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The Guide to JP: What makes JP unique

September 12, 2014
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• JP boasts a diverse population of about 38,000, according to the 2010 census: 54 percent white; 25 percent Hispanic/Latino; 13 percent African-American; and 4 percent Asian. JP has a large gay and lesbian population and is home to several prominent LGBT rights activists. • Once called “The Eden of America” by a visitor,...

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The Guide to JP: JP places and politics

September 12, 2014
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Just as Jamaica Plain’s population is composed of a wide range of people and groups, the Boston neighborhood is divided into various sections for different purposes. Subneighborhoods Jamaica Plain is divided into 11 major sub-neighborhoods  recognized on the Boston Redevelopment Authority zoning map and largely used by locals. Within each sub-neighborhood there are other,...

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Editorial: Welcome to JP

September 12, 2014
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We welcome the many new residents who arrived in JP this month. For those of us who have lived or worked here for a year, a decade or a lifetime, there can only be envy for those who are enjoying their first experiences of the great things this neighborhood offers. A stroll around the...

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Editorial: Arroyo the right choice to lead court

September 12, 2014
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Felix D. Arroyo, a well-regarded local political figure, will be the next register of the Suffolk County Probate and Family Court. Voters made the right choice in electing him. Arroyo has a long track record as a progressive leader in Boston, including advising former Mayor Ray Flynn in the 1980s and leading the Boston...

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Letter: Dangerous bicyclists need to learn to share the path

September 12, 2014
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I am a resident of Jamaica Plain and a taxpayer for the city of Boston, Massachusetts, and the federal government of the United States. I am a U.S. citizen, born and raised in JP and Roxbury. I am also a pedestrian who doesn’t drive or ride a bike. I walk and take the T....

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Letter: Join the People’s Climate March

September 12, 2014
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Dear Neighbors, Some of you may know me through my house, JP Green House. My family and I built one of the first “carbon-neutral” houses in Jamaica Plain—rehabbing a hundred-year-old corner store in the Woodbourne neighborhood. With the addition of solar panels this year, we are now “energy positive”—the house creates more energy than...

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Obituary: Kathleen ‘Kate’ Thomas, advocate for LGBT elders

September 12, 2014
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Obituary: Kathleen ‘Kate’ Thomas, advocate for LGBT elders

Kathleen “Kate” Thomas, of Jamaica Plain, passed away at home on Aug. 25, at age 41. Born in Bangor, Maine, on March 15, 1973, Kate was a graduate of Riverview High School in Oakmont, Pa. She received her bachelor’s degree from Boston University and was a licensed social worker. Kate was an advocate and...

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Sights and Sounds, Sept. 12, 2014

September 12, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Sept. 23 for the Sept. 26 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Urban Agriculture Fair, celebrating bees, gardening, maple sugaring, ribbons for best garden or kitchen creations, learn veggie canning, soapmaking, make...

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On the Police Beat, Aug. 17-Sept. 7, 2014

September 12, 2014
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The following police incident reports are public records provided by the Community Service Office of the District E-13 Police Station, which is solely responsible for their content. All suspects are innocent unless proven guilty in court. Sept. 7: Assault and battery, 64 Iffley Road; hit and run (property), Columbus Ave.; assault and battery, Cranston...

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Obituary: Kathleen “Kate” Thomas, advocate for LGBT elders

September 5, 2014
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Obituary: Kathleen “Kate” Thomas, advocate for LGBT elders

Kathleen “Kate” Thomas, of Jamaica Plain, passed away at home on Aug. 25, at age 41. Born in Bangor, Maine, on March 15, 1973, Kate was a graduate of Riverview High School in Oakmont, Pa. She received her bachelor’s degree from Boston University and was a licensed social worker. Kate was an advocate and...

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