JP First Responders: JP EMS garage is ready for anything

June 6, 2014
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Capt. Robert Haley shows off “The Bear,” an armored emergency vehicle, during a Gazette visit to the EMS garage on Bragdon Street on May 16. (Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira)

If disaster strikes, Jamaica Plain will be prepared, courtesy of an unmarked brick building at 85 Bragdon St.: the Boston Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Special Operations garage. EMS has three branches, Special Operations Division Capt. Robert Haley told the Gazette on a recent visit: the emergency medical technicians (EMTs)—aka the Field Division—who drive ambulances...

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Editorial: Thank you, first responders

June 6, 2014
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In late 2012, the Gazette staff decided to create this annual special section of stories about JP’s first responders—the police officers, firefighters and EMTs who keep us safe, yet often work unnoticed and un-thanked. Since then, the months just before the special section’s annual publication have been marked by tragic disasters that put gratitude...

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JP First Responders: JP’s Police Report in 1872

June 6, 2014
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JP First Responders: JP’s Police Report in 1872

In 1872, Jamaica Plain was part of the Town of West Roxbury, and its police station was based in what is now a condo building at 28 Seaverns Ave. According to a police incident log for several months of that year preserved in archives, it appears that police work of the time consisted mostly...

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JP First Responders: Fallen firefighters to be honored at June 8 JP event

June 6, 2014
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JP First Responders: Fallen firefighters to be honored at June 8 JP event

The second Sunday of June marks the day when members of the Boston Fire Department (BFD) and others gather at the Firemen’s Memorial at Forest Hill Cemetery to pay tribute to those firefighters who have died. This year’s event on June 8 will be especially poignant given the recent deaths of BFD Lt. Edward...

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JP First Responders: In new novel, JP-based cop is back fighting crime

June 6, 2014
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JP First Responders: In new novel, JP-based cop is back fighting crime

Jamaica Plain-based English cop Jim Grant is back fighting crime, this time taking his talents to Los Angeles, in author Colin Campbell’s latest thriller “Montecito Heights.” Grant was introduced to readers in Campbell’s previous novel, “Jamaica Plain.” Campbell, who is a former English police officer, said in an email to the Gazette that his...

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JP First Responders: Decoding the Boston Police badge

June 6, 2014
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JP First Responders: Decoding the Boston Police badge

A galloping horse and a Bible quote are among the decorations on the Boston Police badge carried by every officer. While most people probably avoid situations where they would see a police badge up-close, there is a lot going on for those who take a look. A giant version is available for view at...

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On the Police Beat, May 20-June 1, 2014

June 6, 2014
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The following police incident reports are public records provided by the Community Service Office of the District E-13 Police Station, which is solely responsible for their content. All suspects are innocent unless proven guilty in court. June 1: Assault and battery, 230 South St.; assault and battery, 3 Boylston Place; larceny from vehicle, 92...

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Invitacion, June 6, 2014

June 6, 2014
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 17 de junio al mediodía para la publicación del 20 de junio. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones JPNC Zoning Committee, miércoles, 18 junio, 7pm, Farnsworth House, 90 South St., agenda incluye 66 Wyman Street (renovación...

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Author to read, sing from ’80s music novel

June 6, 2014
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Author to read, sing from ’80s music novel

Former Jamaica Plain resident Terry Kitchen will return to JP to read from his novel, “Next Big Thing,” set in the 1980s Boston music scene, on June 12. The novel tells the story of Mark Zodiac, a songwriter who moves to Boston from L.A. with his bandmates with the goal of landing a major...

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Good Samaritans

June 6, 2014
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Good Samaritans

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Law Day

June 6, 2014
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Law Day

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Editorial: Another BRIC in the wall

June 6, 2014
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The latest revelations about Boston Police spying in Jamaica Plain are many, but they can be summed up easily: daily, even hourly, violations of the Constitution by a spy center with more tax money than sense. It’s easy to laugh at the Boston Regional Intelligence Center’s obsession with supermarket protesters. But it’s not funny...

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Editorial: Thanks to longtime leaders

June 6, 2014
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Two of JP’s great neighborhood leaders will retire this month. Both are the sorts of leaders whose name you may never have heard, but whose work has touched your JP life. Laura Foner, the children’s librarian at Hyde Square’s Connolly Branch Library, has helped educate and delight generations of kids—English-speaking and Spanish-speaking—with outstanding programs....

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Letter: Join Hyde Square’s 5K run/walk

June 6, 2014
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Our teens defy the odds. While obesity and diabetes rates skyrocket in Latino and African-American populations, the Hyde Square Task Force Rookie Runners, ninth-graders in Boston Public Schools, lace up their running sneakers and hit the pavement to promote healthy urban living. For the past three years, the Hyde Square Task Force Rookie Runners...

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JP Whole Foods debate cited in ethics textbook

June 6, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain Whole Foods Market, whose 2011 move into Hyde Square sparked debate about gentrification, is cited as a mini case study in a new business ethics textbook. The 10th edition of “Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making and Cases,” published in January, gives the Whole Foods debate as an example of how “the...

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Whole Foods de JP en libro educativo sobre la ética

June 6, 2014
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Whole Foods Market en Jamaica Plain, cuya llegada a Hyde Square en 2011, provocó un debate sobre el aburguesamiento, es citado en un pequeño estudio de caso en un nuevo libro educativo sobre la ética empresarial. Le décima edición de “Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making and Cases”, publicada en enero, presenta el debate sobre...

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Baby Basics

June 6, 2014
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Baby Basics

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Police spies tracked Occupy JP, Whole Foods protests

June 3, 2014
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A controversial Boston Police spy agency tracked the local Occupy JP events, Whole Foods Market protests, and a vigil for the suicidal son of acclaimed marathon bombing hero Carlos Arredondo, recently released secret documents reveal. The Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) documents, dating to 2011, put a new context on the Boston Police’s unprecedented,...

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400 fish die in Jamaica Pond

May 30, 2014
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About 400 dead fish washed ashore in Jamaica Pond over the Memorial Day weekend, a massive die-off apparently caused by warmer temperatures, according to the Boston Parks Department. The fish were mostly perch that had just been placed in the pond in April as part of an annual state fish-stocking program, according to Parks Department...

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DND Heath St. parcels meeting scheduled for June 5

May 30, 2014
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Following an April 30 Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) meeting where residents told the City that they want affordable housing on 10 vacant parcels on Bromley, New Heath and Parker streets, DND has scheduled a follow-up meeting on June 5 to tour the site and discuss possible models. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30...

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Walsh backs off call for Casey review

May 23, 2014
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Walsh backs off call for Casey review

Mayor Martin Walsh backed off a campaign statement calling for the state to reconsider the Casey Arborway project when pressed by activists at a Jamaica Plain community coffee hour on May 13. During his mayoral campaign last year, Walsh issued a statement saying, “I am calling on MassDOT to fairly evaluate the option of...

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Yancey opposes bus yard move

May 23, 2014
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City Councilor Charles Yancey came out in opposition of a proposed plan to relocate the proposed permanent Arborway bus yard facility to American Legion Highway, in his district, at a May 14 community meeting. Earlier this year, JP resident Allan Ihrer proposed that the long-delayed and still-funded future MBTA bus maintenance yard be built...

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JP Shines

May 23, 2014
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JP Shines

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Gov. candidates answer JP questions

May 23, 2014
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The state Democratic Convention is around the corner on June 14, where the five Democratic candidates for governor will fight to garner the 15 percent of delegate votes needed for a spot on the primary ballot. The Gazette recently checked in with the five candidates—Joe Avellone, Don Berwick, state Attorney General Martha Coakley, state...

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