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Study: JP friendships unusually diverse

August 17, 2012
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Friendships in Jamaica Plain are unusually diverse, apparently because of the high value JPers place on the ideal of diversity, according to a new study by Wellesley College psychology professor Angela Bahns. “People in Jamaica Plain said they value diversity more,” Bahns told the Gazette. “They have motivation…to step outside their comfort zones.” “Diversity”...

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Casey Overpass to survive in model train set

August 17, 2012
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Casey Overpass to survive in model train set

FOREST HILLS—Model train enthusiast, Casey Arborway design team member and Jamaica Plain resident Nathaniel Cabral-Curtis is honoring the soon-to-be demolished Casey Overpass with a miniature version of the overpass in his model train set. “The idea isn’t to create an exact replica of Forest Hills down in the basement, but to do sort of...

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Estudio: Amistades en JP son diversas

August 17, 2012
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Según un estudio de Angela Bahns, una profesora de sicología en Wellesley College, las amistades en Jamaica Plain son más diversas que en otras partes, debido al hecho de que los residentes de JP valoran la diversidad como un idea. “La gente de JP dice que valora la diversidad, y por eso están motivados...

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Church housing plan to get BRA review

August 17, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will hold at least one community meeting and reconvene a community advisory committee (CAC) to review a controversial high-end apartment plan at the Blessed Sacrament Church site, assuming the plan is officially filed. But another controversial plan—the construction of luxury condos in the main church building—will undergo only...

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Goddard House says most residents have new homes

August 17, 2012
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The Goddard House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at 201 S. Huntington Ave., which announced in July that it would be closing forever in September, has found new homes for most of its residents and is helping find employees new work. Meanwhile, a local elected official is expected to meet with the Goddard House...

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MBTA war memorials may move for Casey project

August 17, 2012
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MBTA war memorials may move for Casey project

FOREST HILLS—Two memorials for MBTA employees who served in both World Wars and other wars may need to be relocated during demolition and construction of the new Casey Arborway. Traffic will be rerouted from the Casey Overpass to a temporary roadway north of the overpass during construction, which is expected between 2014 and 2016....

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Hotel Opening

August 17, 2012
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Hotel Opening

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Political Notes: Chang-Díaz votes for school discipline reform bill

August 17, 2012
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The state Senate recently approved a school discipline reform bill that reduces unnecessary school suspensions and expulsions, and ensures educational services for many of the state’s most vulnerable students, according to a press release. Local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz voted for the legislation. The House also approved the bill and Gov. Deval Patrick signed...

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Police abuse case partly upheld, appealed

August 17, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—A Boston Police internal investigation of a 2011 police brutality incident in Jackson Square has ended with a charge of abusive language upheld, but a more serious excessive force complaint ruled unproven, according to the victim, Jamaica Plain teacher Michael Pearlstein-Gluck. Pearlstein-Gluck said the Community Ombudsman Oversight Panel, the Boston Police Department’s (BPD)...

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Art installation protests eviction

August 17, 2012
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Art installation protests eviction

EGLESTON SQ.—City Life/Vida Urbana member Heather Gordon collaborated with an artist in protesting her recent eviction at her former home at 3 Mendell Way on Aug. 7. Gordon and video artist John Hulsey worked together in creating a video of Gordon handwriting a letter that tells her foreclosure story. The video was then projected...

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