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Landmarks Commission future unclear

March 14, 2014
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With the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) involvement in a controversy last summer in Jamaica Plain, the Gazette reached out to Mayor Martin Walsh’s administration to see whether the commission will undergo any changes moving forward. But the Mayor’s Office and the BLC did not respond to requests for comment. Meanwhile, an architectural historian who...

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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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Flowery peace symbol may return to pond

March 14, 2014
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Flowery peace symbol may return to pond

Flowery symbols secretly planted at Jamaica Pond may again bloom this spring, according to the “Guerrilla Gardner” who last year cultivated a peace symbol of daffodils there. “Spring is on the way, and who knows what might pop up this year!” said the anonymous planter in an email to the Gazette signed only, “your...

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Sale of Blessed Sacrament Church finalized

March 5, 2014
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The sale of the former Blessed Sacrament Church building at 365 Centre St. from the Church Square Partners to the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) has been finalized, according to a press release. The sale was completed Feb. 28. HSTF had entered into a purchase-and-sale agreement to buy the church building in early July...

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Avellone lays out ‘progressive’ gov. race platform

February 28, 2014
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Avellone lays out ‘progressive’ gov. race platform

Two months ago, Democratic candidate for governor Joe Avellone attended a forum at Jamaica Plain’s Doyle’s Café, where he told the crowd he was not the most progressive candidate. But during a recent sit-down interview at the Gazette office, Avellone laid out a platform that he said many people would deem progressive. “I want...

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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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Residente fue observadora de la elección de El Salvador

February 28, 2014
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Residente fue observadora de la elección de El Salvador

Denise Zwahlen, una residente de Jamaica Plain, ha estado viajando a El Salvador durante más de una década. Su experiencia le impulsó a involucrarse en la política y este mes fue a monitorear la elección presidencial del país. Viajó como miembro del grupo izquierdista CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador),...

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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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JP resident joins state LGBTQ Youth Commission

February 28, 2014
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JP resident joins state LGBTQ Youth Commission

Katy Erker, a Jamaica Plain resident, works at the women homeless shelter Rosie’s Place in the South End and sees women who could have benefited from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) services. That is one reason, she said, she is “really excited” to join the state Commission on LGBTQ Youth. “Nowhere...

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