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JP Observer: My month with Wowl the owl

February 15, 2013
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When I got up from my desk and turned around, I saw a face staring at me through the window a few feet away. I was especially startled because I live on the third floor of a Jamaica Plain three-decker. I felt like screaming, but something told me to run out of the room...

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JP Observer: Newtown shooting hits home

January 18, 2013
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A wave of reflection, as well as mourning, has swept over the country following the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults in an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14. The shootings were done by a troubled young man who had shot his mother and went on to kill himself. This...

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JP Observer: After 26 years, time to build on Brookley lot

December 21, 2012
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By Sandra Storey/Special to the Gazette   A huge lot at 101 Brookley Road in the Stonybrook neighborhood has been unoccupied for at least the past 26 years. The ill-fated site, formerly a nursing home, has been the focus of numerous development plans, community meetings, negotiation sessions and impassioned controversies, as chronicled in 16...

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JP Observer: Homeless families put in danger by the state

November 23, 2012
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All the candidates for election this year, no matter their party, seemed to agree on one value: families. Here in Massachusetts, U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, a Republican, and Democratic challenger, now Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren, argued fiercely on many topics. But they were both always for families. Scott Brown’s biography at his U.S. Senate web...

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JP Observer: The Arborway Yard: When ‘temporary’ has lasted too long

October 26, 2012
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The MBTA placed a legal notice in the Boston Herald in 1998 looking for bids on construction of a transportation facility on 17 acres in Forest Hills. Local elected officials and the community members were shocked to see their plans showed a monolithic building covering the entire area with a garage for 186 buses,...

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Sen. Brown rallies JP supporters

October 26, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Brown campaign) U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (left) and his wife, Gail Huff (right), are joined by Regla Gonzalez (center), national vice-president for women at the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), at the local Republican Party campaign office opening on Oct. 15.

HYDE SQ.—U.S. Sen. Scott Brown drew over 100 supporters–as well as Democratic Party opponents–to the grand opening of the new Republican Party campaign office at 370 Centre St. on Oct. 15. The GOP has drawn attention for its decision to open the office in generally liberal Jamaica Plain and in Hyde Square, one of...

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Sen. Brown rallies supporters in Hyde Square visit

October 16, 2012
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Sen. Brown rallies supporters in Hyde Square visit

HYDE SQ.—U.S. Sen. Scott Brown drew over 100 supporters–as well as Democratic Party opponents–to the grand opening of the new Republican Party campaign office at 370 Centre St. last night. The GOP has drawn attention for its decision to open the office in generally liberal Jamaica Plain and in Hyde Square, one of the...

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JP Observer: Schools must teach financial literacy

September 28, 2012
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Financial illiteracy—to rephrase the old saying about New England weather—is something lots of people complain about, but public schools do very little to remedy. A bill before the Massachusetts Legislature co-sponsored by Jamaica Plain’s Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz would change that, making training in managing personal finances a required part of Massachusetts public education, K-12....

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JP Observer: Living with wildlife in our urban area

August 31, 2012
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As though on cue, as the sun fell on the evening of July 31, the crickets began chirping in Jamaica Plain for the first time this year—signaling that summer is waning. Right around the same time, another Jamaica Plain insect made the news as mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus were found here, something that...

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JP Observer: JP needs to honor local peace hero

July 20, 2012
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Not many neighborhoods can boast that a Nobel Peace Prize winner was born there—no more than 101 in the world, to be exact; that’s how many people have won the prize since it was established in 1901. Jamaica Plain can make such a claim, but looking around, one wouldn’t know it. Little in the...

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