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One local official faces challengers

July 18, 2014
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One local elected official will face a challenger in the Sept. 9 primary election, while three other officials are running unopposed. Democrat state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz (2nd Suffolk District) will face Roy Owens, a regular candidate for elected office, in the primary. The winner will face in November’s general election David James Wyatt, another...

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JP Regan Youth League concludes 45th season

July 18, 2014
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JP Regan Youth League concludes 45th season

By Harry Smith/Special to the Gazette The 45th season of the JP Regan Youth League has come to a close with another great year of tight pennant races, thrilling championship games, and friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. The League continued to reflect the diversity of the neighborhood, with 850 boys and...

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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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Housing Help

July 18, 2014
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Housing Help

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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: How swimming in Jamaica Pond became history

July 18, 2014
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JP History: How swimming in Jamaica Pond became history

On those sultry summer days, some people might eye that crystal-clean body of water known as Jamaica Pond and ponder the prohibition that prevents them from taking a refreshing dip. For centuries, generations of sweltering Bostonians swam in the pond. Swimming was shut down only about 40 years ago. The City says that that...

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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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Editorial: Rattling the chains

July 18, 2014
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JP debating the arrival of a multinational chain store is nothing new. But in the ever-speeding Manhattan-ization of Boston, the context is now different, and it may well be that such chains are here to stay. The wild gentrification of local housing gets a lot of attention, but it also spurs commercial gentrification. As...

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Detectives investigate larceny at smoke shop

July 17, 2014
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Detectives investigate larceny at smoke shop

Detectives at Jamaica Plain’s District E-13 are investigating a larceny that occurred Sunday July 13 at the Smoke Shop Variety at 666 Centre St., according to bpdnews.com. Responding officers were informed that a suspect had walked behind the counter and stole an undisclosed amount of money from the register while the store employee was...

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Washington/Green project dropped from agenda

July 15, 2014
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The status of a proposed development along Washington and Green streets is unclear, as it was supposed to appear for the second time before the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Zoning Committee on July 16 before being pulled from the agenda. The project is scheduled to appear before the City’s Zoning Boards of Appeals (ZBA)...

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