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South Ender runs for City Council

December 21, 2012
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Michelle Wu, a South End attorney, last week announced her campaign for an at-large Boston City Council seat in next year’s election. “In Boston, we can lead globally by innovating locally,” Wu said in a press statement. “Innovation shouldn’t be associated solely with the Seaport, but should also define our neighborhood schools, community health...

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Sights & Sounds, Dec. 21, 2012

December 21, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Dec. 31 for the Jan. 4 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Holiday Fine Art and Craft Fair, with over 30 vendors, sponsored by UFORGE Gallery, Sat., Dec. 22, 11am-6pm, Eliot Hall, 7A...

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Editorial: Good food, good planning

December 21, 2012
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The opening of the new Harvest Co-Op Market on Washington Street in Forest Hills is good news. It’s also the result of good planning. In a little over a year, JP has gone from being underserved by large-scale grocery stores to well-served, especially on the southern end. We still sorely lack discount stores and...

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Editorial: Ignoring the drug lab lessons

December 21, 2012
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All of the top state health officials involved in the JP drug lab scandal have now resigned. But they were among the gentlest forced resignations in recent memory, handled by Gov. Patrick with such kid gloves that you would think these officials were victims of the crisis rather than its enablers. We fear this...

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Op-Ed: Making quality and justice keys to BPS plans

December 21, 2012
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By Mary Battenfeld and Megan Wolf/Special to the Gazette Nine months ago, Boston Public Schools began a school assignment review. The assignment baby is yet to be born, but one clear reality has emerged. Boston doesn’t have enough seats in quality schools, and the ones we have are distributed unequally around the city. In...

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Letter: New Casey paths will need better snowplows

December 21, 2012
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Jamaica Plain and the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) are about to receive a new park at the southern end of the Southwest Corridor to take care of. The new Casey Arborway will connect Franklin Park, the Arboretum and nearby neighborhoods to this already bustling bike, walking and running route and most...

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Letter: Casey bicyclists live here, too

December 21, 2012
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Jonathan Baker refers to “a group of bicyclists passing though our community” on the proposed Casey Arborway. (Letter to the editor, Nov. 23.) No discredit to the “politically active and concerned residents,” but some of us are bicyclists, residents and politically active and passing through on our way around the neighborhood, i.e., your neighbors...

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Letter: Congress should avoid ‘cliff’-hanger

December 21, 2012
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Congress is pushing us towards a fiscal cliff, but this doesn’t need to be a “cliff”-hanger. There are things both sides agree on and can do right now. For starters, Sen. Scott Brown and other elected officials should simply extend tax cuts for the middle class, something just about everyone agrees on. I’m tired...

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Letter: Not buying the Casey parkway plan

December 21, 2012
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The most resent Casey Overpass meeting at English High on Dec. 13 had a couple of surprises revealed. Officials stated that with the addition of 25,000 cars moved to the surface road, traffic would have little effect. There would be major effect, especially during rush hour and school bus pick-up and drop-off, and with the addition...

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Letter: Casey project will restrict access, boost pollution

December 21, 2012
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I’ve lived in Jamaica Plain for 26 years and never owned a car. And I’m for a bridge to replace the Casey Overpass. A six-lane, street-level highway running across South Street at Forest Hills will not only restrict our access to the Orange Line and Roslindale, but will make it impossible for anyone who walks...

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