Hennigan seeks 2nd court clerk term

December 16, 2011
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Maura Hennigan, a Jamaica Plain resident and the clerk of the Suffolk County Superior Court for Criminal Business, will seek a second six-year term in office in 2012. Hennigan kicked off the campaign and celebrated her 60th birthday at a West Roxbury party earlier this month. She has no announced challengers. The clerk oversees...

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Community Scholar

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Melissa Catherine Tineo, one of 17 recipients of Wheelock College’s Passion for Action scholarships, was recognized at an award dinner on Nov. 16 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Dorchester. Tineo, a freshman who is studying juvenile justice and youth advocacy, received the scholarship for her commitment to community service.

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Ross might run for Congress

December 16, 2011
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City Councilor Mike Ross is considering a run to replace retiring Congressman Barney Frank.  That could see him moving out of Boston and into the 4th Congressional District. “People asked me if I was looking at it and I said, ‘Yeah, I am looking at it,’” Ross said of recent media reports that he...

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State finances go online

December 16, 2011
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What is the state spending on your street and on local leaders’ salaries? A new website called the “Massachusetts Open Checkbook” reveals all the details of state spending. The site, run by the state, includes searchable spending information by departments, vendors and various categories. It also includes the state payroll and pensions. The site...

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Washington St. ‘livability’ discussed

December 16, 2011
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STONYBROOK—Residents and businesses are coming together to brainstorm a plan to revitalize lower Washington Street. Members of the Stonybrook Neighborhood Association (SNA) and other nearby residents are brewing a plan to improve the half-mile stretch of Washington Street between Green Street and Forest Hills by implementing traffic-calming measures and brainstorming for a “21st century...

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Opening Day

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Cutting the ribbon at the grand opening of Curtis Hall at 20 South St., which was closed for a year for a $5 million renovation, on Nov. 19 were (from left): Daphne Griffin, a JP resident and Boston’s chief of human services; Curtis Hall Administrative Coordinator Noel Torres; Mayor Thomas Menino; JP Community Centers board president Kerry Costello; state Rep. Liz Malia; and Joe Mulligan of the City’s Capital Construction Division.

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School move fight continues

December 16, 2011
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Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) plan to move the Mission Hill K-8 School to the former Agassiz School building at 20 Child St. was approved by the school committee Nov. 15. But opposition remains strong among parents, advocates and Mission Hill residents. Some advocates say that the K-8 move would mean further limiting access to...

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Head Coach

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Jay Heaps, a board member of JP’s America SCORES New England, was named head coach of the New England Revolution pro soccer team last month. America SCORES is an after-school program that combines soccer leagues with arts and writing.

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Got Your Goat

December 16, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Horton the goat is greeted by Amanda Kennedy, director of the Boston Adoption Center, on Nov. 4 at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Angell Animal Medical Center on S. Huntington Avenue. Horton was founded wandering a road in Winchester and may have escaped from a livestock auction. Horton—briefly named Meow as a cat adoption weekend promotion—was treated at Angell and is now available for adoption at the MSCPA-Nevins Farm in Metheun.

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JP student population holds steady

December 16, 2011
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Jamaica Plain’s student population held steady in the last year according to an annual census, though the balance between graduate and undergraduate students has continued to shift. JP’s student residents are evenly split between graduates (526) and undergraduates (540). Graduates dominated JP last year with 603 students to 493 undergrads. In fall 2009, those...

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Holiday decoration winners announced

December 16, 2011
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Winners of the best holiday-themed shop windows in the Egleston Square and JP Centre/South Main Streets districts were announced last week. Latino Beauty Salon at 3125 Washington St. won in Egleston Square, while the Salmagundi hat shop at 765 Centre St. won in Centre/South. The stores are among several around the city now duking...

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IdeAZ: +Pobres, –Ricos

December 16, 2011
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“Occupy JP” sigue sin una traducción al español. “Ocupar Jamaica Plain” podría ser una de la opciones; pero lo que podría venir en camino es la posibilidad de tomar el liderazgo a lo largo de la ciudad ante las dificultades del movimiento en Boston que esta semana llegó hasta la corte ante la arremetida...

