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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Snap Shots

September 9, 2011
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Snap Shots

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Streetcars may get cameras

September 9, 2011
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Car drivers illegally whizzing past can make stepping off the E Line train directly onto S. Huntington Avenue a treacherous experience, residents at Back of the Hill Apartments say. At an Aug. 25 meeting at the 100 S. Huntington Ave. apartment building—a residence for low-income seniors and people with disabilities—City Councilor Mike Ross said...

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Rail work to wrap up

September 9, 2011
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Track replacement work on the shared commuter rail and Amtrak line on the Southwest Corridor through Jamaica Plain is expected to wrap up on Sept. 12, according to the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (MBCR). Normal schedules are expected to resume that day, including on the Needham commuter rail line, which stops at the...

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Developers: Walmart would ‘not fit’ Jackson Sq.

September 9, 2011
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JACKSON SQ.—As part of a national push to open more small-scale urban stores, the discount mega-chain Walmart has recently been looking to open a store in Boston and has shown interest in Roxbury. Walmart officials declined to comment on whether they have looked at Jackson Square on the JP/Roxbury border, where a major redevelopment...

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Trust Worthy

September 9, 2011
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Trust Worthy

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IdeAZ: Para el recuerdo

September 9, 2011
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Tal vez el nombre Yoel Camayd-Freixas no le diga mucho. Pero ¿qué tal si se lo pregunta a los muchachos o muchachas del Hyde Square Task Force, o al presidente del directorio del HSTF Nelson Arroyo o al director ejecutivo Claudio Martínez, o las decenas de trabajadores que puede encontrar en los ambientes de...

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Neighbors for Neighbors head leaves state

September 9, 2011
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The founder and head of Neighbors for Neighbors—a popular nonprofit community-based social networking site launched in Jamaica Plain in 2009—is moving to Washington D.C. and is looking for someone to take over his old gig. “…I’m sad to say it, but I am moving to D.C. tomorrow,” Porcelli said in an Aug. 30 blog...

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Storm fells trees

September 9, 2011
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(Photo by Jonathan McCurdy) Neighbors examine an uprooted street tree that crushed a minivan and another vehicle at 132 Williams St. in Stonybrook during tropical storm Irene on Aug. 28.

Tropical storm Irene downed trees around Jamaica Plain on Aug. 28 as the former hurricane blew through town with winds up to 65 mph. Large trees were reported down in local parks, including Jamaica Pond, Franklin Park and the Southwest Corridor. Several streets were blocked by fallen trees and parts of Jamaica Hills suffered...

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Day at the Beach

September 9, 2011
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Day at the Beach

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Stop & Shop introduces bilingual signs

September 9, 2011
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As of early August, Stop & Shop is inviting customers to Parar i Comprar with their new bilingual aisle signage. “We’ve implemented bilingual signage in a few of our markets just in order to better serve our customers,” said Suzi Robinson, a Stop & Shop spokesperson. The new signs list what can be found...

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Capuano: No slashing our way out of crisis

September 9, 2011
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Congressman Mike Capuano, who represents most of Jamaica Plain, offered his thoughts on the economy, the wars and other national issues in recent phone and in-person interviews with Josh Resnek, vice-president and executive editor at the Independent Newspaper Group, which publishes the Gazette. Gazette: Your feeling about the economy today—are we in a tailspin?...

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Capuano skips Senate run

September 9, 2011
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U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano, who represents most of Jamaica Plain in Congress, announced last week that he will not run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2012. Capuano, a Democrat, ran in 2010 for the seat eventually won by Republican Scott Brown. “There are several good candidates currently in the race and I am...

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Whole Foods to sell local food

September 9, 2011
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When Whole Foods moves to Hyde Square this fall, the store’s staff will include a “local forager” responsible for identifying local products for sale at the Jamaica Plain location. Whole Foods spokesperson Heather McCready told the Gazette that no one has yet been hired for the position, and she did not respond to Gazette...

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Art Planner

September 9, 2011
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Art Planner

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Hennigan School to open late

September 9, 2011
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Students attending the Hennigan Elementary School will start school a few days late this year instead of being bused to the now-closed Agassiz School while the Hennigan is being repainted. School will start for Hennigan Elementary and West Zone Early Learning Center students on Sept. 12 instead of Sept. 8. Boston Public Schools officials previously...

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Public Service

September 9, 2011
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Editorial: Ten Years After

September 9, 2011
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Early on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, JP residents went about their business under the same clear blue sky that, just a few miles away, held passenger planes hijacked by madmen. Within hours, jet fighters were buzzing JP. The neighborhood was wracked with horror at the atrocities unfolding at the World Trade Center...

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Editorial: JPNC and Whole Foods

September 9, 2011
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The Whole Foods debate has been dominated by an ideological organization that believes corporations have a higher purpose than maximizing profits, that they have community responsibilities beyond public-relations-oriented donations. That organization is Whole Foods Market itself. Whole Foods founder John Mackey’s interesting thoughts on this “conscious capitalism” can be read on his blog at...

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Op-Ed: In Iraq, a lesson for post-Sept. 11 America

September 9, 2011
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By Sam Taylor, Special to the Gazette I met a man from Kurdistan while serving as a chaplain’s assistant for the North Carolina National Guard in southern Iraq in 2009. He was working as a translator on one of the bases where I spent time. He assured me it would be OK to use...

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Letter: JPNC is irrelevant

September 9, 2011
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I agree with Mr. Rick Stockwood that it’s time to reconsider the relevance of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (“Whole Foods debate could affect JPNC election,” Aug. 26). I was present at its creation 25 years ago by the Flynn administration, which also established the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services at the same time....

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Letter: Thanks for Kindergarten Days

September 9, 2011
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Despite the heavy rain, over 100 people came out to enjoy the fourth annual “Kindergarten Days” party at the Connolly Branch Library on Aug. 15. Children entering kindergarten this fall and their families were treated to an evening of fun activities, snacks and gift bags. The staff and Friends of the Connolly Branch extend...

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