JP auto shop goes green

June 5, 2015
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JP auto shop goes green

Following the success of transitioning one local business away from toxic materials, JP New Economy Transition (JP NET) is helping Salcedo Auto Center at 3377 Washington St. do the same. Owner and West Roxbury resident Rafael Salcedo, speaking in Spanish with translation by JP NET member Carlos Espinoza-Toro, told the Gazette during a visit...

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Renovation planned for South St. building

June 5, 2015
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Renovation planned for South St. building

Croan McCormack has plans to renovate 108-110 South St. into a four-unit residential building, while retaining the two commercial spaces out front, according to spokesperson John Moran of Alpine Services. The proposed project is slated to go before the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee June 3, after the Gazette deadline. Moran said the...

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JP reverend moves to Missouri to continue activism

June 5, 2015
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Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, an activist minister who spent months in Ferguson, Mo. training protesters in non-violent civil disobedience, has moved from Jamaica Plain to St. Louis to continue that work. Spokesperson Keiller MacDuff told the Gazette that Sekou made the move last month “to base himself there for a while in order to...

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Homeless Care

June 5, 2015
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Homeless Care

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Park group builds its list of Olympics questions

June 5, 2015
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The Franklin Park Coalition is building its list of questions about the proposed Olympics use of the park, and hopes to meet with Boston 2024 about them soon. Some of those questions came from the FPC’s May 9 annual meeting. “We are creating a list of questions to ask 2024 and will meet with...

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Dog groomer opens on Centre St.

June 5, 2015
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Dog groomer opens on Centre St.

Dog groomers and pet daycare shop Fancy Schmancy opened at 610 Centre Street in mid-April. “My job is literally to shower your pet with love and fun. Nothing could be better,” co-owner Nancy Baxter told the Gazette. Offering both full-service and do-it-yourself dog grooming, as well as retail items like leashes, collars and food,...

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Mayor talks parks, youth jobs at JP coffee hour

June 5, 2015
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Mayor talks parks, youth jobs at JP coffee hour

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh stopped by Jamaica Plain’s Brewer-Burroughs playground on Brewer Street last week on his yearly Community Coffee Hour tour. He spoke briefly to the small crowd about increased funding for city parks, including adding a proposed $20 million to the capital budget and adding another $20 million for park cleaning and...

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Man surrenders on 2003 gun charges

June 5, 2015
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A South Boston man last month turned himself in on 12-year-old gun charges related to a threatening incident near Hyde Square’s Mozart Park. Wellington Matos, 34, was wanted on a warrant for assault with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammo, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. The...

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DCR: Arborway crosswalk upgrade to begin

June 5, 2015
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ARBORWAY—Long-awaited improvements to a crosswalk on the Arborway should begin at the end of the month, according to the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The crosswalk is on the state-operated Arborway near the Arnold Arboretum. That stretch of the Arborway is known for high-speed car crashes. A Jamaica Plain resident complained last...

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JP First Responders: Decoding the Boston Police badge

June 5, 2015
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JP First Responders: Decoding the Boston Police badge

A galloping horse and a Bible quote are among the decorations on the Boston Police badge carried by every officer. While most people probably avoid situations where they would see a police badge up-close, there is a lot going on for those who take a look. A giant version is available for view at...

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JP First Responders: JP’s Police Report in 1872

June 5, 2015
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JP First Responders: JP’s Police Report in 1872

In 1872, Jamaica Plain was part of the Town of West Roxbury, and its police station was based in what is now a condo building at 28 Seaverns Ave. According to a police incident log for several months of that year preserved in archives, it appears that police work of the time consisted mostly...

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JP First Responders: Canteen Crew feeds firefighters during blazes

June 5, 2015
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While Boston Fire Department (BFD) firefighters are out battling the flames, the all-volunteer Canteen Crew are right behind them, making sure they stay hydrated and fed. The Boston Sparks Association, a private nonprofit that also operates the Boston Fire Museum on Congress Street, supports not only BFD, but also firefighters in neighboring cities, eight-year...

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JP First Responders: Program brings teens and cops together

June 5, 2015
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JP First Responders: Program brings teens and cops together

A long-running program to bring teens and police officers together—including in Jamaica Plain—aims to expand its offerings, according to a recent announcement at Boston Police headquarters. Since 1992, Roxbury-based Center for Teen Empowerment has worked with BPD on events where teens and police can meet face-to-face and learn about each other. Those events include...

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JP First Responders: Boston EMS faces increase in heroin calls

June 5, 2015
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Heroin addiction has increasingly become an issue for Boston, as illustrated by a report on substance abuse released last month at the Dimock Community Health Center that found Boston EMS responding to more heroin-related calls. The report, “Addiction and Recovery Services in the City of Boston,” says that Boston EMS had a 25 percent...

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Invitacion, June 5, 2015

June 5, 2015
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 12 de junio al mediodía para la publicación del 19 de junio. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marque el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Comité de vivienda y desarrollo de JPNC, hablando sobre la fusión de CPCAY y JPNC, presentación y plan...

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Residents honor retired letter carrier

June 5, 2015
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Residents honor retired letter carrier

A retiring U.S. Postal Service letter carrier was honored by Jamaica Plain residents she served for 26 years at a May 31 party on Hampstead Road. Lynette Dion retired in January, but the neighbors waited for warmer days so the outdoor celebration could include the many dogs and cats who also knew her from...

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City launches master plan process

June 5, 2015
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The City announced last month a new citywide planning process called “Imagine Boston 2030.” Expected to take two years, Imagine Boston is the City’s first comprehensive planning process in 50 years. Imagine Boston will be a multi-phase initiative, starting with a survey of present conditions and then expanding to a public visioning process in...

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Entrepreneur of the Year

June 5, 2015
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Entrepreneur of the Year

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Spontaneous Donation

June 5, 2015
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Spontaneous Donation

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Garden Day

June 5, 2015
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Garden Day

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Sights and Sounds, June 5, 2015

June 5, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., June 12  for the June 19 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Interest Jamaica Plain Spring Fair, with crafts and food, Sat., June 6, 11am-4pm, First Church in JP, 6 Eliot St. Info:...

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JP Agenda, June 5, 2015

June 5, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., June 16 for the June 19 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Boston Police District E-13, Latino monthly meeting, Thurs., June 11, 7pm, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St.; Strategic Planning meeting, Thurs.,...

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Editorial: Farewell to Sam

June 5, 2015
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It takes a lot of activists to make a great neighborhood. Sam Sherwood, whose death earlier this year was recently announced, was among JP’s best. Sam, typically in concert with Sarah Freeman, worked tirelessly on park preservation, pedestrian safety and a host of other results-scoring quality-of-life improvements. He was a strong advocate for the...

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Editorial: JP thanks a letter carrier

June 5, 2015
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The U.S. Postal Service does not win a lot of popularity contests these days. In fact, JP has complained about it loudly in recent years, with shifting routes and a bewildering mystery as to whether the local post office would remain open. Of course, part of the reason for such upset is that people...

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