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JP bombing reaction makes Canadian news

May 24, 2013
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Jamaica Plain’s response to the Boston Marathon bombers manhunt was featured in the U.S. politics blog of the popular Canadian French-language newspaper Le Journal de Montréal. Journalist Daniel Girard, who writes the paper’s “Politique US” blog, told the Gazette he visits JP regularly, and he has featured the neighborhood often in his coverage over...

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Curley School aims to replace asphalt with turf field

May 24, 2013
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The Curley K-8 School at 493 Centre St. is trying to raise $250,000 to put an artificial turf field and track on an asphalt lot kids are forced to use for recess. The 14,000-square-foot paved area tucked against the school’s south side is “very unsafe,” according to school parent council member Susan Elsbree. “A...

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Parklet outreach limited

May 24, 2013
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While there were no large-scale, widely-advertised public meetings to discuss Jamaica Plain’s upcoming parklet, as the Gazette previously reported, there was plenty of smaller-scale abutter outreach. Boston Transportation Department (BTD) hosted three public meetings in February, April and May. The first two of those meetings was not advertised in the Gazette and none were...

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Olmsted actor to lead Hellenic Hill tour

May 24, 2013
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A tour along Hellenic Hill and the Arborway on June 2 will be led by actor and Friends of Jamaica Pond president Gerry Wright performing in character as Emerald Necklace Park designer Frederick Law Olmsted. Wright, who has performed one-man plays about Olmsted, will talk about the importance of Hellenic Hill as a watershed...

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Literary Lights

May 24, 2013
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JP resident named interim BPS superintendent

May 23, 2013
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The Boston School Committee has voted to appoint Boston Public Schools (BPS) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Jamaica Plain resident John McDonough as interim superintendent. McDonough, who has served as CFO since 1996, will lead the District after Superintendent Carol Johnson retires this summer. “I’m extremely humbled at the mayor’s confidence,” McDonough told the...

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Ex-state rep. busted on drug charges at JP school

May 22, 2013
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Stephen Doran, a former state representative, was arrested May 21 by State Police outside the Match Charter Public Middle School at 215 Forest Hills St. in Jamaica Plain after allegedly receiving a package containing 480 grams of methamphetamine there, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. A search of Dolan’s home allegedly found...

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Politics as Unusual: Barros serves up lunch—and a strong candidacy

May 21, 2013
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Even if you don’t vote for John Barros to be your next mayor, you should make it a priority to grub the grilled octopus at Restaurante Cesaria, the lovely Cape Verdean joint on Bowdoin Street that he founded with three family members. The dish is beyond spectacular, a delectable medley of fresh catch and...

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Big cultural fests won’t be in Franklin Park this year

May 17, 2013
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The annual Puerto Rican and Dominican cultural festivals will relocate from Franklin Park to City Hall Plaza downtown this year because re-sodding of part of the park is taking longer than expected, according to City and park advocacy officials. The large summer festivals and parades are major Latino cultural events that usually draw thousands...

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Politics as Unusual: Menino’s tech legacy is no joke

May 14, 2013
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City Councilor-at-Large John Connolly said something interesting at a mayoral forum in Jamaica Plain last week. He hyperbolized that under his leadership, City Hall would look something like the Apple Store. Presumably, Connolly meant that moving forward, the bureaucratic labyrinth and concrete bunker in Government Center should be sleek and futuristic—flatscreens galore, perhaps beepers...

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