Letter: Whole Foods should hire people of color

October 21, 2011
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It’s Saturday, Oct. 1, and I just came home from waiting in line outside the Connolly Library for the Whole Foods hiring event. I was keeping a friend company who was planning to attend. There were dozens and dozens of people there in a long, long line, and most of them were people of...

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Honoring Latino educators

October 21, 2011
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(Courtesy Photos) Gov. Deval Patrick (right) and state Secretary of Education Paul Reville (left) honored Latino educators at an Oct. 6 State House ceremony during Hispanic Heritage Month. Local educators honored included Margarita Muñiz (center left), the founder and principal of Egleston Square’s Rafael Hernandez School; and Rosa Roque (center right), a preschool teacher at Sumner Hill’s Mosaic School.

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Agenda, 10/21/11

October 21, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Nov. 1 for the Nov. 4 issue. Send listings to news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Listings with no end date will be run for 3 months, space permitting. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings BPS walk-through & public meeting,...

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Sights and Sounds, 10/21/11

October 21, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for listings is noon, Nov. 1 for the Nov. 4 issue. Send arts and entertainment listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Listings with no end date will be run for 3 months, space permitting. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Halloween Dog Parade and Fashion...

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Invitación, 10/21/11

October 21, 2011
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Fechas Elegir. La oportunidad de conocer más a los candidatos at-large al Boston City Council es el jueves Oct. 27, 6pm, John F. Kennedy School, 7 Bolster St. Los organizadores Hyde Square Task Forcey Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation indican que han comprometidola presencia de todos los postulantes. Tele. Boston Neighborhood Network ofrece talleres...

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New Neighborhood Council elected

October 7, 2011
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Casting close to 800 votes—more than twice as many as in the last election in 2009—Jamaica Plain residents elected a new Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Sept. 24. Andrea Howley, who chaired the neighborhood council during its last two-year session, praised the high turnout. “I definitely think the turnout was a validation that, to many...

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District 7 candidates selected

October 7, 2011
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EGLESTON SQ.—Incumbent Tito Jackson and political newcomer Sheneal Parker will be the District 7 candidates for city council following their first- and second- place finishes in the district preliminary election Sept. 27. Jackson received 76 percent of the 2,467 votes cast. Parker got 11.1 percent. The other candidates, Althea Garrison and Roy Owens, won...

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Convicts turn a new leaf

October 7, 2011
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Convicts turn a new leaf

By Rebeca Oliveira and Benjamin Colb Four days a week in the Emerald Necklace—the 1,100-acre chain of parks connecting Jamaica Plain to Brookline and the Back Bay—two crews of eight convicts from the Boston Pre-Release Center on Morton Street do landscaping and horticultural work. The Emerald Necklace Maintenance Collaborative (ENMC) program provides work experience...

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El voto at-large muy disputado

October 7, 2011
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“¡Tiene que ser momento de elecciones ya!’ nos dice un asiduo a los negocios de Jackson Square, destacando la presencia casi permanente de políticos municipales en las últimas semanas. “Compran frutas, disfrutan de jugos y hasta ordenan platos de chicharrones”, menciona, destacando que le hablan familiarmente o le dan sus nombres, tarjetas o flyers...

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Fire!

October 7, 2011
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Fire!

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Overpass team narrows choices

October 7, 2011
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Funding fears addressed FOREST HILLS—State planners in charge of the Casey Overpass replacement project have narrowed the field to two choices from the four presented to the community in July at a Working Advisory Group (WAG) meeting last week. A single-bridge alternative and a surface street-only alternative will be subjected to in-depth studies to...

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Flaherty eager for another term

October 7, 2011
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Flaherty eager for another term

Two years after challenging Mayor Thomas Menino in one of the closest races the mayor has ever faced, former At-Large City Councilor Michael Flaherty wants his old job back. “It was never an option for me to take my ball and go home. I am not interested in sitting in the bleachers,” Flaherty said...

