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Green energy firm to pay $4m settlement

January 16, 2015
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Utility company Just Energy, who tried to sign up Jamaica Plain customers in 2010, has agreed to pay $4 million to settle allegations of deceptive marketing. Attorney General Martha Coakley announced last week that Just Energy will pay a total of $4 million, including $3.8 million to an independent trust fund for purposes of...

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Student population drops by 30%

January 16, 2015
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Jamaica Plain’s student population has dropped by nearly one-third in the past year, according to an annual City census. In fall 2014, JP’s reported student population was 1,168: 637 grad students and 531 undergrads. That means about 3 percent of JP residents are students, though the number is likely to be slightly higher due...

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JP minister charged in Ferguson protest

January 16, 2015
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The Jamaica Plain minister who continues to train demonstrators in Ferguson, Mo., is facing charges for his dramatic attempt to head off a police confrontation there. Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou of JP’s First Baptist Church was arrested in late September when he knelt in prayer in front of the Ferguson Police Department as armed...

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Boston 2024 chief: Olympics would boost park

December 19, 2014
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A Boston Olympics would be a “major reinvestment” in Franklin Park and a “catalyst” for improvements to Jamaica Plain, Boston 2024 President Dan O’Connell, told the Gazette during an exclusive interview last week. If JPers disagree, Boston 2024 would find other sites, Dan O’Connell added. But Boston 2024—the private committee planning the local Olympics—will...

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JP students hold Black Lives Matter protest march

December 19, 2014
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JP students hold Black Lives Matter protest march

Hundreds of students from the Margarita Muñiz Academy on Child Street march up Centre Street on the morning of Dec. 16 in a local version of the nationwide protests against police brutality, especially against young African-Americans. Marching from to JP to Roxbury’s Dudley Square, the students chanted, “Hands up, don’t shoot” and “We can’t...

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Jefe de Boston 2024: la Olimpiada restauraría Franklin Park

December 19, 2014
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Las Olimpiadas en Boston significaría una reinversión en Franklin Park y un catalizador para las mejoras de Jamaica Plain, dijo el presidente de Boston 2024 Dan O’Connell al Gazette durante una entrevista exclusiva la semana pasada. Si están en desacuerdo los activistas de JP, Boston 2024 encontraría otros sitios, agregó Dan. Pero Boston 2024—el...

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London park group gives more details on Olympics impact

December 19, 2014
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The friends group for the London park that hosted horse events at the 2012 Summer Olympics recently gave the Gazette more details on the Games’ impact. Franklin Park has been named as a similar horse venue by backers of Boston’s 2024 Olympics bid. As the Gazette previously reported, a large section of the park...

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Franklin Park advocates seek improvements

December 19, 2014
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Franklin Park advocates seek improvements

While supporters and critics of a Boston Olympics debate the Games’ possible impact on Franklin Park, the advocates who care for the park spent Dec. 12 looking at smaller, more immediate concerns. That day, the Franklin Park Coalition (FPC) and the Egleston Square Neighborhood Association held a park walk-through, looking at issues of erosion,...

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JP orchestra nominated for Grammy

December 19, 2014
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The local orchestra A Far Cry has been nominated for a Grammy Award for its first album on its own label. “Dreams & Prayers,” is nominated in the category “Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.” It marks the first Grammy nomination for the South Street-based chamber orchestra. A Far Cry has 17 members—known as “Criers”—who...

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JP resident wins contest, meets Hillary Clinton

December 19, 2014
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JP resident wins contest, meets Hillary Clinton

Boston Community Leadership Academy (BCLA) student and Jamaica Plain resident Imanie Sampson won a video contest at the Massachusetts Conference for Women on Dec. 4. Among those congratulating her in person were former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Oscar-winning actor Lupita Nyong’o. Sampson, a 17-year-old senior at BCLA, won the conference’s video...

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