Taking a Stance

November 18, 2011
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(Photo by Patrice Flesch) JP resident Sara Castaneda of South End Yoga demonstrates yoga at the Occupy Boston protest in Dewey Square downtown on Nov. 1. Castaneda is one of three JP residents who teach at the studio—including owner Patrice Flesch and Mahendran Radhakrishnan—and are offering free weekly yoga instruction to the protesters. “They’re doing the work for us,” Flesch said of the protesters. “We felt like we should be giving something back.”

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IdeAZ: Nos dividieron

November 18, 2011
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Llegó el día que más temían los legisladores. Massachusetts tiene su nuevo  “redistricting map” para adecuarse a la sorpresa que nos dio  el Censo del 2010 obligando a que reduzcamos en uno la presencia de los representantes del estado en el Congreso en Washington. Pasada la época de las discusiones y oposiciones, el martes...

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‘Carol Christmas’ kicks off holiday fun

November 18, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) The cast of the 2009 edition of “A Carol Christmas,” which celebrates its latest incarnation Dec. 2 and 3.

By Rodney Raftery, Special to the Gazette The leaves have almost all fallen. And the evening frost touches the parks and neighborhoods of JP. If you take a stroll down Eliot Street, you can feel that the holidays are almost upon us. And if you walk by The Footlight Club, you may think they’ve...

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Buy a pie, feed those in need

November 18, 2011
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In possibly the largest bake sale in the city’s calendar, Jamaica Plain’s Community Servings is selling Thanksgiving pies to fund its food distribution program, and JP businesses are lending a hand. “Everybody needs a pie at Thanksgiving, everybody needs to feel like they’re connected to their community,” said Tim Leahy, a Community Servings spokesperson....

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Haven hosts James Bond dinner

November 18, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—The Haven will host a James Bond-themed dinner party on Nov. 29 and 30 to mark St. Andrew’s Day, a Scottish holiday. The Scottish restaurant at 2 Perkins St. will show a Bond movie and encourage diners to dress as Bond characters. Owner Jason Waddleton pledges he will dress as Miss Moneypenny. A...

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Footlight Club seeks community spotlight

November 18, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Noah Tobin performs as the Cat in the Hat in “Seussical,” the Footlight Club’s Dr. Seuss-themed musical running through Nov. 19 at Eliot Hall.

The Footlight Club—America’s oldest community theater—is looking to raise its profile and raise funds for major renovations, members of the volunteer-run theater’s management team told the Gazette. “So many people don’t know that the Footlight Club exists,” said Brian Crete, chair of the non-profit theater’s board, The Trustees of Eliot Hall. The Footlight Club...

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Wines and spirits that won’t break the bank

November 18, 2011
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The gift of a quality bottle of wine or liquor doesn’t need to break the bank to please the palate, Blanchard’s General Manager Mike Denson told the Gazette. “The two weeks before Christmas, we’ll see people asking for the most expensive bottle of Scotch,” he said, pointing out a $500 bottle to the Gazette....

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JP author takes votes on book title

November 18, 2011
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Jamaica Plain resident and activist Chuck Collins is letting the people decide the title for his new book, due out in February. The book, which will examine inequality and the “99 percent” movement, will be published by Berrett-Koehler. Possible titles include “How the 1% Won the Class War and How the 99% Can Recover”...

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Radical bookstore opens

November 18, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—The Lucy Parsons Center, a radical left-wing bookstore and gathering spot, opened Nov. 5 in its new home at 358A Centre St. The space is smaller than the center’s previous South End location, so it is “focusing more on quality rather than quantity,” said Marie Benkley, a member of the collective that runs...

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Editorial: Who really won the election

November 18, 2011
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City Councilor Ayanna Pressley’s ticket-topping re-election has been hyped as a triumph of identity politics: She is the council’s first black woman member, and currently the only woman serving on it. But the fact is, her win was at least as much of a victory for two white guys who co-funded her campaign: City...

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Editorial: Let’s split

November 18, 2011
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Concern over JP being split between two new Congressional districts shows an admirable sense of community spirit. But it is more about progressive self-image than political reality. JP would still be represented exclusively by Democrats. Yes, Stephen Lynch is more conservative than Mike Capuano on key issues. But that just means Lynch has as...

