Feminist icon moves to JP

September 23, 2011
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Feminist icon moves to JP

Jessica Valenti, the founder of feministing.com and the face of 21st century feminism, has joined the ranks of Jamaica Plain residents. Leaving her life-long home of New York a few weeks ago was the cap on an already busy year. Valenti and husband Andrew had time to plan the move, she told the Gazette...

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JP Observer: Cast a ballot, see art this weekend

September 23, 2011
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Jamaica Plain—known for its art and its activism—will be the site of two significant community-wide events this weekend, Sept. 24 and 25. One is the 18th Annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios, featuring the work of more than 220 local artists, sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Arts Council. The other, taking place only on Sept....

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City to audit Main Street groups

September 23, 2011
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The city Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) will this year send compliance officers out to all 18 Boston Main Street organizations, DND spokesperson Jessica Shumaker told the Gazette this week. Following that, the city will conduct rolling audits of one-third of the organizations every year, she said, and offer increased technical support for Main...

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City: Hyde/Jackson Main Street still active

September 23, 2011
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Thanks to support from city Department of Neighborhood staffers, Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) has remained active since Executive Director Carlos Scillachi was suspended in July, DND spokesperson Jessica Shumaker told the Gazette this week. In an email, Shumaker said that DND staffers are working with a 13 local businesses on signage improvement projects....

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Whole Foods will not create fund

September 23, 2011
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Whole Foods Market will not agree to set up a “fund for use by JP community groups,” a main request of a Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) committee trying to negotiate a “good neighbor agreement” with the supermarket. Whole Foods described the request as one that “has never been made by any other retailer...

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Company offers cargo flights

September 23, 2011
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IMEX Cargo is aiming to serve the Hispanic community with a new station offering personal and commercial cargo shipping by air. The cargo will ship via Amerijet to the Caribbean, Latin America and Mexico. The station, at 480 McClellan Highway in East Boston, is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 617-716-1023...

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JP Open Studios returns this weekend

September 23, 2011
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This weekend, Jamaica Plain artists will open their doors in the 18th annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios (JPOS). The free event showcases the artwork of over 230 artists at 52 sites including artists’ studios, the historic Eliot School on Eliot Street, the Sam Adams brewery complex on Amory Street, and the Arnold Arboretum. This...

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Amazing Find

September 23, 2011
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  (Gazette Photos by John Ruch) A baby snapping turtle fits easily in the palm of Megan Day, who incredibly found the tiny reptile on the sidewalk in Monument Square on Sept. 9 as the Gazette happened by. Day said she might release the turtle in a park.

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11th Annual ‘Best of JP’ winners

September 23, 2011
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The following are the “Best of JP 2011” as chosen by Gazette readers. More than 700 ballots were submitted containing thousands of votes. In a tribute to the neighborhood, over 50 businesses were nominated as Best Place to Work, and over 80 as Friendliest Business.   BEST PLACE TO… Enjoy the outdoors: Arnold Arboretum...

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Wine store near school draws concern

September 23, 2011
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A high-end wine and beer store aiming to open across from the Curley K-8 School will seek approval from the school and nearby churches, owner Michael Dupuy told the Gazette. Streetcar Wine & Beer, proposed for 488 Centre St., would not sell snack food or cheep beer, and Dupuy is trained in catching underage...

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Editorial: Vote Sept. 27, too

September 23, 2011
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Egleston Square-area citizens should seize their chance to vote in the Sept. 27 preliminary election for the District 7 Boston City Council race. Turnout in preliminaries is usually terrible. The vote only narrows the field; deciding the winner comes in the Nov. 8 final election. And the District 7 race has been quiet in...

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Editorial: Vote Sept. 24

September 23, 2011
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How great is this neighborhood? Well, we have our own mini city council that the government actually listens to on quality-of-life issues that affects us all sooner or later. A lot of places would kill to have something like the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council. If you like democracy, you know how lucky we are...

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Letter: Today’s JPNC a far cry from the first

September 23, 2011
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Oh, how the times have changed! Various members of the original Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council accomplished many great things that have made JP a greater place to live. They include: Establishing the Jamaica Plain World’s Fair; conducting the rezoning of Jamaica Plain; creating the Franklin Park Coalition; serving as executive director of The Tree...

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IdeAZ: Un pequeño ejercicio

September 23, 2011
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Los activistas dicen que hacerse ciudadano es fácil; pero la gente que no lo puede pasar tiene experiencias que contar y entre las dificultades mencionan que es un proceso largo, porque se necesita mucha paciencia; caro porque se necesita mucho dinero para los trámites y, a veces, desilusiónante, porque pueden saltar asuntos que no...

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Pet grooming comes to South St.

September 23, 2011
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A new pet grooming service, Pups ‘n Paradise, has opened its doors at 142B South St. First-time business owner Jeniffer Mitchell is no novice to cat and dog grooming, starting the trade at Norfolk County Agricultural High School while only 15. “It seems like a very dog-friendly area,” Mitchell told the Gazette. Mitchell is...

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Invitación, 9/23

September 23, 2011
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Citas Coromoto. Este domingo deben llegar masivamente los venezolanos a Jamaica Plain. Celebran la fiesta de la Virgen de Coromoto iniciando sus actividades con una misa enla Iglesia Santo Tomás de la Calle South. Después de la misa habrá recepción. Elex. Llegó el momento de conocer más del Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) que...

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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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