Opinion

JP Observer: Historic arts school celebrates decade of progress; honors three leaders

May 26, 2017
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JP Observer: Historic arts school celebrates decade of progress; honors three leaders

The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts has seen dramatic, positive change in the past ten years. A celebration of that progress and three Jamaica Plain residents who were key to building the programs and stability of the local nonprofit took place last month at a supporter’s home in JP. Long-time board members...

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Letters:

May 26, 2017
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Racism is a headache A few weeks back in the Jamaica Plain Gazette, a reader wrote a letter stating that “racism is our limp.” Interesting metaphor but I see racism not as a limp but as a headache. We often spend to much time in our heads apparently in pain over a previous incident...

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Op-Ed: Celebrating the opening of the JP Library

May 26, 2017
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By Mayor Martin Walsh In September 2015, work began: we broke ground on a renovation to the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library, a $10 million renovation that aimed to revitalize this community space, and ensure Jamaica Plain has a new, innovative library for residents to gather. I’m so proud to announce...

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Op-ed: House passes balanced budget

May 26, 2017
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By Local State Rep. Liz Malia At the end of April, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a $40.4 billion FY18 budget. The spending bill protects vulnerable residents through investments in early education and care (EEC), higher education, mental health and substance use disorder initiatives, trauma prevention and intervention, homelessness programs, developmental disability services,...

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Letters:

May 12, 2017
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Educational activism As the son of two retired BPS educators, I was proud to see Jamaica Plain activate in support of our students and teachers in overwhelmingly rejecting Ballot Question 2 last November. Our organizing saved the state from turning down a dangerous path that would have drained our public school systems of hundreds...

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Op-Ed: Investing in Jamaica Plain

May 12, 2017
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By Mayor Martin Walsh This month, I am proud to put forth a budget for the City of Boston that will make Boston a better place to work, live, and raise a family. At City Hall, we’ve created a plan for our City that will keep Boston financially sound, while making targeted investments towards...

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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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