Letter: Consider future of cars in overpass debate

December 16, 2011
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The public discussion of the surface street versus the new bridge options for the post-Casey Overpass plan has been rich and thoughtful. Such an important transportation corridor and intersection deserves careful deliberation. I am also impressed with the civility of the debate. Those who favor the no-bridge plan and those who prefer a plan...

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Letter: Many benefits to surface-street option

December 16, 2011
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The following letter was sent to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and elected officials: I am writing to register my view that the at-grade solution is far superior to that of a new overpass. I confess that I was surprised to reach this conclusion. Having used the overpass on an almost daily basis when I commuted...

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Letter: Surface street option points to better future

December 16, 2011
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The following letter was sent to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation: Thank you very much for soliciting public comments on the “bridge/no bridge” alternatives for the Forest Hills/Arborway/Washington Street interchange following the removal of the Casey Overpass. This is a critical juncture for our Jamaica Plain/Forest Hills community. What will the future hold? Will...

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Letter: JP must work together on overpass plan

December 16, 2011
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The planning for a replacement of the deteriorating Casey Overpass presents a rare opportunity for Jamaica Plain, the Forest Hills neighborhood and the Emerald Necklace park system to repair damage from a past mistake. As the Arborway Coalition representative on the WAG (Working Advisory Group), I have received many heartfelt comments, all in favor...

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Letter: Surface streets would serve everyone

December 16, 2011
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Forest Hills, through its high through-put of people throughout the day, and proximity to world-class parks offering leisure and recreational opportunities, has the inherent traits to foster the high degree of pedestrian activity that is crucial for fostering community, safety, high transit use, and with all of that, successful development. In its current state, it...

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Invitación, 12/16/11

December 16, 2011
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Su Material. Considere quesu material para ser publicado en esta sección debe llegar con tiempo: Mínimo el martes antes del viernes de la publicción de esta edición. Si usa internet, eníe sus documentos a: news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Navidad Pedido. Nuestro Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez recuerda que  el programa Canned Food Drive sigue hasta el 31 de este...

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Sights and Sounds, 12/16/11

December 16, 2011
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The deadline for listings is noon, Jan. 3 for the Jan. 6 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Craft Fair, sponsored by UForge Gallery and Eliot Hall. Sat., Dec. 17 and Sun., Dec. 18, 11am-5pm, at the Footlight Club....

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JP Agenda, 12/16/11

December 16, 2011
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Jan. 3 for the Jan 6 issue. Send listings to news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNC Public Service Committee, Tues., Jan. 3, 7pm, Curtis Hall, 20 South St. Agenda Includes: finalization of agenda for committee...

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Man sought in stroller assault case

December 13, 2011
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Man sought in stroller assault case

The Boston Police Department has released a sketch of a man being sought in connection with a Nov. 28 sexual assault in Franklin Park. The man is described as Hispanic; in his mid-20s; 5-feet-8-inches tall; medium build; and wearing a black hat and a black jacket or long-sleeved shirt. The sketch appears to show...

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Overpass site features, then yanks, no-bridge link

December 9, 2011
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By Rebeca Oliveira and John Ruch The official state website for the Casey Overpass replacement project recently included—then abruptly yanked—a link to a video made by supporters of the surface street option. The site did not feature any links or other references to pro-bridge supporters. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has not announced...

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Overpass project decision postponed until Jan.

December 7, 2011
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The state has postponed until mid-January the announcement of a Casey Overpass replacement project. The public comment period has been extended through Fri., Dec. 9. Public meetings scheduled for next week to announce the decision have been canceled and will be rescheduled for sometime in January, likely the week of Jan. 16. “Because so...

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Occupy JP marches on Centre St.

December 4, 2011
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Occupy JP marches on Centre St.

Occupy JP held a protest march on Centre Street today, with stops at corporate chains and community institutions, in an event that will be repeated on Dec. 11. Their message was that a broken system makes America’s richest even richer while communities like Jamaica Plain suffer cuts in social services. “Occupy JP is mobilizing...

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Overpass replacement choice to be made

December 2, 2011
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(Illustration courtesy MassDOT) Illustrations of what the surface street option (left) and bridge option might look like on New Washington Street.