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Editorial: Giving thanks

November 18, 2011
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On Thanksgiving, some people have more to be thankful for than others, but we all have some blessings to count. At the Gazette, we have residents who not only read the paper but also contribute mightily to it, and local businesses whose advertisements make our work possible. Thank you.

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Letter: Concerns about JP’s Congressional split

November 18, 2011
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The following letter was sent to the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Redistricting: I write to you in response to the proposed Congressional redistricting boundaries published by the committee on Nov. 7, to express deep concern about the proposal’s impact on the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. I write expressing my personal opinions and...

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Letter: Thanks for a happy Halloween

November 18, 2011
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Hundreds of costumed children and adults enjoyed the 4th annual Connolly Branch Library Halloween party and parade on Oct. 31.  This year, 27 local merchants and organizations of Hyde/Jackson Squares showed their community spirit by welcoming families along the parade route with treats. Thanks to Volunteers of America; Peter J. Hanley, DMD; Guardian Health...

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Letter: A new bridge is better for overpass

November 18, 2011
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The Gazette editorial of Oct. 7 read, “All things being equal, replacing the Casey Overpass in Forest Hills with surface streets rather than another bridge is the better option.” But all things are not equal. The planning for replacing the Casey Overpass at Forest Hills is coming to a close. The options are whether to...

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Two arrested after shooting

November 18, 2011
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EGLESTON SQ.—A man was shot and wounded inside a School Street residence on Nov. 8. Two suspects were later arrested, though they were only charged with gun offenses. The unidentified 24-year-old victim was shot inside 165 School St. He was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD)....

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First Thursday bags pedestrian award

November 18, 2011
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Jamaica Plain Centre/South Main Streets (CSMS)has been given a Walkers’ Choice award from WalkBoston for its First Thursday arts nights. WalkBoston chose CSMS and First Thursdays “because it was a great way to connect the community, make people linger and spend time outside and meet their neighbors,” said WalkBoston spokesperson Hillary Borcheding....

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Agenda, 11/18/11

November 18, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Nov. 29 for the Dec. 2 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 Meeting, Mon.,...

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Invitación, 11/18/11

November 18, 2011
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Educa Recuerdo. No crea que se ha perdido el arte del tallado en madera o el empastado de libros, Si le interesan, hay cases todo elaño en Eliot School of fine and Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St. Info/course listings: eliotschool.org. Joyas. Hay curso como soldadura y trabajos de joyería para adolescentes en horario extra...

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Sights and sounds, 11/18/11

November 18, 2011
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Sights and sounds, 11/18/11

The final, last-minute deadline for listings is noon, Nov. 29 for the Dec. 2 issue. Send arts and entertainment listings to reporter@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. Special Events First Thursdays, Dec....

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Chang-Díaz, Malia push to mend Congressional split

November 15, 2011
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Local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz and state Rep. Liz Malia are seeking to reunify Jamaica Plain’s Congressional map, which would be split between two new districts in a plan that could be approved by the state legislature as early as today. Chang-Díaz told the Gazette that she and Malia are sponsoring an amendment to...

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Occupy JP movement begins

November 14, 2011
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An “Occupy JP” movement is organizing as a local version of the Occupy Wall Street protest, the Gazette has learned. Organizing was slated to begin yesterday at a “general assembly” meeting at Doyle’s Café, according to an Occupy JP page on Facebook. It is unclear when or where an Occupy JP protest would be...

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Opposition to Congressional district split is rising

November 11, 2011
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By David Taber and John Ruch Local opposition is rising to a Congressional redistricting plan released Nov. 7 that would split Jamaica Plain and put a huge chunk of the neighborhood into a district that likely would be more politically conservative. The plan is racing toward a vote next week. The JP Progressives organization...

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Incumbents win City Council races

November 8, 2011
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City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo is all smiles at his victory party Nov. 8 at JP's James's Gate. (Gazette Photo by John Ruch)

The incumbent candidates won all of the at-large and local district Boston City Council seats in today’s election. In the at-large race, Jamaica Plain resident Felix Arroyo, John Connolly, Steve Murphy and Ayanna Pressley retained their seats. Challenger Michael Flaherty finished a close fifth in the balloting. Another JP resident, Sean Ryan, finished a...

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