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Political Notes: Chang-Díaz votes for school discipline reform bill

August 17, 2012
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The state Senate recently approved a school discipline reform bill that reduces unnecessary school suspensions and expulsions, and ensures educational services for many of the state’s most vulnerable students, according to a press release. Local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz voted for the legislation. The House also approved the bill and Gov. Deval Patrick signed...

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Police abuse case partly upheld, appealed

August 17, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—A Boston Police internal investigation of a 2011 police brutality incident in Jackson Square has ended with a charge of abusive language upheld, but a more serious excessive force complaint ruled unproven, according to the victim, Jamaica Plain teacher Michael Pearlstein-Gluck. Pearlstein-Gluck said the Community Ombudsman Oversight Panel, the Boston Police Department’s (BPD)...

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Art installation protests eviction

August 17, 2012
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Art installation protests eviction

EGLESTON SQ.—City Life/Vida Urbana member Heather Gordon collaborated with an artist in protesting her recent eviction at her former home at 3 Mendell Way on Aug. 7. Gordon and video artist John Hulsey worked together in creating a video of Gordon handwriting a letter that tells her foreclosure story. The video was then projected...

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JP club’s costumes highlight Caribbean carnival

August 17, 2012
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JP club’s costumes highlight Caribbean carnival

The annual Caribbean festival returns to Franklin Park next week, and dazzling costumes made by a Jamaica Plain club will be a big part of the fun. The Trinidad & Tobago Social Club at 16 Glen Road makes hundreds of bikini-style costumes bedecked in sequins and colorful feathers. The club has won top performer...

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JP Branch Library to add community mosaic

August 17, 2012
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JP Branch Library to add community mosaic

SUMNER HILL—A community-wide art collaboration is under way to create mosaic art for the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library. A collaboration between ceramic artist and sculptor Bette Ann Libby and the community will result in a piece of ceramic artwork that will make its home in the library’s downstairs auditorium. The...

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Solar Power

August 17, 2012
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Solar Power

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105A S. Huntington project draws praise, concerns

August 17, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—Community feedback for the proposed luxury apartments and retail space in a 130-foot-tall building at 105A S. Huntington Ave., named “The Serenity,” is split between support for the developer and criticisms over the appearance of the project. At a community meeting on July 31 at Back of the Hill Apartments, the developer was...

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Hyde/Jackson Main Street gets new head

August 17, 2012
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Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS) reportedly has a new executive director, though the chair of the business promotion organization’s board did not respond to requests for confirmation. A man identifying himself as HJSMS’s new executive director contacted the Gazette in late July, but declined to speak about the position on the record pending an...

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Rescue Me

August 17, 2012
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Rescue Me

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Criminal complaints dropped in pizzeria dispute

August 17, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—All criminal complaints have been dropped in the heated dispute over the former Slice o’ Pie pizzeria at 378 Centre St., according to landlord John Meehan. An Aug. 1 court hearing where Meehan faced a charge of making threats in the dispute ended with no criminal charges filed, according to a West Roxbury...

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