Monthly Archives: November 2012

Political Notes: Chang-Díaz set to receive legislator award

November 9, 2012
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Local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz will receive the Legislator of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, according to a press release. “I am so honored to receive this award,” said Chang-Díaz, according to the press release. “Our state’s commitment to education is at the core of who we are.” Chang-Díaz...

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JP Tunes: New local music

November 9, 2012
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Jamaica Plain musicians recently released the following albums or singles: • Hey Ice Machine, “Hey Ice Machine” (self-released). Heyicemachine.com. JP musicians can notify JP Tunes about new releases at news@jamaicaplaingazette.com.

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Legislators to hold hearings on lab scandal, meningitis outbreak

November 9, 2012
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State legislators will hold a series of hearings starting Nov. 14 on the state Department of Health (DPH) handling of the meningitis outbreak that has killed at least 30 people and the state drug lab scandal, according to local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez. “It’s a really big deal,” said Sánchez. “We want to be...

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Bigger drug lab was rejected in 1986

November 9, 2012
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The William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute at 305 South St. has been thrust into the spotlight by the state drug lab scandal, but it is not the first time the site has been involved with controversy. About 25 years ago, the state planned to build a separate crime lab and state medical examiner’s...

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Polly Wants a Walk

November 9, 2012
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Polly Wants a Walk

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Winter farmers market to debut

November 9, 2012
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BROOKSIDE—Jamaica Plain’s first cold-season farmers market will debut Nov. 10 at the Our Lady of Lourdes Church Parish Hall at 45 Brookside Ave. The Egleston Farmers Market will feature a wide variety of seasonal foods, including from such JP-based producers as Buckle Farms and Yard Birds. It will run two Saturdays a month in...

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Trees down as storm largely spares JP

November 9, 2012
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A jogger passes a large limb felled by Hurricane Sandy on the path around Jamaica Pond on the morning of Oct. 30. (Gazette Photo by John Ruch)

Trees and large limbs came down around Jamaica Plain and the rest of the city in the wake of Hurricane or “Superstorm” Sandy on Oct. 29. While the gigantic storm devastated New Jersey and New York City and killed people as far away as Toronto, it was not as strong as predicted here. Unlike...

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Latvian church condo conversion approved

November 9, 2012
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The city’s Zoning Board of Appeals has approved the redevelopment of the former Jamaica Plain Latvian Lutheran Church at 98 Rockview St. into three condos. “The project was just approved” on Oct. 23, Robert Allan, attorney for the project, told the Gazette last week. In the next few months, owner Dennis Coghlan will prepare...

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JP Halloween

November 9, 2012
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People’s Federal Savings Bank employees (from left) Leo Moulis, Loranis Nova, Israel Diaz and Maribel Melendez get into the Halloween spirit by dressing up as main characters from Alice in Wonderland. (Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira)

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Editorial: JPNC chair should resign

November 9, 2012
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Benjamin Day, the chair of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, led an ill-informed smear campaign against the developers and elected officials involved in two housing developments that his council will review. He threw a bomb that backfired and damaged the JPNC. He should resign. This is a difficult call to make because Day has...

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