Monthly Archives: August 2013

BPD investigates Egleston Square shooting

August 21, 2013
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The Boston Police Department (BPD) is investigating a shooting in Egleston Square where a man suffered non-life threatening injuries Thursday night. According to bpdnews.com, police officers responded to a report of shots fired at 3096 Washington St. around 10:44 p.m. on Thursday. The officers arrived to find a blood trail that led them to...

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Politics as Unusual: ‘Ed reform’ cash makes Connolly biggest threat to BPS

August 20, 2013
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I didn’t plan on writing about schools this week. I already had another column mostly finished when I woke up today and found a whopper in the Boston Globe titled, “$500,000 push for Connolly planned.” It’s a piece about how Stand for Children, an Oregon-based nonprofit that alleges to foster education reform, plans to...

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JPNC election date set; nomination papers ready

August 16, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, a JP-wide neighborhood association, will hold its biannual election on Oct. 19. Nomination papers for candidates are now available. The 20-member JPNC was created by former Mayor Raymond Flynn in 1985 to advise the City on neighborhood issues. Five council members represent the entire neighborhood, while the rest represent...

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JP teen trains at firefighting camp

August 16, 2013
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JP teen trains at firefighting camp

A Jamaica Plain teenager recently spent a week rappelling down 40-foot walls, crawling through buildings ablaze and working the Jaws of Life at a firefighting camp for girls in New Hampshire. “I’ve always been interested in firefighting, since I was 2. I was looking for things to do this summer. I found this,...

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Dominican Parade, but not fest, returns to JP

August 16, 2013
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The annual Dominican Parade returns to Hyde, Jackson and Egleston Squares on Sun., Aug. 18, but the Dominican Festival afterward is still moved out of Franklin Park this year. Instead, the festival will be held at Roxbury’s Clifford Playground—even though the parade route still runs to Franklin Park. Like the Puerto Rican Festival earlier...

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Beisbolistas cubanos regresan a JP

August 16, 2013
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Un equipo de beisbolistas cubanos superiores, incluso unas leyendas de las ligas mayores y del equipo nacional, jugará softball contra un equipo americano este mes en Jamaica Plain. Fue un evento muy popular el verano pasado. Los partidos—llamados los “Friendship Games”—son del 22 al 29 de agosto y incluyen un partido en Pinebank Field...

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Arroyo’s Green Plan

August 16, 2013
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Arroyo’s Green Plan

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MBTA busway redesigned for Casey project

August 16, 2013
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MBTA busway redesigned for Casey project

Following months of complaints and threats to sue from nearby residents, the state Casey Arborway design team has redesigned the exit for a new upper busway at the MBTA Forest Hills station. A new bicycle rotary has been added to the design of a new pedestrian plaza on the Southwest Corridor Park and a...

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Politics as Unusual: In this blue city, conservative votes can still count big

August 16, 2013
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Unlike what we saw in Missouri this week, there’s no rodeo in Boston where a clown could please a crowd by sporting a caricature mask of President Barack Obama. Nor do we have gas stations with rebel flags flying in full view, or a Fox News fan store at our airport like they do...

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City officials secretly invited people to Casey meeting

August 16, 2013
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Two City officials, including the head of the City’s Transportation Department (BTD), invited specific people to attend an early community meeting of the Casey Arborway project, making sure that there were “no fingerprints” as to their involvement, according to a recently revealed email exchange. BTD claims the invitations were just outreach to get the...

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