House burglaries hit JP South

December 2, 2011
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A month-long wave of house burglaries—many of them at night—has hit the South Street area. At least eight house break-ins were reported between mid-October and last week, according to the local E-13 Police Station. Most of them were on Jamaica Street and involved forcibly breaking in. Homes on St. Rose Street, Carolina Avenue and...

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Arborway Yard could be a ‘problem property’

December 2, 2011
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State and city legislators are considering placing the temporary Arborway bus yard on a “problem properties” list to kick-start the building of a permanent facility. The problem properties list is maintained by a local group of law enforcement and city officials and so far has only ever included private property. The goal is to...

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Congress district split OK’d

December 2, 2011
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Gov. Deval Patrick signed a new Congressional redistricting plan into law Nov. 21 that shifts a huge slice of Jamaica Plain into a new Congressional district. Under the new map, 10 voting precincts covering the Forest Hills, Jamaica Hills and Jamaica Pond areas, central JP and part of Hyde Square will be in the...

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Health advice

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Barbara Ferrer, a JP resident and executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, speaks as a panelist at a Nov. 15 State House forum on teaching children healthy lifestyles, presented by Partners HealthCare and Words Can Work.

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Bon Savor’s stranded owners look to sell

December 2, 2011
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Bon Savor’s owners have put the 605 Centre St. restaurant for sale after two years of being unable to re-enter the U.S. Ibonne Zabala and Oleg Konovalov, the owners, have been in Zabala’s native Colombia since a 2009 vacation, when their re-entry visa to the U.S. was denied. “The whole JP community supported them...

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Slavery flyer is torched

December 2, 2011
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CENTRAL JP—A flyer about Harvard University’s links to slavery was burned next to the front door of the Haymarket People’s Fund last month in an apparent act of protest. “This is shocking, considering that JP is thought to be a progressive neighborhood,” said Jennifer Dowdell-Rosario, a Haymarket employee who posted the flyer outside the...

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JP Tunes: New local music

December 2, 2011
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Jamaica Plain musicians recently released the following singles or albums: • The Old Edison/Time and Place, “The Old Edison and Time and Place Share the Bottle” (split CD; self-released). Reverbnation.com/theoldedison. • Whitehaus Family Record (various artists), “Family Record Vol. 2: Are You in Paradise?” (self-released). Areyouinparadise.com. JP musicians can notify JP Tunes about new...

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JP artist gives Old Testament Ruth a makeover

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Image) “Ruth” by Sue Murad.

Tres Gatos, the tapas bar/book and music shop at 470 Centre St. will host a reception for Jamaica Plain artist Sue Murad’s new book “Ruth,” an illustrated re-telling of the Old Testament story, on Dec. 11. In the Book of Ruth, the title character remains in the land of Moab with her mother-in-law, Naomi,...

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IdeAZ: Enseñar en Boston

December 2, 2011
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Se murió Margarita Muñiz sin ver en realidad uno de los sueños de todo verdadero maestro: Recibir en vida el homenaje que perdure como agradecimiento a la obra realizada. La deuda no es de la comunidad, sino del gobierno, tanto del estado como de la ciudad, de nuestros legisladores; pero, principalmente, de las Escuelas...

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Budget gifts abound in local shops

December 2, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Artisan soaps are three for $20 at Fire Opal.

The Gazette visited several JP businesses to find out what deals under $20 they are offering for the upcoming holiday season. Tres Gatos offers quite a choice for $20 or under—but it might take longer to make a choice. “For $20, you can get four or five used vinyl , or two or three...

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Holiday trees to light up

December 2, 2011
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Holiday trees will be lit around the neighborhood over the next week in an annual tradition. Sat., Dec. 3, Monument Square and Hyde Square. Mayor Thomas Menino will once again lead the Enchanted Trolley Tour on stops in Jamaica Plain and other neighborhoods for tree-lightings, Santa visits and more. The Monument Square event is...

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Eateries name dishes for JP icons

December 2, 2011
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JP holiday shoppers can not only dine in the neighborhood, but on it—thanks to many restaurants with dishes named for JP icons. “Thinking about our customer base in JP, we wanted to come up with names that feel comfortable and familiar,” said Charles Fiore, owner of Fiore’s Bakery, purveyor of the Jamaica Pond—chicken or...

