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Cooper Center Honors

January 18, 2013
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(Photo Courtesy state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez’s Office) Celebrating state and Boston Housing Authority honors for the Hattie B. Cooper Community Center’s over 40 years of service in the Bromley-Heath Housing Development on Dec. 19 are (from left, front row): the BHA’s Anthony Gilardi; Cooper Center Executive Director Lillie Searcy; resident leaders Julia Martin, Anna Mae Cole, Mildred Hailey and Arlena Thomas; (back row) the BHA’s Gerald Casey; BHA Manager Angel Lopez; and Boston Housing Police Officer Mary Martin. The Cooper Center is moving to a new Roxbury location, while Bromley-Heath’s Smart from the Start will move into its 40 Bickford St. space.

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Obituary: Janis M. Fahey; JP resident

January 18, 2013
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Janis Fahey

Janis M. Fahey (1946-2013), a longtime Jamaica Plain resident and native Bostonian, died on Jan. 2. She leaves a sister, Eileen Fahey of Nevada City, Calif., and a brother, Jack Fahey of Jamaica Plain, as well as many loving friends. She will be dearly missed.

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Obituary: Robert DeFranco; former Galway House owner

January 18, 2013
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Robert DeFranco. (Photo Courtesy Keohane Funeral Home)

Robert DeFranco of Quincy, formerly of Roxbury, passed away Jan. 5, 2013. Beloved husband of Claire (York) DeFranco of Quincy. Loving father of Robert Y. Haley and his wife Conni of Randolph. Cherished “Papa” to Gena, Gillian and Robert D. Haley of Randolph. Brother of Mary Casey of Peabody and uncle to Sean Casey...

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Letter: Thanks to Chang-Díaz for fighting looser mercury law

January 18, 2013
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On New Year’s Eve, in the mostly empty halls of our legislature, a pivotal struggle to protect children’s health reached its climax. A bill that would have prevented future efforts to reduce exposure to toxic mercury was stalled, thanks to the leadership of state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz and other very committed legislators. These heroes...

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Editorial: Shooting the messengers of shootings

January 18, 2013
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Reaction to the Newtown school shooting is ripening into a classic moral panic. Society wants someone to blame, and the Obama administration is now gunning for video-game makers. That’s a direct attack on free speech that should concern all of us who rely on the First Amendment to tell you valuable truths, even if...

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Editorial: The T won’t fix itself

January 18, 2013
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The partial restoration of Green Line service all the way to Heath Street is good news and a great effort on the part of the cash-strapped MBTA. Development on S. Huntington Avenue is booming and transit service is needed more than ever there. But the MBTA can’t always fix itself. A year after the...

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Editorial: Remembering Dr. King

January 18, 2013
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On Jan. 21, our country officially remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a leader who changed the nation forever with his non-violent opposition to injustices done to African-Americans and—as is often forgotten—anyone who is poor. It is easy to see how far Dr. King and other Civil Rights leaders took us. Jan. 21 also...

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City declares flu crisis, offers free vaccination

January 10, 2013
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The City of Boston has declared a public health emergency due to a severe flu epidemic sweeping the city and the nation, and is offering free vaccinations in Jamaica Plain to help stop the sometimes fatal disease. Since Oct. 1, about 700 cases of the flu have been reported to health authorities, which is...

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Obituary: Robert DeFranco; former Galway House owner

January 7, 2013
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Obituary: Robert DeFranco; former Galway House owner

Robert DeFranco of Quincy, formerly of Roxbury, passed away Jan. 5, 2013. Beloved husband of Claire (York) DeFranco of Quincy. Loving father of Robert Y. Haley and his wife Conni of Randolph. Cherished “Papa” to Gena, Gillian and Robert D. Haley of Randolph. Brother of Mary Casey of Peabody and uncle to Sean Casey...

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Reason to Sing

January 4, 2013
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) Pianist Eytan Wurman performs with the English High School chorus on Dec. 19 in a gala celebrating the revival of performing arts programs at the 144 McBride St. school.

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