JP’s resident ‘joggler’ runs and juggles

October 10, 2014
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JP’s resident ‘joggler’ runs and juggles

Chances are, if you’ve seen Jeremy Fischer, you remember him. He is Jamaica Plain’s resident ‘joggler’—someone who juggles while jogging. Fischer told the Gazette he has been doing it for years. “The first race I joggled was a 5K in Somerville, and I definitely dropped the balls more than a few times,” he...

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DA: New DNA test fingers twin in 2004 rapes

October 10, 2014
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Cutting-edge DNA testing has allegedly implicated a Dedham man—and excluded his twin brother—as a suspect in a pair of abductions and sexual assaults in 2004 in Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office said last week. Based on the new evidence, Dwayne McNair, 33, was arraigned Sept. 15 in Suffolk...

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Editorial: Police communications must improve

October 10, 2014
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The Boston Police Department flubbed badly in waiting days to warn the general public about brutal armed robbers lurking at Jamaica Pond. Anyone will mess up now and again, but the really troubling issue is BPD’s persistent communications problems that are undermining its supposed community-policing strategy. Public trust is crucial, and things like this...

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Editorial: Take back the pond—and the Mounted Unit

October 10, 2014
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As virtually every local parks group is sitting down to talk safety concerns, a couple of other news items spring to mind. The popular Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade returns on Oct. 18 and 19. This family-friendly event is a great way for the neighborhood to take back the pond from crime fears. Spontaneous Celebrations...

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Letter: Vote yes on bottle bill question

October 10, 2014
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Given all the controversial issues facing us in the coming election, there is one issue that should be, in the common parlance, a “no-brainer:” a yes vote on Question 2, the Bottle Bill. The bill would revise the existing one to include bottled water, tea, sports drinks and other beverages, which now most often...

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Letter: Don’t blame bicyclists for using bike path

October 10, 2014
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To quote Yanira Kilgore’s letter (“Dangerous bicyclists need to learn to share the path”) in the Sept. 12 issue, “…everyone uses this path.” Gee, I don’t know why bicyclists would feel they have to explain that it’s a bike path. Meanwhile, they’re moving, so it’s going to be quick. They’re bicycling, remember? I’ve done...

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Letter: Threats are no solution to bike-pedestrian conflicts

October 10, 2014
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The Gazette recently published a letter by Yanira Kilgore arguing that “dangerous bicyclists” need to share bike paths with pedestrians. (“Dangerous bicyclists need to learn to share the path,” Sept. 12.) What constitutes as “dangerous” for Ms. Kilgore is her observation of a cyclist who, while avoiding hitting a group of pedestrians clogging the...

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On the Police Beat, Sept. 21-Oct. 5, 2014

October 10, 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. Oct. 5: Hit and run (property), 315 Centre St. Oct. 4: Assault and battery, 112 Amory St.; assault...

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3rd armed robbery reported at pond

October 6, 2014
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Another armed robbery happened near Jamaica Pond on Oct. 4, according to the local District E-13 Police Station. Meanwhile, police arrested two suspects that same day in a Franklin Park armed robbery and indicated they are being looked at suspects in the earlier Jamaica Pond attacks. The latest pond-area robbery was reported as happening on the afternoon...

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Police to hold community meeting about pond robberies

October 2, 2014
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Officers from Jamaica Plain’s District E-13 police station will hold a community meeting tomorrow, Oct. 3, at Jamaica Pond to discuss two recent armed robberies there. The robberies occurred on Sept. 24, but the Boston Police Department did not alert the general public until nearly a week later. The robbers seemed unusually bold and sadistic,...

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Police: Beware of armed robbers at Jamaica Pond

September 30, 2014
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After two armed robberies at Jamaica Pond on Sept. 24, the Boston Police Department is warning residents to be alert for further crimes by the gun- and knife-wielding suspects. The robberies happened in the 11 p.m. hour on the footpath around the pond. The suspects are described as two black Hispanic men in their...

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Taste of JP highlights local eateries on Oct. 2

September 29, 2014
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Jamaica Plain has earned its reputation as a restaurant hotspot—and even the most determined foodie could spend weeks visiting them all. The 19th annual Taste of JP, slated for Thurs., Oct. 2, lets guests sample the offerings of more than 20 local restaurants all in one room. Taste of JP is a major fundraiser...

