Old Christmas a ‘Delight’ at concert

December 2, 2011
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The Delight Consort will be “Welcoming Old Christmas” in a concert of Renaissance and Baroque holiday music played on period instruments at the Loring-Greenough House on Dec. 18. The group is named for the Delight, a ship in the fleet of Newfoundland colonizer Sir Humphrey Gilbert, which sank on a sand bar in 1583...

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Children’s gift donations accepted

December 2, 2011
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The Home for Little Wanderers is holding its annual Big Wishes Gift Drive, collecting holiday gifts for needy children and teens who would otherwise receive little. The drive accepts new, unwrapped gifts or gift cards. It runs through Dec. 22. There are two gift drop-off locations in Jamaica Plain: The Home for Little Wanderers...

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JP Seafood opens sake bar, gallery

December 2, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by David Taber) The new communal table and art gallery at JP Seafood Café.

JP Seafood Café this week added a new dimension with the opening of the JP Seafood Gallery Lounge, featuring local art, a communal table and sake and wine bar. The Gallery Lounge is in the storefront at 734 Centre—the former home of Skelly Insurance—next door to the Japanese/Korean restaurant’s main dining room at 730...

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JP’s Type of Music

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) The Boston Typewriter Orchestra will tap out rhythms in an offbeat concert during the Jamaica Plain Branch Library’s Winter Holiday Party on Dec. 8. See Sights & Sounds listing.

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Flavor of the Month

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) J.P. Licks owner Vince Petryk poses as a Pilgrim last month at the 659 Centre St. shop while showing off Thanksgiving-themed ice cream flavors. The store is offering more special flavors for December, including candy cane, egg nog and red velvet.

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Salons aim for Newbury style, JP attitude

December 2, 2011
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Central JP is undergoing a salon boom. With Q Salon scheduled to open by the end of the year, the Centre/South corridor will be home to no fewer than 12 hair salons. With the boom comes pressure to provide Newbury Street quality cuts without the Newbury attitude and snobbery, say salon owners. “We’re professional....

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Rebuilding together

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Celebrating the 20th anniversary of JP-based Rebuilding Together Boston (RTB) at WCVB-TV Channel 5’s Needham studios on Nov. 15 were (from left): Gail and Bill Fine of WCVB; RTB President Simone Auster; Susan Wornick and Karen Holmes Ward of WCVB; and Gary Officer, the president and CEO of RTB’s national headquarters. RTB repairs and restores homes for owners who cannot afford the work themselves. RTB recently rehabbed the JP home of a Vietnam veteran.

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Editorial: Extend the Casey debate

December 2, 2011
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Should a bridge or surface streets replace the Casey Overpass? MassDOT is giving you until Tuesday to comment. JP activists on both sides deserve more time than that. Cries of “bias” are in the air, and they are right. MassDOT clearly preferred the surface option from the start and surely will announce it as...

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Editorial: Remembering Muñiz

December 2, 2011
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The death of Margarita Muñiz was a shock but not a surprise. It was an open secret for the past year that she was dying of cancer, even as she continued running the Hernandez School, the groundbreaking bilingual school she fought to keep alive. Officials and parents rushed to memorialize Muñiz before it was...

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Letter: Backing a bridge in Forest Hills

December 2, 2011
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In your last edition, you published local business owner and avid bicyclist Jeffrey Ferris’s letter supporting a bridge solution over the at-grade solution now being pushed by MassDOT as a replacement for the Casey Overpass in Forest Hills. I would like to build upon that. A bridge solution will keep traffic on the ground...

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Letter: A new bridge is better

December 2, 2011
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I believe it is better to build a new overpass to replace the Casey Overpass. Forest Hills Station is a huge hub of trains, buses, school buses and lots of cars already. I travel through the area most times I leave my house, and there is great congestion there every weekday. Adding more car lanes...

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Letter: Population crisis is looming

December 2, 2011
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The news is out: world population hit 7 billion on Oct. 31! Meanwhile, the Massachusetts population reached a record high of 6,547,629 in 2010. It was great to see that after years of pretty much ignoring the issue, the national, state, and even some local media gave the issue its due attention. If we...

