Monthly Archives: February 2014

Avellone lays out ‘progressive’ gov. race platform

February 28, 2014
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Avellone lays out ‘progressive’ gov. race platform

Two months ago, Democratic candidate for governor Joe Avellone attended a forum at Jamaica Plain’s Doyle’s Café, where he told the crowd he was not the most progressive candidate. But during a recent sit-down interview at the Gazette office, Avellone laid out a platform that he said many people would deem progressive. “I want...

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British School students volunteer in Tanzania

February 28, 2014
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British School students volunteer in Tanzania

For a group of British School of Boston (BSB) students, months of fundraising, studying Swahili and raising awareness finally paid off earlier this month, when they flew to Arusha, Tanzania for a week-long service trip. Tomas Navarro, 14; Katie Malone, 17; Rick Boer, 15; and Maya Nijhoff Asser, 14, talked to the Gazette last...

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Shattuck child care center gets lifeline

February 28, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—Following interventions by state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz and state Reps. Liz Malia and Jeffrey Sánchez, the state-subsidized Shattuck Child Care Center may have gotten a lifeline in the state supplemental budget this month. According to Clare Reilly, a member of the Shattuck Child Care Center Board, new language added to the state House...

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Residente fue observadora de la elección de El Salvador

February 28, 2014
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Residente fue observadora de la elección de El Salvador

Denise Zwahlen, una residente de Jamaica Plain, ha estado viajando a El Salvador durante más de una década. Su experiencia le impulsó a involucrarse en la política y este mes fue a monitorear la elección presidencial del país. Viajó como miembro del grupo izquierdista CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador),...

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Arroyo: City ‘stronger together’ on health, human services

February 28, 2014
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Arroyo: City ‘stronger together’ on health, human services

Former City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident and the City’s new chief of Health and Human Services (HHS), spoke to the Gazette about his position, his goals for the future and how taking out his trash helps him to be a better public official. Last fall, Arroyo was one of Walsh’s...

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JP resident joins state LGBTQ Youth Commission

February 28, 2014
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JP resident joins state LGBTQ Youth Commission

Katy Erker, a Jamaica Plain resident, works at the women homeless shelter Rosie’s Place in the South End and sees women who could have benefited from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) services. That is one reason, she said, she is “really excited” to join the state Commission on LGBTQ Youth. “Nowhere...

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Main Streets Leaders

February 28, 2014
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Main Streets Leaders

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Despite staff changes, mail problems continue

February 28, 2014
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Some Jamaica Plain residents continue to have mail delivery problems despite managerial changes at the Jamaica Plain post office. Meanwhile, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is continuing to ask resident to report problems to its hotline, as it can’t address the issue unless it has the name and address of the customer affected....

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New pole yard advertised for bids

February 28, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—A project to create a new temporary City pole yard in JP is being advertised with no explanation of its purpose. But a pole yard currently exists adjacent to the temporary Arborway bus yard at 327 Forest Hills St. Relocating the existing pole yard to make all of the land available is a...

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JP Observer: Major media’s bad election coverage habits

February 28, 2014
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You can feel them warming up all over the state, as well as here in Jamaica Plain. The creaky gears begin to turn, fuel starts to flow… The political machines are getting ready for the election campaigns that will lead us to fall. If it’s 2014, it must be time for state elections in...

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