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Bridge Builder

January 20, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Larry Rasky (second from right) receives the Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham Joshua Heschel Interfaith Relations Award at a Back Bay ceremony on Dec. 13. Rasky was a key advocate for naming a prominent downtown bridge partly for Lenny Zakim, a former ADL New England Director. ADL New England officials with Rasky include: Board Chairman Michael Sheetz; Board of Overseers Chairman James Rudolph; and Regional Director Derrek Shulman.

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JP History: Franklin Park Zoo turns 100

January 20, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection) Two grizzly bears splash around one of the pools in the now-abandoned bear dens in Franklin Park, 1929.

This year, Franklin Park Zoo celebrates a milestone that many through its history never thought it never would: its centennial. “We look forward to welcoming and introducing a whole new generation of people to the wonders of our natural world and will continue to create fun and lasting memories for visitors of all ages,”...

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New Arboretum map shows 15k plants

January 20, 2012
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A new online map of Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum can pinpoint each of 15,000 plants, including planting date and cultivar name, on the 265-acre property. “The Arboretum has been disseminating information about its plants for over a century, and Collection Researcher is the latest,” Curator of Living Collections Michael Dosmann told the Gazette. The new...

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Bullets fly on South St.

January 20, 2012
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Bullets flew on South Street for the second time in a month on Jan. 6, this time peppering a car in a reported drive-by shooting. No one was injured and no suspects have been charged, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). The drive-by apparently was unrelated to a Dec. 11 shooting of a...

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Grocery lot trees to be replaced

January 20, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—Several mature trees in the Stop & Shop parking lot were cut down in recent weeks and will be replaced with new trees in the spring. George Marsh, a Roslindale resident who shops at the 301 Centre St. supermarket, said he was surprised by the removal and curious as to why it happened...

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Cemetery misses annual report filings

January 20, 2012
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Forest Hills Cemetery has never filed a mandatory yearly report, according to the Secretary of State’s Office website. It is also apparently based out of a nonexistent address, according to city tax records. As of 1985, cemeteries, along with all other nonprofits, are required to file an annual report with the Secretary of State’s...

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Court: Legal immigrants get health coverage

January 20, 2012
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Legal immigrants cannot be removed from the state’s low-income subsidized health insurance plan, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Jan. 5, ordering the state to restore a $150 million budget cut. Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez said the decision “validated” his longstanding concern that the cuts violated the state constitution. “I’m happy and excited,” Sánchez...

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Heating aid slashed for 1,000

January 20, 2012
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More than 1,000 Jamaica Plain households could be in the cold this winter due to deep cuts in federal heating bill aid. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is providing Massachusetts with $132 million in aid—a cut of $52 million from last year. A push is under way for the state to provide...

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Website gives voice to street harassment victims

January 20, 2012
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Two women with long ties to Jamaica Plain are barking back at catcallers with a new website, boston.ihollaback.org. Hollaback! Boston aims to combat alleged street harassment by providing a forum for women and LGBT victims of catcalls, rude gestures and uninvited touching to share their stories, often including pictures of the alleged harassers. “For...

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Overpass announcement delayed

January 17, 2012
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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 we haven’t...

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