Sights and Sounds, 7/6/12

July 6, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, July 17 for the July 20 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Lantern Festival, Japanese festival to honor the dead, with dance performances and lantern designing, Thurs., July 12, 6-9pm, Forest Hills Cemetery...

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JP Agenda, 7/6/12

July 6, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, July 17 for the July 20 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNC Public Service Committee, agenda includes Tres Gatos adding liqueurs to its license, and to increase the seating on its...

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Invitación, 7/6/12

July 6, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 17 de julio para la publicación del 20 de julio. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones JPNC Public Service Committee, martes, 10 de Julio, 7pm, Curtis Hall, 20...

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Gunfire wounds another victim at Bromley-Heath

July 3, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—The wave of gun violence sweeping the Bromley-Heath housing development hit another victim on July 2, when a 19-year-old man was shot and wounded at 960 Parker St., according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). Police officers patroling around 12:30 a.m. reportedly heard the gunshots that left the unidentified victim with wounds that BPD...

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Protesters want security at Bromley-Heath

July 3, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—About 20 people gathered today at the Bromley-Heath housing development to protest what they called the lack of response to recent violence there. Protesters said there have been nine shootings at Bromley Heath in recent weeks. “Every day we have a shooting,” said Mildred Hailey, former executive director and founder of Bromley-Heath Tenant...

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‘Parklet’ to replace parking spaces

June 27, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—Jamaica Plain will get one of the city’s first parklets next year in a new pilot program. A parklet is a small, semi-permanent public space that resembles a deck, created from two to three parking spaces. It may include tables and chairs, bicycle parking or planters, among other options. The first four pilot...

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2 wounded as gun violence continues

June 27, 2012
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Two men were wounded in separate shootings this week in Hyde and Jackson Squares, the latest incidents in a wave of gun violence hitting the area. A total of six people were left wounded in four shootings in the area in the month between May 26 and June 26. Police have not announced any...

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Apartment project sent back to drawing board

June 22, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will send developers back to the drawing board with a luxury apartment project proposed for 161 S. Huntington Ave. After strong community opposition, the BRA will send a scoping document to Boston Residential Group, the developers of the proposed 190 to 200 units, later this month. Scoping documents...

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JP Pride

June 22, 2012
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JP couple is part of landmark DOMA case

June 22, 2012
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Like many of Jamaica Plain’s married couples, Bette Jo Green and Jo Ann Whitehead enjoy a backyard garden, join in neighborhood barbecues and mark milestone anniversaries together. But unlike most couples, they have been forced to battle the federal government for basic marriage benefits such as Social Security—a case that looks likely to head...

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Casey design may slim down

June 22, 2012
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FOREST HILLS— State Department of Transportation (MassDOT) officials announced the possibility of an Casey Arborway design that would greatly reduce pavement but could still be easily expanded to a larger design to accommodate projected 2035 levels of traffic at a June 18 Design Advisory Group (DAG) meeting. Discrepancies between two traffic analyses in the...

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Nueva escuela bilingüe a trabajar con JP

June 22, 2012
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La Margarita Muñiz Academy, la primera escuela bilingüe en el estado, viene en septiembre al edificio vacío de Agassiz, ubicado en Child Street en Jamaica Plain. La directora Dania Vázquez espera que su escuela tenga una relación sana y recíproca con la comunidad de JP. “Estamos felices de que nos den la bienvenida al...

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New bilingual school will partner with JP

June 22, 2012
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The Margarita Muñiz Academy, the state’s first public bilingual English and Spanish high school, is coming in September to the now-vacant Agassiz building, located on Child Street in Jamaica Plain. Headmaster Dania Vázquez expects her school will have a healthy, reciprocal relationship with the JP community. “We are happy that we are being welcomed...

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Good Catch

June 22, 2012
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State rep. arrested at eviction blockade

June 22, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—State Rep. Liz Malia, along with five others, was arrested on June 14 following a City Life/Vida Urbana-organized eviction blockade on Mendell Way. Homeowner Heather Gordon was evicted after a standoff with Boston police, having already moved her belongings out of her 3 Mendell Way home. “I didn’t know what else to do,”...

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T considers selling stations’ names

June 22, 2012
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Imagine sitting on the Orange Line subway and hearing, “Next stop, J & P’s Garbage Services Stony Brook T stop.” That might become a reality as the MBTA is considering selling the naming rights of T stations, including those on the Green and Orange lines. “It’s been discussed, but there are no proposals on...

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Remembering the Fallen

June 22, 2012
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Park program to hold car-free day on Green St.

June 22, 2012
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A new program to get more people into city parks will close Green Street to cars on Sun., July 15 so that people can “walk, bike, roll, skate or dance” in freedom. The “Open Streets” event is part of Circle the City, a new program headed by Jamaica Plain resident Jessica Parsons. Circle the...

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JP Observer: Young adults drive the neighborhood

June 22, 2012
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Jamaica Plain is getting younger and younger. Or it seems that way to residents who have lived here for a while. Although JP is diverse in terms of race, ethnic groups and incomes, the truth is that young adults have dominated the neighborhood’s economy and culture for more than 30 years. Nearly one-third of...

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Senior’s lonely death repeats history

June 22, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—An elderly woman living alone at 40 Sheridan St. was found dead there this month, almost exactly 12 years after a similar death at the address drew attention to neglected senior citizens. Authorities have been unable to officially identify the woman. But the U.S. Postal Service letter carrier whose curiosity led the discovery...

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Hopping to the Rescue

June 22, 2012
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Vacant house is secured

June 22, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—The owner of a vacant house at 25 Chilcott Place returned to housing court last week and proved he had secured the house. The owner of the house, Jamaica Plain resident John Darling, was ordered to secure the property from invaders at a May 21 hearing. “We also asked an inspector go by...

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Three wounded in shooting

June 22, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—Three men were wounded in a shooting on the night of June 14 at 279 Centre St. in the Bromley-Heath housing development, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). The three unidentified victims all had injuries described as “non-life-threatening,” according to BPD. One victim is 22 years old, another 27, and the age...

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Apartment project IAG forming

June 22, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON AVE.—The Impact Advisory Group (IAG) for an apartment building project at 105A S. Huntington Ave. is currently being assembled by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). An IAG is a city-appointed group of residents and other stakeholders that advise the city on potential impacts of building projects. The project would build 190 to...

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