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JP teacher travels to Arctic

June 24, 2011
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WEB EXCLUSIVE Mark Goldner will be getting plenty of sun on his summer vacation. He’ll spend six weeks at 78 degrees latitude—well above the Arctic Circle—studying glaciers. That means that Goldner will be subjected to 24 hours a day of sunlight for his entire stay in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago that can have a...

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Kids christen new Jamaica Pond fleet

June 24, 2011
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Kids christen new Jamaica Pond fleet

Built their own boats with JP group WEB EXCLUSIVE PONDSIDE—Swimzilla, Piranha, The Rider, The Great Ebony Blanca Shark—those are the names emblazoned on the backs of four rowboats that were christened with Poland Springs sparkling water and launched on Jamaica Pond June 15 by about 40 fifth-graders. The students, from the Haley Pilot School...

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New website, column for Gazette

June 24, 2011
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Newspapers exist to document change. So it’s fitting that newspapers do some changing of their own from time to time. The Gazette has made some exciting changes over the past few months that we’re pleased to report to our readers. We have completely rebuilt our website at JamaicaPlainGazette.com to make it easier to read...

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Shuttered school to get new roof

June 24, 2011
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A $1.4 million new roof for the soon-to-close Louis Agassiz School at 20 Child St. is the biggest-ticket capital improvement coming to Jamaica Plain this year in the mayor’s proposed 2012 capital budget. The work is scheduled to take place this summer, displacing a Boston Center for Youth and Families (BCYF) community center that...

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Tot lot closed all summer for fix-up

June 24, 2011
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PONDSIDE—The popular Brewer-Burroughs tot lot, located near the intersection of those two streets, is closed for renovations at least until Labor Day, city Parks and Recreation Department Project Manager Scott Dupuis told the Gazette. The $340,000 project will not significantly change the layout of the lot. Plans for the renovation, finalized in 2009, include...

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Arboretum wall collapses

June 24, 2011
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ARBORWAY—A 120-year-old stone wall bordering Arnold Arboretum collapsed at several points during heavy rains last month, spilling chunks of rock near a public path. Experts have warned for years about potential collapse of the historic retaining wall, which essentially holds the Arborway in place along the Arboretum’s eastern border, but the City of Boston...

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Artist’s Eye

June 24, 2011
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Artist’s Eye

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Councilors may run as slate

June 24, 2011
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Faced with a challenge from former City Councilor Michael Flaherty, who quit the council in 2009 to run for mayor, the four incumbent at-large city councilors may run as a slate, At-Large City Councilor John Connolly told the Gazette. Three of the incumbents—Felix Arroyo, Connolly and City Council President Stephen Murphy—appeared together as part...

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Grocer answers lingering questions

June 24, 2011
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Whole Foods Markets’ June 2 community meeting on its controversial plans to open a store in Hyde Square ended early when police shut it down, but company officials answered some leftover questions this week. One issue that was not addressed in the meeting was mitigating potential traffic congestion in the square when the store...

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Protesters claim local roots

June 24, 2011
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Suggestions that anti-Whole Foods activists are agitators from outside the community are false, members of the group Whose Foods? Whose Community? The Coalition for an Affordable and Diverse JP told the Gazette. In an email, Whose Foods member Helen Matthews told the Gazette that 92 percent of the 40 people active in the group...

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