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Olympics organizers to meet with Franklin Park Coalition

February 13, 2015
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A meeting has been scheduled between the Franklin Park Coalition (FPC) and Boston 2024, the private nonprofit heading Boston’s bid to host the 2024 summer Olympic games for March 5. Franklin Park is part of Boston 2024’s bid as a suggested venue for equestrian and pentathlon events for the Olympics and Paralympics. According to a...

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JP Historical Society acquires Curley photo collection

February 13, 2015
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Curley waves to the crowd at a rally during his unsuccessful 1938 campaign for governor. (Photo Courtesy JP Historical Society)

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society (JPHS) recently bought a collection of nearly 1,000 photos of James Michael Curley, the late Boston mayor, Massachusetts governor and U.S. congressman who lived in Jamaica Plain. Born in 1874, Curley became a powerful populist Democrat and led the era of rising Irish-American political influence in Boston. His involvement...

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JP officials voice Olympic doubts and questions

February 13, 2015
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Several local elected officials are expressing doubts and calling for more details on Boston’s Olympics bid following the first public meetings hosted by Mayor Martin Walsh and the Boston 2024 bid committee. While the City Council is forming an Olympics subcommittee, it appears JP’s State House leaders will let Boston 2024’s own meetings serve...

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Councilor seeks Olympics vote

February 13, 2015
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City Councilor Josh Zakim last week filed an order for four nonbinding questions about Boston’s 2024 Summer Olympics bid to appear on the Nov. 3 municipal election ballots. The yes-or-no questions would ask whether Boston should host the Games, and if so, whether public money or seizing of private property by eminent domain should...

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Advisory group forming for Economy Plumbing site

February 13, 2015
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An Impact Advisory Group (IAG) for the proposed redevelopment of the Economy Plumbing building site at 3190-3204 Washington Street is currently being formed by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). That and other updates on the proposed project were expected to be discussed at a community meeting this week that has been cancelled due to...

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JP activists travel to newly open Cuba

February 13, 2015
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Three Jamaica Plain-based activists are part of a 150-strong delegation traveling to Cuba this week, following the recent thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations. Laura Foner, Emily Achtenberg and Mary Meehan are taking part of the CODEPINK-organized trip. CODEPINK is a women-led peace and human rights organization. “I am so excited to be visiting Cuba at...

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Snowed Under

February 13, 2015
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Snowed Under

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Chang-Díaz files bill for universal preschool

February 13, 2015
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Chang-Díaz files bill for universal preschool

State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz announced a bill to implement universal preschool last month. “An Act Relative to Universal Pre-K Access” would create universal access to pre-school education for 3- and 4-year-olds, through public or private schools. The bill would create state funding following the same formula that already supports local school systems, like Boston...

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Music video director works with JP school class

February 13, 2015
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Music video director works with JP school class

Music video director J.R. Saint recently led a new video-production program for students at Jamaica Plain’s Community Academy. Community Academy at 25 Glen Road is a small, alternative public high school that serves students who have struggled in traditional classrooms. Saint grew up in Lawrence, Mass., and is now a well-known music video director...

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Man shot, killed on Centre St.

February 11, 2015
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A man in his 20s was fatally shot near 891 Centre St. this morning, according to Boston Police Department (BPD). An officer who was nearby heard the shots, fired around 10:30 this morning, and chased two male suspects. While at least one of the suspects fired at police, the officer did not return fire....

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