Monthly Archives: April 2012

Parents complain about lack of school assignment details

April 13, 2012
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Some local parents voiced their displeasure during a Boston Public Schools (BPS) community meeting to discuss crafting a new student-assignment plan. About 30 people attended the March 31 meeting at English High School. James Lesnick, a Jamaica Plain resident with a son at West Roxbury’s Kilmer K-8 School, said there was a lack of...

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JP GOP talks gun rights, ‘stand your ground’ law

April 13, 2012
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A Second Amendment “civil rights” activist spoke to the Jamaica Plain Republicans this week to criticize gun ownership laws in Massachusetts. Jim Wallace, executive director of the Gun Owner’s Action League (GOAL), the official state firearms association in Massachusetts, spent an hour with the JP Republicans at Doyle’s Café on Monday. Gun control and...

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Regan League parade April 21

April 13, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League baseball and softball league will hold its annual parade and Opening Day ceremony on Sat., April 21. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Eliot School on Eliot Street, then make its way down Centre Street to Daisy Field in Olmsted Park. The first pitch and...

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Some local pols to face opponents

April 13, 2012
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Two local officials will face challengers in the upcoming election if people follow through on the paperwork. State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz has taken out election paperwork for the 2nd Suffolk District. So have Roy Owens and David Wyatt, two regular candidates for elected office. Maura Hennigan, the clerk of the Suffolk County Superior Court...

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Ready to Roll

April 13, 2012
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(Photo by David Branigan) Members of the Village Health Team in Amuru, Uganda, pose last year with a bike of the type they uses in a workshop created in partnership with JP-based Bikes Not Bombs (BNB). The bike business will create local transit and ambulance networks as well as build community. BNB is highlighting the effort as an alternative to the “Stop Kony” campaign, which calls for military intervention against Ugandan war crimes suspect Joseph Kony, and which BNB says will only worsen conditions there.

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JP students question ethnic studies ban

April 13, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Boston Teachers Union School (BTUS) students sent letters to President Barack Obama, the Arizona Attorney General, Arizona Superintendent and Arizona students, to express their outrage at Arizona’s suspension of Mexican American studies in public schools. When Latino students in Riana Good’s Spanish class at BTUS learned about the Arizona law—HB 2281—that prohibits teaching...

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O’Malley talks big issues in ‘town hall’

April 13, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy City Council Office) City Councilor Matt O’Malley

Casino gambling and redistricting were among the vast range of subjects discussed during City Councilor Matt O’Malley’s second annual “town hall” meeting. About 30 people attended the April 2 meeting at the Connolly Branch Library. Speaking about the City Council redistricting plan, O’Malley said he opposes any plan that split either West Roxbury or...

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Library homework program to change

April 13, 2012
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The Boston Public Library’s (BPL) popular Home Assistance Program is to be folded into a broader out-of-school program, according to BPS spokesperson Gina Perille. The Gazette first learned about the change when JP resident Amy Snell complained during Councilor Matt O’Malley’s “town hall” meeting that the program was going to end. The homework program...

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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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