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Presidential visit

February 1, 2013
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Officials favor no-zone BPS plans, with caution

February 1, 2013
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Some Boston city councilors and a local parents group told the Gazette they favor the “home-based,” zone-less options for the Boston Public Schools’ new assignment plan. But most also expressed skepticism about how well the plans would work in practice. Aiming to save money by reducing busing of students, BPS is considering three plans...

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Day of Service

February 1, 2013
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Faulkner addiction clinic closure debated

February 1, 2013
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JAMAICA HILLS—Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital plans to close an in-patient drug addiction clinic in favor of a new specialized addiction team. The change, expected to happen around May 1, is being pitched by the hospital as a service improvement. But critics, including local state Rep. Liz Malia, say it is based on funding....

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Winds send noisy jets over JP

February 1, 2013
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Noisy jet airplanes have been flying over Jamaica Plain in recent weeks due to re-routing caused by strong winds at Logan Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). David Boyajian, a resident of Sheridan Street in Hyde Square, is among the JPers complaining about the roaring passenger jets in recent weeks. The Gazette...

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JP gun permits not tracked, but low

February 1, 2013
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The number of gun permits issued to residents of Jamaica Plain and other Boston neighborhoods is not tracked by government agencies. But the number is surely small, as citywide data obtained by the Gazette shows that only about 1 percent of Boston’s adults have gun permits. In 2012, a total of 5,723 gun permits...

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Transit officials meet about Arborway Yard

February 1, 2013
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FOREST HILLS—Following a recent meeting with state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary Richard Davey, the Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard (CPCAY) is hopeful for the project’s long-term future. “ reaffirmed a very strong commitment to seeking funding to complete the Arborway Yard. It was a key point he made more than once,”...

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Ex-JP lab chemist charged with drug theft

February 1, 2013
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A chemist at the state’s drug evidence testing lab in Amherst, who formerly did similar work in Jamaica Plain, is facing charges of stealing cocaine and heroin and replacing them with fake substances, according to Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office. Sonja Farak, 35, of Northampton formerly worked at JP’s drug lab alongside Annie Dookhan,...

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No State Lab response on critical report

February 1, 2013
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It is unclear what, if any, actions have been taken to correct management issues a report from a lab oversight agency found at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute in Jamaica Plain. The state Department of Public Health (DPH), which oversees the Hinton Institute, did not respond to a request for comment. Local...

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MEPA on Casey: No further study needed

February 1, 2013
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The Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office (MEPA) determined Jan. 18 that the Casey Arborway project does not require further study in the form of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and that the project may proceed as planned. A MassDOT public hearing will update the community on the current 25-percent-complete state of the design. It...

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