Sights and Sounds, Sept. 23, 2016

September 23, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Oct. 11 for the Oct. 14 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events Franklin Park’s Run Wild 5k, Sept. 24. All ages invited to participate in the race, which includes prizes for the...

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Op-Ed: Welcome back to school

September 23, 2016
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By Mayor Martin Walsh On Thursday, Sept. 8, Boston Public Schools (BPS) began classes for their first day of school. I hope BPS teachers, parents, and students have had a restful summer, and are excited to start another great school year. I know I’m excited — I visited Boston schools throughout the city on...

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Invitacion, Sept. 23, 2016

September 23, 2016
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El plazo para la sección de participación es al mediodía, martes, el 11 de octubre para la edición del 14 de octubre. Mande eventos a [email protected] Note: marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Conversación comunitaria sobre la extensión de la línea verde, jueves, 29 sept, 7pm, Connolly Branch Library,...

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Op-Ed: Preparing Boston children to take the exam school entrance test

September 23, 2016
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By Superintendent Tommy Chang As we start the 2016-2017 school year, we are setting out to increase awareness of the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) for entrance to the city’s three examination schools, Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School, and John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics & Science, and highlight that these schools with...

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Letter: Residents deserve long-awaited parkway improvements

September 23, 2016
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It has been nearly a year since the DCR last updated our community regarding its effort towards “Improved Multi-modal Safety and Access to the Emerald Necklace Parkways in Jamaica Plain” and it is high time the department did so. After some two decades of studies and planning concerning the corridor, the tens of thousands...

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Letter: Allandale St. project a bad idea

September 23, 2016
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The 64 Allandale St. proposal to build 20 “green” units and 47 parking spaces on a less than a two-acre lot adjacent to a Boston park has received overwhelming neighborhood opposition. That concern is not just for the extreme environmental costs in developing this site with such density but also for the Wonder Group’s...

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JPNC’s Zoning Committee green lights another Goddard House approval

September 9, 2016
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) Zoning Committee ultimately approved on Aug. 24 the proposed development at the old Goddard House building on South Huntington Ave with a close 5-4 vote, despite some neighbors’ disapproval. The project had already been approved by the JPNC Zoning Committee and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), but needs...

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Q. and A. with John Swan about his wife’s memoir

September 9, 2016
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Dale Swan was a Jamaica Plain resident who died from cancer in 2015. While she was dying, she wrote a book about her life called, “My Life as Compost.” Dale Swan died before finishing the book, but her husband John Swan helped complete and edit the book. (Editor’s note: John Swan is a former...

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CONSTRUCTION HAS STARTED

September 9, 2016
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CONSTRUCTION HAS STARTED

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Comité de zonificación de JPNC aprueba otro proyecto para Goddard House

September 9, 2016
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El 24 de agosto, el Comité de Zonificación de Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) aprobó un propuesto desarrollo para el antiguo edificio Goddard House en la Avenida South Huntington con un voto apretada de 5-4, a pesar de la desaprobación de algunos vecinos. El proyecto ya se había aprobado por el Comité y por...

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BRA to release second draft of Plan: JP/Rox

September 9, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will release a second draft of the Plan: JP/Rox planning study later this month, according to spokesperson Gina Physic. She said the BRA is planning on hosting a workshop on the planning study Sept. 21 and will release a second draft afterwards. Meanwhile, the Stonybrook Neighborhood Association (SNA) sent...

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JP Music Festival tomorrow

September 9, 2016
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The 6th annual JP Music Festival will be tomorrow, Sept. 10, with more than 15 acts, 2 stages and 7 hours of non-stop local Jamaica Plain music, according to a press release. The free festival will be held at Pinebank Field at Jamaica Pond and all performers will be residents or workers in JP....

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Taste of JP returns

September 9, 2016
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The nonprofit ESAC will host the 21th annual Taste of JP on Sept. 15 at the Franklin Park Zoo. The event will allow guests to sample the offerings of more than 10 local restaurants. Taste of JP is a major fundraiser for ESAC, a social service agency that moved to Dorchester after decades in...

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Man fatally shot in JP

September 9, 2016
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A man was fatally shot in Jamaica Plain in the early hours of Aug. 27, according to bpdnews.com Boston Police Department (BPD) officers responded to a report of a person shot in the area of 454 Centre St. around 3:33 a.m. Responding officers found a male victim who had been shot. He was transported...

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Invitacion, Sept. 9 2016

September 9, 2016
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El plazo para la sección de participación es al mediodía, martes, el 20 de septiembre para la edición del 23 de septiembre. Mande eventos a [email protected] Note: marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Planificación estratégica/NAC, martes, 20 sep, 6:30pm, Distrito E-13. Comité de casas abandonadas en JP, primer miércoles...

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Zoning Committee postpones vote on McBride St. project

September 9, 2016
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The 14-16 McBride project was discussed at the Aug. 24 Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) Zoning Committee meeting, but was not approved or denied. With a ticking clock, the council finished discussing the Goddard House project and had only 30 minutes to review and discuss the 14-16 McBride St. proposal. Developer Stephen Ballas presented...

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The Guide to JP: What makes JP unique

September 9, 2016
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JP boasts a diverse population of about 38,000, according to the 2010 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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The Guide to JP: A Brief History of JP

September 9, 2016
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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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The Guide to JP: JP Open Studios

September 9, 2016
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The 23rd annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios (JPOS), a celebration of the arts in JP that invites the public into local artists’ studios and group shows, returns next weekend, Sept. 17 and 18. Maps and detailed viewing information will be available at venues and are already available at jpopenstudios.com. But with over 40 JPOS...

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The Guide to JP: Best of JP 2016 Winners

September 9, 2016
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The following are the “Best of JP 2016” as chosen by Gazette readers. In the 16th annual Best of JP survey, hundreds of ballots were submitted containing thousands of votes. Many categories had at least a dozen nominees. The results were often close and there were tied winners in several categories.   BEST PLACE...

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The Guide to JP: JP places and politics

September 9, 2016
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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 Redevelopment Authority zoning map and largely used by locals. Within each sub-neighborhood there are other,...

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The Guide to JP: JP is Green

September 9, 2016
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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 Agenda, Sept. 9, 2016

September 9, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Sept. 20 for the Sept. 23 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JP Problem Properties Committee, first Wednesday of the month, 10:30am, E-13 Police Station Community Room, 3347 Washington St. Info: Liana Poston,...

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Sights and Sounds, Sept. 9, 2016

September 9, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Sept. 20 for the Sept. 23 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events South Street Youth Center 20th Anniversary Gala, Sept. 11, 2:30-5:30pm, Loring Greenough House, 12 South Street. 852-3370. Book Sale, Sat....

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