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Political Notes: Arroyo holds mental health hearing

December 21, 2012
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At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo, who lives in Jamaica Plain, planned to hold a hearing on ending the stigma of mental illnesses, according to a press release. The hearing was to be held Dec. 18, after the Gazette deadline. “Mental illnesses affect many different people of all ages and backgrounds, but due to the...

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MBTA welcomes carolers back

December 21, 2012
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Two days after kicking Christmas carolers out of the Forest Hills T Station, the MBTA reversed course and brought them back. Laura Ruth Jarrett, pastor of Jamaica Plain’s Hope Central Church, and other church carolers were asked to leave the station Dec. 17 because they did not have a permit. But after that event...

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MBTA welcomes carolers back

December 19, 2012
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Two days after kicking Christmas carolers out of the Forest Hills T Station, the MBTA is reversing course and bringing them back. Laura Ruth Jarrett, pastor of Jamaica Plain’s Hope Central Church, and other church carolers were asked to leave the station Monday because they did not have a permit. But after that event...

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Developer eyes Goddard House for hotel, housing

December 11, 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-living facility or another hotel. The EnVision Hotel opened this year at 81 S. Huntington Ave. Donnelly, who is a contractor and developer based in...

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State drug lab was not accredited

December 7, 2012
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The state drug lab at the heart of the tainted evidence scandal was not accredited, it was revealed during a state legislature hearing on Nov. 28, according to local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez. Accreditation is a process where an outside agency certifies an organization as meeting industry standards. The state drug lab scandal involves...

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Route 39 project delayed again

December 7, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) A new sign with some handwritten details marks the move of a Route 39 bus stop in Monument Square this week.

Dangerous stop moved The Route 39 bus improvement project has been delayed another season, starting spring 2013 instead of this winter, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. He also announced a dangerous Monument Square stop has been moved. The project has been repeatedly delayed. The MBTA said in September that the project was being...

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JPNC opposes Norbert School project

December 7, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) approved a motion during a Nov. 27 meeting to oppose the plan to turn the Norbert School building into 21 market-rate apartments unless the developers show a good-faith effort to include affordable housing. The vote was split, with seven members approving the motion, two members opposing and...

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JPNC receives interest in vacant seats

December 7, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) has five vacancies on its board, but those slots look soon to be filled as 11 people expressed interest in joining the council during its meeting Nov. 27. The JPNC is an elected community organization that advises City government about local issues Those interested are the following: Kelvin...

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Holidays in JP: ‘Urban Nutcracker’ brings diversity to holiday

December 7, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Petr Metlicka) The “Urban Nutcracker” in 2010.

Living in the city usually means experiencing diversity, and with Anthony Williams’ “Urban Nutcracker,” you can bring that to your holiday celebrations. The “Urban Nutcracker” is Williams’ take on the 19th century classical ballet. It has a vast array of dance, ranging from classical ballet to hip-hop to urban tap to traditional Chinese. “We...

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Holidays in JP: Expert: Holidays are opportunity for interfaith couples

December 7, 2012
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Holidays can be a stressful time of year, even more so for some interfaith couples. But Paula Brody of Reform Jewish Outreach Boston, which is based in Newton and has a JP program, said the holidays are not a problem for interfaith couples, but an opening. “Holidays are opportunity for interfaith couples to really...

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