Monthly Archives: January 2014

JP resident makes documentary on torture survivors

January 31, 2014
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JP resident makes documentary on torture survivors

Ben Achtenberg, a longtime Jamaica Plain resident, has created a documentary on survivors of torture and the care they receive in the United States. “Refuge: Caring for Survivors of Torture” was filmed in several locations throughout the country, including in Boston, Minneapolis and Atlanta, and shows interviews with torture survivors as well as their...

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On the Police Beat, Jan. 16-26, 2014

January 31, 2014
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The following police incident reports are public records provided by the Community Service Office of the District E-13 Police Station, which is solely responsible for their content. All suspects are innocent unless proven guilty in court. Jan. 26: Nelson Morales of JP charged with larceny shoplifting $200 and over, 467 Centre St.; Aboubacar Conde...

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Business group marks 1st anniversary

January 31, 2014
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Locally Owned, an association for independent businesses in Jamaica Plain, is celebrating its first-year anniversary this month and founder Rebecca Allen is deeming the group a success. Allen, who owns the JP-based Infrared5, a video game and software company, said that she has more than 80 people on the association list and that Locally...

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Editorial: Un-ruin the Bear Dens

January 31, 2014
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The Gazette’s further revelations this week about the decaying Bear Dens in Franklin Park underscore the need for action. The lack of historic protection and ownership confusions place the charming structure in danger. But the many good ideas already collected from the public in prior decades point the way to its future. The Bear...

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Editorial: Congratulations to Arredondo

January 31, 2014
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Congratulations to Carlos Arredondo and his new friend, Jeff Bauman, on being invited by the First Lady to the president’s State of the Union speech. Both are heroes of the Boston Marathon bombing in their own rights, and their friendship is a testament to the triumph of good will over cowardly violence. Arredondo, a...

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Editorial: Sen. Chang-Díaz’s good ideas

January 31, 2014
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State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz is promoting some good ideas for voting reform, including early voting provisions and same-day registration. Voting needs to be secure, but too often it is needlessly confusing and inconvenient, involving strange timing and various deadlines. As a fundamental civil right, hurdles toward it should be few and low. The senator,...

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Letter: Thanks to Sen. Warren on Iran stand

January 31, 2014
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As a Massachusetts voter who doesn’t want another war, I am proud that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren spoke out against new sanctions and in support of the first-step nuclear deal with Iran. It is alarming that some in Congress are calling to violate the deal with new sanctions and sabotage this historic diplomatic opening....

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Letter: Parkside historic district needed

January 31, 2014
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Parkside, which was last inventoried (and incompletely so) by the Boston Landmarks Commission 30 years ago, deserves status as a historic district or architectural conservation district. As learned from the Dr. Marie Zakrzewska House tear-down on Peter Parley Road last year, significant historic resources such as the Wellington Kidder House; 18 Robeson St. (with...

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Letter: Thanks to Sen. Chang-Díaz on poverty issues

January 31, 2014
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Our op-ed “Welfare ‘reform’ would only deepen a poverty crisis,” (Jan. 17) did not include our appreciation of the strong advocacy efforts of state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz to combat further undermining of families in need. The Senate had not gone back into session by the by the time we submitted our article. Georgia Mattison,...

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Living Single

January 31, 2014
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Living Single

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Best of JP 2014