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DCR may manage completed Casey Arborway

April 13, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Shea Circle, along with the rest of the new Casey Arborway, will likely return to Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) oversight and maintenance after the current project’s construction is over, the Gazette has learned. “There’s a very small, slim, minute possibility” that the new Casey Arborway will not return to DCR control,...

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JP GOP talks gun rights, ‘stand your ground’ law

April 13, 2012
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A Second Amendment “civil rights” activist spoke to the Jamaica Plain Republicans this week to criticize gun ownership laws in Massachusetts. Jim Wallace, executive director of the Gun Owner’s Action League (GOAL), the official state firearms association in Massachusetts, spent an hour with the JP Republicans at Doyle’s Café on Monday. Gun control and...

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JP students question ethnic studies ban

April 13, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Boston Teachers Union School (BTUS) students sent letters to President Barack Obama, the Arizona Attorney General, Arizona Superintendent and Arizona students, to express their outrage at Arizona’s suspension of Mexican American studies in public schools. When Latino students in Riana Good’s Spanish class at BTUS learned about the Arizona law—HB 2281—that prohibits teaching...

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Librarian remembers civil rights struggle

April 13, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Laura Foner conducts a class at the Gould Freedom School during her time with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the mid-1960s.

A small-town Arkansas sheriff once threatened to decapitate JP resident Laura Foner and throw her head in a river. During her time with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1965 and1966, Foner, the children’s librarian at the Connolly Branch Library, was a participant in a grass-roots organization for civil rights in a small...

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JP Agenda, 4/13/12

April 13, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, April 24 for the April 27 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings BPS school choice community meeting, Fri., April 13, 4:30-6pm, Hennigan Elementary School, 200 Heath St. Info: 635-6771. JPNC Housing and...

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Sights and Sounds, 4/13/12

April 13, 2012
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(Image Courtesy Heather Reynolds) INFLUENTIAL ART “Underwater 1,” an oil painting on canvas by Heather Reynolds, is among the works showing in “Under the Influence,” a Jamaica Plain Open Studios juried exhibition running through May 4 at the Footlight Club.

The deadline for listings is noon, April 24 for the April 27 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Kush Groove Clothing Company spring line launch, to support The Urbano Project. Fri., April 20, 6pm, 284 Amory St. Info: facebook.com/kushgroove....

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More apartments coming to S. Huntington

April 4, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—A large apartment complex with 195 units is being planned for a parcel next to the North American Indian Center of Boston on S. Huntington Avenue, according to a Letter of Intent filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority last week by Cedar Valley Development. Cedar Valley purchased the 1.1-acre parcel at 105A S....

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Casey Arborway project advisory group could change

March 30, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The design team for the Casey Overpass replacement project, known as the Casey Arborway, may change as the planning moves ahead. The crowd of over 100 community members responded mostly with support for the plan and community engagement going forward, as the Design Advisory Group (DAG) continues in working with the Massachusetts Department...

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‘Casey Arborway’ project met with cheers, protests

March 30, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The newly-renamed Casey Arborway project is being greeted with both cheers and protests by the community. Some members of the project’s Design Advisory Group (DAG) showed their ire and disappointment at Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) choice of an at-grade street network instead of a new bridge to replace the Casey Overpass at...

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Activist who left the 1% writes book on inequality

March 30, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Chuck Collins.

Jamaica Plain resident Chuck Collins has been organizing against income inequality for decades, including giving up his personal fortune in his 20s—so when he was invited to write a book about inequality and the 99 to 1 percent divide, he jumped at the chance. “I believe we are on the brink of ecological and...

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