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Church ponders fate of organ

April 13, 2012
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A local church is pondering what to do with a historic organ it has had dismantled in storage for six years that it is being prodded to move. The decision could mean a huge expense, or giving up the treasure. “This thing fills a semi,” said Rev. Ashlee Wiest-Laird, pastor of First Baptist Church...

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Local bridge demolished

April 13, 2012
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WOODBOURNE—The Tollgate Bridge, a former pedestrian walkway across train tracks near Tollgate Cemetery, was demolished March 31, according to Mayor’s Office spokesperson John Guilfoil. Guilfoil said the City was forced to remove the bridge because it was an aging structure it owned and Amtrak was concerned with having an unnecessary and out-of-service bridge over...

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Birth Notices

April 13, 2012
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Parents Alexandra and Benjamin Weber of Jamaica Plain and grandparents Blaise Mazzella and Phyllis Weber welcomed the birth of Hannah Dove Weber, a girl, on Oct. 27, 2011. Parents Sarah and Robert Hydon of Jamaica Plain and grandparents JoAnn and Hans Schaab and Jeanie and Charles Carroll welcomed the birth of Avery Margaret, a...

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Housing developer stirs more debate

April 13, 2012
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PONDSIDE—A housing developer who has sparked controversy for demolishing old homes and felling trees to build dense condo projects is stirring debate once again on Zamora Street. “Some residents went crazy,” said Brighton-based Pat McKenna about his 20 Zamora St. project. “The City approved it, but then I’m a bad guy for developing it.”...

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10 Loud Years

April 13, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Chris Viner) The JP-based band Aloud, shown above playing in Maine in February, celebrates its 10th anniversary with a party at Great Scott in Allston on April 26. For more info, see allthingsaloud.com.

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Parents complain about lack of school assignment details

April 13, 2012
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Some local parents voiced their displeasure during a Boston Public Schools (BPS) community meeting to discuss crafting a new student-assignment plan. About 30 people attended the March 31 meeting at English High School. James Lesnick, a Jamaica Plain resident with a son at West Roxbury’s Kilmer K-8 School, said there was a lack of...

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JP GOP talks gun rights, ‘stand your ground’ law

April 13, 2012
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A Second Amendment “civil rights” activist spoke to the Jamaica Plain Republicans this week to criticize gun ownership laws in Massachusetts. Jim Wallace, executive director of the Gun Owner’s Action League (GOAL), the official state firearms association in Massachusetts, spent an hour with the JP Republicans at Doyle’s Café on Monday. Gun control and...

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Regan League parade April 21

April 13, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League baseball and softball league will hold its annual parade and Opening Day ceremony on Sat., April 21. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Eliot School on Eliot Street, then make its way down Centre Street to Daisy Field in Olmsted Park. The first pitch and...

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Some local pols to face opponents

April 13, 2012
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Two local officials will face challengers in the upcoming election if people follow through on the paperwork. State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz has taken out election paperwork for the 2nd Suffolk District. So have Roy Owens and David Wyatt, two regular candidates for elected office. Maura Hennigan, the clerk of the Suffolk County Superior Court...

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Ready to Roll

April 13, 2012
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(Photo by David Branigan) Members of the Village Health Team in Amuru, Uganda, pose last year with a bike of the type they uses in a workshop created in partnership with JP-based Bikes Not Bombs (BNB). The bike business will create local transit and ambulance networks as well as build community. BNB is highlighting the effort as an alternative to the “Stop Kony” campaign, which calls for military intervention against Ugandan war crimes suspect Joseph Kony, and which BNB says will only worsen conditions there.

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