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Cooper Center Honors

January 18, 2013
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Political Notes: Bike czar returns to JP, job

January 18, 2013
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Nicole Freedman was recently tabbed by Mayor Thomas Menino to once again be the director of the Boston Bikes program, according to a press release. Freedman has also moved back to Jamaica Plain, the Gazette has confirmed. Freedman, who is a former Olympic cyclist, was the director of the program when it launched in...

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Mission Hill School’s fame is focus of new book

January 18, 2013
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The Mission Hill K-8 School, which controversially moved to Jamaica Plain last year, is the subject of a new book that reveals its global fame among educators. “The name ‘Mission Hill’ is an important name” in the field of education, said Matthew Knoester, the author of the scholarly book “Democratic Education in Practice: Inside...

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JP residents continue responding to Newtown

January 18, 2013
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The Newtown tragedy sent out reverberations that are still being felt throughout the nation and in Jamaica Plain. One local resident recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa to fly flags honoring the victims, while another JP resident used a sidewalk chalk campaign to raise awareness of a grassroots gun-control organization. On Dec. 14, 26...

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BAPA named holiday decoration winners

January 18, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Business & Professional Association chose 13 winners for its 2012 Business District Holiday Decorations Contest. The first place winner was Boing! JP’s Toy Shop at 667 Centre St. Second place went to JP Knit & Stitch at 461 Centre St. Eighty-five businesses in the Centre/South area were awarded points to determine...

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Latino grocer backs out of 225 Centre

January 17, 2013
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JACKSON SQ.—The Latino grocery store chain that was considering moving into 225 Centre St. in a controversial move has withdrawn from negotiations. Developer spokesperson Dave Traggorth announced the change at last night’s Jackson Square Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting. The CAC is a City-appointed group that reviews redevelopment in the area. The supermarket made...

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‘Glitch’ stays City Hall To Go’s Egleston visit

January 17, 2013
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A computer glitch killed the City’s new resident service vehicle’s first visit to Egleston Square on Jan. 16. The truck remains out of commission for the time being. The last minute cancellation, announced through the truck’s Twitter feed, was due to a “computer glitch,” City spokesperson John Guilfoil told the Gazette. “We hope to...

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Amid protests, 225 Centre hiring diversity rises

January 16, 2013
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JACKSON SQ.—The housing and retail tower going up at 225 Centre St., the first major piece of the massive Jackson Square redevelopment plan, has set itself to a high standard of hiring diversity. In part, that is because it sits at the heart of a low-income community linking Jamaica Plain and Roxbury that sorely...

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Curley student shot in Roxbury

January 14, 2013
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A 13-year-old student at Jamaica Plain’s Curley K-8 School was shot and seriously wounded in Roxbury on Jan. 11, reportedly while walking to choir practice at his church. The victim was widely named in major media, but the Gazette generally does not name juvenile crime victims. The Boston Police Department (BPD) described the victim as...

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MEPA Casey decision to come Jan. 18

January 11, 2013
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The state Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office review of the Casey Arborway project’s environmental impacts is expected to be released Fri., Jan. 18. The MEPA review will decide whether the project requires a more in-depth analysis called an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) or whether it can move into the final design stage. MEPA likely...

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