Obituary: Darien James Dillon, infant son

December 15, 2014
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Darien James Dillon, infant son of Ani Dillon of Jamaica Plain, passed away Dec. 5, 2014. Darien was born preterm on Dec. 4 and lived for one day. Funeral services will be held Fri., Dec. 19 at the Robert J. Lawler and Crosby Funeral Home, 1803 Centre St., West Roxbury, MA 02132. Viewing will be...

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Police warn of robbers near Stony Brook T Station

December 12, 2014
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Robbers with handguns assaulted two people near the Stony Brook T Station in recent days, according to a warning from the Boston Police Department. The incidents occurred Wed., Dec. 10 around 9:20 p.m. and yesterday, Dec. 11 around 10 p.m. One victim was robbed, and the other incident was an attempted robbery, according to...

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JP Olympics protest begins as bid is submitted

December 5, 2014
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A bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics in Boston, which includes Franklin Park on the venue list, was submitted this week by a private committee that held no community meetings and never notified park advocates. Meanwhile, Jamaica Plain activists began organizing an anti-Olympics protest movement. Boston 2024, the group backing a local Olympics,...

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What Olympic horses meant in other parks

December 5, 2014
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By Rebeca Oliveira and John Ruch/Gazette Staff With Boston’s Olympics committee proposing Franklin Park as a venue for horse events, the Gazette looked at the major impacts equestrian events had in other Olympic parks. The 2012 London Olympics horse events shuttered a public park for a full year. A Friends group later reported that,...

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Bike Season Ends

December 5, 2014
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Bike Season Ends

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In Ferguson, JP minister reacts to ‘heartbreaking’ decision

December 5, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain minister training non-violent protesters in Ferguson, Mo., told the Gazette about his strong emotions following a Nov. 24 grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of unarmed youth Michael Brown three months ago. “I’m exhausted. It’s heartbreaking. The grand jury actually issued an indictment last...

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Regalos originales en JP

December 5, 2014
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Las compras navideñas de forma local es una buena manera de sostener las pequeñas empresas y de encontrar cosas distintivas que no aparecen en el centro comercial típico. No importa si necesitas un regalo para un motociclista jugador de juegos de mesa o para un anarquista elegante, aquí están unos artículos de regalo especiales...

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Solstice Celebration

December 5, 2014
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Solstice Celebration

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Thanksgiving Help

December 5, 2014
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Thanksgiving Help

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Mixed-use project proposed for Washington St.

December 5, 2014
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A developer plans to turn 3383-3389 Washington St. into a mixed-use development that has 21 residential units and more than 2,000 square feet of retail space, according to a Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) document. The BRA was scheduled to hold a community meeting for the project on Dec. 4, after the Gazette deadline. The...

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Obituary: Bishop Joseph F. Maguire, former JP vicar

December 5, 2014
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Obituary: Bishop Joseph F. Maguire, former JP vicar

Retired Bishop of Springfield Joseph F. Maguire died on Nov. 30 at the rectory of St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield. He was 95 and almost 70 years a priest. He was born in Roxbury in the Mission Church Parish on Sept. 4, 1919. At St. Columbkille High School in Brighton and at Boston College,...

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Group home permitting status is in dispute

December 5, 2014
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A landlord and City officials differ on whether the proposed group home at 221 Chestnut Ave. needs a zoning variance and community review. It also remains unclear exactly what kind of group home is being proposed, which would affect the permitting, with even its proposed operating organization expressing confusion. Neighbors, meanwhile, have retained a...

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BLC leadership shake-up still a mystery

December 5, 2014
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Why did Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) Executive Director Ellen Lipsey leave office as part of a leadership shake-up in Mayor Martin Walsh’s new administration? The Mayor’s Office will only say that it will act quickly to find a replacement for her, and that the BLC will continue to play a crucial role. Lipsey, a...

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Kelly Rink may open this month

December 5, 2014
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Unlike other state-run ice skating rinks, Kelly Rink at 1 Marbury Terrace has not yet opened. All other Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) rinks opened the day before Thanksgiving. Because it is an outdoor rink and therefore impacted by the weather, DCR spokesperson Bill Hickey told the Gazette, it is more likely that...

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JP Jubilee

December 5, 2014
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JP Jubilee

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Improv theater opens on South St.

December 5, 2014
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Improv theater opens on South St.

Along with plenty of galleries, orchestras and choruses, Jamaica Plain has added an improv theater to its repertoire. Riot Theater, started by Boston Latin teacher and JP resident Joseph Gels, moved into a shared space with A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra at 146A South St. in August, after several months of brainstorming, Gels told...

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Church seeks school tenant

December 5, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—Bethel AME Church is looking for a new tenant to take over the space at 86 Wachusetts St. after the MATCH Community Day School moves out at the end of the school year, Bethel officials announced at a community meeting last month. Nancy Dickerson, the interim operations officer at Bethel, told the Gazette...

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New dog parks not high on Open Space plan priorities

December 5, 2014
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Dog parks have long been on the wishlist of JP park and animal advocates. But the recently released rough draft of the City’s 2015-2021 Open Space Plan shows that dog parks rank in the middle of the pack among priorities for citywide park users. Meanwhile, the draft plan also shows that JP is mostly...

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Museum VP

December 5, 2014
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Museum VP

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JP Agenda, Dec. 5, 2014

December 5, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Dec. 16 for the Dec. 19 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNC Environment, Parks & Energy committee, Mon., Dec. 8, 6pm, JFK School, 7 Bolster St. Info: jpnc.org. Stonybrook Neighborhood Association, Holiday...

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New traffic lights coming to Centre St.

December 5, 2014
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New traffic lights coming to Centre St.

The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) is installing new traffic signals at the intersection of Centre and Burroughs streets and updating the existing signals at Centre and Thomas streets, according to spokesperson Tracey Ganiatsos. The signals at Centre and Burroughs streets will not be overhead lights, but mounted lights on posts on the sidewalks, said...

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Good Works

December 5, 2014
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Good Works

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Sights and Sounds, Dec. 5, 2014

December 5, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Dec. 16 for the Dec. 19 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Jamaica Plain Enchanted Trolley Tour & Tree Lightings, music, refreshments and toys, Sat., Dec. 6, 1:30pm: JP Monument tree lighting....

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Holidays in JP: Specialty gift choices abound in JP

December 5, 2014
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Mayra Franco shows off one of the guayaberas available at Centre Fashion last week. (Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira)

Shopping local for holiday gifts is a great way to sustain small businesses and find unusual items that don’t appear at the typical mall. Whether you’re shopping for a board-gaming biker or a sharp-dressing anarchist, here are some specialty gift items you can find right here in JP this season: Board-gamers Table-top and board...

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