Opinion

JP Observer: New efforts focus on making JP cleaner

April 28, 2017
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The Wake Up the Earth Festival is set for the first Saturday in May for the 39th year, and that means it’s spring in Jamaica Plain—time to also think about neighborhood cleaning again. The city is “dirtiest in spring,” Public Works Department (PWD) Deputy Commissioner Michael Brohel pointed out in a recent interview, because...

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Op-Ed: How Boston Basics helps our children

April 28, 2017
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By Mayor Martin Walsh and Ron Ferguson Here in Boston, we are committed to creating an equitable city for all. Reaching this goal requires many approaches. But if we really want to create more opportunities for success and close the achievement gap in our city once and for all, our primary focus needs to...

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Op-Ed: Make your voices heard

April 28, 2017
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By Local State Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez The first few months of the legislative session in the Legislature are marked by high energy as we file bills and debate the budget, where I am fighting for homelessness assistance, arts funding, early education programs, and youth jobs among other priorities. It is also time to focus...

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Letters:

April 28, 2017
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Tomahawk missiles and our beleaguered President On Thursday April 6, President Trump interrupted his regularly scheduled retreat to balmy Mar-a-Lago in South Beach, Florida, to address the nation on his recently ordered missile strike on a Syrian airfield. Evidence indicated that the Syrian government had ordered a chemical attack on its own people. “It...

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Op-Ed: How we’re investing in our public schools

April 14, 2017
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By Mayor Martin Walsh Education provides a solid foundation for a growing and thriving city. An investment in our children’s education is an investment in Boston’s future. We want the best future possible for our kids, and their school days filled with opportunity, growth, and promise. That’s why we’re going to invest a record...

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Op-Ed: Make it your moment: One Boston Day

April 14, 2017
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By Mayor Martin Walsh The Boston Marathon showcases the best of Boston. People from all backgrounds and all neighborhoods line the streets and celebrate one another and our city. Runners are cheered on by complete strangers, because everyone is in it together. And even when the finish line is nowhere in sight, we lift...

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Op-ed: My legislative priorities, Part 2

April 14, 2017
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By Local State Rep. Liz Malia Over the last three months, so many of you have written, called, and emailed to express what bills need support this legislative session. In addition to the progressive legislation I authored, I selected many of my colleagues’ bills to co-sponsor because of their significance to you and because...

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Op-Ed: The 2017 State of Our Neighborhood: Community Climate

April 14, 2017
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By SOON Organizing Committee members For each of the past six years, over 250 Jamaica Plain residents have met at the State of Our Neighborhood (SOON) forum to engage in a meaningful and productive dialogue with our elected officials about crucial community concerns, such as affordable housing, arts and culture, food justice, etc. The...

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Letters:

April 14, 2017
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Funding for Jackson Square rec center needed We are two youth from Hyde Square Task Force and we are writing to remind readers of a major issue. Sixteen years ago, the Jackson Recreation Center was promised for youth in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury, but that promise has yet to be fulfilled. Currently, Urban Edge...

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JP Observer: Local man promotes and defends artists, arts

March 24, 2017
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It was while Stephen Baird was studying chemical engineering that he began to transform himself into an arts impresario and advocate. While a student at Northeastern he opened a coffee house on campus that featured live music. In one way or another, Baird, a Jamaica Plain resident since 1989, has been providing nourishment and...

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