Monthly Archives: August 2012

Body found in Jamaica Pond

August 31, 2012
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PONDSIDE—A person found dead in Jamaica Pond this morning apparently was the victim of an accidental or self-inflicted drowning, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). BPD detectives are investigating the death as a “non-homicide,” according to BPD. The body was found around 8 a.m. The female victim was pronounced dead at the scene,...

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Casey Overpass partly closed for repairs

August 31, 2012
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Casey Overpass partly closed for repairs

FOREST HILLS—The eastbound lane of the Casey Overpass is closed for emergency repairs after debris reportedly fell from the crumbling bridge. The overpass is the State Route 203/Arborway bridge over Washington Street and New Washington Street. Work is expected to begin shortly and last until around 11 p.m., according to the Massachusetts Department of...

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Clerk’s race tops Sept. 6 primary battles

August 31, 2012
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff The Sept. 6 primary election is fast approaching and several local elected officials will be facing challengers. The most contentious race is for the clerk of the criminal division of the Suffolk County Superior Court, where Democrats Robert Dello Russo, a former clerk, and office-holder Maura...

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Island Tree

August 31, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) (from left) David Gladstone, vice president of business banking at Citizens Bank, and Gerry Wright, president of Friends of Jamaica Pond and organizer of Olmsted 2022, plant a willow tree on Shea’s Island in the pond on Aug. 24 to replace a tree that fell last year in Hurricane Irene. There have been local concerns that the human-made island is eroding. The Parks Department spokesperson Jacque Goddard said the tree was planted without permission, but that it will stay.

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New schools raise traffic concerns

August 31, 2012
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SOUTH ST.—One of two schools opening next week in the former Agassiz building at 20 Child St. will use a Carolina Avenue entrance for school bus drop-off and pick-up for the first time, raising traffic concerns among local residents, who include state Rep. Liz Malia. Malia and City Councilor Matt O’Malley both opposed the...

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Cuban baseball greats play in JP

August 31, 2012
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(Photo by Courtney Sacco) Alfredo Mora of the Cuba Veteranos makes a hit during the Aug. 25 game at Jamaica Pond Park.

A team of senior Cuban baseball players, including several major league and national team legends, played softball against an American senior team at Jamaica Pond Park on Aug. 25 as part of a “Friendship Games” visit to Boston. The pick-up game was followed by a visit to Hyde Square’s landmark Cuban restaurant El Oriental...

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La contienda para clerk pronto terminará

August 31, 2012
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff Los oficiales elegidos competirán en las elecciones primarias del 6 de septiembre. En la contienda polémica para elegir un clerk para la división criminal de Suffolk County Superior Court compiten los demócratas Robert Dello Russo, un antiguo clerk, y la actual, Maura Hennigan, una residente de...

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Music Leader

August 31, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Krystal Banfield (above) was appointed dean of the Berklee City Music program this month. Affliated with Berklee College of Music, the nonprofit program that provides music instruction to underserved students in Boston and 38 sites across the U.S. A former voice professor, Banfield previously served as the program’s senior director.

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Goddard House gets set for closure

August 31, 2012
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The ultimate fate of the Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center building at 201 S. Huntington Ave. remains a mystery as it prepares for its closing date of Sept. 8. Goddard House spokesperson Diana Pisciotta, said that after the closure, the building will be cleaned for several weeks. Then the building will be...

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Sánchez backs therapy some call torture

August 31, 2012
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez is backing a controversial shock therapy that many officials are trying to ban. Some people claim the procedure is tantamount to torture. Bill Allan, a Jamaica Plain resident and activist at the Disability Policy Consortium, said that Massachusetts is the only...

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