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Editorial: Welcome to JP

September 14, 2012
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We welcome the many new residents who arrived in JP this month. For those of us who have lived or worked here for a year, a decade or a lifetime, there can only be envy for those who are enjoying their first experiences of the great things this neighborhood offers. A stroll around the...

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Editorial: Wrap the overpass

September 14, 2012
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The crumbling Casey Overpass must be wrapped in fabric netting or otherwise outfitted to protect passers-by from more falling debris. We are lucky that the concrete and asphalt that fell off the overpass on Aug. 31 landed on empty ground rather than on, say, schoolkids or a windshield. We might not be so lucky...

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Editorial: JP’s presidential choice

September 14, 2012
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Democratic President Barack Obama surely will win the JP vote this November. But Green Party candidate Jill Stein sounds like a much closer match to JP’s progressive politics with her “Green New Deal.” In some ways, so does Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, who proposes legalizing marijuana, killing the PATRIOT Act and approving same-sex...

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Letter: Sánchez wrong to rant about Brown visit

September 14, 2012
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I take exception to Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez’s public ranting and raving over Sen. Scott Brown’s decision to meet the Puerto Rican Veterans Monument Square Association (PRVMSA) at El Oriental de Cuba in Jamaica Plain on Aug. 16. (“Sen. Brown visits JP, backs vets memorial,” Aug. 31.) El Oriental is owned by Mr. Nobel Garcia,...

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Letter: Serenity project meets neighborhood needs

September 14, 2012
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We have read a few critical comments about the plans for the development on the empty lot at 105A S. Huntington Ave., and we’d like to respond. We think the architectural drawings that have been shown are attractive and offer a positive modern alternative to the valued historic brownstones and bay-fronts that have dominated...

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Letter: Thanks for Elizabeth Stone House support

September 14, 2012
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We recently completed our 17th annual Elizabeth Stone House Wilderness Heals pledge hike and want to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of the hikers, volunteers, team leaders and sponsors. The event helped to raise over $165,000. This support helped to make this an unforgettable, life-changing experience for everyone involved. A special thanks to all of you...

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Invitación, Sept. 14, 2012

September 14, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 25 de septiembre para la publicación del 28 de septiembre. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones Foro State of the Safety Net, oradores de organizaciones locales sobre servicios...

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Island Tree

August 31, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) (from left) David Gladstone, vice president of business banking at Citizens Bank, and Gerry Wright, president of Friends of Jamaica Pond and organizer of Olmsted 2022, plant a willow tree on Shea’s Island in the pond on Aug. 24 to replace a tree that fell last year in Hurricane Irene. There have been local concerns that the human-made island is eroding. The Parks Department spokesperson Jacque Goddard said the tree was planted without permission, but that it will stay.

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Music Leader

August 31, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Krystal Banfield (above) was appointed dean of the Berklee City Music program this month. Affliated with Berklee College of Music, the nonprofit program that provides music instruction to underserved students in Boston and 38 sites across the U.S. A former voice professor, Banfield previously served as the program’s senior director.

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Scholarship Star

August 31, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident and bass player Matthew Pitts holds a document granting him a full four-year scholarship to Berklee College of Music during a celebratory concert at the Back Bay school on Aug. 8. Pitts was one of only 16 people to win the scholarship from the Berklee City Music program.

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