‘State of JP’ talks hyperlocal issues

February 17, 2012
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Jamaica Plain showed its colors as a hyper-engaged community as residents gathered to discuss politics affecting the neighborhood and their hopes for the future at the second annual “State of Our Neighborhood” Forum held in the auditorium of English High School Feb. 9. “We’re here to ask ourselves where we want JP to be...

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BPS ‘university’ brings in parents

February 17, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (right) visits with parents at the Kennedy School on Feb. 6 while Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson (rear center) looks on.

HYDE SQ.—U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited the John F. Kennedy Elementary School Feb. 6 to observe the Boston Public School’s (BPS) Parent University program. The program, which was an initiative Superintendent Carol Johnson started in 2010, is a parent-engagement strategy. It allows parents of BPS students to attend a full day of...

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Homeless care project might return to court

February 17, 2012
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PARKSIDE—Neighbors of a proposed care and housing facility for the homeless on Walnut Avenue have begun the process of appeal for a lawsuit that seeks to halt the project, according to the defendants. A group of 11 residents filed a lawsuit against the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and the developers in December 2010, hoping...

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Supreme Court ruling could affect arson case

February 17, 2012
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The federal case against a man charged with one of the arson fires that plagued Jamaica Plain in 2005-2009 may be in trouble after a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Jose Baez, 38, of Dorchester was arrested in 2010 after investigators put a GPS device on his car without a warrant and tracked him...

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Flower Power

February 17, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) A New Hampshire car bearing an unusual paint job of colorful flowers brightens St. Rose Street on Feb. 4.

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Basketball program steers youths away from trouble

February 17, 2012
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Hoopz Excellence, a basketball program started in Jackson Square, is celebrating a decade worth of helping at-risk youths. Robert A. Lewis, a JP resident, founded the program so kids would have a safe environment to go to after school. Besides teaching basketball, the program focuses on education and keeping the kids free from gangs...

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Councilor wants improved traffic safety

February 17, 2012
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District 6 Councilor Matt O’Malley is pushing for various traffic-calming measures, including “virtual” speed bumps and glowing crosswalks. Following an order filed by O’Malley, the City Council’s Committee on City, Neighborhood Services and Veterans Affairs will hold a hearing Feb. 21 at City Hall on how to improve traffic safety. “The issue of traffic...

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Tributes to Hailey pour in

February 17, 2012
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(Gazette File Photo by John Swan) Mildred Hailey at Bromley-Heath in 2006.

Tributes to Mildred Hailey were offered by local leaders this week after her retirement from Bromley-Heath housing development’s groundbreaking Tenant Management Corporation (TMC) was announced. State Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez: “She’s the mother of the tenant management movement. That’s big! She was always the first one to be angry when people tried to stir up...

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Governor’s Council seat open after death

February 17, 2012
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Kelly Timilty, a longtime member of the Governor’s Council, died at the end of January, leaving vacant the District 2 seat. That district encompasses Jamaica Plain’s Ward 19, Precinct 12 in Woodbourne. Secretary of State spokesperson Brian McNiff noted that according to the state’s 25th amendment, it is the legislature’s option to replace Timilty....

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Skate park may be coming to SWCP

February 17, 2012
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A group of young skateboarders is breathing new life into a nearly-unused part of the Southwest Corridor Park (SWCP) by transforming it into a skate park. The skaters have begun legitimizing their temporary park and hope to make it a permanent fixture. “I, and others, feel a connection with the run-down area and long...

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Homeless groups merge, won’t change services

February 17, 2012
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No program or service cuts are expected in a Pine Street Inn and hopeFound merger that was announced at the end of January. HopeFound, which primarily runs the Shattuck Shelter at 170 Morton St., and the Pine Street Inn, which is based in the South End and has facilities throughout JP, are expected to...

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Whisk whips up creative menus at Fiore’s

February 17, 2012
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Three nights a week, Fiore’s Bakery on South Street is transformed into a decadent dessert bar and bistro: Whisk. Whisk is the budding business of Fiore’s chef, Phillip Kruta. This “pop-up” restaurant offers two seatings a night for changing tasting menus. A customer makes a reservation and shows up to eat whatever Kruta and...

