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Memorial and mountain-climb for Newtown

January 4, 2013
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By Peter Shanley and Sandra Storey A local housing development recently held a memorial event for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass murder, while a Jamaica Plain resident planned to scale Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa to fly flags honoring the victims. On Dec. 14, 26 people, including 20 children, were shot...

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Academy Homes gang leader imprisoned

January 4, 2013
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JACKSON SQ.—The reputed leader of the Academy Homes street gang was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Dec. 20 for cocaine distribution, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Massachusetts. Owens Brown, 34, of Roxbury also armed and operated a gang of mostly young people that fueled violence in Jackson Square on the...

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Rapper releases album about City Life experience

January 4, 2013
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City Life/Vida Urbana, a Jamaica Pain-based housing advocacy group, is known for its direct activism, such as sit-ins, blockades and protest marches. The organization recently added another dimension with the rapper Antonio “Twice Thou” Ennis. “I’m really paying forward what I have learned,” said Ennis, who recently released an album about his experience with...

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Jesse Tree

January 4, 2013
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Park group seeks to fix historic wall

January 4, 2013
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FOREST HILLS—The Arboretum Park Conservancy (APC), a nonprofit friends group for Arnold Arboretum, has applied for a City of Boston grant to continue repairs of historic stone walls along South Street. But first, the APC had to patch up its paperwork. The nonprofit had neglected to file four years of annual reports with the...

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Volunteers weatherize JP homes

January 4, 2013
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Groups of volunteers are coming to Jamaica Plain to help neighbors weatherize their homes. The Boston Climate Action Network (BostonCAN) has scheduled its third “Green Minga Barn-raising” in JP for Sat., Jan. 12. Volunteers from the Boston metro area will come to Minden Street to help homeowner Yolanda Gonzalez weatherize her triple-decker for the...

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JP Tunes: New local music

January 4, 2013
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Jamaica Plain musicians recently released the following albums or singles: Cult 45, “On High” (self-released). Cult45.bandcamp.com. JP musicians can notify JP Tunes about new releases at news@jamaicaplaingazette.com.  

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Commune builds community in Hyde Square

January 4, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—In the heart of Hyde Square, an unusual household is thriving. With nine residents ages 22 to 65, the heARTbeat Collective at 35 Wyman St. is responsible for no fewer than six ongoing dance, arts and sustainability programs, some operating internationally. As part of their programming, heARTbeat also occasionally hosts concerts and festivals...

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School shooting memorial moves to Newtown

January 4, 2013
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A homemade memorial in Monument Square to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass murder was taken down last week, and parts of it are now on display in Newtown, Conn., where the killings happened. The memorial display, composed of crosses, flags and toy animals, was erected Dec. 18 by peace activists...

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Sidewalk Safety

January 4, 2013
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