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JP reacts to Obama same-sex marriage support

May 25, 2012
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President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage on May 9 to acclaim from local activists. Same-sex marriage in the U.S. began in Massachusetts in 2004 thanks to a lawsuit, Goodridge vs. Department of Public Health, named for a Jamaica Plain couple and include four other JP residents as plaintiffs. “I was a...

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JP to march in Pride Parade

May 25, 2012
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Jamaica Plain residents are invited to join a neighborhood-specific contingent of marchers in the June 9 Boston Pride Parade downtown, which celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. “To me, the Boston Pride Parade has always been missing something. That something is neighborhood representation,” said JP resident Randall Engleman, who is organizing the...

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Civil Rights icon recalls Little Rock Nine history

May 25, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Laura Plummer) Dr. Terrence Roberts speaks at the Curley K-8 School on May 17.

By Laura Plummer, Special to the Gazette Civil Rights icon Dr. Terrence Roberts visited the Curley K-8 School on May 17 to recount his experience as one of the Little Rock Nine, the students involved in a historic confrontation about school desegregation. “It was life-threatening all the time being black in the South,” said...

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South Street Apartments receiving upgrade

May 25, 2012
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The majority of units at the South Street Apartments are undergoing kitchen renovations, while all of the 131 units will receive new bathroom exhaust fans, according to Lydia Agro, director of communications for the Boston Housing Authority (BHA). The kitchen renovations, which impact 88 units, typically include new cabinetry, lightning, appliances, repairs to the...

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Local group pushes pro-tax, anti-war ballot question

May 25, 2012
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Jamaica Plain-based Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants is part of an effort to place a non-binding referendum on the ballot for the November election. The referendum urges the U.S. Congress to tax the rich, prevent budget cuts, end the Afghanistan war and invest in jobs. “The idea is to send a message,” said Michael...

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Latvian church may become housing

May 25, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) The Latvian Lutheran Church at 100 Rockview St.

CENTRAL JP—The Jamaica Plain Latvian Lutheran Church is moving and its historic Rockview Street building may be sold to a housing developer, according to Rev. J. John Keggi, the congregation’s pastor. “Money is what it comes down to,” said Keggi, who heads a congregation that now numbers only about a dozen people. Keggi said...

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He Wants to be a Millionaire

May 25, 2012
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(Photo by Valleycrest Productions Ltd.) JP resident Mike Lantvet poses on the set of the ABC game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” where he was a contestant in an episode aired on May 11. Lantvet, an academic support specialist at Boston University, was hoping to win enough to take a family vacation.

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Mayor: I would have kept Casey Overpass

May 24, 2012
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Calling the Casey Arborway project a “second Big Dig,” Mayor Thomas Menino told the Gazette he would have preferred to see the existing overpass remain there. Menino said sometimes people have to think outside the box and his vision would have the overpass being rebuilt with green space underneath it. That would connect Arnold...

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Man charged in Hyde Park Ave. killing

May 18, 2012
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A suspect has been charged with murder in the April 27 shooting death of a Jamaica Plain man inside his Hyde Park Avenue apartment, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). The killing of Mariano Malave involved a drug deal gone bad, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Charles Reddicks, 18, of...

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Apartment project faces more opposition

May 16, 2012
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Eleven out of 13 members of the city-appointed Impact Advisory Group (IAG) for the proposed apartment building at 161 S. Huntington Ave. have signed a letter opposing the project. The letter, sent to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) today, included 20 bullet points opposing the look, size and scope of the project. “The signatories...

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