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JP Poets

February 15, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) The Jamaica Pond Poets will read Feb. 24 at Forest Hills Cemetery. Pictured are (seated, from left) Dorian Kotsiopoulos, Gary Whited, Jennifer Markell and Carolyn Gregory; (standing, from left) Jim LaFond-Lewis, Susanna Kittredge, Sandra Storey, Dorothy Derifield and Holly Guran. See Sights & Sounds listing.

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Obituary: Ghazi Sami Saba; founded Sami’s falafel restaurants

February 15, 2013
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Ghazi Sami Saba. (Photo Courtesy Kfoury Keefe Funeral Home)

Ghazi Sami “Big Sam” Saba of Dedham, formerly of Roslindale, a visionary who brought healthy Lebanese food and wraps to Boston, passed away on Feb. 6, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. He was 58 years old. Sami was the founder of Sami’s Falafel Truck of the Longwood Medical Area. Sami was the...

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Health Investigators

February 15, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) English High School students (from left) Keysa Salado, Jonathan Almanzar Fermin, Sheltzie Flores, Massiel Ramirez Cuello, Carla Soares and Diosaris Lorenzo speak at the Tufts University School of Medicine downtown on Jan. 23. They were among 10 students who worked with Tufts student mentors in the Health Impact Partnership program to conduct an informal survey of fellow English High student’s health habits.

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Editorial: Health center change a sick idea

February 15, 2013
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Does anyone seriously believe we need less health care in Jackson Square? Not even Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), who are kicking out their 5,000 adult patients at the Martha Eliot Health Center, can possibly believe that. It’s a move deplorable in substance and outrageous in lack of public notice....

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Editorial: Yes to the JP Branch expansion

February 15, 2013
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The plan to expand and renovate the Jamaica Plain Branch Library should get full political support and proceed promptly. The plan adds useful, welcoming space to the library, while sensibly rearranging the existing spaces. It also respects the historic building. It is a smart plan designed with good community input. Brick-and-mortar libraries remain crucial...

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Editorial: Dealing with snow

February 15, 2013
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Gov. Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas Menino did a great job prepping residents for last weekend’s historic Blizzard of 2013, though cleanup has been a mixed bag. JP residents responded well with a community spirit of playfulness and responsibility, from the Hyde Square snowman to many quickly cleared sidewalks. Patience and flexibility are required...

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Op-Ed: Defining ‘quality’ schools and improving access to them

February 15, 2013
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By Craig Lankhorst, Special to the Gazette A year ago, Mayor Menino asked me to serve on the External Advisory Committee on School Choice (EAC). The mayor formed the EAC to help create a stronger school choice system. After a year of work and 70 meetings, we will soon make our recommendation. As a...

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Letter: Gun control might cut shootings, mental health funds might not

February 15, 2013
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How do we keep our children and ourselves safe? I write to salute and disagree with Sandra Storey on gun safety and mental health. (“JP Observer: Newtown shooting hits home,” Jan. 18). I salute her detailing how guns are a big part of JP. I bike daily past a 24-hour store where a hard-working...

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Letter: Sami’s owner will be missed

February 15, 2013
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I’m sure many people have fond memories of the late Sami Saba—proud father and hardworking owner of the Sami’s restaurants. (“Obituary: Ghazi Sami Saba; founded Sami’s falafel restaurants,” Feb. 11, jamaicaplaingazette.com.) He was also a generous supporter of the Boston Public Schools, as I learned during my years as a fellow parent at various...

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Letter: JP has too much litter, and everyone can clean up

February 15, 2013
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Last month, while walking through central JP, we were grossed out by the amount of trash both on the sidewalk and in the gutter. That day it was on the pond side, but frequently it can be both sides of the street that are littered with paper, coffee cups, lottery tickets, pizza paper plates,...

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