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Lender evicts man during move-out

June 8, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Ken Tilton and City Life/Vida Urbana activist Maria Christina Blanco in front of Tilton’s Weld Avenue house during the June 1 eviction.

EGLESTON SQ.—Ken Tilton was forcibly evicted from his Weld Avenue home on June 1 despite the fact he already was in the process of moving out. Tilton—the former owner of landmark JP businesses Zon’s restaurant and the novelty store Pluto—has been working with the local housing group City Life/Vida Urbana since Bank of America...

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New Headmaster appointed for English High

June 8, 2012
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Ligia Noriega-Murphy has been announced as the new headmaster of English High School, starting next school year. She will be the first woman leader of the oldest high school in America. Noriega-Murphy is the current assistant academic superintendent for high schools at Boston Public Schools (BPS) and the former headmaster of Excel High School...

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Whole Foods protesters’ cases to be dismissed

June 8, 2012
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Peter Blailock, Chloe Frankel and Andrew Murray, the three protesters who were arrested last year during a meeting hosted by Whole Foods Market, will have their cases dismissed in the coming weeks, according two different versions. Frankel said their cases were given an “abeyance” for one year starting mid-June of last year. As long...

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Feed the Hood delivers to JP’s needy

June 8, 2012
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Fund-raiser planned An activist who distributes food to needy Jamaica Plain residents is planning a “legendary” fund-raiser in Roxbury to continue his efforts to feed JP’s hungry. Organizer Jamarhl Crawford is bringing the Last Poets, a group of poets and musicians originally organized during the 1960s, to Roxbury to raise funds to continue his...

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City seizes mansion for unpaid taxes

June 8, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) The mansion at 28 Alveston St.

SUMNER HILL—The City of Boston has seized a decaying mansion at 28 Alveston St. for unpaid property taxes in a rare move. The City has done basic cleanup on the property and relocated two elderly residents into senior housing while a third remains as a tenant, according to Evelyn Friedman, director of the City’s...

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Pastors are believers in church-sharing

June 8, 2012
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Church-sharing has become a common occurrence in the city, with several local institutions partaking in the practice. The Hope Central Church at 85-87 Seaverns Ave. in Jamaica Plain is the result of a sharing arrangement between Hope Church and Central Congregational Church that became a merger in 2010. The First Baptist Church on Centre...

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Mentoring program sends students around the world

June 8, 2012
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Brian Nunez did not have an easy childhood. His father left the family when Nunez was young, and while living in Egleston Square, he bore witness to violence and people being shot. “It wasn’t an upbringing a child should have,” said Nunez, a 17-year-old who now lives near Mozart and Centre streets in Hyde...

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Pulling Ahead

June 8, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Cassandra Vickers (front), shown here rowing with her crew team at Newton Country Day School, has scored a 4.0 GPA and is heading to the University of Pennsylvania this fall after participating in the Steppingstone Academy, an academic prep program for underserved youths. Vickers plans to study pre-med.

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Housing Protest

June 8, 2012
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(Photo by Brandon German, City Life/Vida Urbana) JP resident Heather Gordon (second from left), who recently fought a foreclosure-related eviction from her Egleston Square home, joins protesters from JP’s City Life/Vida Urbana housing organization outside the Democratic State Convention in Springfield on June 2. The protesters sought support for foreclosure legislation that would require banks to negotiate with homeowners and allow former homeowners to stay in place as tenants.

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School-move plan approved

June 8, 2012
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The City Council approved by a 12-1 vote on May 23 the Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) controversial school-move plan. The plan calls for several schools to move, including the Mission Hill K-8 School going to the now-vacant Agassiz School building at 20 Child St. in Jamaica Plain. Margarita Muñiz Academy, a new bilingual school,...

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