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Policy Doctor

June 7, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Dr. David Rosman (above) was reelected as the Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates of the Massachusetts Medical Society at its May 9 annual meeting downtown. The House of Delegates is the group’s legislative and policy-making body. Rosman, a radiologist, works at Worcester’s Mass General Imaging and Massachusetts General Hospital and is an instructor at Harvard Medical School.

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Manning Strong

June 7, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Teachers and staff at the Manning Elementary School in Jamaica Hills show their Boston pride on April 26, when they and others raised $350 for The One Fund benefiting Boston Marathon bombing victims. Pictured, from left, are: (front row) Michelle Scansaroli, Corey Lubin, Secretary Cheryl Pastore, Shannon Windus, Principal Ethan d’Ablemont Burnes and Luisa Cruz; (middle row) Kristen Chaplin, Maria Karloutsos, Claire O’Donoghue and Nicole Vanderheiden; (back row) Special Education Administrator Marvin Mitchell, Dakota Bonilla, Leona Cook, Juli Rice, Robert Demerjian, Teri Cunningham, Patti Cahill and Macquin Brockington.

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Editorial: The parklet boondoggle

June 7, 2013
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The up-to-$25,000 cost of JP’s City-funded “parklet,” aka free sidewalk seating for private businesses, is as amazing as the fact that it took a Gazette Freedom of Information Act request to get that number. The parklet program looks like a classic boondoggle that snuck through its stunning overall $100,000 taxpayer-funded price tag via deliberately...

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Editorial: Unleash the dog-walking talk

June 7, 2013
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While we are not convinced that the Franklin Park Coalition’s proposal for off-leash dog permitting in the park is the best idea or the product of a thorough discussion, we are grateful that the coalition had the guts and brains to get this important conversation started. We need serious commitment to seeing this conversation...

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Editorial: Close the historic review loophole

June 7, 2013
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Whether the 120-year-old former home of Dr. Marie Zakrzewska—founder of today’s Dimock Community Health Center and a member of Boston’s historic feminist and abolitionist circles—should have been saved for posterity is debatable. The problem is, we are only having that discussion after most of the building was demolished thanks to a giant loophole in...

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Letter: JPNDC remains committed to affordable housing

June 7, 2013
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The future of the Blessed Sacrament church has understandably received much attention in the Gazette recently. We are writing to emphasize the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation’s strong commitment to creating affordable homes in JP and to figuring out, if at all possible, an alternative to market-rate condos in the church. After the Boston...

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Letter: Task Force has track record of church site development

June 7, 2013
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In the May 24, 2013 Gazette article “Church owners set deadline in negotiations,” the acting president of the board of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), John Stainton, was quoted as saying that the Hyde Square Task Force has “not laid any groundwork” towards renovating the Blessed Sacrament Church building. Apparently, Mr. Stainton is not aware...

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Letter: Victims of daily violence should get marathon-style support

June 7, 2013
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Thank you, Jamaica Plain Gazette, for remembering the fifth anniversary of the murder of Luis Troncoso (“JP’s earlier Patriots’ Day crime,” April 26), and for your editorial in this past issue, “Boston’s daily terrorism.” Every human being is precious. After the bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, our elected...

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Letter: Marine story was Pentagon propaganda

June 7, 2013
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I was dismayed at your May 24 article “JP Marine helps train African militaries.” While on the surface a nice little human-interest story about a local guy in the Marines, the article spews Pentagon propaganda with no mention of an alternative view of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) or of U.S. military deployment worldwide. Did the...

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Letter: Thanks to DCR for park fix-ups

June 7, 2013
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I live in the last house on Spalding Street, which abuts the Southwest Corridor Park. I recently reported several items of concern to Holly Richardson at the state Department of Conservation and Recreation. Within 48 hours, five streetlights were fixed, sections of DCR land that had grown wild were mowed, and several patches of...

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