Monthly Archives: April 2012

Leading Residents

April 13, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The newly elected resident leaders of Hyde Square’s Doña Betsaida Gutiérrez Cooperative—(from left) Susan Empey, Migdalia Montesino and Elba Rivera—are honored in a Boston Tenant Coalition ceremony at the Paulist Center Boston downtown on March 29. The Centre Street co-op was developed by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation. The event celebrated tenant and affordable housing struggles and victories.

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Homeless census results delayed

April 13, 2012
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The City has yet to release its 2011 homeless census despite the fact it has done so the past several years during the winter months. The census has been conducted for 32 straight years, with the last several showing a drop in the homeless population. According to Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) spokesperson Katinka...

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Resident begins anti-litter campaign

April 13, 2012
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PONDSIDE—When Kolya Lynne Smith moved to Pond Street from West Roxbury last fall, she was disgusted by the litter piling up on the sidewalks. Now she has adopted the street, giving it a weekly cleaning herself, and aims to form a group called Jamaica Plain Ecology Advocacy to spread the anti-litter crusade. “I am...

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Police abuse case lingers a year later

April 13, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—A high-profile case of alleged police brutality is still under investigation with no conclusion a year later, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). Michael Pearlstein-Gluck, a Jamaica Plain resident and public school teacher, complained about a March 5, 2011 incident in the Stop & Shop parking lot at 301 Centre St. in...

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Librarian remembers civil rights struggle

April 13, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Laura Foner conducts a class at the Gould Freedom School during her time with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the mid-1960s.

A small-town Arkansas sheriff once threatened to decapitate JP resident Laura Foner and throw her head in a river. During her time with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1965 and1966, Foner, the children’s librarian at the Connolly Branch Library, was a participant in a grass-roots organization for civil rights in a small...

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Bike-riding robber sought

April 13, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—A bike-riding robber stole a man’s cell phone and flashed a knife on Heath Street on March 23, according to the Boston Police Department, which released a description of the suspect. The victim was walking his dog and talking on the phone in the area of 251 Heath St. around 4 p.m. when...

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Civil War plays to kick off ‘Olmsted 2022’

April 13, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Gerry Wright as Frederick Law Olmsted.

Gerry Wright, founder and president of Friends of Jamaica Pond, will be starring in “Olmsted and Whitman: The Civil War Years” April 22 at the First Church in JP. The two one-man shows are a kickoff to Olmsted 2022, a plan to build on the beliefs and ideas of Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer...

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Letter: In support of low-income housing

April 13, 2012
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Twenty years ago, in my country, some delinquents assaulted me and shot me in my spinal cord, relegating me to a wheelchair, and four years ago I began to suffer attacks against my physical integrity due to my political ideals. I was the victim of different forms of violence, including threatening phone calls and...

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Letter: Gazette is wrong about unanswered Casey questions

April 13, 2012
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The Gazette’s attack on our citizen’s group, Bridging Forest Hills, and anyone who dares to speak up against the state’s biased “public” process on the Casey Overpass project, is a great example of shortsighted journalism (“The Casey criticism,” editorial, March 30). You say that Bridging Forest Hills has a “dubious public process.” Advocacy groups...

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Letter: Better traffic data needed for Casey design

April 13, 2012
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I’ve spent 12 years working on the Arborway Yard, two years on the Forest Hills Improvement Initiative. I’m fairly well acquainted with issues that concern residents of the Forest Hills area, especially traffic and transit. As a Casey Overpass project WAG member, I represented 300 residences of the Stonybrook neighborhood, which is used as cut-through...

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