Housing project to get advisory group

March 2, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON AVE.—The giant apartment project proposed for the Home for Little Wanderers site will be reviewed by an advisory group being formed by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). Boston Residential Group is proposing to demolish the existing buildings at the Home site at 161 S. Huntington Ave. and erecting a new building with...

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Service with a smile

March 2, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Kristina Zontini, who helps organize Project Bread’s annual Walk for Hunger, chops onions during volunteer work at the South End’s Pine Street Inn. This year’s Walk for Hunger will be May 6. For info, see projectbread.org.

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Homeless care project is back in court

March 2, 2012
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PARKSIDE—The lawsuit about a proposed care and housing facility for the homeless on Walnut Avenue is in appeal, after a failed round of negotiations between the developers and neighbors. Both sides refused offers to settle out of court. JPNDC offered to donate an undisclosed amount to the Friends of the Egleston Square Library and...

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Police Spotlight: Burglaries return to JP South

March 2, 2012
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The area of the Arborway, Jamaica Street and St. Rose Street, which had a string of burglaries last fall, is seeing another increase in residential break-ins. Most of the crimes have been committed by people who walk around the neighborhood and knock on doors until they find a residence with no one home. They...

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AIDS Action opens pharmacy

March 2, 2012
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The AIDS Action Committee is teaming up with MOMS Pharmacy to provide a one-stop facility at its Amory Street location in Jackson Square for people living with HIV and AIDS. “It’s more comprehensive than other social or medical organizations that are in isolation,” said John Gatto, vice president of programs at AIDS Action. “We...

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Whole Foods seeks seating area

March 2, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—Whole Foods Market is seeking to add a seating area for in-store dining. The grocery store at 413 Centre St. recently posted a petition that customers could sign in support of seating, though it is unable to say how many seats it is seeking or what permits are required, spokesperson Heather McCready told...

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Farmers market shuts down

March 2, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—The farmers market at Community Servings is shutting down and will not return this summer, the nonprofit announced this week. “Unfortunately, the market hasn’t generated enough business for our vendors, despite our best efforts at spreading the word,” said Community Servings CEO David Waters in a press release. The market operated in the...

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English High Sports: Boys basketball team gelled during tough season

March 2, 2012
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Despite his team finishing below .500 this season, English High School boys basketball coach Barry Robinson was delighted with his squad’s character. “The team’s strength was unity,” said Robinson. “It was one of the most beautiful teams I’ve had in my 19 years. They were really together.” The Blue and Blue, who finished with...

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J.P. Licks launches vegan ice cream

March 2, 2012
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Will use soy, coconut and hemp CENTRAL JP—J.P. Licks is launching a menu of vegan ice cream made with non-diary products—including soy, coconut and hemp. Vince Petryk, owner and founder of the Jamaica Plain-based sweets-and-coffee chain, says the new offerings pass a previously impossible test for non-dairy ice cream: “I’d eat them.” “We’ve worked...

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JP resident wins Grammy

March 2, 2012
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A JP resident brought home a Grammy award after last month’s music industry ceremony. Jesse Lewis was the mastering engineer on Robert Aldridge’s opera “Elmer Gantry.” He shared the Grammy for best-engineered classical album along with recording engineers John Newton and Byeong-Joon Hwang. “This was a huge opera project and really fun to work...

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Market raided for drug-dealing

March 2, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Workers at a Hyde Park Avenue market were dealing drugs from behind the counter, according the Boston Police Department (BPD), which arrested three employees and another woman in a Feb. 21 raid. Heroin, oxycodone pills and over $10,000 in cash were found behind the counter of the D&R Supermarket at 180 Hyde Park...

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Kelly Rink offers accessible ice-skating

March 2, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Director of DCR’s Universal Access Program Tom McCarthy and Alejandra Taco take advantage of the accessibility options on the Kelly Rink last winter.

EGLESTON SQ.—A state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) program gives people of limited mobility a chance to do what many take for granted: have fun ice skating at the Kelly Rink. The Universal Access Program (UAP) creates opportunities for the physically handicapped to take advantage of expert assistance and alternate equipment to enjoy...

