‘Yard-sharing’ seeks to turn lawns into gardens

April 27, 2012
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In an effort to turn Jamaica Plain’s underused lawns into gardens, the JP New Economy Transition (JP NET) is supporting a new program called “yard-sharing.” The mechanics are simple: those with underused yards and lawns welcome green-thumbed neighbors to create gardens for them. The costs and the yard’s yield are split between them. JP...

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Fishing Season

April 27, 2012
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Historic house sees event rentals as preservation

April 27, 2012
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MONUMENT SQ.—The historic Loring-Greenough House is now marketing itself as a unique event-rental spot to boost preservation funds for the 1760 mansion. The 12 South St. mansion is already home to many well-attended arts and cultural events, and offers tours. But those events break even at best financially, said Edward Stanley, president of the Jamaica...

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Court clerk campaign heats up

April 27, 2012
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The election for the clerk of the criminal division of the Suffolk County Superior Court has heated up in recent weeks with current office-holder Maura Hennigan being fined for violating a campaign finance law and being blamed for allowing a murder suspect to be released from prison. But despite the hot temperature of the...

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Vintage shop coming to Centre St.

April 27, 2012
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A women’s vintage clothing store called Café Society plans to open next month at 606 Centre St., after moving here from Brookline, according to manager Lillian DeVane. The hair salon Xposure by Noel, which long occupied the Centre Street spot, is moving into a new building in Jackson Square. Café Society will hold an...

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Helicopter hauls gear atop tower

April 27, 2012
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PONDSIDE—A helicopter landed at Daisy Field and hauled equipment to the roof of the 30-story Jamaicaway Tower on April 22, drawing curious bystanders and blocking Jamaicaway traffic. The $100,000 helicopter ride was the only way to get a new air conditioning device and related gear to the roof of the 111 Perkins St. residential...

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Mayors converge to talk food

April 27, 2012
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Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and nine other mayors from across the country visited the Brewery complex at 284 Amory St. as part of a conference to discuss urban food policy on April 19. The conference discussed policies that impact access to healthy food in urban areas. It was chaired by Menino and Baltimore Mayor...

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JP Observer: JP’s affordable housing is diverse, plentiful

April 27, 2012
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The affordable housing stock of Jamaica Plain is another diverse element of the neighborhood that is home to a well-known mix of races, ethnic groups and income levels. When the words “affordable housing” are used in JP, no specific picture should come to mind, because the housing is so varied. Also, thanks to the...

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Community wants apartment projects reviewed together

April 27, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—Community members said they would like two apartment projects proposed for S. Huntington Avenue to be reviewed together at a Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA)-organized meeting on April 11. The developers presented various demolition alternatives for the Home for Little Wanderers site as required by the Boston Landmarks Commission’s (BLC) process. About a dozen...

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Bromley-Heath manager named

April 27, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—Angel Lopez has been named the manager of the Bromley-Heath public housing development by the Boston Housing Authority (BHA). Lopez is Bromley-Heath’s first manager since the BHA’s still-unexplained takeover from the resident-run Tenant Management Corporation last month. Lopez is an experienced BHA manager who himself grew up in Mission Hill’s public housing, according...

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City Life protests foreclosure eviction

April 27, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—JP residents and local activists picketed outside a Mendell Way home in a City Life/Vida Urbana-organized eviction blockade on April 20. The homeowner facing eviction, Heather Gordon, was granted a 30-day eviction delay by a bankruptcy court later the same morning. “This has been the fight of my life, to keep this roof...

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Junior editor prints own newspaper

April 27, 2012
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PONDSIDE—The Newsome Park Times, written and published by 9-year-old Alexa Wang, is the definition of hyperlocal: the newspaper is targeted to the fewer than 10 houses that comprise Newsome Park. The two-month-old paper includes the street’s news and weather and anything else Wang wants to write about. “I started doing the newspaper in my...

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Local day care celebrates 10 years of service

April 27, 2012
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JAMAICA HILLS—Arc-En-Ciel, a bilingual French day care and Montessori School on Rockwood Street, is set to mark 10 years in existence during the first week of May. “We want to express how blessed we have been the last 10 years with being in such a wonderful, diverse community,” said founder Linda Chery-Valentin during a...

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Local teens push for more summer jobs

April 27, 2012
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Jamaica Plain teens are getting politically active in hopes of not having a jobless summer. Funding for city youth summer jobs programs has been radically slashed in recent years—and is under threat of further cuts. The City’s youth summer jobs program is funded with cash from the city, state and federal governments as well...

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Reaching across nations

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Sweet Deal

April 27, 2012
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Councilor holds school assignment meetings

April 27, 2012
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At-Large City Councilor John Connolly feels that there is a middle road that can be reached on the attempt to modify the Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) school-assignment plan, he said in a recent Gazette interview. He has been holding meetings with parents throughout the city on the matter. “I’m more convinced than ever that...

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Water pipe work may close streets

April 27, 2012
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Water pipe replacement work will come to five Jamaica Plain streets within the next five weeks, possibly creating street closures and temporary water service bypasses. The affected streets are Arcola, Day, Prince, Rosemary and St. Rose. “It’s for the community,” said Boston Water and Sewer Commission spokesperson Tom Bagley about the work, which will...

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Tonic restaurant opens in Forest Hills

April 27, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Tonic, the long-awaited restaurant and bar at 3698 Washington St., opened its doors on April 14. Tonic is described as an “affordably ‘upscale’ neighborhood haunt” in a press release announcing the opening. The head chef is Ryan Kelly, formerly of Jamaica Plain’s Canary Square restaurant and downtown’s Haru Sushi and Clio. His menu...

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JP prof to head Whole Foods study

April 27, 2012
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A sociology professor who lives in Hyde Square will lead an academic study about Whole Foods Market’s impact on the area. Dr. Glenn Jacobs, whose online resume says he lives on Lamartine Street, told the Gazette that the University of Massachusetts Boston study is just being organized. He declined to comment on its exact...

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New dog park could come to JP

April 27, 2012
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Local advocates have teamed up with elected officials to create a city-run off-leash dog park accessible to Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, West Roxbury and Hyde Park. Though the first suggested location—Millennium Park in West Roxbury—was rejected, City Councilor Matt O’Malley, the original proponent of the project, remains involved in what has become the Dog Park...

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Forest Hills Trust still leaderless

April 27, 2012
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Over a year after the Forest Hills Educational Trust’s (FHET) last executive director quit, the organization still hasn’t filled the position. The cemetery and FHET are separate organizations with separate boards of directors. FHET functions like a “friends” group of the cemetery, fundraising and organizing programming that the cemetery must approve. FHET announced in...

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Doctor helps the poor of Guatemala

April 27, 2012
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Jamaica Plain resident Dr. Peter Rohloff believes all interesting things happen as accidents. That certainly seems the case with how he founded Wuqu’ Kawoq, a nonprofit organization that provides health care to the indigenous people of Guatemala. Rohloff first started going to Guatemala in Central America 10 years ago to study tropical diseases, do...

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Tostado owner follows dreams

April 27, 2012
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Tony Tavarez, owner of the local Tostados sandwich bars, left a stable corporate job to make sandwiches for his neighborhood, and he’s not looking back. In the mid-aughts, Tavarez was working for Spanish-language network Telemundo in Houston and missing good Latin food. He was also miserable in his corporate marketing job, where he was...

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