Monthly Archives: October 2012

JP Kids: How to avoid school sports injuries

October 12, 2012
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As kids gear up for the fun and teamwork of school sports, they are also at risk for preventable injuries, according to doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital. Nearly 50 percent of all football players sustain an injury each season, and there is an increasing frequency of head trauma and concussions in soccer players. With...

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JP Kids: BPL rolls out after-school program

October 12, 2012
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The Boston Public Library (BPL) has unveiled an after-school programming and it contains a retooled version of the popular homework tutor program. There were concerns last spring that the Homework Assistance Program might be canceled when BPL announced that it was being folded inside a much broader after-school program. “Homework help is one of...

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‘Jesse Tree’ coming to church lawn

October 12, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—First Baptist Church and Stonybrook Fine Arts are collaborating with each other and the community this upcoming holiday season to create a “Jesse Tree” on the church’s lawn. A Jesse Tree, a Christian tradition of remembrance during Advent—the few weeks preceding Christmas—is usually decorated with ornaments or objects that symbolize Old Testament events....

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Easy, cheap ways to cut heating bills

October 12, 2012
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With fall officially here and cooler weather on the way, Boston Building Resources (BBR) is offering some tips on do-it-yourself improvements that will make your home more energy-efficient. BBR is a Mission Hill co-op at 100 Terrace St. that sells new and slightly used construction materials. First, take steps to block drafts. That will...

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Anti-party vandal

October 12, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) “Two Sides, One Con,” reads an apparently handmade graffiti decal on an empty store at 668 Centre St. mocking the Democratic donkey and the Republican elephant. JP was hit with another major-party-bashing street art campaign last month, as the Gazette previously reported.

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Officer Honored

October 12, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Mayor’s Office) (from left) Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, Mayor Thomas Menino and police Capt. Patrick Crossen unveil a memorial to Boston Police motorcycle officers killed in the line of duty at the unit’s Roxbury headquarters Sept. 16. Three of the six officers were killed in JP, where historical signs in their honor were decorated with memorial wreaths during a motorcycle tribute ride earlier in the day.

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Editorial: Bad science at the State Lab

October 12, 2012
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The State Laboratory Institute is all about science. So one might expect a scientific response to the drug lab crisis. That response would be to test and prove the state’s hypothesis that everything is A-OK in the 17 other labs there. So it is good news that the state legislature is prepping an investigation....

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Editorial: School, and mayoral, choices

October 12, 2012
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The new school choice proposals for Boston Public Schools have become a battleground of mayoral ambitions. That’s not just good theater. It’s a good thing for the city and its students. Mayor Thomas Menino may yet run for re-election to a sixth term, but he is clearly working on the schools as part of...

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Letter: BRA is ignoring community on S. Huntington project

October 12, 2012
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Over strong community objections, the Boston Redevelopment Authority is about to approve the construction of a large luxury housing development proposed for the New England Home for Little Wanderers site at 161 S. Huntington Ave. Consisting of 196 rental units, over half of which will be studio or one-bedroom apartments, the developer intends to...

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Letter: BPS plan would increase inequality

October 12, 2012
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While we can all agree that high-quality schools are critical for every student in the Boston Public Schools, it has become clear to me that the lottery system is not the problem and that neighborhood schools are not the solution. The BPS’s new zone proposal with neighborhood schools is highly problematic. The current walk...

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