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Senator’s father faces Mars rocket debate

July 18, 2014
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While local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz has an electoral challenge this fall, her astronaut father faces a debate of his own—over his plans for a rocket to travel to Mars. Dr. Franklin Chang-Díaz is a former Space Shuttle astronaut who tied the record for most spaceflights at seven. He teaches physics and astronomy at...

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Local dry cleaners abandon toxic process

July 18, 2014
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Local dry cleaners abandon toxic process

HYDE SQ.—J&P Dry Cleaners is undergoing the costly process of abandoning toxic dry-cleaning chemicals. J&P, opening a third storefront at 300B Centre St. this month, is part of a local chain owned by JP resident Myra Vargas and her family. Decades into dealing with toxic chemicals, Vargas decided to go green. Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene), or...

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First Church UU divesting from fossil fuels

July 18, 2014
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First Church UU divesting from fossil fuels

First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist (UU) is taking steps to completely divest itself from fossil fuel stocks. “It’s a moral statement. That’s what we’re trying to make,” Church trustee James Michel said. “We see ourselves as part of, hopefully, a rapidly growing movement.” “The idea of divestment is simply to weaken political...

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Famous graves, historic gardens: 165 years at Forest Hills Cemetery

July 18, 2014
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The stone gate at the entrance to Forest Hills Cemetery. (Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira)

Right in the heart of the Forest Hills section of Jamaica Plain, nestled between Franklin Park and the Arnold Arboretum, one of the nation’s first garden cemeteries can be found: Forest Hills Cemetery. The 195 Forest Hills St. landmark was established in 1848 as a municipal cemetery for the City of Roxbury, then a...

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JP History: This Week in JP History

July 18, 2014
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The Gazette’s top headlines from this week in JP history: 5 years ago: 2009 City Councilor and mayoral candidate Sam Yoon called for the creation of a city “Department of Neighborhood Associations”; a city budget process that includes extensive community meetings; and the formation of a charter commission to consider fundamental changes to the...

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City reviewing a reuse for Curley House

July 4, 2014
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City reviewing a reuse for Curley House

PONDSIDE—Stalled plans to revive the long-underused historic home of legendary Boston politician James Michael Curley are getting a second look from Mayor Martin Walsh’s new administration. Richard Dennis, head of a friends group for the 350 Jamaicaway mansion, aims to turn it into a museum and events rental space. “It appears the requested use...

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Local LGBT activist visits Cuba

July 4, 2014
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Local LGBT activist visits Cuba

Local LGBT educator and author Robyn Ochs traveled to Cuba in May as part of that country’s Jornada Contra la Homofobia event, part of the worldwide International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). Ochs and spouse Peg Preble, a well-known Jamaica Plain electrician, were part of a 20-strong delegation that received rare travel visas...

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La guardería de Shattuck dado un golpe fuerte

July 4, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—Esta semana la guardería subsidiada por el estado, Shattuck Child Care Center, fue excluida del presupuesto estatal durante charlas de reconciliación del presupuesto del Senado y la Cámara. La guardería había esperado tener un sitio permanente, pero tiene que encontrar un nuevo sitio dentro de un año o dejará de existir. Según Clare...

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Business organization opposes chain café

July 4, 2014
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The nonprofit local business organization JP Local First has issued a letter opposing the opening of a U.K.-based coffee franchise on Centre Street. The local Main Streets organization’s board opposes it as well and is actively seeking alternatives. Caffè Nero, similar to Starbucks or Au Bon Pain, is planning on opening its second American...

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Shattuck child care center dealt crucial blow

July 4, 2014
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FOREST HILLS—The state-subsidized Shattuck Child Care Center was written out of the state budget during Senate and House budget reconciliation talks this week, gutting the center’s hopes for a permanent home. The center currently has one year to find a new home or be shut down. According to Clare Reilly, a member of the...

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