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Letter: Give us a bridge, not pavement

December 2, 2011
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At the most recent meeting about redesigning the Casey Overpass, I found the consultants’ presentation strongly skewed against a bridge. Their bridge mock-ups were singularly ugly and their language clearly favored the no-bridge option. I would like to register an opinion in favor of a bridge for the following reasons: Getting through-traffic off the...

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Letter: School move leaves kids behind

December 2, 2011
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The Boston Public Schools facilities plan proposed by Superintendent Carol Johnson on Oct. 24 and approved on Nov. 15 by the Boston School Committee moves the Mission Hill elementary school to Jamaica Plain, taking a high-quality, highly-selected K-8 to another assignment zone. It’s like musical chairs for the six pilot schools involved in the package...

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Letter: Surface streets can’t handle 24K more cars

December 2, 2011
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I support a bridge replacement option for the Casey Overpass. I have lived on a street off Hyde Park Avenue across from the Forest Hills T parking lot for 30 years and the traffic has only gotten worse. Hyde Park Ave. is often gridlocked in the morning and at evening rush hours. I have extreme...

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Letter: Surface option resurrects park

December 2, 2011
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I had the privilege of attending the Nov. 21 public meeting on the Casey Overpass and was impressed with the thorough design exploration and well-reasoned alternatives. There is no doubt in my mind that, on access and livability criteria alone, the at-grade solution is far superior to a replacement bridge. When you add in the premium...

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Letter: Surface traffic is no solution

December 2, 2011
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There has been much discussion about the Casey Overpass replacement options over the past few months, and interest continues to grow, as demonstrated by the standing-room-only crowd at last week’s meeting introducing the public to the two design options: a new, smaller and lower overpass vs. a six-lane road at grade level (the “at-grade”...

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Letter: Apply city vision to Washington St.

December 2, 2011
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As neighbors of the Arborway Yard, we were disappointed the project failed to win federal funding. However, across the street, another key development is happening at the former Flanagan & Seaton automobile warehouse at 3521-3529 Washington St. This 3.4-acre development, bordered by McBride and Burnett streets, could double the number of residential units on...

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Stroke Stopper

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident John Auerbach (left), the state commissioner of public health, joins Massachusetts General Hospital’s Dr. Lee Schwamm at the NorthEast Cerebrovascular Consortium’s Educational Summit downtown on Oct. 21. Auerbach received the Helen B. Spaulding Community Conscience Award from the American Heart and Stroke Association at the event for his stroke prevention efforts.

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Football play

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) James Macchi (center), 8, of JP practices a tackle on Oct. 29 at the CVS Caremark All Kids Can Patriots Day in the New England Patriots pro football team practice facility in Foxborough. Max Lane (left, background) was among the former Patriots who gave football lessons to children and teens with disabilities at the annual event.

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Curtis Hall reopens

December 2, 2011
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The Curtis Hall community center at 20 South St. reopened last month after undergoing a $5 million renovation. The historic city building hosts a public swimming pool, gym, basketball court and track. It also holds a wide variety of youth and adult programs and rents out community space for public meetings. The building reopened...

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Whitehaus releases new compilation

December 2, 2011
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A new compilation of JP-based music has been released by Whitehaus Family Records. The album, named “Whitehaus Family Record Family Record vol. 2: Are You in Paradise?” features 25 two-minute tracks from as many artists. All of the artists on the album have lived in JP at some point, and many still do. The...

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Cops: Thief had gas, got the shakes

December 2, 2011
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BROOKSIDE—A man allegedly stole gas and 48 cans of protein shakes from a local nonprofit’s vans in the middle of the night on Nov. 16. Police arrested Emmuanuel Porter-Muhammad, 38, of Roxbury for allegedly siphoning gas and taking the Ensure brand shakes at Community Servings at 18 Marbury Terrace, according to the Boston Police...

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Ross questions school move cost

December 2, 2011
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City Councilor Mike Ross asked the City Financial Commission (FinComm) to investigate Boston Public School’s (BPS) plan to move Mission Hill K-8 School to Jamaica Plain, following the BPS School Committee’s approval of the plan Nov. 15. “They are spending an obscene amount of money to move three schools—close to $10 million,” Ross said...

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