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Happy 100th

June 7, 2013
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JP First Responders: Editorial: Thank you, first responders

June 7, 2013
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Late last year, the Gazette staff decided to create this new, annual special section of stories about JP’s first responders—the police officers, firefighters and EMTs who keep us safe, yet often work unnoticed and un-thanked. We could not have imagined that just four months later, Boston would be struck by an insane terror attack...

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Policy Doctor

June 7, 2013
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Manning Strong

June 7, 2013
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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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