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Gay teens find identity in JP resident’s novel

July 5, 2013
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Gay teens find identity in JP resident’s novel

Jamaica Plain resident Laura Hughes had her first novel, “Don’t Ask,” published by Prizm Books this spring, about two queer teenagers coming to terms with their sexuality in very different ways. The young adult novel focuses on two queer best friends, Cat and Mike, whose paths diverge upon entering high school in fall 2010....

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JP police spying named top 10 free speech violation

July 5, 2013
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Boston Police spying on legal protests in Jamaica Plain and elsewhere has been named one of last year’s top 10 free speech violations in the annual “Muzzle Awards.” The Muzzle Awards is a list of “outrages against free speech and personal liberties in New England” presented as sarcastic “awards” for official bad behavior. It...

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Rare ladybug sighted in JP

July 5, 2013
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The two-spotted ladybug—a native species that has been in decline for decades—was spotted by volunteers in Jamaica Plain last month, the first time the species has been seen east of the Mississippi in years. The Lost Ladybug Project (LLP) is a national science initiative aimed at documenting declining native ladybug populations by using pictures...

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City funds JP Library renovation

July 5, 2013
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Funding for the first phase of a long-delayed major renovation to the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL) was approved as part of the City budget last week. “The Library looks forward to working with the community as we move into the design phase of the Jamaica Plain Branch renovation project,”...

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Pats star charged with murder after JP drive

July 5, 2013
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Aaron Hernandez, a star player for the New England Patriots football team, was charged with the murder of a Dorchester man June 26, six days after TV news helicopters drew local attention for following his SUV on a drive on the Jamaicaway. On the afternoon of June 20, three low-flying helicopters filled central Jamaica...

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BPS offers free meals for kids

July 5, 2013
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Boston Public Schools is serving free breakfast and lunch to any children and youths ages 4-18 at more than 140 sites around the city this summer through Aug. 30. The annual program ensures good nutrition for kids in need. No registration or ID are needed. Last year, meals were offered at nine Jamaica Plain...

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Field narrows for City election

July 5, 2013
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The field for the mayoral race dropped from 15 candidates to 12 after a review of required signatures, according to a City document. Mayoral candidates had to collect 3,000 signatures. One Jamaica Plain resident—At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo—is in the mayoral race. The other mayoral candidates are City Councilors John Connolly, Rob Consalvo, Mike...

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City services truck to make JP stops

July 5, 2013
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By John Ruch and Rebeca Oliveira/Gazette Staff “City Hall to Go,” a truck offering various City of Boston resident services, will make regular Jamaica Plain stops starting today, July 5. The first stop will be at 12:30 p.m. at 3091 Washington St. in Egleston Square. The second stop will be 4 p.m. at Centre...

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A JP win in Supreme Court DOMA decision

July 5, 2013
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The U.S. Supreme Court on June 26 struck down a core section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that previously had been successfully challenged by Jamaica Plain residents. DOMA unconstitutional benefits provision banned same-sex married couples from receiving various benefits that opposite-sex married couples do. The Supreme Court ruled that the 1996...

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Historic demolition process reviewed

July 5, 2013
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After a historic house in Jamaica Plain recently was partially demolished without Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) review, the City regulation controlling such acts has been thrust into the spotlight. Meanwhile, the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA) is in discussions with the City about the possibility about strengthening the regulation, as other cities have done. Article...

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