Nira Rock to get better entrance

December 2, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—The Nira Rock Urban Wild will get a nicer entrance from Arcola Street under a Boston Parks Department plan slated for the spring. The work could include a new seating area, repaired stone steps and the removal of a chain link fence, according to Parks Department spokesperson Jacque Goddard. The improvements came from...

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3 caught in food license crackdown

December 2, 2011
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Three JP eateries that were previously operating without legally required “common victualler” food service licenses are scheduled to go before the city licensing board next month. Canto 6 Bakery at 3346 Washington St., Monumental Cupcakes at 36 South St. and the Faulkner Hospital, which operates a cafeteria and coffee shop at 1153 Centre St.,...

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Developer picked for green project

December 2, 2011
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Boston-based GFC Development has been selected by the City of Boston to develop a lot at 64 Catherine St. as part of the city’s E+ Green Building Program. GFC, which his working with Utile Architecture and Planning, will build two “net energy-positive” townhouses—that would produce slightly more energy than they use—on the site. They...

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O’Malley calls for ‘open’ city clerk hiring

December 2, 2011
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Amid controversy that the Boston city clerk job will be filled by a former city councilor in a rigged hiring, local Councilor Matt O’Malley is calling for an “open and transparent process.” Former Councilor Maureen Feeney’s rumored bid for the job is controversial as a possible insider deal, as well as for Feeney’s history...

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Thieves raid cars

December 2, 2011
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Nov. 25 was Black Friday not only for stores, but also for thieves who broke into at least 10 cars on Sumner Hill. Police incident reports show only one car break-in that day on Greenough Avenue. But a resident and victim told the Gazette that many more cars were hit. Most of the cars...

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Invitación, 12/2/11

December 2, 2011
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Su Material. Considere quesu material para ser publicado en esta sección debe llegar con tiempo: Mínimo el martes antes del viernes de la publicción de esta edición. Si usa internet, eníe sus documentos a [email protected] Navidad Pedido. Nuestro Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez pide a quienes quieran participar en el programa Canned Food Drive, hagan sus...

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Sights and sounds, 12/2/11

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Joe Bergin of the Carpenter Poets of Jamaica Plain (above) joins Peter Bates and Marcia Karp at tonight’s Chapter and Verse poetry reading at the Loring-Greenough House. See Sights & Sounds listing.

The deadline for listings is noon, Dec. 13 for the Dec. 16 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events JP Holiday Stroll, craft sales, performances on Centre & South streets, meet Santa Claus and his reindeer. 1:45pm: Mayor’s Office Trolley...

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Agenda, 12/2/11

December 2, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Dec. 13 for the Dec. 16 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNC Talk About Youth, Thurs., Dec. 8,  7:15pm, JP Licks, 659 Centre St. Info: Hyun Shin, 727-539-9114. Police Community...

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Ross might leave Boston, run for Congress

November 30, 2011
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City Councilor Mike Ross is considering a run to replace retiring Congressman Barney Frank—a move that would require him to move out of Boston and into the 4th Congressional District. But, Ross told the Gazette, he is not yet packing his bags to move back to Newton—where he grew up and Frank lives. Ross’s...

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Occupy JP to hold ‘Hard Times’ march Dec. 4

November 30, 2011
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Occupy JP will hold its first public event on Sunday: 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 spokesperson...

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Church: Occupy JP is not occupying our lawn

November 29, 2011
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The Unitarian Universalist church in Monument Square is shooting down Occupy JP’s report that it would set up camp in the church’s lawn as soon as this weekend. Andrea Clardy, chair of First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist’s standing committee, said that there appears to have been a misunderstanding within Occupy JP. The...

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Woman with stroller assaulted

November 29, 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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Jackson Square rec center scores funding

November 23, 2011
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A recreation center planned for Jackson Square has scored nearly $6 million in state funding, putting the community dream closer to reality. The state in 2008 approved the idea of issuing $5.69 million in bonds to help fund the Jackson Square Recreation Center. But just recently, it authorized actually issuing those bonds, according to...

