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Flavor of the Month

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) J.P. Licks owner Vince Petryk poses as a Pilgrim last month at the 659 Centre St. shop while showing off Thanksgiving-themed ice cream flavors. The store is offering more special flavors for December, including candy cane, egg nog and red velvet.

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Rebuilding together

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Celebrating the 20th anniversary of JP-based Rebuilding Together Boston (RTB) at WCVB-TV Channel 5’s Needham studios on Nov. 15 were (from left): Gail and Bill Fine of WCVB; RTB President Simone Auster; Susan Wornick and Karen Holmes Ward of WCVB; and Gary Officer, the president and CEO of RTB’s national headquarters. RTB repairs and restores homes for owners who cannot afford the work themselves. RTB recently rehabbed the JP home of a Vietnam veteran.

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Editorial: Extend the Casey debate

December 2, 2011
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Should a bridge or surface streets replace the Casey Overpass? MassDOT is giving you until Tuesday to comment. JP activists on both sides deserve more time than that. Cries of “bias” are in the air, and they are right. MassDOT clearly preferred the surface option from the start and surely will announce it as...

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Editorial: Remembering Muñiz

December 2, 2011
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The death of Margarita Muñiz was a shock but not a surprise. It was an open secret for the past year that she was dying of cancer, even as she continued running the Hernandez School, the groundbreaking bilingual school she fought to keep alive. Officials and parents rushed to memorialize Muñiz before it was...

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Letter: Backing a bridge in Forest Hills

December 2, 2011
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In your last edition, you published local business owner and avid bicyclist Jeffrey Ferris’s letter supporting a bridge solution over the at-grade solution now being pushed by MassDOT as a replacement for the Casey Overpass in Forest Hills. I would like to build upon that. A bridge solution will keep traffic on the ground...

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Letter: A new bridge is better

December 2, 2011
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I believe it is better to build a new overpass to replace the Casey Overpass. Forest Hills Station is a huge hub of trains, buses, school buses and lots of cars already. I travel through the area most times I leave my house, and there is great congestion there every weekday. Adding more car lanes...

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Letter: Population crisis is looming

December 2, 2011
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The news is out: world population hit 7 billion on Oct. 31! Meanwhile, the Massachusetts population reached a record high of 6,547,629 in 2010. It was great to see that after years of pretty much ignoring the issue, the national, state, and even some local media gave the issue its due attention. If we...

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Letter: Give us a bridge, not pavement

December 2, 2011
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At the most recent meeting about redesigning the Casey Overpass, I found the consultants’ presentation strongly skewed against a bridge. Their bridge mock-ups were singularly ugly and their language clearly favored the no-bridge option. I would like to register an opinion in favor of a bridge for the following reasons: Getting through-traffic off the...

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Letter: School move leaves kids behind

December 2, 2011
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The Boston Public Schools facilities plan proposed by Superintendent Carol Johnson on Oct. 24 and approved on Nov. 15 by the Boston School Committee moves the Mission Hill elementary school to Jamaica Plain, taking a high-quality, highly-selected K-8 to another assignment zone. It’s like musical chairs for the six pilot schools involved in the package...

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Letter: Surface streets can’t handle 24K more cars

December 2, 2011
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I support a bridge replacement option for the Casey Overpass. I have lived on a street off Hyde Park Avenue across from the Forest Hills T parking lot for 30 years and the traffic has only gotten worse. Hyde Park Ave. is often gridlocked in the morning and at evening rush hours. I have extreme...

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