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Community centers may lack written deals

July 6, 2012
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It remains unclear what, if any, operating agreement there is between the City and the local organizations that help run community centers. The only known document covering their operation dates to the 1970s. Earlier this year, a committee was formed to create a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City’s Boston Centers for Youth...

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Political Notes

July 6, 2012
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Councilor wants school recycling bins Next time a student uses an empty water bottle as a basketball, City Councilor At-Large Felix Arroyo wants the target to be a recycling bin. Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident, has introduced a hearing order to bring single-stream recycling to the Boston Public Schools system, according to a press...

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BPS program provides summer meals for youths

July 6, 2012
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The Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) Summer Food Service Program is once again offering free breakfast and lunch to youngsters this summer. “It’s a great program that kids don’t have to be signed up for,” said Debra Korzec-Ramirez, the nutrition education coordinator for BPS and a JP resident. “They just go in and get the...

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Three lots in JP to remain open space

July 6, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—Three City-owned lots on Dalrymple and Boylston streets in Jamaica Plain will likely remain open space, according to Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) Director Evelyn Friedman. “The overwhelming response was for the sites to be used as open space,” Friedman said of the reaction at a community meeting held June 21 on proposals...

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JPNDC program helps out low-income families

July 6, 2012
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With many families still suffering effects from the Great Recession, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) is rolling out the Family Prosperity Initiative, a program aimed at teaching families how to manage their finances. “There are a lot of JP families who are low-income and struggling,” said Anna Waldron, director of programs for...

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BPL surveys parents for kids’ program

July 6, 2012
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Having surveyed city youths about what they would like to see in a new after-school program, the Boston Public Library (BPL) is moving on to collect their parents’ and caregivers’ input through an online survey. “This is our current phase,” said BPL spokesperson Gina Perille. “It covers a couple of key areas of input.”...

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Hennigan faces ethics investigation

July 6, 2012
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The State Ethics Commission (SEC) recently sent Maura Hennigan, clerk of the criminal division of the Suffolk County Superior Court, a letter stating it has opened a “preliminary inquiry” into an earlier campaign violation, according to Hennigan. The state Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) ruled in April that Hennigan had violated campaign...

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Local official campaigns for Obama

July 6, 2012
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Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez has been traveling to battleground states in the presidential election. He has been campaigning for Democrat President Barack Obama, talking about Republican opponent Mitt Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts. “It’s been real interesting,” said Sánchez. Sánchez, who has traveled so far to North Carolina, Iowa and Colorado, said...

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Tuesday Club seeks variance for market, food trucks

July 6, 2012
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MONUMENT SQ.—The Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club, which owns and operates the Loring-Greenough House at 12 South S., is seeking a zoning variance from the City for food trucks and a farmer’s market at the historic property, according to Tuesday Club President Edward Stanley. The hearing is scheduled for July 10. The club needs the...

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Survey finds some JP residents struggling

July 6, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), a community development corporation based on Amory Street, recently conducted a survey that found some residents are still struggling despite the Great Recession officially ending in 2009. Richard Thal, executive director of JPNDC, said the organization surveyed about 250 residents in the Hyde and Jackson Squares areas...

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