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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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Park extension coming, community involvement needed

December 19, 2014
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An illustration showing the proposed community garden land donation between Burnett Street and the SWCP. (Courtesy image)

The Southwest Corridor Park (SWCP) is getting ready to expand between Forest Hills and McBride Street thanks to over three years’ worth of work by a dedicated group of neighbors. But the project is at a crucial junction, needing to move into a community-wide committee before work can begin in earnest. Besides providing a...

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Students march on Centre in Black Lives Matter protest

December 16, 2014
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Students march on Centre in Black Lives Matter protest

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JP Olympics protest begins as bid is submitted

December 5, 2014
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A bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics in Boston, which includes Franklin Park on the venue list, was submitted this week by a private committee that held no community meetings and never notified park advocates. Meanwhile, Jamaica Plain activists began organizing an anti-Olympics protest movement. Boston 2024, the group backing a local Olympics,...

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What Olympic horses meant in other parks

December 5, 2014
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By Rebeca Oliveira and John Ruch/Gazette Staff With Boston’s Olympics committee proposing Franklin Park as a venue for horse events, the Gazette looked at the major impacts equestrian events had in other Olympic parks. The 2012 London Olympics horse events shuttered a public park for a full year. A Friends group later reported that,...

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In Ferguson, JP minister reacts to ‘heartbreaking’ decision

December 5, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain minister training non-violent protesters in Ferguson, Mo., told the Gazette about his strong emotions following a Nov. 24 grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of unarmed youth Michael Brown three months ago. “I’m exhausted. It’s heartbreaking. The grand jury actually issued an indictment last...

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Regalos originales en JP

December 5, 2014
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Las compras navideñas de forma local es una buena manera de sostener las pequeñas empresas y de encontrar cosas distintivas que no aparecen en el centro comercial típico. No importa si necesitas un regalo para un motociclista jugador de juegos de mesa o para un anarquista elegante, aquí están unos artículos de regalo especiales...

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