Farewell to Lion

April 24, 2015
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Farewell to Lion

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JP Kids: JP class explores ancient Nubia

April 24, 2015
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Second-graders Anand Koulomzin and Braxton Rocha hold up a Nubian alphabet book. (Courtesy Photo)

Ancient Egypt has received a lot of attention in popular culture, but another kingdom along the Nile—Nubia—has received far less. A class at Jamaica Plain’s Mission Hill K-8 School has attempted to change that through creating a “museum of Nubia.” Ashleigh L’Heureux, who teaches a class of first- and second-graders at the Mission Hill...

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JP Kids: Regan League Opening Day is Sat.

April 24, 2015
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The Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League will hold its 46th annual Opening Day parade and ceremonies on Sat., April 25. Players, coaches and parents with the youth baseball and softball league will begin the parade at 9 a.m. in Monument Square at Centre and South streets. The parade runs up Centre and S. Huntington...

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JP Kids: Kids join in ‘rhyme mob’ at Bromley-Heath

April 24, 2015
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JP Kids: Kids join in ‘rhyme mob’ at Bromley-Heath

Parents and children did not let the rainy weather dampen their spirits, as they came out in numbers for a “Flash Rhyme Mob” event at the Bromley-Heath housing development on April 17. About 60 children between the ages of 3 and 5 participated in the event, which took place outside the Nurtury Learning Lab...

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JP Kids: BISB hosts History Bee regionals

April 24, 2015
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JP Kids: BISB hosts History Bee regionals

JAMAICA HILLS—The British International School of Boston (BISB) on April 11 hosted the New England regional edition of the National History Bee, an annual history competition that attracts more than 10,000 students from across the country. The National History Bee is an academic competition for elementary and middle school students that tests knowledge of...

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JP Kids: Dance Center launches ballet program

April 24, 2015
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The Tony Williams Dance Center (TWDC) is launching a new ballet program, including a youth ensemble. The new company will debute at TWDC’s Brewery location, 284 Amory St., on May 17. Started in 2000 by Artistic Director and teacher Tony Williams, TWDC is best known for the critically acclaimed annual production of the “Urban...

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Perkins St. pond access plan still in works

April 24, 2015
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PONDSIDE—The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will hold a follow-up community meeting sometime in May or early June to discuss its plan to improve access to the Jamaica Pond at the intersection of Perkins Street and Francis Parkman Drive, according to spokesperson Bill Hickey. DCR held a community meeting in summer of...

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Latina-centered web series raising funds

April 24, 2015
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A new web series, created by and starring Jamaica Plain residents, is currently raising funds for a late summer release. “The Pineapple Diaries,” created by JP native Paloma Valenzuela, who is of Dominican descent, would focus on the lives of three young JP Latinas who are best friends—Maité, Feliz and Catalina—and their next-door neighbor,...

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FPC creating Olympics wish-list

April 24, 2015
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The Franklin Park Coalition (FPC) is requesting community input for a wish-list to send to Olympic bid organizing committee Boston 2024. “We always ask what people what to see in the park,” said FPC Executive Director Christine Poff. “It’s how our agenda is created. Franklin Park could use a good management plan and a...

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On the Police Beat, April 5-19, 2015

April 24, 2015
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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. April 19: Armed robbery of residence-firearm, 253 Hyde Park Ave.; vandalism, 212 Boylston St.;vandalism, 33 Bickford St.; Mustafah...

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Invitacion, April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 5 de mayo al mediodía para la publicación del 8 de mayo. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marque el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Comité ad-hoc de JPNC Forest Hills, agenda se anunciará, lunes, 27 abr, 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90 South St....

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Obituary: Colm Bohill, beloved partner at Gazette’s publisher

April 24, 2015
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Obituary: Colm Bohill, beloved partner at Gazette’s publisher

There was never a time when one could not laugh with him, nor a moment that passed when he was short of the perfect word to describe any situation. That’s how friends, family and co-workers most remember Colm Bohill, 69, a long-time partner at the Independent News Group who passed away at Whidden Hospital...

