Footlight Club kicks off its 141st season

September 21, 2017
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Telling the story of the Neverland that you never knew, The Footlight Club’s 141st Season Opener “Peter and the Starcatcher” opens in Jamaica Plain on Sept. 16, according to a press release. Award winning “Peter and the Starcatcher” is the prequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. It tells the story of orphans that defeat...

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Sights and Sounds, Sept. 15, 2017

September 21, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Sept. 26 for the Sept. 29 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events Honk! Festival, save the date: Oct. 6-8. A wide variety of events planned in Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston. Free and...

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Experience JP Open Studios

September 21, 2017
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By Grace Zaborski Special to the Gazette For 24 years, artists of Jamaica Plain have opened their studios to the community and displayed their art for one weekend in September. This year, it is Sept. 23 and 24. Jamaica Plain Open Studios (JPOS) offers a range of places to go and types of art...

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Best of JP 2017 Winners

September 21, 2017
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The following are the “Best of JP 2017” as chosen by Gazette readers. In the 16th annual Best of JP survey, hundreds of ballots were submitted containing thousands of votes. Most categories had at least a dozen nominees. Almost every business in Jamaica Plain received at least one vote in one category. The closest...

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JP Guide: What Makes JP Unique

September 21, 2017
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JP boasts a diverse population of about 38,000, according to the last census: 54 percent white; 25 percent Hispanic/Latino; 13 percent African-American; and 4 percent Asian. JP has a large gay and lesbian population and is home to several prominent LGBT rights activists. Once called “The Eden of America” by a visitor, according to...

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JP Guide: JP Resources

September 21, 2017
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JAMAICA PLAIN RESOURCES        All telephone numbers begin with area code 617 unless otherwise indicated. The following information can also be found at jamaicaplaingazette.com. Updates can be sent to news@jamaicaplaingazette.com or 617-524-2626.   Arts Programs African American Master Artists in Residency Program, exhibits, educational events, 76 Atherton St., 373-3139. Aviary Gallery, 48 South St.,...

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JP Guide: JP Places and Politics

September 21, 2017
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Just as Jamaica Plain’s population is composed of a wide range of people and groups, the Boston neighborhood is divided into various sections for different purposes. Subneighborhoods Jamaica Plain is divided into 11 major sub-neighborhoods recognized on the Boston Planning and Development Agency zoning map and largely used by locals. Within each sub-neighborhood there...

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JP Guide: JP is Green

September 21, 2017
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Though Jamaica Plain is part of the city of Boston, the parks, urban wilds, playgrounds and community gardens, many supported by the city and state, allow an escape from an overdose of urban life. JP is bordered on three sides by green space, including several jewels of the Emerald Necklace, designed by Frederick Law...

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JP Guide: A Brief History of JP

September 21, 2017
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Once referred to as “the Eden of America,” Jamaica Plain is a unique section of the City of Boston. It was part of the Town of Roxbury until 1848. It was then part of West Roxbury, until it finally became Jamaica Plain. Legend has it that the name Jamaica Plain came from the fondness...

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Letters:

September 21, 2017
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Whither goest thou from the Common, America? On August 19, tens of thousands of people marched the length of Tremont Street from Roxbury Crossing to Boston Common. They marched because at that very hour a “free speech” rally was due to take place. The rally boasted a lineup of white supremacist and alt-right speakers....

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Op-Ed: Starting the school year together

September 21, 2017
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By Mayor Martin Walsh The start of the school year brings a lot change into our students’ lives: new classes, new teachers, new subjects to tackle. September can be an inspiring time, a season that brings students, teachers, and families together as they work to accomplish a shared goal: a successful, completed school year....

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Motion to dismiss filed in 3353 Washington St. court case

August 25, 2017
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Lawyers for developer Mordechai Levin and his limited liability company (3353 Washington LLC) have filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit over Levin’s proposed 3353 Washington St. development. The next court date for the case is Oct. 4, according to the state trial court website. A group of Green Street residents—Jessica Ricker, Benjamin Mauer,...

