Monthly Archives: July 2014

One local official faces challengers

July 18, 2014
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One local elected official will face a challenger in the Sept. 9 primary election, while three other officials are running unopposed. Democrat state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz (2nd Suffolk District) will face Roy Owens, a regular candidate for elected office, in the primary. The winner will face in November’s general election David James Wyatt, another...

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JP Regan Youth League concludes 45th season

July 18, 2014
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JP Regan Youth League concludes 45th season

By Harry Smith/Special to the Gazette The 45th season of the JP Regan Youth League has come to a close with another great year of tight pennant races, thrilling championship games, and friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. The League continued to reflect the diversity of the neighborhood, with 850 boys and...

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First Church UU divesting from fossil fuels

July 18, 2014
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First Church UU divesting from fossil fuels

First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist (UU) is taking steps to completely divest itself from fossil fuel stocks. “It’s a moral statement. That’s what we’re trying to make,” Church trustee James Michel said. “We see ourselves as part of, hopefully, a rapidly growing movement.” “The idea of divestment is simply to weaken political...

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Housing Help

July 18, 2014
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Housing Help

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JP Agenda, July 18, 2014

July 18, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., July 29 for the Aug. 1 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Crime discussion meeting, to discuss shootings at Stony Brook T/Egleston Square, organized by City Councilor Matt O’Malley, Mon., July 21, 7:30pm,...

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Famous graves, historic gardens: 165 years at Forest Hills Cemetery

July 18, 2014
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The stone gate at the entrance to Forest Hills Cemetery. (Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira)

Right in the heart of the Forest Hills section of Jamaica Plain, nestled between Franklin Park and the Arnold Arboretum, one of the nation’s first garden cemeteries can be found: Forest Hills Cemetery. The 195 Forest Hills St. landmark was established in 1848 as a municipal cemetery for the City of Roxbury, then a...

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JP History: How swimming in Jamaica Pond became history

July 18, 2014
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JP History: How swimming in Jamaica Pond became history

On those sultry summer days, some people might eye that crystal-clean body of water known as Jamaica Pond and ponder the prohibition that prevents them from taking a refreshing dip. For centuries, generations of sweltering Bostonians swam in the pond. Swimming was shut down only about 40 years ago. The City says that that...

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JP History: This Week in JP History

July 18, 2014
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The Gazette’s top headlines from this week in JP history: 5 years ago: 2009 City Councilor and mayoral candidate Sam Yoon called for the creation of a city “Department of Neighborhood Associations”; a city budget process that includes extensive community meetings; and the formation of a charter commission to consider fundamental changes to the...

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Editorial: Lack of public bike park is the real crime

July 18, 2014
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The carving of off-road biking trails into the Francis Parkman Memorial parkland was an irresponsible act of vandalism. But plainly it was also a labor of love for a valid sport. The underlying cause is not some wanton criminality. It is the City’s and the state’s long failures to provide public facilities for such...

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Editorial: Rattling the chains

July 18, 2014
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JP debating the arrival of a multinational chain store is nothing new. But in the ever-speeding Manhattan-ization of Boston, the context is now different, and it may well be that such chains are here to stay. The wild gentrification of local housing gets a lot of attention, but it also spurs commercial gentrification. As...

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