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Forum: JP pricing out all but wealthiest

April 24, 2015
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Want to buy a house in JP? You’ll have to be in the top-5-percent income bracket. That was one of the statistics discussed at the April 9 Jamaica Plain Inequality Forum, where activist organization members addressed housing affordability and low-wage jobs. About 40 people attended the forum, which was held at the Hope Central...

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Editorial: JP’s great kids

April 24, 2015
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Our regular “JP Kids” special section this spring once again shows the creativity of local youths and the grown-ups who support them all around the neighborhood. At the Mission Hill K-8 in central JP, the kids are teaching us about ancient Nubia. At the British School in Jamaica Hills, the kids competed in a...

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Editorial: The City’s new smoke-filled room

April 24, 2015
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There are many perplexing ironies to Mayor Walsh’s rapid embrace of the Olympics bid. Elected as a populist, collaborative leader focused on the city’s working and middle classes, Walsh has made many strides on that platform—yet he inexplicably linked up with the elitist, exclusive, secretive Boston 2024. Nowhere is the irony more dissonant than...

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Letter: Gazette’s Wilkerson coverage was an insult to JP

April 24, 2015
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I was disappointed that the Gazette thought running an article on Dianne Wilkerson was good news and that she deserved a photo on the front page. (“The return of Dianne Wilkerson,” March 27.) In addition, your article seemed to offer support for her to get back into politics. Dianne Wilkerson deserves a new start,...

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Letter: Gazette’s JP@Home coverage was too narrow

April 24, 2015
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While Peter Shanley’s article about the launch of JP@Home is accurate as far as it goes (“JP@Home senior living group launches,” April 20), it’s missing some important ingredients. The article described the purpose of the group as “enabling to live in private housing rather than a nursing home.” Typical of many scenarios about...

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JP Library renovation to begin Aug. 1; will involve long closure

April 10, 2015
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After over a decade of waiting, the Jamaica Plain Branch Library will undergo its first major renovation in 50 years beginning Aug. 1. But while welcomed locally, the work will require an 18- to 24-month closure. “While having the JP Branch Library closed for 18 to 24 months will be tough, the amazing building...

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Film on Marathon hero, peace activist nears completion

April 10, 2015
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Carlos Arredondo in Sept. 2013. (Courtesy Photo)

A documentary about Carlos Arredondo, the Boston Marathon bombing rescue hero and peace activist with strong Jamaica Plain ties, is nearing completion after a decade in the works. “The Man in the Cowboy Hat,” a documentary by JP resident Janice Rogovin, has been in production since Rogovin filmed her first interview with Arredondo in...

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Good Friday

April 10, 2015
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Good Friday

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Franklin Park get key role, but no answers, in Olympics debate

April 10, 2015
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The contentious Olympics meeting last month at Franklin Park has become a key moment in the bid’s plummeting public image, with Boston 2024 apologizing for the process’s failings in a prominent March 30 Boston Globe story. Yet Boston 2024 has not changed its process, and has not offered new information to the Franklin Park...

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Franklin Park tiene un papel clave en el debate olímpico

April 10, 2015
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La reunión contenciosa del mes pasado en Franklin Park se ha convertido en un momento clave para la imagen pública de la apuesta olímpica. Boston 2024 se disculpó por las deficiencias del proceso en un artículo prominente en la edición del 30 de marzo del Boston Globe. No obstante, Boston 2024 no ha cambiado...

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Where City Councilors stand on Olympics

April 10, 2015
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With the Olympics bid facing increasing questions from the public, the Gazette checked in with all 13 Boston city councilors to see where they stand. Only six councilors were willing to comment. All of them have a position of “maybe” to hosting the Olympics, but with varying degrees of enthusiasm and skepticism. The councilors...

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Franklin Park struggles with snow piles

April 10, 2015
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Following a record-setting winter, Franklin Park is reeling from the mess left behind by snow piles created by City snow crews. Franklin Park served as one of the city’s many snow farms, receiving excess snow from other parts of the city. Now that that surplus snow is melting, Franklin Park Coalition (FPC) President Christine...

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