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Resident begins anti-litter campaign

April 13, 2012
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PONDSIDE—When Kolya Lynne Smith moved to Pond Street from West Roxbury last fall, she was disgusted by the litter piling up on the sidewalks. Now she has adopted the street, giving it a weekly cleaning herself, and aims to form a group called Jamaica Plain Ecology Advocacy to spread the anti-litter crusade. “I am...

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Police abuse case lingers a year later

April 13, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—A high-profile case of alleged police brutality is still under investigation with no conclusion a year later, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). Michael Pearlstein-Gluck, a Jamaica Plain resident and public school teacher, complained about a March 5, 2011 incident in the Stop & Shop parking lot at 301 Centre St. in...

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Librarian remembers civil rights struggle

April 13, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Laura Foner conducts a class at the Gould Freedom School during her time with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the mid-1960s.

A small-town Arkansas sheriff once threatened to decapitate JP resident Laura Foner and throw her head in a river. During her time with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1965 and1966, Foner, the children’s librarian at the Connolly Branch Library, was a participant in a grass-roots organization for civil rights in a small...

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Bike-riding robber sought

April 13, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—A bike-riding robber stole a man’s cell phone and flashed a knife on Heath Street on March 23, according to the Boston Police Department, which released a description of the suspect. The victim was walking his dog and talking on the phone in the area of 251 Heath St. around 4 p.m. when...

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Arborway Committee reactivates

April 13, 2012
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The Arborway Committee is raising its profile, holding a recent film discussion about the Silver Line and convening an upcoming annual meeting. Committee member Kevin Moloney said the annual meeting, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 30 at the Loring-Greenough House, will feature elections for board members and officers. He also...

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Fake cabbie steals phone

April 13, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—A phony cab driver stole a man’s cell phone when he refused a ride at Centre Street and Columbus Avenue on March 18, according to the Boston Police Department. The victim was attempting to get a cab ride home around 3 a.m. when he was approached by the suspect, who identified himself as...

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Cops: Man sold drugs from wheelchair

April 13, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—A man who uses a wheelchair was arrested by MBTA Transit Police on March 13 after allegedly selling marijuana to high school students at the Forest Hills T Station. Enrico Joseph was charged with distribution of Class D drugs. Two unidentified juveniles, aged 15 and 16, were arrested with him. One juvenile was...

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Cigarette sparks blaze

April 13, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—A cigarette left on a porch sparked a fire that caused $25,000 in damage to a triple-decker on St. Patrick’s Day. There were no injuries in the blaze, which happened around 6 p.m. on March 17 at 28 Paul Gore St, according to the Boston Fire Department (BFD). The cause was “careless disposal...

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Food trucks may come to Egleston

April 13, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—Food trucks have a spot reserved this year at Washington and School streets—but no food truck business has yet signed up. High-quality food served from trucks has become popular new trend on both city streets and private property. The City of Boston recently began permitting various street spots for food truck use. Egleston...

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Franklin Park gets national nod

April 13, 2012
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PARKSIDE—Franklin Park has been recognized as a “Frontline Park” by the City Parks Alliance (CPA). CPA is a nonprofit urban park organization in Washington, D.C. Each month, it recognizes a park for excellence and for coping with today’s economic and political pressures. The 527-acre historic park, part of the Emerald Necklace and designed by...

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