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Local official campaigns for Obama

July 6, 2012
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Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez has been traveling to battleground states in the presidential election. He has been campaigning for Democrat President Barack Obama, talking about Republican opponent Mitt Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts. “It’s been real interesting,” said Sánchez. Sánchez, who has traveled so far to North Carolina, Iowa and Colorado, said...

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JP counselor volunteers in Kenya slums

July 6, 2012
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Mark Blogier is not spending his summer break from Boston Latin relaxing. The guidance counselor and social worker is spending six weeks in the slums around Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, working to improve the lives of African teenagers. “The reality is, I don’t know exactly what I’m doing until I get there,” he told the...

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Tuesday Club seeks variance for market, food trucks

July 6, 2012
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MONUMENT SQ.—The Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club, which owns and operates the Loring-Greenough House at 12 South S., is seeking a zoning variance from the City for food trucks and a farmer’s market at the historic property, according to Tuesday Club President Edward Stanley. The hearing is scheduled for July 10. The club needs the...

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Dog loses toes in escalator

July 6, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The local Angell Animal Medical Center is warning pet owners about escalators after a dog lost two toes in a moving-stairs mishap at the Forest Hills T Station. A dog named Mace, owned by a Dorchester woman, ran up an escalator at the T station two weeks ago. At the top of the...

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Chestnut Ave. condo review extended

July 6, 2012
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GLENVALE PARK—The public comment period about the design of a proposed housing development at 207-209 Chestnut Ave. has been extended by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) through July 13. Developer Pat McKenna will host a community meeting about the project on July 10. McKenna plans to demolish an existing vacant...

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Survey finds some JP residents struggling

July 6, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), a community development corporation based on Amory Street, recently conducted a survey that found some residents are still struggling despite the Great Recession officially ending in 2009. Richard Thal, executive director of JPNDC, said the organization surveyed about 250 residents in the Hyde and Jackson Squares areas...

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Pond island eyed for erosion fix

July 6, 2012
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PONDSIDE—The island in Jamaica Pond may be shrinking, and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department is evaluating it while working on a plan to fix other erosion elsewhere in the park. Park advocates, including members of the Jamaica Pond Association (JPA) and Friends of Jamaica Pond, met with a Parks Department official at the...

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City, state to hold solar power workshop

July 6, 2012
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A workshop on installing solar power systems on homes and business will be held July 11 at Curtis Hall by the City and state as part of the new “Solarize Mass-Boston” program. The program aims to double the amount of small-scale solar power installations in Boston as part of a larger state effort. The...

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Man injured rescuing woman, baby

July 6, 2012
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A good Samaritan injured his hand while rescuing a woman and a 1-year-old baby from a rollover car accident at Green Street and Brookside Avenue on June 9, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). The accident happened around 1:15 p.m. when the woman reportedly attempted to pass a taxi with her vehicle, according...

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Staff meals foster restaurant family

July 6, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—Every day at 3:45 p.m., the staff at the Grass Fed burger restaurant stops working and sits down for their staff meal, a requirement and tradition in food service. Most staff meals—a legal benefit for most food service employees who work enough hours—are last night’s leftovers. Some staff meal menus can be unorthodox,...

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