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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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Cops: Woman assaulted at Jamaica Pond

January 16, 2012
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A woman was attacked by an unknown man at Jamaica Pond early this morning while walking her dog, according to the Boston Police Department. The woman reported that she was walking around the pond at 5 a.m. when the suspect passed her and said, “Hello.” The suspect then grabbed her from behind, causing them...

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Occupy survives in churches, marches

January 6, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) Carlos and Melida Arredondo set up the “Camp Alex” Occupy Boston/JP display at First Church on Dec. 19.

  While the Occupy Boston protest was shut down last month, it lives on in symbolic displays at Jamaica Plain churches and in a team-up with JP housing activists. It also survives as a loose, active organization with lots of JP residents involved, including prominent spokesperson Gunner Scott. Meanwhile, the local Occupy JP group...

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JP’s Punk Rock Friar

January 6, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) Brother Charles Sammons.

A Catholic friar and priest who can quote scripture—no surprise. But one who also quotes punk rock and heavy metal lyrics? Meet Brother Charles Sammons, a Jamaica Plain-based Capuchin Franciscan friar who says that rebel music was his first conversion experience on the way to the ultimate punker: Jesus Christ. “If you’re going to...

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You Said It, JP! 2011 in Quotes

January 6, 2012
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“There is someone coming to this location—a Whole Foods.” —Former Hi-Lo Foods manager Bill Jordan breaking the news that Whole Foods was coming to Hyde Square.   “Based on what we know now, we are concerned that Whole Foods is not a good fit for Hyde Square. We hope that it will reconsider its...

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No hay comidas malas ni buenas

January 6, 2012
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Hay varias posiciones vacantes en muchas oficinas y agencias al empezar el 2012. Una de ellas es en Community Servings, donde la persona que ejercía una de las posiciones  más importante se fue para buscar otras alternativas, fuera del estado y trabajando por la educación. Así lo destacó Rosario Domínguez, en una entrevista exclusiva...

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FinComm investigates school move costs

January 6, 2012
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The Boston Finance Commission (FinComm) is investigating Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) funding of a plan to open two new schools in the former Agassiz School building. “We are going to look at how the funding decisions were made and whether there is enough money for the renovations,” FinComm Director Matt Cahill said. “We welcome...

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