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Gang feud shooting suspect arrested in JP

March 15, 2013
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JACKSON SQ.—A Braintree man arrested in Jamaica Plain on March 8 is charged with two recent shootings that prosecutors claim was triggered by an infamous feud between JP and Roxbury street gangs. Paul Walrond, 22, faces many serious charges, including two counts of assault with intent to murder and unlawful gun possession. He was...

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Editorial: Straight talk on schools

March 15, 2013
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Education is the ultimate purpose of a school system, but schools do lots of other things, too. “Education” can become a euphemism for less attractive aspects of the institutions. Boston Public Schools reform is heading in the right direction, in large part because such groups as QUEST and such officials as state Rep. Russell...

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Editorial: Neighborhood, or government, councils?

March 15, 2013
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The moral support provided to the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s controversial lawsuit by former Mayor Ray Flynn, the man who created the neighborhood councils, is striking. But it also shows the double-edged sword that the court case may become. Flynn supports the JPNC’s right to sue the City if it seems to be “ignored.”...

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Letter: Time for JP to work together on Casey Arborway plan

March 15, 2013
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The decision to adopt and develop the Casey Arborway “at-grade” design was made by MassDOT a year ago (March 8, 2012). Since then, there have been at least four public meetings as well as a number of advisory group and other meetings regarding its implementation. The focus of these meetings was informational and included solicitation of...

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Letter: Shea Circle should be preserved

March 15, 2013
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MassDOT’s Casey Arborway plan to bring a six-lane, Melnea Cass-type highway to Forest Hills will entail the destruction of Shea Circle, the planted roundabout that has been part of the Emerald Necklace for almost 100 years. For admirers of Boston’s park system, Shea Circle visually integrates Franklin Park with the grounds of Forest Hills...

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Letter: JP is a good, kind community

March 15, 2013
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Last week, my fiance (known to many in JP as “Chris the Painter”) found a wallet on Centre Street. Recognizing the address on the license as that of a previous job site, he contacted his client, who lives in the building, to update the owner and was able to return the wallet the next...

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Letter: Casey Arborway will be a uniter, not a divider

March 15, 2013
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The following is an excerpt of a letter sent to local elected officials and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation regarding the Casey Arborway design set to replace the Casey Overpass in Forest Hills: We look forward to this section of the Arborway becoming a common ground—a uniter, not a divider, physically and metaphorically—for all...

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Letter: Mission Hill School should regain citywide status

March 15, 2013
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A version of this letter was sent to Boston Public Schools officials, Mayor Thomas Menino and the Boston City Council: We are writing to express our deep concern about the impact of the proposed school assignment plans on the Mission Hill School (MHS) specifically. In summary, MHS is a phenomenal, unique, internationally recognized school....

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Invitación, March 15, 2013

March 15, 2013
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 26 de marzo para la publicación del 29 de marzo. Manda a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones Reunión de diseño de Egleston Square Peace Garden, sábado, 16 marzo, 10am,...

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After the Storm

March 1, 2013
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(Photo by Kathryn Niforos) Jamaica Pond Park appears to be sculpted from ice on Feb. 9 in the wake of the Blizzard of 2013.

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