Affordable housing fading away at Stony Brook

May 11, 2012
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Decreasing affordable housing at Stony Brook Commons on Blue Ledge Drive in Roslindale, formerly High Point Village, has one resident hoping a lawsuit against the property owner will bring back the old days. “I used to know my neighbors,” said Elaine Marin-Ruff, a plaintiff in the lawsuit and member of High Point Families United....

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Former T substation might be renovated

May 11, 2012
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A former MBTA transit substation, built in 1911 and situated at 4228 Washington St. in Roslindale, might finally be renovated into a year-round farmers’ market and event space after sitting vacant for more than 40 years. “It would be amazing,” said Stephanie Cave, executive director of Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS). RVMS teamed up...

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Roslindale Events

May 11, 2012
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Roslindale Village Main Street Farmers’ Market Community Meeting, participate in planning for this year’s Farmers’ Market. Thurs., May 17, 6:30-8pm, Roslindale Community Center, Washington St. and Cummins Highway. Volunteer opportunities include flyer distribution, social media, set-up and take-down, staffing the RVMS booth, surveying shoppers, assisting with theme days, helping with fundraising, counting shoppers and...

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Law Day celebrates freedom, rights

May 11, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The Mozart School, Sacred Heart Academy and Holy Name Parish Schools joined the West Roxbury Courthouse in celebrating Law Day on April 27. Law Day is a part of the courthouse’s Reinventing Justice program, which invites students to witness proceedings at the 445 Arborway courthouse and learn about the legal system. Law Day...

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Nira Rock to get $30k in improvements

May 11, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—Jamaica Plain’s urban wild, Nira Rock, is slated to receive $30,000 in improvements this summer. The work is expected to take place by August, and will include an expansion of the park, a new seating area, new stairs leading up the hill, new fencing and new plantings. “The Boston Parks and Recreation Department...

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Changes coming to Route 32 bus

May 11, 2012
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The MBTA presented a plan that would cut 17 stops from the Route 32 bus, and alter, move and add other stops. The Route 32 bus runs from the Forest Hills T station down Hyde Park Avenue in JP. The plan, which was discussed during a community meeting May 1 at the Woodbourne Apartments,...

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Bird Watching

May 11, 2012
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A pine warbler (left) and a red-bellied woodpecker (right) are among the birds spotted in Franklin Park in late April. (Photos by Stephen Baird)

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SWCP skate park moves forward

May 11, 2012
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Young organizers are moving ahead with reclaiming a disused area of the Southwest Corridor Park (SWCP) by transforming it into a skate park. The organizers have presented a proposal to the SWCP Parkland Management Advisory Committee (PMAC), along with a model of the proposed changes to the area just south of Minton Street. PMAC...

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Sounding Great

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Franklin Park moves closer to repairs

May 11, 2012
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Franklin Park is a step closer to renovated pathways and entrances after the Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) received a receptive response to its plan at a community meeting April 30. “I think there is interest from the community for us to do more work like this,” said Margaret Dyson, director of historic...

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Creating Together

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Massages come to JP

May 11, 2012
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JP’s Massage Therapy Center opened last week at 398 Centre St., where it shares space with Center & Spring Acupuncture. The business is run by JP resident Andres Gutierrez, who told the Gazette that he aims to keep massages affordable. “It’s like a tune-up for the body,” he said of massage. “Every machine needs...

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Editorial: Roslindale neighbors

May 11, 2012
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The Gazette makes its twice-a-year visit to Roslindale this week. You could call it a meeting of old friends, and we tend to use the term “neighbors,” but JP and Rozzie are more like siblings joined at the hip by Arnold Arboretum. We’re both diverse neighborhoods with rich social histories but also facing—and embracing—a...

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Editorial: Where’s the debate?

May 11, 2012
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JP erupted in a frenzy about Whole Foods Market last year, a debate widely decried as a vicious civil war, though it was also a long-overdue soul-searching about potential gentrification. Yet now that gentrification is here in the form of self-advertised “luxury” housing on a grand scale coming to S. Huntington Avenue—and now possibly...

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Letter: Fire response shows JP’s greatness

May 11, 2012
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As many by now have heard, an intense fire shortly before midnight on April 20 resulted in the immediate displacement of myself and 13 others (and multiple dogs and cats) from our homes on Paul Gore Street (“Fire leaves 14 homeless,” jamaicaplaingazette.com). As a husband, and father of a 4-month-old included in this group,...

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Letter: Sorry for open house mix-up

May 11, 2012
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First and foremost, Theo Koziol, our executive director, and I, the founding director of Arc-en-Ciel Day Care and Montessori School, would like to present our utmost gratitude to the Jamaica Plain residents and surroundings towns to have allowed us to be a part of your daily lives. We were overwhelmed with joy to celebrate...

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Letter: T changes impact RIDE users

May 11, 2012
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The full version of the letter excerpted here was sent to the MBTA prior to its decision to raise fares and reduce service: I am writing to give my feedback regarding the current fare proposals suggested by the T. My name is Cindy Higgins. I have Cerebral Palsy and use a power wheelchair. I...

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Letter: Thanks for Egleston engagement

May 11, 2012
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Egleston Square Main Street (ESMS) would like to thank everyone who shared their unique talents, resources, energy and enthusiasm to make Egleston Square shine this past month! First, thank you to all who made our Hot Jazz Cool Neighborhood fund-raiser such a success. For the fifth year in a row, we packed the venue,...

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Dog Ride

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First Thursday

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Police debut missing person tracker

May 11, 2012
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A new Boston Police Department (BPD) program called North Star aims to make it easier to track missing children and people with such conditions as autism and Alzheimer’s disease. The free, voluntary program allows information about such people to be distributed to the authorities, and possibly the public, if they go missing. Named for...

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Invitación, 5/11/12

May 11, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 22 de mayo para la publicación del 25 de mayo. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones JPNC Housing and Development Committee (comité de vivienda y el desarrollo), martes,...

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Agenda, 5/11/12

May 11, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, May 22 for the May 25 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNC Housing and Development Committee, Tues., May 15, 7pm, Bowditch School, 82 Green St. Info: jpnc.org. Casey Arborway Design Advisory...

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Sights and Sounds, 5/11/12

May 11, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, May 22 for the May 25 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Lilac Sunday at the Arboretum, with tours, music and children’s activities. Sun., May 13, 10am-4pm, 125 Arborway. Info: arboretum.harvard.edu/plants/lilac_sunday.html First Thursdays,...

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