Monthly Archives: January 2013

Activist seeks to remove JPNC members

January 4, 2013
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A local activist and Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) critic is seeking to remove the current council members in the wake of their lawsuit against the 161 S. Huntington Ave. development. “This group of eight people made a unilateral decision to sue our city…pretending to represent 37,000 people,” said Rick Stockwood, adding that he...

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Report: State Lab safe, but ‘threats’ remain

January 4, 2013
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FOREST HILLS—The William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute meets standards for safety and quality, but also has management “threats” that could cause future problems, according to an independent report obtained by the Gazette. Those “threats” include a lack of an overall lab safety program, flawed employee reviews and a lack of a full-time, dedicated...

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Winter Wonderland

January 4, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) Snow blankets the trees and grounds of the Loring-Greenough House in Monument Square on Dec. 30 after a storm the previous night.

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School fitness program reviewed for business ties

January 4, 2013
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EGLESTON SQ.—A new physical fitness program at Greater Egleston Community High School (GECHS) is under review by Boston Public Schools (BPS) following Gazette questions about its relationship to a fitness supplement business. Generation Fitness, or Gen/Fit, is GECHS Dean of Students Kwadwo Mike Thompson’s program. Students sign up for off-campus, non-team activities like rock-climbing,...

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State Lab appears accredited

January 4, 2013
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The 17 state public labs at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute at 305 S. Huntington Ave. appear to be in compliance with regulations and accredited. The Hinton Institute held the now-closed state drug lab where former chemist Annie Dookhan allegedly mishandled thousands of drug samples. Dookhan’s alleged actions have put numerous convictions...

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Memorial and mountain-climb for Newtown

January 4, 2013
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By Peter Shanley and Sandra Storey A local housing development recently held a memorial event for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass murder, while a Jamaica Plain resident planned to scale Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa to fly flags honoring the victims. On Dec. 14, 26 people, including 20 children, were shot...

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Academy Homes gang leader imprisoned

January 4, 2013
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JACKSON SQ.—The reputed leader of the Academy Homes street gang was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Dec. 20 for cocaine distribution, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Massachusetts. Owens Brown, 34, of Roxbury also armed and operated a gang of mostly young people that fueled violence in Jackson Square on the...

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Rapper releases album about City Life experience

January 4, 2013
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(Photo Courtesy Antonio Ennis) Antonio Ennis.

City Life/Vida Urbana, a Jamaica Pain-based housing advocacy group, is known for its direct activism, such as sit-ins, blockades and protest marches. The organization recently added another dimension with the rapper Antonio “Twice Thou” Ennis. “I’m really paying forward what I have learned,” said Ennis, who recently released an album about his experience with...

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Jesse Tree

January 4, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) A “Jesse Tree” representing the Christian tradition of Advent and decorated by community members stands outside the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain at 633 Centre St. last week. The metal structure was created by JP’s Stonybrook Fine Arts.

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Park group seeks to fix historic wall

January 4, 2013
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FOREST HILLS—The Arboretum Park Conservancy (APC), a nonprofit friends group for Arnold Arboretum, has applied for a City of Boston grant to continue repairs of historic stone walls along South Street. But first, the APC had to patch up its paperwork. The nonprofit had neglected to file four years of annual reports with the...

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