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Women making history

March 29, 2013
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(Photo by Ellen Shub) Hillary and Julie Goodridge, then JP residents, hold hands after leaving Boston City Hall with the first same-sex marriage license issued in Boston, joined by attorney Mary Bonauto of Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, on May 17, 2004. The historic moment was captured in this photograph by Newton’s Ellen Shub, whose exhibit “Women Making History: Portraits and Protests” is showing at the Connolly Branch Library in Hyde Square.

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Victim’s Advocate

March 29, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident and attorney Chelsea Loughran (above) last month was named the Volunteer Attorney Award Winner for Winter 2013 by the Women’s Bar Foundation for her pro bono work helping low-income domestic violence victims. She is an associate at the downtown firm Wolf, Greenfield and Sacks, P.C.

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Obituary: Karl Ross Fisher, art teacher

March 29, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Karl Ross Fisher.

“For you, the world,” Karl Ross Fisher used to say to his students and colleagues, who adored him. That spirit was true to the end; his organs have been the gift of life for five lucky people. Fisher died unexpectedly on Feb. 20, 2013 after suffering a rare, unexplained and massive stroke. He died...

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Conservatory Fans

March 29, 2013
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(Photo by Roger Farrington) (from left) JP resident Ted Landsmark, president of Boston Architectural College, and Brighton resident Rhoda Bernard enjoy the Boston Conservatory’s “Reaching for the Stars” gala March 16 at the State Room downtown.

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Editorial: No Phoenix, and less power for us all

March 29, 2013
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The abrupt closure of the Boston Phoenix two weeks ago leaves a staggering black hole in the city’s self-understanding and civic power. Journalism is a scrappy business, and like most papers, the Gazette generally doesn’t deign to mention the competition. But we must mourn the loss of that storied alternative newspaper/magazine. In JP alone,...

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Editorial: Pull the plug on energy database

March 29, 2013
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The Boston City Council should pull the plug on Mayor Menino’s proposed ordinance to force owners of large buildings to report their energy usage and monitor tenants’ utility bills. The idea is big-government meddling that is a solution in search of a problem, an onerous burden on landlords and a threat to citizens’ privacy....

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Letter: Children’s Hospital’s retreat from community care

March 29, 2013
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In the 1960s and ’70s, community organizations in Boston pressed the major teaching hospitals to use their prodigious resources to improve the health of low-income residents in our neighborhoods, and the hospitals agreed to sponsor health initiatives around the city. Boston Children’s Hospital agreed to provide financial support to the Martha Eliot Health Center (MEHC)...

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Letter: JP should oppose Casey Arborway as it did I-95

March 29, 2013
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How disappointing to read in the Gazette elected officials and residents saying Jamaica Plain needs to accept MassDOT’s decision to eliminate the Casey Overpass and embrace the six-lane highway that would replace it. (“Casey opposition gets louder, but doesn’t sway officials,” March 15.) JP needs to “move forward” and work together to lessen the...

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Letter: April cleanup one of many ways to tackle JP litter

March 29, 2013
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As co-organizers of the annual Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Cleanup (April 27will be our 28th year), Michael Reiskind and I were somewhat chagrined, but in complete agreement, with the observations which Sara Driscoll and Judy Kolligian expressed in their anti-litter letter to the editor of Feb. 22. We were most persuaded by the public safety...

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Letter: BRA exaggerated streetcar extension costs

March 29, 2013
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According to the March 15 Gazette, BRA transportation manager James Fitzgerald would have Gazette readers believe that restoration of streetcar service along S. Huntington Avenue from Heath Street to Perkins Street, a distance of seven-tenths of a mile, “would take around a decade and a billion dollars to complete.” (“S. Huntington ‘vision’ draft presented,”...

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