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Hyde/Jackson Main Street investigation continues

March 2, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The investigation into missing money from Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) appears to be ongoing. Meanwhile, the organization seems dormant with no holiday programs last December and a lack of activity in general. Last summer, HJSMS Executive Director Carlos Schillaci left the organization amid accusations that $20,000 that was intended for the Jamaica...

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JP senior population declines

March 2, 2012
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If you have trouble finding a gray-haired person for advice, that might be because Jamaica Plain’s senior population dipped nearly 12 percent the past decade. From 2000 to 2010, the number of JP residents 65 years or older dropped by 535, according to U.S. Census data. “That does not surprise me at all,” said...

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BPS bus-arrival time improving

March 2, 2012
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School buses in Jamaica Plain are running more punctually than earlier in the school year when they were arriving as late as an hour. “They fixed it three or four weeks ago,” said JP parent Marc Lipsitch, a parent of two children at the Hernandez School, whose bus was running 30 minutes late in...

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BPS ‘university’ brings in parents

February 17, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (right) visits with parents at the Kennedy School on Feb. 6 while Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson (rear center) looks on.

HYDE SQ.—U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited the John F. Kennedy Elementary School Feb. 6 to observe the Boston Public School’s (BPS) Parent University program. The program, which was an initiative Superintendent Carol Johnson started in 2010, is a parent-engagement strategy. It allows parents of BPS students to attend a full day of...

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Basketball program steers youths away from trouble

February 17, 2012
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Hoopz Excellence, a basketball program started in Jackson Square, is celebrating a decade worth of helping at-risk youths. Robert A. Lewis, a JP resident, founded the program so kids would have a safe environment to go to after school. Besides teaching basketball, the program focuses on education and keeping the kids free from gangs...

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Councilor wants improved traffic safety

February 17, 2012
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District 6 Councilor Matt O’Malley is pushing for various traffic-calming measures, including “virtual” speed bumps and glowing crosswalks. Following an order filed by O’Malley, the City Council’s Committee on City, Neighborhood Services and Veterans Affairs will hold a hearing Feb. 21 at City Hall on how to improve traffic safety. “The issue of traffic...

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Governor’s Council seat open after death

February 17, 2012
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Kelly Timilty, a longtime member of the Governor’s Council, died at the end of January, leaving vacant the District 2 seat. That district encompasses Jamaica Plain’s Ward 19, Precinct 12 in Woodbourne. Secretary of State spokesperson Brian McNiff noted that according to the state’s 25th amendment, it is the legislature’s option to replace Timilty....

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Homeless groups merge, won’t change services

February 17, 2012
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No program or service cuts are expected in a Pine Street Inn and hopeFound merger that was announced at the end of January. HopeFound, which primarily runs the Shattuck Shelter at 170 Morton St., and the Pine Street Inn, which is based in the South End and has facilities throughout JP, are expected to...

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School-move probe seeks missing data

February 17, 2012
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The Boston Finance Commission (FinComm) investigation into the funding of the Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) controversial plan to move various schools has hit a patch of turbulence. BPS failed to provide key data, according to FinComm, and BPS told the Gazette it never had the information in the first place. FinComm is investigating the...

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