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$223K to fix Arboretum wall

November 18, 2011
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ARBORWAY—Repairs to a collapsed, historic stone wall in Arnold Arboretum will cost the City at least $223,000 and probably more, according to Boston Parks Department spokesperson Jacque Goddard. “It’s pretty expensive,” Goddard said of the work, which is under way. “We expect that amount may go up.” The 120-year-old stone wall bordering the Arborway...

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City Champs

November 18, 2011
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) The English High School girls volleyball team poses with its city league championship trophy following its Nov. 1 win against O’Bryant. The English team has won the championship for four years in a row.

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Casey team debates bridge vs. no bridge

November 18, 2011
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As decision time looms near, the Casey Overpass replacement team is choosing sides on whether to ask for a replacement bridge or a new street network without a bridge. According to the design team, either option would handle projected traffic increases well, and both would improve on the current street network. Working advisory group...

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Energy upgrades to no longer be free

November 18, 2011
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A program that now offers free energy-efficiency home upgrades will only cover 75 percent of costs next year. MassSave, a state program, will continue to provide free energy assessments, products and services—including energy-efficient light bulbs, low-flow showerheads, heating system inspections and insulation upgrades—for qualified participants. But Renew Boston, the city’s energy-efficiency initiative, will no...

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Study aims to link Orange Line projects

November 18, 2011
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A new study will examine all real estate projects along the MBTA’s Orange Line with the aim of possibly linking their planning and marketing campaigns in a big-picture view. It will include major projects at Jamaica Plain’s Jackson Square and Forest Hills, along with proposals everywhere from Mission Hill’s Roxbury Crossing to Somerville’s Assembly...

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Map shows hyperlocal census info

November 18, 2011
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A remarkable new online map lets people see hyperlocal U.S. Census information about Boston down to individual streets. The “myNeighborhood Census Viewer” will soon include a vast amount of other info, ranging from police districts to the location of libraries, according to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), which created the map. The map requires...

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Taking a Stance

November 18, 2011
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(Photo by Patrice Flesch) JP resident Sara Castaneda of South End Yoga demonstrates yoga at the Occupy Boston protest in Dewey Square downtown on Nov. 1. Castaneda is one of three JP residents who teach at the studio—including owner Patrice Flesch and Mahendran Radhakrishnan—and are offering free weekly yoga instruction to the protesters. “They’re doing the work for us,” Flesch said of the protesters. “We felt like we should be giving something back.”

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Buy a pie, feed those in need

November 18, 2011
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In possibly the largest bake sale in the city’s calendar, Jamaica Plain’s Community Servings is selling Thanksgiving pies to fund its food distribution program, and JP businesses are lending a hand. “Everybody needs a pie at Thanksgiving, everybody needs to feel like they’re connected to their community,” said Tim Leahy, a Community Servings spokesperson....

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Haven hosts James Bond dinner

November 18, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—The Haven will host a James Bond-themed dinner party on Nov. 29 and 30 to mark St. Andrew’s Day, a Scottish holiday. The Scottish restaurant at 2 Perkins St. will show a Bond movie and encourage diners to dress as Bond characters. Owner Jason Waddleton pledges he will dress as Miss Moneypenny. A...

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JP author takes votes on book title

November 18, 2011
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Jamaica Plain resident and activist Chuck Collins is letting the people decide the title for his new book, due out in February. The book, which will examine inequality and the “99 percent” movement, will be published by Berrett-Koehler. Possible titles include “How the 1% Won the Class War and How the 99% Can Recover”...

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