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Hotel completes $25K donation to Jamaica Pond

December 21, 2012
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Hotel completes $25K donation to Jamaica Pond

S. HUNTINGTON—Four years after first committing to do so, the enVision Hotel at 81 S. Huntington Ave. has completed its promised $25,000 donation to the upkeep and maintenance of Jamaica Pond Park. “It’s meant exclusively for the maintenance and restoration of Jamaica Pond,” Jamaica Pond Association (JPA) member John Iappini told the Gazette at...

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Police name new detective

December 21, 2012
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The Boston Police Department promoted officer Stephen McNeil to the rank of detective at an Oct. 12 ceremony in the South End. McNeil, who has served for seven years, is based at Jamaica Plain’s District E-13 Police Station. In the same ceremony, Roslindale resident Alfredo Andres, commander of the BPD’s Labor Relations division, was...

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JP man guilty in child porn case

December 21, 2012
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A Jamaica Plain man will serve a year and a day in state prison after pleading guilty Dec. 10 to owning and sharing child pornography videos, according to the state Attorney General’s Office. Jose Guzman, 42, was arrested at his JP home by State Police on Jan. 31, 2011 after a search found numerous...

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Holiday Music

December 21, 2012
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Holiday Music

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MBTA bus stop relocation hits a few bumps

December 21, 2012
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The MBTA recently relocated a dangerous Monument Square bus stop in front of the Loring-Greenough House. But the transition has hit a few bumps with buses continuing to park at the old stop and the Route 41 bus not picking up at a new stop. The Gazette received an email from Jamaica Plain resident...

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‘Mobile City Hall’ coming to a corner near you

December 21, 2012
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‘Mobile City Hall’ coming to a corner near you

Starting this month, a “mobile City Hall” in a customized truck started patrolling Boston streets, helping citizens request dog licenses, pay parking tickets and register to vote. “City Hall To Go,” the first of its kind in the country, will go into regular service next year, but it was already on the streets as...

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Malia may call hearings on OUI acquittal rates

December 21, 2012
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Local state Rep. Liz Malia, who is the chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, said she is open to holding hearings on the high-acquittal rates in the state when it comes to jury-waived operating under the influence (OUI) trials. “This is something that needs to be looked at,” said...

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Arroyo gets up-close look at bike safety

December 21, 2012
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Arroyo gets up-close look at bike safety

At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo, who lives in Jamaica Plain, got a first-hand account on bike safety on Dec. 6 when he cycled to work with several bike activists and later co-hosted a City Council hearing on the issue. Arroyo and fellow At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley held the hearing where it was announced...

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Former terrorist talks about path to peace

December 21, 2012
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Former terrorist talks about path to peace

Katherine Power, a self-described former terrorist involved in one of the city’s most infamous police murders 40 years ago, talked about her conversion from the “politics of rage” to peace at the Jamaica Plain Forum on Dec. 7. “The politics of rage prevent either party from seeing each other as human...

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State drug lab fallout continues

December 21, 2012
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The former chemist behind the state drug lab scandal has been indicted on 27 charges, while another top state Department of Public Health (DPH) official is on the way out. The Gazette has also confirmed that at least one of the 17 labs at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute at 305 South...

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