Opinion

Op-Ed: Harry Potter story isn’t over

July 22, 2011
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By Alicia Perez, Special to the Gazette For months, Warner Brothers has been promoting the final Harry Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 2,” as the official end to the Harry Potter franchise, the end of a generation. The media, of course, has been eating it all up. News organizations and magazines...

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Letter: Overpass process seems anti-bridge

July 22, 2011
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The following letter was sent to Paul King, the state Department of Transportation co-project manager on the Casey Overpass replacement project: I am writing with concerns about the Casey Overpass process. Procedurally, the project discussion seems to be skewed in favor of the at-grade concept. The number of proffered schematic designs about the at-grade...

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Letter: Whole Foods debate should not be silenced

July 22, 2011
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Heartfelt thanks to the editor of the JP Gazette for the editorial in the June 10 issue (“Whole Foods arrests a bad sign of the times”). We attended the June 2 Whole Foods meeting and were immediately surprised at the heavy police presence. We watched as the Whole Foods management team put on their slick...

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Recuperado festival

July 8, 2011
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Hay una serie de cambios en el Festival Puertorriqueño de Boston este año. Pero , quizá, sea mejor decir que se está recuperando. La primera novedad es que recupera sus tres días y ya podemos estar separando el 22, 23 y 24 de este es para llegar a las instalaciones del Franklin Park que...

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Editorial: The T needs help on Route 39 plan

July 8, 2011
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The MBTA needs help with its plan to improve the Route 39 bus service—whether it knows it or not. Jamaica Plain’s elected officials should step in to make sure this much-needed project moves forward with accountability and proper public input. So far, the three-year-old Route 39 planning has been marked by secrecy, delays and...

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Thanks for a great last day at the Agassiz School

July 8, 2011
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On behalf of the Agassiz School community, I would like to thank all the folks in JP who helped to make our students’ last full day of school at the Louis B. Agassiz Elementary School a celebration of joy and fun. A field day was planned for June 24 many months ago and rainy weather...

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Whole Foods a positive change

July 8, 2011
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I myself welcome Whole Foods in my neighborhood. I believe Whole Foods will bring a lot of positive and good things to Jamaica Plain: hopefully the betterment of the economy and safety by bringing more customers to the neighborhood, and more eyewitnesses to watch for any crime. Hopefully, they will make it a priority...

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Crack down on cars, not bikes

July 8, 2011
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This letter is in response to David White’s letter of June 24 suggesting the city crack down on bicyclists to make our streets safer. If one is really concerned about public safety on the streets of Boston, they should focus on doing something about car drivers who: 1) run red lights, often when pedestrians...

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Whose Foods impedes diversity

July 8, 2011
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Far from promoting diversity, Whose Foods’ tooth-and-nail opposition to Whole Foods coming to Hyde Square actually impedes diversity. Think about it. The short strip of Centre Street between Hyde and Jackson Squares contains: A Boston Housing Authority resident-managed community Single-family houses Triple-deckers Affordable and market-rate condos Inexpensive luncheonettes and ethnic restaurants A mid-tier restaurant...

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JP Observer: Who’s who at Forest Hills Cemetery?

June 24, 2011
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Jamaica Plain lost hours of poetry, music, history and art walks, visual art exhibits, local history research, school tours, workshops, birding expeditions and annual Mexican- and Japanese-influenced festivals when all programs at Forest Hills Cemetery were suspended early this year. The audiences for the cemetery’s unique arts and cultural programs often turned into customers...

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