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Barbershop and studio to open on South St.

February 17, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) B’s Chop Shop’s new mural depicts the Boston skyline.

A new barbershop and music recording studio on South Street is readying its doors for opening day. The barbershop, B’s Chop Shop, will likely open in March, owner Brandon Campbell told the Gazette, while the basement studio will likely take a few months more before it’s ready. “I see so much talent in...

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How JP helped launch Occupy Boston

February 17, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Robin Jacks (right) at Occupy Boston last October.

Robin Jacks, whose rallying cry for an Occupy Boston launched the local protest movement, lives and works in Jamaica Plain—an experience that has informed her activism. Jacks is one of several prominent Occupy Boston leaders who call JP home. “There are a lot of us here,” she told the Gazette in a recent interview....

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SXSW Bound

February 17, 2012
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(Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Aloud (above) is one of two JP-based bands who will play the prestigious South By Southwest Music festival in Austin, Texas on March 17. Moe Pope and the Quills will join Aloud at the DigBoston’s Boston to Austin party. For info, see allthingsaloud.com.

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Rec. center inches closer to reality

February 17, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—The Kelly Ice Rink’s future new home, the Jackson Square Recreation Center at Columbus Avenue and Ritchie Street, has taken another step towards completion. Urban Edge announced its fund-raising plan for the $10.4 million still not secured for the building’s construction. Urban Edge also announced it will form a stakeholder group that will...

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Pizzeria building is sold

February 17, 2012
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Century 21 Pondside Realty has bought the property at 662 Centre St., where the Same Old Place pizzeria resides. “We already own the rest of the block,” said Christ Stamatos, owner of Century 21 Pondside Realty, which is headquartered in that block. “It was a good move to make real estate-wise.” There are no...

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School-move probe seeks missing data

February 17, 2012
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The Boston Finance Commission (FinComm) investigation into the funding of the Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) controversial plan to move various schools has hit a patch of turbulence. BPS failed to provide key data, according to FinComm, and BPS told the Gazette it never had the information in the first place. FinComm is investigating the...

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Man charged with child porn

February 17, 2012
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A Needham man is facing child pornography possession charges after his former employer in Jamaica Plain allegedly found porn on his work computer. Keith L. Millan, 55, was charged last week in JP’s West Roxbury District Court. He was fired last year from his former job at a JP property management company, which the...

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Giant Loss

February 17, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) City Councilor Tito Jackson, whose District 7 includes part of JP, suffers the humiliation of wearing New York Giants gear to City Hall on Feb. 6 after losing a Super Bowl bet. “I am a man of my word,” said Jackson, who had bet on a New England Patriots victory with another District 7 Councilor Jackson—Robert Jackson of New York City. “I won’t tell you how many times I had to bathe to get the Giants off of me,” Tito Jackson said, calling it “one of the most painful experiences I’ve had in City Hall.” He Tweeted the photo as evidence.

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Editorial: Leading Bromley-Heath

February 17, 2012
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Just like that, 40 years of tenant management at Bromley-Heath is at an end and the Boston Housing Authority is in charge. The silence from key players is deafening and the situation looks strange. But we believe this can become an opportunity for even more input from the housing development’s residents. And we trust...

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Editorial: All aboard for T solution

February 17, 2012
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Unreliable transit service that doesn’t even run every day. Funding that disappears to pay someone else’s debt. The prospect of transportation users paying far more for little or no benefit. It sounds like the MBTA’s hated plan to cut service and boost fares. But it’s actually a description of what rural Massachusetts faces if...

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Letter: Overpass choice must consider trade-offs, details

February 17, 2012
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The article in the Feb. 3 Gazette on delays and traffic has a need for clarification (“Overpass delay continues”). I am the author of the traffic report submitted to state Rep. Liz Malia. I announced up front that I would not state a preference for either the bridge or the at-grade option. My job was...

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Letter: Overpass traffic questions still not answered

February 17, 2012
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As a Casey Overpass Working Advisory Group (WAG) member, representing the Stonybrook Neighborhood, I have participated in a year’s worth of Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) meetings. During that time, traffic flow has been a major concern, especially for those representing nearby neighborhoods and commuters through and to Forest Hills. The WAG has spent...

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