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Jesse Tree

January 4, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) A “Jesse Tree” representing the Christian tradition of Advent and decorated by community members stands outside the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain at 633 Centre St. last week. The metal structure was created by JP’s Stonybrook Fine Arts.

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Sidewalk Safety

January 4, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) A firefighter carries a 10-foot piece of metal downspout down a fire truck ladder after removing it from the front of 754 Centre St. on Jan. 1. Minutes earlier, a 30-foot section of the pipe blew off the building and crashed to the sidewalk, leaving the rest dangling dangerously from the roof edge. Gazette Editor John Ruch witnessed the accident and summoned help from the fire station right next door.

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Fit for Gifts

January 4, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Kids and staff from Yutitas Child Care visit Santa Claus at Mike’s Fitness in The Brewery complex on Amory Street Dec. 20. Gym owner Omar Argote offered member discounts in exchange for toys for 150 children in the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation’s Family Childcare Program. JPNDC staff and other Brewery businesses, including Samuel Adams, also donated toys.

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Top Flight

January 4, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Moises Jackson (third from left), a JetBlue Airways skycap at Logan Airport, is congratulated on winning a Massachusetts Port Authority “Logan Stars” award for exceptional customer service by (from left): Massport Aviation Director Edward Freni; Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray; Gov. Deval Patrick; state Department of Transportation Secretary Richard Davey; and Massport CEO and Executive Director Thomas Glynn on Dec. 18 at the airport. “I am proud to honor Moises for his outstanding service to the citizens and visitors of the Commonwealth,” said Patrick at the event.

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Editorial: The JPNC’s big gamble

January 4, 2013
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In its unprecedented move of taking legal action against the City and a developer, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council is engaged in a high-stakes gamble on its political credibility. Win or lose, the JPNC’s change of roles from advisors to litigants will impact the council’s power for years to come. And this is a...

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Letter: How Newtown killings changed this gun owner’s mind

January 4, 2013
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Like many others, the killings in Newtown’s elementary school have made me reconsider my position on gun control. As a hunter, a veteran and a dyed-in-the-wool radical, I write this to show fellow gun owners, and more importantly, fellow Americans distrustful of an armed government with an unarmed populace, that the logic I espoused...

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Letter: Pray for the school shooter, too

January 4, 2013
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While I sincerely admire the anti-war and peace activities of Carlos and Melida Arredondo, their recent memorial for the people of Newtown, Conn. is incomplete. (“School shooting memorial erected,” Dec. 21, 2012.) There needs to be one more cross for the soul of the shooter, Adam Lanza. Whether we describe him as “deranged,” disturbed or...

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Letter: In support of anti-party ordinance

January 4, 2013
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The following letter was sent to the Boston Globe: In response to the Globe editorial, “Party ordinance would be harsh on young Bostonians” (Nov. 5, 2012), we write in support of the proposed ordinance, which will address some longstanding issues within our Mission Hill and Jamaica Plain neighborhoods. “Town and gown” relationships in Boston...

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Letter: JPNC is a laughingstock

January 4, 2013
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Oh, how the times have changed! At its creation by appointment in the mid-1980s, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council was a dedicated, responsible and hard-working group of citizens who did their best to judge the needs and desires of the community and make appropriate recommendations to City Hall as to what was good for...

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Letter: Mayor should get us a new, better overpass

January 4, 2013
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The old Casey Overpass truly does need to come down. But at the Dec. 13 MEPA hearing, MassDOT presented an at-grade design option with six signalized intersections—increasing pollution when cars stop, idle, then accelerate—that claimed the same environmental impact as a flyover bridge with no stops. (“100+ debate Casey project at hearing,” Dec. 21.) This is...

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