Home, Sweet Home

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Justin Paik (second from left) was on the team that won the “most realistic” category in the Home for Little Wanderers’ annual gingerbread house decorating competition on Dec. 1 at its S. Huntington Avenue complex. On the team were (from left): WCVB-TV’s Bianca de la Garza; NECN-TV’s Tonya Mezrich; Mandarin Oriental Hotel Chef Nelson Paz; Paik; Joshua Pires; and Dana Williams. Gingerbread houses from the competition are on display in JP, including at JP Seafood Café and the Station 8 salon.

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Car-free councilor travels city by T

December 16, 2011
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She is the only woman sitting on City Council and the only minority woman ever to hold the office, but At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley is unique among her colleagues in another way. She is the only city councilor without a driver’s license. Pressley would not say on the record why she did not...

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South St. Shooting

December 16, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) A bullet hole scars the windshield of a minivan on South Street near the scene of a shooting that wounded a 19-year-old man on Dec. 11, according to the Boston Police Department. The man was wounded behind 219 South St. when two unknown suspects opened fire on a group of five people. Police found bullet holes in two vehicles and a stop sign on South Street. The victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, said BPD.

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More council district shifts proposed

December 16, 2011
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New maps are now appearing at a regular clip as Boston City Council presses on with its efforts redraw its districts. The latest redistricting map, unveiled at a hearing on Dec. 7, is the second put forward by City Councilor Bill Linehan, chair of the council’s Committee on the Census and Redistricting. In it,...

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No light display at mansion

December 16, 2011
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The famous—and often infamous—Christmas light display at an Arborway mansion is not happening this year. “No, I’m just not going to do it,” said Dominic Luberto, who for years has covered his 61 Arborway home in thousands of dollars in lights. “Next year. I’ll do it next year.” Luberto has gained international attention for...

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Emerging Candidate

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Maria Moreno graduated from Emerge Massachusetts’ political training program on Dec. 3 at a downtown ceremony. Emerge trains Democratic women to run for public office.

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Sheriff In Town

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Ed Geary Jr. (left), director of external relations and communications for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, accepts a Boston Neighborhood Network Producer Spotlight Award from BNN General Manager Curtis Henderson at BNN’s annual meeting at its Egleston Square headquarters on Nov. 15. Geary produces the “Common Ground” program for the department, headed by JP resident Sheriff Andrea Cabral.

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Man sought in stroller assault case

December 16, 2011
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(Image Courtesy Boston Police Department) A sketch of the man sought in the stroller assault case.

The Boston Police Department has released a sketch of a man being sought in connection with a Nov. 28 sexual assault in Franklin Park. The man is described as Hispanic; in his mid-20s; 5-feet-8-inches tall; medium build; and wearing a black hat and a black jacket or long-sleeved shirt. The sketch appears to show...

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Walkers’ Choice

December 16, 2011
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(Photo by Gloria Carrigg) Mary Hannon (left), board member of JP Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS) holds WalkBoston’s Walkers’ Choice Award as CSMS Executive Director Randace Moore (center) and WalkBoston Executive Director Wendy Landman (right) look on at Centre Street’s UForge Gallery on Dec. 1. CSMS won the award for its pedestrian-friendly First Thursday monthly art events.

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Protesters to sing against Whole Foods

December 16, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—An anti-Whole Foods Market group is attempting to boycott the grocer and will sing Christmas carol parodies against it in a Dec. 21 demonstration. Whose Foods? Whose Community? aims to get the grocer to sign a community benefits agreement (CBA) with the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC), even though the council has abandoned...

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JP Tunes: New local music

December 16, 2011
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Jamaica Plain musicians recently released the following singles or albums: • Mickey PG, “Mickey PG Comes of Age” (self-released). Mickeypg.bandcamp.com. • Ben Schwendener, “Industrial Folk Music” (Gravity Records). Cdbaby.com/cd/benschwendener2. JP musicians can notify JP Tunes about new releases at news@jamaicaplaingazette.com.

