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Jackson Square rec center scores funding

November 23, 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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Overpass replacement choice to be made

November 22, 2011
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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. Public comment will be accepted through Dec. 6. The decision will be announced to members of the Working Advisory Group (WAG) on Dec. 12 and to the community at large Dec. 14....

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Margarita Muñiz dies; headed Hernandez School

November 18, 2011
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Margarita Muñiz, the principal of Egleston Square’s Rafael Hernandez School, died today after a long battle with cancer, according to Boston Public Schools (BPS). Muñiz fought discrimination and opposition to keep alive the bilingual elementary school in the 1970s. She became a community icon in the process. Next year, BPS will open a new...

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Cemetery loses arts funding

November 18, 2011
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FOREST HILLS—Nearly a year since the Forest Hills Educational Trust (FHET) announced its suspension of arts programming at Forest Hills Cemetery, the organization is all but dead due to a loss of Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) funding, the Gazette has learned. The future of the Lantern Festival, the cemetery’s last surviving major event, is...

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Legislature OK’s JP Congressional split

November 18, 2011
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Despite last-minute efforts by Jamaica Plain’s entire state legislative delegation, the state Senate this week passed a new Congressional map that moves a huge part of JP into Congressman Steve Lynch’s district. The House also approved the plan and Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to sign it. The plan drew fire from JP Progressives...

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Occupy JP movement begins

November 18, 2011
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(Image from Occupy JP on Facebook) The flyer for the next Occupy JP meeting.

An “Occupy JP” movement is organizing as a local version of the Occupy Wall Street protest. Occupy JP began organizing at a Nov. 13 “general assembly” meeting and is still deciding its agenda—including whether it will be an actual occupation. “There was a lot of discussion about whether we would even want to quote-unquote...

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Comienza Occupy JP

November 18, 2011
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Un movimiento llamado “Occupy JP” está siendo organizado como versión local de la protesta “Occupy Wall Street”. Occupy JP tuvo una asamblea el 13 de noviembre en la cual se comenzó a discutir la agenda, aún incompleta, de la organización – no se ha decidido si será en realidad una ocupación. “Hubo mucha discusión...

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Woman lied about teen killing case

November 18, 2011
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Woman lied about teen killing case

JACKSON SQ.—A Roxbury woman named Destiny Gunn was convicted of perjury last week for lying about her role in a 2007 incident where a teen was shot to death. The victim, 13-year-old Luis Gerena, was gunned down in the Bromley-Heath housing development by two gang members in a case of mistaken identity. The gang...

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Catholics prep for new Mass

November 18, 2011
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Local Roman Catholics are preparing for a new English-language version of the Mass that goes into effect on Sun., Nov. 27. The new translation of the Roman Missal, the instructions for saying the Mass, will change some words and the ritual’s rhythm for the first time in decades. JP’s three parishes will place cue...

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Incumbents win City Council races

November 18, 2011
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(Photo by Ernesto Arroyo) City Councilor Felix Arroyo enthuses over his victory at JP’s James’s Gate on Election Night, Nov. 8

By John Ruch and Rebeca Oliveira The incumbent candidates won all of the at-large and local district Boston City Council seats in the Nov. 8 election. Jamaica Plain once again had some of the city’s highest voter turnout, and voters here largely agreed with the citywide ballot choices. In the at-large race, JP resident...

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