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3 charged with anti-gay hate crime

March 2, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Three women are charged with a hate crime after allegedly beating a man while shouting homophobic slurs at the Forest Hills T Station on Feb. 19. The incident began when the victim brushed against one of the women while walking on a T station stairway. The woman began shouting slurs, and all three...

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Dance, travel inform artist’s work

March 2, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) “Sunday’s Market,” a painting by Silvina Mizrahi.

Silvina Mizrahi’s multi-media paintings and sculpture are on display through April at the Taylor House Bed and Breakfast part of the B&B’s Music and Art series. Mizrahi moved to West Roxbury about 10 years ago by way of her hometown, Tucuman, in the north of Argentina, Buenos Aires and Israel, and then a trip...

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BPS bus system sparks confusion

March 2, 2012
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While Boston Public Schools (BPS) has been fixing problems with late-school buses, the bus system can still be confusing. One Jamaica Plain mother recently encountered a giant headache with a combination of public and private buses and slow-moving paperwork when she attempted to find transportation for her son. Michelle Otterson, who has a son...

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Hyde/Jackson Main Street investigation continues

March 2, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The investigation into missing money from Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) appears to be ongoing. Meanwhile, the organization seems dormant with no holiday programs last December and a lack of activity in general. Last summer, HJSMS Executive Director Carlos Schillaci left the organization amid accusations that $20,000 that was intended for the Jamaica...

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Skating Along

March 2, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Chris Alspach) Paul Henry tries out a new skateboard he just bought at Got Sole at 617 Centre St. on Feb. 20.

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Obituary: Edward Fenerty Jr.

March 2, 2012
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Edward Fenerty Jr. of Malden passed away on Feb. 22, 2012. Beloved husband of the late Freda M. (Judd) Fenerty. Loving father of Edward L. Fenerty III of Jamaica Plain and the late William C. Fenerty and his surviving wife Judy of Winthrop. Dear brother of Lila Stevens of California, Anna Berg of Maine...

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No bids on T parcel, deadline shifts

March 2, 2012
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(Courtesy Illustration) Parcel U is the long rectangle at the center of the map.

FOREST HILLS—The MBTA has not received any bids in its third attempt to sell a surplus parcel south of the Forest Hills T Station on Hyde Park Avenue. The bidding deadline was extended to this week. The parcel was offered at a reduced price, MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo previously told the Gazette. Bidding documentation...

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Music enriches lives at Sherrill House

March 2, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Music therapist Dianne Tow leads residents in playing a large drum at Sherrill House.

Some write songs. Others listen to classical music. Some meet one-on-one, while others join in groups. Music helps some regain physical skills, and others to sharpen their memory. Music therapy comes in many forms at Sherrill House, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center at 135 S. Huntington Ave. that has a rare in-house program....

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JP senior population declines

March 2, 2012
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If you have trouble finding a gray-haired person for advice, that might be because Jamaica Plain’s senior population dipped nearly 12 percent the past decade. From 2000 to 2010, the number of JP residents 65 years or older dropped by 535, according to U.S. Census data. “That does not surprise me at all,” said...

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Home winner

March 2, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) (from left) State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, Senior Property Manager Julia Tonelli and Back of the Hill Community Development Corporation board president Kay Gallagher celebrate Back of the Hill Apartments winning the National Affordable Housing Management Association’s 2011 Exemplary Development for the Elderly Award on Feb. 14. The 100 S. Huntington Ave. apartment building for seniors and people with disabilities is managed by The Community Builders, Inc., headed by JP resident Bart Mitchell. The award was announced during Sanchez’s Valentine’s Day lunch for the residents.

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Senior meals program to be slashed

March 2, 2012
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A program that provides meals to hundreds of needy and isolated seniors in the Jamaica Plain area is slated for a 25 percent state budget cut. Ethos, a JP-based organization that provides many of those meals, says the cut is a double whammy. That’s because the state just ran out of money to provide...

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Retirees offer advice to younger generation

March 2, 2012
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The Gazette joined a group of seniors at J.P. Lick’s last week for a cup of coffee and good advice. The retiree group, organized by Arva Clark, meets weekly to discuss different topics. The group is so popular that Clark has recently added a second regular meeting. She can be reached at 971-9419. Some...

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