Family Dollar opposed for JP site

October 12, 2012
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WASHINGTON ST.—Family Dollar, a national discount-goods chain, aims to open its first Jamaica Plain store at 3383-3389 Washington St., next year. But about 30 residents roundly opposed the plan for its looks and competition with local businesses at an Oct. 9 community meeting. “This is Anyplace, U.S.A.,” said resident Bill Reyelt of the design...

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Political Notes: O’Malley targets ‘pig parking’

October 12, 2012
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City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who lives in and represents Jamaica Plain, filed an order to have a hearing on examining ways to improve traffic in the city, according to a press release. “Parking, traffic and pedestrian safety all play a role in how we travel through this city,” said O’Malley, according to the press...

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City: Stores raided for gambling, illegal items

October 12, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—Three businesses in two Washington Street storefronts were shut down by police and City inspectors on Oct. 3 in raids that the local police commander says will help “clean up that area.” But the board of Egleston Square Main Streets (ESMS) blasted the City for seeking media coverage of the raids, saying the...

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Faulkner Hospital changes name

October 12, 2012
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JAMAICA HILLS—Faulkner Hospital has lengthened its name to Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, reflecting its affiliation with the famous teaching hospital. The name change for the 112-year-old hospital at 1153 Centre St. went into effect Oct. 1. “In the last few years, many of the same physicians that you can see at [Brigham and...

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Hiring practices at 225 Centre St. discussed

October 12, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—The developer of the 225 Centre St. project has released strong local and minority construction hiring numbers, but a local community activist is questioning them as they differ from the City’s. The numbers in September for construction hours were 42 percent for city residents, 36 percent for minorities and 7 percent for women,...

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JP resident teaches, learns in China

October 12, 2012
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Sometimes being far, far away from home is a positive. Sue Shenkman, a Jamaica Plain resident, recently found that out, spending five weeks over the summer teaching and traveling in China. “I think I grew so much as a teacher and person being out of my comfort zone,” said Shenkman in a Gazette interview....

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UMass: No investigation into former chemist

October 12, 2012
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Several media outlets have reported that Annie Dookhan, the chemist at the heart of the state drug lab scandal, previously worked under another name at a University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School lab. But UMass Medical said it will not investigate. Dookhan mishandled thousands of drug samples at the state drug lab, potentially tainting...

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Former lab chief had fake degree

October 12, 2012
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Annie Dookhan, the former drug lab chemist at the heart of an evidence-tampering scandal at Jamaica Plain’s State Laboratory Institute, is facing charges that include lying about holding a master’s degree. While state officials are portraying the scandal as an isolated incident, a former State Lab chief got in trouble in 2003 for claiming...

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Drug lab had chemist scandal in 1985

October 12, 2012
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The tainted-evidence scandal that recently shuttered the Jamaica Plain-based state drug lab is not the first time that a chemist there has been accused of wrongdoing. In 1985, a similar scandal erupted when a chemist was charged with stealing cocaine in 11 criminal cases after testing it at the State Laboratory Institute at 305...

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Testing backlog may have set up scandal

October 12, 2012
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Scores of convicts may go free due to former drug-testing chemist Annie Dookhan’s alleged evidence-tampering at the State Laboratory Institute in Jamaica Plain. But a decade ago, there was controversy over many criminal defendants going free because of an opposite problem at the State Lab: drug evidence not being processed at all due to...

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Court clerk: Drug cases will strain system

October 12, 2012
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Special courts announced Oct. 2 to review cases affected by the State Laboratory Institute drug lab scandal will strain a court system that is already understaffed and underfunded, according to Maura Hennigan, the clerk of Suffolk County’s criminal courts. “Even before this occurred, we have struggled every day to cover our sessions, manage our...

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Senior health center coming to Amory St.

October 12, 2012
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A new nonprofit center, called the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), is scheduled to open in November at 125A Amory St. A PACE center is “a one-stop shop for all medical care and treatment” for seniors, Upham’s Elder Service Plan Director of Operations Jay Trivedi told the Gazette. Seniors “receive any...

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Warren talks religion, violence at forum

October 12, 2012
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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren spoke on many common campaign themes during a recent forum at Roxbury Community College (RCC), such as the mortgage crisis, a prominent issue in Jamaica plain. But Warren also ventured into less talked about issues, such as freedom of religion and violence in the city. The forum, sponsored...

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Latinos for Warren

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Better Balance

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JP Kids: Mission Hill K-8 students share their lessons

October 12, 2012
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JP SOUTH—Every Friday morning, Jamaica Plain’s new school, the Mission Hill K-8, invites parents and community members in to see what the kids are learning in “Friday Share.” The whole school turns out to sing, watch and listen, along with teachers and about two dozen parents, usually, Principal Ayla Gavins said. “Coming together each...

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JP Kids: Children move to the music at yoga studio

October 12, 2012
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If you’re outside Blissful Monkey Yoga Studio at 663 Centre St. and hear children saying that can’t wait to play with the parachute, don’t be alarmed. They’re not going skydiving. They’re participating in Kindermusik. Kindermusik is an international program that started in Germany and combines music and movement. Evan Haller, who teaches the program...

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JP Kids: Parades, parties mark JP Halloween

October 12, 2012
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With Halloween only a few weeks away, Jamaica Plain is gearing up with family-friendly activities. The JP Business and Professional Association (BAPA) will, once again, offer treats to trick-or-treaters on Halloween, Wed., Oct. 31. Stores along Centre and South streets will open their doors to give out candy. Trick-or-treaters should look for posters welcoming...

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JP Kids: English High Sports: Football finds winning way

October 12, 2012
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Chris Boswell did not see many victories in his first two years coaching the English High School football team. In fact, the only mark in the win column was a single forfeit victory. Maybe the third year is a charm, as Boswell’s team has notched two triumphs so far this season, beating New Mission...

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JP Kids: Youth justice group to hold benefit race

October 12, 2012
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Citizens for Juvenile Justice (CfJJ), a youth rights organization, will hold a 5K walk/run benefit race on Sun., Oct. 14 at Jamaica Pond. The event marks National Youth Justice Awareness Month, which is observed by various youth rights advocacy organizations. CfJJ, headquartered downtown, advocates for policies that prevent juvenile delinquency and keeps young people...

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JP Kids: New video game is set in Colonial Boston

October 12, 2012
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Colonial Boston is the setting for the latest installment of the hit video game series “Assassin’s Creed,” slated for an Oct. 30 release. Like its predecessors, “Assassin’s Creed III” is a historical adventure about a member of a secret society fighting a vast conspiracy, this time set in the American Revolution era of the...

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JP Kids: How to avoid school sports injuries

October 12, 2012
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As kids gear up for the fun and teamwork of school sports, they are also at risk for preventable injuries, according to doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital. Nearly 50 percent of all football players sustain an injury each season, and there is an increasing frequency of head trauma and concussions in soccer players. With...

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JP Kids: BPL rolls out after-school program

October 12, 2012
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The Boston Public Library (BPL) has unveiled an after-school programming and it contains a retooled version of the popular homework tutor program. There were concerns last spring that the Homework Assistance Program might be canceled when BPL announced that it was being folded inside a much broader after-school program. “Homework help is one of...

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‘Jesse Tree’ coming to church lawn

October 12, 2012
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CENTRAL JP—First Baptist Church and Stonybrook Fine Arts are collaborating with each other and the community this upcoming holiday season to create a “Jesse Tree” on the church’s lawn. A Jesse Tree, a Christian tradition of remembrance during Advent—the few weeks preceding Christmas—is usually decorated with ornaments or objects that symbolize Old Testament events....

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