First Thursday bags pedestrian award

November 18, 2011
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Jamaica Plain Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS)has been given a Walkers’ Choice award from WalkBoston for its First Thursday arts nights. WalkBoston chose CSMS and First Thursdays “because it was a great way to connect the community, make people linger and spend time outside and meet their neighbors,” said WalkBoston spokesperson Hillary Borcheding....

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Agenda, 11/18/11

November 18, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Nov. 29 for the Dec. 2 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 Casey Overpass Community Meeting, Mon.,...

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Invitación, 11/18/11

November 18, 2011
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Educa Recuerdo. No crea que se ha perdido el arte del tallado en madera o el empastado de libros, Si le interesan, hay cases todo elaño en Eliot School of fine and Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St. Info/course listings: eliotschool.org. Joyas. Hay curso como soldadura y trabajos de joyería para adolescentes en horario extra...

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Sights and sounds, 11/18/11

November 18, 2011
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Sights and sounds, 11/18/11

The final, last-minute deadline for listings is noon, Nov. 29 for the Dec. 2 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 First Thursdays, Dec....

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Chang-Díaz, Malia push to mend Congressional split

November 15, 2011
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Local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz and state Rep. Liz Malia are seeking to reunify Jamaica Plain’s Congressional map, which would be split between two new districts in a plan that could be approved by the state legislature as early as today. Chang-Díaz told the Gazette that she and Malia are sponsoring an amendment to...

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Occupy JP movement begins

November 14, 2011
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An “Occupy JP” movement is organizing as a local version of the Occupy Wall Street protest, the Gazette has learned. Organizing was slated to begin yesterday at a “general assembly” meeting at Doyle’s Café, according to an Occupy JP page on Facebook. It is unclear when or where an Occupy JP protest would be...

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Opposition to Congressional district split is rising

November 11, 2011
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By David Taber and John Ruch Local opposition is rising to a Congressional redistricting plan released Nov. 7 that would split Jamaica Plain and put a huge chunk of the neighborhood into a district that likely would be more politically conservative. The plan is racing toward a vote next week. The JP Progressives organization...

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Incumbents win City Council races

November 8, 2011
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City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo is all smiles at his victory party Nov. 8 at JP's James's Gate. (Gazette Photo by John Ruch)

The incumbent candidates won all of the at-large and local district Boston City Council seats in today’s election. In the at-large race, Jamaica Plain resident Felix Arroyo, John Connolly, Steve Murphy and Ayanna Pressley retained their seats. Challenger Michael Flaherty finished a close fifth in the balloting. Another JP resident, Sean Ryan, finished a...

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New Congressional map splits JP

November 7, 2011
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By David Taber and John Ruch Updated  A huge chunk of Jamaica Plain could be cut from U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano’s district and put in a new district where two incumbent Congressmen—Stephen Lynch and Bill Keating—live, under a redistricting proposal released Nov. 7. Keating is indicated he will move out of the district into...

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Whole Foods Opens Its Doors: Customers line up

November 4, 2011
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) Customers line up at the counters inside Whole Foods Market at 413 Centre St. on its opening day, Oct. 31.

With Rebeca Oliveira, Gazette Staff HYDE SQ.–Whole Foods Market opened to brisk business on Oct. 31 at 413 Centre St. after months of controversy about the grocery store chain’s arrival in Jamaica Plain. Whole Foods replaces the shuttered Hi-Lo market in a revamped building. The store will be open daily from 8 a.m. to...

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At-Large candidates talk JP issues

November 4, 2011
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All seven candidates for At-Large Boston City Council seats in the Nov. 8 election talked Jamaica Plain issues in response to written questions from the Gazette. Felix Arroyo, John Connolly, William Dorcena, Michael Flaherty, Stephen Murphy, Ayanna Pressley and Sean Ryan were asked to weigh in on: • Whether the Casey Overpass should be...

