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Op-ed: Come celebrate Curtis Hall on Nov. 17

November 9, 2018
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By Kerry A. Costello Special to the Gazette The Board of the Jamaica Plain Community Centers invites our neighbors to a birthday party at Curtis Hall on Nov. 17. We are celebrating a sesquicentennial, which translates into 150 years of public service in the heart of Jamaica Plain. What many residents may not realize...
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Letters:

November 9, 2018
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We need safer streets, part II We were pleased by the positive response to our recent letter (“We Need Safer Streets,” September 28). For example, we learned that speed humps are installed through the “Neighborhood Slow Streets program,” which will have another application cycle in 2019. However, this morning, on our tricycle ride to...
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November 9, 2018
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How we are addressing climate change in Boston By Mayor Martin Walsh This year is shaping up to be one of the strongest years in Boston’s history. We’ve continued to add 20,000 new jobs each year, and we’ve brought unemployment down below 4 percent. And perhaps most importantly, we’ve made a plan to ensure...
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JP Observer: Gridlocked intersection sparks confrontation

October 26, 2018
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The JP Observer addressed the problem of traffic blocking intersections during rush hours in Jamaica Plain in March, asking for enforcement of laws that say drivers cannot pull into an intersection where traffic in front is stopped, even if their light is green. Not much appears to have changed since then, except some big...
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Letters:

October 26, 2018
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35 Pond Circle We have been residents of Jamaica Plain for almost 30 years and have had the pleasure of residing across the street from a beautiful remnant of JP’s era of opulent country estates.  The lot at 35 Pond Circle is 31,154 square feet and contains an historic carriage house with accompanying open...
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Op-eds

October 26, 2018
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Yes on Three By Rev. Courtney Jones Psalm 139 proclaims, “We are fearfully and wonderfully made.” I believe that all of us are wonderfully made in our diversity. Every person has been made in God’s image — and everyone who lives their truth, and lives authentically, is living the way that I believe God intended. Every...
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How we’re creating more affordable housing

October 12, 2018
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By Mayor Martin Walsh Boston is going through a period of historic growth— the kind our city hasn’t seen in decades. More people are choosing to put down roots and start families here. More businesses are choosing to open their doors here. Students from all over the world come to attend our universities and...
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Letters:

October 12, 2018
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Kavanaugh hearings Many across the country view the Supreme Court Justice Confirmation hearings as the latest revelation related to the #MeToo movement. While it is certainly that, there is a sub-narrative playing out as a painful reminder of the entitlement of the white male in this country and it’s contrast with the subversive way...
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JP Observer: Want a better president, better elections? States need to stop winner take all

September 28, 2018
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Questions: How can we increase the chances we get the president the majority of us vote for in 2020—unlike who we got in 2016 and 2000? And how can we also benefit from fairer election campaigns focused on enfranchised voters in every state? Answer: Support Equal Votes efforts to throw out Massachusetts’ and 47...
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Letters:

September 28, 2018
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We need safer streets We are a Jamaica Plain father (age 37) and son (age 3) writing together, because we believe JP streets are dangerous for children, pedestrians, and bicyclists. We dread the possibility of a devastating accident here in JP, similar to the tragedy in South Boston in July, when a van jumped...
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