JP orchestra aims to soothe mental woes

October 24, 2014
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A new Jamaica Plain ensemble called Me2/Orchestra aims to give people who suffer from mental illnesses a musical respite from any stigma they might endure elsewhere. “People living with mental health issues face stigma on a daily basis,” said Me2/Orchestra executive director Caroline Whiddon. “One day, they might face discrimination from an employer or...

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New Mural

October 24, 2014
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New Mural

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Hair salon doubles as piano lounge

October 24, 2014
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Three years after adding its chairs to Centre Street’s Soleil Salon, We Are Hair is expanding into the entertainment business with regular Thursday piano and open mic nights. Owner Richard Repetta told the Gazette that the expansion stemmed from his own long history as an actor, singer and director in the Boston area—and the...

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Editorial: A change of tone on housing

October 24, 2014
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As the Gazette makes its twice-a-year return to Roslindale this week, we recall that neighborhood’s recent demographic history as a place where many JP artists and families relocated to escape skyrocketing housing prices and still have a great quality of life. The City’s new housing report, however, shows the displacement of lower-income, and increasingly...

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Editorial: O’Malley makes right call on council pay

October 24, 2014
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The Boston City Council voting itself a 23 percent pay raise—with a salary topping $100,000 a year—practically editorializes against itself. While people who can’t vote themselves a tax-funded raise struggle or are driven out of town, while many City agencies starve for resources, one might wonder why they deserve a raise at all, let...

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Letter: JP should oppose coffee shop chain

October 24, 2014
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A very large coffee chain in Europe, Caffè Nero, currently being boycotted in Great Britain because it exploits a loophole to avoid paying corporate taxes, is close to coming to 733 Centre St. They already have one café in Boston and plan on opening up to 10 more in the next five years. Many...

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Letter: JP Progressives urge ballot question votes

October 24, 2014
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On Nov. 4, voters have critical decisions to make at the polls. Among the most important are the four ballot questions, each of which is key for building a strong and progressive future for Massachusetts. The JP Progressives have endorsed—and urge your support—for voting “no-yes-yes-yes.” No on Question 1, to keep the T funded....

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Letter: Gazette only gave one side of feral cat dispute

October 24, 2014
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I am writing to express my disappointment that your article about the feral/roaming cat colony being maintained on Greenley Place over-sensationalized and did not entirely reflect the ongoing situation (“Feral felines spur neighborhood catfight,” Oct. 10.) Yes, I have been living with the cat colony for about eight years and yes, the cats have...

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Letter: Caring for feral cats kills wildlife

October 24, 2014
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I am confused by the logic of people who care for feral cats. (“Feral felines spur neighborhood catfight,” Oct. 10.) Do they care at all about the wild birds—estimated to be more than 3 billion a year in the U.S.—and small mammals the cats kill? They should either take the cats into their homes...

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Armed robbers strike at Jamaica Pond

October 10, 2014
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By John Ruch and Peter Shanley/Gazette Staff Three recent armed robberies at Jamaica Pond sparked fear as well as concerns in the Boston Police Department notifying the public about them. Meanwhile, police arrested two suspects in a brutal Franklin Park armed robbery and indicated they are being looked at suspects in two of the...

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Mayor Menino’s new book touches on JP issues

October 10, 2014
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Mayor Menino’s new book touches on JP issues

Former Mayor Thomas Menino has penned a memoir about his unprecedented five terms in office, “Mayor for a New America,” that frequently mentions Jamaica Plain and its issues. Due out Oct. 14, the book covers Menino’s service as a Hyde Park city councilor and his mayoral tenure, which ran from 1993 to early this...

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Baby Giraffe

October 10, 2014
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Baby Giraffe

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New beetle infestation will be ‘contained’

October 10, 2014
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New beetle infestation will be ‘contained’

Officials aim to contain, rather than eliminate, the tree-killing emerald ash borer beetle (EAB) that appeared in Jamaica Plain this summer. The tactics will include a ban on moving scrap wood, and the introduction of other insects that prey on the EAB, officials said at a Sept. 23 community meeting at Arnold Arboretum. “The...

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Ladrones armados en Jamaica Pond

October 10, 2014
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De John Ruch y Peter Shanley/Personal de Gazette Tres robos recientes a mano armada en Jamaica Pond invitaron miedo pero también preocupación sobre la notificación al público por la policía de Boston (BPD). Mientras tanto, la policía arrestaron dos sospechosos en un robo a mano armada brutal en Franklin Park y indicó que son...

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Harvest warns South St. store may close

October 10, 2014
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The Harvest Co-op Market at 57 South St. is warning that it may be close its doors in February as lease negotiations go down to the wire. According to the October newsletter sent out to members of the Cambridge-based grocery co-op, the lease at that location is ending in early 2015 and the “General...

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Egleston Farmers Market moves to Brewery

October 10, 2014
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The Egleston Farmers Market will kick off the winter season Nov. 1 in a new location at the Brewery complex at 29 Germania St., according to a press release. The market will be held at The Urbano Project, which is across from the Samuel Adams Brewery, and will run from November through February. The...

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CropCircle Kitchen backs new Public Market

October 10, 2014
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The Boston Public Market (BPM), a new indoor market slated to open inside the Haymarket T Station building next summer, has partnered with JP’s CropCircle Kitchen (CCK). That partnership will provide expertise, training and space for the new market vendors. Groundbreaking for the new market space at the downtown T station was scheduled for...

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Feral felines spur neighborhood catfight

October 10, 2014
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Residents of a small, dead-end street in Central JP are facing off over a colony of feral cats. Mark David Chesak and Suzanne Sobert, a married couple living on Greenley Place, have cared for the eight cats for years—even providing small huts for them to live in. A neighbor the City wouldn’t identify filed...

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Rangers Mounted Unit seeks annual funds

October 10, 2014
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PARKSIDE—The Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit—stabled at Franklin Park—is once again trying to avoid a sunset ride into retirement. An Oct. 16 fundraiser and auction, organized by the Friends of the Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit, is aiming to keep the horses on the force by raising $155,000 every year. The Mounted Unit once...

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Diabetes Prevention

October 10, 2014
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Diabetes Prevention

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‘Onion’ spoof article uses JP map

October 10, 2014
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‘Onion’ spoof article uses JP map

A recent article spoofing exercise apps on the satirical news site “The Onion” used a map of Jamaica Plain as an illustration. The Oct. 3 story is headlined “Popular new exercise app just tells users they ran 5 miles a day no matter what.” Lampooning the trend of biofeedback apps, the story describes an...

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O’Malley: Council pay raise is ‘too high’

October 10, 2014
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City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who represents most of Jamaica Plain, said last week he does not support his colleagues’ proposal to raise the salary for Council members by 29 percent, calling it “too high.” A majority of the council approved the pay raise this week, with O’Malley among those voting against it. City Council...

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Voter registration deadline is Oct. 15

October 10, 2014
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The deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 4 state election—which will choose a new governor, among other officials—is Weds., Oct. 15. That is also the deadline for changing a voting address or party affiliation. Registration or changes must be made either by postal mail or in person at Boston City Hall downtown....

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City unveils redesign plan for Hyde Square

October 10, 2014
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City unveils redesign plan for Hyde Square

The City unveiled a redesign plan of the Hyde Square rotary during a community meeting Sept. 29 that would increase the width of the sidewalk, enhance greenery and add public art, according to Boston Transportation Department (BTD) Director of Planning Vineet Gupta. The redesign appears similar to a plan that was presented during an...

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