Holidays in JP: Specialty gift choices abound in JP

December 5, 2014
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Mayra Franco shows off one of the guayaberas available at Centre Fashion last week. (Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira)

Shopping local for holiday gifts is a great way to sustain small businesses and find unusual items that don’t appear at the typical mall. Whether you’re shopping for a board-gaming biker or a sharp-dressing anarchist, here are some specialty gift items you can find right here in JP this season: Board-gamers Table-top and board...

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Holidays in JP: Secret Recipes: Chef Phil’s Sweet Potato Pancakes

December 5, 2014
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Holidays in JP: Secret Recipes: Chef Phil’s Sweet Potato Pancakes

  The Gazette asked various JP people and institutions to share their favorite holiday recipes. Whole Foods Market at 413 Centre St. offered the following: A Jamaica Plain resident since 2004, Phil Donahue has always been passionate about food. As a child, Phil preferred watching instructional culinary television shows and learned how to cook...

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Holidays in JP: Streetcar’s tips for holiday meal beer selections

December 5, 2014
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If you’re searching for an unusual beer to bring to holiday dinner with friends or serve at your own table, look no further than JP’s Streetcar Wine & Beer. Streetcar’s David Dougan suggested three options now in stock or soon available: Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project’s Our Finest Regards ($12 for a 22-oz...

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Holidays in JP: BAPA decoration contest starts Dec. 6

December 5, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain Business & Professional Association (BAPA) is conducting its annual holiday window decoration contest beginning Dec. 6, according to BAPA secretary Michael Reiskind. He said judges will look at holiday decorations on commercial buildings from Arboretum Place in Forest Hills through Canary Square from Dec. 6 to Dec. 12. “Last year, 83...

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Holidays in JP: Liquor and wine gift suggestions

December 5, 2014
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With gift-giving holidays around the corner, Blanchards Wines & Spirits General Manager Mike Denson gave the Gazette his top three recommendations for grown-up gifts of the liquid variety. His top pick was a Glenlivet $42 gift pack that includes a full-sized bottle of the 12-year aged Scotch whisky, as well as drams of the...

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Holidays in JP: JP businesses to chip in for charity

December 5, 2014
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A group of Jamaica Plain businesses are getting into the holiday spirit and holding a Dec. 6 shopping initiative called “Shop w/a Cause” that will give up to 10 percent of all purchase prices to local nonprofits, according to a press release. The charitable event will take place on Dec. 6 from 10 a.m....

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Football Loss

December 5, 2014
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Football Loss

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Invitacion, Dec. 5, 2014

December 5, 2014
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 16 de diciembre al mediodía para la publicación del 19 de diciembre. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marque el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones JPNC Comité de ambiente, parques y energía, lunes, 8 diciembre, 6pm, JFK School, 7 Bolster St. Info: jpnc.org....

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JP resident leads Boston Baroque orchestra

December 5, 2014
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JP resident leads Boston Baroque orchestra

Lifelong violinist resident Christina Day Martinson suffered a injury that could have ended her career years ago. Instead, that injury is directly responsible for the Jamaica Plain resident’s current position as concertmaster with the Boston Baroque orchestra. Day Martinson started learning the traditional violin at age 4, despite feeling more connected with baroque music...

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Editorial: Thanks to JP’s Olympic protesters

December 5, 2014
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Thanks to the JP activists who have begun sticking up for our parks and all Boston residents against an out-of-control, secret Olympics plan. That they held the first community meeting about a Boston Olympics—and the only one prior to bid submission—speaks volumes about the validity of this scheme. In combination with community reporting by...

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Editorial: JP’s living tradition of activism

December 5, 2014
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It is impressive to see JP continue to be a font of high-profile political activism, with First Baptist Church serving as a home base to the local Black Lives Matter movement, and one of its ministers organizing peaceful demonstration tactics in Ferguson. JP has a long tradition of effective, sometimes historic, activism. That goes...