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JP nonprofit boosts women’s self-esteem

October 7, 2011
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Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute (SEB) does work that is often trying to undo decades of harm. SEB, a nonprofit training provider based in Jamaica Plain, is dedicated to preparing low-income and at-risk women for social and economic success by helping them improve their self-esteem. “We work in recovery programs, transitional programs. We go...

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14 JP priests on sex abuser list

October 7, 2011
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A total of 14 priests from all Jamaica Plain parishes appear on a long-awaited list of 159 Boston Catholic clergy convicted or accused of child sexual abuse released Aug. 25 by the Archdiocese of Boston. They include John Geoghan, the notorious child molestor whose crimes at St. Andrew the Apostle in Forest Hills were...

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Store clerk killer imprisoned for life

October 7, 2011
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Store clerk killer imprisoned for life

Edward Corliss was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole last week for the 2009 shooting of store clerk Surendra Dangol during an armed robbery of the Tedeschi’s Food Shop at 783 Centre St. At the time of the slaying, Corliss, 65, was living in Roslindale, and on parole for...

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O’Malley calls for snow removal hearing

October 7, 2011
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It’s not too early to be investigating snow removal problems, according to local City Councilor Matt O’Malley. O’Malley last month called for a hearing into city and state agencies’ problems removing snow from public property. Last winter, bus stops, sidewalks and other areas in Jamaica Plain were heaped with snow while agencies disputed whose...

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Alleged drug trafficker arrested in JP

October 7, 2011
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A major drug bust that included an arrest in a JP restaurant on Sept. 7 led to the seizure of over 3 kilos of cocaine. Adriano Pena, 35, of Roslindale and Wiston Pena, 42, of Dorchester, were arrested after allegedly exchanging more than 200 grams of cocaine. Adriano Pena was arrested at El Embajador...

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Teen charged with firing gun during chase

October 7, 2011
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A Jamaica Plain youth was held on $100,000 bail after being charged with firing an unlicensed handgun while being chased by police last month. According to a press release, Boston Police were in the area of Academy Homes in Jackson Square at midday Sept. 9 when they saw Tyre Wade, 19, touching the area...

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Landmark laundry returns to Hyde Sq.

October 7, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—A laundromat that has served as a basic community resource and chatting spot for decades re-opened last week after changing owners and a four-month closure and remodel. The Jamaica Plain Laundry Centre at 410 Centre St. closed in late May. The new owners, the Demopoulos family, have installed new washers and dryers and...

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Parking lot repairs see the light

October 7, 2011
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PONSIDE—After a month without power, the parking lot between Thomas and Burroughs streets regained illumination on Sept. 30. The parking lot behind Blanchards Wines and Spirits had been without power since Sept. 2, following a car accident that damaged a control box. “It’s dangerous. It’s been getting dark earlier and earlier,” said John Matthews,...

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Hospital ranked a ‘top performer’

October 7, 2011
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JAMAICA HILLS—Faulkner Hospital last month was named one of the nation’s top performers on key health care quality measures by The Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals. Faulkner was recognized for high performance with procedures that improve outcomes for heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Faulkner was one of 405 hospitals nationwide earning the distinction....

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Former nursing home head accused of Medicaid fraud

October 7, 2011
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The former owner of the privately run Pond View Nursing Home at 81 S. Huntington Ave. was indicted for alleged Medicaid fraud last week as part of an investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office. Carolyn Wetterberg co-owned the nursing home with her husband, Leonard Wetterberg, until 2008. According to a press release from...

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Senior car service heads to JP

October 7, 2011
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A low-cost private taxi service for seniors and people who are visually impaired is aiming to serve JP by December, and may even be based here. “We’re really looking forward to serving Jamaica Plain and connected areas of Boston,” said Jean Patel Bushnell, executive director of the nonprofit ITNGreaterBoston, which will operate the service....

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Crime Scene

October 7, 2011
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Crime Scene

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