Clerk candidates debate safety, skills

June 22, 2012
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The two candidates for the clerk of the criminal division of the Suffolk County Superior Court are ensuring the campaign is one of the more contentious local races by slinging accusations against each other. Current office-holder Maura Hennigan, a JP resident, is accusing her opponent’s supporters of jeopardizing public safety, while Robert Dello Russo,...

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Vacant lot draws fines

June 22, 2012
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STONYBROOK—A controversial property at 101 Brookley Road is garnering fines over its unkempt state. Since October, the city’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD) has cited the owner eight times for improper trash storage and overgrown weeds. Six of those fines, ranging from $25 to $65, have been issued since April. They remain unpaid, according to...

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First Communion

June 22, 2012
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Orchard, other lots to be sold

June 22, 2012
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The fate of three City-owned lots on Dalrymple and Boylston streets in Jamaica Plain are up for debate. Egleston Community Orchard (ECO) currently occupies one of the lots. ECO has grown an orchard and garden there that boasts tomatoes, a composting area, basil, flowers, chard, kale, a path, an arbor for grapes, blueberries, raspberries,...

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Project JamaicaWay

June 22, 2012
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(Gazette Photos by Courtney Sacco) The Project JamaicaWay Sustainable Style Competition & Fashion Show, hosted by JP Forum, brought a big crowd to First Church in Jamaica Plain on June 7 to see fashions made from recycled clothing and fabric from the Boomerangs and Goodwill thrift stores.

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JP restaurateur expands to Caribbean

June 22, 2012
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While most of Jamaica Plain was spending last winter inside, JP Seafood Café owner Phil Paik was commuting to the Caribbean to pull double duty at his second restaurant, The Ocean Club. The Ocean Club, open since October, is located on the small Caribbean island of St. Lucia, just northwest of Barbados. “It’s not...

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Indian Center regroups after funding loss

June 22, 2012
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The North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB) is fighting to get back on its feet after a major 2010 funding loss hampered its work with low-income Indians. “We’re in a tenuous situation right now,” said NAICOB Executive Director Joanne Dunn in a Gazette visit to the organization’s 105 S. Huntington Ave. headquarters last...

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Centre/South redesign plan to resume in fall

June 22, 2012
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The City’s long-stalled redesign plan for Centre and South streets—including major changes to Hyde and Monument Squares—is slated to resume this fall, nearly two years after the last community meeting. The Centre and South Streets Streetscape and Transportation Action Plan, led by the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), aims...

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JP Tunes: New local music

June 22, 2012
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Jamaica Plain musicians recently released the following albums or singles: • Rick Berlin with the Nickel and Dime Band, “Always on Insane” (Whitehaus Family Record). Cdbaby.com/rickberlinwthenickeldime2. JP musicians can notify JP Tunes about new releases at news@jamaicaplaingazette.com.

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English All-Stars

June 22, 2012
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Children’s Festival

June 22, 2012
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Group urges local rep. to support energy bill

June 22, 2012
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Environment Massachusetts, a local chapter of a national environmental advocacy organization, is going door to door in Jamaica Plain attempting to elicit support for a renewable energy bill. The group is urging residents to send state Reps. Liz Malia and Jeffrey Sánchez a postcard asking them to support the bill. “Sometimes it is hard...

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Faulkner docs publish book on migraines

June 22, 2012
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Two Faulkner Hospital doctors have written a book aimed at headache sufferers and their families. “The Migraine Solution,” written by doctors Elizabeth Loder and Paul Rizzoli, talks about migraine research and treatment, lifestyle issues and how to get help, as well as headache management. “The book tries to give a well-rounded understanding of the...

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Congratulations!

June 22, 2012
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The following Jamaica Plain individuals and organizations are being congratulated for achievements in education: Augustus Lamb and Gregory Loukas achieved academic honors at Belmont Hill School. Gregory Loukas won an Independent School League All League Honorable Mention in Lacrosse at Belmont Hill School. Aaron Yemane completed the United States Institute of Peace’s course “Introduction...

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Editorial: Fix Monument Sq. traffic now

June 22, 2012
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With a City redesign plan delayed, it will be 2014 at best before Monument Square is rebuilt to be something other than an asphalt monster looking for pedestrians to kill. Someone may well die there long before then. The City and the MBTA should take immediate action to improve safety in ways that do...

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Editorial: Help the real Indians

June 22, 2012
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While U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren defends her conveniently optional American Indian identity, and incumbent Sen. Scott Brown continues to goad her about it, many actual American Indians are struggling. While Warren and Brown debate how Warren’s supposed Indian heritage may have influenced her professorship at the world’s greatest university, actual American Indians last...

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Editorial: Arresting the wrong people

June 22, 2012
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The mortgage crisis has resulted in local state Rep. Liz Malia sitting handcuffed in the back of a police van, while most people running the banks and mortgage companies walk around free. They’re arresting the wrong people. Good for Malia for sticking her neck out for her constituents. We can’t judge the details of...

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Letter: Thanks for Jimmy Memorial help

June 22, 2012
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Jimmy Fund Golf extends its sincerest thanks to the organizers and sponsors of the Jimmy Memorial held on June 5 at Juniper Hills Golf Course in Northborough, Mass. Special recognition and appreciation goes to Shawn Fitzpatrick of Jamaica Plain, Mass., and the committee who organized the 11th annual event. The dedicated sponsors, participants and...

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Letter: The JPNDC thanks supporters

June 22, 2012
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On behalf of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), I want to thank all the many JP residents and supporters who helped make our 35th anniversary community celebration on June 9 a success in many ways! There are more people than can be named, but we want to give a special thank-you to...

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MBTA set for fare increases, service cuts

June 22, 2012
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The MBTA plan for fare increases and service cuts is slated to go into effect July 1. The MBTA is attempting to fill a $159 million budget gap. But if state legislators don’t act quickly, the service cuts might be deeper than expected. The current plan is for rates to increase 23 percent and...

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Phone scammer said to be JP-based

June 22, 2012
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An alleged telemarketing scam artist who has angered thousands of people around the country is said to be using a Jamaica Plain-based phone number, leading a Minnesota man to call the Gazette for help. “I wondered if you would go over there and ask them if they would please stop calling me. Just tell...

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Comments sought on housing project

June 22, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) is seeking public comment on its review of the design of a controversial housing project at 207-209 Chestnut Ave. Developer Pat McKenna plans to demolish an existing vacant house and replace it with two two-family houses. Neighbors complain that the plan destroys the 130-year-old house and several trees, and...

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Agenda, 6/22/12

June 22, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, July 2 for the July 6 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, normally the last Tuesday of the month, Tues., June 26, Julia Martin House, 90 Bickford St....

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Sights and Sounds, 6/22/12

June 22, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, July 2 for the July 6 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Circle the City, with live performances, outdoor fitness, dance and yoga classes, farmer’s markets, bike clinics. Sun., June 24, 1-5pm, Franklin...

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