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Acorn Awards

June 21, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) (from left) Sarah Freeman of the Arborway Coalition presents “Acorn Awards”—cups of acorns from Arborway oak trees—to JP resident and Arnold Arboretum employee Sue Pfeiffer and Alison Yoos of JP’s Community Caring Institute on the Arborway on June 1. The two were recognized for their work securing grants, trees and gear for a tree-planting that day on the Arborway Hillside at the St. Rose Street intersection.

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Red Sox Scholar

June 21, 2013
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(Photo by Marissa McClain/Boston Red Sox) JP resident Daniel Ruiz (right) gets a ball signed by Red Sox pitcher Felix Doubront at Fenway Park during a June 9 game. Ruiz was honored as one of 10 7th-graders inducted in the Red Sox Foundation’s Red Sox Scholars program, presented by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, which provides a $10,000 college scholarship and mentoring.

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Editorial: Rebooting Jackson Square input

June 21, 2013
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The longstanding Jackson Square Community Advisory Committee recently disbanded by the Boston Redevelopment Authority often has been maddeningly erratic, as when it unsuccessfully fought to ban the Gazette from its meetings. But it also has been an effective gadfly on such issues as dwindling homeownership units and below-standard rates of minority and women contractors,...

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Editorial: The abuses of spying

June 21, 2013
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Recently revealed government spying on peaceful protestors and potentially everyone’s phone records, email and Internet activity are outrageous violations of the First and Fourth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. They are shocking examples of fear overcoming wisdom and power overcoming democracy. These are not abstract violations happening somewhere else. The Boston Police spying on...

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Letter: Residents should support Hyde/Jackson parklet plan

June 21, 2013
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We at Hyde Jackson Square Main Street believe that a temporary parklet planned to be installed in front of Tacos El Charro and Sonia’s Bridal & Quinceañera will be a great addition to the neighborhood. (“Parklet to cost up to $25K,” June 7.) Parklets are temporary small parks that widen the sidewalk where they...

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Letter: Arroyo’s banking idea shows why he should be mayor

June 21, 2013
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Felix Arroyo deserves our support in his bid to become mayor of Boston. He is the only candidate running who sees the enormous benefits Boston will gain by putting our tax dollars in community banks that support the Boston economy, not in the “too big to fail” banks that pay CEOs huge salaries, gamble...

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Letter: Sell church to Task Force instead of selling out Hyde/Jackson

June 21, 2013
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Dear Church Square Partners, In 2004, hundreds of residents from Hyde/Jackson Square worked with you to buy the Blessed Sacrament Church campus in order to preserve it for our community. We attended rallies. We signed petitions and wrote letters. We advocated with our elected officials. We participated in numerous public meetings. We did what had to...

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Letter: Parklet program a welcome innovation

June 21, 2013
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Over the past few months, the Gazette has published several articles and critical editorials about Boston’s new parklet pilot project. Public outreach, the project’s budget and the use of public funds seem to be the paper’s major concerns. Parklets are pockets of green space, outdoor seating, bike racks, public art and other pedestrian amenities...

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Letter: Gazette is wrong to criticize off-leash dog-walkers

June 21, 2013
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It is the season of the off-leash-dog-bashing editorials again in the JP Gazette. (“Unleash the dog-walking talk,” June 7.) I shake my head in utter amazement at the regularity (and repetitiveness) of these rants. JP is home to so much green space—more than any other part of Boston—yet, if dog owners dare to let their...

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Letter: The Cave was more than a drop-in center

June 21, 2013
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I was disappointed in the comment made by Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez referring to the possible move of ABCD to Bromley-Heath Youth and Family Center (The Cave) that it will be “not just a drop-in center, but a place people go to better themselves.” (“ABCD might go to ‘The Cave,’” May 10.) For over 40...

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