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Overpass replacement choice to be made

November 22, 2011
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FOREST HILLS—The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will decide on which alternative—bridge or at-grade—will replace the current Casey Overpass by Dec. 12. Public comment will be accepted through Dec. 6. The decision will be announced to members of the Working Advisory Group (WAG) on Dec. 12 and to the community at large Dec. 14....

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Margarita Muñiz dies; headed Hernandez School

November 18, 2011
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Margarita Muñiz, the principal of Egleston Square’s Rafael Hernandez School, died today after a long battle with cancer, according to Boston Public Schools (BPS). Muñiz fought discrimination and opposition to keep alive the bilingual elementary school in the 1970s. She became a community icon in the process. Next year, BPS will open a new...

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Cemetery loses arts funding

November 18, 2011
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FOREST HILLS—Nearly a year since the Forest Hills Educational Trust (FHET) announced its suspension of arts programming at Forest Hills Cemetery, the organization is all but dead due to a loss of Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) funding, the Gazette has learned. The future of the Lantern Festival, the cemetery’s last surviving major event, is...

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Legislature OK’s JP Congressional split

November 18, 2011
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Despite last-minute efforts by Jamaica Plain’s entire state legislative delegation, the state Senate this week passed a new Congressional map that moves a huge part of JP into Congressman Steve Lynch’s district. The House also approved the plan and Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to sign it. The plan drew fire from JP Progressives...

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Occupy JP movement begins

November 18, 2011
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(Image from Occupy JP on Facebook) The flyer for the next Occupy JP meeting.

An “Occupy JP” movement is organizing as a local version of the Occupy Wall Street protest. Occupy JP began organizing at a Nov. 13 “general assembly” meeting and is still deciding its agenda—including whether it will be an actual occupation. “There was a lot of discussion about whether we would even want to quote-unquote...

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Comienza Occupy JP

November 18, 2011
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Un movimiento llamado “Occupy JP” está siendo organizado como versión local de la protesta “Occupy Wall Street”. Occupy JP tuvo una asamblea el 13 de noviembre en la cual se comenzó a discutir la agenda, aún incompleta, de la organización – no se ha decidido si será en realidad una ocupación. “Hubo mucha discusión...

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Woman lied about teen killing case

November 18, 2011
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Woman lied about teen killing case

JACKSON SQ.—A Roxbury woman named Destiny Gunn was convicted of perjury last week for lying about her role in a 2007 incident where a teen was shot to death. The victim, 13-year-old Luis Gerena, was gunned down in the Bromley-Heath housing development by two gang members in a case of mistaken identity. The gang...

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Catholics prep for new Mass

November 18, 2011
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Local Roman Catholics are preparing for a new English-language version of the Mass that goes into effect on Sun., Nov. 27. The new translation of the Roman Missal, the instructions for saying the Mass, will change some words and the ritual’s rhythm for the first time in decades. JP’s three parishes will place cue...

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Incumbents win City Council races

November 18, 2011
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(Photo by Ernesto Arroyo) City Councilor Felix Arroyo enthuses over his victory at JP’s James’s Gate on Election Night, Nov. 8

By John Ruch and Rebeca Oliveira The incumbent candidates won all of the at-large and local district Boston City Council seats in the Nov. 8 election. Jamaica Plain once again had some of the city’s highest voter turnout, and voters here largely agreed with the citywide ballot choices. In the at-large race, JP resident...

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JP resident helms Pressley’s big win

November 18, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by David Taber) Jessica Taubner.

A JP resident running her first campaign engineered At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley’s stunning turnaround from vulnerable incumbent to topping the ticket in the Nov. 8 election. “We took nothing for granted. To some degree, at the beginning, we were fighting for fourth place,” said Jessica Taubner, who took a leave of absence as...

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JP Observer: Presidential race distracts from local power

November 18, 2011
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Jamaica Plain residents would be smart to pay little or no attention to the U.S. presidential race from now until next September, two months before the election. It will be hard, given the media pressure, but worthwhile. Who gets elected president is obviously important. But it doesn’t make sense for us to give much...

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