine Street Inn. This year’s Walk for Hunger will be May 6. For info, see projectbread.org.

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Homeless care project is back in court

March 2, 2012
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PARKSIDE—The lawsuit about a proposed care and housing facility for the homeless on Walnut Avenue is in appeal, after a failed round of negotiations between the developers and neighbors. Both sides refused offers to settle out of court. JPNDC offered to donate an undisclosed amount to the Friends of the Egleston Square Library and...

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Police Spotlight: Burglaries return to JP South

March 2, 2012
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The area of the Arborway, Jamaica Street and St. Rose Street, which had a string of burglaries last fall, is seeing another increase in residential break-ins. Most of the crimes have been committed by people who walk around the neighborhood and knock on doors until they find a residence with no one home. They...

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AIDS Action opens pharmacy

March 2, 2012
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The AIDS Action Committee is teaming up with MOMS Pharmacy to provide a one-stop facility at its Amory Street location in Jackson Square for people living with HIV and AIDS. “It’s more comprehensive than other social or medical organizations that are in isolation,” said John Gatto, vice president of programs at AIDS Action. “We...

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Whole Foods seeks seating area

March 2, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—Whole Foods Market is seeking to add a seating area for in-store dining. The grocery store at 413 Centre St. recently posted a petition that customers could sign in support of seating, though it is unable to say how many seats it is seeking or what permits are required, spokesperson Heather McCready told...

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Farmers market shuts down

March 2, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—The farmers market at Community Servings is shutting down and will not return this summer, the nonprofit announced this week. “Unfortunately, the market hasn’t generated enough business for our vendors, despite our best efforts at spreading the word,” said Community Servings CEO David Waters in a press release. The market operated in the...

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English High Sports: Boys basketball team gelled during tough season

March 2, 2012
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Despite his team finishing below .500 this season, English High School boys basketball coach Barry Robinson was delighted with his squad’s character. “The team’s strength was unity,” said Robinson. “It was one of the most beautiful teams I’ve had in my 19 years. They were really together.” The Blue and Blue, who finished with...

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J.P. Licks launches vegan ice cream

March 2, 2012
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Will use soy, coconut and hemp CENTRAL JP—J.P. Licks is launching a menu of vegan ice cream made with non-diary products—including soy, coconut and hemp. Vince Petryk, owner and founder of the Jamaica Plain-based sweets-and-coffee chain, says the new offerings pass a previously impossible test for non-dairy ice cream: “I’d eat them.” “We’ve worked...

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JP resident wins Grammy

March 2, 2012
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A JP resident brought home a Grammy award after last month’s music industry ceremony. Jesse Lewis was the mastering engineer on Robert Aldridge’s opera “Elmer Gantry.” He shared the Grammy for best-engineered classical album along with recording engineers John Newton and Byeong-Joon Hwang. “This was a huge opera project and really fun to work...

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Market raided for drug-dealing

March 2, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Workers at a Hyde Park Avenue market were dealing drugs from behind the counter, according the Boston Police Department (BPD), which arrested three employees and another woman in a Feb. 21 raid. Heroin, oxycodone pills and over $10,000 in cash were found behind the counter of the D&R Supermarket at 180 Hyde Park...

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Kelly Rink offers accessible ice-skating

March 2, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Director of DCR’s Universal Access Program Tom McCarthy and Alejandra Taco take advantage of the accessibility options on the Kelly Rink last winter.

EGLESTON SQ.—A state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) program gives people of limited mobility a chance to do what many take for granted: have fun ice skating at the Kelly Rink. The Universal Access Program (UAP) creates opportunities for the physically handicapped to take advantage of expert assistance and alternate equipment to enjoy...

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3 charged with anti-gay hate crime

March 2, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Three women are charged with a hate crime after allegedly beating a man while shouting homophobic slurs at the Forest Hills T Station on Feb. 19. The incident began when the victim brushed against one of the women while walking on a T station stairway. The woman began shouting slurs, and all three...

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Dance, travel inform artist’s work

March 2, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) “Sunday’s Market,” a painting by Silvina Mizrahi.

Silvina Mizrahi’s multi-media paintings and sculpture are on display through April at the Taylor House Bed and Breakfast part of the B&B’s Music and Art series. Mizrahi moved to West Roxbury about 10 years ago by way of her hometown, Tucuman, in the north of Argentina, Buenos Aires and Israel, and then a trip...

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BPS bus system sparks confusion

March 2, 2012
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While Boston Public Schools (BPS) has been fixing problems with late-school buses, the bus system can still be confusing. One Jamaica Plain mother recently encountered a giant headache with a combination of public and private buses and slow-moving paperwork when she attempted to find transportation for her son. Michelle Otterson, who has a son...

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Hyde/Jackson Main Street investigation continues

March 2, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The investigation into missing money from Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) appears to be ongoing. Meanwhile, the organization seems dormant with no holiday programs last December and a lack of activity in general. Last summer, HJSMS Executive Director Carlos Schillaci left the organization amid accusations that $20,000 that was intended for the Jamaica...

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Skating Along

March 2, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Chris Alspach) Paul Henry tries out a new skateboard he just bought at Got Sole at 617 Centre St. on Feb. 20.

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Obituary: Edward Fenerty Jr.

March 2, 2012
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Edward Fenerty Jr. of Malden passed away on Feb. 22, 2012. Beloved husband of the late Freda M. (Judd) Fenerty. Loving father of Edward L. Fenerty III of Jamaica Plain and the late William C. Fenerty and his surviving wife Judy of Winthrop. Dear brother of Lila Stevens of California, Anna Berg of Maine...

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No bids on T parcel, deadline shifts

March 2, 2012
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(Courtesy Illustration) Parcel U is the long rectangle at the center of the map.

FOREST HILLS—The MBTA has not received any bids in its third attempt to sell a surplus parcel south of the Forest Hills T Station on Hyde Park Avenue. The bidding deadline was extended to this week. The parcel was offered at a reduced price, MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo previously told the Gazette. Bidding documentation...

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Music enriches lives at Sherrill House

March 2, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Music therapist Dianne Tow leads residents in playing a large drum at Sherrill House.

Some write songs. Others listen to classical music. Some meet one-on-one, while others join in groups. Music helps some regain physical skills, and others to sharpen their memory. Music therapy comes in many forms at Sherrill House, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center at 135 S. Huntington Ave. that has a rare in-house program....

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