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Mission Hill school to keep name in JP move

December 16, 2011
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Despite plans to move the Mission Hill K-8 School out of Mission Hill to the former Agassiz School building at 20 Child St., the school will likely retain its name, Boston Public Schools spokesperson Matt Wilder told the Gazette. He said that name changes will not be considered for the schools, unless their school...

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Letter: How surface-street option changed my mind

December 16, 2011
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I represent the Emerald Necklace Conservancy (ENC) on the Working Advisory Group for the Casey Overpass Project. I am also a resident of Martinwood Road and consider myself an active member of the Asticou/Martinwood Neighborhood Association. However, on the Casey Overpass question I find myself not only disagreeing with many of my neighbors, but...

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Letter: Surface streets re-knit parks

December 16, 2011
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The following letter was submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation: I am writing on behalf of the Board of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.  We would like to take this opportunity to submit our comments on the replacement of the Casey Overpass before a final decision is made by Secretary Richard Davey. As you...

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Op-Ed: December Dreams

December 16, 2011
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By Rev. Terry Burke, Special to the Gazette In an ancient Greek church in Nazareth, there is a fresco showing Mary riding on a donkey, with Joseph holding the toddler Jesus on his shoulders, as parents do. In the painting, the Holy Family is fleeing to Egypt, escaping a murderous tyrant. Crossing the Sinai...

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Editorial: Time to think about Casey

December 16, 2011
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We applaud MassDOT for following our suggestion to delay the Casey Overpass replacement decision until mid-January. It is the right thing to do. MassDOT already held a thorough series of meetings about the overpass replacement, also by local request. But as with all long processes, the real action happens at the end. That is...

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Editorial: Occupying JP

December 16, 2011
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The Occupy movement was a historic success as consciousness-raising and a validation that things really are as bad as they feel. It should survive as more than T-shirts and the inevitable movie. One way that can happen is through hands-on work in local communities. As usual, JP was ahead on the curve on this....

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Editorial: The ways of winter

December 16, 2011
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Winter’s cold embrace begins on Dec. 22, but we are actually closer to the Sun now than we are in the summer. Jan. 3 marks the day our planet draws closest to our parent star in its oval-shaped orbit. Winter comes not because we are far from the warming Sun, but because we are...

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Letter: Bridge option is outdated

December 16, 2011
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I have been reading the recent letters in this paper about the Casey Overpass replacement project, and I’d like to put in a word in favor of replacing the bridge with an at-grade road network. I live adjacent to the overpass and use the intersections around it daily. The roads running under the overpass...

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Letter: Thanks to soccer supporters

December 16, 2011
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The board of Jamaica Plain Youth Soccer (JPYS) would like to thank our generous sponsors. Their ever-growing support enables more than 300 local boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 18 to learn fundamental soccer skills, have fun with their friends and perhaps become the next Hope Solo or Lionel Messi. Jamaica...

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Letter: New bridge is no improvement

December 16, 2011
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In your most recent editions, you have published a number of letters advocating for the replacement bridge to replace the Casey Overpass. I would like to offer a counterpoint to those letters. The most important thing to remember is that independent traffic studies show that traffic will flow through the area at essentially the...

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Letter: Salon deserved a mention

December 16, 2011
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I am curious as to how you can present an article with such a name and not feature Ultra Beauty Salon in Hyde Square? (“Salons aim for Newbury style, JP attitude,” Dec. 2.) Is the Gazette suffering from some Centre/South bias?  Damaris and her team at Ultra have been offering the best of JP...

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Letter: Bridge would be a repeat mistake

December 16, 2011
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I am a 22-year resident of Jamaica Plain and I strongly support the at-grade solution to replace the Casey Overpass. As an architect, I vehemently and completely disagree with the concept of a bridge replacement. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reconnect the Emerald Necklace and to restore a critical piece of urban design for future generations. Frederick...

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