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JP resident helms Pressley’s big win

November 18, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by David Taber) Jessica Taubner.

A JP resident running her first campaign engineered At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley’s stunning turnaround from vulnerable incumbent to topping the ticket in the Nov. 8 election. “We took nothing for granted. To some degree, at the beginning, we were fighting for fourth place,” said Jessica Taubner, who took a leave of absence as...

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Budding Ideas: Recent Arboretum research

November 18, 2011
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Living, But Not Fossils Palm-tree-like plants called cycads are often depicted as living fossils surviving from the age of the dinosaurs. But scientists have debunked that idea, proving that modern cycads are different plants that evolved much more recently. The plants with spiky trunks and long evergreen fronds indeed existed in the Jurassic period,...

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New schools moving into Agassiz

November 18, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) A worker repairs the roof of the Agassiz School on Nov. 8.

Despite fierce opposition from parents and City Councilor Mike Ross, the Boston School Committee on Nov. 15 approved a Boston Public Schools plan that will have two schools moving into the Agassiz School building at 20 Child St. next year. The plan moves the Mission Hill K-8 School and the new Margarita Muñiz Academy—a...

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Whole Foods gives money, gets reviews

November 18, 2011
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In the two weeks since Whole Foods Market opened at 413 Centre St., it has made a major contribution to a local nonprofit, generated animated responses from local businesses and gotten its first online reviews. On Nov. 15, local nonprofit Community Servings, which provides home-cooked meals for people who are homebound with chronic health...

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$223K to fix Arboretum wall

November 18, 2011
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ARBORWAY—Repairs to a collapsed, historic stone wall in Arnold Arboretum will cost the City at least $223,000 and probably more, according to Boston Parks Department spokesperson Jacque Goddard. “It’s pretty expensive,” Goddard said of the work, which is under way. “We expect that amount may go up.” The 120-year-old stone wall bordering the Arborway...

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City Champs

November 18, 2011
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) The English High School girls volleyball team poses with its city league championship trophy following its Nov. 1 win against O’Bryant. The English team has won the championship for four years in a row.

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Casey team debates bridge vs. no bridge

November 18, 2011
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As decision time looms near, the Casey Overpass replacement team is choosing sides on whether to ask for a replacement bridge or a new street network without a bridge. According to the design team, either option would handle projected traffic increases well, and both would improve on the current street network. Working advisory group...

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Energy upgrades to no longer be free

November 18, 2011
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A program that now offers free energy-efficiency home upgrades will only cover 75 percent of costs next year. MassSave, a state program, will continue to provide free energy assessments, products and services—including energy-efficient light bulbs, low-flow showerheads, heating system inspections and insulation upgrades—for qualified participants. But Renew Boston, the city’s energy-efficiency initiative, will no...

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Study aims to link Orange Line projects

November 18, 2011
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A new study will examine all real estate projects along the MBTA’s Orange Line with the aim of possibly linking their planning and marketing campaigns in a big-picture view. It will include major projects at Jamaica Plain’s Jackson Square and Forest Hills, along with proposals everywhere from Mission Hill’s Roxbury Crossing to Somerville’s Assembly...

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Map shows hyperlocal census info

November 18, 2011
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A remarkable new online map lets people see hyperlocal U.S. Census information about Boston down to individual streets. The “myNeighborhood Census Viewer” will soon include a vast amount of other info, ranging from police districts to the location of libraries, according to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), which created the map. The map requires...

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