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Senior Life: ESAC leadership changes

March 14, 2014
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The Ecumenical Social Action Committee, Inc. (ESAC) has a new Interim Executive Director, Emily Morris Litonjua, following the resignation of Bill Minkle. Meanwhile, its work on funding Egleston Square’s Peace Garden redesign continues. Founded nearly 50 years ago in Egleston Square, ESAC sponsors a wide array of social service programs and is known for...

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ESL for business class sees first grads

March 14, 2014
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ESL for business class sees first grads

EGLESTON SQ.—The state’s first-ever class in business English for speakers of other languages (ESL), a collaboration between Egleston Square Main Street (ESMS) and Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS), graduated six small business owners last month. “I’ve been able to have English-speaking clients,” Rosana Rivera, of Latino Beauty Salon in Egleston Square, told the Gazette....

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State of JP focuses on equity

March 14, 2014
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The fourth annual State of Our Neighborhood forum took place on Feb. 27, focusing on the theme of racial justice and equity in Jamaica Plain. According to JP Forum coordinator Greg Buckland, the event, which drew over 300 attendees, “was definitely one of the best yet.” Breakout topics included food justice, affordable housing, disaster...

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MHC: Shea Circle won’t be preserved

March 14, 2014
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The historic Shea Circle rotary will not be preserved for the Casey Arborway project, leaving an intersection or highly modified rotary as the alternatives under discussion, according to an audio recording of a Jan. 31 Massachusetts Historic Commission (MHC) meeting. The fate of Shea Circle has delayed the Casey Arborway for months as the...

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New Curley School field is funded

March 14, 2014
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JP CENTER—Following a successful fundraising campaign to raise $260,000 to replace an asphalt lot with an artificial turf field and track for recess use, the Curley K-8 School at 493 Centre St. is preparing to meet with Boston Public Schools (BPS) to prepare the project for contractor bids. “We had a remarkable outpouring of...

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British School students volunteer in Tanzania

February 28, 2014
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British School students volunteer in Tanzania

For a group of British School of Boston (BSB) students, months of fundraising, studying Swahili and raising awareness finally paid off earlier this month, when they flew to Arusha, Tanzania for a week-long service trip. Tomas Navarro, 14; Katie Malone, 17; Rick Boer, 15; and Maya Nijhoff Asser, 14, talked to the Gazette last...

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Shattuck child care center gets lifeline

February 28, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—Following interventions by state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz and state Reps. Liz Malia and Jeffrey Sánchez, the state-subsidized Shattuck Child Care Center may have gotten a lifeline in the state supplemental budget this month. According to Clare Reilly, a member of the Shattuck Child Care Center Board, new language added to the state House...

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Arroyo: City ‘stronger together’ on health, human services

February 28, 2014
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Arroyo: City ‘stronger together’ on health, human services

Former City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident and the City’s new chief of Health and Human Services (HHS), spoke to the Gazette about his position, his goals for the future and how taking out his trash helps him to be a better public official. Last fall, Arroyo was one of Walsh’s...

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New pole yard advertised for bids

February 28, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—A project to create a new temporary City pole yard in JP is being advertised with no explanation of its purpose. But a pole yard currently exists adjacent to the temporary Arborway bus yard at 327 Forest Hills St. Relocating the existing pole yard to make all of the land available is a...

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Performance ‘Space’ welcomes unusual acts

February 28, 2014
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BROOKSIDE—Tucked behind an unassuming green front door, the Space at 128 Brookside Ave. regularly metamorphosizes into a creative art and performance haven. Originally home to a creative co-working group called Ad Hoc Studios, the Space found its current life when one of the group members, Ken Michaels, took over the lease for himself when...

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