Brookley Road owners owe $7,000 in taxes

May 25, 2012
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The City of Boston filed a lien against the owners of 101 Brookley Road for over $7,000 in unpaid property taxes in December. The lien could result in the eventual foreclosure of the property, possibly as soon as next month. “We move to foreclose on a property only after we have exhausted all other...

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Senator, Whole Foods duel on fish ban

May 25, 2012
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U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is dueling with Whole Foods Market over the grocer’s policy to stop selling seafood that is not caught in a “sustainable” way. Brown claimed that the move by Whole Foods, which has a store at 413 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain, is based on “political correctness” and will “hurt Massachusetts...

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Councilors’ views of BPS school moves differ

May 25, 2012
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The Boston City Council was slated to decide the fate of the controversial Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) $19 million school-move plan this week. Councilor Mike Ross, who represents Hyde Square, is calling it a “bad plan,” while At-Large Councilor Felix Arroyo is battling an internal conflict on how to vote. “I’m still deliberating within...

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Salon opens, plans seniors-only spinoff

May 25, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—Xposure by Noel is open in its new space at 15 Lamartine St. and has expanded from a salon to a full-service spa. “It’s beautiful here,” said owner Noel Negron, whose business moved from central JP into a new building created by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC). Negron is also planning...

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Hyde/Jackson Main Street missing annual report

May 25, 2012
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Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) is six months late in filing a mandatory annual report with the state Attorney General’s Office. The annual report is required of all nonprofits and includes details of that organization’s assets and officers. “We know we’re required to file and we will,” HJSMS President of the Board...

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Chuck Turner appeal starts

May 25, 2012
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Former City Councilor Chuck Turner, whose district included Egleston Square in Jamaica Plain, began the appeal of his 2010 conviction on charges of public corruption earlier this month. Oral arguments for the federal case were heard on May 9 in district court. “Given the quality of the brief prepared by I think...

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Church getting repaired stone by stone

May 25, 2012
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SUMNER HILL—The historic St. John’s Episcopal Church is undergoing major repairs for “incredible damage” caused by water in its stone walls, according to the chair of the church’s capital campaign. Some exterior walls on the 1880s church at Roanoke Avenue and Revere Street are being taken down stone by stone for repair. The stones...

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JP residents help urban gardens grow

May 25, 2012
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Urban agriculture is blooming in Boston, from backyard vegetable patches to community gardens to for-profit urban farms, and Jamaica Plain residents are involved in nearly all aspects of the boom. From the Mayor’s Urban Agriculture Working Group (UAWG), to Boston’s “Food Czar,” to business owners and backyard beekeepers, JP residents are not afraid to...

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Disney casting director moves to JP

May 25, 2012
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Leaving her job casting actors for Disney has worked out well for recent Jamaica Plain transplant Brittany Shapiro. After years in Los Angeles, she has just been made director of the Media Performance Institute (MPI) at Boston Casting. “L.A. is such a tough city. There’s a very warm feeling in JP,” Shapiro said in...

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First Lady’s Night

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Art Therapy

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‘Eldercare block’ celebrates unity

May 25, 2012
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The Goddard House, the Sherrill House and the Mount Pleasant Home—three elder care organizations on S. Huntington Avenue—gathered May 14 to celebrate National Nursing Home week. The event, which started at the Goddard House with refreshments and speeches and then went on to tour the other two facilities, was billed as the “JP Eldercare...

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Chasing Venus

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1812 Music

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Community chorus brings music to JP

May 25, 2012
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A new all-ages community chorus, SingPositive!, aims to bring music to Jamaica Plain’s art scene. “Jamaica Plain has so many artists, musicians and community-oriented residents, but no community chorus” until now, Executive Director Krissy Skare told the Gazette. The first concert was May 20 at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Sumner Hill to a...

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Cemetery hosts Memorial Day history tour

May 25, 2012
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If you’re looking for a way to commemorate Memorial Day, then head to the Forest Hills Cemetery, where there is more than 200 years of history. The Forest Hills Educational Trust (FHET) will be hosting a tour called “Answering the Call” there Sun., May 27 to celebrate Memorial Day. “The history here is so...

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Main Streets honors best businesses

May 25, 2012
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Boston Main Streets and Mayor Thomas Menino last week honored the “businesses of the year” and “volunteers of the year” from the city’s Main Streets organizations. Main Streets are city-affiliated nonprofits that promote local businesses and historic preservation. The winners from Jamaica Plain’s three local Main Streets organizations, announced May 17 at the Strand...

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Justice Award

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JP reacts to Obama same-sex marriage support

May 25, 2012
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President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage on May 9 to acclaim from local activists. Same-sex marriage in the U.S. began in Massachusetts in 2004 thanks to a lawsuit, Goodridge vs. Department of Public Health, named for a Jamaica Plain couple and include four other JP residents as plaintiffs. “I was a...

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JP to march in Pride Parade

May 25, 2012
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Jamaica Plain residents are invited to join a neighborhood-specific contingent of marchers in the June 9 Boston Pride Parade downtown, which celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. “To me, the Boston Pride Parade has always been missing something. That something is neighborhood representation,” said JP resident Randall Engleman, who is organizing the...

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Civil Rights icon recalls Little Rock Nine history

May 25, 2012
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By Laura Plummer, Special to the Gazette Civil Rights icon Dr. Terrence Roberts visited the Curley K-8 School on May 17 to recount his experience as one of the Little Rock Nine, the students involved in a historic confrontation about school desegregation. “It was life-threatening all the time being black in the South,” said...

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South Street Apartments receiving upgrade

May 25, 2012
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The majority of units at the South Street Apartments are undergoing kitchen renovations, while all of the 131 units will receive new bathroom exhaust fans, according to Lydia Agro, director of communications for the Boston Housing Authority (BHA). The kitchen renovations, which impact 88 units, typically include new cabinetry, lightning, appliances, repairs to the...

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Local group pushes pro-tax, anti-war ballot question

May 25, 2012
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Jamaica Plain-based Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants is part of an effort to place a non-binding referendum on the ballot for the November election. The referendum urges the U.S. Congress to tax the rich, prevent budget cuts, end the Afghanistan war and invest in jobs. “The idea is to send a message,” said Michael...

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Editorial: Keeping meetings open

May 25, 2012
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The May 3 meeting of the City-appointed Impact Advisory Group (IAG) for the Home for Little Wanderers redevelopment must have been pretty interesting, considering that most IAG members later issued a letter blasting the project. But we can only guess, because the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) did not publicize the meeting and did not...

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