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Chang-Díaz won’t run for mayor

April 5, 2013
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Local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz will not run for mayor, according to spokesperson Katherine Adam. Mayor Thomas Menino announced last week he would not seek reelection. Chang-Díaz had previously told the Gazette she was considering becoming a candidate.

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Mayoral candidates likely to give up seats

April 2, 2013
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With Mayor Thomas Menino announcing last week that he will not seek reelection, the floodgates have been opened for potential candidates. But many of those people contemplating runs are already in elected positions at the city or state level, posing the question whether they must relinquish their seats to run. According to the Mayor’s...

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Former Martha Eliot official questions ending service

March 29, 2013
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A Jamaica Plain doctor, who is a former official at Martha Eliot Health Center, in a letter to the Gazette is questioning Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) decision to end adult service at the health center. Dr. John Jewett, who worked at MEHC for 13 years, including three years as the director of adult medicine,...

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Falling concrete at station might have been prevented

March 29, 2013
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FOREST HILLS—The loose concrete that recently fell at the Forest Hills Station might have been prevented if an inspection report had been heeded. In early February, loose concrete was removed from the ceiling at the commuter rail platform at the Forest Hills Station, which is located in the southern section of Jamaica Plain near...

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Peace Garden redesign discussed

March 29, 2013
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EGLESTON SQ.—Tables to play dominoes and more community events were two of many ideas tossed around during a March 13 brainstorming session on the redesign of the Egleston Square Peace Garden, which is located at the corner of Washington and School streets. About 15 people attended the meeting at the Egleston Square YMCA. Other...

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Community centers MOU fate unclear

March 29, 2013
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A rough draft of the new operating agreement between the City and community centers was expected to be in place by now, but it’s unclear whether it is finished. The City had said in December that it anticipated having the document ready early this year. But repeated Gazette phone calls and emails to the...

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Homelessness increases in city, JP

March 29, 2013
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The number of homeless people living on the city’s streets increased 7 percent from a year ago, according to the City’s 2012 homeless census. And Jamaica Plain followed suit with two homeless people being found on its streets compared to none the year before. According to the census, 193 homeless people were found living...

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Gulf War syndrome study launched at VA hospital

March 29, 2013
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced the launch of a Gulf War syndrome study that will take place at the VA Medical Center at 150 S. Huntington Ave, according to a press release. The Gulf War Veteran’s Illnesses Biorepository (GWVIB) will support research on the causes, progression and treatment of disorders...

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Arroyo: School committee student rep should vote

March 29, 2013
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At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo, who lives in Jamaica Plain, has filed a hearing order with City Councilor Frank Baker that would give voting power to the student representative on the Boston School Committee. “It just seems right,” said Arroyo in a recent Gazette interview. He said the student representatives can speak during a...

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Councilors team up for composting, urban agriculture

March 29, 2013
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Two local city councilors are teaming up to bring a citywide compost program to residents and to increase urban agriculture opportunities. At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo, who lives in Jamaica Plain, and City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who represents JP, heard calls for the aforementioned actions during the JP State of the Neighborhood forum Feb....

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