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Ross will not run for Congress

February 3, 2012
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City Councilor Mike Ross has decided not to run for a U.S. Congress seat after openly considering the idea for weeks, according to a press release attributed to his campaign exploratory committee. “It wasn’t the right time for me, unfortunately,” said Ross, a Democrat who represents part of Jamaica Plain’s Hyde Square. He was...

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Court clerk campaign investigated

February 3, 2012
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Maura Hennigan, the clerk of the Suffolk County Superior Court for Criminal Business and a Jamaica Plain resident, is being investigated for an alleged campaign law violation, she confirmed to the Gazette. Hennigan confirmed a WCVB-TV report last month about a state Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) investigation about a claim that...

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Day of Service

February 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Elizabeth Warren (center), a candidate for U.S. Senate, was among more than 500 volunteers attending the Martin Luther King Day of Service on Jan. 16 at the Curley K-8 School on Centre Street, organized by Boston Cares. Joining her were (from left): Curley parent Julie Smiht-Bartoloni; City Year founder Alan Khazei and daughter Mirabelle; Malcolm Coles of the Corporation for National and Community Service; Boston Cares Executive Director Patrice Keegan; and Curley Principal Jeffrey Slater.

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Model Student

February 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Halle Edwards-McQuilton, daughter of Koreen McQuilton and a student at Chestnut Hill’s Brimmer and May School, represented Bolivia at Yale University’s Model United Nations conference on Jan. 19-22.

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Latino institute to study Whole Foods

February 3, 2012
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The gentrification controversy surrounding Whole Foods Market’s entry into Hyde Square last year may be studied by Latino policy researchers at the University of Massachusetts Boston. “We are in the process of submitting proposal and we can’t really talk about the details yet,” said Pablo Goldbarg, a spokesperson for the Mauricio...

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Senior car service launches

February 3, 2012
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A low-cost taxi service for seniors and people who are visually impaired began serving Jamaica Plain with a soft launch in recent weeks. There was “no breaking a Champagne bottle over the hood of a car,” but the program is under way, said Dale Mitchell, a board member of ITNGreaterBoston, the new nonprofit offering...

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Homeless care project wins in court

January 25, 2012
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PARKSIDE—After nearly a year in court, the developers of a care and housing facility for the homeless on Walnut Avenue have won the right to proceed with construction. The developers, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), plan to make the former Barbara McInnis House at 461...

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Hundreds protest T cuts

January 20, 2012
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A parade of 75 speakers, including many Jamaica Plain officials and residents, blasted the MBTA’s proposed fare hike and service cuts at a Roxbury Community College meeting last night. At least 250 people attended. A few people were willing to pay higher fares, but no one wanted service cuts. Those include killing the E...

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Overpass choice delayed

January 20, 2012
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FOREST HILLS— The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) may reach a decision on the future of the Casey Overpass in private this week, but it will not immediately hold a public meeting to announce the decision. MassDOT previously said the decision would be made this week. “Usually we publicize meetings for two weeks, and...

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T seeks to boost fares, cut service

January 20, 2012
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The MBTA is seeking to plug a budget hole by raising fares and cutting service—including weekend E Line subway/streetcar trips and most of the JP Loop bus service. The highest-ridership lines in Jamaica Plain—the Orange Line subway and the Route 39 bus—would be untouched. A meeting about the already controversial proposal is set for...

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