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Pastors are believers in church-sharing

June 8, 2012
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Church-sharing has become a common occurrence in the city, with several local institutions partaking in the practice. The Hope Central Church at 85-87 Seaverns Ave. in Jamaica Plain is the result of a sharing arrangement between Hope Church and Central Congregational Church that became a merger in 2010. The First Baptist Church on Centre...

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Mentoring program sends students around the world

June 8, 2012
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Brian Nunez did not have an easy childhood. His father left the family when Nunez was young, and while living in Egleston Square, he bore witness to violence and people being shot. “It wasn’t an upbringing a child should have,” said Nunez, a 17-year-old who now lives near Mozart and Centre streets in Hyde...

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School-move plan approved

June 8, 2012
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The City Council approved by a 12-1 vote on May 23 the Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) controversial school-move plan. The plan calls for several schools to move, including the Mission Hill K-8 School going to the now-vacant Agassiz School building at 20 Child St. in Jamaica Plain. Margarita Muñiz Academy, a new bilingual school,...

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Mayor: I would have kept Casey Overpass

May 25, 2012
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Calling the Casey Arborway project a “second Big Dig,” Mayor Thomas Menino told the Gazette he would have preferred to see the existing overpass remain there. Menino said sometimes people have to think outside the box and his vision would have the overpass being rebuilt with green space underneath it. That would connect Arnold...

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Dominican presidential race comes to JP

May 25, 2012
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You can take the voter out of the Dominican Republic, but you can’t take the Dominican Republic out of the voter. That’s why both candidates in this week’s Dominican presidential election campaigned in Jamaica Plain, which is home to a thriving Dominican immigrant community. The Kennedy Elementary School and English High School were two...

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JP dominicanos votan por presidente

May 25, 2012
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Se puede sacar al votante de la República Dominicana, pero no se puede sacar la República Dominicana del votante. Puede ser por eso que el Kennedy School y English High School fueran dos centros de votación para las elecciones generales de la República Dominicana el domingo, 20 de mayo. “Es una tradición,” dijo Tony...

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Daycare founder charged with assaults

May 25, 2012
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Linda Chery-Valentin, founding director of Jamaica Plain’s Arc-En-Ciel Day Care Center and Montessori School, is facing felony charges after allegedly driving her car at a rector and a parishioner at Our Lady of the Cedars of Lebanon Church, where her daycare is located. The charges against Chery-Valentin are now under investigation by state child...

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Harvest bus stop will stay

May 25, 2012
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The Route 39 bus stop across from the Harvest Co-op Market will no longer be eliminated, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. The South Street stop had been eliminated under an earlier version of the Route 39 bus renovation plan. “I think it is fantastic,” said Harvest Co-op spokesperson Chris Durkin when informed of...

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Community centers in ‘rebuilding phase’

May 25, 2012
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The 2010 consolidation of four local community centers down to two, and the year-long closing of Curtis Hall while it went underwent reconstruction last year, contributed to the Jamaica Plain Community Centers’ (JPCC) recent rate hikes, according to JPCC chair Kerry Costello. The rates were raised at Curtis Hall and the Hennigan Community Center...

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Councilors’ views of BPS school moves differ

May 25, 2012
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The Boston City Council was slated to decide the fate of the controversial Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) $19 million school-move plan this week. Councilor Mike Ross, who represents Hyde Square, is calling it a “bad plan,” while At-Large Councilor Felix Arroyo is battling an internal conflict on how to vote. “I’m still deliberating within...

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