Sights and Sounds, Sept. 12, 2014

September 12, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Sept. 23 for the Sept. 26 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Urban Agriculture Fair, celebrating bees, gardening, maple sugaring, ribbons for best garden or kitchen creations, learn veggie canning, soapmaking, make...

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On the Police Beat, Aug. 17-Sept. 7, 2014

September 12, 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. 7: Assault and battery, 64 Iffley Road; hit and run (property), Columbus Ave.; assault and battery, Cranston...

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2 gang members guilty in boy’s killing

September 5, 2014
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JACKSON SQ.—Two gangs members—Timothy Hearns and Ramon Silvelo-Miles—pled guilty last month to their roles in the 2010 Jamaica Plain shooting death of 14-year-old Jaewon Martin, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Martin, a Roxbury resident and honor student who was not in a gang, was shot to death May 8, 2010 at...

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Obituary: Kathleen “Kate” Thomas, advocate for LGBT elders

September 5, 2014
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Obituary: Kathleen “Kate” Thomas, advocate for LGBT elders

Kathleen “Kate” Thomas, of Jamaica Plain, passed away at home on Aug. 25, at age 41. Born in Bangor, Maine, on March 15, 1973, Kate was a graduate of Riverview High School in Oakmont, Pa. She received her bachelor’s degree from Boston University and was a licensed social worker. Kate was an advocate and...

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State primary election is Sept. 9

August 29, 2014
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Jamaica Plain voters will head to the polls on Sept. 9 for the state’s primary election. They will help decide who will garner the Democratic and Republican nominations for several races, including for the Governor’s Office. JP’s state elected officials face little or no competition in the election. State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz (2nd Suffolk...

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At JP Music Fest, a rebirth for local musician

August 29, 2014
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At JP Music Fest, a rebirth for local musician

In the 1990s, JP musician Chris Toppin co-founded the successful indie rock band Fuzzy. After a decade out of the music scene, Toppin is making a comeback with the band LOVE LOVE, which plays next week’s fourth annual Jamaica Plain Music Festival. “ is different at this age,” said Toppin in a recent Gazette...

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JP author’s 3rd novel explores abusive marriages

August 29, 2014
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The cover of the “Accidents of Marriage,” Jamaica Plain resident Randy Susan Meyers new novel. (Courtesy Photo)

Randy Susan Meyers, a Jamaica Plain resident, delves into her personal experience for her third novel, “Accidents of Marriage,” in which she explores the realm of an abusive marriage and how it affects a family. The book, which is set in JP, will be released Sept. 2. “This novel carries pieces from the work...

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Obituario: Ángel Amy Moreno, educador y artista

August 29, 2014
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Obituario: Ángel Amy Moreno, educador y artista

Un importante figura en la cultura hispana y la educación de Boston, Dr. Ángel Amy Moreno, murió de cáncer a los 69 años el 20 de agosto en su hogar en Jamaica Plain. Fue uno de los primeros puertorriqueños en estar en el Boston School Committee, un profesor en Roxbury Community College (RCC) durante...

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101 Brookley Road plans under scrutiny

August 29, 2014
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STONYBROOK—A proposed housing development on 1-acre site at 101 Brookley Road is getting a second look from the City’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD) and the Boston Redevelopment Authority, after residents expressed concerns the developer has skirted full review. Once the site of a nursing home, the large lot has been the subject of various...

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JPNDC Peace Rally drums up support

August 29, 2014
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JPNDC Peace Rally drums up support

A “Neighborhood Peace Rally” and march, hosted by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and JP residents and businesses on Aug. 16 drew about 50 participants to Hyde and Jackson Squares despite the beach-going weather. Following a spate of Egleston Square gun violence that left two people injured and one dead, JPNDC residents...

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JP climate protesters to head to NYC

August 29, 2014
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Dozens of environmental activists from Jamaica Plain are convoying to New York City in September to join a protest in advance of a United Nations climate change summit. The People’s Climate March, planned through climate change organization 350.org and dozens of other groups will march on Sept. 21. 350.org’s Massachusetts chapter is based in...

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Reduced Hyde Park Ave. project gets support

August 29, 2014
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Reduced Hyde Park Ave. project gets support

The community supports City Realty Group’s proposed development at 38-42 Hyde Park Ave. now that the project has been reduced to three stories, according to developer Fred Starikov and local resident Tess Pope. Starikov had originally proposed demolishing the existing structure and replacing it with a four-story building, the first floor having commercial space...

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JP Observer: On public issues, let’s not overlook the intangibles

August 29, 2014
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“If donors had their way,” an out-of-state college administrator told me in confidence years ago, “this campus would be crowded with benches. Everywhere you look you would see benches, many with plaques with people’s names on them.” The crowd stared out the windows, apparently imagining the scene. “So many people want the money they...

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Salsa Night

August 29, 2014
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Salsa Night

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ZBA process separates small projects

August 29, 2014
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Mayor Martin Walsh recently announced the creation of streamlined Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) process for small businesses and smaller residential applications. A subcommittee of the ZBA will meet bi-weekly to hear zoning relief requests from small businesses and smaller residential projects. The move will is aimed at aiding small businesses and homeowners making...

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Innovative Open Space

August 29, 2014
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Innovative Open Space

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Sights and Sounds, Aug. 29, 2014

August 29, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Sept. 9 for the Sept. 12 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events First Thursday art walk, Thurs., Sept. 4, Centre/South corridor shops. Info: centresouth.org. JP Music Festival, 20+ artists, 2 stages, Sat.,...

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New Mural

August 29, 2014
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New Mural

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More JP liquor licenses possible

August 29, 2014
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Jamaica Plain businesses and restaurants might soon have more liquor licenses available thanks to legislation recently passed by the state Legislature. Increasing the amount of City liquor licenses has been a pet issue for At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley. She has criticized the lack of licenses available for neighborhood businesses, saying too many are...

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Dominican Parade

August 29, 2014
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Dominican Parade

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New minister arrives at First Church UU

August 29, 2014
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First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist (UU) saw new Interim Minister Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris begin her two-year term on Aug. 15. Robinson-Harris is taking over the post from Rev. Terry Burke, who retired in June after 31 years. “My hope for this ministry is that I will be deeply engaged in building beloved community,...

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Indian food may come to Forest Hills

August 29, 2014
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A new Indian restaurant may be coming to Forest Hills. Punjab Foods, Inc., doing business as Tikki Masala Indian Restaurant, received the support of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Public Service Committee for a food and beer and wine license at its Aug. 5 meeting. The approval stipulates a a 10 p.m. closing and...

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JP Agenda, Aug. 29, 2014

August 29, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Sept. 9 for the Sept. 12 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Zoning Board of Appeals, City Hall, Room 801, 635-4775. Sept. 2, 10.30am: 11 Pershing Road (construct new shed dormer, new master...

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Obituary: Carlos B. Icaza, community organizer

August 29, 2014
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Obituary: Carlos B. Icaza, community organizer

Carlos B. Icaza, of Jamaica Plain, died Aug. 16, 2014, following a short illness. Icaza, born April 11, 1950, was the beloved husband of Shelley Norton Icaza and best Poppy of Elizabeth Icaza (Giovanni) Poles. Carlos is survived by Shelley and Elizabeth, his brothers David H. (Jean) Icaza and Peter S. (Mony) Icaza; nephews...

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