Monthly Archives: June 2012

State reps. urge teacher contract resolution

June 22, 2012
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Several local elected officials, including state Reps. Jeffrey Sánchez, Russell Holmes and Liz Malia, have signed on to a letter sent to Boston Public Schools (BPS) and the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) saying they are “disappointed” an agreement has not been reached in contract negotiations. The letter, which was dated June 6, calls for...

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Rt. 39 bus bump-outs questioned

June 22, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) A Route 39 bus blocks a crosswalk on June 13 while using a Monument Square bus stop set to be relocated.

A major facet of the Route 39 bus renovation plan might be in jeopardy as the project’s start date approaches. The Route 39 bus is slated to undergo changes starting this fall, including the consolidation of some stops and improved amenities like new shelters and benches and “bump-out” sidewalk extensions. But the MBTA has...

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Stepping Up

June 22, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Manning Elementary School students (front row, from left) Alida Wetherill, Rory Zaisser and Ricardo Dominguez Jiminez were the top walkers in Partners Step It Up, a collaborative program with JP’s Faulkner Hospital to encourage kids to exercise. The program, run by Partners HealthCare’s Center for Connected Health, outfitted students with a wireless device that monitored how many footsteps they took. In total, Manning School students walked 14.7 million steps, or roughly 4,900 miles, in the eight-week program that ended June 11. Also pictured are: (front) teacher Maria Karloutsos and Partners’ Sherrie MacDonald; (back, from left) Principal Ethan d’Ablemont Burnes; Partners’ Maggie Corcoran and Tracey Benner; librarian Patti Cahill; Faulkner’s Tracy Sylven; and Partners’ Karen Chase.

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Clerk candidates debate safety, skills

June 22, 2012
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The two candidates for the clerk of the criminal division of the Suffolk County Superior Court are ensuring the campaign is one of the more contentious local races by slinging accusations against each other. Current office-holder Maura Hennigan, a JP resident, is accusing her opponent’s supporters of jeopardizing public safety, while Robert Dello Russo,...

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Vacant lot draws fines

June 22, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) The collapsed fence at 101 Brookley Road revealed car parts, broken furniture and other refuse on the property during a Gazette visit on June 14.

STONYBROOK—A controversial property at 101 Brookley Road is garnering fines over its unkempt state. Since October, the city’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD) has cited the owner eight times for improper trash storage and overgrown weeds. Six of those fines, ranging from $25 to $65, have been issued since April. They remain unpaid, according to...

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First Communion

June 22, 2012
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) Young worshipers celebrate their First Communion at the Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic church on Brookside Avenue on June 3. Retired pastor Monsignor Charles Bourque (left rear) celebrated the Mass for the occasion.

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Orchard, other lots to be sold

June 22, 2012
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The fate of three City-owned lots on Dalrymple and Boylston streets in Jamaica Plain are up for debate. Egleston Community Orchard (ECO) currently occupies one of the lots. ECO has grown an orchard and garden there that boasts tomatoes, a composting area, basil, flowers, chard, kale, a path, an arbor for grapes, blueberries, raspberries,...

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Project JamaicaWay

June 22, 2012
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Laa Ceredona models a dress by Julie Ann Cahill.

(Gazette Photos by Courtney Sacco) The Project JamaicaWay Sustainable Style Competition & Fashion Show, hosted by JP Forum, brought a big crowd to First Church in Jamaica Plain on June 7 to see fashions made from recycled clothing and fabric from the Boomerangs and Goodwill thrift stores.

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JP restaurateur expands to Caribbean

June 22, 2012
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While most of Jamaica Plain was spending last winter inside, JP Seafood Café owner Phil Paik was commuting to the Caribbean to pull double duty at his second restaurant, The Ocean Club. The Ocean Club, open since October, is located on the small Caribbean island of St. Lucia, just northwest of Barbados. “It’s not...

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Indian Center regroups after funding loss

June 22, 2012
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The North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB) is fighting to get back on its feet after a major 2010 funding loss hampered its work with low-income Indians. “We’re in a tenuous situation right now,” said NAICOB Executive Director Joanne Dunn in a Gazette visit to the organization’s 105 S. Huntington Ave. headquarters last...

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