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Protests target landlord for business rent hikes

September 26, 2014
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Protests target landlord for business rent hikes

EGLESTON SQ.—Protesters joined by City Councilor Tito Jackson took to the streets Sept. 16 to protest rent hikes and evictions they say City Realty Group leveled against seven businesses in Egleston Square, including the popular Pin Bochinche Restaurant. The protest continued into a Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) Zoning Committee meeting the following day,...

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WIT profs create digital Curley House

September 26, 2014
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The digital scan of the Curley House’s exterior, as seen in a Gazette screenshot of the Wentworth Institute of Technology video.

PONDSIDE—The historic Curley House on the Jamaicaway remains closed to the public. But a hologram-style virtual tour is now available, thanks to Wentworth Institute of Technology professors who have scanned the entire building—inside and out—into a computer. The City-owned historic home of legendary Boston politician James Michael Curley at 350 Jamaicaway is currently in...

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JP resident named to Art Commission

September 26, 2014
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JP resident named to Art Commission

Jamaica Plain resident George Fifield, founder and director of Boston Cyberarts, has been named to the Boston Art Commission. Fiefield recently talked to the Gazette about the appointment at the Green Street T Station, where the Boston Cyberarts manages an art gallery. He spoke favorably about the Walsh administration’s new focus on the arts...

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Protestas contra propietario por aumentos del alquiler

September 26, 2014
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Protestas contra propietario por aumentos del alquiler

EGLESTON SQ.—Manifestantes tomaron las calles con el Consejero Municipal Tito Jackson el 16 de septiembre para protestar contra el aumento del alquiler y el desalojo que, según ellos, dio City Realty Group a siete empresas de Egleston Square, incluido el restaurante popular Pin Bochinche. La protesta continuó en una reunión del comité de urbanización...

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Bromley-Heath manager replaced

September 26, 2014
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JACKSON SQ.—The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) has replaced Angel Lopez with Gwen Friend as the manager of the Bromley-Heath housing development. That move has drawn criticism. Lopez became the Bromley-Heath manager in 2012 when the BHA took over the housing development from the resident-run Tenant Management Corporation (TMC). Katherine Guzman, who said she is...

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Green Cleaner

September 26, 2014
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Green Cleaner

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Ferrer steps down as BPHC head

September 26, 2014
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Ferrer steps down as BPHC head

Jamaica Plain resident Dr. Barbara Ferrer will step down from her position as executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) next month. She has served as executive director of BPHC since 2007. During a Gazette interview last week, she said her favorite achievement during her 13-year tenure at BPHC was aggressively tackling...

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New and relocated businesses open in Central JP

September 26, 2014
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CENTRAL JP—Three businesses have found new homes on Centre Street this month: baby shop Hatched and clothing and accessory boutique On Centre have both moved storefronts, while newcomer Noodle Barn opened its doors at 707 Centre St. Owner Liz Vittori Koch told the Gazette that Hatched moving her store to a long-vacant storefront at...

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Panel to discuss I-95 move history

September 26, 2014
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Boston author Jim Vrabel lead a Sept. 28 panel discussion in Jamaica Plain about the famed fight to stop I-95 running through the neighborhood. Vrabel will be joined by panelists Tom Corrigan, Ron Hafer and John Bassett, all former or current JP residents who were involved in the “Stop I-95” fight, in the Jamaica...

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JP Observer: A second look at ‘open floor plan’ living

September 26, 2014
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Jamaica Plain tends to embrace cutting edge concepts readily. Focus on the environment and shopping locally started decades ago, for example, and has expanded. But people in JP have also been known to dismiss popular trends such as building parklets in parking spaces. In that spirit, maybe it’s time to also examine more closely...

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Casey Arborway bids delayed

September 26, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—Demolition of the Casey Overpass and construction of a new surface street network has been pushed back by a longer-than-expected bidding process. Demolition was first planned to begin this fall. But 11 construction contracts will go out to bid next month. They include contracts for roofing and flashing work, masonry work, painting, electrical...

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JP resident pens book on yoga and trauma healing

September 26, 2014
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JP resident pens book on yoga and trauma healing

When Jamaica Plain resident Becky Thompson began training to become a yoga teacher, she said, she would hear whispers in the hallways and after sessions about people suffering from depression, loss, sexual abuse and other traumas. The traumas always seemed to be talked about in the background. That pushed her to co-lead a workshop...

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