New dog parks not high on Open Space plan priorities

December 5, 2014
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Dog parks have long been on the wishlist of JP park and animal advocates. But the recently released rough draft of the City’s 2015-2021 Open Space Plan shows that dog parks rank in the middle of the pack among priorities for citywide park users. Meanwhile, the draft plan also shows that JP is mostly...

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Museum VP

December 5, 2014
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Museum VP

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JP Agenda, Dec. 5, 2014

December 5, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Dec. 16 for the Dec. 19 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNC Environment, Parks & Energy committee, Mon., Dec. 8, 6pm, JFK School, 7 Bolster St. Info: jpnc.org. Stonybrook Neighborhood Association, Holiday...

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New traffic lights coming to Centre St.

December 5, 2014
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New traffic lights coming to Centre St.

The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) is installing new traffic signals at the intersection of Centre and Burroughs streets and updating the existing signals at Centre and Thomas streets, according to spokesperson Tracey Ganiatsos. The signals at Centre and Burroughs streets will not be overhead lights, but mounted lights on posts on the sidewalks, said...

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Good Works

December 5, 2014
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Good Works

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Sights and Sounds, Dec. 5, 2014

December 5, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Dec. 16 for the Dec. 19 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Jamaica Plain Enchanted Trolley Tour & Tree Lightings, music, refreshments and toys, Sat., Dec. 6, 1:30pm: JP Monument tree lighting....

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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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