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Unofficial dog parks meet off-leash demand

March 16, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Cindi and Carl Johnson and their dog Calvin take a break from chasing Pepper (right) at the Beecher St. dog park last Saturday.

Dog owners in Jamaica Plain know where to go to let their dogs off-leash—even if it’s not legal. Peter’s Hill in the Arboretum, the Peter Parkman playground on Wachusett Street and the Beecher Street Park are not City-sanctioned off-leash dog parks. But daily, dozens of dogs have off-leash adventures there. “Problems with unleashed dogs...

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Local man scores big on ‘Jeopardy!’

March 16, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Jeopardy Productions, Inc.) JP resident David Gard (right) with “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek.

While growing up in Bristol, Conn., Jamaica Plain resident David Gard was always fascinated by the television quiz show “Jeopardy!” “I thought, ‘How cool is it to win money? One day someone is going to give me money for being smart,’” said Gard. Gard had the pleasure of just that, winning $84,700 on “Jeopardy!”...

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Suspect arrested in 7-Eleven homicide

March 16, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—A suspect in last year’s stabbing death of a Jamaica Plain man in the 7-Eleven parking lot was arrested yesterday by Boston Police officers and charged with murder. Kenneth Soto, 19, was killed during an early-morning fight at the 451 Centre St. convenience store on Oct. 16. The man charged in the killing...

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Senate candidate meets with City Life

March 16, 2012
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BROOKSIDE—Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren stopped by Ula Café on Amory Street March 13 for a roundtable discussion about the mortgage crisis. City Life/Vida Urbana, a JP-based housing advocacy group, had members there sharing their stories about troubled mortgages and foreclosures. “We are here in Jamaica Plain because families across the Commonwealth have...

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Irish Star

March 16, 2012
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(Photo by Barry Fisher) JP resident Joey Arbata, an internationally known talent on the uilleann pipes, a traditional Irish instrument, will perform in WGBH’s “St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn” on March 17 in New Bedford and March 24 in Cambridge. Arbata placed second at the World Championships of Irish Music in 2009. For more info, see wgbh.org/celtic.

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Hennigan School gets $5K fund from family

March 16, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—The Hennigan Elementary School has received $5,000—intended as the seed of a new foundation—from James Hennigan Jr., son of the longtime Jamaica Plain leader for whom the school is named. Hennigan held his 85th birthday party on March 10 in West Roxbury and gave a big gift rather than receiving one: a surprise...

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BPS grad rate up, but JP schools decline

March 16, 2012
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The Boston Public Schools (BPS) graduation rate hit an “all-time high” last year, according to a BPS report. But Jamaica Plain’s high schools showed declines. English High School on McBride Street graduated half of its four-year seniors in 2011, a 9.5 percent drop from the previous year. Greater Egleston Community High School in Egleston...

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Librarians return amid scent dispute

March 16, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—Two librarians are returning to the Connolly Branch Library after a fragrance worn by patrons reportedly caused health issues for them, forcing their temporary transfers. It is unclear how the issue was resolved. And there is still a disagreement between the Connolly’s Friends group and the Boston Public Library (BPL) about establishing a...

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Boston Teachers Union brings contract dispute to JP

March 16, 2012
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SUMNER HILL—Representatives from the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) held a meeting at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library to discuss the 20-month-long ongoing contract negotiation process between themselves and the Boston Public Schools (BPS) on Feb. 16. The meeting was part of a series of meetings held all over the city to explain the BTU’s...

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Parent talks school cuts at council meeting

March 16, 2012
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Jamaica Plain resident Kieran Fitzgibbon, who has a son at the Curley K-8 School, spoke at the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council meeting last month about cuts in funding at that school. Fitzgibbon, who is part of a group of concerned Curley School parents, noted that funding is projected to be $6.2 million for 2013,...

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