CropCircle Kitchen backs new Public Market

October 10, 2014
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The Boston Public Market (BPM), a new indoor market slated to open inside the Haymarket T Station building next summer, has partnered with JP’s CropCircle Kitchen (CCK). That partnership will provide expertise, training and space for the new market vendors. Groundbreaking for the new market space at the downtown T station was scheduled for...

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Feral felines spur neighborhood catfight

October 10, 2014
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Residents of a small, dead-end street in Central JP are facing off over a colony of feral cats. Mark David Chesak and Suzanne Sobert, a married couple living on Greenley Place, have cared for the eight cats for years—even providing small huts for them to live in. A neighbor the City wouldn’t identify filed...

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Rangers Mounted Unit seeks annual funds

October 10, 2014
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PARKSIDE—The Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit—stabled at Franklin Park—is once again trying to avoid a sunset ride into retirement. An Oct. 16 fundraiser and auction, organized by the Friends of the Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit, is aiming to keep the horses on the force by raising $155,000 every year. The Mounted Unit once...

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Diabetes Prevention

October 10, 2014
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Diabetes Prevention

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‘Onion’ spoof article uses JP map

October 10, 2014
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‘Onion’ spoof article uses JP map

A recent article spoofing exercise apps on the satirical news site “The Onion” used a map of Jamaica Plain as an illustration. The Oct. 3 story is headlined “Popular new exercise app just tells users they ran 5 miles a day no matter what.” Lampooning the trend of biofeedback apps, the story describes an...

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O’Malley: Council pay raise is ‘too high’

October 10, 2014
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City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who represents most of Jamaica Plain, said last week he does not support his colleagues’ proposal to raise the salary for Council members by 29 percent, calling it “too high.” A majority of the council approved the pay raise this week, with O’Malley among those voting against it. City Council...

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Voter registration deadline is Oct. 15

October 10, 2014
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The deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 4 state election—which will choose a new governor, among other officials—is Weds., Oct. 15. That is also the deadline for changing a voting address or party affiliation. Registration or changes must be made either by postal mail or in person at Boston City Hall downtown....

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City unveils redesign plan for Hyde Square

October 10, 2014
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City unveils redesign plan for Hyde Square

The City unveiled a redesign plan of the Hyde Square rotary during a community meeting Sept. 29 that would increase the width of the sidewalk, enhance greenery and add public art, according to Boston Transportation Department (BTD) Director of Planning Vineet Gupta. The redesign appears similar to a plan that was presented during an...

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Big Sister Ride

October 10, 2014
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Big Sister Ride

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Sights and Sounds, Oct. 10, 2014

October 10, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Oct. 21 for the Oct. 24 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade, family-oriented walk around pond with homemade lanterns, with music and children’s activities, sponsored by Spontaneous Celebrations,...

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British School student achieves rare perfect IB score

October 10, 2014
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British School student achieves rare perfect IB score

A British International School of Boston achieved a rare perfect score in this year’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme—a feat so difficult that only 1 in 1,000 students accomplish it. Noah Fechtor-Pradines, who graduated from BISB at 416 Pond St. earlier this year, nabbed the elusive 45-point perfect score. Only 146 students in the world...

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JP Agenda, Oct. 10, 2014

October 10, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Oct. 21 for the Oct. 24 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Boston Police District E-13, Strategic Planning meeting, Oct. 16, 7pm, District E-13, 3345 Washington St. Police monthly meeting, Nov. 6, 7pm,...

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JP Kids: The many playgrounds of JP

October 10, 2014
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JP Kids: The many playgrounds of JP

Jamaica Plain is a playground paradise, with at least 14 public facilities for all ages and activity levels. Some are well-known community gems. Others are hidden treasures that separate, clunky lists of City- and state-run playgrounds make hard to find. One example is Pondside’s Brewer/Burroughs Tot Lot tucked away on a side street. It...

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JP Kids: English QB named ESPN’s ‘Player of the Week’

October 10, 2014
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English High School senior quarterback Emmanuel Almonte was recently named “Player of the Week” by ESPN Boston. But he has not always loved the sport that has landed him accolades. Almonte said in a recent Gazette interview at English High School that when he first began playing football at the Pop Warner level, he...

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JP Kids: BPS updates pregnancy policies

October 10, 2014
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Boston Public Schools (BPS) has updated its policies in support of students who are parenting and to reduce student pregnancy. The changes tighten confidentiality guidelines and enforce federal Title IX protections. The last time BPS guidelines for expectant or parenting students was updated was in 1987. “Changes are being put in place now, beginning...

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JP Kids: Curley field set to open

October 10, 2014
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JP CENTER—The community-funded artificial turf field and track for the Curley K-8 School at 493 Centre St. is close to being completed. There will be a ribbon-cutting to open the field Oct. 28. The community fundraising campaign raised more than $250,000 to replace an unsafe asphalt lot with the field and track that will...

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Invitacion, Oct. 10, 2014

October 10, 2014
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 21 de octubre al mediodía para la publicación del 24 de octubre. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marque el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Policía de Boston del Distrito E-13, reunión de la planificación estratégica, 16 octubre, 7pm, District E-13, 3345 Washington...

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Prudential Unlimited Realty becomes Sotheby’s

October 10, 2014
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Prudential Unlimited Realty, with offices at 673 Centre St., changed its affiliation to Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty as of Oct. 1. The change is a result of Prudential Financial selling its Real Estate Division back in 2011. As franchise agreements expire, the franchisees must find new brands. Unlimited’s Prudential license expired on Sept. 30....

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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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