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Drug lab report: 1 ‘bad actor,’ many bad mistakes

March 14, 2014
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch/Gazette Staff A 15-month investigation by state Inspector General Glenn Cunha has found that former chemist Annie Dookhan acted alone in the state drug lab scandal of 2012, according to a final report issued March 4. While calling Dookhan the “sole bad actor” at the troubled drug lab, the...

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Affordability questioned as next Jackson Sq. project gears up

March 14, 2014
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Affordability questioned as next Jackson Sq. project gears up

As “Site III” of the Jackson Square redevelopment project gears up, residents are concerned about the issue of affordability and what it means for the neighborhood. About 35 people attended a community meeting about the project at the Julia Martin House at the Bromley-Heath housing development on March 5. Site III is vacant land...

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Senior Life: Grassroots senior services group is halfway to goal

March 14, 2014
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JP@Home, a grassroots membership group with the mission of keeping aging residents at home as long as possible, is halfway to its goal of having 100 pledges to join. The group, which is partnering with Jamaica Plain-based Ethos, was created last fall. It lets members join in a group purchase of such services as...

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Senior Life: City conducts BHA senior/disabled survey

March 14, 2014
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Senior Life: City conducts BHA senior/disabled survey

Responding to staffing and budget cuts at the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) last year, the Walsh administration is conducting a survey called “Making Connections” to see what services BHA seniors and disabled residents need. “In May of last year, the BHA eliminated its resident services program for elderly/disabled residents as a result of deep...

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Landmarks Commission future unclear

March 14, 2014
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With the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) involvement in a controversy last summer in Jamaica Plain, the Gazette reached out to Mayor Martin Walsh’s administration to see whether the commission will undergo any changes moving forward. But the Mayor’s Office and the BLC did not respond to requests for comment. Meanwhile, an architectural historian who...

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Sale of Blessed Sacrament Church finalized

March 5, 2014
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The sale of the former Blessed Sacrament Church building at 365 Centre St. from the Church Square Partners to the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) has been finalized, according to a press release. The sale was completed Feb. 28. HSTF had entered into a purchase-and-sale agreement to buy the church building in early July...

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Avellone lays out ‘progressive’ gov. race platform

February 28, 2014
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Avellone lays out ‘progressive’ gov. race platform

Two months ago, Democratic candidate for governor Joe Avellone attended a forum at Jamaica Plain’s Doyle’s Café, where he told the crowd he was not the most progressive candidate. But during a recent sit-down interview at the Gazette office, Avellone laid out a platform that he said many people would deem progressive. “I want...

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Residente fue observadora de la elección de El Salvador

February 28, 2014
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Residente fue observadora de la elección de El Salvador

Denise Zwahlen, una residente de Jamaica Plain, ha estado viajando a El Salvador durante más de una década. Su experiencia le impulsó a involucrarse en la política y este mes fue a monitorear la elección presidencial del país. Viajó como miembro del grupo izquierdista CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador),...

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JP resident joins state LGBTQ Youth Commission

February 28, 2014
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JP resident joins state LGBTQ Youth Commission

Katy Erker, a Jamaica Plain resident, works at the women homeless shelter Rosie’s Place in the South End and sees women who could have benefited from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) services. That is one reason, she said, she is “really excited” to join the state Commission on LGBTQ Youth. “Nowhere...

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Despite staff changes, mail problems continue

February 28, 2014
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Some Jamaica Plain residents continue to have mail delivery problems despite managerial changes at the Jamaica Plain post office. Meanwhile, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is continuing to ask resident to report problems to its hotline, as it can’t address the issue unless it has the name and address of the customer affected....

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