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Spy center missed bomb suspect, watched JP peace activists

May 24, 2013
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Spy center missed bomb suspect, watched JP peace activists

A controversial police spy agency overlooked the alleged Boston Marathon bombing mastermind, but kept secret files on local peace activists—possibly including marathon rescue hero Carlos Arredondo. The Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC), an anti-terrorism agency run by the Boston Police Department with state and federal support, was the focus of Congressional scrutiny this month...

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Festivales no estarán en Franklin Park

May 24, 2013
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El festival anual Puertorriqueño y el festival Dominicano tendrán lugar en el Boston City Hall Plaza  este año y no en Franklin Park debido a que la restauración de la grama en el parque ha tomado mas tiempo que el esperado, de acuerdo con declaraciones de oficiales de la Ciudad y activistas. Estos festivales...

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Big festivals won’t be held in Franklin Park

May 24, 2013
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The annual Puerto Rican and Dominican cultural festivals will relocate from Franklin Park to City Hall Plaza downtown this year because re-sodding of part of the park is taking longer than expected, according to City and park advocacy officials. The large summer festivals and parades are major Latino cultural events that usually draw thousands...

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City to update open space plan, seeks public input

May 24, 2013
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The City’s Parks Department is updating its massive “Open Space Plan,” which will guide parks policy from 2015 to 2021, and is asking all residents to provide input via a questionnaire. “It’s a touchstone for us,” said Margaret Dyson, the City’s director of historic parks, explaining to the Gazette how crucial the Open Space...

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Turner blogs from prison, will be out soon

May 24, 2013
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Former City Councilor Chuck Turner, who soon will be released from federal prison after doing time for bribery, has started a new blog on social justice issues called “Chuck Turner Analysis.” Turner, who represented part of Jamaica Plain at the time of his 2009 conviction, will be released to a halfway house in Boston...

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Arborway tree-planting slated for June 1

May 24, 2013
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Trees will be planted June 1 on the “Arborway Hillside” at the Arborway and St. Rose Street to continue a woodlands restoration effort there, and volunteer tree-planters are needed. The hillside is an embankment along the outer Arborway that overlooks the main Arborway just before the Casey Overpass. State workers mistakenly clear-cut the hillside...

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JP mail is misdelivered to Jamaica

May 24, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) The “Missent to Jamaica” stamp on the Gazette mail.

A letter mailed to the Gazette in Jamaica Plain early this year took a three-month detour to the country of Jamaica. “Missent to Jamaica,” reads a stamp on the envelope, which was mailed around Jan. 22 and finally arrived at the Gazette’s JP post office box on April 16. It is uncommon but not...

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Sign honors officer killed in Dot

May 24, 2013
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A street signed honoring a Boston Police officer killed in the line of duty in 1988 was erected in Canary Square this month. Detective Sherman Griffiths actually died in a drug raid in Dorchester, but the sign was erected May 11 in Jamaica Plain at his family’s request, because he and his wife met...

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JP bombing reaction makes Canadian news

May 24, 2013
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Jamaica Plain’s response to the Boston Marathon bombers manhunt was featured in the U.S. politics blog of the popular Canadian French-language newspaper Le Journal de Montréal. Journalist Daniel Girard, who writes the paper’s “Politique US” blog, told the Gazette he visits JP regularly, and he has featured the neighborhood often in his coverage over...

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Curley School aims to replace asphalt with turf field

May 24, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) City Councilor Matt O’Malley (center) joins students, parents and supporters at the Curley K-8 School’s field fund-raising event May 18.

The Curley K-8 School at 493 Centre St. is trying to raise $250,000 to put an artificial turf field and track on an asphalt lot kids are forced to use for recess. The 14,000-square-foot paved area tucked against the school’s south side is “very unsafe,” according to school parent council member Susan Elsbree. “A...

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