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Political Notes: Bike czar returns to JP, job

January 18, 2013
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Nicole Freedman was recently tabbed by Mayor Thomas Menino to once again be the director of the Boston Bikes program, according to a press release. Freedman has also moved back to Jamaica Plain, the Gazette has confirmed. Freedman, who is a former Olympic cyclist, was the director of the program when it launched in...

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JP residents continue responding to Newtown

January 18, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Cristina Nelson climbs Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Newtown tragedy sent out reverberations that are still being felt throughout the nation and in Jamaica Plain. One local resident recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa to fly flags honoring the victims, while another JP resident used a sidewalk chalk campaign to raise awareness of a grassroots gun-control organization. On Dec. 14, 26...

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You Said It, JP! 2012 in Quotes

January 4, 2013
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“ process has led us to determine that the at-grade alternative reconnects the neighborhood, provides more open space, incorporates more design elements that are pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly, and allows for more efficient bus movements through the area.” —Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary Richard Davey on announcing the decision to replace the Casey Overpass...

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Wu runs for more diverse City Council

January 4, 2013
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(Photo Courtesy Michelle Wu) Michelle Wu.

Go on the City Council website and you’ll see a wealth of male faces, but only a solitary female face. Michelle Wu would like to change that. Wu, a 27-year-old attorney who lives in the South End, is running for one of the four “at-large,” or citywide, Boston City Council seats this year. “No...

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Wu se presenta como candidata al concejo municipal

January 4, 2013
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Wu se presenta como candidata al concejo municipal

En el sitio web del consejo municipal se ven muchas caras de hombres, pero solamente una de mujer. Michelle Wu quiere cambiar esto. Wu es una abogada de 27 años que vive en el South End, y está entrando en la candidatura para uno de los cuatro puestos del consejo municipal este año. “Mi...

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State Lab appears accredited

January 4, 2013
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The 17 state public labs at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute at 305 S. Huntington Ave. appear to be in compliance with regulations and accredited. The Hinton Institute held the now-closed state drug lab where former chemist Annie Dookhan allegedly mishandled thousands of drug samples. Dookhan’s alleged actions have put numerous convictions...

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Memorial and mountain-climb for Newtown

January 4, 2013
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By Peter Shanley and Sandra Storey A local housing development recently held a memorial event for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass murder, while a Jamaica Plain resident planned to scale Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa to fly flags honoring the victims. On Dec. 14, 26 people, including 20 children, were shot...

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Rapper releases album about City Life experience

January 4, 2013
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(Photo Courtesy Antonio Ennis) Antonio Ennis.

City Life/Vida Urbana, a Jamaica Pain-based housing advocacy group, is known for its direct activism, such as sit-ins, blockades and protest marches. The organization recently added another dimension with the rapper Antonio “Twice Thou” Ennis. “I’m really paying forward what I have learned,” said Ennis, who recently released an album about his experience with...

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JP Tunes: New local music

January 4, 2013
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Jamaica Plain musicians recently released the following albums or singles: Cult 45, “On High” (self-released). Cult45.bandcamp.com. JP musicians can notify JP Tunes about new releases at news@jamaicaplaingazette.com.  

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City still working on community center MOU

January 4, 2013
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The Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) anticipates having a rough draft memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the City and community centers come next year. BCYF had hoped to have the document ready in the fall. A MOU is a document formally describing a relationship. “We’re pushing rolling out something to the local...

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