Trolley comeback killed by court

August 26, 2011
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Green Line trolleys won’t be running through central Jamaica Plain anytime soon—if ever—since a court quietly tossed out a lawsuit seeking their return in January, the Gazette has learned. The end of the local Arborway Committee’s lawsuit finishes a trolley controversy that once consumed JP. But debate may linger in plans for the Arborway...

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Children’s home to sell campus

August 26, 2011
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S. HUNTINGTON AVE.—The Home for Little Wanderers announced earlier this month that it is putting its 3.5-acre campus up for sale. The children’s home sought to redevelop the 161 S. Huntington Ave. facility, known as the Knight Children’s Center (KCC), three years ago. But now the Home is developing a site in Walpole instead....

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Whole Foods debate could affect JPNC election

August 26, 2011
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It has been one of the most controversial issues in Jamaica Plain in recent memory, and it looks like Whole Foods’ planned move to Hyde Square could shape the future of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC). At least two active members of the anti-Whole Foods group Whose Foods? Whose Community? The Coalition for...

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Neighborhood Art

August 26, 2011
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Neighborhood Art

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Whole Food’s en campaña JPNC

August 26, 2011
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Tal vez no se quiera repetir la experiencia de Stop & Shop en el vecindario. Por eso ya hemos visto actuar de diversa manera a “Whose Foods”, que se describe como “un grupo multicultural y de generaciones múltiples de residentes de JP que se preocupan profundamente por el futuro del barrio y que quieren...

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Park group leader wins fellowship

August 26, 2011
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Park group leader wins fellowship

Christine Poff is the latest in a line of Jamaica Plain-based winners of the prestigious Barr Foundation Fellowship. Poff, a JP resident, is executive director of the Franklin Park Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring and preserving Franklin Park, located on the eastern edge of JP. She and the cohort of this year’s fellows...

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Paint could send Hennigan students to Agassiz

August 26, 2011
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There is a good chance that students from the Hennigan School and West Zone Early Learning Center at 200 Heath St. will begin their school year across JP at the recently-closed Agassiz School at 20 Child St. Boston Public School (BPS) officials announced last week. Hennigan Community Center activities already have been temporarily moved...

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Warren visits JP to mull Senate run

August 26, 2011
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With one day’s notice, potential Democratic U.S. senate candidate Elizabeth Warren drew an overflow crowd of 70 people Aug. 17 at the Jamaica Plain stop on her exploratory “listening tour.” “There were people in our dining room, our living room and on our front porch,” said longtime Democratic activist Joel Watson. Watson and his...

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3 businesses coming to 270 Centre St.

August 26, 2011
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JACKSON SQ.—Seafood, body waxing and laundry machines are coming to three ground-floor retail spaces in the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation’s recently completed mixed-use residential/commercial building at 270 Centre St. Restaurant Themistocles Vlahoulis plans to open a restaurant he is tentatively calling Boston Roast Beef and Seafood in October. He told the Gazette that...

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JP Observer: Getting beyond ‘family’ values

August 26, 2011
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During his debate with Sarah Palin in 2008, now Vice President Joe Biden made a correction to his word choice that should have made everyone interested in accuracy and inclusiveness happy, especially Jamaica Plain residents. Criticizing presidential candidate John McCain’s tax proposal for not giving middle-class tax breaks, Biden said, “One hundred million families,...

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New nonprofit helps people help themselves

August 26, 2011
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“As much as possible, I’m getting out of the way,” says Jesús Gerena, director of the new JP-based Family Independence Initiative-Boston (FII-Boston). It’s an unusual mission statement for a social-service nonprofit, where intervention and advocacy are standard tactics. That’s because FII-Boston aims to help people help themselves by organizing families into self-sustaining support groups....

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Sedgwick Slog

August 26, 2011
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Sedgwick Slog

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Music Fans

August 26, 2011
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Music Fans

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Your local library

August 26, 2011
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Your local library

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Students build bikes in new program

August 26, 2011
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Students build bikes in new program

By Alicia Perez, Special to the Gazette BPS students built bikes—one for themselves, one for donation—in a new partnership with Bikes Not Bombs, a Jamaica Plain nonprofit organization, and Roxbury’s Madison Park Technical Vocational High School that launched this summer. The program, called “Strive,” allows special needs students to use their hands and get...

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Whole Foods protesters could go to trial

August 26, 2011
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With John Ruch Boston Police District E-13 Commander Capt. Paul Russell said last month that the complaints were granted against three JP residents arrested at a meeting hosted by Whole Foods in June, clearing the way for them to go to trial. Anti-Whole Foods protesters Peter Blailock, Chloe Frankel and Andrew Murray, were arrested...

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$1m grant to help homeless vets

August 26, 2011
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The JP-based Volunteers of America Massachusetts (VOAMA) has received a $1 million grant to help homeless and at-risk veterans. VOAMA estimates that there are over 1,000 homeless veterans and over 7,000 veterans living in poverty in Suffolk, Norfolk and Plymouth counties. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs grant is for VOAMA programming in collaboration...

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Beer, wine store coming to Centre St.

August 26, 2011
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CENTRAL JP—A new wine and beer store that will focus on smaller producers is being planned for 488 Centre St. Although the lease has not yet been signed, Streetcar Wine and Beer is slated to open in late October, said Michael Dupuy, the owner. “I wanted to start by talking to as many people...

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Spectacle moves to JP

August 26, 2011
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Spectacle, a fringe art space that operated for years out of a loft in Chinatown, moved to an old factory building at 128 Brookside Ave. in Jamaica Plain in June. On Sept. 2, the space is hosting a “listening party” titled “What a Strange Place.” According to Spectacle’s Facebook page, the Sept. 2event will...

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In Memoriam: Yolanda Peña, baker known for cakes

August 26, 2011
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By Alicia Perez, Special to the Gazette Yolanda Peña, a baker known for generously offering her Dominican cakes to children and businesses in Egleston Square, died on Aug. 6 at age 65. Born May 5, 1946 in the Dominican Republic, Yolanda moved to the United States in 1976 and started a pioneering Dominican cake...

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Yolanda Peña, panadera conocido por su bizcochos

August 26, 2011
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By Alicia Perez   Yolanda Peña, un panadera conocido por su generoso ofrecimiento de bizcochos Dominicana a niños y su negocio de bizcochos en Egleston Square, murió el 6 de agosto a los 65 años. Nacido 5 de mayo 1946 en la República Dominicana, Yolanda se mudó a los Estados Unidos en 1976 y...

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JP Music Fest a big hit

August 26, 2011
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PONDSIDE—The first annual Jamaica Plain Music Festival, held Aug. 20 at Jamaica Pond Park, looked like a hit. An ever-changing audience braving the hot and sunny weather swelled to what looked like around 1,000 people. Over 20 local bands and musicians performed at the free fest, from indie stars like Shepardess to up-and-comers like...

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Arroyo: Youths want clean streets, drug treatment

August 26, 2011
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Violence prevention, access to drug treatment and clean streets are among Boston youths’ top concerns, and as such, will top At-large City Councilor Felix Arroyo’s youth agenda, he told the Gazette last week. Arroyo, who heads the council Committee on Labor, Youth Affairs and Human Rights, spent much of the summer visiting with 25...

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Science Winner

August 26, 2011
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Science Winner

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