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Local mentor

January 6, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Teresa Herd (above), a Staples employee, is one of many volunteers who mentor at-risk youths through the Mass Mentoring Partnership, which is receiving a $25,000 donation from Staples. Mass Mentoring serves a wide variety of organizations, including JP’s Home for Little Wanderers. For info, see massmentors.org.

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Met his MATCH

January 6, 2012
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(Photo by Eric Haynes/Governor’s Office) Gov. Deval Patrick reads along with students at the new MATCH Community Day Charter Public School on Forest Hills Street on Dec. 20, where he praised the school’s focus on English Language Learners. Patrick also visited Community Servings on Marbury Terrace the same day to announce a new newsletter about healthy family eating.

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Grocery team-up

January 6, 2012
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(Photo by Don West) Officials from three competing JP grocery stores come together last month at Jackson Square’s ABCD Jamaica Plain Food Pantry, which they supported with donations. Whole Foods Market’s Jennifer Licht (left), Stop & Shop’s Fitzgerald Iyamabo (center rear) and Harvest Co-Op Markets’ Chris Durkin (right) joined local ABCD Operations Manager Ana Soto de Bechtold (center front).

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Life blood

January 6, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Two-year-old cancer survivor Treson Stuckey (center) samples a toy offered by Mayor Thomas Menino (right) while his mother Tracy Springer (left) looks on during a Dec. 22 American Red Cross blood drive at the Dimock Center on Dimock Street. Donated blood enabled Stuckey to survive surgery last year. For more info, see redcrossblood.org.

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Community service

January 6, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) David Waters (left), CEO of JP’s Community Servings, accepts a donation of more than $30,000 from Whole Foods Market officials Heather McCready, Melissa Traverse and Jennifer Licht on Dec. 22. The donation from Whole Foods stores, including one in JP, support the nonprofit’s work in providing meals to people who are homebound due to critical illness.

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Computer lab

January 6, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Hyde Square now has 25 laptop computers for use by students and their families thanks to a donation from Wentworth Institute of Technology. Celebrating the donation at the school on Dec. 16 were (from left): Principal Waleska Landing-Rivera; Joe Boston, director of WIT’s Center for Learning and Community Partnership; student Haley Tejeda; state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez; and WIT President Zorica Pantic.

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Editorial: Yes to a casino vote

January 6, 2012
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There is something absurd about holding a vote on whether a legal business can open its doors in Boston. But that is what the law permitting casinos in Massachusetts demands. The only question is whether the vote will be held in just the casino’s neighborhood, or citywide. When a Suffolk Downs casino in Eastie...

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Editorial: A neighborhood loss

January 6, 2012
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Bruce Wallin, the co-founder of the West Roxbury Courthouse Neighborhood Association, passed away last week. First and foremost, his passing is a tragedy for his family and friends. It is also a loss for Northeastern University, where he was a professor, and for the Forest Hills neighborhood for which he cared deeply. Bruce brought...

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Editorial: Seize the year

January 6, 2012
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The year 2012 is here, and very little can be said with certainty about what events it will hold. Except this: An ancient Mayan god will not return to destroy the world, contrary to a surprisingly popular superstition. More sophisticated thinkers point out that end-of-the-world stories are metaphors for changes in belief systems. They...

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Op-Ed: Progress Over Party: JP should vote for Paul

January 6, 2012
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By Sean Ryan, Special to the Gazette If you lived in JP in 2008, chances are you voted for Barack Obama.  Tired of the wars, privacy invasions and rampant crony corporatism of the Bush years, JP residents overwhelmingly endorsed an idealistic young reformer who offered a universally popular message: change. Candidate Obama’s closing argument...

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