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Op-ed: House Passes “Red Flag” Law to Empower Families to Prevent Gun Violence

June 8, 2018
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By Local State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez We in Massachusetts understand that strong, common sense gun laws save lives. That’s why we affirmed our assault weapons ban in 2004, passed comprehensive gun laws in 2014, and banned bump stocks last fall. And as a result, we have the lowest rate of gun deaths in the...
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JP Observer: What’s in a name? When it comes to public schools, we need some new ones

May 25, 2018
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Riding a wave of new awareness that women and people of color have been unjustly ignored by prominent institutions, the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail (BWHT) is advocating that some schools in the Boston school system be renamed for accomplished women and/or people of color. An audit done by BWHT shows that about 10 public...
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Letters:

May 25, 2018
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Thank you, Jeffrey Sanchez 118 members of the “Lift the Cap on Kids” Coalition including my organization, Poor Peoples United Fund, and I would like to thank my representative Chairman of House Ways and Means, Jeffrey Sanchez, for ensuring passage of benefits to 8700 babies currently excluded from Transitional Assistance to Families with Dependent...
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May 25, 2018
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Boston’s newest cultural district will celebrate and honor city’s Latin Quarter By Mayor Martin Walsh Hyde Square has grown, changed, and embarked on many journeys over the years. Thanks to its new designation as the Latin Quarter Cultural District by the Mass Cultural Council, and a $100,000 Our Town grant by the National Endowment...
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Roslindale Neighbors: Imagine Boston, Imagine Roslindale

May 11, 2018
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By Mayor Martin Walsh Every spring, the City of Boston releases our Imagine Boston Capital Plan for the next five years. It outlines where our city’s budget will be focused, our longer-term plans, and our priorities. Essentially, the capital plan details what initiatives and projects in your neighborhood and across the City that we’ll...
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Letters:

May 11, 2018
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Where are the drinking fountains? I have taken to long rambles around and about JP over the last couple of years, more often than not including sections of the lovely Arboretum that we are so fortunate to have within our compass.  I’d noticed for some time that at least one drinking fountain – the...
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Op-Eds:

May 11, 2018
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Imagine Boston, Imagine Jamaica Plain By Mayor Martin Walsh Every spring, the City of Boston releases our Imagine Boston Capital Plan for the next five years. It outlines where our city’s budget will be focused, our longer-term plans, and our priorities. Essentially, the capital plan details what initiatives and projects in your neighborhood and...
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JP Observer: MA legislature asked to “Lift the Cap on Kids”

April 27, 2018
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Right now there are about 8,700 children and families in Massachusetts—1,400 in Boston—who are suffering because of an outdated provision in state law based on myth rather than actuality. That law—enacted during rampant negative stereotyping of families on government assistance in the mid-1990s—bars children born or conceived after a family starts receiving welfare from...
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Letters:

April 27, 2018
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Another threat to Allandale Woods Once again, a developer is proposing to build a project adjacent to protected wetlands in Allandale Woods that completely ignores all zoning standards and would by-pass the most basic of wetlands protections. The development would be at 1225 Centre Street, which is the site of the former gas station...
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April 27, 2018
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Wake Up the Earth Festival celebrates 40th anniversary By Jessica Gard Yesterday, I witnessed magnolia blossoms on Boylston Street. The witch hazel and the daffodils have shown their faces in corners all over the city. Spring crept in on hesitant tip-toe, but it has arrived. Now is the time to turn our faces to...
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