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Editorial: Resurrect cemetery art

November 4, 2011
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A cemetery killing a Day of the Dead ceremony: The arts situation at Forest Hills Cemetery is now truly a joke. Problem is, it’s on JP. The cemetery, via the Forest Hills Educational Trust, once had a renowned slate of exhibits, festivals, poetry readings and concerts. In January, it suddenly pulled the plug on...

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Editorial: BPS flunks geography

November 4, 2011
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Boston Public Schools is about to flunk its own geography test. In its new school-swapping plan, it would put the Mission Hill K-8 School in JP—but potentially keep the Mission Hill name. Likewise, “Fenway” High would end up in Mission Hill. It’s the worst idea since they kept “West Roxbury” on JP’s courthouse. This...

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Op-Ed: Why I support affordable housing

November 4, 2011
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By Felicia Sanchez, Special to the Gazette I’d like to share my perspectives on affordable housing both as a small-business person and a homeowner and hopefully put a few myths to rest. The first myth is that affordable housing is somehow optional to a community’s health and well-being. I’m going to tell you that...

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Letter: New districts a good start; reform still needed

November 4, 2011
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The recent release of the redistricting maps for the Massachusetts Senate and House gives us pause. As community organizers, we have spent years fighting to strengthen the redistricting process, as we are keenly aware of the ties that bind redistricting and civil rights. We believe the civil rights issue of our time is the...

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Letter: Remember Kenny by helping youths

November 4, 2011
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On Sun., Oct. 16, 2011, Kenny Soto, a 19-year old Jamaica Plain resident, was killed in front of a local convenience store. Kenny had spent over 10 years in various programs at the Hyde Square Task Force, a JP-based youth community development organization. We at the Hyde Square Task Force are struggling to deal...

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Letter: Thanks for help making party a hit

November 4, 2011
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The Nira Rock Neighborhood Association would like to thank all of the many people and organizations who made our “End of Summer Bash” a huge success! Loads of party-goers basked in the sun while enjoying free hot dogs and roasted Twinkies (delicious!), free food donated by local restaurants, free ice cream, world-class hula-hooping, juggling, ginormous bubbles and amazing face-painting!...

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JP runners tops in pond 5K

November 4, 2011
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Several Jamaica Plain runners topped the fields in the CfJJ on the Run 5K fund-raiser race at Jamaica Pond on Oct. 16. The men’s and women’s overall winners—Peter Kilkelly and Elaine Scales—are both JP residents. Other JP winners included: Carroll Blake (men’s 60-plus); Isaac Gilman (male 13-19); Caleb Ping (men’s 20-39); and Johmiya Pryor...

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Believing in students

October 21, 2011
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Believing in students

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Dental School

October 21, 2011
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Dental School

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‘Miss Judy’ is a PAL for homeless kids

October 21, 2011
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‘Miss Judy’ is a PAL for homeless kids

At a large wooden picnic table in the backyard of Portis Family Home at 226 S. Huntington Ave., a young mother braids her daughter’s hair. They sit in the shade of a tall ash tree, heavy with late summer leaves, as they await the arrival of Miss Judy. To those who know her professionally,...

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