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Man surrenders on 2003 gun charges

June 5, 2015
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A South Boston man last month turned himself in on 12-year-old gun charges related to a threatening incident near Hyde Square’s Mozart Park. Wellington Matos, 34, was wanted on a warrant for assault with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammo, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. The...

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DCR: Arborway crosswalk upgrade to begin

June 5, 2015
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ARBORWAY—Long-awaited improvements to a crosswalk on the Arborway should begin at the end of the month, according to the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The crosswalk is on the state-operated Arborway near the Arnold Arboretum. That stretch of the Arborway is known for high-speed car crashes. A Jamaica Plain resident complained last...

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JP First Responders: Decoding the Boston Police badge

June 5, 2015
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JP First Responders: Decoding the Boston Police badge

A galloping horse and a Bible quote are among the decorations on the Boston Police badge carried by every officer. While most people probably avoid situations where they would see a police badge up-close, there is a lot going on for those who take a look. A giant version is available for view at...

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JP First Responders: JP’s Police Report in 1872

June 5, 2015
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JP First Responders: JP’s Police Report in 1872

In 1872, Jamaica Plain was part of the Town of West Roxbury, and its police station was based in what is now a condo building at 28 Seaverns Ave. According to a police incident log for several months of that year preserved in archives, it appears that police work of the time consisted mostly...

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JP First Responders: Canteen Crew feeds firefighters during blazes

June 5, 2015
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While Boston Fire Department (BFD) firefighters are out battling the flames, the all-volunteer Canteen Crew are right behind them, making sure they stay hydrated and fed. The Boston Sparks Association, a private nonprofit that also operates the Boston Fire Museum on Congress Street, supports not only BFD, but also firefighters in neighboring cities, eight-year...

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JP First Responders: Program brings teens and cops together

June 5, 2015
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JP First Responders: Program brings teens and cops together

A long-running program to bring teens and police officers together—including in Jamaica Plain—aims to expand its offerings, according to a recent announcement at Boston Police headquarters. Since 1992, Roxbury-based Center for Teen Empowerment has worked with BPD on events where teens and police can meet face-to-face and learn about each other. Those events include...

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JP First Responders: Boston EMS faces increase in heroin calls

June 5, 2015
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Heroin addiction has increasingly become an issue for Boston, as illustrated by a report on substance abuse released last month at the Dimock Community Health Center that found Boston EMS responding to more heroin-related calls. The report, “Addiction and Recovery Services in the City of Boston,” says that Boston EMS had a 25 percent...

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Residents honor retired letter carrier

June 5, 2015
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Residents honor retired letter carrier

A retiring U.S. Postal Service letter carrier was honored by Jamaica Plain residents she served for 26 years at a May 31 party on Hampstead Road. Lynette Dion retired in January, but the neighbors waited for warmer days so the outdoor celebration could include the many dogs and cats who also knew her from...

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City launches master plan process

June 5, 2015
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The City announced last month a new citywide planning process called “Imagine Boston 2030.” Expected to take two years, Imagine Boston is the City’s first comprehensive planning process in 50 years. Imagine Boston will be a multi-phase initiative, starting with a survey of present conditions and then expanding to a public visioning process in...

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Entrepreneur of the Year

June 5, 2015
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Entrepreneur of the Year

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