Op-Ed: Progress Over Party: JP should vote for Paul

January 6, 2012
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By Sean Ryan, Special to the Gazette If you lived in JP in 2008, chances are you voted for Barack Obama.  Tired of the wars, privacy invasions and rampant crony corporatism of the Bush years, JP residents overwhelmingly endorsed an idealistic young reformer who offered a universally popular message: change. Candidate Obama’s closing argument...

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Letter: A big shout-out to Egleston Sq.

January 6, 2012
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I just would like to give a “shout-out” to Egleston Square! I have lived here in this neighborhood for over 20 years. I have lived on School and Copley streets for most of this time. I have seen this community change quite a bit. I remember the X-Men, a time before there was a...

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Letter: AAA Appliances is A-plus

January 6, 2012
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What a great resource we have right here in JP. Last week, our oven gave out. The problem seemed apparent. The pilot light lit, but the flame did not spread across the oven bottom, making it impossible to reach a temperature above “warm.” We called a recommended service provider. The company charged us an...

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Letter: Tedeschi has great staff

January 6, 2012
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Tedeschi is one of my favorite stores in Jamaica Plain. Some employees from years ago are still there and others come and go, but this present staff is so friendly. There is among other customers and such a wonderful staff a camaraderie that I love. I am from Europe and from very mixed origins,...

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Letter: Thanks for JP honesty

January 6, 2012
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Here’s yet another reason to shop JP local: My daughter’s Hanukkah miracle. My daughter, in for the holiday, came home from shopping at JP Center and realized all her presents were missing. After much consternation emotionally and monetarily (she’s a social worker and bartender—not much flowing in) she went back to ask the stores...

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Letter: What Menino can do for the 99%

January 6, 2012
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The following letter was sent to Mayor Thomas Menino and Boston city councilors: A recent Boston Globe article quotes you, Mayor Menino, as saying about Occupy Boston, “You know, mayors can’t do much about what they are talking about. It’s Congress and the U.S. Senate that can make these decisions, but nobody is talking...

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‘Nutcracker’ notice

January 6, 2012
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(Photo by Petr Metlicka) The popular “Urban Nutcracker,” a modern take on the classic ballet produced by JP’s BalletRox, got national attention on the ABC News program “Nightline” on Dec. 23. The piece about various versions of the ballet included footage of this year’s “Urban Nutcracker” at Wheelock College and BalletRox’s Amory Street studio. Above, Caroline Cohn and Joe Gonzalez dance in this year’s show.

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IdeAZ: Un año crucial

January 6, 2012
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Somos un país dominado por la política, aunque sea la política de sólo dos partidos. Por eso, aprovechando la presencia de dos personalidades en una sola actividad desarrollada en JP, hablamos con ellos sobre lo que será el año que acabamos de empezar y que ya corre apresuradamente porque hoy, cuando aparece esta nota,...

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Minority leaders focus of JP photographer

January 6, 2012
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(Photo by Don West) Gov. Deval Patrick, from JP photographer Don West’s exhibit “Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership (1980-2011).”

JP photographer Don West’s latest photo exhibit has been 30 years in the making, and he is not done yet. “Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership (1980-2011),” is a collection of 65 life-size pictures of minority leaders. It features local leaders—like state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, City Councilor Felix Arroyo and longtime activist and...

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Sights and Sounds, 1/6/12

January 6, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Jan. 17 for the Jan. 20 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events ¡Plenazo Parrandero!, concert, dance and dinner, featuring Grupo Chévere, Jorge Arce and Raíz de Plena, Mista B Style and food by...

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Agenda, Jan. 6, 2012

January 6, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Jan. 17 for the Jan. 20 issue. Send listings to news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Jackson Square Community Advisory Committee, Weds., Jan. 11, 6:30pm, Amory Residences Community Room, 20 Amory Ave. Info: Rodneysing@gmail.com. Police Community...

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Fallen Marine’s brother takes his own life

December 22, 2011
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A brother of the fallen Marine for whom the Jamaica Plain post office was renamed has committed suicide, reportedly due to grief over his sibling’s 2004 death in Iraq. Brian Luis Arredondo, 24, took his own life in Norwood on Dec. 19, according to a statement from his father Carlos and stepmother Melida. Brian...