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Whole Foods protesters wave signs

November 4, 2011
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) Protesters from the group Whose Foods? Whose Community? picket the opening of Whole Foods Market on Oct. 31.

About 20 protesters—including Ben Day, the newly elected chair of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC)—were at Whole Foods Market at 413 Centre St. on Oct. 31, the first day the store was open, to protest the grocer’s refusal to negotiate a community benefits agreement (CBA). The protest, organized by the group Whose Foods?...

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Adiós Hi-Lo, Hola Whole Foods

November 4, 2011
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“Esto es increíble”: Carlos Martínez, residente de JP. “Yo no pienso entrar nunca”: Martha Rodríguez, nueva integrante del JPNC. “¡Cuánto orden! y ¡cuánta oferta!”, Reina T., residente de JP. “La tienda, que ocupa un area de 13,700 pies cuadrados, emplea un equipo de 104 empleados a tiempo completo”: Heather W. McCready, Public Relations Manager, Whole...

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Ethiopian eatery opens

November 4, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—The Blue Nile Ethiopian restaurant has returned to Jamaica Plain, opening quietly in a new spot at 389 Centre St. Blue Nile closed its original S. Huntington Avenue location in 2006 after 15 years. Now it’s back with more vegetarian options and take-out and delivery as well, owner Ellena Haile told the Gazette....

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Service Award

November 4, 2011
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Service Award

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JP eateries hooked for mislabeled fish

November 4, 2011
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JP restaurant El Oriental de Cuba confirmed selling intentionally mislabeled fish after a Boston Globe investigation was published last month. JP Seafood Café owner Phil Paik told the Gazette it’s a common practice. Doyle’s Café, at 3484 Washington St., and El Oriental de Cuba, at 416 Centre St., were both named as serving a...

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Walking Tall

November 4, 2011
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Walking Tall

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UK reporter tells JP how to end Afghanistan war

November 4, 2011
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UK reporter tells JP how to end Afghanistan war

Jonathan Steele, a reporter for the Guardian newspaper in the U.K. who has been covering Afghanistan for over 30 years, told a small but rapt audience Jamaica Plain audience exactly what to do to end conflict in Kabul. That means not only ending the U.S. war, but also solving the country’s internal conflicts. “If...

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New schools could move into Agassiz

November 4, 2011
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A proposal announced by Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Carol Johnson this week would have a K-8 school and a new two-way bilingual high school moving into the former Agassiz School building at 20 Child St. next year. Under the proposal, the Mission Hill K-8 school—now located on Alleghany Street in Mission Hill, where...

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Arborway Yard grant is denied

November 4, 2011
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Project still on hold The Arborway Yard was not approved for a much-hoped-for federal grant, keeping the project on hold until the MBTA finds the projected $170 million to $220 million needed for construction. The Arborway bus yard, located at Washington Street and the Arborway, was built as a temporary facility eight years ago...

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Overpass team tackles traffic

November 4, 2011
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FOREST HILLS—The Casey Overpass replacement project’s planners said at the last Working Advisory Group (WAG) meeting on Oct. 25 that either replacement option will handle future traffic better than the current configuration. A single-bridge alternative and a surface street-only alternative underwent extensive traffic projections to see how they would each cope with projected 2035...

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Day of the Dead dies as cemetery cuts arts

November 4, 2011
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Another cultural event mainstay at Forest Hills Cemetery has been killed off as the Forest Hills Educational Trust (FHET) continues its mysterious cutbacks. La Piñata’s yearly Day of the Dead celebration, held at Forest Hills Cemetery for almost a decade, is the latest victim of FHET’s suspension of programming, in place since January. “They...

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Cemetery Life

November 4, 2011
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Cemetery Life

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Election Day is Nov. 8

November 4, 2011
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JP residents will go to the polls Nov. 8 to elect four new At-Large City Councilors and new district councilors. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 pm. Voters who normally cast their ballots at Curtis Hall will once again be voting at the Agassiz School building at 20 Childs St....

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