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JPer announces run for City Council

April 26, 2013
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Shaun Ivers, a Jamaica Plain resident who said he is a freelance consultant for the Boston Municipal Research Bureau and the Child Welfare League of America, has announced his intention to run for an At-Large City Council seat. “With an open race for the Mayor’s Office and several city councilors putting their jobs on...

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MassDOT responds to Casey bias claims

April 26, 2013
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The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) maintains that it was “absolutely” not biased in favor of replacing the deteriorating Casey Overpass with an at-grade street network, despite suggestions in recently released internal documents. The documents from the early planning stages of the Casey Arborway project, before any public meetings, suggest that MassDOT focused on...

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Blessed Sacrament campus stirs controversy again

April 26, 2013
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The Blessed Sacrament Church campus has been the source of recent controversy, as the proposals to turn the former Catholic church into 37 luxury condos and the Norbert School building into 21 apartments has drawn the ire of residents concerned about gentrification. The controversy has now ensnared two prominent Jamaica Plain organizations—the Hyde Square...

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Prairie Pups

April 26, 2013
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Wake Up the Earth parade expands

April 26, 2013
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The 35th annual Wake Up the Earth parade on May 4 will have a little more panache this year. The event will actually feature three different parades: the traditional Jamaica Plain parade down Centre Street, another one from Egleston Square and a new one from Dudley Square in Roxbury. The Wake Up the Earth...

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Regan League opening day tomorrow

April 26, 2013
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The JP Regan Youth League has moved its opening day parade and ceremony to Sat., April 27. Originally slated for April 20, the event was rescheduled due to the Boston Marathon bombing suspect manhunt. it will include the full traditional parade down Centre Street and S. Huntington Avenue and the first pitch ceremony at...

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U.S. Senate primary is April 30

April 26, 2013
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Three Republicans and two Democrats are set to fight it out April 30 for their respective party’s nominations in the race to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by John Kerry. U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (8th District), who represents a portion of Jamaica Plain, and U.S. Rep. Ed Markey (5th District) are running...

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FBI seeks bank robber

April 26, 2013
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FBI seeks bank robber

The FBI is seeking a man accused of robbing the Mt. Washington Bank branch at 515 Centre St. on April 10. The suspect is described as a white man, 5-feet-10-inches to 6 feet tall, medium build, bald or with a closely shaved head. He was wearing dark sunglasses, a green zippered jacket with yellow...

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ESAC repairs seniors’ homes

April 26, 2013
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Egleston Square-based nonprofit Ecumenical Social Action Committee/Ensuring Stability through Action in our Community (ESAC) is helping seniors stay at home longer by donating minor home repairs and improvements. Recently able to offer the service to those as young as 62 partly due to a grant from the national senior-rights organization AARP, ESAC aims “to...

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Man guilty in JP murder

April 26, 2013
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A Roslindale man was convicted this week of second-degree murder in the 2011 stabbing death of Jamaica Plain resident Kenneth Soto in the parking lot of the Canary Square 7-Eleven, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Hector “Nemo” Soto, 22 and no relation to the victim, faces a mandatory sentence of life...

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