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Small Print: Tiny bookstore opens in tiny gallery

December 16, 2011
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SOUTH ST.—Jamaica Plain’s smallest storefront art gallery is now sharing space with the neighborhood’s smallest bookstore. The Hallway Gallery—literally a hallway at 66a South St.—has given over about six square feet of space at its far end to used bookseller Subterranean Books. The bookstore is the pet project of professional art handler and recent...

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Branch libraries to be reviewed

December 16, 2011
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The Boston Public Library (BPL) will begin reviewing its entire branch library system—including the Jamaica Plain Branch Library—in 2012 as part of a new “strategic plan” approved last month. The BPL has proposed controversial branch closings in recent years, with the JP Branch at 12 Segwick St. appearing on one hit list despite being...

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Going For Baroque

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Ensemble 44 performs music by women composers of the French and Italian Baroque era Jan. 8 at the Loring-Greenough House. See Sights & Sounds listing.

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Forest Hills pub nears opening

December 16, 2011
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FOREST HILLS—Napper Tandy’s at 3700 Washington St. will to open in early 2012 after a year of delays and challenges. Napper Tandy’s owner, John Jacobs, told the Gazette in a phone interview that the process is finally moving along. The proposed Irish pub/bistro is under construction, he said, and he is hoping to open...

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Obituary: Polly Curren Fedosiuk; wrote children’s books

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Polly Curren Fedosiuk (right) with nephew John Orthman.

Polly Curren Fedosiuk, a lifelong Jamaica Plain resident and author of nearly 30 children’s books, including “The Little Red Caboose That Ran Away,” died Nov. 7 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She was 94. She was born on Oct. 2, 1917. Her father, Frank Curren, an engineer and musician, was born in Delaware, but...

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Hennigan seeks 2nd court clerk term

December 16, 2011
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Maura Hennigan, a Jamaica Plain resident and the clerk of the Suffolk County Superior Court for Criminal Business, will seek a second six-year term in office in 2012. Hennigan kicked off the campaign and celebrated her 60th birthday at a West Roxbury party earlier this month. She has no announced challengers. The clerk oversees...

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Community Scholar

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Melissa Catherine Tineo, one of 17 recipients of Wheelock College’s Passion for Action scholarships, was recognized at an award dinner on Nov. 16 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Dorchester. Tineo, a freshman who is studying juvenile justice and youth advocacy, received the scholarship for her commitment to community service.

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Ross might run for Congress

December 16, 2011
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City Councilor Mike Ross is considering a run to replace retiring Congressman Barney Frank.  That could see him moving out of Boston and into the 4th Congressional District. “People asked me if I was looking at it and I said, ‘Yeah, I am looking at it,’” Ross said of recent media reports that he...

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State finances go online

December 16, 2011
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What is the state spending on your street and on local leaders’ salaries? A new website called the “Massachusetts Open Checkbook” reveals all the details of state spending. The site, run by the state, includes searchable spending information by departments, vendors and various categories. It also includes the state payroll and pensions. The site...

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Washington St. ‘livability’ discussed

December 16, 2011
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STONYBROOK—Residents and businesses are coming together to brainstorm a plan to revitalize lower Washington Street. Members of the Stonybrook Neighborhood Association (SNA) and other nearby residents are brewing a plan to improve the half-mile stretch of Washington Street between Green Street and Forest Hills by implementing traffic-calming measures and brainstorming for a “21st century...

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Opening Day

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Cutting the ribbon at the grand opening of Curtis Hall at 20 South St., which was closed for a year for a $5 million renovation, on Nov. 19 were (from left): Daphne Griffin, a JP resident and Boston’s chief of human services; Curtis Hall Administrative Coordinator Noel Torres; Mayor Thomas Menino; JP Community Centers board president Kerry Costello; state Rep. Liz Malia; and Joe Mulligan of the City’s Capital Construction Division.

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School move fight continues

December 16, 2011
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Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) plan to move the Mission Hill K-8 School to the former Agassiz School building at 20 Child St. was approved by the school committee Nov. 15. But opposition remains strong among parents, advocates and Mission Hill residents. Some advocates say that the K-8 move would mean further limiting access to...

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Head Coach

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Jay Heaps, a board member of JP’s America SCORES New England, was named head coach of the New England Revolution pro soccer team last month. America SCORES is an after-school program that combines soccer leagues with arts and writing.

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