Monthly Archives: May 2013

Activists to protest police spy center

May 31, 2013
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Civil liberties groups will stage a protest tomorrow, June 1, at Boston Police headquarters against a controversial anti-terrorism intelligence center based there. The protest follows recent articles in the Gazette and DigBoston about how the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) overlooked the alleged Boston Marathon bombing mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev, but kept secret files on...

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Cause of death unknown in Jamaica Hills body case; may be natural

May 29, 2013
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The cause of death for the body found yesterday in Jamaica Hills is still under investigation and may be natural, according to Boston Police Department (BPD) spokesperson Cheryl Fiandaca. She said the dead person is female. “It appears this may be a sudden death,” Fiandaca told the Gazette, adding, “We are awaiting the [medical...

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BPD: Body found in Jamaica Hills

May 29, 2013
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A body was found on Parkside Drive in Jamaica Hills yesterday, and the Boston Police Department is seeking tips about the death of the “victim,” according to BPD. The body was found outside near a motor vehicle in the area of 7 Parkside Drive, according to BPD. BPD did not identify the dead person in any way,...

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Politics as Unusual: Corporate ‘ed reform’ sneaks into mayoral debate

May 28, 2013
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What if I told you that Walmart and Bain Capital were sneaking an invisible hand into the Boston mayoral race? Better yet, imagine if I brought news that some of the chief architects behind the mayhem currently engulfing public education in Chicago—last week, it was announced that an unprecedented number of schools will be...

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Spy center missed bomb suspect, watched JP peace activists

May 24, 2013
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Spy center missed bomb suspect, watched JP peace activists

A controversial police spy agency overlooked the alleged Boston Marathon bombing mastermind, but kept secret files on local peace activists—possibly including marathon rescue hero Carlos Arredondo. The Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC), an anti-terrorism agency run by the Boston Police Department with state and federal support, was the focus of Congressional scrutiny this month...

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Church owners set deadline in negotiations

May 24, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and the New Atlantic Development have said that a decision will need to be made within 60 days from May 10 in the negotiations with the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) over the possibility of that organization buying the former Blessed Sacrament Church building. “We told them...

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Zoo Hero

May 24, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Adam Crellin-Sazama (front) is honored with one of two Zoo Hero Youth Awards at Zoo New England’s gala May 11. Looking on is Blue Hills Bank President and CEO Bill Parent, who presented Crellin-Sazama with a $1,000 scholarship. Crellin-Sazama raised more than $1,000 for the Franklin Park Zoo with a cookie sale and other efforts, and is now working on another $1,000 campaign.

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Off-leash dog area planned at Franklin Park

May 24, 2013
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The Franklin Park Coalition (FPC) is making efforts to create off-leash dog areas and times for park users and their canine friends, pending City approval. At a May 15 community meeting, first announced at FPC’s annual meeting in April according to FPC Executive Director Christine Poff, 20 community members discussed options for off-leash dogs,...

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Activism is life for mayoral candidate Walczak

May 24, 2013
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(Photo from billforboston.com) Mayoral candidate Bill Walczak.

By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff The list of mayoral candidate Bill Walczak’s efforts goes on and on—founding president of the Codman Square Health Center (CSHC), founding president of the Codman Academy Charter Public School, co-founder of Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers—just to name a few. He also has been...

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Festivales no estarán en Franklin Park

May 24, 2013
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El festival anual Puertorriqueño y el festival Dominicano tendrán lugar en el Boston City Hall Plaza  este año y no en Franklin Park debido a que la restauración de la grama en el parque ha tomado mas tiempo que el esperado, de acuerdo con declaraciones de oficiales de la Ciudad y activistas. Estos festivales...

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