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FinComm investigates school move

December 21, 2011
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Updated The Boston Finance Commission (FinComm) is investigating Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) funding of a plan to open two new schools in the former Agassiz School building. “We are going to look at how the funding decisions were made and whether there is enough money for the renovations,” FinComm Director Matt Cahill said. BPS...

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French-influenced eatery to open next year

December 21, 2011
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FOREST HILLS—A new restaurant called Tonic will open early next year at 3698 Washington St., offering French-influenced cuisine at affordable prices and with late dining hours. “It’s a French restaurant with an accent of American food,” said owner Croan McCormack. Tonic is going into the former Griffin’s bar location and is right next door...

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Occupy JP marches on Centre St.

December 16, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) Occupy JP protesters march on Centre Street on Dec. 11.

Occupy JP held two protest marches on Centre Street in recent weeks, with stops at corporate chains and community institutions, in the new group’s debut actions. “Occupy JP is mobilizing to protect the working classes,” went the rallying cry that began the Dec. 4 and 11 marches. The group was formed by socialist activists...

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Overpass decision is delayed

December 16, 2011
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Activists debate options Supporters of two different futures for the Forest Hills area are mobilizing in the wake of the state’s postponement of its decision about the Casey Overpass replacement. Originally scheduled for this week, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announcement of the replacement plan for the failing Casey Overpass has been postponed...

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Youth center gets neighbors’ support

December 16, 2011
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Teenagers from the South Street housing development’s Youth Center are now making house calls. In response to neighbors interested in learning more about the center at 15 St. Rose St., two center youths, John Mejia and Jamilex Paulino, appeared as the featured speakers at a house party hosted by St. Rose Street resident Christy...

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Casey para el 2012

December 16, 2011
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Massachusetts Department of Transportation ha postergado “hasta mediados de enero” la decisión sobre el futuro del proyecto que se viene discutiendo hace tiempo bajo el nombre de “Casey Overpass”; es decir, el paso a desnivel Casey. Según proponen los encargados del DOT “esto permitirá a los residentes del área adquirir más conocimiento del proyecto...

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Tree Time

December 16, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by Courtney Sacco) Anais Villalona, 5, decorates the holiday tree in the Egleston Square Peace Garden on Washington Street on Dec. 10 with a little help from Boston Police Officer Carlos Martinez.

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Lynch embraces new district

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch.

Congressman Stephen Lynch is a fan of controversial plan that significantly expands the district he represents in Jamaica Plain, he told the Gazette in a phone interview last week. “I think it’s great. The driving force behind redistricting was trying to come up with a district that is minority-majority. Everyone had to bend a...

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Cemetery Trust holds buried treasure

December 16, 2011
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Forest Hills Cemetery’s troubled arts trust owns over $125,000 in historic artifacts that are not on public view, despite the trust’s educational mission. As part of its $340,000 in assets, the Forest Hills Educational Trust (FHET) lists rare treasures: paintings, sculptures and first editions that are related to people buried in the cemetery. FHET...

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Playtime

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Franklin Park Coalition board member Merlin Southwick and granddaughter Abigail try out the new El Parquesito de Hermandad playground in Franklin Park during its grand opening on Nov. 27. The playground is the work of the Play2Dream Foundation and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

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Arborway Yard goes on problem property list

December 16, 2011
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In a City of Boston first, a publicly-owned property has been placed on the “problem properties” list. The Arborway bus yard joined fire hazards, abandoned homes and rat-infested properties this month. City inspectors will go out soon to view the site, Colleen Kennedy, an Inspectional Services Department (ISD) representative, said at a Dec. 7...

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JP Observer: Time to spend—and give—locally

December 16, 2011
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No matter how little or how much money local folks have to spend this special month of December, the best place to do it is here in the neighborhood. Fortunately, many businesses offer merchandise and services at price ranges that match the range of incomes of JP residents. Restaurants beckon to us with food...

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