Casey project inspires Somerville

June 8, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership) The McCarthy Overpass in Somerville.

Activists in Somerville are pressing the state to immediately tear down a highway overpass, citing Jamaica Plain’s Casey Overpass as an example. The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is planning on spending 23 months and $10.9 million to repair the McCarthy Overpass, a structure that supports part of the McGrath Highway as part of...

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Mayor’s Casey statements draw criticism

June 8, 2012
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By Rebeca Oliveira and Peter Shanley, Gazette Staff FOREST HILLS—The community reacted to Mayor Thomas Menino’s comments calling the project a “second Big Dig” and stating his preference for a new bridge to replace the Casey during a sit-down lunch with city reporters on May 25, first reported on the Gazette website. A replacement...

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Greece and Jamaica Pond inspire artist

June 8, 2012
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Greece and Jamaica Pond inspire artist

By Arlene Snyder, Special to the Gazette Paintings and drawings by Jamaica Plain artist Cynthia Kollios are on display this month at Taylor House Bed and Breakfast, part of the long-running Music and Art series there. Kollios moved to JP in the 1980s after art school and immediately began to draw the old Victorian...

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Lender evicts man during move-out

June 8, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Ken Tilton and City Life/Vida Urbana activist Maria Christina Blanco in front of Tilton’s Weld Avenue house during the June 1 eviction.

EGLESTON SQ.—Ken Tilton was forcibly evicted from his Weld Avenue home on June 1 despite the fact he already was in the process of moving out. Tilton—the former owner of landmark JP businesses Zon’s restaurant and the novelty store Pluto—has been working with the local housing group City Life/Vida Urbana since Bank of America...

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New Headmaster appointed for English High

June 8, 2012
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Ligia Noriega-Murphy has been announced as the new headmaster of English High School, starting next school year. She will be the first woman leader of the oldest high school in America. Noriega-Murphy is the current assistant academic superintendent for high schools at Boston Public Schools (BPS) and the former headmaster of Excel High School...

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Whole Foods protesters’ cases to be dismissed

June 8, 2012
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Peter Blailock, Chloe Frankel and Andrew Murray, the three protesters who were arrested last year during a meeting hosted by Whole Foods Market, will have their cases dismissed in the coming weeks, according two different versions. Frankel said their cases were given an “abeyance” for one year starting mid-June of last year. As long...

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Feed the Hood delivers to JP’s needy

June 8, 2012
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Fund-raiser planned An activist who distributes food to needy Jamaica Plain residents is planning a “legendary” fund-raiser in Roxbury to continue his efforts to feed JP’s hungry. Organizer Jamarhl Crawford is bringing the Last Poets, a group of poets and musicians originally organized during the 1960s, to Roxbury to raise funds to continue his...

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City seizes mansion for unpaid taxes

June 8, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) The mansion at 28 Alveston St.

SUMNER HILL—The City of Boston has seized a decaying mansion at 28 Alveston St. for unpaid property taxes in a rare move. The City has done basic cleanup on the property and relocated two elderly residents into senior housing while a third remains as a tenant, according to Evelyn Friedman, director of the City’s...

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Pastors are believers in church-sharing

June 8, 2012
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Church-sharing has become a common occurrence in the city, with several local institutions partaking in the practice. The Hope Central Church at 85-87 Seaverns Ave. in Jamaica Plain is the result of a sharing arrangement between Hope Church and Central Congregational Church that became a merger in 2010. The First Baptist Church on Centre...

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Mentoring program sends students around the world

June 8, 2012
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Brian Nunez did not have an easy childhood. His father left the family when Nunez was young, and while living in Egleston Square, he bore witness to violence and people being shot. “It wasn’t an upbringing a child should have,” said Nunez, a 17-year-old who now lives near Mozart and Centre streets in Hyde...

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Pulling Ahead

June 8, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Cassandra Vickers (front), shown here rowing with her crew team at Newton Country Day School, has scored a 4.0 GPA and is heading to the University of Pennsylvania this fall after participating in the Steppingstone Academy, an academic prep program for underserved youths. Vickers plans to study pre-med.

