JP resident pens book on yoga and trauma healing

September 26, 2014
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JP resident pens book on yoga and trauma healing

When Jamaica Plain resident Becky Thompson began training to become a yoga teacher, she said, she would hear whispers in the hallways and after sessions about people suffering from depression, loss, sexual abuse and other traumas. The traumas always seemed to be talked about in the background. That pushed her to co-lead a workshop...

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Climate Chorus

September 26, 2014
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Climate Chorus

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Sights and Sounds, Sept. 26, 2014

September 26, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Oct. 10 for the Oct. 24 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Gardner’s Regiment encampment and recruiting event, 18th century military re-enactment, Sat., Sept. 27, 10am-3pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. Info:...

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AIDS Action welcomes HIV prevention pill

September 26, 2014
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The JP-based AIDS Action Committee is embracing a groundbreaking HIV prevention pill that has stirred debate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently recommended an HIV drug prevention program called PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, for people at high risk of obtaining the virus, such as gay men who have sex without condoms...

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City to hold 3rd meeting on Centre/South redesign

September 26, 2014
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The City will hold a third meeting on the Jamaica Plain/South/Hyde/Jackson Design Projects on Sept. 29 at the Kennedy Elementary School. The meeting will cover further discussion of the Hyde Square redesign and other sections of the project. The Jamaica Plain/South/Hyde/Jackson Design Projects will stretch along Centre Street from Jackson Square to Hyde Square...

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Kilt Crawl

September 26, 2014
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Kilt Crawl

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JP Agenda, Sept. 26, 2014

September 26, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Oct. 7 for the Oct. 10 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Sumner Hill Association annual meeting, learn about Curley fundraiser, the garden stroll, neighborhood safety, Sun., Sept. 28, 3:30-5:30pm, Loring Greenough House,...

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Real Estate Today: JP real estate market is ‘incredibly strong’

September 26, 2014
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The least expensive home sold between Sept. 10 and Sept. 17 was Unit 119 at 111 Perkins St., which sold for $235,000. (Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley)

By Rebeca Oliveira and Peter Shanley/Gazette Staff The real estate market in Jamaica Plain is “incredibly strong,” according to real estate agents based in the area. “What we have is really strong buyer demand that hasn’t abated since 2012,” Melony Swasey, a realtor at Prudential Unlimited on Centre Street told the Gazette last week. “The...

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Real Estate Today: As City looks at Airbnb rules, JP homeowners cash in

September 26, 2014
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As the City of Boston considers regulating short-term rental services such as Airbnb.com, scores of Jamaica Plain homeowners are cashing in. And local hotels say they aren’t worried about the competition. Airbnb acts as an online host where travelers can connect with homeowners renting out anything from a couch to an entire house. This...

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Real Estate Today: 2 JP properties make City’s ‘distressed’ list

September 26, 2014
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Two Jamaica Plain properties have made the City’s annual list of vacant and “distressed” properties: a commercial site at 3425-3325A Washington St. and a house at 25 Chilcott Place. The City’s 2013 “Distressed Buildings Report,” compiled by the Department of Neighborhood Development, actually says Jamaica Plain has 10 buildings that are “distressed.” But that...

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Real Estate Today: Parcel U meeting scheduled

September 26, 2014
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A Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA)-hosted meeting for the Parcel U project, scheduled for Mon., Sept. 29, will present design details and technical studies about traffic, air and noise. Shawn Pang, spokesperson for designer Urbanica, told the Gazette that there have been “no significant changes” to the project since it was last presented to the...

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Real Estate Today: Site III of Jackson Sq. redevelopment moves forward

September 26, 2014
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Site III of the Jackson Square redevelopment project is continuing to move forward, with the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) applying last month for funding for infrastructure improvements at the site. JPNDC with its partner for the project, the Community Builders, hosted a meeting in March about plans for the site. Sally Swenson,...

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Invitacion, Sept. 26, 2014

September 26, 2014
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 7 de octubre al mediodía para la publicación del 10 de octubre. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marque el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Reunión anual de Sumner Hill Association, aprende sobre la recaudación de fondos de Curley, el paseo por el...

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Salsa Art

September 26, 2014
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Salsa Art

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Editorial: Egleston’s gentrification debate

September 26, 2014
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Egleston Square is now officially the latest front in Boston’s gentrification debates. It’s time for some real urban planning and a recalibration of JP’s moral compass. Egleston, and Washington Street in general, are among the last bastions of immigrant and working-class opportunity—in Boston, let alone in JP. In various locations, we see longtime businesses...

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Editorial: A boost for the arts

September 26, 2014
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The appointment of George Fifield, the JP resident who founded Boston Cyberarts, to the Boston Art Commission is a great move—and we don’t say that solely out of local pride. Starting over 15 years ago with the now-defunct Boston Cyberarts Festival, Fifield has been a local visionary of digital and interdisciplinary art. As a...

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Editorial: DND must fix its map

September 26, 2014
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The City’s Department of Neighborhood Development must stop using its incorrect neighborhood map to analyze data. One might think it goes without saying that a City department should not knowingly use deliberately incorrect information. Alas, it does not. We had to say it over and over until the Boston Redevelopment Authority, which first created...

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Letter: Pedestrians can be a bike path danger

September 26, 2014
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I am homeowner and mother of two children living in Jamaica Plain. I enjoy the Southwest Corridor several times each day, as a runner, a cyclist and a pedestrian with children. Most everyone who uses the Southwest Corridor prefers to use the bike lane for a variety of reasons. Cyclists are happy that this...

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Letter: Park committee welcomes ideas for path safety

September 26, 2014
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I am writing in response to the recent letter about a conflict on the Southwest Corridor Park bike path. (“Dangerous bicyclists need to learn to share the path,” Sept. 12.) I’m a volunteer with the park and with the Southwest Corridor’s Parkland Management Advisory Committe. PMAC has been working with the state Department of...

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Letter: Take a pledge against texting while driving

September 26, 2014
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Texting and driving has become a serious public safety hazard in recent years. While we’ve passed laws to outlaw it and will continue to punish people who cause an accident, we must educate drivers before more people are hurt or killed. My colleagues and I at City Hall are working to spread the word...

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On the Police Beat, Sept. 7-21, 2014

September 26, 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. Sept. 21: Assault and battery, 144 South St.; firearm/weapon found/confiscated, 11 David Road; landlord-tenant service, 90 Forbes St.;...

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Coakley, Baker take nod for gov.’s race; Chang-Díaz wins

September 12, 2014
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Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker will face each other in the gubernatorial race in the November general election after winning their respective party’s nomination in the Sept. 9 state’s primary election. Meanwhile, in the only competitive local election, state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz (2nd Suffolk District) easily captured the Democratic nomination for her...

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Author to speak on JP’s activist history

September 12, 2014
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Author to speak on JP’s activist history

A Boston author is coming to Jamaica Plain to talk about the role women and people of color—including some JP residents—played in the diverse “New Boston” following the 1960s and ’70s. Jim Vrabel, author of “A People’s History of the New Boston,” will come to the Jamaica Plain Forum on Wed., Sept. 17, to...

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JP Music Festival

September 12, 2014
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Hope Zimmerman of the punk band Hope and the Husbands sings. (Photo by Tony Sahadeo)

The fourth annual Jamaica Plain Music Festival drew hundreds of fans of local music to Jamaica Pond Park on Sept. 6 before a severe thunderstorm warning cut the show short.

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