Gymnastics Champ

June 20, 2014
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Gymnastics Champ

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Lantern Festival is cancelled this year

June 20, 2014
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The Forest Hills Cemetery (FHC) will not hold its annual Lantern Festival this summer, a landmark event that it has held for the last 15 years. FHC Assistant Treasurer Janice Stetz told the Gazette that the Cemetery is “reviewing procedures and logistics” and that the festival “may come back next year.” Stetz said she...

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Cancelaron el Festival de Faroles

June 20, 2014
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El Cementerio de Forest Hills (FHC) no tendrá su anual Festival de Faroles este verano, rompiendo una tradición de quince años. El tesorero adjunto Janice Stetz dijo al Gazette que el cementerio está “revisando sus procedimientos y logística” y que el festival “quizás volverá el próximo año”. Stetz dijo que no se sabe cuándo...

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Groups favor Washington St. study

June 20, 2014
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Some local neighborhood groups appear to be on board for the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s (BRA) potential planning study for the Washington Street Corridor, with one group even calling for the study to be extended to Jackson Square. The BRA announced last month that it might conduct a planning study on Washington Street between Egleston...

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Art initiative for Boylston Street

June 20, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition (JP NET) and the Boston Beer Company (BBC) are partnering to liven up Boylston Street through an artwork initiative, starting with a contest for murals. The mural contest is part of the Boylston Public Art Corridor initiative, which seeks to create “a public art corridor through Jamaica Plain’s...

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Parklet future is unclear

June 20, 2014
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HDYE SQ.—The future of JP’s parklet, located last year at 349 Centre St., is only getting murkier. Due to ongoing utility work on Centre Street that regularly takes over parking lanes, Boston Transportation Department (BTD) will not be able to install the parklet at its original location outside Old Havana restaurant. Instead, BTD, with...

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JPNC Forest Hills Committee to add members

June 20, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) is expecting to add community and JPNC members to an ad hoc committee about various Forest Hills developments at its June 24 meeting. Current members include Anne Barrett, Bernie Doherty, Kristy Nardone, Mike O’Connor, Kyle Smith, JPNC Chair Kevin Moloney, Michael Reiskind and Jerry O’Connor as Interim Chair....

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New Egleston Sq. festival postponed

June 20, 2014
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Celebrate Egleston Square, a new neighborhood arts and music festival, has been postponed to August. It was originally scheduled for June 28. The festival, planned to become an annual event, is slated include music acts Willy Rodriguez Salsa Quintet, James “JC” Carr and Fernandito Ferrer, from Puerto Rico. The day was also planned to...

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JP Observer: Curley House needs to be open again

June 20, 2014
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Outside, with its white shutters with cut-out shamrocks, the red brick mansion across from Jamaica Pond is eye-catching. Inside, James Michael Curley’s former home is gorgeous. Unfortunately, few people have entered in recent decades to take in the dramatic winding, open staircase and the glittering chandelier in the foyer. Few members of the public...

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Sailing On

June 20, 2014
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No baby geese for Jamaica Pond

June 20, 2014
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Soggy weather prevented Jamaica Pond Park from seeing its typical spring parade of baby Canada geese, according to the City Parks Department. Ryan Woods, director of external affairs for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, told the Gazette that no goose nests were found at their usual nesting site on the Jamaica Pond Island....

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Hyde Park Ave. project to shrink

June 20, 2014
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Developer Fred Starikov of City Realty Group said he has heeded to neighbors’ concerns, reducing a proposed four-story project at 38-42 Hyde Park Ave. to three stories. Starikov had originally proposed demolishing the existing structure and replacing it with a four-story building. The first floor would have commercial space towards the front facing Hyde...

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‘Battle of the Bars’ raises funds for JP Music Fest

June 20, 2014
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What does JP do to raise funds for the JP Music Festival (JPMF)? Host a battle of the bands, of course. The June 10 event at the Midway Café at 3496 Washington St. may have the makings of an annual tradition. Organizer Rick Berlin, local longtime musician and JPMF organizer, told the Gazette the...

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Political Art

June 20, 2014
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Sights and Sounds, June 20, 2014

June 20, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., July 1 for the July 4 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey, tree myths, songs and summer solstice legends with storyteller Diane Edgecomb & Celtic...

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JP Pets: Tips for keeping pooches cool and safe this summer

June 20, 2014
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With the weather finally warming up, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) warns dog-owners that heat and summer activities can be dangerous to their canine companions. The MSPCA gave the Gazette its top five tips for keeping dogs safe this summer: 1. Exercise safely. Try to exercise pets in...

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Back in the Saddle

June 20, 2014
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Back in the Saddle

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JP Pets: MSPCA pushes for new animal welfare laws

June 20, 2014
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The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA), which includes a hospital and adoption center at 350 S. Huntington Ave., takes care of animals in more than one way. The MSPCA is working on new laws to improve the lives of Massachusetts’s furry residents. MSPCA spokesperson Rob Halpin told the Gazette...

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Birds Not Bombs

June 20, 2014
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Birds Not Bombs

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JP Pets: City: No plans for more dog parks

June 20, 2014
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Despite the high demand and efforts over the years, Jamaica Plain dog-owners sill have limited options on where to take their furry friends to let them roam off-leash. The City says it’s up to the community if the number of off-leash dog parks is to increase. Meanwhile, the Franklin Park Coalition (FPC) said it...

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Top Grads

June 20, 2014
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Congratulations, Class of 2014!

June 20, 2014
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The following Jamaica Plain individuals and organizations are being congratulated for achievements in education: Jennifer Tejeda earned second academic honors from Clark University. David A. Meneses-Ontiveros earned academic honors at The Fenn School. Hannah N. Page was named to the Dean’s List at Saint Michael’s College. John Malachy Ryan Vallely graduated from Saint Michael’s...

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English High Class of ’14

June 20, 2014
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English High Class of ’14

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Nativity Prep Class of ’14

June 20, 2014
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Nativity Prep Class of ’14

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