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Housing Protest

June 8, 2012
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(Photo by Brandon German, City Life/Vida Urbana) JP resident Heather Gordon (second from left), who recently fought a foreclosure-related eviction from her Egleston Square home, joins protesters from JP’s City Life/Vida Urbana housing organization outside the Democratic State Convention in Springfield on June 2. The protesters sought support for foreclosure legislation that would require banks to negotiate with homeowners and allow former homeowners to stay in place as tenants.

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School-move plan approved

June 8, 2012
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The City Council approved by a 12-1 vote on May 23 the Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) controversial school-move plan. The plan calls for several schools to move, including the Mission Hill K-8 School going to the now-vacant Agassiz School building at 20 Child St. in Jamaica Plain. Margarita Muñiz Academy, a new bilingual school,...

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Pedal Power

June 8, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Courtney Sacco) Volunteer feet work bike pedals that helped power the sound system at Bikes Not Bombs’ Green Roots Festival at the Stony Brook T Station on June 3. Two pedal systems, one built by the local Stonybrook Fine Arts, provided clean electricity for bands performing at the fest, which joined by the annual Bike-A-Thon.

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Bright Idea

June 8, 2012
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(Photo by Jennifer Uhrhane/detailphoto.com) Gardeners gather in front of a new solar panel installed on the storage shed at the Minton Stable Community Garden on Williams Street on May 19. The solar panel, funded by a grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund, will help to power lights, an electric lawnmower and other garden equipment.

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Jackson Sq. project gets cleanup funds

June 8, 2012
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A long-stalled part of the massive Jackson Square redevelopment got a boost last month when the City of Boston secured $400,000 in federal grants to clean up contaminated soil. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cleanup funds target the future “Jackson Commons” project, a massive expansion of the current Urban Edge building at 1540-1542 Columbus...

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Nonprofit ‘tax’ payment info to come

June 8, 2012
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The City of Boston is poised this week to release the details of a reportedly successful new effort to get large nonprofit institutions to make tax-like payments. The so-called payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, system will have no written agreements with the colleges and hospitals that make the payments, unlike an earlier...

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Lesbian wedding study seeks JP couples

June 8, 2012
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A college student is seeking Jamaica Plain participants for a study of lesbian wedding ceremonies. Molly Wexler-Romig, an anthropology student at New York State’s Bard College, recently posted a request for participants in Centre Street’s Purple Cactus restaurant, among other locations. “I know that Jamaica Plain is an epicenter of queer life in the...

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Graduation Day

June 8, 2012
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) JP resident Ingrid M. Hernandez poses in her cap and gown during her graduation at Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Brighton on May 23.

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City Champs

June 8, 2012
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(Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor) The English High School boys baseball team poses with trophy plaques after winning the City League championship on their home field on Memorial Day, May 28. The team beat Latin Academy 5-3 for the crown. Also pictured are Headmaster Sito Narcisse (far left rear), Coach Modesto Gomez (far left front) and Athletic Director Barry Robinson (second from left rear).

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City Life receives justice award

June 8, 2012
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The Salem Award Foundation announces that City Life/Vida Urbana, a Jamaica Plain housing rights organization, received the 20th annual Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice on May 11 at a ceremony in Salem. City Life was recognized for helping to save the homes of those who have suffered mortgage abuses in the...

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Letter: Mayor’s Casey stand is too little, too late

June 8, 2012
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The following letter was sent to Mayor Thomas Menino: Today I read a couple of news articles that disappointed me so greatly, I wanted to write to let you know personally (“Mayor: I would have kept Casey Overpass,” jpgazette.com, May 24). In the articles, you state an opinion on the Casey Overpass project, i.e.,...

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Editorial: Religious leadership

June 8, 2012
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Rev. Carlos Flor, the new pastor of Jamaica Plain’s Catholic parishes, made a good point in his welcome-to-JP interview with the Gazette. He said that by strengthening religious communities, his churches hopefully will be of better “service to the neighborhoods.” JP is often sorely missing the voices of religious leaders in its important local...

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Editorial: Mission impossible

June 8, 2012
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How is it that Boston Public Schools can have the gumption to move Mission Hill K-8 to Jamaica Plain despite huge controversy, but not to change the school’s now-inaccurate name? Granted, “Mission Hill” is easier to say and spell than the building’s former name “Agassiz.” But give us a break. We already have to...

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