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Nueva escuela bilingüe a trabajar con JP

June 22, 2012
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La Margarita Muñiz Academy, la primera escuela bilingüe en el estado, viene en septiembre al edificio vacío de Agassiz, ubicado en Child Street en Jamaica Plain. La directora Dania Vázquez espera que su escuela tenga una relación sana y recíproca con la comunidad de JP. “Estamos felices de que nos den la bienvenida al...

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New bilingual school will partner with JP

June 22, 2012
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The Margarita Muñiz Academy, the state’s first public bilingual English and Spanish high school, is coming in September to the now-vacant Agassiz building, located on Child Street in Jamaica Plain. Headmaster Dania Vázquez expects her school will have a healthy, reciprocal relationship with the JP community. “We are happy that we are being welcomed...

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T considers selling stations’ names

June 22, 2012
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Imagine sitting on the Orange Line subway and hearing, “Next stop, J & P’s Garbage Services Stony Brook T stop.” That might become a reality as the MBTA is considering selling the naming rights of T stations, including those on the Green and Orange lines. “It’s been discussed, but there are no proposals on...

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State reps. urge teacher contract resolution

June 22, 2012
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Several local elected officials, including state Reps. Jeffrey Sánchez, Russell Holmes and Liz Malia, have signed on to a letter sent to Boston Public Schools (BPS) and the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) saying they are “disappointed” an agreement has not been reached in contract negotiations. The letter, which was dated June 6, calls for...

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Rt. 39 bus bump-outs questioned

June 22, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) A Route 39 bus blocks a crosswalk on June 13 while using a Monument Square bus stop set to be relocated.

A major facet of the Route 39 bus renovation plan might be in jeopardy as the project’s start date approaches. The Route 39 bus is slated to undergo changes starting this fall, including the consolidation of some stops and improved amenities like new shelters and benches and “bump-out” sidewalk extensions. But the MBTA has...

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Clerk candidates debate safety, skills

June 22, 2012
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The two candidates for the clerk of the criminal division of the Suffolk County Superior Court are ensuring the campaign is one of the more contentious local races by slinging accusations against each other. Current office-holder Maura Hennigan, a JP resident, is accusing her opponent’s supporters of jeopardizing public safety, while Robert Dello Russo,...

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Orchard, other lots to be sold

June 22, 2012
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The fate of three City-owned lots on Dalrymple and Boylston streets in Jamaica Plain are up for debate. Egleston Community Orchard (ECO) currently occupies one of the lots. ECO has grown an orchard and garden there that boasts tomatoes, a composting area, basil, flowers, chard, kale, a path, an arbor for grapes, blueberries, raspberries,...

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Group urges local rep. to support energy bill

June 22, 2012
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Environment Massachusetts, a local chapter of a national environmental advocacy organization, is going door to door in Jamaica Plain attempting to elicit support for a renewable energy bill. The group is urging residents to send state Reps. Liz Malia and Jeffrey Sánchez a postcard asking them to support the bill. “Sometimes it is hard...

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MBTA set for fare increases, service cuts

June 22, 2012
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The MBTA plan for fare increases and service cuts is slated to go into effect July 1. The MBTA is attempting to fill a $159 million budget gap. But if state legislators don’t act quickly, the service cuts might be deeper than expected. The current plan is for rates to increase 23 percent and...

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Local resident pens book about BPS

June 8, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Susan Naimark) Susan Naimark.

Susan Naimark, a Jamaica Plain resident who has lived on Paul Gore Street for 35 years, has written a book about her experience with Boston Public Schools (BPS) as a parent, parent organizer and member of the School Committee. She said the book, titled “The Education of a White Parent: Wrestling with Race and...

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