Senior Life: Senior chorus hits high note, seeks funds

March 14, 2014
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A Jamaica Plain senior chorus founded a year ago as a short-term class has grown into a an organization in its own right. Now JP Jubilee, formerly called Singing for Seniors, is looking for financial support. Longtime voice teacher and JP resident Elizabeth Anker originally only found enough funding to teach a nine-week singing...

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Senior Life: Sherrill House CEO appointed to state board

March 14, 2014
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Senior Life: Sherrill House CEO appointed to state board

Patrick J. Stapleton, chief executive officer of Sherrill House Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 135 South Huntington Ave., was appointed to the Board of Registration of Nursing Home Administrators on Feb. 12 by Gov. Deval Patrick. Board members are charged with the task of ensuring that nursing home administrators in the state are...

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Senior Life: ESAC leadership changes

March 14, 2014
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The Ecumenical Social Action Committee, Inc. (ESAC) has a new Interim Executive Director, Emily Morris Litonjua, following the resignation of Bill Minkle. Meanwhile, its work on funding Egleston Square’s Peace Garden redesign continues. Founded nearly 50 years ago in Egleston Square, ESAC sponsors a wide array of social service programs and is known for...

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Senior Life: Grassroots senior services group is halfway to goal

March 14, 2014
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JP@Home, a grassroots membership group with the mission of keeping aging residents at home as long as possible, is halfway to its goal of having 100 pledges to join. The group, which is partnering with Jamaica Plain-based Ethos, was created last fall. It lets members join in a group purchase of such services as...

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Senior Life: City conducts BHA senior/disabled survey

March 14, 2014
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Senior Life: City conducts BHA senior/disabled survey

Responding to staffing and budget cuts at the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) last year, the Walsh administration is conducting a survey called “Making Connections” to see what services BHA seniors and disabled residents need. “In May of last year, the BHA eliminated its resident services program for elderly/disabled residents as a result of deep...

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ESL for business class sees first grads

March 14, 2014
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ESL for business class sees first grads

EGLESTON SQ.—The state’s first-ever class in business English for speakers of other languages (ESL), a collaboration between Egleston Square Main Street (ESMS) and Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS), graduated six small business owners last month. “I’ve been able to have English-speaking clients,” Rosana Rivera, of Latino Beauty Salon in Egleston Square, told the Gazette....

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Parks Farewell

March 14, 2014
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Parks Farewell

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State of JP focuses on equity

March 14, 2014
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The fourth annual State of Our Neighborhood forum took place on Feb. 27, focusing on the theme of racial justice and equity in Jamaica Plain. According to JP Forum coordinator Greg Buckland, the event, which drew over 300 attendees, “was definitely one of the best yet.” Breakout topics included food justice, affordable housing, disaster...

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On the Police Beat, Feb. 24-March 9, 2014

March 14, 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. March 9: Hit and run (property), 220 South St.; hit and run (property), 561 Centre St.; Kevin Ashe...

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JP Agenda, March 14, 2014

March 14, 2014
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  The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., March 25 for the March 28 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNC Housing & Development Committee, discussing Arborway Yard bus facility and Urbanica’s “Parcel U” redevelopment on Hyde Park Ave., Tues.,...

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MHC: Shea Circle won’t be preserved

March 14, 2014
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The historic Shea Circle rotary will not be preserved for the Casey Arborway project, leaving an intersection or highly modified rotary as the alternatives under discussion, according to an audio recording of a Jan. 31 Massachusetts Historic Commission (MHC) meeting. The fate of Shea Circle has delayed the Casey Arborway for months as the...

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Invitación, March 14, 2014

March 14, 2014
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 25 de marzo para la publicación del 28 de marzo. Manda a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones JPNC Housing & Development Committee, hablar de Arborway Yard aparcamiento de buses y el “Parcel U” de Ubanica...

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Landmarks Commission future unclear

March 14, 2014
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With the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) involvement in a controversy last summer in Jamaica Plain, the Gazette reached out to Mayor Martin Walsh’s administration to see whether the commission will undergo any changes moving forward. But the Mayor’s Office and the BLC did not respond to requests for comment. Meanwhile, an architectural historian who...

