Monthly Archives: October 2012

Coworker: Dookhan lied, cut corners at prior lab job

October 26, 2012
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Disgraced state drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan lied about her degree and made a minor corner-cutting of procedure in her previous job at a vaccine-making lab, according to a former coworker, who called on authorities to check Dookhan’s work. The former coworker, who spoke to the Gazette on the condition of not being identified,...

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Sen. Brown rallies JP supporters

October 26, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Brown campaign) U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (left) and his wife, Gail Huff (right), are joined by Regla Gonzalez (center), national vice-president for women at the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), at the local Republican Party campaign office opening on Oct. 15.

HYDE SQ.—U.S. Sen. Scott Brown drew over 100 supporters–as well as Democratic Party opponents–to the grand opening of the new Republican Party campaign office at 370 Centre St. on Oct. 15. The GOP has drawn attention for its decision to open the office in generally liberal Jamaica Plain and in Hyde Square, one of...

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Church owners give financial details

October 26, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—Owners of the Blessed Sacrament complex released financial numbers on the site amid controversy about their plan to have expensive housing built at two buildings on the campus. They reiterated they will go forward with their plan, but are open to other options that are financially feasible. The numbers were released by the...

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Crisis Management

October 26, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Mayor’s Office) Mayor Thomas Menino (at podium) announces a re-entry plan for former prisoners released as a result of tainted evidence from JP’s drug lab scandal at an Oct. 11 press conference downtown. The plan closely supervises all of those released to make sure they are not drawn into crime, with help from the Boston Police Department, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, the Department of Probation and Boston Centers for Youth & Families. Joining Menino were (from left) Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley and Police Superintendent in Chief Daniel Linskey. Menino is requesting $15 million from the state to pay for the effort.

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Latino businesses honored at City Hall

October 26, 2012
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(Photo by John Lynds) (from left) Tacos El Charro owners Aida Gomez and Jose Gutierrez accept their honor from City Councilor Felix Arroyo at City Hall on Oct. 15.

By Laura Plummer, Special to the Gazette Four of Hyde Square’s landmark Latino-owned businesses were among 11 honored at City Hall Oct. 15 as part of at-large City Councilor Felix Arroyo’s Latino Heritage Month Celebration. “I decided to honor small businesses this year because…70 percent of all Americans work for a small business,” said...

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Senate race involves JP Latino community

October 26, 2012
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With the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Scott Brown (Republican) and Elizabeth Warren (Democrat) being a nail-biter, the Latino community could play a pivotal role in deciding the winner. Elizabeth Warren, who stopped by Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain on Oct. 23, said she expects to have a lot of support from the Latino...

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1 wounded in Egleston shooting

October 26, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—A shooting at 1 Miles St. on Oct. 16 left a male victim with a wound to his upper chest, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). BPD did not identify the victim of the early evening shooting or give his age or medical condition. No suspects were announced.

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Capital Ideas

October 26, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Chuck Grigsby (right), president of Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, joins Bob Baker, president of the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) at an Oct. 18 event in Waltham where he received SBANE’s Profitable Connections Award.

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Voting Rights

October 26, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP state Rep. Liz Malia speaks at Pine Street Inn’s South End facility at an Oct. 11 forum educating homeless people about misconceptions that people without homes or with prison records cannot vote. JP state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (not pictured) also spoke at the event.

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City Archaeology Month highlights JP history

October 26, 2012
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Boston’s city archaeologist is inviting Jamaica Plain into his lab for a lesson in local archaeology, including Native American and Colonial sites, some of which are thousands of years old. As part of the state’s Archaeology month, City Archeologist Joe Bagley is offering eight neighborhood-focused lectures on top of other city-wide activities. The archaeology...

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