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Birthday for a Leader

March 30, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Helene Connolly Leary (left) celebrates her 90th birthday at Doyle’s Café on Feb. 26 with sister Carol Connolly Anderson and other family and friends. Leary worked for ESAC’s Housing Program and was one of ESAC’s founding board members. She also worked at Urban Edge brokering house sales and served as chair of the Mass. Mental Health area board. She was awarded a proclamation from the Massachusetts legislature, presented by state Rep. Liz Malia; two resolutions, one from the president of the City Council, Stephen Murphy, presented by Tom O'Malley; and one from Mayor Thomas Menino, presented by Julianne Doherty.

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Marathon Drinking

March 30, 2012
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(Photo by Courtney Sacco) Jim Koch (center), founder of the JP-based Boston Brewing Company, maker of Samuel Adams beer, shares a laugh and a drink with four-time Boston Marathon champion Bill Rodgers (right) as Boston Athletic Association Joann Flaminio (left) looks on during a Feb. 23 announcement of a new Marathon-themed beer at the company’s headquarters in The Brewery on Germania Street. The one-batch “Boston 26.2” brew, named for the miles in a marathon, will be available only in Boston, only in kegs and only around the time of the April 16 Boston Marathon.

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City offers help to buy, maintain triple-deckers

March 30, 2012
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The City of Boston’s new “3D Campaign” is offering help to preserve Boston’s iconic triple-decker apartment buildings. The $3 million program was announced March 24 by Mayor Thomas Menino. “I am proud that our $3 million investment will give triple-decker owners the support they need to renovate their homes,” said Menino in a press...

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Festive Welcome

March 30, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP Music Festival staffers Randance Rauscher Moore (left) and Daisy Kincaid greet attendees at the Art 4 Music festival fund-raiser at Doyle’s Café on March 25. The event raised $2,500 for the annual music fest, which be held for the second time this summer.

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Editorial: The Casey criticism

March 30, 2012
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Bridging Forest Hills, the group opposing the Casey Parkway plan in favor of a new bridge, is engaged in the sort of dubious public process it aims to criticize. Slanted meetings misleadingly advertised as objective ones. Flyers with a casual treatment of known facts and rhetoric that stirs emotion rather than marshaling evidence. It’s...

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Editorial: What’s in a street name

March 30, 2012
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The roadway that will replace the Casey Overpass has been hastily—too hastily—renamed the “Casey Arborway.” The overpass is a gap in a roadway that already has a name: simply, the Arborway. Indeed, one of the arguments in favor of the surface-street option for the overpass replacement was that it restores and reconnects the Arborway,...

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Op-Ed: On Easter, remembering that light overcomes darkness

March 30, 2012
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By Rev. Ashlee Wiest-Laird, Special to the Gazette Easter always begins in darkness. The women who were with Jesus had seen their friend and teacher tortured and killed. They watched as his lifeless body was placed in the cold tomb; then they went home and waited in despair for the Sabbath to end.  Having...

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Letter: Arizona ethnic studies ban is racist

March 30, 2012
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Regarding the Arizona law banning ethnic studies classes in public schools: Listen, this racism really needs to end. Why do Caucasians get to learn about their history, but people in Arizona don’t get to learn about their histories? OK, that’s fair, really fair. If you’re against ethnic studies, you need to rethink. It doesn’t...

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Letter: Capuano vote could stifle protest

March 30, 2012
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I was very disappointed to see that U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano voted for H.R.347 and continues the ongoing suppression of public protest. In the past decade, I have been appalled to see the suppression of protest by corralling protesting citizens into “free speech” zones, well away from any elected officials and out of the cameras’ view. Armed...

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Letter: Thanks for a good deed

March 30, 2012
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I was doing the third of my usual three rounds around the pond on Sat., March 10 when my granddaughter phoned. She lives on the West Coast, so the sound of her 6-year-old voice is a precious gift. She had 20 minutes she could talk to me and we were engrossed in the kind...

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