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New Curley School field is funded

March 14, 2014
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JP CENTER—Following a successful fundraising campaign to raise $260,000 to replace an asphalt lot with an artificial turf field and track for recess use, the Curley K-8 School at 493 Centre St. is preparing to meet with Boston Public Schools (BPS) to prepare the project for contractor bids. “We had a remarkable outpouring of...

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Flowery peace symbol may return to pond

March 14, 2014
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Flowery peace symbol may return to pond

Flowery symbols secretly planted at Jamaica Pond may again bloom this spring, according to the “Guerrilla Gardner” who last year cultivated a peace symbol of daffodils there. “Spring is on the way, and who knows what might pop up this year!” said the anonymous planter in an email to the Gazette signed only, “your...

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Editorial: State Lab safety

March 14, 2014
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The latest report about the State Lab’s drug testing scandal leaves us even less convinced that a facility handling diseases and possible bioterror sample in our backyard is safe and secure. The Inspector General’s report describes management failures everywhere from the lab to the Governor’s Office. It depicts serious problems with employee background checks...

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Editorial: Congrats to business ESL program

March 14, 2014
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Congratulations to the graduates of the new business-oriented ESL program created by Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street, Egleston Square Main Street and the YMCA. English is a challenging language to master, and learning the special jargon of business is a major accomplishment. It’s inspiring to see local business owners working even harder in their pursuit...

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Letter: A farewell from Malia’s office

March 14, 2014
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Since 2009, I have had the amazing opportunity of working for one of the most dynamic legislators in the State House, Rep. Liz Malia. Throughout my five years working for Rep. Malia, I have been astonished by her dedication to her district, and her commitment to advocate for those who have the greatest needs....

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Letter: Mayor Walsh on his first 9 weeks

March 14, 2014
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It’s hard to believe it’s been just nine weeks since I was sworn in as mayor of Boston. A lot has happened, and my administration has made great progress in key areas. We’re working hard to tackle the most urgent challenges directly and build a foundation for long-term success. In public safety, we’ve listened...

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Sale of Blessed Sacrament Church finalized

March 5, 2014
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The sale of the former Blessed Sacrament Church building at 365 Centre St. from the Church Square Partners to the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) has been finalized, according to a press release. The sale was completed Feb. 28. HSTF had entered into a purchase-and-sale agreement to buy the church building in early July...

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Avellone lays out ‘progressive’ gov. race platform

February 28, 2014
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Avellone lays out ‘progressive’ gov. race platform

Two months ago, Democratic candidate for governor Joe Avellone attended a forum at Jamaica Plain’s Doyle’s Café, where he told the crowd he was not the most progressive candidate. But during a recent sit-down interview at the Gazette office, Avellone laid out a platform that he said many people would deem progressive. “I want...

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British School students volunteer in Tanzania

February 28, 2014
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British School students volunteer in Tanzania

For a group of British School of Boston (BSB) students, months of fundraising, studying Swahili and raising awareness finally paid off earlier this month, when they flew to Arusha, Tanzania for a week-long service trip. Tomas Navarro, 14; Katie Malone, 17; Rick Boer, 15; and Maya Nijhoff Asser, 14, talked to the Gazette last...

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Shattuck child care center gets lifeline

February 28, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—Following interventions by state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz and state Reps. Liz Malia and Jeffrey Sánchez, the state-subsidized Shattuck Child Care Center may have gotten a lifeline in the state supplemental budget this month. According to Clare Reilly, a member of the Shattuck Child Care Center Board, new language added to the state House...

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Residente fue observadora de la elección de El Salvador

February 28, 2014
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Residente fue observadora de la elección de El Salvador

Denise Zwahlen, una residente de Jamaica Plain, ha estado viajando a El Salvador durante más de una década. Su experiencia le impulsó a involucrarse en la política y este mes fue a monitorear la elección presidencial del país. Viajó como miembro del grupo izquierdista CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador),...

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