Affordable housing campaign launches

June 24, 2011
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An “educational campaign” about the benefits of affordable housing was slated to be launched this week in Jamaica Plain by the Boston Tenant Coalition (BTC) and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC). “The Faces and Places of Affordable Housing” will use “research, advertising, public relations and organizing” to boost public and government awareness...

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School art programs get boost

June 24, 2011
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Eight Boston schools—including JP’s English High and John F. Kennedy Elementary—will add art and music programs next year thanks to $81,500 in grants through the BPS Arts Expansion Initiative. The grants, announced on June 15, also will allow JP’s Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts to continue and expand its arts partnership with...

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Suciedad y tickets

June 24, 2011
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Cuidado con las multas en parqueos del MBTA: Subirán dos mil por ciento; eso quiere decir que si les debia un dólar, apenas entre en vigencia la nueva medida les deberá $21. Se pusieron muy duros  y los tickets tendrán que ser pagados SI O SI, porque tienen amenazas contra la licencia de conductor...

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Read and Dine

June 24, 2011
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Read and Dine

 

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Bromley Grown

June 24, 2011
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Bromley Grown

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Congratulations!

June 24, 2011
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) HEAD OF THE CLASS: Fatoumata Bah, valedictorian of English High School’s Class of 2011, celebrates graduation on June 11 at Boston University.

The following Jamaica Plain residents, businesses and organizations have received recognition in education: Tremana White was graduated from Connecticut College. Welbis Ortiz graduated from the Noble and Greenough School. William Matczynski graduated cum laude from Macalester College in Minnesota. Fernando A. Avila, Christopher Caulfield, Manoucheka Charlessaint, Katherine De la Cruz, Shynna Maliik Jackson-Pilet, Jaime...

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JP should reunite around youths

June 24, 2011
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Jamaica Plain has been weakened and divided against itself by the direction that the Whole Foods controversy has taken. “Haves” rail against “have-nots” online. (“They should learn to eat right!”) Conservative yuppies make public their indifference to the needs of ethnic food shoppers and financially struggling Hyde Square residents, and Whose Foods backers shout down opposing opinions. So I want to...

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Whole Foods as gathering spot

June 24, 2011
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There is one aspect of community life that seems to have been overlooked in the discussions around the new Whole Foods store. The area in front of the Hi-Lo seemed to serve as a de facto gathering space for some Latino men from the neighborhood. Almost every time I visited Hi-Lo, there would be a group...

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Whole Foods a welcome addition

June 24, 2011
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I continue to watch in amazement over the debate about Whole Foods. An investment in our neighborhood should be a good thing. The alternative could be an empty, blighted site. We should be happy they want to come to our neighborhood, employ people and be the good neighbor that they have the reputation of being. When...

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Keeping a gentrified soul

June 24, 2011
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Dear neighbors, The real question we need to be asking ourselves is: How can we keep our souls and live in a gentrified neighborhood at the same time? Why don’t we all: greet our neighbors on the street. support Spontaneous Celebrations (or one of the many neighborhood organizations) with presence and cash. shop locally...

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Psychic story was predictably refreshing

June 24, 2011
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Given that the debate over Whole Foods has been so vitriolic, I was charmed by the article in which a reporter visited a psychic to ask what the future of Whole Foods in the neighborhood was (“Psychic: Hyde Square future can’t be seen,” June 10). Quite a funny idea, and a nice breath of...

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Bodegas should seize the day

June 24, 2011
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As a resident of the Hyde Square area of JP, I’ve watched with keen interest as the Hi-Lo closed and the Whole Foods deal was announced. I, as well as many of my cohort, are fully in support of having a Whole Foods within walking distance. While I was sad to learn that the Hi-Lo...

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Economic bigotry in JP

June 24, 2011
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Bikes should be registered

June 24, 2011
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House demo put on hold

June 24, 2011
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GLENVALE PARK—The Boston Landmarks Commission last week slapped a 90-day delay on the demolition of a 130-year-old vacant Chestnut Avenue house in the hopes that the developer and the neighborhood could agree on an alternative plan. But Pat McKenna, who wants to turn 207 Chestnut Ave. into two new two-family houses, told the Gazette...

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Greener Repairs

June 24, 2011
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Greener Repairs

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Kenneth G.M. MacKay; worked for New England Telephone

June 24, 2011
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Kenneth G.M. MacKay, a 40-year resident of Melrose, passed away with his loving family at his side on Wed., June 8 at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was born on Nov. 1, 1920 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, one of six children of the late John and Marion (McLeod) MacKay. He was raised in Jamaica Plain,...

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Invitación

June 24, 2011
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Citas Domingo. Bikes Not Bombs 24th annual Bike-A-Thon & Green Roots festival se realiza este domingo 26. Si le gusta participar puede escoger entre correr 15-, 25- ó 65- millas y así ayudará a recaudar fondos para BNB’s programs.  El Festival viene con  música, comida refrescos y actividad para toda la familia. Southwest Corridor...

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Happenings, 6/24

June 24, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for Happenings listings is noon, July 5 for the July 8 issue. Send arts and entertainment listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Listings with no end date will be run for 3 months, space permitting. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events JP Regan...

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JP Agenda, June 24

June 24, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, July 5 for the July 8 issue. Send listings to news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Listings with no end date will be run for 3 months, space permitting. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings MATCH Charter Public School, recently...

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Malia’s cookout to feature Whole Foods turkey dogs

June 22, 2011
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Providing what staffers from state Rep. Liz Malia’s office described as a “healthy spin” on a long-standing tradition, Whole Foods Market will be serving up turkey dogs at this years Summer Hot Dog Nights on South Street. Malia has been sponsoring cookouts for South Street housing development residents and neighbors for 15 years. “In...

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Whole Foods issues community letter

June 21, 2011
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Whole Foods Market today released the following letter (in English and Spanish) to the Jamaica Plain community. For more on Whole Foods and the neighborhood, see the June 24 Gazette.   Dear Jamaica Plain Residents, I want to thank you for being so engaged in the discussion around our new Jamaica Plain Whole Foods...

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‘SoMo': A South St. nickname is born

June 10, 2011
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“SoMo”—short for “south of the Monument”—is a new name for South Street’s burgeoning business district being pitched to early success by the local McCormack & Scanlan Real Estate office. “As a lifelong JP resident, kind of faded into the background,” said Karen McCormack, the real estate firm’s co-owner. “SoMo” came out...

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Three arrested at Whole Foods meeting

June 10, 2011
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(Photo by Vered Meir) A protest banner hangs over the June 2 Whole Foods meeting. Police took it down minutes later and arrested two people who hung it.

Three protesters were arrested at Whole Food’s first face-to-face conversation with Jamaica Plain residents June 2. The meeting was abruptly ended by police after an action-packed hour, filled with protest chants, impassioned comments and a banner-drop. The meeting at the Curley School at 493 Centre St. was attended by over 200 people, many of...

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