Bike Race

June 8, 2012
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Daycare, state differ on investigation

June 8, 2012
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff The Arc-En-Ciel Daycare Center and Montessori School and the state child care agency differ on the nature of an investigation into its founding director, Linda Chery-Valentin, and how it might impact the school. Douglas Martin, an attorney for Chery-Valentin, is claiming that the state Department of...

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Man shot, wounded

June 8, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—A man was shot and wounded on Horan Way on May 26, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). The unidentified victim was shot multiple times around 1 a.m. at 42 Horan Way in the Bromley-Heath housing development, according to a police report. He was transported to a hospital. The shooters were described...

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Owner of vacant house brought to court

June 8, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—The owner of a vacant house at 25 Chilcott Place was taken to housing court by the Inspectional Services Department (ISD), following a police visit that found evidence of squatters inside the house. During the May 21 hearing, the housing court judge ordered the owner of the house, Jamaica Plain resident John Darling,...

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VA hospital builds garage

June 8, 2012
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The Veterans Affairs medical center is constructing a five-story, 500-space parking garage on its 150 S. Huntington Ave. campus. Work began in April and will last about a year, according to VA Boston Healthcare System spokesperson Diane Keefe. “The new garage should alleviate the parking congestion on the neighboring streets and traffic back-up onto...

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Mayor hints at library renovation

June 8, 2012
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By Rebeca Oliveira and Peter Shanley, Gazette Staff Mayor Thomas Menino dropped a tantalizing hint about the future of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL) at a sit-down lunch with city reporters on May 25. “We’ve had some internal conversations…I don’t want to drop the ball now because I haven’t...

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New Catholic pastor is here to listen

June 8, 2012
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Rev. Carlos Flor, the new pastor of Jamaica Plain’s three Roman Catholic parishes, plans to spend his first year on the job learning about the neighborhood’s needs, he said in a Gazette interview last week. “I am very happy to go there,” said Flor, who started as pastor June 5. He said he will...

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Pride block party slated for June 10

June 8, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The JP Block Party for Boston Pride Week makes its annual return to Perkins Street on Sun., June 10. A celebration of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, Pride Week features dozens of events around town, including the downtown Pride Parade on June 9. A co-grand marshal of this year’s parade is the...

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Pond Park may get erosion fixes

June 8, 2012
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The City aims to fix erosion issues around the Pinebank area of Jamaica Pond Park with a project this fall. Pinebank is the high embankment on the north end of the pond. The work would include cleaning a drainage basin on the Pinebank area and regrading paths there and along the park’s ball field,...

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JPNDC marks 35 years of rebuilding JP

June 8, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) will celebrate 35 years of working to improve JP with its annual meeting and a barbecue on June 9. With major projects of national significance like the Brewery complex renovation on Amory Street, the rehabilitation of the Blessed Sacrament campus and the multi-stage revitalization of Jackson Square,...

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Casey project inspires Somerville

June 8, 2012
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Activists in Somerville are pressing the state to immediately tear down a highway overpass, citing Jamaica Plain’s Casey Overpass as an example. The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is planning on spending 23 months and $10.9 million to repair the McCarthy Overpass, a structure that supports part of the McGrath Highway as part of...

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Mayor’s Casey statements draw criticism

June 8, 2012
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By Rebeca Oliveira and Peter Shanley, Gazette Staff FOREST HILLS—The community reacted to Mayor Thomas Menino’s comments calling the project a “second Big Dig” and stating his preference for a new bridge to replace the Casey during a sit-down lunch with city reporters on May 25, first reported on the Gazette website. A replacement...

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Greece and Jamaica Pond inspire artist

June 8, 2012
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Greece and Jamaica Pond inspire artist

By Arlene Snyder, Special to the Gazette Paintings and drawings by Jamaica Plain artist Cynthia Kollios are on display this month at Taylor House Bed and Breakfast, part of the long-running Music and Art series there. Kollios moved to JP in the 1980s after art school and immediately began to draw the old Victorian...

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Lender evicts man during move-out

June 8, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—Ken Tilton was forcibly evicted from his Weld Avenue home on June 1 despite the fact he already was in the process of moving out. Tilton—the former owner of landmark JP businesses Zon’s restaurant and the novelty store Pluto—has been working with the local housing group City Life/Vida Urbana since Bank of America...

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New Headmaster appointed for English High

June 8, 2012
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Ligia Noriega-Murphy has been announced as the new headmaster of English High School, starting next school year. She will be the first woman leader of the oldest high school in America. Noriega-Murphy is the current assistant academic superintendent for high schools at Boston Public Schools (BPS) and the former headmaster of Excel High School...

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Whole Foods protesters’ cases to be dismissed

June 8, 2012
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Peter Blailock, Chloe Frankel and Andrew Murray, the three protesters who were arrested last year during a meeting hosted by Whole Foods Market, will have their cases dismissed in the coming weeks, according two different versions. Frankel said their cases were given an “abeyance” for one year starting mid-June of last year. As long...

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Feed the Hood delivers to JP’s needy

June 8, 2012
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Fund-raiser planned An activist who distributes food to needy Jamaica Plain residents is planning a “legendary” fund-raiser in Roxbury to continue his efforts to feed JP’s hungry. Organizer Jamarhl Crawford is bringing the Last Poets, a group of poets and musicians originally organized during the 1960s, to Roxbury to raise funds to continue his...

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City seizes mansion for unpaid taxes

June 8, 2012
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SUMNER HILL—The City of Boston has seized a decaying mansion at 28 Alveston St. for unpaid property taxes in a rare move. The City has done basic cleanup on the property and relocated two elderly residents into senior housing while a third remains as a tenant, according to Evelyn Friedman, director of the City’s...

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Pastors are believers in church-sharing

June 8, 2012
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Church-sharing has become a common occurrence in the city, with several local institutions partaking in the practice. The Hope Central Church at 85-87 Seaverns Ave. in Jamaica Plain is the result of a sharing arrangement between Hope Church and Central Congregational Church that became a merger in 2010. The First Baptist Church on Centre...

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Mentoring program sends students around the world

June 8, 2012
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Brian Nunez did not have an easy childhood. His father left the family when Nunez was young, and while living in Egleston Square, he bore witness to violence and people being shot. “It wasn’t an upbringing a child should have,” said Nunez, a 17-year-old who now lives near Mozart and Centre streets in Hyde...

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Pulling Ahead

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Housing Protest

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School-move plan approved

June 8, 2012
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The City Council approved by a 12-1 vote on May 23 the Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) controversial school-move plan. The plan calls for several schools to move, including the Mission Hill K-8 School going to the now-vacant Agassiz School building at 20 Child St. in Jamaica Plain. Margarita Muñiz Academy, a new bilingual school,...

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Pedal Power

June 8, 2012
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