Monthly Archives: February 2013

JP rapper creates new music genre

February 15, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Rapper-saxophonist Devin Ferreira performs at the Midway Café at 3496 Washington St. last month.

Jamaica Plain resident Devin Ferreira is pushing the boundaries of the music business. The rapper incorporates playing his saxophone in his rap songs, something he believes no one else has ever done. “People have never thought to put together…I used to make beats with the sax, but within the last year, I...

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Editorial: Health center change a sick idea

February 15, 2013
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Does anyone seriously believe we need less health care in Jackson Square? Not even Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), who are kicking out their 5,000 adult patients at the Martha Eliot Health Center, can possibly believe that. It’s a move deplorable in substance and outrageous in lack of public notice....

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Editorial: Yes to the JP Branch expansion

February 15, 2013
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The plan to expand and renovate the Jamaica Plain Branch Library should get full political support and proceed promptly. The plan adds useful, welcoming space to the library, while sensibly rearranging the existing spaces. It also respects the historic building. It is a smart plan designed with good community input. Brick-and-mortar libraries remain crucial...

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Editorial: Dealing with snow

February 15, 2013
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Gov. Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas Menino did a great job prepping residents for last weekend’s historic Blizzard of 2013, though cleanup has been a mixed bag. JP residents responded well with a community spirit of playfulness and responsibility, from the Hyde Square snowman to many quickly cleared sidewalks. Patience and flexibility are required...

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Op-Ed: Defining ‘quality’ schools and improving access to them

February 15, 2013
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By Craig Lankhorst, Special to the Gazette A year ago, Mayor Menino asked me to serve on the External Advisory Committee on School Choice (EAC). The mayor formed the EAC to help create a stronger school choice system. After a year of work and 70 meetings, we will soon make our recommendation. As a...

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Letter: Gun control might cut shootings, mental health funds might not

February 15, 2013
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How do we keep our children and ourselves safe? I write to salute and disagree with Sandra Storey on gun safety and mental health. (“JP Observer: Newtown shooting hits home,” Jan. 18). I salute her detailing how guns are a big part of JP. I bike daily past a 24-hour store where a hard-working...

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Letter: Sami’s owner will be missed

February 15, 2013
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I’m sure many people have fond memories of the late Sami Saba—proud father and hardworking owner of the Sami’s restaurants. (“Obituary: Ghazi Sami Saba; founded Sami’s falafel restaurants,” Feb. 11, jamaicaplaingazette.com.) He was also a generous supporter of the Boston Public Schools, as I learned during my years as a fellow parent at various...

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Letter: JP has too much litter, and everyone can clean up

February 15, 2013
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Last month, while walking through central JP, we were grossed out by the amount of trash both on the sidewalk and in the gutter. That day it was on the pond side, but frequently it can be both sides of the street that are littered with paper, coffee cups, lottery tickets, pizza paper plates,...

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Letter: No sense in swapping bridge for lights

February 15, 2013
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Everyone driving over the Casey Overpass must start at one rotary and finish at the other. It is one mile exactly and takes me two minutes. The “at-grade” plan to replace the overpass adds five sets of traffic signals to this drive. Does this make sense? John Lovett Jamaica Plain

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Letter: Thanks for great auto service

February 15, 2013
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It is so very refreshing to find a place that really takes care of you these days. This is the way I feel every time I visit the best service and gas station in Jamaica Plain: JP Auto Service, located on Centre Street near Whole Foods. I always get my gas there. The folks...

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