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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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Pedal Power

June 8, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Courtney Sacco) Volunteer feet work bike pedals that helped power the sound system at Bikes Not Bombs’ Green Roots Festival at the Stony Brook T Station on June 3. Two pedal systems, one built by the local Stonybrook Fine Arts, provided clean electricity for bands performing at the fest, which joined by the annual Bike-A-Thon.

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Bright Idea

June 8, 2012
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(Photo by Jennifer Uhrhane/detailphoto.com) Gardeners gather in front of a new solar panel installed on the storage shed at the Minton Stable Community Garden on Williams Street on May 19. The solar panel, funded by a grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund, will help to power lights, an electric lawnmower and other garden equipment.

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Jackson Sq. project gets cleanup funds

June 8, 2012
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A long-stalled part of the massive Jackson Square redevelopment got a boost last month when the City of Boston secured $400,000 in federal grants to clean up contaminated soil. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cleanup funds target the future “Jackson Commons” project, a massive expansion of the current Urban Edge building at 1540-1542 Columbus...

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Nonprofit ‘tax’ payment info to come

June 8, 2012
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The City of Boston is poised this week to release the details of a reportedly successful new effort to get large nonprofit institutions to make tax-like payments. The so-called payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, system will have no written agreements with the colleges and hospitals that make the payments, unlike an earlier...

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Lesbian wedding study seeks JP couples

June 8, 2012
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A college student is seeking Jamaica Plain participants for a study of lesbian wedding ceremonies. Molly Wexler-Romig, an anthropology student at New York State’s Bard College, recently posted a request for participants in Centre Street’s Purple Cactus restaurant, among other locations. “I know that Jamaica Plain is an epicenter of queer life in the...

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