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Hyde, Monument Sq. redesigns resume this fall

July 5, 2013
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The City’s long-delayed plans for major redesigns of Hyde and Monument Squares will resume this fall, according to the Boston Transportation Department (BTD). The Centre and South Streets Streetscape and Transportation Action Plan aims to develop general guidelines for the look and feel of the Centre/South corridor, as well as fix some specific traffic...

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Arboretum 16 acres bigger than thought

July 5, 2013
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ARBORWAY—Arnold Arboretum is one of the biggest jewels in the Emerald Necklace—even bigger than advertised. Administrators recently discovered that the Arboretum is 16 acres bigger than the number it has used in various publications for the past 75 years. The Arboretum is approximately 281 acres in area rather than the often-cited 265 acres. As...

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JP police spying named top 10 free speech violation

July 5, 2013
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Boston Police spying on legal protests in Jamaica Plain and elsewhere has been named one of last year’s top 10 free speech violations in the annual “Muzzle Awards.” The Muzzle Awards is a list of “outrages against free speech and personal liberties in New England” presented as sarcastic “awards” for official bad behavior. It...

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Pats star charged with murder after JP drive

July 5, 2013
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Aaron Hernandez, a star player for the New England Patriots football team, was charged with the murder of a Dorchester man June 26, six days after TV news helicopters drew local attention for following his SUV on a drive on the Jamaicaway. On the afternoon of June 20, three low-flying helicopters filled central Jamaica...

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BPS offers free meals for kids

July 5, 2013
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Boston Public Schools is serving free breakfast and lunch to any children and youths ages 4-18 at more than 140 sites around the city this summer through Aug. 30. The annual program ensures good nutrition for kids in need. No registration or ID are needed. Last year, meals were offered at nine Jamaica Plain...

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City services truck to make JP stops

July 5, 2013
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By John Ruch and Rebeca Oliveira/Gazette Staff “City Hall to Go,” a truck offering various City of Boston resident services, will make regular Jamaica Plain stops starting today, July 5. The first stop will be at 12:30 p.m. at 3091 Washington St. in Egleston Square. The second stop will be 4 p.m. at Centre...

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A JP win in Supreme Court DOMA decision

July 5, 2013
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The U.S. Supreme Court on June 26 struck down a core section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that previously had been successfully challenged by Jamaica Plain residents. DOMA unconstitutional benefits provision banned same-sex married couples from receiving various benefits that opposite-sex married couples do. The Supreme Court ruled that the 1996...

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Supreme Court strikes down same-sex marriage benefits ban

June 26, 2013
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The U.S. Supreme Court today struck down a core section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bans same-sex married couples from receiving various benefits that opposite-sex married couples do. DOMA’s benefits provision previously had been ruled unconstitutional by lower courts, including in a landmark case last year that included a Jamaica...

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Violent Femmes singer to play JP show tonight

June 24, 2013
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Gordon Gano, the singer/violinist for the 1980s hit band Violent Femmes, will perform at tonight’s JP Music Festival fund-raiser show at Tres Gatos restaurant and bookstore in a last-minute surprise appearance. Gano will perform around 9 p.m. and likely will play with the event’s main performer, the JP Americana-rock band Tallahassee, according to festival...

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BPS to offer free summer meals for kids

June 21, 2013
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Boston Public Schools will serve free breakfast and lunch to any children and youths ages 4-18 at more than 140 sites around the city this summer starting July 1. The annual program to ensure good nutrition for kids in need will run through Aug. 30. No registration or ID are needed. The full list...

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