Monthly Archives: January 2013

Obituary: Janis M. Fahey; JP resident

January 18, 2013
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Janis Fahey

Janis M. Fahey (1946-2013), a longtime Jamaica Plain resident and native Bostonian, died on Jan. 2. She leaves a sister, Eileen Fahey of Nevada City, Calif., and a brother, Jack Fahey of Jamaica Plain, as well as many loving friends. She will be dearly missed.

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Obituary: Robert DeFranco; former Galway House owner

January 18, 2013
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Robert DeFranco. (Photo Courtesy Keohane Funeral Home)

Robert DeFranco of Quincy, formerly of Roxbury, passed away Jan. 5, 2013. Beloved husband of Claire (York) DeFranco of Quincy. Loving father of Robert Y. Haley and his wife Conni of Randolph. Cherished “Papa” to Gena, Gillian and Robert D. Haley of Randolph. Brother of Mary Casey of Peabody and uncle to Sean Casey...

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2 local poets score book deals

January 18, 2013
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Two Jamaica Plain poets have each scored publishing deals that will result in their first poetry books. Jennifer Markell and Sandra Storey are both members of the local group Jamaica Pond Poets. Markell’s book “Samsara” will come out late this year or early next year. Storey’s book “Every State Has Its Own Light” is...

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Mission Hill School’s fame is focus of new book

January 18, 2013
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The Mission Hill K-8 School, which controversially moved to Jamaica Plain last year, is the subject of a new book that reveals its global fame among educators. “The name ‘Mission Hill’ is an important name” in the field of education, said Matthew Knoester, the author of the scholarly book “Democratic Education in Practice: Inside...

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JP residents continue responding to Newtown

January 18, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Cristina Nelson climbs Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Newtown tragedy sent out reverberations that are still being felt throughout the nation and in Jamaica Plain. One local resident recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa to fly flags honoring the victims, while another JP resident used a sidewalk chalk campaign to raise awareness of a grassroots gun-control organization. On Dec. 14, 26...

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Letter: Thanks to Chang-Díaz for fighting looser mercury law

January 18, 2013
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On New Year’s Eve, in the mostly empty halls of our legislature, a pivotal struggle to protect children’s health reached its climax. A bill that would have prevented future efforts to reduce exposure to toxic mercury was stalled, thanks to the leadership of state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz and other very committed legislators. These heroes...

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Editorial: Shooting the messengers of shootings

January 18, 2013
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Reaction to the Newtown school shooting is ripening into a classic moral panic. Society wants someone to blame, and the Obama administration is now gunning for video-game makers. That’s a direct attack on free speech that should concern all of us who rely on the First Amendment to tell you valuable truths, even if...

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Editorial: The T won’t fix itself

January 18, 2013
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The partial restoration of Green Line service all the way to Heath Street is good news and a great effort on the part of the cash-strapped MBTA. Development on S. Huntington Avenue is booming and transit service is needed more than ever there. But the MBTA can’t always fix itself. A year after the...

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Editorial: Remembering Dr. King

January 18, 2013
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On Jan. 21, our country officially remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a leader who changed the nation forever with his non-violent opposition to injustices done to African-Americans and—as is often forgotten—anyone who is poor. It is easy to see how far Dr. King and other Civil Rights leaders took us. Jan. 21 also...

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Sights & Sounds, Jan. 18, 2013

January 18, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) ACOUSTIC EVENING - The fiddle/guitar duo of Katie McNally and Eric McDonald (above) perform tonight at 8 p.m. as part of the notloB Parlour Concerts series at the Loring-Greenhouse House in Monument Square.

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Jan. 29 for the Feb. 1 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Snow Festival, with sledding, snowshoe-ing, animal-tracking, cross-country skiing (bring own skis), snowpeople-making contest, board games and refreshments, sponsored by Franklin...

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