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Pride block party slated for June 10

June 8, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The JP Block Party for Boston Pride Week makes its annual return to Perkins Street on Sun., June 10. A celebration of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, Pride Week features dozens of events around town, including the downtown Pride Parade on June 9. A co-grand marshal of this year’s parade is the...

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Greece and Jamaica Pond inspire artist

June 8, 2012
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Greece and Jamaica Pond inspire artist

By Arlene Snyder, Special to the Gazette Paintings and drawings by Jamaica Plain artist Cynthia Kollios are on display this month at Taylor House Bed and Breakfast, part of the long-running Music and Art series there. Kollios moved to JP in the 1980s after art school and immediately began to draw the old Victorian...

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Pulling Ahead

June 8, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Cassandra Vickers (front), shown here rowing with her crew team at Newton Country Day School, has scored a 4.0 GPA and is heading to the University of Pennsylvania this fall after participating in the Steppingstone Academy, an academic prep program for underserved youths. Vickers plans to study pre-med.

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Housing Protest

June 8, 2012
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(Photo by Brandon German, City Life/Vida Urbana) JP resident Heather Gordon (second from left), who recently fought a foreclosure-related eviction from her Egleston Square home, joins protesters from JP’s City Life/Vida Urbana housing organization outside the Democratic State Convention in Springfield on June 2. The protesters sought support for foreclosure legislation that would require banks to negotiate with homeowners and allow former homeowners to stay in place as tenants.

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Pedal Power

June 8, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Courtney Sacco) Volunteer feet work bike pedals that helped power the sound system at Bikes Not Bombs’ Green Roots Festival at the Stony Brook T Station on June 3. Two pedal systems, one built by the local Stonybrook Fine Arts, provided clean electricity for bands performing at the fest, which joined by the annual Bike-A-Thon.

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Bright Idea

June 8, 2012
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(Photo by Jennifer Uhrhane/detailphoto.com) Gardeners gather in front of a new solar panel installed on the storage shed at the Minton Stable Community Garden on Williams Street on May 19. The solar panel, funded by a grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund, will help to power lights, an electric lawnmower and other garden equipment.

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Jackson Sq. project gets cleanup funds

June 8, 2012
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A long-stalled part of the massive Jackson Square redevelopment got a boost last month when the City of Boston secured $400,000 in federal grants to clean up contaminated soil. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cleanup funds target the future “Jackson Commons” project, a massive expansion of the current Urban Edge building at 1540-1542 Columbus...

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Graduation Day

June 8, 2012
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) JP resident Ingrid M. Hernandez poses in her cap and gown during her graduation at Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Brighton on May 23.

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City Champs

June 8, 2012
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) The English High School boys baseball team poses with trophy plaques after winning the City League championship on their home field on Memorial Day, May 28. The team beat Latin Academy 5-3 for the crown. Also pictured are Headmaster Sito Narcisse (far left rear), Coach Modesto Gomez (far left front) and Athletic Director Barry Robinson (second from left rear).

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City Life receives justice award

June 8, 2012
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The Salem Award Foundation announces that City Life/Vida Urbana, a Jamaica Plain housing rights organization, received the 20th annual Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice on May 11 at a ceremony in Salem. City Life was recognized for helping to save the homes of those who have suffered mortgage abuses in the...

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