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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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‘Eldercare block’ celebrates unity

May 25, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Joining in the Eldercare Block visit were (from left, front row): Goddard House’s Jim Stamatopoulos and Carmen Wornum; Mount Pleasant’s Gwen James; Boston Commissioner on Elderly Affairs Emily Shea; (back row) Goddard House’s Jim Sugrue and Emmanuel Freddura; Nathaenael Shea of state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz’s office; Jullianne Doherty, JP Neighborhood Coordinator for the Mayor’s Office; and Sherrill House’s Josh Hammond.

The Goddard House, the Sherrill House and the Mount Pleasant Home—three elder care organizations on S. Huntington Avenue—gathered May 14 to celebrate National Nursing Home week. The event, which started at the Goddard House with refreshments and speeches and then went on to tour the other two facilities, was billed as the “JP Eldercare...

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Cemetery hosts Memorial Day history tour

May 25, 2012
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If you’re looking for a way to commemorate Memorial Day, then head to the Forest Hills Cemetery, where there is more than 200 years of history. The Forest Hills Educational Trust (FHET) will be hosting a tour called “Answering the Call” there Sun., May 27 to celebrate Memorial Day. “The history here is so...

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South Street Apartments receiving upgrade

May 25, 2012
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The majority of units at the South Street Apartments are undergoing kitchen renovations, while all of the 131 units will receive new bathroom exhaust fans, according to Lydia Agro, director of communications for the Boston Housing Authority (BHA). The kitchen renovations, which impact 88 units, typically include new cabinetry, lightning, appliances, repairs to the...

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