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Sam Sherwood: Worked to Make Jamaica Plain Beautiful

Sam Sherwood directs the Metropolitan Wind Symphony at Pinebank.

Some people live quiet lives in their neighborhoods; others change the life of the neighborhoods in which they live. Sam Sherwood was a life-changer. He and Sarah Freeman spent decades working together to help make Jamaica Plain the beautiful neighborhood it is today. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Detlev Alain Koepke, 58: Philosophy Teacher, Neighborhood Advocate

Detlev Alain Koepke

Detlev Alain Koepke was born on June 23, 1956 at Kandang Kerbau Hospital in Singapore. He spent his early childhood in Munich, Germany and immigrated to the United States at age nine. After graduating from the liberal arts honors program at the University of Texas at age 19, and attending Columbia University’s Ph.D history program on a full scholarship (he obtained a Master’s degree), Detlev moved to Boston in 1983 to attend Harvard Divinity School. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Carlos B. Icaza, Carpenter and Neighborhood Advocate

Carlos B. Icaza, second from right, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Here he is seen at the June 2014 meeting of the JP Business & Professional Assoc. at Spontaneous Celebrations.

Carlos B. Icaza, well-known in JP for his civic work with organizations like the JP Business & Professional Assoc., died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. According to his death notice at, “Born in Hampden, Conn., Carlos was a reader, thinker, writer, adventurer, storyteller and troublemaker.” Icaza was a union carpenter and president of Just Small Jobs Inc.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at The Parish of All Saints, 209 Ashmont St., Dorchester. Continue Reading →

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