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Real Estate Today: Real estate office donates to kids’ group

September 28, 2012
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The Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Jamaica Plain this month kicked off “6 for 60,” a new program and partnership with Boston College that will benefit The Home for Little Wanderers’ annual holiday gift drive. Coldwell Banker, whose local office is at 713 Centre St., will donate a $60 gift card for every...

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Real Estate Today: Easy, cheap ways to cut heating bills

September 28, 2012
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With fall officially here and cooler weather on the way, Boston Building Resources (BBR) is offering some tips on do-it-yourself improvements that will make your home more energy-efficient. BBR is a Mission Hill co-op that sells new and slightly used construction materials. First, take steps to block drafts. That will go a long way...

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‘Safety net’ is under threat, local groups say

September 28, 2012
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By Laura Plummer, Special to the Gazette The “safety net” of social services is under threat by federal budget cuts, representatives from a dozen Boston-area organizations warned at a Sept. 15 forum in Jamaica Plain. “You can’t walk down JP’s main streets without seeing someone in crisis,” said Sky Rose of Survivors, Inc., the...

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Cardinal installs JP’s new Catholic pastor

September 28, 2012
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) Rev. Carlos Flor (front) and Cardinal Seán O’Malley (rear) enter Our Lady of Lourdes Church for Flor’s installation as JP’s Roman Catholic pastor on Sept. 22.

By Patrick E. O’Connor, Special to the Gazette Rev. Carlos Flor was formally installed as pastor of Jamaica Plain’s three Roman Catholic parishes in a Mass led by Cardinal Seán O’Malley at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Sept. 22. An overflow crowd filled the Brookside Avenue church and included visitors from Everett, East...

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Editorial: Review all state labs

September 28, 2012
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Following the horrendous crisis about drug evidence testing at the State Lab, the state must do a top-to-bottom review of all of the other sensitive lab work done there. The epic failure at the drug lab, which is putting thousands of drug convictions in question, is properly drawing immense government and media attention. But...

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Editorial: Supporting Main Streets

September 28, 2012
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First Thursday, the monthly arts event in central JP’s business district, is one of those things that is so successful and smooth that it seems to happen by itself. But it is actually the product of immense work by JP Centre/South Main Streets, a nonprofit that is essentially one staff person and a small...

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Editorial: How to move a bus stop

September 28, 2012
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The MBTA’s dilly-dallying about moving the dangerous bus stop in Monument Square is government bureaucracy at its worst. The only real cause for delay is the plan to create a shelter at the new stop location, which is nice, but not necessary. What is necessary is not endangering people. The bus stop signs could...

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Op-Ed: Parents must demand real change from BPS

September 28, 2012
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By City Councilor John R. Connolly, Special to the Gazette Two transformative opportunities for the Boston Public Schools hung in the balance as students began the new school year. First, students desperately needed a longer school day and a system that kept good teachers in the classroom. Unfortunately, this opportunity came and went, as...

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Letter: Good riddance to school’s racism-tainted name

September 28, 2012
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I can only speculate why the Boston School Committee of the 1970s named a public school after a scientist who was one of the most outspoken proponents of the idea that Africans were a separate and inferior species. The Louis Agassiz Elementary School in Jamaica Plain was permanently closed in June 2011, may his...

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Letter: No to condos in church building

September 28, 2012
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I think the Blessed Sacrament Church should be a community center so it can be for everyone. I don’t think it should be condos. I have lived in JP for about five years, and it would make me so sad to see the church turned into private, expensive condos. Tandin Johnson-Ward KidsArts! Multicultural After-School...

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