Regan League parade April 21

April 13, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League baseball and softball league will hold its annual parade and Opening Day ceremony on Sat., April 21. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Eliot School on Eliot Street, then make its way down Centre Street to Daisy Field in Olmsted Park. The first pitch and...

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Some local pols to face opponents

April 13, 2012
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Two local officials will face challengers in the upcoming election if people follow through on the paperwork. State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz has taken out election paperwork for the 2nd Suffolk District. So have Roy Owens and David Wyatt, two regular candidates for elected office. Maura Hennigan, the clerk of the Suffolk County Superior Court...

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Ready to Roll

April 13, 2012
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(Photo by David Branigan) Members of the Village Health Team in Amuru, Uganda, pose last year with a bike of the type they uses in a workshop created in partnership with JP-based Bikes Not Bombs (BNB). The bike business will create local transit and ambulance networks as well as build community. BNB is highlighting the effort as an alternative to the “Stop Kony” campaign, which calls for military intervention against Ugandan war crimes suspect Joseph Kony, and which BNB says will only worsen conditions there.

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JP students question ethnic studies ban

April 13, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Boston Teachers Union School (BTUS) students sent letters to President Barack Obama, the Arizona Attorney General, Arizona Superintendent and Arizona students, to express their outrage at Arizona’s suspension of Mexican American studies in public schools. When Latino students in Riana Good’s Spanish class at BTUS learned about the Arizona law—HB 2281—that prohibits teaching...

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O’Malley talks big issues in ‘town hall’

April 13, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy City Council Office) City Councilor Matt O’Malley

Casino gambling and redistricting were among the vast range of subjects discussed during City Councilor Matt O’Malley’s second annual “town hall” meeting. About 30 people attended the April 2 meeting at the Connolly Branch Library. Speaking about the City Council redistricting plan, O’Malley said he opposes any plan that split either West Roxbury or...

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Library homework program to change

April 13, 2012
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The Boston Public Library’s (BPL) popular Home Assistance Program is to be folded into a broader out-of-school program, according to BPS spokesperson Gina Perille. The Gazette first learned about the change when JP resident Amy Snell complained during Councilor Matt O’Malley’s “town hall” meeting that the program was going to end. The homework program...

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Leading Residents

April 13, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The newly elected resident leaders of Hyde Square’s Doña Betsaida Gutiérrez Cooperative—(from left) Susan Empey, Migdalia Montesino and Elba Rivera—are honored in a Boston Tenant Coalition ceremony at the Paulist Center Boston downtown on March 29. The Centre Street co-op was developed by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation. The event celebrated tenant and affordable housing struggles and victories.

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Homeless census results delayed

April 13, 2012
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The City has yet to release its 2011 homeless census despite the fact it has done so the past several years during the winter months. The census has been conducted for 32 straight years, with the last several showing a drop in the homeless population. According to Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) spokesperson Katinka...

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Resident begins anti-litter campaign

April 13, 2012
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PONDSIDE—When Kolya Lynne Smith moved to Pond Street from West Roxbury last fall, she was disgusted by the litter piling up on the sidewalks. Now she has adopted the street, giving it a weekly cleaning herself, and aims to form a group called Jamaica Plain Ecology Advocacy to spread the anti-litter crusade. “I am...

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Police abuse case lingers a year later

April 13, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—A high-profile case of alleged police brutality is still under investigation with no conclusion a year later, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). Michael Pearlstein-Gluck, a Jamaica Plain resident and public school teacher, complained about a March 5, 2011 incident in the Stop & Shop parking lot at 301 Centre St. in...

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Librarian remembers civil rights struggle

April 13, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Laura Foner conducts a class at the Gould Freedom School during her time with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the mid-1960s.

A small-town Arkansas sheriff once threatened to decapitate JP resident Laura Foner and throw her head in a river. During her time with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1965 and1966, Foner, the children’s librarian at the Connolly Branch Library, was a participant in a grass-roots organization for civil rights in a small...

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Bike-riding robber sought

April 13, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—A bike-riding robber stole a man’s cell phone and flashed a knife on Heath Street on March 23, according to the Boston Police Department, which released a description of the suspect. The victim was walking his dog and talking on the phone in the area of 251 Heath St. around 4 p.m. when...

