Monthly Archives: March 2012

Wine on Tap

March 16, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Blanchard’s Wine & Spirits Manager Mike Denson demonstrates the new wine sample dispensers at the 741 Centre St. location. The two dispensers can safely house eight bottles of wine for up to 60 days and have been in place since mid-December. Samples are free but must be dispensed by an employee.

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Local leaders named to bank positions

March 16, 2012
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Eastern Bank has named two local leaders to its governing boards as part of its outreach to the Latino and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Rebecca Haag, president and CEO of the Jamaica Plain-based AIDS Action Committee, and JP resident Gunner Scott, executive director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), are among...

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Police Spotlight: Fraud and ID theft on the rise

March 16, 2012
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Fraud and identity theft complaints in Jamaica Plain have been on the rise over the past three months. Seniors are especially being targeted. The frauds involve credit cards, debit cards, prepaid cards, bank checks and unfulfilled promises to provide services, among other scams. In one case, on March 11, a scammer pretending to be...

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Romney gets primary win

March 16, 2012
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the state’s Republican Party presidential primary vote on March 6. Incumbent President Barack Obama was the only Democrat on his party’s ballot. The Green-Rainbow Party ballot-winner was still unclear as the Gazette went to press, though it appeared likely that Jill Stein would top the ballot, according to...

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Student dropout prevention bill moves ahead

March 16, 2012
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A bill that proposes new ways to prevent students from dropping out of school, sponsored by Jamaica Plain’s state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, is gaining momentum in the State House. The bill (S. 185) would: raise the mandatory school attendance age from 16 to 18; expand a program to identify at-risk students; create a “graduation...

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Small Dig

March 16, 2012
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(Photo by John Seamans/Boston Parks Department) Workers from Boston Parks and Recreation Department contractor Fleming Bros. dig into the sidewalk along Circuit Drive by Shattuck Hospital at Franklin Park on March 12. The work was done to alleviate flooding in the roadway by replacing a broken clay pipe.

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Tension continues between T police and youths, survey says

March 16, 2012
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The Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) has completed a follow-up survey that, while showing some improvement, tension continues between MBTA Transit Police and urban youths. “What the findings show is that while there has been some improvements in the last 18 months, we still have major problems in how Transit Police interact with urban...

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Legislation aims to plug natural gas leaks

March 16, 2012
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There is legislation moving through the State house that aims to put a clamp on natural gas leaks, a problem one local resident says probably killed several trees on the Arborway. “Personally, I get upset,” said Sarah Freeman, a member of the Arborway Coalition, who acknowledges some trees on the Arborway have died due...

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AIDS Action

March 16, 2012
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(Photo by Adam C. Webster/City Councilor John Connolly’s Office) Cutting the ribbon on the new MOMS Pharmacy at the AIDS Action Committee headquarters at 75 Amory St. on Feb. 28 are (from left) City Councilor John Connolly; AIDS Action President and CEO Rebecca Haag; David Richart of MOMS Pharmacy; and City Councilor and JP resident Felix Arroyo. The pharmacy specializes in HIV/AIDS medicine and joins a new drop-in social service center. For info, see aac.org.

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Traffic committee reunites

March 16, 2012
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The Boston Police E-13 Traffic and Parking Committee is reconvening after a year absence. The committee, which is a collaboration among the local E-13 Police Station, residents, city agencies and elected officials geared to improving traffic safety, stopped meeting when its representative from the Boston Transportation Department retired and a replacement was not available....

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