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Letter: Old bridge could be a park

January 20, 2012
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I wonder if the Casey Overpass structure could be saved, saving the cost of demolition, to hold less weight, as does the High Line in NYC? High Line is a 1.45-mile linear park atop a former elevated railroad spur on the lower West Side of Manhattan, planted as an aerial greenway. The recycling of...

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Letter: Vultures are better than Mitt

January 20, 2012
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Companies such as Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital are being referred to as “vulture capitalists.” I don’t think that’s accurate. Vultures, at least, wait until something is dead before profiting from it by consuming it. If I were a vulture, I would sue for defamation of character. Robyn Ochs Jamaica Plain

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Obituary: Bruce Wallin, NU professor

January 20, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Bruce Wallin.

Bruce A. Wallin, of Jamaica Plain, aged 63, passed away on Dec. 29, 2011 after a short battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Vickie and two daughters, Anne, 15, and Eva, 11, and a sister, Barbara Lynch. He was born in Amsterdam, N.Y. In 1990, he moved to Boston to join...

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Obituary: Oscar Raul Vega Ponce, human rights activist

January 20, 2012
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Oscar Raul Vega Ponce of Jamaica Plain died on Jan. 9, 2012 after a long health battle. He was 61. Known to many as Raul, he spent his last days surrounded and cared for by his family and close friends. Raul will forever be remembered for his remarkable strength, generosity and good humor. Raul...

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Invitación, 1/20

January 20, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es mediodía, 31 de enero para la publicación 3 febrero. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número.  Reuniones Discuscion sobre la ley de tres “strikes”, patrocinado por JP Forum, viernes, 27 enero, 7-9pm, First...

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Local mentor

January 6, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Teresa Herd (above), a Staples employee, is one of many volunteers who mentor at-risk youths through the Mass Mentoring Partnership, which is receiving a $25,000 donation from Staples. Mass Mentoring serves a wide variety of organizations, including JP’s Home for Little Wanderers. For info, see massmentors.org.

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Met his MATCH

January 6, 2012
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(Photo by Eric Haynes/Governor’s Office) Gov. Deval Patrick reads along with students at the new MATCH Community Day Charter Public School on Forest Hills Street on Dec. 20, where he praised the school’s focus on English Language Learners. Patrick also visited Community Servings on Marbury Terrace the same day to announce a new newsletter about healthy family eating.

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Grocery team-up

January 6, 2012
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(Photo by Don West) Officials from three competing JP grocery stores come together last month at Jackson Square’s ABCD Jamaica Plain Food Pantry, which they supported with donations. Whole Foods Market’s Jennifer Licht (left), Stop & Shop’s Fitzgerald Iyamabo (center rear) and Harvest Co-Op Markets’ Chris Durkin (right) joined local ABCD Operations Manager Ana Soto de Bechtold (center front).

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Life blood

January 6, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Two-year-old cancer survivor Treson Stuckey (center) samples a toy offered by Mayor Thomas Menino (right) while his mother Tracy Springer (left) looks on during a Dec. 22 American Red Cross blood drive at the Dimock Center on Dimock Street. Donated blood enabled Stuckey to survive surgery last year. For more info, see redcrossblood.org.

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Community service

January 6, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) David Waters (left), CEO of JP’s Community Servings, accepts a donation of more than $30,000 from Whole Foods Market officials Heather McCready, Melissa Traverse and Jennifer Licht on Dec. 22. The donation from Whole Foods stores, including one in JP, support the nonprofit’s work in providing meals to people who are homebound due to critical illness.

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