Arroyo: City ‘stronger together’ on health, human services

February 28, 2014
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Arroyo: City ‘stronger together’ on health, human services

Former City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident and the City’s new chief of Health and Human Services (HHS), spoke to the Gazette about his position, his goals for the future and how taking out his trash helps him to be a better public official. Last fall, Arroyo was one of Walsh’s...

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JP resident joins state LGBTQ Youth Commission

February 28, 2014
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JP resident joins state LGBTQ Youth Commission

Katy Erker, a Jamaica Plain resident, works at the women homeless shelter Rosie’s Place in the South End and sees women who could have benefited from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) services. That is one reason, she said, she is “really excited” to join the state Commission on LGBTQ Youth. “Nowhere...

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Main Streets Leaders

February 28, 2014
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Main Streets Leaders

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Despite staff changes, mail problems continue

February 28, 2014
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Some Jamaica Plain residents continue to have mail delivery problems despite managerial changes at the Jamaica Plain post office. Meanwhile, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is continuing to ask resident to report problems to its hotline, as it can’t address the issue unless it has the name and address of the customer affected....

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New pole yard advertised for bids

February 28, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—A project to create a new temporary City pole yard in JP is being advertised with no explanation of its purpose. But a pole yard currently exists adjacent to the temporary Arborway bus yard at 327 Forest Hills St. Relocating the existing pole yard to make all of the land available is a...

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JP Observer: Major media’s bad election coverage habits

February 28, 2014
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You can feel them warming up all over the state, as well as here in Jamaica Plain. The creaky gears begin to turn, fuel starts to flow… The political machines are getting ready for the election campaigns that will lead us to fall. If it’s 2014, it must be time for state elections in...

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Performance ‘Space’ welcomes unusual acts

February 28, 2014
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BROOKSIDE—Tucked behind an unassuming green front door, the Space at 128 Brookside Ave. regularly metamorphosizes into a creative art and performance haven. Originally home to a creative co-working group called Ad Hoc Studios, the Space found its current life when one of the group members, Ken Michaels, took over the lease for himself when...

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Candidate a no-show at JP GOP meeting

February 28, 2014
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David D’Arcangelo, a Republican candidate for Massachusetts Secretary of State, failed to show up for a scheduled appearance during a Feb. 24 Jamaica Plain Republicans meeting at Doyle’s Café. The 10 group members in attendance instead discussed tactics for the upcoming state GOP convention next month and membership-building ideas. Group chair Edward Wagner suggested...

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Historic review continues Casey delay

February 28, 2014
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The Casey Arborway project remains delayed, with a review by the Massachusetts Historic Commission (MHC) holding up the project. No explanation beyond the fact that the MHC is still “consulting” with the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has been offered by either agency, despite Gazette requests. MassDOT needs approval from MHC for a redesign...

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Youth jobs rally brings 1,000 teens to Boston

February 28, 2014
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Youth jobs rally brings 1,000 teens to Boston

Over 1,000 teens from 12 cities across the state, including locals organized by the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF), took to downtown streets to participate in an annual rally to boost support for youth jobs on Feb. 20. The rally gathered at the Old South Church, then marched to the State House to ask...

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DCR: Spring meeting for pond access improvement

February 28, 2014
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PONDSIDE—The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will hold a follow-up community meeting sometime in the spring 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 last summer, unveiling three concepts...

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Sights and Sounds, Feb. 28, 2014

February 28, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., March 11 for the March 14 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, neighborhood art walk, March 6, 6-8pm, Centre/South corridor. Info: centresouth.org. Blue Future: Protecting Water and People and the...

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Winter Science

February 28, 2014
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Winter Science

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JP resident was election observer in El Salvador

February 28, 2014
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JP resident was election observer in El Salvador

Denise Zwahlen, a Jamaica Plain resident, has been traveling to El Salvador for more than a decade. That experience propelled her to become more involved, so earlier this month she was an election observer as the Salvadorans headed to the poll. She went as a member of the left-leaning Committee in Solidarity with the...

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JP Agenda, Feb. 28, 2014

February 28, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., March 11 for the March 14 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNC Public Service Committee, Tues., March 4, 7pm, Curtis Hall, 20 South St. Info: jpnc.org. CPCAY Arborway Yard planning meeting, to...

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Faster Learning

February 28, 2014
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Faster Learning

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JP jazz musician releases 12th album

February 28, 2014
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JP jazz musician releases 12th album

Jazz guitarist and Jamaica Plain resident John Stein has released his 12th album, a tango-infused jazz album called “Emotion.” While he usually keeps to acoustic “mainstream” jazz, for this release he found an unexpected partner in drummer Matias Mingote German, an Argentine who lives in Spain. “It’s a jazz record with a lot of...

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Sandwich shop delivers the ‘Goods’ in Hyde Sq.

February 28, 2014
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Sandwich shop delivers the ‘Goods’ in Hyde Sq.

HYDE SQ.—A new sandwich shop has opened at the former home of Slice o’ Pie pizzeria at 378 Centre St. Owner Beth Troisi opened The Goods JP, offering sandwiches, pizzas and sides, in the last week of September. Troisi had always wanted to own her own restaurant, she told the Gazette last week. After...

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Video Underground to close

February 28, 2014
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Video Underground to close

After providing JP with movies for 12 years, Video Underground at 358 Centre St. will close, likely late next month, owner Josiah Simmons told the Gazette. “It’s that time of the century, I guess,” Simmons told the Gazette last week. “I can’t afford to be open, based on the sales that we’re doing.” Simmons...

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Invitación, Feb. 28, 2014

February 28, 2014
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 11 de marzo para la publicación del 14 de marzo. Manda a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones JPNC Public Service Committee, martes, 4 marzo, 7pm, Curtis Hall, 20 South St. Info: jpnc.org. CPCAY Arborway Yard...

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Felix D. Arroyo explains register run

February 28, 2014
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Felix D. Arroyo, a popular former Boston city councilor who retired to Uruguay a few years ago, recently explained to the Gazette his surprise return to run for Suffolk County register of probate and family court. He said he always kept a home in Roslindale, and was “energized” by working last fall on the...

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BPS questioned on how to achieve strategic goals

February 28, 2014
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The Boston School Committee held a roundtable session in Jamaica Plain on Feb. 24 for the Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) strategic vision. The meeting was planned to discuss the content of the vision’s goals and priorities, but attendees were mostly concerned with how those would be implemented. About 30 people attended English High School...

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Man injured in house fire

February 28, 2014
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Man injured in house fire

A two-alarm fire sent an elderly resident to the hospital after causing $400,000 of damages to a two-family home at 104 Bynner St. early on Feb. 22. Four people were displaced. The Boston Fire Department (BFD) twitter account (@BostonFire) documented the incident as it happened, starting at 1:48 a.m. Feb. 22, complete with pictures...

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Police seize drug cache in Egleston raid

February 28, 2014
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Boston Police officers seized over a pound of heroin as well as cocaine and drug-dealing equipment in a Feb. 12 raid on an Egleston Square apartment. An unidentified 22-year-old Boston man was arrested on charges of heroin and cocaine trafficking in the bust at 3037 Washington St. on the Roxbury side of Egleston Square,...

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