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Local girls baseball team victorious in national tournament

August 25, 2017
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The Boston Slammers, an all girls baseball team made up of mostly from the JP Regan Youth League players, recently won the Baseball for All National 11 and under girls baseball tournament in Rockford, Ill. The team stayed for five days at the tournament, where they went undefeated against teams from Washington, D.C.; Canada;...

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PEACEFUL PROTEST

August 25, 2017
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PEACEFUL PROTEST

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Equipo de béisbol local gana torneo nacional

August 25, 2017
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Las Boston Slammers, un equipo de béisbol de niñas— mayormente jugadoras de la liga juvenil de JP—últimamente ganó en la división de niñas con menos de 11 años el torneo Baseball for All, un torneo nacional de béisbol para niñas en Rockford, Illinois. Durante cinco días, el equipo venció a equipos de DC, Canadá...

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HSTF youths continue to make waves

August 25, 2017
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Youths from the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) are pressuring Mayor Martin Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker to be more involved with the proposed Jackson Square Recreation Center and an issue over the TD Garden not complying with a state law that might lead to even more money for the center. That 1993 state...

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Teen comic visits Boston

August 25, 2017
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Maeve Press, a 14-year-old comedienne, is making a splash in the city. She was slated to perform at Jamaica Plain’s Riot Theater on Aug. 24 and will be at ImprovBoston on Aug. 27. Maeve Press also recently performed at Boston’s Women in Comedy Festival, where she was the youngest comedienne ever to perform. Press’s...

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Q. and A. with local artist Andrew Haines

August 25, 2017
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Local artist Andrew Haines has an exhibition at the Arnold Arboretum called “The Evolution of an Urban Landscape: Recent Paintings of Forest Hills,” which runs until Oct. 8.The Gazette recently conducted a Q. and A. through email with Haines about being a painter and the exhibition. For more information, visit arboretum.harvard.edu or andrewhainespaintings.com. (The...

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JP Observer: Fear itself: President’s behavior keeps us constantly scared

August 25, 2017
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Every few days since Donald Trump was elected president, it seems there’s something new from him—or something resuscitated—to frighten us. We have to be hyper-alert, constantly assessing and triaging the danger he’s causing: How likely is this to go wrong? Did it already? To what degree? Am I personally vulnerable? How far does this...

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Sights and Sounds, Aug. 25, 2017

August 25, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Sept. 12 for the Sept. 15 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events 22nd Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain Enjoy a spectacular evening with friends and neighbors. Sample food and beverages from Boston’s...

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JPNC’s Zoning Committee approves Jackson Sq. project

August 25, 2017
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee during an Aug. 16 meeting voted unanimously in support of the proposed mixed-used, mixed-income development at 250 Centre St., according to Chair Dave Baron. The proposal will go before the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals on Aug. 29, seeking several variances, including for forbidden use and excessive...

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Invitacion, Aug. 25, 2017

August 25, 2017
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Plazo para calendario de eventos: martes, 12 sept para la edición del 15 sept. Mande eventos a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Código de área es 617, a menos que haya otro. Reuniones Distrito E-13, reunión mensual, jueves, 7 sept, 7pm, Curtis Hall Community Center. Reunión mensual latina, jueves, 14 sept, 6.30pm, 155 Lamartine St. Comité de avisos...

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JP Agenda, Aug. 25, 2017

August 25, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Sept. 12 for the Sept. 15 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Public Service Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council will hold its monthly meeting on Tues. Sept. 5 at 7pm at...

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Start of Parkman/Perkins improvement project delayed

August 25, 2017
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The start of construction for the improvement project at the intersection of Francis Parkman Drive and Perkins Street has been delayed, according to state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) spokesperson Mark Steffen. Construction was supposed to began sometime this summer, but that was contingent on the Boston Conservation Commission (BCC), which did not...

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