Monthly Archives: November 2011

Comienza Occupy JP

November 18, 2011
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Un movimiento llamado “Occupy JP” está siendo organizado como versión local de la protesta “Occupy Wall Street”. Occupy JP tuvo una asamblea el 13 de noviembre en la cual se comenzó a discutir la agenda, aún incompleta, de la organización – no se ha decidido si será en realidad una ocupación. “Hubo mucha discusión...

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Woman lied about teen killing case

November 18, 2011
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Woman lied about teen killing case

JACKSON SQ.—A Roxbury woman named Destiny Gunn was convicted of perjury last week for lying about her role in a 2007 incident where a teen was shot to death. The victim, 13-year-old Luis Gerena, was gunned down in the Bromley-Heath housing development by two gang members in a case of mistaken identity. The gang...

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Catholics prep for new Mass

November 18, 2011
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Local Roman Catholics are preparing for a new English-language version of the Mass that goes into effect on Sun., Nov. 27. The new translation of the Roman Missal, the instructions for saying the Mass, will change some words and the ritual’s rhythm for the first time in decades. JP’s three parishes will place cue...

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Incumbents win City Council races

November 18, 2011
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(Photo by Ernesto Arroyo) City Councilor Felix Arroyo enthuses over his victory at JP’s James’s Gate on Election Night, Nov. 8

By John Ruch and Rebeca Oliveira The incumbent candidates won all of the at-large and local district Boston City Council seats in the Nov. 8 election. Jamaica Plain once again had some of the city’s highest voter turnout, and voters here largely agreed with the citywide ballot choices. In the at-large race, JP resident...

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JP resident helms Pressley’s big win

November 18, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by David Taber) Jessica Taubner.

A JP resident running her first campaign engineered At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley’s stunning turnaround from vulnerable incumbent to topping the ticket in the Nov. 8 election. “We took nothing for granted. To some degree, at the beginning, we were fighting for fourth place,” said Jessica Taubner, who took a leave of absence as...

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JP Observer: Presidential race distracts from local power

November 18, 2011
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Jamaica Plain residents would be smart to pay little or no attention to the U.S. presidential race from now until next September, two months before the election. It will be hard, given the media pressure, but worthwhile. Who gets elected president is obviously important. But it doesn’t make sense for us to give much...

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Budding Ideas: Recent Arboretum research

November 18, 2011
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Living, But Not Fossils Palm-tree-like plants called cycads are often depicted as living fossils surviving from the age of the dinosaurs. But scientists have debunked that idea, proving that modern cycads are different plants that evolved much more recently. The plants with spiky trunks and long evergreen fronds indeed existed in the Jurassic period,...

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New schools moving into Agassiz

November 18, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) A worker repairs the roof of the Agassiz School on Nov. 8.

Despite fierce opposition from parents and City Councilor Mike Ross, the Boston School Committee on Nov. 15 approved a Boston Public Schools plan that will have two schools moving into the Agassiz School building at 20 Child St. next year. The plan moves the Mission Hill K-8 School and the new Margarita Muñiz Academy—a...

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Whole Foods gives money, gets reviews

November 18, 2011
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In the two weeks since Whole Foods Market opened at 413 Centre St., it has made a major contribution to a local nonprofit, generated animated responses from local businesses and gotten its first online reviews. On Nov. 15, local nonprofit Community Servings, which provides home-cooked meals for people who are homebound with chronic health...

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$223K to fix Arboretum wall

November 18, 2011
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ARBORWAY—Repairs to a collapsed, historic stone wall in Arnold Arboretum will cost the City at least $223,000 and probably more, according to Boston Parks Department spokesperson Jacque Goddard. “It’s pretty expensive,” Goddard said of the work, which is under way. “We expect that amount may go up.” The 120-year-old stone wall bordering the Arborway...

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