Opinion

Editorial: Walsh moving BRA in right direction

January 17, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority is regularly subjected to JP criticism and lawsuits, and rightly so. It’s an overpowered, unaccountable dinosaur. Mayor Walsh is moving in the right direction with promised BRA reform. He is pledging an independent audit of the secretive quasi-public agency. He is actively working on legislation to reform it, including by...

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Op-Ed: Welfare ‘reform’ would only deepen a poverty crisis

January 17, 2014
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By Georgia Mattison and Margaret Rhodes/Special to the Gazette One might think that the legislature would be busy figuring out how to provide more help for those in need. But no, instead the Senate and House Conference Committee is considering how to “reconcile” two mean-spirited welfare bills that chip away at the meager benefits...

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Letter: JP’s earlier eagle visit

January 17, 2014
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With the recent sightings of a bald eagle on Jamaica Pond (jamaicaplaingazette.com, Dec. 28, 2013), it should be noted that we had a visit from one eight or nine years ago that was featured on the front page of the Gazette. I was the person who photographed that original bald eagle. I was on...

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Letter: SNA backs Arborway Yard move

January 17, 2014
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The Stonybrook Neighborhood Association membership fully supports Allan Ihrer’s proposal of moving the Arborway bus yard project to the American Legion Highway site. This large property, which directly abuts our neighborhood, has great potential to upgrade and beautify the area, if utilized in a more appropriate way than the current plan. The Boston Redevelopment...

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Letter: Thanks to businesses and shoppers for great holiday

January 17, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association (JP BAPA) is celebrating a very successful holiday season in the Centre/South business district recently. More than 83 businesses and property owners decorated and were considered for cash prizes awarded by JP BAPA based on artistry, festivity and appeal to customers. Many people supplemented JP BAPA’s decorations...

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JP Observer: A New Year’s wish list for the new mayor

December 20, 2013
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Dear Santa: Here’s what I want for Christmas. Er, no… Dear Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh: Here are a few wishes for Jamaica Plain (and environs) in the new year under your new administration. Please: 1. Keep the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services and Jullieanne Doherty, its Jamaica Plain Coordinator. They are both unique and...

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Editorial: Passing the political torch

December 20, 2013
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With the New Year will come a new mayor for the first time in a generation. We thank outgoing Mayor Thomas Menino for his tireless devotion to the city and its neighborhoods. Menino was a great promoter of the idea that Boston is only as strong as its neighborhoods, and he regularly looked to...

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Editorial: Viva Centre Street Cafe!

December 20, 2013
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The prospect of Tres Gatos purchasing the Centre Street Café is great news for JP’s local business scene. Local leaders should do whatever is needed to support the deal and see it through. A cozy place with an always surprising menu, Centre Street Café is a neighborhood institution. Its Sunday brunch line is one...

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Editorial: Happy holidays

December 20, 2013
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With the holidays here and the official start of winter on the way, we hope you enjoy this unique time of celebration and reflection. Hanukkah, the Jewish commemoration of the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, ended earlier this month. On Christmas, Dec. 25, Christians mark the birth of Jesus. The winter solstice...

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Letter: JPNC lawsuit wasn’t frivolous

December 20, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Gazette has now, hopefully, written its final confusing and inaccurate commentary in a long line of such articles over the course of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s lawsuit against the developer of the former site of the Home for Little Wanderers. (“The JPNC lawsuit settlement,” editorial, Dec. 6.) The most recent...

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