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March 1, 2013
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Markey praises JP in local Senate campaign rally

March 1, 2013
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Energized by a big turnout at a J.P. Licks campaign rally Feb. 24, Congressman Ed Markey told the Gazette that “Jamaica Plain is a very key progressive part of Massachusetts” that is going to “unleash” its power on behalf of his U.S. Senate campaign. Markey also declined to comment on his differences with fellow Congressman...

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9 hip trends JP doesn’t have yet

March 1, 2013
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For at least 40 years, Jamaica Plain has been Boston’s hotbed of progressive ideas. JP residents’ lasting inventions include the city’s first recycling program and the unique Wake Up the Earth Festival. That spirit also has made JP the City government’s favorite test market for such left-field innovations as parklets and the Open Streets...

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Advisory group picks school-assignment plan

March 1, 2013
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The External Advisory Committee (EAC), a group put together to help form a new school-assignment system, on Feb. 25 picked a “home-based” plan out of three options. The other two plans were a zone plan—similar to, but more varied than the one used today—and a different version of a home-based plan. Meanwhile, Quality Education...

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3-story building an option for Centre St. space

March 1, 2013
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CENTRAL JP—Future options for the commercial building at 656-660 Centre St.—half of it home to Ace Hardware and half vacant—include reviving a 2005 plan to demolish it and erect a three-story structure in its place, according to owner and developer Christ Stamatos. “That’s one of the options, of course,” Stamatos said, adding he has...

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Health center pledges to stay; mayor ‘concerned’

March 1, 2013
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JACKSON SQ.—Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) has committed to providing children and adolescent services at the Martha Eliot Health Center (MEHC) for the foreseeable future, but a “thoughtful” process will take place to determine the exact structure of that care. “We have a commitment for pediatric care for this neighborhood,” said Dr. Shari Nethersole, MEHC’s...

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Backyard chickens killed by mystery predator

March 1, 2013
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PARKSIDE—Four chickens kept in a backyard coop at a home near Franklin Park were killed Feb. 17 by an unknown large predator—probably a dog or coyote. As part of the popular urban farming trend, the hens were kept for eggs and as beloved pets. One of the chickens was named Dr. Richard Kimball, an...

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City may fund mounted park rangers

March 1, 2013
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After four years off the city budget, the City of Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit —stabled at Franklin Park— may be spared the final sunset ride. City Council President Stephen Murphy told the Gazette that it might be time to “look into” bringing the mounted unit back into the City budget. While the City...

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City Councilor John Connolly to run for mayor

March 1, 2013
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City Councilor John Connolly this week announced his intention to run for mayor this year. Connolly started his campaign by focusing on the need to bring change to Boston Public Schools. He is a former teacher and the father of two school-aged children. “I am running because every child deserves a world-class education from...

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City services truck makes Egleston Square debut

March 1, 2013
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The City’s new resident service vehicle, City Hall To Go, made a two-hour appearance at Egleston Square on Feb. 20 to build up awareness. The truck, modeled after food trucks, offers a “menu” of services that includes getting a library card; requesting a birth certificate, dog license or resident parking permit; and registering to...

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