Op-Ed: The magic of a BPL Card

November 6, 2015
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A library card gives you access to not only printed books and e-books, but streaming audio books, movies, music, television shows, and digital magazines and comics. Last month, during ‘Library Card Sign-Up Month,’ more than 6,600 individuals signed up for a free library card with the Boston Public Library. Here in Boston, we are...

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Celebrating Fall

November 6, 2015
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Celebrating Fall

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BRA asks 64 Allandale developer to consider buffer zone

October 23, 2015
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) is asking the developer for the 64 Allandale St. project to consider a conservation restriction that would create a buffer zone between the Allandale Woods and the development, according to BRA spokesperson Nick Martin. A conservation restriction was one of several recommended revisions the Boston Parks and Recreation Department...

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Teacher turns mentor

October 23, 2015
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Teacher turns mentor

Amika Kemmler-Ernst has changed the way that Boston students learn by starting at the source: the teachers. She is a retired Boston Public School (BPS) teacher, but is still mentoring and creating a supportive community for the next generation of teachers from her home in Jamaica Plain. When Kemmler-Ernst was young, she wanted to...

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LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

October 23, 2015
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LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

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Maestra convertida en mentora

October 23, 2015
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Amika Kemmler-Ernst ha cambiado la manera en que los estudiantes de Boston aprenden, empezando en la fuente: los maestros. Ella es una maestra jubilada de las escuelas públicas de Boston (BPS), pero todavía es mentora y está creando una comunidad solidaria para la próxima generación de maestros desde su hogar en Jamaica Plain. Cuando...

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Protected bikes lanes, other concerns raised over DCR Arborway plan

October 23, 2015
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) held an Oct. 14 community meeting on increasing mobility between Kelley Circle and Murray Circle with attendees expressing concerns over the lack of protection for bike lanes and the plan to add parking spots, among other issues. The meeting was one of three that DCR has...

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Q. and A. with JP writer Katie Li

October 23, 2015
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Q. and A. with JP writer Katie Li

Jamaica Plain resident Katie Li recently wrote her first book, “Somewhere In Between,” which came out earlier this year. The Gazette conducted a question-and-answer session with her through email about the new book. (The session has been edited.) The book is available as an e-book, and as a paperback on Amazon and at local...

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JP Observer: Simple changes can make housing senior friendly

October 23, 2015
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Jamaica Plain is such a great place to live, younger people are joining older neighbors to think and talk about how they can “age in place” in the neighborhood. A big consideration, of course, is housing. When the Washington Street/Columbus Avenue corridor study community process launched recently, several people, not just elders, commented in...

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JP Agenda, Oct. 23, 2015

October 23, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Nov. 3 for the Nov. 6 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JP Problem Properties Committee, first Wednesday of the month, 10:30am, E-13 Police Station Community Room, 3347 Washington St. Info: Liana Poston,...

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Invitacion, Oct. 23, 2015

October 23, 2015
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El plazo para la sección de participación es al mediodía, martes, 3 noviembre para la edición del 6 de noviembre. Mande eventos a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Comité de casas abandonadas en JP, primer miércoles del mes, 10:30, en la comisaría del distrito E-13, salón...

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Forest Hills T Station shooting

October 23, 2015
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Two 18 year olds were arrested on Oct. 16 after a shooting at the Forest Hills T Station, according to bpdnews.com. Boston Police Department (BPD) officers responded to reports of shots fired around 7:55 a.m. at the Forest Hills T Station. When they arrived, officers learned that four victims had a verbal altercation on...

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BRA board vote on Bartlett II delayed

October 23, 2015
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The Bartlett II project was pulled from the agenda for the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board meeting on Oct. 15 in order for the developer to address concerns over traffic impact and retail programming, according to BRA spokesperson Nick Martin. Bartlett II is a proposal by local developer Chris DeSisto for a mixed-use building...

