Church must hide crosses for school use

August 12, 2011
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Church must hide crosses for school use

First Baptist Church will have to hide crosses and other religious symbols to avoid violating the Constitution when Bridge Boston Charter School operates in its worship space starting next month. Separation of church and state could mean that First Baptist has to cover a cross-bearing plaque next to its front door and skip any...

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Agenda

August 12, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Aug. 23 for the Aug. 26 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 Meetings, Working...

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Chang-Díaz: No refusal in JPNC talks

July 27, 2011
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The office of state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz is slapping down the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) claim that she “refused” to speak with its members about a possible community benefits agreement with Whole Foods Market. “There definitely was not a flat-out refusal,” Chang-Díaz spokesperson Katherine Adam told the Gazette. But Adam also could not...

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JPNC candidate deadline is Aug. 5

July 27, 2011
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Potential candidates for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) have until Aug. 5 to submit their nomination papers. The JPNC is an elected, 20-member neighborhood association that represents all of Jamaica Plain. Its biannual election will be held on Sept. 24. The JPNC has five neighborhood-wide “at-large” seats and 15 seats representing three subsections,...

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Police look at Hyde/Jackson Main Street books

July 22, 2011
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Director resigns Boston police and the Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) board of directors began an investigation July 12 into alleged “discrepancies in the financial statements” of the local Main Street organization’s books, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). Mayor Thomas Menino has also ordered an investigation. HJSMS Executive Director Carlos Schillaci told...

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Census sheds new light on JP

July 22, 2011
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New U.S. Census data provides a detailed picture of JP’s population characteristics. The BRA last month released a series reports analyzing Boston neighborhoods based on the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS information is a “five-year estimate” based on data collected between 2005 and 2009. According to the report, during that period:...

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Candles in the dark

July 22, 2011
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Candles in the dark

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Casey team prefers replacing Shea Circle

July 22, 2011
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Casey team prefers replacing Shea Circle

FOREST HILLS—Design sketches for possible replacements for Shea Circle and re-routing of Morton Street were presented to the Casey Overpass replacement project’s Working Advisory Group (WAG) at its July 13 meeting. The WAG supported turning Shea Circle, the rotary at the eastern end of the Casey Overpass, into a signalized intersection and turning Morton...

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Límitesen mapa asunto divisor

July 22, 2011
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“Boston debería ser el distrito de mayoría de minorías”. Dicho así por la directora ejecutiva de ¿Oíste? y otras instituciones que han tomado liderazgo en el debate sobre la redistribución de los distritos electorales, todo parece fácil. Sin embargo el asunto se complica cuando se ven las propuestas, los mapas o las explicaciones que...

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JPNC to consult others on Whole Foods deal

July 22, 2011
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Lacking a clear roadmap for moving forward toward a community benefits agreement (CBA) with Whole Foods, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) voted at a June 12 meeting to “circle back” and check in with other community groups and elected officials. The JPNC will try to reach out to around a dozen groups in...

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Century-old Valentine finds a home

July 22, 2011
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A long-lost, century-old Valentine card from Jamaica Plain that somehow turned up this year in England is in the mail once again, heading for the hands of the original addressee’s granddaughter. “This really has been a great journey,” said Sarah Swain and Lyndon Berry, the English couple who discovered the card. As the Gazette...

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Doctor’s office closes; records move

July 22, 2011
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MONUMENT SQ.—Atreva Health Care, a doctor’s office that operated for 25 years at 770 Centre St., closed last month, according to Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare (BIDHC), which took control of Atreva patients’ medical records. Atreva owner Dr. Francisco Trilla, who still lives in JP but now works in California, told the Gazette that his...

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Charter school finds home at church

July 22, 2011
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Starting Sept. 6, the First Baptist Church at 633 Centre St. will have 72 new tenants, not counting teachers. The church will serve as the temporary home of the new Bridge Boston Charter School for the 2011-2012 school year, First Baptist pastor Ashlee Wiest-Laird told the Gazette. “It really helps a lot financially,” to...

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JP streets: The orderly and the ugly

July 22, 2011
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Here in Jamaica Plain, where the shopping districts consist of long corridors, the extended buffer between pedestrians and vehicles makes an important first impression. As soon as the City of Boston put down the bike lanes and related lines on the South/Centre/S. Huntington corridors last year, the business districts seemed to improve. Sure, it...

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Taking note

July 22, 2011
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Taking note

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Eliot School gets $25K donation

July 22, 2011
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Eliot School gets $25K donation

PONDSIDE—An anonymous $25,000 donation from a Jamaica Plain family to the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts is the basis for a new scholarship fund for low-income students. The 24 Eliot St. art school, which specializes in such handicrafts as woodworking, is now seeking matching donations for the fund, according to Director Abigail...

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New life for bridesmaid dresses

July 22, 2011
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Being asked to be a bridesmaid is a huge honor. It’s also a huge pain in the wallet. Looking to make the process a little less draining, Hyde Square resident Kathryn House founded Bridesmaid Trade, an online bridesmaid’s dress consignment shop. It brings former bridesmaids and their never-to-be-worn-again garments with soon-to-be-bridesmaids and their need...

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Ex-food truck puts down stakes in JP

July 22, 2011
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Fill Belly’s—formerly a food truck—reopened as a brick-and-mortar restaurant June 6 at 3381 Washington St. Restaurant proprietor Boswell “Chef Bos” Scott said the small, six-table restaurant is allowing him to expand on what he described as his “funky…urban cultural cuisine”—experimental variations and mixes from different culinary traditions. He serves a variety of “Bosolitos”—Latin American...

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‘Comfort shoes’ store opens

July 22, 2011
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A new shoe store off Centre Street wants to put a new pep in JP’s step. Millipede Shoes, at 7 Pond St., is offering “comfort shoes,” like clogs, in owner’s Rio Tutcik’s first small business venture. It was slated to have a “soft opening” by sometime this week. “Hopefully we can provide comfort shoes...

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Dame closes its doors

July 22, 2011
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On July 31, vintage clothing store Dame, at 68 South St., will close its Jamaica Plain doors. While the storefront is going away, Dame will return to open-air markets and other venues, owner Dany Pearson said on the store’s blog. “The current economic climate just has not been friendly enough to us to maintain...

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Major project’s advisory group named

July 22, 2011
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STONYBROOK—In preparation for the community process about a proposed major development on the corner of Washington and McBride streets, an Impact Advisory Group (IAG) has been selected. The first, unpublicized meeting of the IAG took place July 13. The 11 members of the IAG were nominated by residents and elected officials and appointed by...

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A Taste of Ireland

July 22, 2011
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A Taste of Ireland

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Soldier’s Monument will be rededicated September 17

July 22, 2011
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MONUMENT SQ.—The Soldier’s Monument will be rededicated on Sept. 17 in a ceremony being planned by the Jamaica Pond Association (JPA). In another honor, last year’s cleaning of the historic Monument at Centre and South streets was named last week as a Boston Preservation Alliance Preservation Achievement Award winner. The dramatic 1871 Monument memorializes...

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Softball Champs

July 22, 2011
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Softball Champs

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