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Encuesta: Muchos vecinos de Franklin Park se oponen a las Olimpíadas

June 19, 2015
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Muchos de los vecinos de Franklin Park no están contentos con la idea de las Olimpíadas en su parque, según una encuesta no científica realizada por Stonybrook Neighborhood Association (SNA). Entre las 100 personas que respondieron a la encuesta, el 70 por ciento completamente se opone a las Olimpíadas en Boston, y el 53...

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Boston 2024 seeks youth groups for dubious ‘Olympic Day’ event

June 19, 2015
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Boston 2024 is inviting local youth organizations to join in a June 23 “Olympic Day” program that claims to encourage sports participation, but also doubles as free Olympic advertising. Such quasi-educational Olympic programming has been controversial in previous bid cities, and one academic critic tells the Gazette that Boston 2024’s effort is more of...

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New Olympics protest group forms

June 19, 2015
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Franklin Park Area Stop Boston Olympics members (from left) Isaac Hoeh, Chris Hoeh, Hussein Bashir, Cole Rainey-Slavick and Sarah Slavick pose with hobby horses during a June 13 anti-Olympics protest at Franklin Park. (Courtesy Photo)

Franklin Park Area Stop Boston Olympics, a new local group protesting Boston’s 2024 Summer Olympics bid, recently formed. The group held its first meeting June 11 in Jamaica Plain, and its first protest event June 13 at Franklin Park, where members posed with hobby horses in mockery of Olympic equestrian events planned there. However,...

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New JP anti-Olympics group to meet June 11

June 9, 2015
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JP Area Stop Boston Olympics, a new local group protesting Boston’s 2024 Summer Olympics bid, is holding its first organizing meeting Thurs., June 11, 7 p.m. at Spontaneous Celebrations. The effort is led by Jamaica Plain resident Chris Hoeh, a teacher and leader with the JP Youth Soccer program. He has been active in...

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Boston 2024 budget skips full White Stadium costs

June 5, 2015
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Secret Boston 2024 Olympic bid documents that were revealed by Boston magazine last month report confusing costs for Franklin Park’s proposed venues—and apparently leave the public on the hook for most of the $45 million White Stadium renovation fundamental to the plan. On detailed plans of each venue, the total venue costs are reported...

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JP woman to swim English Channel for fundraiser

June 5, 2015
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JP woman to swim English Channel for fundraiser

Like many Jamaica Plain residents, Maura Twomey will head to the ocean this summer. But the 59-year-old Hyde Square business owner is likely the only one who plans to swim all the way from England to France. Twomey plans to swim the English Channel in mid-July as a fundraiser for a specialty program at...

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JP First Responders: Decoding the Boston Police badge

June 5, 2015
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JP First Responders: Decoding the Boston Police badge

A galloping horse and a Bible quote are among the decorations on the Boston Police badge carried by every officer. While most people probably avoid situations where they would see a police badge up-close, there is a lot going on for those who take a look. A giant version is available for view at...

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JP Progressives to host June 3 candidate forum

June 2, 2015
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JP Progressives, a local left-leaning political organization, is hosting a City Council candidate forum tomorrow, June 3, 6-9 p.m. at Doyle’s Cafe, 3484 Washington St. Incumbent councilors Michael Flaherty, Matt O’Malley (who represents most of Jamaica Plain), Ayanna Pressley and Michelle Wu are slated to attend, along with Annissa Essaibi George and Bryan Fuller,...

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Famed activist Hayden suffers stroke, cancels JP event

May 27, 2015
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Famed 1960s activist Tom Hayden has suffered a stroke and has canceled his May 29 Jamaica Plain speaking appearance, according to event host Jamaica Plain Forum. “Tom Hayden was hospitalized after he suffered a stroke last week and unfortunately he will not be able to travel to Boston for the event,” said Tracy Bindel of JP...

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London protester: Olympics damaged park

May 8, 2015
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Heavy security fencing lines a Greenwich Park path in July 2012. (Photo by @SonyJim)

As local residents try to figure out what a Boston 2024 Olympics horse venue would mean for Franklin Park, a natural benchmark is London’s historic Greenwich Park, host to a similar venue for the latest Summer Games in 2012. The London 2012 party line is that the Olympics upgraded Greenwich Park to a better...

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