Police debut missing person tracker

May 11, 2012
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A new Boston Police Department (BPD) program called North Star aims to make it easier to track missing children and people with such conditions as autism and Alzheimer’s disease. The free, voluntary program allows information about such people to be distributed to the authorities, and possibly the public, if they go missing. Named for...

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Invitación, 5/11/12

May 11, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 22 de mayo para la publicación del 25 de mayo. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones JPNC Housing and Development Committee (comité de vivienda y el desarrollo), martes,...

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Agenda, 5/11/12

May 11, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, May 22 for the May 25 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNC Housing and Development Committee, Tues., May 15, 7pm, Bowditch School, 82 Green St. Info: jpnc.org. Casey Arborway Design Advisory...

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Sights and Sounds, 5/11/12

May 11, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, May 22 for the May 25 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Lilac Sunday at the Arboretum, with tours, music and children’s activities. Sun., May 13, 10am-4pm, 125 Arborway. Info: arboretum.harvard.edu/plants/lilac_sunday.html First Thursdays,...

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Experts offer advice on how to run meetings

May 10, 2012
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The community meeting sometimes seems to be Jamaica Plain’s favorite pastime. But the enthusiasm is not always matched by expertise in running an effective meeting. The meeting experts at the state chapter of the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) hope to help out by holding their biannual conference on May 12 in JP. “I...

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Editorial: Obama catches up to JP on same-sex marriage

May 9, 2012
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President Obama finally caught up with Jamaica Plain today on same-sex marriage, declaring his personal support for it in a groundbreaking announcement. Same-sex marriage in the U.S. began in Massachusetts, but even more specifically in JP. The pioneering lawsuit that in 2004 led to the legalization of same-sex marriage here, and eventually in other...

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New Catholic pastor takes over; parishioners concerned

May 8, 2012
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The pastor of Jamaica Plain’s three Roman Catholic parishes is leaving after only 13 months on the job and will be replaced on June 5, according to the St. Thomas Aquinas Church bulletin. The pending replacement of Rev. Alonso Macias by Rev. Carlos Flor has stirred concern in local congregations, with the May 6...

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JP Indian Center: Warren should visit us

May 4, 2012
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U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, who is embroiled in a controversy over her claims of American Indian ethnicity, has never visited the local North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB), despite her many campaign stops in Jamaica Plain, according to the center’s head. “We’ve never heard from Elizabeth Warren, unfortunately,” said NAICOB Executive Director...

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Church organ rescued by movers

May 3, 2012
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A moving and storage company will give First Baptist Church’s historic organ a free home for as long it takes for the church to raise funds and install it. Mark Silverman of Westborough’s Mark’s Moving & Storage also donated a free semi truck to move the gigantic organ from its longtime space in a...

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Slain man was local resident

May 3, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The man shot to death last week in a Hyde Park Avenue apartment was a resident of the building, according to property owner Bridget Lacey. “He was a nice guy,” Lacey said in a Gazette interview about Mariano Malave, the man slain at 132 Hyde Park Ave. on April 27. “He had a...

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Man shot to death in home

April 28, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—A man was shot to death inside a home at 132 Hyde Park Ave. on the evening of April 27, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). The victim was identified as Mariano Malave, 25, of Boston. BPD could not immediately clarify whether Malave resided at the address where he was killed. Police...

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Community center prices out youth groups

April 27, 2012
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The Hennigan Community Center on Heath Street is sharply raising rates for programs to rent space, and that has left some JP groups—especially ones serving low-income and minority youths—out in the cold. Estrellas Tropicales and the Roberto Clemente 21 dance and basketball programs reportedly have either already been priced out or are in danger...

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JP Regan Youth League’s Opening Day

April 27, 2012
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Gazette Photos by Chris Alspach.

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Centro comunitario excluye grupos para jóvenes

April 27, 2012
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The Hennigan Community Center en Heath Street va a cobrar más en el alquilo de espacio para los programas, una decisión que ha dejado a algunos de grupos de JP, especialmente los que sirven a los jóvenes de bajo ingreso. A los programas de baile y de baloncesto, Estrellas Tropicales y el Roberto Clemente...

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Court clerk’s campaign violated law, pays $2K

April 27, 2012
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The campaign committee of Maura Hennigan, the clerk of the Suffolk County criminal court system and a JP resident, violated campaign finance law last year and had to pay back $2,000, the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance ruled on April 17. Several of Hennigan’s court employees labeled envelopes intended for sending out...

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‘Yard-sharing’ seeks to turn lawns into gardens

April 27, 2012
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In an effort to turn Jamaica Plain’s underused lawns into gardens, the JP New Economy Transition (JP NET) is supporting a new program called “yard-sharing.” The mechanics are simple: those with underused yards and lawns welcome green-thumbed neighbors to create gardens for them. The costs and the yard’s yield are split between them. JP...

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Fishing Season

April 27, 2012
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Historic house sees event rentals as preservation

April 27, 2012
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MONUMENT SQ.—The historic Loring-Greenough House is now marketing itself as a unique event-rental spot to boost preservation funds for the 1760 mansion. The 12 South St. mansion is already home to many well-attended arts and cultural events, and offers tours. But those events break even at best financially, said Edward Stanley, president of the Jamaica...

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Court clerk campaign heats up

April 27, 2012
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The election for the clerk of the criminal division of the Suffolk County Superior Court has heated up in recent weeks with current office-holder Maura Hennigan being fined for violating a campaign finance law and being blamed for allowing a murder suspect to be released from prison. But despite the hot temperature of the...

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Vintage shop coming to Centre St.

April 27, 2012
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A women’s vintage clothing store called Café Society plans to open next month at 606 Centre St., after moving here from Brookline, according to manager Lillian DeVane. The hair salon Xposure by Noel, which long occupied the Centre Street spot, is moving into a new building in Jackson Square. Café Society will hold an...

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Helicopter hauls gear atop tower

April 27, 2012
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PONDSIDE—A helicopter landed at Daisy Field and hauled equipment to the roof of the 30-story Jamaicaway Tower on April 22, drawing curious bystanders and blocking Jamaicaway traffic. The $100,000 helicopter ride was the only way to get a new air conditioning device and related gear to the roof of the 111 Perkins St. residential...

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Mayors converge to talk food

April 27, 2012
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Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and nine other mayors from across the country visited the Brewery complex at 284 Amory St. as part of a conference to discuss urban food policy on April 19. The conference discussed policies that impact access to healthy food in urban areas. It was chaired by Menino and Baltimore Mayor...

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JP Observer: JP’s affordable housing is diverse, plentiful

April 27, 2012
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The affordable housing stock of Jamaica Plain is another diverse element of the neighborhood that is home to a well-known mix of races, ethnic groups and income levels. When the words “affordable housing” are used in JP, no specific picture should come to mind, because the housing is so varied. Also, thanks to the...

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Community wants apartment projects reviewed together

April 27, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—Community members said they would like two apartment projects proposed for S. Huntington Avenue to be reviewed together at a Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA)-organized meeting on April 11. The developers presented various demolition alternatives for the Home for Little Wanderers site as required by the Boston Landmarks Commission’s (BLC) process. About a dozen...

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