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New bilingual school will partner with JP

June 22, 2012
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The Margarita Muñiz Academy, the state’s first public bilingual English and Spanish high school, is coming in September to the now-vacant Agassiz building, located on Child Street in Jamaica Plain. Headmaster Dania Vázquez expects her school will have a healthy, reciprocal relationship with the JP community. “We are happy that we are being welcomed...

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Good Catch

June 22, 2012
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(Photo by Lauren Patrick/Boston Parks Dept.) John Hoffman (kneeling) of The Fishing Academy holds a trout caught during Family Fishing Day at Jamaica Pond Park on June 2. Joining in were (from left): anglers Talja and Furlana Bascom of Roxbury; pro fisherman Gene Ellison; anglers Mayor Thomas Menino and his grandson, Tommy Menino; and Kate Foley and Brian Vignoni of Bass Pro Shops. The event was sponsored by the Boston Parks Department along with Bass Pro Shops, The Fishing Academy and P&J Bait.

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State rep. arrested at eviction blockade

June 22, 2012
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(Photo by Brandon German, City Life/Vida Urbana) State Rep. Liz Malia sits inside a police van after her arrest June 14.

EGLESTON SQ.—State Rep. Liz Malia, along with five others, was arrested on June 14 following a City Life/Vida Urbana-organized eviction blockade on Mendell Way. Homeowner Heather Gordon was evicted after a standoff with Boston police, having already moved her belongings out of her 3 Mendell Way home. “I didn’t know what else to do,”...

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T considers selling stations’ names

June 22, 2012
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Imagine sitting on the Orange Line subway and hearing, “Next stop, J & P’s Garbage Services Stony Brook T stop.” That might become a reality as the MBTA is considering selling the naming rights of T stations, including those on the Green and Orange lines. “It’s been discussed, but there are no proposals on...

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Remembering the Fallen

June 22, 2012
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(Photo by Steve MacDonald/Boston Fire Department) Firefighters in dress uniform line up at the memorial at the Fireman’s Lot in Forest Hills Cemetery during an annual tribute on June 10. The lot is the final resting place of 15 Boston Fire Department firefighters who have died in the line of duty since 1858. Bobby Halton, editor of Fire Engineering Magazine, gave the memorial address.

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Park program to hold car-free day on Green St.

June 22, 2012
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A new program to get more people into city parks will close Green Street to cars on Sun., July 15 so that people can “walk, bike, roll, skate or dance” in freedom. The “Open Streets” event is part of Circle the City, a new program headed by Jamaica Plain resident Jessica Parsons. Circle the...

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JP Observer: Young adults drive the neighborhood

June 22, 2012
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Jamaica Plain is getting younger and younger. Or it seems that way to residents who have lived here for a while. Although JP is diverse in terms of race, ethnic groups and incomes, the truth is that young adults have dominated the neighborhood’s economy and culture for more than 30 years. Nearly one-third of...

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Senior’s lonely death repeats history

June 22, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—An elderly woman living alone at 40 Sheridan St. was found dead there this month, almost exactly 12 years after a similar death at the address drew attention to neglected senior citizens. Authorities have been unable to officially identify the woman. But the U.S. Postal Service letter carrier whose curiosity led the discovery...

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Hopping to the Rescue

June 22, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Three-year-old JP resident Riley Carey-Brown is swarmed by reporters at the Green Street T Station on June 7 as she clutches Nummy the toy bunny, whom T dispatcher Rhiannon Bernier and conductor Frank Limoni (not pictured) rescued from a fall onto the Orange Line tracks the previous day by stopping a train. Joining her are her parents (from left), Michelle and Casey Carey-Brown. Nummy had no comment about the close call.

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Vacant house is secured

June 22, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—The owner of a vacant house at 25 Chilcott Place returned to housing court last week and proved he had secured the house. The owner of the house, Jamaica Plain resident John Darling, was ordered to secure the property from invaders at a May 21 hearing. “We also asked an inspector go by...

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