Monthly Archives: June 2013

Letter: Sell church to Task Force instead of selling out Hyde/Jackson

June 21, 2013
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Dear Church Square Partners, In 2004, hundreds of residents from Hyde/Jackson Square worked with you to buy the Blessed Sacrament Church campus in order to preserve it for our community. We attended rallies. We signed petitions and wrote letters. We advocated with our elected officials. We participated in numerous public meetings. We did what had to...

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Letter: Parklet program a welcome innovation

June 21, 2013
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Over the past few months, the Gazette has published several articles and critical editorials about Boston’s new parklet pilot project. Public outreach, the project’s budget and the use of public funds seem to be the paper’s major concerns. Parklets are pockets of green space, outdoor seating, bike racks, public art and other pedestrian amenities...

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Letter: Gazette is wrong to criticize off-leash dog-walkers

June 21, 2013
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It is the season of the off-leash-dog-bashing editorials again in the JP Gazette. (“Unleash the dog-walking talk,” June 7.) I shake my head in utter amazement at the regularity (and repetitiveness) of these rants. JP is home to so much green space—more than any other part of Boston—yet, if dog owners dare to let their...

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Letter: The Cave was more than a drop-in center

June 21, 2013
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I was disappointed in the comment made by Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez referring to the possible move of ABCD to Bromley-Heath Youth and Family Center (The Cave) that it will be “not just a drop-in center, but a place people go to better themselves.” (“ABCD might go to ‘The Cave,’” May 10.) For over 40...

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Letter: Gazette does outstanding work

June 21, 2013
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The quality of the work being done by the Gazette is outstanding. The Gazette hit the MBTA hard on its proposed changes to the Route 39 bus stops, which will be fewer under the MBTA plan. Elders and handicapped people need more and closer stops; but MBTA management wants to look good on timeliness of bus...

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Letter: Thanks for Arborway planting help

June 21, 2013
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Thank you to the 24 volunteers (plus one dog) who braved the heat to help plant trees on the Arborway Hillside on June 1. The trees were funded by a Grow Boston Greener grant and include a combination of canopy and understory trees: nine shagbark hickories, two redbuds, two dogwoods and two witch hazels. This variety of trees will help to...

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Letter: Thanks to JPNDC for ed partnership

June 21, 2013
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As the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation celebrates its Annual Meeting this week (May 29), I would like to thank them for all of their work in Jamaica Plain. The Adult Learning Program (ALP) has partnered with the JPNDC for over 15 years, during which we’ve collectively provided English language learning opportunities to hundreds...

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MassDOT chief meets with Casey critics

June 21, 2013
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State Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary Richard Davey met with Bridging Forest Hills (BFH) members Jeffrey Ferris and Kevin Moloney to listen to their advocating for a bridge replacement for the Casey Overpass last month. Davey maintained that the decision for a surface street network is final, according to a spokesperson. Joined by MassDOT...

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Music Fest Shindig

June 21, 2013
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(Photo by Gretchen Gavett) The JP Americana-rock band Tallahassee (above) will perform two acoustic sets June 24 at the Tres Gatos restaurant and bookstore as a fund-raiser for this year’s upcoming JP Music Festival. The band is also celebrating the release of its new album “Old Ways.” See Sights & Sounds listing.

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Obituary: Charley Richardson of JP; union leader and anti-war activist

June 21, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Charley Richardson.

Charley Richardson, 60, died May 4 in his Jamaica Plain home after a long battle with cancer. Richardson was a prominent activist in the labor union and anti-war movements. Along with his wife, Nancy Lessin, who son was a Marine, he cofounded the anti-war organization Military Families Speak Out, which was based in JP...

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