Opinion

Letter:

July 28, 2017
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Recent shooting on Mission Hill This kind of heinous act has become a daily event in our cities and should be expected in a country that makes huge profits from the arms industry here and abroad, where video games that normalize violence for kids are replacing books, where HEALTH AND EDUCATION are taking a backseat...

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Op-eds

July 28, 2017
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Op-Ed: Conference on state budget By Local State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez In early July, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a $40.2 billion FY18 Conference Committee budget. After the House and Senate pass their versions of the budget, three House and three Senate members meet to reconcile the differences between the budgets. The product...

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Letters:

July 14, 2017
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Boston Police fishing derby thanks supporters On Saturday, 6/24, the officers and staff of Boston Police District E-13 held the 1st Annual Jamaica Pond Fishing Derby for Kids, “Catch & Release with the Boston Police”. The derby was a tremendous success, in spite of some moments of heavy rainfall. Approximately 100 local children, aged...

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JP Observer: Holiday decorations come from collaboration

June 23, 2017
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‘Tis the season to talk about holiday decorations in the Jamaica Plain business districts. What?! Temperatures are in the 80s and 90s these days! Strange as it seems—just as retail stores look ahead when ordering stock—the local business associations have to start thinking about decorating the business districts now for the winter holidays near...

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Letters:

June 23, 2017
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Immigrants in a climate of fear This winter I was getting a haircut in Jamaica Plain. The barbers usually weave in and out of Arabic and English, but on this day there was little English. Rancorous debate filled the room. I could understand the emotions (not the words): Fear, uncertainty, frustration. They explained, “We...

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Op-Ed: State House update

June 23, 2017
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By Local State Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, the House passed H.3736, an act relative to language opportunity for our kids, a bill that I sponsored to address the disparities in school performance between English Language Learners (ELL) and their native English-speaking peers. ELL students account for 20 percent of the...

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Letters:

June 9, 2017
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A note from JPNDC If you traveled back in time to the 1970s, you might not recognize JP. More people were leaving than moving in. If you wanted to buy a home, you probably needed cash because in most of the neighborhood, banks wouldn’t approve a mortgage. It seemed like fire sirens could be...

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Op-Ed: How we’re making Boston an age-friendly city

June 9, 2017
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By Mayor Martin Walsh What does it mean to be an age-friendly city? It means a city that adapts its structures and services to provide accessibility and inclusion to residents of all ages and abilities. That’s why we’ve created the Age-Friendly Boston Action Plan to serve as our City’s blueprint to make Boston the...

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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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