On Centre moves

September 12, 2014
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On Centre, a gift shop originally located at 636 Centre Street, recently moved down the street to the former Q Salon space located at 676 Centre Street, according to a press release. For more information about the store, see oncentrejp.com.

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Health Commission chief to step down

September 12, 2014
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Health Commission chief to step down

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, a Jamaica Plain resident who serves as executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, recently announced she will resign effective Oct. 3. Ferrer, who has led BPHC since 2007, is leaving to take a job as chief strategy officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a Michigan-based charitable fund. “Barbara Ferrer...

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Hennigan Help

September 12, 2014
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Hennigan Help

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BPS to serve more local food

September 12, 2014
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School meals in Boston Public Schools (BPS) will be healthier and more locally sourced this fall, as part of a new three-year food service contract awarded over the summer. Edith Murnane, the City’s Director of Food Initiatives and JP resident, told the Gazette that this “really exciting” move will help give BPS students a...

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Invitacion, Sept. 12, 2014

September 12, 2014
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 23 de septiembre al mediodía para la publicación del 26 de septiembre. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marque el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Comité de la vivienda y el desarrollo de JPNC, agenda se anunciará, martes, 16 septiembre, 6:30pm, 80 Green...

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JP Agenda, 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. Meetings JPNC Housing & Development Committee, agenda tba, Tues., Sept. 16, 6:30pm, 80 Green St. Info: jpnc.org. JPNC Zoning Committee meeting, Wed.,...

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The Guide to JP: Mayor Walsh: Arts and local businesses make JP special

September 12, 2014
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The Guide to JP: Mayor Walsh: Arts and local businesses make JP special

As a lifelong Boston resident, I know firsthand how important strong, diverse neighborhoods are to the strength of our city. Since becoming mayor, my team and I have been working on ways to celebrate the special character of each Boston neighborhood. So as the summer winds down and we welcome the new school year,...

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The Guide to JP: Best of JP 2014 Winners

September 12, 2014
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The following are the “Best of JP 2014” as chosen by Gazette readers. In the 14th annual Best of JP survey, hundreds of ballots were submitted containing thousands of votes. Most categories had at least a dozen nominees. No fewer than 35 businesses were nominated as JP’s “friendliest.” The results were closer than ever...

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The Guide to JP: A jogging tour of JP with Councilor O’Malley

September 12, 2014
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The Guide to JP: A jogging tour of JP with Councilor O’Malley

As the city councilor for Jamaica Plain and a proud resident, I consider myself one of the community’s biggest fans and most enthusiastic boosters. There is so much to love about JP. As an avid runner, one of my favorite workouts is a run through my neighborhood. If you joined me on a run...

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The Guide to JP: What makes JP unique

September 12, 2014
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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,...

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The Guide to JP: JP places and politics

September 12, 2014
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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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Editorial: Welcome to JP

September 12, 2014
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We welcome the many new residents who arrived in JP this month. For those of us who have lived or worked here for a year, a decade or a lifetime, there can only be envy for those who are enjoying their first experiences of the great things this neighborhood offers. A stroll around the...

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Editorial: Arroyo the right choice to lead court

September 12, 2014
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Felix D. Arroyo, a well-regarded local political figure, will be the next register of the Suffolk County Probate and Family Court. Voters made the right choice in electing him. Arroyo has a long track record as a progressive leader in Boston, including advising former Mayor Ray Flynn in the 1980s and leading the Boston...

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Letter: Dangerous bicyclists need to learn to share the path

September 12, 2014
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I am a resident of Jamaica Plain and a taxpayer for the city of Boston, Massachusetts, and the federal government of the United States. I am a U.S. citizen, born and raised in JP and Roxbury. I am also a pedestrian who doesn’t drive or ride a bike. I walk and take the T....

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Letter: Join the People’s Climate March

September 12, 2014
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Dear Neighbors, Some of you may know me through my house, JP Green House. My family and I built one of the first “carbon-neutral” houses in Jamaica Plain—rehabbing a hundred-year-old corner store in the Woodbourne neighborhood. With the addition of solar panels this year, we are now “energy positive”—the house creates more energy than...

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Obituary: Kathleen ‘Kate’ Thomas, advocate for LGBT elders

September 12, 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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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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