Opinion

Editorial: Shopping local

December 5, 2014
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This is a good season to shop local—and to appreciate what JP has to offer. The variety of unusual and wonderful goods available for local purchase is remarkable, as the Gazette discusses in this issue. And the business community is ever-active, whether it be a holiday decoration contest or shops teaming up to donate...

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Letter: Thanks for Connolly Halloween support

December 5, 2014
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The Connolly Branch Library and the Hyde Square community celebrated their 7th annual Halloween Party and Parade on Oct. 31. Over 100 children and adults enjoyed a costume party with food and fun activities at the library, before parading through Hyde Square and ending at the Blessed Sacrament Plaza. There, the Hyde Square Task...

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Op-Ed: A gentrifier’s guide to being a good neighbor

December 5, 2014
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By Susan Naimark The super-hot housing market in Jamaica Plain is a scourge to some and a goldmine to others.  If you’ve been around the neighborhood long enough, you know this isn’t the first round of gentrification, but the latest in a series of heat waves in the local real estate market. With condos...

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Letter: There’s no money for those JP T fixes

December 5, 2014
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It is all very well and good to ask for more service on the MBTA Route 38. (“JP Observer: Two for T: JP needs better service from The Ride and 38 bus,” Nov. 21.) The MBTA does not have enough money to maintain the current fleet. The voters in their infinite wisdom voted against...

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JP Observer: Two for T: JP needs better service from The Ride and 38 bus

November 21, 2014
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The Ride less taken A local woman noticed that the driver of a familiar looking car labeled “The Ride” had been honking for awhile this past August, so she went out that afternoon to check. The Ride, according to its operator, the MBTA, “provides door-to-door, shared ride transportation to eligible people who cannot use...

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Editorial: Say no to Olympics park-jacking

November 21, 2014
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The secretive, private committee of tycoons and special interests behind Boston’s 2024 Summer Olympics bid has committed Franklin Park—and the surrounding Jamaica Plain area—to serving as a heavily impacted venue with no local input whatsoever. That is no accident or oversight. It is the well-considered, cynical tactic of the land-grabbing gentrification and privatization scheme...

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Letter: JP Local First urges local holiday shopping

November 21, 2014
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We are fortunate in Jamaica Plain to be able to purchase a terrific cup of coffee, a useful tool for cooking a meal, a gift for a friend’s new baby, or a wholesome loaf of bread for dinner—all from locally-owned, independent businesses whose shop owners care about our neighborhood and are invested in our...

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Editorial: Remembering Mayor Menino

November 7, 2014
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In the week since Tom Menino passed away, much has been said about his stature as one of Boston’s great mayors. We’ll add that he would have been one of its great ex-mayors, too. The most remarkable thing about Menino was his unfeigned guy-from-the-old-neighborhood localism. Unlike virtually any pol you care to name, he...

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Letter: Thanks for supporting Elizabeth Stone House

November 7, 2014
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With our fundraising officially over, I’m thrilled to report that Wilderness Heals, a three-day hiking event in the White Mountains of New Hampshire to raise funds for the Elizabeth Stone House, has reached and surpassed our goal by raising more than $200,000. The Elizabeth Stone House provides residential and non-residential programs and services, as...

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JP Observer: New ‘reforms’ could reduce families getting state aid

October 24, 2014
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Most of us like to think we have government programs and funding in place to help poor and disabled people and their children in Massachusetts. We do, to some extent, but the state, under the well-worn label of “reform,” appears to be trying to reduce the number of recipients of Transitional Aid to Needy...

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