Opinion

Editorial: Remember the living, too

May 25, 2012
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Jamaica Plain has been shaped by war. The heart of the neighborhood is Monument Square, so named for its prominent monument to the local men, from what was then a heavily abolitionist area, who sacrificed their lives in a horrific civil war to end slavery and preserve the Union. Across the street is the...

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Letter: Racist comments part of the ‘New JP’

May 25, 2012
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“Watch out for those black kids.” This is what some of the children from the after-school program in JP where I work were greeted with on April 6 as they were running to get on the awaiting bus that takes them home every night. On that day, I happened to be the bus monitor....

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Letter: It’s time for the JPNDC to move on

May 25, 2012
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It is time for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation to move on to an area of the city that needs its expertise and knowledge of community and economic development (“Loft apartments planned for church site,” May 11). Thirty-five years ago, the JPNDC was formed to create jobs, develop affordable housing and assist folks...

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Letter: Thanks for Wake Up the Earth help

May 25, 2012
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Spontaneous Celebrations would like to thank all who made this year’s Wake Up the Earth another “best festival and parades ever”! Thanks to our 2012 “Festival Partners,” City Feed and Supply, Mt. Washington Bank, Amirs’ Natural Foods, Bukhara, Audio Spectrum and Playworks, and all of our sponsors and donors that make it possible. Thanks...

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Editorial: Roslindale neighbors

May 11, 2012
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The Gazette makes its twice-a-year visit to Roslindale this week. You could call it a meeting of old friends, and we tend to use the term “neighbors,” but JP and Rozzie are more like siblings joined at the hip by Arnold Arboretum. We’re both diverse neighborhoods with rich social histories but also facing—and embracing—a...

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Editorial: Where’s the debate?

May 11, 2012
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JP erupted in a frenzy about Whole Foods Market last year, a debate widely decried as a vicious civil war, though it was also a long-overdue soul-searching about potential gentrification. Yet now that gentrification is here in the form of self-advertised “luxury” housing on a grand scale coming to S. Huntington Avenue—and now possibly...

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Letter: Fire response shows JP’s greatness

May 11, 2012
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As many by now have heard, an intense fire shortly before midnight on April 20 resulted in the immediate displacement of myself and 13 others (and multiple dogs and cats) from our homes on Paul Gore Street (“Fire leaves 14 homeless,” jamaicaplaingazette.com). As a husband, and father of a 4-month-old included in this group,...

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Letter: Sorry for open house mix-up

May 11, 2012
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First and foremost, Theo Koziol, our executive director, and I, the founding director of Arc-en-Ciel Day Care and Montessori School, would like to present our utmost gratitude to the Jamaica Plain residents and surroundings towns to have allowed us to be a part of your daily lives. We were overwhelmed with joy to celebrate...

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Letter: T changes impact RIDE users

May 11, 2012
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The full version of the letter excerpted here was sent to the MBTA prior to its decision to raise fares and reduce service: I am writing to give my feedback regarding the current fare proposals suggested by the T. My name is Cindy Higgins. I have Cerebral Palsy and use a power wheelchair. I...

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Letter: Thanks for Egleston engagement

May 11, 2012
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Egleston Square Main Street (ESMS) would like to thank everyone who shared their unique talents, resources, energy and enthusiasm to make Egleston Square shine this past month! First, thank you to all who made our Hot Jazz Cool Neighborhood fund-raiser such a success. For the fifth year in a row, we packed the venue,...

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