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Small Dig

March 16, 2012
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(Photo by John Seamans/Boston Parks Department) Workers from Boston Parks and Recreation Department contractor Fleming Bros. dig into the sidewalk along Circuit Drive by Shattuck Hospital at Franklin Park on March 12. The work was done to alleviate flooding in the roadway by replacing a broken clay pipe.

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Tension continues between T police and youths, survey says

March 16, 2012
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The Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) has completed a follow-up survey that, while showing some improvement, tension continues between MBTA Transit Police and urban youths. “What the findings show is that while there has been some improvements in the last 18 months, we still have major problems in how Transit Police interact with urban...

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Legislation aims to plug natural gas leaks

March 16, 2012
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There is legislation moving through the State house that aims to put a clamp on natural gas leaks, a problem one local resident says probably killed several trees on the Arborway. “Personally, I get upset,” said Sarah Freeman, a member of the Arborway Coalition, who acknowledges some trees on the Arborway have died due...

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AIDS Action

March 16, 2012
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(Photo by Adam C. Webster/City Councilor John Connolly’s Office) Cutting the ribbon on the new MOMS Pharmacy at the AIDS Action Committee headquarters at 75 Amory St. on Feb. 28 are (from left) City Councilor John Connolly; AIDS Action President and CEO Rebecca Haag; David Richart of MOMS Pharmacy; and City Councilor and JP resident Felix Arroyo. The pharmacy specializes in HIV/AIDS medicine and joins a new drop-in social service center. For info, see aac.org.

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Traffic committee reunites

March 16, 2012
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The Boston Police E-13 Traffic and Parking Committee is reconvening after a year absence. The committee, which is a collaboration among the local E-13 Police Station, residents, city agencies and elected officials geared to improving traffic safety, stopped meeting when its representative from the Boston Transportation Department retired and a replacement was not available....

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Crash victim cut out of car

March 16, 2012
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JAMAICA HILLS—A victim of a three-car accident on Parkman Drive had to be cut out of his vehicle by firefighters on March 2. The Boston Fire Department’s Egleston Square-based Rescue 2 company was called to the scene because it has heavy-duty rescue equipment, according to BFD spokesperson Steve MacDonald. “They used Jaws ...

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Occupy JP continues with fewer members

March 16, 2012
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Occupy JP, the local version of the Occupy protest movement, plans to join a St. Patrick’s Day Peace Parade this week, but is facing “dwindling” participation in its meetings, according to its website. “Do we want to continue Occupy JP?” was a question raised at a Feb. 5 meeting, according to minutes posted at...

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Rep. Sánchez looks at medicine shortage

March 16, 2012
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A State House committee co-chaired by local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez examined prescription drug shortages at a Feb. 13 hearing. “That came up from individual complaints—people saying there were on a cancer regimen and had to stop,” Sánchez told the Gazette. The Joint Committee on Public Health is investigating the impact of drug shortages...

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After the fire

March 16, 2012
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(Photo by Richard Heath) Only the doorway remains standing at 71 Westminster Ave. in Egleston Square, as the fire-damaged building is razed March 8 for forthcoming reconstruction. The Urban Edge-owned apartment building was severely damaged in an Oct. 17 explosion and fire apparently caused by an arsonist. Urban Edge says the reconstruction schedule will be set later.

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Urban farm aims to feed BPS

March 16, 2012
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A farm business is pushing Boston Public Schools (BPS) to include more locally-grown fruits and vegetables in school meals. City Growers, a for-profit organization that aims to transform vacant lots into intensive urban farms, is trying to join the fleet of food vendors who sell to BPS for student breakfasts and lunches. The problem...

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