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You Said It, JP! 2011 in Quotes

January 6, 2012
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“There is someone coming to this location—a Whole Foods.” —Former Hi-Lo Foods manager Bill Jordan breaking the news that Whole Foods was coming to Hyde Square.   “Based on what we know now, we are concerned that Whole Foods is not a good fit for Hyde Square. We hope that it will reconsider its...

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FinComm investigates school move costs

January 6, 2012
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The Boston Finance Commission (FinComm) is investigating Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) funding of a plan to open two new schools in the former Agassiz School building. “We are going to look at how the funding decisions were made and whether there is enough money for the renovations,” FinComm Director Matt Cahill said. “We welcome...

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JP residents could vote on Eastie casino

January 6, 2012
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JP residents should have the chance to vote on a casino development project in East Boston, local elected officials say. Under a recently passed state law authorizing three casinos and one slot parlor in Massachusetts, Boston City Council has the power to decide whether development plans for a casino in Boston will be subject...

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Arborway Yard gets cleaned up

January 6, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Issues at the Arborway Yard that got the MBTA-owned bus facility added to a “problem properties” list were resolved within 48 hours, Inspectional Services Department spokesperson Lisa Timberlake told the Gazette. In an unusual move, the Jamaica Plain Problem Properties Committee—an advisory group that normally identifies private properties for city inspectors to investigate—added...

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Minority leaders focus of JP photographer

January 6, 2012
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(Photo by Don West) Gov. Deval Patrick, from JP photographer Don West’s exhibit “Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership (1980-2011).”

JP photographer Don West’s latest photo exhibit has been 30 years in the making, and he is not done yet. “Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership (1980-2011),” is a collection of 65 life-size pictures of minority leaders. It features local leaders—like state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, City Councilor Felix Arroyo and longtime activist and...

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Agenda, Jan. 6, 2012

January 6, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Jan. 17 for the Jan. 20 issue. Send listings to news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Jackson Square Community Advisory Committee, Weds., Jan. 11, 6:30pm, Amory Residences Community Room, 20 Amory Ave. Info: Rodneysing@gmail.com. Police Community...

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FinComm investigates school move

December 21, 2011
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Updated The Boston Finance Commission (FinComm) is investigating Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) funding of a plan to open two new schools in the former Agassiz School building. “We are going to look at how the funding decisions were made and whether there is enough money for the renovations,” FinComm Director Matt Cahill said. BPS...

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Youth center gets neighbors’ support

December 16, 2011
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Teenagers from the South Street housing development’s Youth Center are now making house calls. In response to neighbors interested in learning more about the center at 15 St. Rose St., two center youths, John Mejia and Jamilex Paulino, appeared as the featured speakers at a house party hosted by St. Rose Street resident Christy...

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Lynch embraces new district

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch.

Congressman Stephen Lynch is a fan of controversial plan that significantly expands the district he represents in Jamaica Plain, he told the Gazette in a phone interview last week. “I think it’s great. The driving force behind redistricting was trying to come up with a district that is minority-majority. Everyone had to bend a...

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Car-free councilor travels city by T

December 16, 2011
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She is the only woman sitting on City Council and the only minority woman ever to hold the office, but At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley is unique among her colleagues in another way. She is the only city councilor without a driver’s license. Pressley would not say on the record why she did not...

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