Body found in Jamaica Pond

September 14, 2012
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PONDSIDE—A person found dead in Jamaica Pond on Aug. 31 apparently was the victim of an accidental or self-inflicted drowning, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). Detectives are investigating the death as a “non-homicide,” according to BPD. The body was found around 8 a.m. The female victim was pronounced dead at the scene,...

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Pop-up parklets may come Sept. 21

September 14, 2012
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Boston Transportation Department (BTD) is allowing community members to claim parking spaces as temporary parklets on Sept. 21. This is a separate movement from the City’s parklet program, which is expected to create a semi-permanent parklet on Seaverns Avenue next year. Sept. 21 observes “Park(ing) Day”, an international movement to reclaim parking spaces as...

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Fallen officers to be honored

September 14, 2012
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Wreaths will be placed on three signs in Jamaica Plain that mark spots where police officers died in the line of duty as part of a Boston Police Department (BPD) memorial motorcycle ride on Sun., Sept. 16. The “Ride to Remember” will be a motorcycle parade from Fenway Park to BPD’s Mobile Operations headquarters...

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JP library closing for electrical upgrade

September 14, 2012
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SOUTH ST.—The Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL) at 12 Sedgwick St. will be closed from Nov. 17 to Dec. 3 to undergo electrical upgrades. The JP Branch will also have all its lighting fixtures rebuilt and rewired to accommodate higher efficiency bulbs. The work was approved as part of $75,000...

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JP Historical Society turns 25, aims for nonprofit status

September 14, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Historical Society is turning 25 this year and working to become an official nonprofit to celebrate. This year will also see the return of Historical Society-organized lectures and a film screening about the elevated Orange Line to be held in JP this fall. “We’ve been kicking around the idea [of making...

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Sedgwick Slog

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Adult ELL program defunded

September 14, 2012
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La Alianza Hispana, a prominent Latino community nonprofit based in Roxbury, is on the brink of closing its English Language Learning (ELL) program following the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) decision to cut the organization’s funding. The defunding was due to DESE’s determination that La Alianza’s “services are not at the...

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Eliot School teacher continued legacy of longevity

September 14, 2012
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Old Eliot School teachers never die, they just fade away into the woodwork. And so it goes with Charlie Sandler, who retired in May after teaching woodworking at the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts since 1966. The school specializes in such handicrafts as woodworking and is located at 24 Eliot St. “I...

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Jackson Sq. playground delayed again

September 14, 2012
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A playground designed by members of the community planned for Jackson Square has been delayed a third time. The delay is due to a lengthier safety coordination process between the project team and the MBTA. Because the playground will stand near and over underground MBTA tracks, the MBTA had to make sure that neither...

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T station gallery changes hands

September 14, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—The art gallery in the Green Street T Station has been taken over by the Jamaica Plain-based organization Boston Cyberarts following the end of its former owner, Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media. The new Boston Cyberarts Gallery will hold its first show in November, according to Boston Cyberarts Director George Fifield....

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Campaign Dog

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BPS: Quality schools may not be local

September 14, 2012
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The new school choice plan currently under development by the Boston Public School (BPS) system will focus on quality schools close to home, but during a meeting last month, members of the External Advisory Committee (EAC) did not address Jamaica Plain’s recent school shake-up. Following the closure of the Agassiz School on Child Street,...

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JP Open Studios: Many paths to see art

September 14, 2012
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The annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios (JPOS), a celebration of the arts in JP that invites the public into local artists’ studios and group shows, is returning next weekend, Sept. 22 and 23. Maps and detailed viewing information will be available at venues and are already available at jpopenstudios.com. But with over 50 JPOS...

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Bike Breakfast

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Condo Facelift

September 14, 2012
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Photos Courtesy Andrew Hatcher CONDO FACELIFT  The old front porches (left) on the Huntington Hill West Condominium at 321 S. Huntington Ave. looked shabby and went unused for years until a recent facelift enclosed them with Tudor/Jacobean Revival-style windows (right). Resident Andrew Hatcher, who led the renovation plan, said the design was partly inspired...

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DA ‘appalled’ by drug lab scandal

September 14, 2012
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The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office has received a list of over 60,000 drug samples that were tested by the former chemist whose mishandling of samples caused the recent closure of the Jamaica Plain state drug laboratory. District Attorney Dan Conley said he was “stunned and appalled” about the case. Gov. Deval Patrick ordered...

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Theater Scene

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JP man opens downtown eatery

September 14, 2012
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Jamaica Plain resident Brad Fredericks is part of the revitalization of Downtown Crossing, recently opening a new charcoal grilling restaurant called the Back Deck. “The premise is simple. I’ve always liked food cooked over a charcoal grill,” said Fredericks. He picked up a taste for grilling while living in Texas and does his own...

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Senator’s Snack

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Obituary: Roberta Morin; JP native

September 14, 2012
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Roberta Morin, 82, died peacefully on Aug. 27, 2012 after a brief illness. She was married to Albert G. Morin, who died Aug. 27, 1992 on their 42nd wedding anniversary. She was born and lived in Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park and Roslindale for most of her life.  She lived in Rocklin, Calif. for the...

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Obituary: Luis Cruz; attended JP schools

September 14, 2012
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Luis F. Cruz, 43, of Nashua, N.H. and former resident of Jamaica Plain, Mass., died suddenly on Sun., Aug. 26, 2012 at his home. Born June 21, 1969 in Guatemala City, Guatemala, son of Jose Lauro Cruz of Salt Lake City, Utah and Ligia Garcia, of Randolph, Mass., and husband of Enid (Rodriguez) Cruz,...

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JP Tunes: New local music

September 14, 2012
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Jamaica Plain musicians recently released the following albums or singles: Aloud, “You Will Know” (Lemon Merchant Records). Allthingsaloud.com. JP musicians can notify JP Tunes about new releases at news@jamaicaplaingazette.com.

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Guide to JP: Mayor: JP’s business areas have special delights

September 14, 2012
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By Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Special to the Gazette   Jamaica Plain has become an even livelier place to visit lately! One reason is the extension of the very popular JP Centre/South Main Streets’ First Thursdays into a year-round event. The stroll has grown a great deal in the seven years since it began...

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Guide to JP: What Makes JP Unique

September 14, 2012
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JP boasts a diverse population of about 38,000, according to the 2010 census: 54 percent white; 25 percent Hispanic/Latino; 13 percent African-American; and 4 percent Asian. JP has a large gay and lesbian population and is home to several prominent GLBT rights activists. Once called “The Eden of America” by a visitor, according to...

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