Monthly Archives: April 2013

Politics as Unusual: Join in Boston’s fight of the century

April 30, 2013
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As a New York-bred carpetbagger on these Boston streets, I still don’t understand certain dynamics of local culture and politics. I’m stunned that despite all the brainpower in town, few people care much about elections. Historically, I’m clueless as to why more folks don’t acknowledge Louise Day Hicks and Dapper O’Neil as the ghoulish...

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Candidate’s claimed employers say he doesn’t work there

April 29, 2013
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Shaun Ivers, a Jamaica Plain resident who has announced he is running for At-Large city councilor, claimed in an email to the Gazette earlier this month that he is a freelance consultant for the Boston Municipal Research Bureau and the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) in Quincy. But those organizations are saying that...

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Gazette columnist publishes marathon bombing ebook

April 29, 2013
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Gazette columnist publishes marathon bombing ebook

Chris Faraone, a Jamaica Plain journalist who writes the Gazette’s “Politics as Unusual” column, has published an ebook of essays and photos about the week of the Boston Marathon bombing. “Heartbreak Hell: Searching for Sanity in Boston through a Week of Tragedy & Terror” is currently available for free at a dedicated website, heartbreakhell.marquee.by....

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State puts 4 small parcels up for bids

April 26, 2013
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The state today put four small, vacant parcels along the Southwest Corridor in Jamaica Plain up for bid. The pieces of land–in Central JP, JP South and Sumner Hill–are leftover property seized decades ago by the state to construct what is now the Southwest Corridor MBTA and train line and the Southwest Corridor Park....

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Markey to visit JP Sunday

April 26, 2013
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U.S. Rep. Ed Markey (5th District), who is running to fill the U.S. Senate seat left by John Kerry, is set to visit Jamaica Plain Sunday, days ahead of the April 30 primary election. Markey will visit Doyle’s Cafe at 3484 Washington St. at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Doyle’s, a pub with politically themed memorabilia,...

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Peace on Earth: Flowers planted in peace symbol shape at pond

April 26, 2013
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The peace symbol (left) and yin-yang symbol, both composed of flowers, at Jamaica Pond Park on April 26. (Gazette Photo by John Ruch)

PONDSIDE—Call it peace on Earth. Daffodil flowers planted in the shape of a peace symbol are blooming bright yellow on an embankment at Jamaica Pond Park in what appears to be unofficial, guerrilla landscaping. Next to the peace symbol is what appears to be a yin-yang symbol of white and red tulips that did...

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Islamic peace symbol added to terror memorial

April 26, 2013
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Islamic peace symbol added to terror memorial

An Islamic symbol bearing a message of peace and religious tolerance has been added to the makeshift memorial to Boston Marathon terrorist attack victims in Monument Square. It appears to be the same symbol that topped a sign honoring dead bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev that was briefly part of the memorial before the men...

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JP survivors, heroes in marathon bombing

April 26, 2013
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Jamaica Plain had its share of rescue heroes and survivor stories in the wake of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing. Jarrett Barrios of JP, the CEO of New England’s American Red Cross, and Carlos Arredondo, a peace activist with strong JP ties, had prominent roles in helping the victims. The bombing killed three...

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Marathon Remembrance

April 26, 2013
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(Photo by Daniella Rascón) Attendees light candles at an April 17 vigil for Boston Marathon bombing victims at First Baptist Church on Centre Street.

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Memorial to victims erected by rescuer

April 26, 2013
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The makeshift memorial at the Soldier's Monument at Centre and South streets in Monument Square April 22. (Gazette Photo by John Ruch)

Briefly honored suspect A makeshift memorial to the four people killed by the Boston Marathon bombers was erected April 22 in Monument Square partly by now-famous rescue hero Carlos Arredondo. The memorial also briefly named the dead suspect in the crimes before being altered. Attached to the fence of the Civil War Solider’s Monument...

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