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Occupy JP marches on Centre St.

December 4, 2011
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Occupy JP marches on Centre St.

Occupy JP held a protest march on Centre Street today, with stops at corporate chains and community institutions, in an event that will be repeated on Dec. 11. Their message was that a broken system makes America’s richest even richer while communities like Jamaica Plain suffer cuts in social services. “Occupy JP is mobilizing...

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Overpass replacement choice to be made

December 2, 2011
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(Illustration courtesy MassDOT) Illustrations of what the surface street option (left) and bridge option might look like on New Washington Street.

Bridge supporters rally FOREST HILLS—The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will decide on which alternative—bridge or at-grade—will replace the current Casey Overpass by Dec. 12. Bridge supporters are rallying against what they call a biased MassDOT process. Surface option supporters are also organizing. The decision will be announced to members of the Working Advisory...

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Cemetery hints of Lantern Fest return

December 2, 2011
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Despite loss of state funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Forest Hills Educational Trust (FHET) still has $340,000 in assets and is hinting that its signature event, the Lantern Festival, could return next year. FHET is the troubled nonprofit that organizes art events at Forest Hills Cemetery. When asked about the possible return...

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Rec center scores funding

December 2, 2011
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A recreation center planned for Jackson Square has scored nearly $6 million in state funding, putting the community dream closer to reality. The state in 2008 approved the idea of issuing $5.69 million in bonds to help fund the Jackson Square Recreation Center. But just recently, it authorized actually issuing those bonds, according to...

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Healthy Living

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez speaks to the audience at a Nov. 15 State House forum about teaching children healthy lifestyles, presented by Partners HealthCare and Words Can Work.

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JP activists secure transgender rights

December 2, 2011
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With plenty of help from Jamaica Plain politicians and advocates—a new state law protecting transgender peoples’ rights was passed this month. The bill was co-sponsored in the Senate by state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, and it received crucial behind-the-scenes support in the House from state Rep. Liz Malia, advocates said. Prominent among those advocates were...

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New Book Look

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Students, officials and volunteers cut the ribbon on the new Hennigan School library at 200 Heath St. on Nov. 2. Target Corp. and the Heart of American Foundation funded the library makeover and a new food pantry program. Cutting the ribbon are Hennigan Principal Maria Cordon (left) and Media Specialist Gwenette Bullock. Others pictured include Target Regional Vice President Derek Jenkins (far right); former Principal Amy Sprott (second from right); and Maria Coakley from U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s Office and City Councilor Matt O’Malley (behind the ribbon-cutters).

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Hernandez School suffers deaths of 2 leaders

December 2, 2011
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Margarita Muñiz

Muñiz, Larson pass in same week   The Rafael Hernandez School in Egleston Square suffered a double blow in last month with the deaths of its longtime principal and assistant principal Margarita Muñiz and Ken Larson. Muñiz, who died Nov. 18 after a long battle with cancer, was nationally renowned for her nearly 30...

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JPNC names new members

December 2, 2011
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Four of the five remaining vacancies on the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) were filled at its Nov. 29 meeting at Curtis Hall. Cooper Renfro, Alex Rodriguez and Erin Colgan-Snyder from Area B and Courtney Snegroff from Area A were appointed by the 15 council members. One remaining vacancy in Area A remains open....

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Occupy JP to hold ‘Hard Times’ march

December 2, 2011
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Occupy JP will hold its first public event on Dec. 4: a Centre Street march called the “Economic Hard Times Tour of JP.” The march, which begins at 1 p.m. in Monument Square, will involve handing out informational leaflets about budget cuts to social services and how they impact Jamaica Plain, said Occupy JP...

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