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Chemical Crusaders

August 31, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Elizabeth Saunders (seated, second from right), the legislative director for Clean Water Action Massachusetts, and JP resident Alex Papali (standing, second from right) were among the “Stroller Brigade for Safe Chemicals” demonstration June 28 at the State House in support of Senate bill 2079, which would require companies to replace toxic chemicals with safer alternatives when feasible.

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Winter farmers market coming

August 31, 2012
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BROOKSIDE—Jamaica Plain’s first wintertime, indoor farmers market is slated to debut in November at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall on Brookside Avenue. The Egleston Farmers Market will feature about a dozen vendors and run on select dates in November through February, according to its website at eglestonfarmersmarket.org. It aims to provide fresh foods,...

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Church tower work to finish

August 31, 2012
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MONUMENT SQ.—Two years of repair work on one of Jamaica Plain’s great landmarks, the stone tower of First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist at 6 Eliot St., is slated to wrap up by the end of next week. The 1853 church tower overlooking historic Monument Square has been bedecked with construction scaffolds as...

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Obituary: Jennifer Boyd; founded JP Knit and Stitch

August 31, 2012
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Jennifer Boyd. (Courtesy Photo)

Jennifer Devereaux Boyd, 41, of Jamaica Plain died peacefully at home on Aug. 20 after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. Jennifer is survived by her husband, Bryan E. M. Harter; her two sons, Russell and Zachary Harter; her mother, Pat Boyd; her brother, Cameron Boyd, his wife Kelley and their son, Brooks. Also...

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Locals complete college prep program

August 31, 2012
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Two Jamaica Plain middle-school students are heading into top schools this fall after graduating The Steppingstone Academy college prep program. And another two local Steppingstone grads are heading to college. Elyas Egal enters Boston Latin Academy and David Meneses-Ontiveros heads to the Fenn School in Concord after graduating the Steppingstone program on Aug. 11....

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Happy 100th

August 31, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Phyllis Nelder holds a commemorative baseball given to her by the Red Sox to honor her 100th birthday at an Aug. 5 party at Mount Pleasant Home on S. Huntington Avenue. The longtime Sox fan also was an honorary guest at a Fenway Park game on Aug. 23.

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Local nonprofit helps the ‘unexceptional’

August 31, 2012
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JP SOUTH—Tucked away in an unremarkable corner of South Street, a group of unexceptional people are helping other unexceptional people, one donation at a time. The Endowment for Unexceptional Humans, based out of an apartment at 215 South St., is a nonprofit organization that aims to provide financial and community support to those in...

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State drug testing lab shut down amid tainted evidence concerns

August 30, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—A Jamaica Plain state laboratory that tested drug evidence in criminal cases was shut down today by the State Police amid concerns that a former chemist mishandled samples, potentially putting scores of convictions in question. Gov. Deval Patrick ordered the closure of the lab, which is inside the William A. Hinton State Laboratory...

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Nonprofit warns of donation-seeking scam

August 30, 2012
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Scam artists falsely claiming to represent the Elizabeth Stone House are seeking donations from victims in the Jamaica Plain area, according to a press statement from the organization. The scam artists are approaching people on the street, knocking on doors and calling phones, the statement said. The Elizabeth Stone House, a Jackson Square-based nonprofit...

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Man convicted in JP arson

August 30, 2012
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A Dorchester man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to committing a string of revenge-motivated arsons in 2008-2010, including the 2009 burning of JP Auto Body in Hyde Square. The Jamaica Plain fire was one of eight arsons that plagued the neighborhood in 2005-2009, but the only one where a suspect was caught. Jose...

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