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Editorial: Shopping local

December 5, 2014
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This is a good season to shop local—and to appreciate what JP has to offer. The variety of unusual and wonderful goods available for local purchase is remarkable, as the Gazette discusses in this issue. And the business community is ever-active, whether it be a holiday decoration contest or shops teaming up to donate...

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Letter: Thanks for Connolly Halloween support

December 5, 2014
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The Connolly Branch Library and the Hyde Square community celebrated their 7th annual Halloween Party and Parade on Oct. 31. Over 100 children and adults enjoyed a costume party with food and fun activities at the library, before parading through Hyde Square and ending at the Blessed Sacrament Plaza. There, the Hyde Square Task...

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Op-Ed: A gentrifier’s guide to being a good neighbor

December 5, 2014
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By Susan Naimark The super-hot housing market in Jamaica Plain is a scourge to some and a goldmine to others.  If you’ve been around the neighborhood long enough, you know this isn’t the first round of gentrification, but the latest in a series of heat waves in the local real estate market. With condos...

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Letter: There’s no money for those JP T fixes

December 5, 2014
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It is all very well and good to ask for more service on the MBTA Route 38. (“JP Observer: Two for T: JP needs better service from The Ride and 38 bus,” Nov. 21.) The MBTA does not have enough money to maintain the current fleet. The voters in their infinite wisdom voted against...

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JP nonprofit leader wins fellowship

December 5, 2014
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JP nonprofit leader wins fellowship

Wayne Ysaguirre, the president and CEO of the early-education nonprofit Nurtury and a Jamaica Plain resident, has been awarded a fellowship from the Barr Foundation. It is Ysaguirre’s fourth time being named to the fellowship program since 2005. Formerly known as Associated Early Care and Development, his South End-based organization changed its name this...

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Pathway to Success

December 5, 2014
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Pathway to Success

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On the Police Beat, Nov. 16-30, 2014

December 5, 2014
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The following police incident reports are public records provided by the Community Service Office of the District E-13 Police Station, which is solely responsible for their content. All suspects are innocent unless proven guilty in court. Nov. 30: Cornelia Makris of JP charged with assault and battery, 66 Orchard St.; assault and battery, 27...

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JP activists hold anti-Olympics protest meeting

November 25, 2014
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JP activists held a meeting last night to organize protests against Boston’s 2024 Olympics bid, drawing more than 50 people. The meeting was triggered by Gazette reports that the bid includes Franklin Park, a choice made without public input. It was the city’s first community meeting of any kind about the Olympic bid. An...

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Local activists to host anti-Olympics meeting Monday

November 21, 2014
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Local activists will hold a public meeting on Monday for those interested in opposing Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, which proposes using Franklin Park for horse and pentathlon events. Organized by veterans of such movements as Black Lives Matter and Occupy Boston, the meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov....

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Car lot redevelopment approved

November 21, 2014
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An illustration of the new building planned at Washington and McBride streets. (Courtesy Image)

STONYBROOK—A massive mixed-use development of the former Flanagan & Seaton Motor Car Company on Washington Street was approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) last week. The project at 3521-3529 Washington St. will include a four- to five-story multi-use building at the corner of Washington and McBride streets. The ground floor is planned to...

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JP minister trains Ferguson protesters

November 21, 2014
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JP minister trains Ferguson protesters

A Jamaica Plain minister has been training protesters in non-violent civil disobedience in Ferguson, Mo., in preparation for the grand jury decision on whether to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black youth, three months ago. “I’ve been heartened by a new generation of young leaders… disappointed in our...

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Franklin Park added to Olympics bid without local input

November 21, 2014
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Franklin Park has been added to the venue list for Boston’s 2024 Summer Olympics bid without any public input or notice. The plan—created by a private committee called Boston 2024—proposes building equestrian event facilities in the park, and rebuilding White Stadium to host the pentathlon. While the plan could change, the bidding process begins...

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Baroque Master

November 21, 2014
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Baroque Master

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