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Latino institute to study Whole Foods

February 3, 2012
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The gentrification controversy surrounding Whole Foods Market’s entry into Hyde Square last year may be studied by Latino policy researchers at the University of Massachusetts Boston. “We are in the process of submitting proposal and we can’t really talk about the details yet,” said Pablo Goldbarg, a spokesperson for the Mauricio...

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Senior car service launches

February 3, 2012
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A low-cost taxi service for seniors and people who are visually impaired began serving Jamaica Plain with a soft launch in recent weeks. There was “no breaking a Champagne bottle over the hood of a car,” but the program is under way, said Dale Mitchell, a board member of ITNGreaterBoston, the new nonprofit offering...

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Homeless care project wins in court

January 25, 2012
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PARKSIDE—After nearly a year in court, the developers of a care and housing facility for the homeless on Walnut Avenue have won the right to proceed with construction. The developers, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), plan to make the former Barbara McInnis House at 461...

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Hundreds protest T cuts

January 20, 2012
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A parade of 75 speakers, including many Jamaica Plain officials and residents, blasted the MBTA’s proposed fare hike and service cuts at a Roxbury Community College meeting last night. At least 250 people attended. A few people were willing to pay higher fares, but no one wanted service cuts. Those include killing the E...

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Overpass choice delayed

January 20, 2012
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FOREST HILLS— The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) may reach a decision on the future of the Casey Overpass in private this week, but it will not immediately hold a public meeting to announce the decision. MassDOT previously said the decision would be made this week. “Usually we publicize meetings for two weeks, and...

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T seeks to boost fares, cut service

January 20, 2012
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The MBTA is seeking to plug a budget hole by raising fares and cutting service—including weekend E Line subway/streetcar trips and most of the JP Loop bus service. The highest-ridership lines in Jamaica Plain—the Orange Line subway and the Route 39 bus—would be untouched. A meeting about the already controversial proposal is set for...

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Poetry returns to Forest Hills Cemetery

January 20, 2012
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Poetry-reading is returning to Forest Hills Cemetery in a new series organized by the Forest Hills Educational Trust (FHET). It is the first poetry series to be held at Forest Hills Cemetery since FHET abruptly suspended programming in January 2011. Last year, only the Lantern Festival and a small series of walking tours were...

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T considera cortar servicios

January 20, 2012
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Con el fin de llenar una diferencia en su presupuesto fiscal, el MBTA considera subir el precio del transporte y cortar algunos servicios, incluso la ruta E de la línea verde durante los fines de semana y la mayoría del servicio JP Loop. Las rutas con la mayor cantidad de pasajeros—la línea naranja y...

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Campaign Quilting

January 20, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren lends a hand to a quilting group volunteering for Room to Grow, a children’s charity, during to a day of service held in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 16 at the Curley School. Alan Khazei, founder of volunteer organization City Year and a Warren supporter, and his daughter Mirabelle looked on during the Boston Cares-organized event.

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Cat Rescue

January 20, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy MSPCA-Angell) One of nearly 30 purebred cats rescued from a Western Mass. backyard breeder gets a dip in pest-killing lime sulfur from Alyssa Muro at the MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center on S. Huntington Ave. Jan. 6. MSPCA Law Enforcement rescued the mistreated cats, along with four chickens, from the owner, who is not being identified. The cats will be put up for adoption at the MSPCA. For more info, see mspca.org/fancycats.

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