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Diabetes Prevention

October 10, 2014
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Diabetes Prevention

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‘Onion’ spoof article uses JP map

October 10, 2014
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‘Onion’ spoof article uses JP map

A recent article spoofing exercise apps on the satirical news site “The Onion” used a map of Jamaica Plain as an illustration. The Oct. 3 story is headlined “Popular new exercise app just tells users they ran 5 miles a day no matter what.” Lampooning the trend of biofeedback apps, the story describes an...

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O’Malley: Council pay raise is ‘too high’

October 10, 2014
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City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who represents most of Jamaica Plain, said last week he does not support his colleagues’ proposal to raise the salary for Council members by 29 percent, calling it “too high.” A majority of the council approved the pay raise this week, with O’Malley among those voting against it. City Council...

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Voter registration deadline is Oct. 15

October 10, 2014
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The deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 4 state election—which will choose a new governor, among other officials—is Weds., Oct. 15. That is also the deadline for changing a voting address or party affiliation. Registration or changes must be made either by postal mail or in person at Boston City Hall downtown....

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City unveils redesign plan for Hyde Square

October 10, 2014
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City unveils redesign plan for Hyde Square

The City unveiled a redesign plan of the Hyde Square rotary during a community meeting Sept. 29 that would increase the width of the sidewalk, enhance greenery and add public art, according to Boston Transportation Department (BTD) Director of Planning Vineet Gupta. The redesign appears similar to a plan that was presented during an...

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Big Sister Ride

October 10, 2014
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Big Sister Ride

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British School student achieves rare perfect IB score

October 10, 2014
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British School student achieves rare perfect IB score

A British International School of Boston achieved a rare perfect score in this year’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme—a feat so difficult that only 1 in 1,000 students accomplish it. Noah Fechtor-Pradines, who graduated from BISB at 416 Pond St. earlier this year, nabbed the elusive 45-point perfect score. Only 146 students in the world...

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JP Kids: The many playgrounds of JP

October 10, 2014
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JP Kids: The many playgrounds of JP

Jamaica Plain is a playground paradise, with at least 14 public facilities for all ages and activity levels. Some are well-known community gems. Others are hidden treasures that separate, clunky lists of City- and state-run playgrounds make hard to find. One example is Pondside’s Brewer/Burroughs Tot Lot tucked away on a side street. It...

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JP Kids: English QB named ESPN’s ‘Player of the Week’

October 10, 2014
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English High School senior quarterback Emmanuel Almonte was recently named “Player of the Week” by ESPN Boston. But he has not always loved the sport that has landed him accolades. Almonte said in a recent Gazette interview at English High School that when he first began playing football at the Pop Warner level, he...

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JP Kids: BPS updates pregnancy policies

October 10, 2014
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Boston Public Schools (BPS) has updated its policies in support of students who are parenting and to reduce student pregnancy. The changes tighten confidentiality guidelines and enforce federal Title IX protections. The last time BPS guidelines for expectant or parenting students was updated was in 1987. “Changes are being put in place now, beginning...

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