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Old Christmas a ‘Delight’ at concert

December 2, 2011
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The Delight Consort will be “Welcoming Old Christmas” in a concert of Renaissance and Baroque holiday music played on period instruments at the Loring-Greenough House on Dec. 18. The group is named for the Delight, a ship in the fleet of Newfoundland colonizer Sir Humphrey Gilbert, which sank on a sand bar in 1583...

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Children’s gift donations accepted

December 2, 2011
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The Home for Little Wanderers is holding its annual Big Wishes Gift Drive, collecting holiday gifts for needy children and teens who would otherwise receive little. The drive accepts new, unwrapped gifts or gift cards. It runs through Dec. 22. There are two gift drop-off locations in Jamaica Plain: The Home for Little Wanderers...

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JP Seafood opens sake bar, gallery

December 2, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by David Taber) The new communal table and art gallery at JP Seafood Café.

JP Seafood Café this week added a new dimension with the opening of the JP Seafood Gallery Lounge, featuring local art, a communal table and sake and wine bar. The Gallery Lounge is in the storefront at 734 Centre—the former home of Skelly Insurance—next door to the Japanese/Korean restaurant’s main dining room at 730...

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JP’s Type of Music

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) The Boston Typewriter Orchestra will tap out rhythms in an offbeat concert during the Jamaica Plain Branch Library’s Winter Holiday Party on Dec. 8. See Sights & Sounds listing.

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Flavor of the Month

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) J.P. Licks owner Vince Petryk poses as a Pilgrim last month at the 659 Centre St. shop while showing off Thanksgiving-themed ice cream flavors. The store is offering more special flavors for December, including candy cane, egg nog and red velvet.

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Salons aim for Newbury style, JP attitude

December 2, 2011
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Central JP is undergoing a salon boom. With Q Salon scheduled to open by the end of the year, the Centre/South corridor will be home to no fewer than 12 hair salons. With the boom comes pressure to provide Newbury Street quality cuts without the Newbury attitude and snobbery, say salon owners. “We’re professional....

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Rebuilding together

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Celebrating the 20th anniversary of JP-based Rebuilding Together Boston (RTB) at WCVB-TV Channel 5’s Needham studios on Nov. 15 were (from left): Gail and Bill Fine of WCVB; RTB President Simone Auster; Susan Wornick and Karen Holmes Ward of WCVB; and Gary Officer, the president and CEO of RTB’s national headquarters. RTB repairs and restores homes for owners who cannot afford the work themselves. RTB recently rehabbed the JP home of a Vietnam veteran.

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Editorial: Extend the Casey debate

December 2, 2011
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Should a bridge or surface streets replace the Casey Overpass? MassDOT is giving you until Tuesday to comment. JP activists on both sides deserve more time than that. Cries of “bias” are in the air, and they are right. MassDOT clearly preferred the surface option from the start and surely will announce it as...

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Editorial: Remembering Muñiz

December 2, 2011
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The death of Margarita Muñiz was a shock but not a surprise. It was an open secret for the past year that she was dying of cancer, even as she continued running the Hernandez School, the groundbreaking bilingual school she fought to keep alive. Officials and parents rushed to memorialize Muñiz before it was...

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Letter: Backing a bridge in Forest Hills

December 2, 2011
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In your last edition, you published local business owner and avid bicyclist Jeffrey Ferris’s letter supporting a bridge solution over the at-grade solution now being pushed by MassDOT as a replacement for the Casey Overpass in Forest Hills. I would like to build upon that. A bridge solution will keep traffic on the ground...

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Letter: A new bridge is better

December 2, 2011
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I believe it is better to build a new overpass to replace the Casey Overpass. Forest Hills Station is a huge hub of trains, buses, school buses and lots of cars already. I travel through the area most times I leave my house, and there is great congestion there every weekday. Adding more car lanes...

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Letter: Population crisis is looming

December 2, 2011
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The news is out: world population hit 7 billion on Oct. 31! Meanwhile, the Massachusetts population reached a record high of 6,547,629 in 2010. It was great to see that after years of pretty much ignoring the issue, the national, state, and even some local media gave the issue its due attention. If we...

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