Monthly Archives: April 2013

Sights & Sounds, April 12, 2013

April 12, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) SOCIAL JUSTICE AUTHOR Peter Dreier (above), chair of the Urban and Environmental Policy Department at Calfornia’s Occidental College and an advisor to former Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn, will discuss his recent book “The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame” on April 23 at First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist as part of the Jamaica Plain Forum.

The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., April 23 for the April 26 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events “Art for Music” silent auction, to benefit the JP Music Festival, include photography, illustrations, paintings, pottery, home goods, Sun., April...

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No decision on JPNC lawsuit

April 11, 2013
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A Suffolk County Superior Court judge made no decision on a motion to dismiss the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) controversial lawsuit at a hearing yesterday afternoon, according to an attorney involved in the case. The attorney declined to speak on the record about what happened in the hearing. No further hearings have been scheduled...

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Councilor Ross announces run for mayor

April 11, 2013
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Councilor Ross announces run for mayor

City Councilor Mike Ross, who lives in Mission Hill and represents part of Hyde Square, announced he is running for mayor today. He tweeted the announcement with a link to his campaign website at Kevin Fitzgerald Park on Mission Hill. “Today, in that same spirit of community activism and determination to continue building a...

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Hennigan won’t join mayoral race

April 10, 2013
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By John Ruch and Peter Shanley/Gazette Staff Maura Hennigan, clerk of the Suffolk County criminal courts and a 2005 mayoral candidate, will not run for mayor this year, she told the Gazette. “As much as I would love to run for mayor with this open seat, the short timeframe to put together a campaign...

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Arroyo announces mayoral run

April 9, 2013
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Arroyo announces mayoral run

City Councilor At-Large Felix Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident, officially joined the mayoral race today, kicking off his campaign at the downtown office of the Service Employees International Union Local 615. “I will bring my skills as a community organizer, my experience as a city councilor and my commitment to moving Boston forward to...

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City takes over some Charlestown council duties

April 9, 2013
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The City of Boston has quietly taken over some Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC) zoning review duties after a private City Hall meeting with its leaders, the Gazette has learned. The move apparently was triggered by recent lawsuits filed against the council, and the plaintiffs say it bolsters their argument that the CNC—and other neighborhood...

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Politics as Unusual: The tough path to electing a mayor of color

April 9, 2013
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Despite their notoriously low voter turnouts in municipal elections, local communities of color are already buzzing over the mayoral madness sweeping Boston. As expected, important conversations are under way about the viability of certain minority candidates. Even outside of black, Caribbean, Latino and Cape Verdean enclaves, a discussion about race has surfaced front-and-center. Since...

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JP’s Councilor Arroyo to run for mayor

April 8, 2013
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At-large City Councilor Felix Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident, will join the race for the Mayor’s Office tomorrow morning, according to a source close to the campaign. Arroyo will “announce his intention to run for mayor” at a 10 a.m. event at the Service Employees International Union Local 615 office downtown, according to the...

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Consalvo: Mayor’s Office is about helping people

April 5, 2013
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Consalvo: Mayor’s Office is about helping people

City Councilor and mayoral candidate Rob Consalvo pledged to bring a mix of innovation—including naming a “technology czar”—and old-fashioned public service to the Mayor’s Office in his first major campaign interview. “We’ll fistfight over who’s the biggest visionary,” Consalvo said of the mayoral candidates in the exclusive interview April 5 at the Gazette office....

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Police ID homicide victim

April 5, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—The Boston Police Department (BPD) has identified the man fatally shot March 31 at 104 Minden St. as Edward Villalona, 25, of Jamaica Plain. BPD said he was found with a gunshot wound to the chest and was pronounced dead at a hospital. BPD previously said it is seeking the occupants of a...

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