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JP Kids: The many playgrounds of JP

October 10, 2014
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JP Kids: The many playgrounds of JP

Jamaica Plain is a playground paradise, with at least 14 public facilities for all ages and activity levels. Some are well-known community gems. Others are hidden treasures that separate, clunky lists of City- and state-run playgrounds make hard to find. One example is Pondside’s Brewer/Burroughs Tot Lot tucked away on a side street. It...

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JP Kids: English QB named ESPN’s ‘Player of the Week’

October 10, 2014
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English High School senior quarterback Emmanuel Almonte was recently named “Player of the Week” by ESPN Boston. But he has not always loved the sport that has landed him accolades. Almonte said in a recent Gazette interview at English High School that when he first began playing football at the Pop Warner level, he...

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JP Kids: BPS updates pregnancy policies

October 10, 2014
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Boston Public Schools (BPS) has updated its policies in support of students who are parenting and to reduce student pregnancy. The changes tighten confidentiality guidelines and enforce federal Title IX protections. The last time BPS guidelines for expectant or parenting students was updated was in 1987. “Changes are being put in place now, beginning...

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JP Kids: Curley field set to open

October 10, 2014
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JP CENTER—The community-funded artificial turf field and track for the Curley K-8 School at 493 Centre St. is close to being completed. There will be a ribbon-cutting to open the field Oct. 28. The community fundraising campaign raised more than $250,000 to replace an unsafe asphalt lot with the field and track that will...

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Prudential Unlimited Realty becomes Sotheby’s

October 10, 2014
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Prudential Unlimited Realty, with offices at 673 Centre St., changed its affiliation to Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty as of Oct. 1. The change is a result of Prudential Financial selling its Real Estate Division back in 2011. As franchise agreements expire, the franchisees must find new brands. Unlimited’s Prudential license expired on Sept. 30....

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JP’s resident ‘joggler’ runs and juggles

October 10, 2014
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JP’s resident ‘joggler’ runs and juggles

Chances are, if you’ve seen Jeremy Fischer, you remember him. He is Jamaica Plain’s resident ‘joggler’—someone who juggles while jogging. Fischer told the Gazette he has been doing it for years. “The first race I joggled was a 5K in Somerville, and I definitely dropped the balls more than a few times,” he...

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DA: New DNA test fingers twin in 2004 rapes

October 10, 2014
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Cutting-edge DNA testing has allegedly implicated a Dedham man—and excluded his twin brother—as a suspect in a pair of abductions and sexual assaults in 2004 in Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office said last week. Based on the new evidence, Dwayne McNair, 33, was arraigned Sept. 15 in Suffolk...

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3rd armed robbery reported at pond

October 6, 2014
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Another armed robbery happened near Jamaica Pond on Oct. 4, according to the local District E-13 Police Station. Meanwhile, police arrested two suspects that same day in a Franklin Park armed robbery and indicated they are being looked at suspects in the earlier Jamaica Pond attacks. The latest pond-area robbery was reported as happening on the afternoon...

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Police to hold community meeting about pond robberies

October 2, 2014
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Officers from Jamaica Plain’s District E-13 police station will hold a community meeting tomorrow, Oct. 3, at Jamaica Pond to discuss two recent armed robberies there. The robberies occurred on Sept. 24, but the Boston Police Department did not alert the general public until nearly a week later. The robbers seemed unusually bold and sadistic,...

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Police: Beware of armed robbers at Jamaica Pond

September 30, 2014
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After two armed robberies at Jamaica Pond on Sept. 24, the Boston Police Department is warning residents to be alert for further crimes by the gun- and knife-wielding suspects. The robberies happened in the 11 p.m. hour on the footpath around the pond. The suspects are described as two black Hispanic men in their...

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