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Police Spotlight: Fraud and ID theft on the rise

March 16, 2012
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Fraud and identity theft complaints in Jamaica Plain have been on the rise over the past three months. Seniors are especially being targeted. The frauds involve credit cards, debit cards, prepaid cards, bank checks and unfulfilled promises to provide services, among other scams. In one case, on March 11, a scammer pretending to be...

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Student dropout prevention bill moves ahead

March 16, 2012
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A bill that proposes new ways to prevent students from dropping out of school, sponsored by Jamaica Plain’s state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, is gaining momentum in the State House. The bill (S. 185) would: raise the mandatory school attendance age from 16 to 18; expand a program to identify at-risk students; create a “graduation...

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Small Dig

March 16, 2012
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(Photo by John Seamans/Boston Parks Department) Workers from Boston Parks and Recreation Department contractor Fleming Bros. dig into the sidewalk along Circuit Drive by Shattuck Hospital at Franklin Park on March 12. The work was done to alleviate flooding in the roadway by replacing a broken clay pipe.

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AIDS Action

March 16, 2012
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(Photo by Adam C. Webster/City Councilor John Connolly’s Office) Cutting the ribbon on the new MOMS Pharmacy at the AIDS Action Committee headquarters at 75 Amory St. on Feb. 28 are (from left) City Councilor John Connolly; AIDS Action President and CEO Rebecca Haag; David Richart of MOMS Pharmacy; and City Councilor and JP resident Felix Arroyo. The pharmacy specializes in HIV/AIDS medicine and joins a new drop-in social service center. For info, see aac.org.

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After the fire

March 16, 2012
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(Photo by Richard Heath) Only the doorway remains standing at 71 Westminster Ave. in Egleston Square, as the fire-damaged building is razed March 8 for forthcoming reconstruction. The Urban Edge-owned apartment building was severely damaged in an Oct. 17 explosion and fire apparently caused by an arsonist. Urban Edge says the reconstruction schedule will be set later.

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Urban Edge wins anti-foreclosure funds

March 16, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—Urban Edge has been awarded a $20,000 grant from Citi Community Development to support its Foreclosure Prevention Counseling Program. Citi provided start-up funds for the program at the Columbus Avenue community development corporation in 2007. Since then, it has provided $90,000 in funds. The latest grant was awarded in January. The program provides...

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Winter Fest

March 16, 2012
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(Photo by Jon Seamans/Boston Parks Department) Four-year-old Laura Cattoir of JP, joined by mother Valerie, shows off the paper mask she made at the Children’s Winter Festival at Franklin Park on Feb. 23. Over 350 children attended the event, hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

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Hombre de JP elegido a la comisión de juegos

March 16, 2012
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Haciendo cita de su experiencia en finanzas en los sectores público y privado, el Tesorero del Estado Steve Grossman nombró hoy a Enrique A. Zúñiga a la Comisión de Juego de Massachusetts.  Zúñiga sirve como Director Ejecutivo del Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust (MWPAT). “Enrique es una persona con suma integridad, visión, sabiduría y...

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Sisters Donation

March 16, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Steve Murakishi (left), owner of JP’s Fire Opal boutique, presents a $748 check to Deborah Re, CEO of the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, at the store on Feb. 1. The donation came from Fire Opal’s holiday gift-wrapping program. Big Sister provides mentors to 73 JP girls. JP resident Diane Ivey recently was named the organization’s Big Sister of the year.

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Irish Music

March 16, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Irish music band The Ivy Leaf, whose members include some JP residents and recently played at City Feed & Supply for First Thursday, will release its debut album “The Ivy Leaf: Traditional Irish Music” on March 29. The group will hold various CD release shows around New England, including a May 11 gig in JP. For more info, see ivyleafmusic.com.

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