Warren visits JP to mull Senate run

August 26, 2011
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With one day’s notice, potential Democratic U.S. senate candidate Elizabeth Warren drew an overflow crowd of 70 people Aug. 17 at the Jamaica Plain stop on her exploratory “listening tour.” “There were people in our dining room, our living room and on our front porch,” said longtime Democratic activist Joel Watson. Watson and his...

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3 businesses coming to 270 Centre St.

August 26, 2011
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JACKSON SQ.—Seafood, body waxing and laundry machines are coming to three ground-floor retail spaces in the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation’s recently completed mixed-use residential/commercial building at 270 Centre St. Restaurant Themistocles Vlahoulis plans to open a restaurant he is tentatively calling Boston Roast Beef and Seafood in October. He told the Gazette that...

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JP Observer: Getting beyond ‘family’ values

August 26, 2011
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During his debate with Sarah Palin in 2008, now Vice President Joe Biden made a correction to his word choice that should have made everyone interested in accuracy and inclusiveness happy, especially Jamaica Plain residents. Criticizing presidential candidate John McCain’s tax proposal for not giving middle-class tax breaks, Biden said, “One hundred million families,...

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New nonprofit helps people help themselves

August 26, 2011
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“As much as possible, I’m getting out of the way,” says Jesús Gerena, director of the new JP-based Family Independence Initiative-Boston (FII-Boston). It’s an unusual mission statement for a social-service nonprofit, where intervention and advocacy are standard tactics. That’s because FII-Boston aims to help people help themselves by organizing families into self-sustaining support groups....

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Sedgwick Slog

August 26, 2011
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Sedgwick Slog

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Music Fans

August 26, 2011
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Music Fans

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Your local library

August 26, 2011
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Your local library

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Students build bikes in new program

August 26, 2011
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Students build bikes in new program

By Alicia Perez, Special to the Gazette BPS students built bikes—one for themselves, one for donation—in a new partnership with Bikes Not Bombs, a Jamaica Plain nonprofit organization, and Roxbury’s Madison Park Technical Vocational High School that launched this summer. The program, called “Strive,” allows special needs students to use their hands and get...

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Whole Foods protesters could go to trial

August 26, 2011
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With John Ruch Boston Police District E-13 Commander Capt. Paul Russell said last month that the complaints were granted against three JP residents arrested at a meeting hosted by Whole Foods in June, clearing the way for them to go to trial. Anti-Whole Foods protesters Peter Blailock, Chloe Frankel and Andrew Murray, were arrested...

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$1m grant to help homeless vets

August 26, 2011
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The JP-based Volunteers of America Massachusetts (VOAMA) has received a $1 million grant to help homeless and at-risk veterans. VOAMA estimates that there are over 1,000 homeless veterans and over 7,000 veterans living in poverty in Suffolk, Norfolk and Plymouth counties. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs grant is for VOAMA programming in collaboration...

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Beer, wine store coming to Centre St.

August 26, 2011
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CENTRAL JP—A new wine and beer store that will focus on smaller producers is being planned for 488 Centre St. Although the lease has not yet been signed, Streetcar Wine and Beer is slated to open in late October, said Michael Dupuy, the owner. “I wanted to start by talking to as many people...

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Spectacle moves to JP

August 26, 2011
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Spectacle, a fringe art space that operated for years out of a loft in Chinatown, moved to an old factory building at 128 Brookside Ave. in Jamaica Plain in June. On Sept. 2, the space is hosting a “listening party” titled “What a Strange Place.” According to Spectacle’s Facebook page, the Sept. 2event will...

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In Memoriam: Yolanda Peña, baker known for cakes

August 26, 2011
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By Alicia Perez, Special to the Gazette Yolanda Peña, a baker known for generously offering her Dominican cakes to children and businesses in Egleston Square, died on Aug. 6 at age 65. Born May 5, 1946 in the Dominican Republic, Yolanda moved to the United States in 1976 and started a pioneering Dominican cake...

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Yolanda Peña, panadera conocido por su bizcochos

August 26, 2011
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By Alicia Perez   Yolanda Peña, un panadera conocido por su generoso ofrecimiento de bizcochos Dominicana a niños y su negocio de bizcochos en Egleston Square, murió el 6 de agosto a los 65 años. Nacido 5 de mayo 1946 en la República Dominicana, Yolanda se mudó a los Estados Unidos en 1976 y...

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JP Music Fest a big hit

August 26, 2011
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PONDSIDE—The first annual Jamaica Plain Music Festival, held Aug. 20 at Jamaica Pond Park, looked like a hit. An ever-changing audience braving the hot and sunny weather swelled to what looked like around 1,000 people. Over 20 local bands and musicians performed at the free fest, from indie stars like Shepardess to up-and-comers like...

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Arroyo: Youths want clean streets, drug treatment

August 26, 2011
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Violence prevention, access to drug treatment and clean streets are among Boston youths’ top concerns, and as such, will top At-large City Councilor Felix Arroyo’s youth agenda, he told the Gazette last week. Arroyo, who heads the council Committee on Labor, Youth Affairs and Human Rights, spent much of the summer visiting with 25...

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Science Winner

August 26, 2011
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Connolly focuses on education

August 26, 2011
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Connolly focuses on education

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 in June, referring to pilot schools—BPS schools that are granted...

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Rising Star

August 26, 2011
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Rising Star

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Keyed Up

August 26, 2011
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Keyed Up

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Editorial: A quiet end to trolleys

August 26, 2011
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The Arborway Line trolley restoration debate, which less than a decade ago divided JP as strongly as Whole Foods, ended almost unnoticed this year. A community lawsuit that was the last piece of realistic leverage for bringing the Green Line back through JP was tossed out in January. Critics of trolleys said they would...

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Editorial: A park leader’s legacy

August 26, 2011
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Overseeing a 525-acre, perpetually underfunded, historic park is pretty impressive work. Uniting the underserved neighborhoods around the park with a broad range of high-impact community programs—that’s really impressive. Doing it all while being one of the friendliest people in JP—that’s something of a miracle. Christine Poff, executive director of the Franklin Park Coalition, makes...

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Editorial: Music for the people

August 26, 2011
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The pantheon of must-see JP art events just got bigger. The Jamaica Plain Music Festival, with its Aug. 20 debut, already stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of the Lantern Festival, JP Open Studios and the Wake Up the Earth Festival. The Music Fest was everything great about JP and about music. This was music...

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Letter: School roof was lucky to hold chopper

August 26, 2011
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Upon reading the article about the commando training at the Agassiz School on July 28 (“Commandos train in Agassiz School,” Aug. 12), I remembered another discussion about things landing on the school’s roof. During the years I worked with the Agassiz School Asthma and Environmental Committee, we struggled to get building repairs to cut...

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