Hernandez School suffers deaths of 2 leaders

December 2, 2011
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Margarita Muñiz

Muñiz, Larson pass in same week   The Rafael Hernandez School in Egleston Square suffered a double blow in last month with the deaths of its longtime principal and assistant principal Margarita Muñiz and Ken Larson. Muñiz, who died Nov. 18 after a long battle with cancer, was nationally renowned for her nearly 30...

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JPNC names new members

December 2, 2011
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Four of the five remaining vacancies on the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) were filled at its Nov. 29 meeting at Curtis Hall. Cooper Renfro, Alex Rodriguez and Erin Colgan-Snyder from Area B and Courtney Snegroff from Area A were appointed by the 15 council members. One remaining vacancy in Area A remains open....

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Occupy JP to hold ‘Hard Times’ march

December 2, 2011
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Occupy JP will hold its first public event on Dec. 4: a Centre Street march called the “Economic Hard Times Tour of JP.” The march, which begins at 1 p.m. in Monument Square, will involve handing out informational leaflets about budget cuts to social services and how they impact Jamaica Plain, said Occupy JP...

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Good Taste

December 2, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Jason Waddleton (left), JP resident and owner of The Haven pub, looks over the offerings of Brookside-based Sam Adams Brewery at the annual Taste of Jamaica Plain on Nov. 17 at Cedars Hall. The event raises funds for the Egleston Square social service agency ESAC.

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Neighbors still pushing for McBride St. project changes

December 2, 2011
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STONYBROOK—Disagreement between neighbors and developers of a project at McBride and Washington streets continues amid a lack of Impact Advisory Group (IAG) meetings. Neighbors to the site, currently occupied by the Flanagan & Seaton Motor Car Company at 3529 Washington St., have asked developers for reduced parking, along with other concessions to promote a...

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JPNC tries new Whole Foods strategy

December 2, 2011
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Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) once again took up the thorny issue of Whole Foods at a Nov. 21 meeting of the revamped Whole Foods Negotiating Committee. The group hopes to look at gentrification in Hyde Square, where Whole Foods recently opened a store, and reestablish communication with the grocer. But a community benefits...

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Whole Foods offers Goya, car charger

December 2, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by David Taber) An electric car charger in the parking lot of Whole Foods Market.

During a Nov. 23 visit to the recently opened Whole Foods store at 413 Centre St., the Gazette observed indications that Whole Foods is trying to influence the type of traffic it gets. In the rear of the parking lot are an electric car charging and bicycle repair stations. The latter is a set...

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City Council district changes proposed

December 2, 2011
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Dueling plans for Boston’s City Council Districts are battling over whether or not to significantly change JP’s districts. One, proposed by City Councilor Bill Linehan, who heads the City Council’s Committee on the Census and Redistricting, would put much of Mission Hill in Jamaica Plain’s District 6 and remove part of Woodbourne from the...

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Picturing Leadership

December 2, 2011
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(Photo by Don West) JP resident and Boston City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo (center) sits with his father, former City Councilor Felix D. Arroyo (left) and brother, Ernesto Montano-Arroyo (right) in one of 65 images in JP photographer Don West’s exhibit “Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership (Boston, 1980-2011).” The exhibit runs through Dec. 8 at the Boston Convention Center and then Dec. 9 through March at the Museum of African American History. For more information, see donwestfoto.com.

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Two for Tea

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Duo Sonidos, featuring guitarist Adam Levin (left) and violinist William Knuth, performs chamber music in the Sunday Afternoon at the ’Greenough House series on Dec. 4 in a program that includes afternoon tea. See Sights & Sounds listing.

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Woman with stroller assaulted

December 2, 2011
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A man sexually assaulted a woman pushing a baby stroller in broad daylight in Franklin Park on Nov. 28 until golfers drove him away, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD) and park advocates. The man did not hurt the child, but attempted to strangle the woman, who was later treated for non-life-threatening injuries,...

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Honored for Serving

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) U.S. Navy veteran Frank Jackson (center), a resident at Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on S. Huntington Avenue, was among the honorees at the center’s annual Veterans Day breakfast Nov. 11, which included a Navy color guard. Joining Jackson are Besty Nimitz Van Dorn (left), a former Goddard House board member and granddaughter of Admiral Chester Nimitz, commander of the Pacific Fleet in World War II; and local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz.

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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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