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Civil War plays to kick off ‘Olmsted 2022’

April 13, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Gerry Wright as Frederick Law Olmsted.

Gerry Wright, founder and president of Friends of Jamaica Pond, will be starring in “Olmsted and Whitman: The Civil War Years” April 22 at the First Church in JP. The two one-man shows are a kickoff to Olmsted 2022, a plan to build on the beliefs and ideas of Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer...

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Letter: In support of low-income housing

April 13, 2012
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Twenty years ago, in my country, some delinquents assaulted me and shot me in my spinal cord, relegating me to a wheelchair, and four years ago I began to suffer attacks against my physical integrity due to my political ideals. I was the victim of different forms of violence, including threatening phone calls and...

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Letter: Gazette is wrong about unanswered Casey questions

April 13, 2012
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The Gazette’s attack on our citizen’s group, Bridging Forest Hills, and anyone who dares to speak up against the state’s biased “public” process on the Casey Overpass project, is a great example of shortsighted journalism (“The Casey criticism,” editorial, March 30). You say that Bridging Forest Hills has a “dubious public process.” Advocacy groups...

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Letter: Better traffic data needed for Casey design

April 13, 2012
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I’ve spent 12 years working on the Arborway Yard, two years on the Forest Hills Improvement Initiative. I’m fairly well acquainted with issues that concern residents of the Forest Hills area, especially traffic and transit. As a Casey Overpass project WAG member, I represented 300 residences of the Stonybrook neighborhood, which is used as cut-through...

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Letter: Occupy JP remains active

April 13, 2012
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To quote Mark Twain, news of our death has been greatly exaggerated (“Occupy JP continues with fewer members,” March 16). OJP, and Occupy as a whole, are definitely not socialist groups. Occupy is a diverse group. Our members are Democrats, independents, moderates, faith-based activists–and yes, some socialists of various stripes. All are people who...

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Editorial: The 7th lane

April 13, 2012
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Perhaps MassDOT believes it is now beyond needing credibility to execute its vision for the Casey Arborway project. Why else would it present an altered design in a community meeting—without mentioning the alteration? The addition of the so-called seventh lane—actually a partial left-turn lane—to the design feeds criticism that the planning is insular and...

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Editorial: The T cut success

April 13, 2012
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The MBTA’s fare boost and service cuts are a clear success. Not at serving the public—especially where some of JP’s most transit-needing residents are concerned. Rather, in finally drawing serious attention to the dire state of the T’s finances. MBTA Acting General Manager Jonathan Davis is to be commended for creating a brilliant fear...

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Editorial: S. Huntington luxuries

April 13, 2012
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The Green Line cuts come just in time to not service roughly 400 luxury apartment units coming to S. Huntington Avenue in the next few years. The apartments clearly are aimed at the doctors and grad students in the LMA and local universities so easily accessed by the streetcar, which won’t run on weekends...

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Op-Ed: Good reasons to make JP shine on April 28

April 13, 2012
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Twenty-eight years ago, in the first year after its election, the Flynn Administration organized volunteer neighborhood cleanups throughout the city, today known as Boston Shines. Michael Reiskind and I were so impressed with the results and enthusiasm shown by our JP neighbors and friends that we decided to repeat the event the following year....

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Arborway Committee reactivates

April 13, 2012
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The Arborway Committee is raising its profile, holding a recent film discussion about the Silver Line and convening an upcoming annual meeting. Committee member Kevin Moloney said the annual meeting, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 30 at the Loring-Greenough House, will feature elections for board members and officers. He also...

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Fake cabbie steals phone

April 13, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—A phony cab driver stole a man’s cell phone when he refused a ride at Centre Street and Columbus Avenue on March 18, according to the Boston Police Department. The victim was attempting to get a cab ride home around 3 a.m. when he was approached by the suspect, who identified himself as...

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Cops: Man sold drugs from wheelchair

April 13, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—A man who uses a wheelchair was arrested by MBTA Transit Police on March 13 after allegedly selling marijuana to high school students at the Forest Hills T Station. Enrico Joseph was charged with distribution of Class D drugs. Two unidentified juveniles, aged 15 and 16, were arrested with him. One juvenile was...

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