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Sights and Sounds, Oct. 23, 2015

October 23, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Oct. 20 for the Oct. 23 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events Story Club Boston, Boston comedians/storytellers Gary Peterson and Rob Crean, Dylan Krasinski and Alex Gettlin will perform as duo storytelling...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Rozzie Open Studios

October 23, 2015
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By Amy West Special to the Gazette If you are looking for an exciting, family-friendly event filled with art, culture and fun, then don’t miss Roslindale Open Studios (ROS) on Nov. 7 and 8. The unique annual event will feature nearly 90 artists displaying their work in 25 locations throughout Roslindale. Painting, drawing, photography,...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Developer files PNF for 19-unit project

October 23, 2015
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A developer recently filed a project notification form with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) to redevelop a site into a 19-unit development at 20 Taft Hill Park, according to BRA documents. The developer for the project is Parkhead Development LLC, while the architect is Dartagnan Brown of Embarc Studio LLC. The site is currently...

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Roslindale Neighbors: JP, Rozzie residents head to the polls Nov. 3

October 23, 2015
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Roslindale and Jamaica Plain residents will head to the polls on Nov. 3 for a variety of City Council races. Both Roslindale and JP voters will help decide the At-Large City Council race. Annisa Essaibi George, current At-Large City Councilors Stephen Murphy, Michael Flaherty, Ayanna Pressley and Michelle Wu will vie for the four...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Wu: Connecting with Rozzie

October 23, 2015
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Roslindale Neighbors: Wu: Connecting with Rozzie

By At-Large City Councilor Michelle Wu Special to the Gazette A few weeks ago, I was especially proud to march in the Roslindale Day parade. It’s an annual tradition for me as a citywide councilor, but this year was my first as a Roslindale resident. When my husband and I decided to leave our...

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Obituary: Eleanor Elias

October 23, 2015
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Obituary: Eleanor Elias

Eleanor Elias of Jamaica Plain, formerly of the South End, died on Sept. 28. She was 63 years old. Born and raised in Boston, Eleanor owned and operated Sorella’s restaurant with her sister in Jamaica Plain for 32 years. Sorella’s, which is located at 388 Centre St., is a neighborhood institution and was a...

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Obituary: James Hanley, former JP resident

October 23, 2015
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Obituary: James Hanley, former JP resident

James L. Hanley, of Melrose, died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on Oct. 9 at the age of 74. Hanley was born and raised in Jamaica Plain and was a graduate of Boston English High School. He resided in Everett for eight years, and for the past 12 years, in Melrose. Hanley worked as...

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32ND ANNUAL LANTERN PARADE

October 23, 2015
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32ND ANNUAL LANTERN PARADE

Children and adults celebrated the 32nd annual Lantern Parade around Jamaica Pond on Oct. 17 and 18, sponsored by Jamaica Plain’s Spontaneous Celebrations. Parade-goers carried handmade, candlelit lanterns around the pond while enjoying live music and more. These photos were taken on Oct. 17. (Courtesy Photos by Evan Scales.)

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Editorial: Roslindale Neighbors

October 23, 2015
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The Gazette returns to Roslindale for the second time this year and we hope we’re welcomed as an old friend. If not, feel free to use the paper to kindle a fire, as the temperatures start to dip. We kid. We kid. But Jamaica Plain and Roslindale can kid with each other because we...

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Editorial: Allandale Woods

October 23, 2015
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We are pleased that the BRA has asked the developer for the 64 Allandale St. project to consider creating a buffer zone between the development and the Allandale Woods. We hope that that actually happens. Allandale Woods is a gem that need not be tarnished. Any potential threat to the woods should be treated...

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Letter: 64 Allandale

October 23, 2015
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As residents of the Allandale Woods neighborhood, we are alarmed and dismayed by the BRA’s cavalier collaboration with the developer proposing 20 new units on Allandale Street with flagrant disregard for environmental and zoning impact. The density of the proposed project would negatively impact the area in both the short and long term in...

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