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Breakfast Meeting Set for Biz Owners at Risk of Eviction

Several local community and business groups will hold a meeting Wednesday morning to encourage the city to "even the playing field" for small business owners. The meeting was called by leaders from JP Local First, Egleston Square Main Street, City Life/Vida Urbana and the JP Neighborhood Development Corp. It will be at 10 a.m. at the Egleston Square YMCA, 3134 Washington St. Business owners are encouraged to attend. The meeting will be with Karilyn Crockett of the city's Main Streets program and Lydia Edwards of the Office of Housing Stability.

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Volunteers Transform the Egleston Square Peace Garden

Thirty volunteers of all ages from John Hancock and Youth Build descended on the Peace Park on Wednesday to build a new stage, paint, lay bricks for a new patio, spread mulch and plant flowers in one of the biggest volunteer improvement projects since the Peace Park was completed in 2000. Organized by Egleston Square Main Streets, the volunteers got the Peace Park ready for a summer that includes monthly concerts beginning June 20 at noon.  The gallery below gives peek at all the work done.

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Project Would ‘Announce Egleston as a Great Place to Live, Work and Play’

3200 Washington Street as proposed. Looking south. Credit: 3190 Washington St. LLC

A three-man development team plans to build the largest housing development in the history of Egleston Square; a community it describes as "a vibrant [one] that owes its vibrant identity to its diversity to ethnic, racial, age and economic patterns." 3190 Washington Street LLC, managed by Justin Iantosca with partners Paul Iantosca and Dan Mangiacotti, has acquired the 3/4 acre that includes Economy Plumbing and E+J Auto at Washington Street, Montebello and Iffley Roads. A  three building, $20 million, 76 unit development is proposed, to include two  5-to-6 story buildings facing Washington Street.

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Boylston Street Art Walk

Boylston Street Art Walk, January 2015. Credit: Luis Cotto, Egleston Square Main Street

Luis Cotto, executive director of Egleston Square Main Street, shared this snow free image from all the way back in January (seems like a lifetime ago, doesn't it?). As Cotto writes on the Egleston Square Main Street Facebook page, the Boylston Street Art Walk is "an initiative of our Egleston Coalition members JP New Economy Transition, The Urbano Project and the Egleston Farmers Market as well as the Boston Brewing Company." Each weekday we post an image from around the neighborhood. If you have a photo that screams (or even whispers) "Jamaica Plain," here are four ways to nominate it as our "Photo of the Day":

Email me at chris@jamaicaplainnews
Tag a picture on Twitter with @02130News
Put your photo in the Jamaica Plain News photo pool on Flickr
Tag a picture on Instagram with #02130News

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JP Holiday Windows Need Your Help in City Contest

A close-up of the window at Tails, 380 Centre St. It's one of three JP business windows in the running for this year's Deck the Windows contest. A new pizza joint in West Roxbury is running away with this year's "Deck the Windows" city contest for holiday decorating — and leaving JP's three entries in the dust. But that could change if JP residents get clicking in the Main Streets contest. Here's the link.

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