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Late school buses plague kids, parents

October 21, 2011
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School buses running as late as an hour are plaguing local students, parents and public schools, with no ultimate cause nailed down seven weeks into the year. “It seems as if it’s just a fundamental breakdown of something,” said Jamaica Plain parent Marc Lipsitch, a parent of two children at the Hernandez School, whose...

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New Arboretum head explores mysteries of plants

October 21, 2011
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New Arboretum head explores mysteries of plants

Historic cartoons mocking Charles Darwin decorate the office walls of Dr. William “Ned” Friedman, the new director of Arnold Arboretum. “Evolution and revolution go together as evil,” reads the caption on one. Times have certainly changed. Friedman now oversees a facility best known as a public park, but which is also Harvard University’s world-class...

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Council districts must change, but how?

October 21, 2011
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Jamaica Plain’s City Council District 6 must grow and District 7 must shrink in this year’s redistricting process. That could mean that Egleston Square shifts from City Councilor Tito Jackson to City Councilor Matt O’Malley. But while big changes are on the way, the local councilors involved with the process are not being specific...

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City shoots for 2020 reprecincting

October 21, 2011
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Long lines at local polls are not a fact of life and Boston City Council voted last month to do something about them, in 10 years. Thanks to population shifts in the 80 years since Boston last redrew its voting precincts, some precincts have a few hundred voters and some have thousands, but that...

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Capuano meets with seniors on Medicare

October 21, 2011
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Capuano meets with seniors on Medicare

S. HUNTINGTON AVE.—U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano met with seniors and their care providers to talk about possible Medicare and Medicaid funding cuts at Jamaica Plain’s Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on Sept. 26. The “spirited” discussion covered “fears about impacting jobs, benefits and the quality of care,” according to a Goddard House...

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Salon to replace former bookstore

October 21, 2011
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Q Salon and Spa will open in late fall at 676 Centre St., in the space formerly occupied by Jamaicaway Books. It will offer massage services and other spa services like facials along with nail services, owner Jennifer Lydon told the Gazette. “It will be a Newbury Street type of salon with JP service,”...

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Galway House wins ‘muckball’ trophy

October 21, 2011
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The Galway House will host the “muckball” trophy for another year after beating three other local businesses in the annual fund-raiser softball tournament on Sept. 24 at Franklin Park. Named for founder Brian “Mucky” Manning of Jamaica Plain’s American Legion Post 76, the muckball tournament raises funds for the Post’s Christmas party for seniors....

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Local foreclosure crisis victim arrested at protest

October 21, 2011
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Local foreclosure crisis victim arrested at protest

While the foreclosure crisis largely passed Jamaica Plain by, not everyone escaped unscathed, and one local resident and former business owner, Ken Tilton, has found some redemption in fighting back. Tilton—the former owner of landmark JP businesses Zon’s restaurant and the novelty store Pluto—has been working with the local anti-foreclosure group City Life/Vida Urbana...

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Believing in students

October 21, 2011
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Believing in students

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Fewer youths call JP home

October 21, 2011
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Don’t let the influx of baby strollers on Jamaica Plain streets fool you. JP’s youth population plunged by nearly 1,170 in the past 10 years, while the adult population increased, according to U.S. Census data. The 6,327 youths 17 and under who called JP home in 2010 marks a nearly 16 percent drop from...

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