Police seek missing JP woman

July 8, 2011
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Police seek missing JP woman

A Jamaica Plain woman reported missing more than two weeks ago is being sought by the Boston Police Department and private investigators. Amber Ruth DeVoe, 28, was last seen June 21. Since then, she did not show up at her workplace or at a regular softball game, according to friend Sue O’Connell. DeVoe is...

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Editorial: The T needs help on Route 39 plan

July 8, 2011
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The MBTA needs help with its plan to improve the Route 39 bus service—whether it knows it or not. Jamaica Plain’s elected officials should step in to make sure this much-needed project moves forward with accountability and proper public input. So far, the three-year-old Route 39 planning has been marked by secrecy, delays and...

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Thanks for a great last day at the Agassiz School

July 8, 2011
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On behalf of the Agassiz School community, I would like to thank all the folks in JP who helped to make our students’ last full day of school at the Louis B. Agassiz Elementary School a celebration of joy and fun. A field day was planned for June 24 many months ago and rainy weather...

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Whole Foods a positive change

July 8, 2011
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I myself welcome Whole Foods in my neighborhood. I believe Whole Foods will bring a lot of positive and good things to Jamaica Plain: hopefully the betterment of the economy and safety by bringing more customers to the neighborhood, and more eyewitnesses to watch for any crime. Hopefully, they will make it a priority...

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Crack down on cars, not bikes

July 8, 2011
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This letter is in response to David White’s letter of June 24 suggesting the city crack down on bicyclists to make our streets safer. If one is really concerned about public safety on the streets of Boston, they should focus on doing something about car drivers who: 1) run red lights, often when pedestrians...

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Whose Foods impedes diversity

July 8, 2011
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Far from promoting diversity, Whose Foods’ tooth-and-nail opposition to Whole Foods coming to Hyde Square actually impedes diversity. Think about it. The short strip of Centre Street between Hyde and Jackson Squares contains: A Boston Housing Authority resident-managed community Single-family houses Triple-deckers Affordable and market-rate condos Inexpensive luncheonettes and ethnic restaurants A mid-tier restaurant...

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Health center parking boost OK’d

July 8, 2011
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) voted at its June 28 meeting to support the Brookside Community Health Center’s request to add 15 parking spaces to its 51-space parking lot that runs along Ackley Place. The council approval followed JPNC Zoning Committee approval of the proposal earlier this month. Zoning Committee chair David Baron...

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Happenings, 7/8

July 8, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for Happenings listings is noon, July 19 for the July 22 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 JP Shopping...

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Invitación, 7/8

July 8, 2011
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Vacaciones Comida. Free Summer Meals for Children, es el nombre del programa de la ciudad de Boston y Mass Department of Education. Funciona entre junio 29 y Sept. 2, para brindar alimentos a los niños que están de vacaciones. No exigen registro ni ID. Info/Locations: 800-645-8333. Verano. El ciclo de Summer Nights Out, de ...

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Agenda, 7/8

July 8, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, July 19 for the July 22 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 JPNC Special Meeting, to discuss...

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Route 39 work may start in spring

June 24, 2011
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Harvest bus stop may stay Web Exclusive MBTA senior planner Greg Strangeways told the Gazette last night that planned changes to the MBTA’s bus Route 39—three years in the making—may not happen until next spring. The project includes the elimination of some stops and “bump-out” sidewalk extensions and improved amenities like new shelters and...

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MATCH finds a new home

June 24, 2011
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PARKSIDE—The MATCH Charter Public School is creating a new elementary school in Jamaica Plain for K1 students and 2nd graders later this year. It will also move its middle school from Wachusett Street to 215 Forest Hills St. for the 2012 school year, as Parkside Academy moves out. The school recently signed a purchase...

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T: Maybe we can fund Arborway Yard

June 24, 2011
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The MBTA may have found a way to fund the long-stalled Arborway Yard bus depot project at Washington Street and the Arborway by using a grant provided by the Federal Transit Administration. The idea was announced during a City Council hearing on the environmental impact of the temporary facility on June 13, held by...

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Good Taste

June 24, 2011
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Good Taste

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Shiatsu Japonés ya en JP

June 24, 2011
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“Esto es una maravilla”, dijo doña Nelly de la Puente, al terminar su sesión con el especialista Gian Arakaki. “Siempre había escuchado de masajes y otro tipo de terapias; pero nunca los había tomado por diferentes razones”, nos comentó agregando que las recomendaciones de muchas de sus amigas la empujaron a “probar”. Lo hizo...

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‘SoMo’: A South St. nickname is born

June 24, 2011
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“SoMo”—short for “south of the Monument”—is a new name for South Street’s burgeoning business district being pitched to early praise—and some ridicule—by the local McCormack & Scanlan Real Estate office. “As a lifelong JP resident, kind of faded into the background,” said Karen McCormack, the real estate firm’s co-owner. “SoMo” came...

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Masters of disguise

June 24, 2011
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Masters of disguise

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Innovative climbing wall delays playground

June 24, 2011
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WEB EXCLUSIVE A community-designed playground planned for Jackson Square is still going ahead, despite being delayed by safety concerns. Construction was originally slated to happen last month, but is now scheduled for the fall. Because plans for the playground include an innovative play structure, the design team has had to spend longer than anticipated...

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Gentrification in focus at forum

June 24, 2011
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WEB EXCLUSIVE Gentrification—a hot topic in Jamaica Plain because of Whole Foods—was the focus of the latest JP Forum. But panelists said to not blame Whole Foods. Panelist Steve Meacham, tenant organizing director at JP-based City Life/Vida Urbana, made the point that the upcoming Whole Foods Market is a symptom of JP’s current shifts,...

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Connolly focuses on education

June 24, 2011
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Connolly focuses on education

WEB EXCLUSIVE If At-Large City Councilor John Connolly had his way, Boston Public Schools would be radically different. A former middle school teacher and chair of the City Council’s Education Committee, “I would pilot the whole system,” Connolly said in an interview at the Gazette office earlier this month, referring to pilot schools—BPS schools...

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Jackson rec center approved

June 24, 2011
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Other Jackson projects stalled WEB EXCLUSIVE JACKSON SQ.—Plans for a new recreation center received Boston Redevelopment Authority approval last week and two residential developments are moving forward, but other pieces of the elaborate Jackson Square redevelopment plan appear stalled with little or no explanation. Nonprofit developer Urban Edge won BRA board approval June 16...

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JP teacher travels to Arctic

June 24, 2011
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WEB EXCLUSIVE Mark Goldner will be getting plenty of sun on his summer vacation. He’ll spend six weeks at 78 degrees latitude—well above the Arctic Circle—studying glaciers. That means that Goldner will be subjected to 24 hours a day of sunlight for his entire stay in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago that can have a...

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Kids christen new Jamaica Pond fleet

June 24, 2011
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Kids christen new Jamaica Pond fleet

Built their own boats with JP group WEB EXCLUSIVE PONDSIDE—Swimzilla, Piranha, The Rider, The Great Ebony Blanca Shark—those are the names emblazoned on the backs of four rowboats that were christened with Poland Springs sparkling water and launched on Jamaica Pond June 15 by about 40 fifth-graders. The students, from the Haley Pilot School...

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New website, column for Gazette

June 24, 2011
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Newspapers exist to document change. So it’s fitting that newspapers do some changing of their own from time to time. The Gazette has made some exciting changes over the past few months that we’re pleased to report to our readers. We have completely rebuilt our website at JamaicaPlainGazette.com to make it easier to read...

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