Whole Foods meets with JPNC

September 9, 2011
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Whole Foods Market officials met with members of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council on Sept. 7, according to the grocer. It is unclear what was discussed or whether the JPNC presented its proposed community benefits agreement to Whole Foods. Whole Foods and JPNC chair Andrea Howley did not immediately respond to Gazette questions. “We...

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Overpass project threatened by funding loss

September 9, 2011
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Construction of the Casey Overpass replacement could be jeopardized if national transportation funding is not extended this year. The planning study and preliminary design are already funded and would continue regardless, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) spokesperson Michael Verseckes said. Construction currently is scheduled to begin in 2013. “While the Casey Overpass project is...

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Ya viene primera High S. bilingüe

September 9, 2011
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La primera escuela secundaria bilingüe de Boston ya tiene nombre: Margarita Muñiz. Sí, Margarita Muñiz, la mejor directora del sistema escolar; o, si le parece, the Principal of the Rafael Hernández School. Claro, es la Hernandez School de la Calle School en Egleston Square donde las listas de espera se acumulan para alcanzar espacio...

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JPNC deal with Whole Foods stays secret

September 9, 2011
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council is privately drafting what it now calls a “good neighbor agreement” with Whole Foods Market and intends to present it to the grocer in a private meeting sometime this month. The agreement text will remain unpublicized until after the meeting, and is being written in consultation with local nonprofit...

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10 years after 9/11, locals remember

September 9, 2011
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10 years after 9/11, locals remember

Sept. 11, 2001 dawned as a bright, sunny day in Jamaica Plain. For the southern edge of the neighborhood, it was special Election Day in a Congressional race eventually won by Stephen Lynch. For most people, it was just a normal late-summer day. Then came the terrorist airplane attacks on the World Trade Center...

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Martial arts master adopts JP

September 9, 2011
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Martial arts master adopts JP

When In Kwon Jang—Master Jang to his students at JP Taekwondo at 670 Centre St.—first lived in Boston nine years ago, to train the Harvard taekwondo team, he knew he’d come back to  Jamaica Plain, where he lived at the time, from his home in Korea. “For nine years, JP was in my mind…I...

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Washington St. project gets bigger

September 9, 2011
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(Courtesy illustration) A drawing of the proposed development at Washington and McBride streets.

STONYBROOK—The plan for a mixed-use development at the corner of Washington and McBride streets just got bigger, boosting its condo component from 30 to 42 units. The design team increased the number of housing units after changing the configuration of housing from several smaller buildings to one larger building. “Doing it as one building...

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Green Award

September 9, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) At-large City Councilor John Connolly presents a resolution supporting the Boston Latin School Youth Climate Action Network (BLS Youth CAN) program to JP resident and program co-president Eshe Sherley (right) at the school on Aug. 11. Joining them is faculty advisor Cate Arnold (center).

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Senate candidates make local stops

September 9, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by David Taber) U.S. Senate candidate Tom Conroy speaks to JP resident Daria Casinelli at J.P. Licks at 659 Centre St. Aug. 30 during a stop on Conroy’s 650-mile walk around the state.

Two Democratic candidates vying to replace Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown spoke to the Gazette last week about strategies for boosting the economy, bringing jobs to the state and repairing crumbling public infrastructure. Newton Mayor Setti Warren was interviewed by the Gazette at the Mission Bar & Grill in Mission Hill Aug. 31, prior...

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New bilingual school named for JP principal

September 9, 2011
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A planned Boston Public Schools (BPS) academy will be named after Margarita Muñiz, the founder and longtime principal of JP’s Rafael Hernandez K-8 School. The Muñiz Academy, proposed to open for the 2012 school year, would be the first bilingual high school in the BPS system. “I believe it’s terrific. It’s very needed,” Muñiz...

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Getting the message

September 9, 2011
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(Photo by Lightchaser Photography) Alba Gonzalez, a women’s health counselor and medical assistant at Brookside Community Health Center, tries out the Washington Street center’s new text-messaging system that reminds mothers-to-be about prenatal care tips. The messages in English and Spanish is open to all patients who are accompanied by a Brigham and Women’s midwife. It is a pilot program by Partners Community Health. For more info, call 617-522-4700.

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District 7 preliminary is Sept. 27

September 9, 2011
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The only preliminary City Council election in Jamaica Plain this year will take place in Egleston Square Sept. 27, where incumbent Tito Jackson is facing three challengers—Althea Garrison, Roy Owens and Sheneal Parker. District 7 mostly covers Roxbury but also includes parts of Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, the Fenway and the South End. “The best...

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The industry that’s eating JP

September 9, 2011
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Local food thrives in area shops For Jamaica Plain residents “local flavor” is more than a reference to the neighborhood’s atmosphere. It describes the food they can find in their stores and restaurants, where locally grown and made food is the new trend, and it is an integral part of the economy. Local farmers,...

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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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