Sights and Sounds, Feb. 13, 2015

February 13, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Feb. 24 for the Feb. 27 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Eliot Street Soirée presents a Valentine’s Evening with jazz, poetry, dancing, Fri., Feb. 13, Parish Hall at First Church UU,...

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Children’s Winter Festival coming to Franklin Park

February 13, 2015
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The Children’s Winter Festival is scheduled to take place Thurs., Feb. 19 at the Franklin Park Golf Course Clubhouse. The festival includes a New England Aquarium tadpole exhibit; Science on the Street tabletop experiments; an artifact display hosted by the Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology; a Boston Nature Center scavenger hunt and nature...

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Teen charged with gun possession

February 13, 2015
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JACKSON SQ.–A teen is facing firearms charges after Boston Police officers allegedly found a handgun hidden under a mattress in his bedroom in the Bromley-Heath public housing development, according to the Boston Police Department. According to BPD, officers visited the 17-year-old’s home at 9 Horan Way on Jan. 30 after state Department of Youth...

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Homeless shelter sees winter-storm crowds

February 13, 2015
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The 120-bed Shattuck Shelter on Morton Street has seen more homeless people seeking shelter from the harsh winter weather that has recently hit the region, according to Barbara V. Trevisan, a spokesperson for shelter operator Pine Street Inn. The Boston area has been smacked with several significant snowstorms in less than three weeks, leading...

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Chang-Díaz files bill for universal preschool

February 13, 2015
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Chang-Díaz files bill for universal preschool

State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz announced a bill to implement universal preschool last month. “An Act Relative to Universal Pre-K Access” would create universal access to pre-school education for 3- and 4-year-olds, through public or private schools. The bill would create state funding following the same formula that already supports local school systems, like Boston...

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Invitacion, Feb. 13, 2015

February 13, 2015
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 24 de feb al mediodía para la publicación del 27 de feb. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marque el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones La policía de Boston distrito E-13, reunión mensual latina, jueves, 12 feb, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St....

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Community Honor

February 13, 2015
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Community Honor

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JP Agenda, Feb. 13, 2015

February 13, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Feb. 24 for the Feb. 27 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Boston Police District E-13, Latino monthly meeting, Thurs., Feb. 12, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St. Strategic planning, Thurs., Feb. 19,...

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Music video director works with JP school class

February 13, 2015
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Music video director works with JP school class

Music video director J.R. Saint recently led a new video-production program for students at Jamaica Plain’s Community Academy. Community Academy at 25 Glen Road is a small, alternative public high school that serves students who have struggled in traditional classrooms. Saint grew up in Lawrence, Mass., and is now a well-known music video director...

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‘Missed Connections’ opera coming to Milky Way

February 13, 2015
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If you’re a fan of Missed Connections and opera, the Milky Way and Opera on Tap have a show for you. “Missed Connections,” a show that honors “the love stories that almost were,” based on popular online personals columns, will bring arias, songs, musical theater favorites and ensemble numbers to the Milky Way/Bella Luna...

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Young people’s input sought on City budget

February 13, 2015
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The City recently announced $1 million has been allocated to “Youth Lead the Change,” a project that allows the City youths to help decide where some funds from the City budget should be spent, according to a press release. City youths last year voted to fund several projects, including enhancing community parks and installing...

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Editorial: The State of JP

February 13, 2015
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The annual State of Our Neighborhood forum, co-sponsored by the Gazette, convenes Feb. 26. We look forward to seeing the promised concrete policy proposals that will be devised there regarding JP’s increasing housing costs and decreasing diversity. This is a crucial time for such ideas. Housing advocates have a great potential partner in Mayor...

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Editorial: Olympics vs. democracy

February 13, 2015
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A hearty thank you to City Councilor Josh Zakim for bolding proposing ballot questions regarding the Boston Olympics bid. Yes, the questions would be nonbinding, and ballots would be cast after the bid submission deadline. But Zakim’s real message is that the Olympics and the bigwigs backing it must pay attention to the thoughts...

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Op-Ed: The State of JP: Racial equity through housing justice

February 13, 2015
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By Carlos Espinoza-Toro, Juan Gonzalez, Orion Kriegman, Abigail Ortiz, Giovanny Valencia, and Tracy Bindel/Special to the Gazette. For the fifth consecutive year an estimated 250 residents will gather to engage in a productive dialogue, with each other and with our elected officials, about top community concerns. This year, the 2015 State of Our Neighborhood...

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Letter: Casey protesters were angry for good reasons

February 13, 2015
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Clay Harper’s letter to the editor complaining about the MassDOT Casey Overpass meeting January 21 is one take on the meeting. (“Casey protesters were rude and juvenile,” Jan. 30.) But his complaint about loud participants is misplaced. If MassDOT had done an honest, comprehensive, responsive, and sincere planning and design process, there would not...

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On the Police Beat, Jan. 20-Feb. 8, 2015

February 13, 2015
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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. Feb. 8: Stolen vehicle recovered, 90 Bragdon St.; threats, 14 Spring Park Ave.; assault and battery, 45 Bournedale...

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Man shot, killed on Centre St.

February 11, 2015
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A man in his 20s was fatally shot near 891 Centre St. this morning, according to Boston Police Department (BPD). An officer who was nearby heard the shots, fired around 10:30 this morning, and chased two male suspects. While at least one of the suspects fired at police, the officer did not return fire....

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Teen charged after gun found in bedroom

January 31, 2015
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JACKSON SQ.–A teen is facing firearms charges after Boston Police officers allegedly found a handgun hidden under a mattress in his bedroom in the Bromley-Heath public housing development, according to the Boston Police Department. According to BPD, officers visited the 17-year-old’s home at 9 Horan Way on Jan. 30 after state Department of Youth Services...

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Casey Overpass closures, demo to start next month

January 30, 2015
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The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) laid out plans for the first 90 days for the Casey Arborway construction project during a contentious community meeting Jan. 21 at English High School. The plan includes closing the westbound lane of the Casey Overpass in late February and the entire overpass by the end of March,...

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Franklin Park Olympics details revealed

January 30, 2015
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Franklin Park Olympics details revealed

By Rebeca Oliveira, John Ruch and Peter Shanley/Gazette Staff Franklin Park’s White Stadium and William J. Devine Golf Course are officially proposed as 2024 Boston Olympics venues in bid documents finally revealed on Jan. 21 by Boston 2024. The plans include hosting various events in a renovated stadium, and temporarily turning the golf course...

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A Stroll in the Snow

January 30, 2015
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A Stroll in the Snow

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Ex-owner: I was ‘deceived’ in historic house sale

January 30, 2015
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FOREST HILLS—The former owner of 21 Yale Terrace says that she was “deceived” by a buyer who claimed to be a family-minded local grandmother into selling the historic house to the neighboring Bicon Dental Implants. The 501 Arborway business controversially plans to demolish the 19th century house and replace it with a parking garage...

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Cierran el paso elevado Casey para empezar la demolición

January 30, 2015
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En una contenciosa reunión comunitaria el 21 de enero en English High School, el departamento de transporte del estado (MassDOT) reveló sus planes para los primeros 90 días del proyecto de construcción de Casey Arborway. El plan incluye el cierre del carril hacia el oeste del paso elevado Casey a finales de febrero y...

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3383-3389 Washington St. project approved

January 30, 2015
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3383-3389 Washington St. project approved

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved the redeveloped as a mixed-use residential and retail building with 21 units of housing and over 2,300 square feet of ground floor retail space at 3383-3389 Washington St. The site at 3383-3389 Washington St. covers three parcels and is currently vacant. It includes the former Royal Fried Chicken...

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