Monthly Archives: February 2013

Local author to celebrate novel at JP event

February 1, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) “The Comfort of Lies,” out Feb. 13.

Jamaica Plain resident Randy Susan Meyers is celebrating the release of her second novel, “The Comfort of Lies,” this month with parties and readings at Tres Gatos restaurant and bookstore and other Boston venues. The novel’s story focuses on three women: one who gave up her daughter for adoption five years earlier, the woman...

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BPS lays out 3 school-assignment plans

February 1, 2013
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The Boston Public Schools (BPS) has unveiled three plans in its effort to improve the school-assignment system. One plan would create a new zone system—similar to, but more varied than the one used today—while two other plans would create a list of schools based on quality and proximity to the student’s home. For the...

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Presidential visit

February 1, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez poses in front of a display at the second-term inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 21. Sánchez, a Democrat, was among the invited guests at the celebration.

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Officials favor no-zone BPS plans, with caution

February 1, 2013
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Some Boston city councilors and a local parents group told the Gazette they favor the “home-based,” zone-less options for the Boston Public Schools’ new assignment plan. But most also expressed skepticism about how well the plans would work in practice. Aiming to save money by reducing busing of students, BPS is considering three plans...

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Day of Service

February 1, 2013
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(Photo by Carrie Eldridge-Dickson) (from left) Aparna Singh, Maelys Amat and Jensen Proebstel, Community HealthCorps Navigators with the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center and Boston Health Care for the Homeless, speak during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event Jan. 21 at the Pine Street Inn Men’s Stabilization at Shattuck at 170 Morton St. The women were among 20 workers who provided health education, entertainment and healthy food to 55 men at the shelter. The event was funded by several corporations, including Whole Foods Market.

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Faulkner addiction clinic closure debated

February 1, 2013
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JAMAICA HILLS—Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital plans to close an in-patient drug addiction clinic in favor of a new specialized addiction team. The change, expected to happen around May 1, is being pitched by the hospital as a service improvement. But critics, including local state Rep. Liz Malia, say it is based on funding....

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Winds send noisy jets over JP

February 1, 2013
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Noisy jet airplanes have been flying over Jamaica Plain in recent weeks due to re-routing caused by strong winds at Logan Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). David Boyajian, a resident of Sheridan Street in Hyde Square, is among the JPers complaining about the roaring passenger jets in recent weeks. The Gazette...

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JP gun permits not tracked, but low

February 1, 2013
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The number of gun permits issued to residents of Jamaica Plain and other Boston neighborhoods is not tracked by government agencies. But the number is surely small, as citywide data obtained by the Gazette shows that only about 1 percent of Boston’s adults have gun permits. In 2012, a total of 5,723 gun permits...

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Transit officials meet about Arborway Yard

February 1, 2013
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FOREST HILLS—Following a recent meeting with state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary Richard Davey, the Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard (CPCAY) is hopeful for the project’s long-term future. “ reaffirmed a very strong commitment to seeking funding to complete the Arborway Yard. It was a key point he made more than once,”...

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Ex-JP lab chemist charged with drug theft

February 1, 2013
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A chemist at the state’s drug evidence testing lab in Amherst, who formerly did similar work in Jamaica Plain, is facing charges of stealing cocaine and heroin and replacing them with fake substances, according to Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office. Sonja Farak, 35, of Northampton formerly worked at JP’s drug lab alongside Annie Dookhan,...

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