Bridge supporters rally FOREST HILLS—The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will decide on which alternative—bridge or at-grade—will replace the current Casey Overpass by Dec. 12. Bridge supporters are rallying against what they call a biased MassDOT process. Surface option supporters are also organizing. The decision will be announced to members of the Working Advisory...

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Cemetery hints of Lantern Fest return

December 2, 2011
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Despite loss of state funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Forest Hills Educational Trust (FHET) still has $340,000 in assets and is hinting that its signature event, the Lantern Festival, could return next year. FHET is the troubled nonprofit that organizes art events at Forest Hills Cemetery. When asked about the possible return...

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Cambia todo el futuro electoral

December 2, 2011
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“De nuevo y a acomodarse” comentó el peruano Alberto Mayorga, cuando vio en la pasada semana todo lo que se publicó en relación a la nueva distribución electoral que tiene Masachussets. Los que empezaron a acomodarse fue una larga lista de congresistas que ya no pensarán en la reelección, mientras otros que lo pensaban...

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Rec center scores funding

December 2, 2011
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A recreation center planned for Jackson Square has scored nearly $6 million in state funding, putting the community dream closer to reality. The state in 2008 approved the idea of issuing $5.69 million in bonds to help fund the Jackson Square Recreation Center. But just recently, it authorized actually issuing those bonds, according to...

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Healthy Living

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez speaks to the audience at a Nov. 15 State House forum about teaching children healthy lifestyles, presented by Partners HealthCare and Words Can Work.

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JP activists secure transgender rights

December 2, 2011
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With plenty of help from Jamaica Plain politicians and advocates—a new state law protecting transgender peoples’ rights was passed this month. The bill was co-sponsored in the Senate by state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, and it received crucial behind-the-scenes support in the House from state Rep. Liz Malia, advocates said. Prominent among those advocates were...

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New Book Look

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Students, officials and volunteers cut the ribbon on the new Hennigan School library at 200 Heath St. on Nov. 2. Target Corp. and the Heart of American Foundation funded the library makeover and a new food pantry program. Cutting the ribbon are Hennigan Principal Maria Cordon (left) and Media Specialist Gwenette Bullock. Others pictured include Target Regional Vice President Derek Jenkins (far right); former Principal Amy Sprott (second from right); and Maria Coakley from U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s Office and City Councilor Matt O’Malley (behind the ribbon-cutters).

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Hernandez School suffers deaths of 2 leaders

December 2, 2011
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Margarita Muñiz

Muñiz, Larson pass in same week   The Rafael Hernandez School in Egleston Square suffered a double blow in last month with the deaths of its longtime principal and assistant principal Margarita Muñiz and Ken Larson. Muñiz, who died Nov. 18 after a long battle with cancer, was nationally renowned for her nearly 30...

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JPNC names new members

December 2, 2011
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Four of the five remaining vacancies on the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) were filled at its Nov. 29 meeting at Curtis Hall. Cooper Renfro, Alex Rodriguez and Erin Colgan-Snyder from Area B and Courtney Snegroff from Area A were appointed by the 15 council members. One remaining vacancy in Area A remains open....

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Occupy JP to hold ‘Hard Times’ march

December 2, 2011
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Occupy JP will hold its first public event on Dec. 4: a Centre Street march called the “Economic Hard Times Tour of JP.” The march, which begins at 1 p.m. in Monument Square, will involve handing out informational leaflets about budget cuts to social services and how they impact Jamaica Plain, said Occupy JP...

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Good Taste

December 2, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Jason Waddleton (left), JP resident and owner of The Haven pub, looks over the offerings of Brookside-based Sam Adams Brewery at the annual Taste of Jamaica Plain on Nov. 17 at Cedars Hall. The event raises funds for the Egleston Square social service agency ESAC.

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Neighbors still pushing for McBride St. project changes

December 2, 2011
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STONYBROOK—Disagreement between neighbors and developers of a project at McBride and Washington streets continues amid a lack of Impact Advisory Group (IAG) meetings. Neighbors to the site, currently occupied by the Flanagan & Seaton Motor Car Company at 3529 Washington St., have asked developers for reduced parking, along with other concessions to promote a...

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