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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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Ordinance attempts to tamp down parties

January 4, 2013
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The City Council’s Government Operations Committee is currently reviewing an ordinance that will try to rein in out-of-control parties in the city. City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who lives in and represents Jamaica Plain, said he supports the ordinance. The “nuisance control” ordinance, which was introduced by City Councilor Sal LaMattina, could have hosts of...

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Warren goes to D.C. with JP ties

January 4, 2013
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Elizabeth Warren this week went to Washington, D.C. to become the junior U.S. senator from Massachusetts. And she leaves roots stretching to Jamaica Plain. Warren, who garnered 87 percent of the JP vote, campaigned on numerous occasions in JP, including a stop at Ula Café in March. Warren held a roundtable discussion there with...

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Local author writes book on spirituality

January 4, 2013
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(Photo Courtesy Roger Gottlieb) JP author Roger Gottlieb.

With the holiday season in the rearview mirror, some people might not only be questioning how much they ate, but also the meaning of spirituality. A local author has recently penned a book that attempts to answer some of those questions on the subject. Roger Gottlieb, a philosophy professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has...

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Developer eyes Goddard House for hotel, housing

December 21, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—Tom Donnelly, who was involved with the construction of the new EnVision Hotel, told the Gazette he is interested in developing the now-vacant Goddard House into either an assisted-facility or another hotel. The EnVision Hotel opened this year at 81 S. Huntington Ave. Donnelly, who is a contractor and developer based in Dorchester,...

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MBTA bus stop relocation hits a few bumps

December 21, 2012
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The MBTA recently relocated a dangerous Monument Square bus stop in front of the Loring-Greenough House. But the transition has hit a few bumps with buses continuing to park at the old stop and the Route 41 bus not picking up at a new stop. The Gazette received an email from Jamaica Plain resident...

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