Bromley-Heath manager named

April 27, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—Angel Lopez has been named the manager of the Bromley-Heath public housing development by the Boston Housing Authority (BHA). Lopez is Bromley-Heath’s first manager since the BHA’s still-unexplained takeover from the resident-run Tenant Management Corporation last month. Lopez is an experienced BHA manager who himself grew up in Mission Hill’s public housing, according...

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City Life protests foreclosure eviction

April 27, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—JP residents and local activists picketed outside a Mendell Way home in a City Life/Vida Urbana-organized eviction blockade on April 20. The homeowner facing eviction, Heather Gordon, was granted a 30-day eviction delay by a bankruptcy court later the same morning. “This has been the fight of my life, to keep this roof...

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Junior editor prints own newspaper

April 27, 2012
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PONDSIDE—The Newsome Park Times, written and published by 9-year-old Alexa Wang, is the definition of hyperlocal: the newspaper is targeted to the fewer than 10 houses that comprise Newsome Park. The two-month-old paper includes the street’s news and weather and anything else Wang wants to write about. “I started doing the newspaper in my...

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Local day care celebrates 10 years of service

April 27, 2012
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JAMAICA HILLS—Arc-En-Ciel, a bilingual French day care and Montessori School on Rockwood Street, is set to mark 10 years in existence during the first week of May. “We want to express how blessed we have been the last 10 years with being in such a wonderful, diverse community,” said founder Linda Chery-Valentin during a...

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Local teens push for more summer jobs

April 27, 2012
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Jamaica Plain teens are getting politically active in hopes of not having a jobless summer. Funding for city youth summer jobs programs has been radically slashed in recent years—and is under threat of further cuts. The City’s youth summer jobs program is funded with cash from the city, state and federal governments as well...

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Reaching across nations

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Sweet Deal

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Councilor holds school assignment meetings

April 27, 2012
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At-Large City Councilor John Connolly feels that there is a middle road that can be reached on the attempt to modify the Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) school-assignment plan, he said in a recent Gazette interview. He has been holding meetings with parents throughout the city on the matter. “I’m more convinced than ever that...

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Water pipe work may close streets

April 27, 2012
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Water pipe replacement work will come to five Jamaica Plain streets within the next five weeks, possibly creating street closures and temporary water service bypasses. The affected streets are Arcola, Day, Prince, Rosemary and St. Rose. “It’s for the community,” said Boston Water and Sewer Commission spokesperson Tom Bagley about the work, which will...

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Tonic restaurant opens in Forest Hills

April 27, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Tonic, the long-awaited restaurant and bar at 3698 Washington St., opened its doors on April 14. Tonic is described as an “affordably ‘upscale’ neighborhood haunt” in a press release announcing the opening. The head chef is Ryan Kelly, formerly of Jamaica Plain’s Canary Square restaurant and downtown’s Haru Sushi and Clio. His menu...

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JP prof to head Whole Foods study

April 27, 2012
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A sociology professor who lives in Hyde Square will lead an academic study about Whole Foods Market’s impact on the area. Dr. Glenn Jacobs, whose online resume says he lives on Lamartine Street, told the Gazette that the University of Massachusetts Boston study is just being organized. He declined to comment on its exact...

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New dog park could come to JP

April 27, 2012
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Local advocates have teamed up with elected officials to create a city-run off-leash dog park accessible to Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, West Roxbury and Hyde Park. Though the first suggested location—Millennium Park in West Roxbury—was rejected, City Councilor Matt O’Malley, the original proponent of the project, remains involved in what has become the Dog Park...

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Forest Hills Trust still leaderless

April 27, 2012
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Over a year after the Forest Hills Educational Trust’s (FHET) last executive director quit, the organization still hasn’t filled the position. The cemetery and FHET are separate organizations with separate boards of directors. FHET functions like a “friends” group of the cemetery, fundraising and organizing programming that the cemetery must approve. FHET announced in...

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Doctor helps the poor of Guatemala

April 27, 2012
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Jamaica Plain resident Dr. Peter Rohloff believes all interesting things happen as accidents. That certainly seems the case with how he founded Wuqu’ Kawoq, a nonprofit organization that provides health care to the indigenous people of Guatemala. Rohloff first started going to Guatemala in Central America 10 years ago to study tropical diseases, do...

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Tostado owner follows dreams

April 27, 2012
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Tony Tavarez, owner of the local Tostados sandwich bars, left a stable corporate job to make sandwiches for his neighborhood, and he’s not looking back. In the mid-aughts, Tavarez was working for Spanish-language network Telemundo in Houston and missing good Latin food. He was also miserable in his corporate marketing job, where he was...

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Library group claims BPL to end tutor program

April 27, 2012
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The Friends of the Connolly Branch Library co-President Fran Streeter believes the Boston Public Library (BPL) attempt to fold the popular Homework Assistance Program (HAP) inside a broader after-school program is actually a ploy to kill it. Streeter said she has no proof, but believes in her “heart of hearts” BPL has already decided...

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Police Spotlight: Late-night robber hits area

April 27, 2012
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Five street robberies in JP between April 8 and 18 have the local E-13 Police Station warning residents to be alert. Two of the robberies were unarmed, while the suspect used a gun in the last three crimes. One of the robberies was described as violent. The suspect is described as a black or...

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Sounding Great

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JP artist remembered with exhibit

April 27, 2012
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Robert A. “Bob” Raymond, a Jamaica Plain photographer and videographer who died on Feb. 27 after a short illness, is being remembered with an exhibit at Cambridge’s Mobius gallery through May 5. Raymond, 59, was involved for 30 years with the Mobius Artist Group, which was founded by his wife, Marilyn Arsem. He documented...

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Health Mobile

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Honored Activist

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Street Art

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Bad JP map fades from use

April 27, 2012
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A wildly incorrect official map of Jamaica Plain and other neighborhoods that tainted City of Boston programs for decades appears to be rapidly fading from use a year after it was corrected. The map still lingers in some long-running programs and studies, however. The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) created the deliberately incorrect map of...

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Web error puts Vegas casino in JP

April 27, 2012
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A major Las Vegas hotel and casino occupies the Jamaicaway Tower and a triple-decker on Child Street, according to an incorrect Google Maps listing that has spread across the web. The 111 Perkins St. condo tower is labeled as Nevada’s Venetian Resort Hotel Casino on the popular web mapping service. Another address behind the...

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