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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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DCR: Spring meeting for pond access improvement

February 28, 2014
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PONDSIDE—The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will hold a follow-up community meeting sometime in the spring to discuss its plan to improve access to the Jamaica Pond at the intersection of Perkins Street and Francis Parkman Drive, according to spokesperson Bill Hickey. DCR held a community meeting last summer, unveiling three concepts...

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JP resident was election observer in El Salvador

February 28, 2014
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JP resident was election observer in El Salvador

Denise Zwahlen, a Jamaica Plain resident, has been traveling to El Salvador for more than a decade. That experience propelled her to become more involved, so earlier this month she was an election observer as the Salvadorans headed to the poll. She went as a member of the left-leaning Committee in Solidarity with the...

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BPS questioned on how to achieve strategic goals

February 28, 2014
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The Boston School Committee held a roundtable session in Jamaica Plain on Feb. 24 for the Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) strategic vision. The meeting was planned to discuss the content of the vision’s goals and priorities, but attendees were mostly concerned with how those would be implemented. About 30 people attended English High School...

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