Group urges local rep. to support energy bill

June 22, 2012
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Environment Massachusetts, a local chapter of a national environmental advocacy organization, is going door to door in Jamaica Plain attempting to elicit support for a renewable energy bill. The group is urging residents to send state Reps. Liz Malia and Jeffrey Sánchez a postcard asking them to support the bill. “Sometimes it is hard...

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Faulkner docs publish book on migraines

June 22, 2012
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Two Faulkner Hospital doctors have written a book aimed at headache sufferers and their families. “The Migraine Solution,” written by doctors Elizabeth Loder and Paul Rizzoli, talks about migraine research and treatment, lifestyle issues and how to get help, as well as headache management. “The book tries to give a well-rounded understanding of the...

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Congratulations!

June 22, 2012
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The following Jamaica Plain individuals and organizations are being congratulated for achievements in education: Augustus Lamb and Gregory Loukas achieved academic honors at Belmont Hill School. Gregory Loukas won an Independent School League All League Honorable Mention in Lacrosse at Belmont Hill School. Aaron Yemane completed the United States Institute of Peace’s course “Introduction...

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Editorial: Fix Monument Sq. traffic now

June 22, 2012
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With a City redesign plan delayed, it will be 2014 at best before Monument Square is rebuilt to be something other than an asphalt monster looking for pedestrians to kill. Someone may well die there long before then. The City and the MBTA should take immediate action to improve safety in ways that do...

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Editorial: Help the real Indians

June 22, 2012
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While U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren defends her conveniently optional American Indian identity, and incumbent Sen. Scott Brown continues to goad her about it, many actual American Indians are struggling. While Warren and Brown debate how Warren’s supposed Indian heritage may have influenced her professorship at the world’s greatest university, actual American Indians last...

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Editorial: Arresting the wrong people

June 22, 2012
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The mortgage crisis has resulted in local state Rep. Liz Malia sitting handcuffed in the back of a police van, while most people running the banks and mortgage companies walk around free. They’re arresting the wrong people. Good for Malia for sticking her neck out for her constituents. We can’t judge the details of...

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Letter: Thanks for Jimmy Memorial help

June 22, 2012
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Jimmy Fund Golf extends its sincerest thanks to the organizers and sponsors of the Jimmy Memorial held on June 5 at Juniper Hills Golf Course in Northborough, Mass. Special recognition and appreciation goes to Shawn Fitzpatrick of Jamaica Plain, Mass., and the committee who organized the 11th annual event. The dedicated sponsors, participants and...

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Letter: The JPNDC thanks supporters

June 22, 2012
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On behalf of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), I want to thank all the many JP residents and supporters who helped make our 35th anniversary community celebration on June 9 a success in many ways! There are more people than can be named, but we want to give a special thank-you to...

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MBTA set for fare increases, service cuts

June 22, 2012
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The MBTA plan for fare increases and service cuts is slated to go into effect July 1. The MBTA is attempting to fill a $159 million budget gap. But if state legislators don’t act quickly, the service cuts might be deeper than expected. The current plan is for rates to increase 23 percent and...

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Phone scammer said to be JP-based

June 22, 2012
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An alleged telemarketing scam artist who has angered thousands of people around the country is said to be using a Jamaica Plain-based phone number, leading a Minnesota man to call the Gazette for help. “I wondered if you would go over there and ask them if they would please stop calling me. Just tell...

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Comments sought on housing project

June 22, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) is seeking public comment on its review of the design of a controversial housing project at 207-209 Chestnut Ave. Developer Pat McKenna plans to demolish an existing vacant house and replace it with two two-family houses. Neighbors complain that the plan destroys the 130-year-old house and several trees, and...

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Agenda, 6/22/12

June 22, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, July 2 for the July 6 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, normally the last Tuesday of the month, Tues., June 26, Julia Martin House, 90 Bickford St....

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Sights and Sounds, 6/22/12

June 22, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, July 2 for the July 6 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Circle the City, with live performances, outdoor fitness, dance and yoga classes, farmer’s markets, bike clinics. Sun., June 24, 1-5pm, Franklin...

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Invitación, 6/22/12

June 22, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 2 de julio para la publicación del 6 de julio. Mandar a news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número. Reuniones Grupo consultivo sobre el diseño del Casey Arborway, lunes, 18 junio y...

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Three wounded in shooting

June 15, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—Three men were wounded in a shooting last night at 279 Centre St. in the Bromley-Heath housing development, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). The three unidentified victims all had injuries described as “non-life-threatening,” according to BPD. One victim is 22 years old, another 27, and the age of the third was...

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Park program to hold car-free day on Green St.

June 14, 2012
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A new program to get more people into city parks will close Green Street to cars on Sun., July 15 so that people can “walk, bike, roll, skate or dance” in freedom. The “Open Streets” event is part of Circle the City, a new program headed by Jamaica Plain resident Jessica Parsons. Circle the...

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Casey traffic data accuracy is in doubt

June 8, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Discrepancies between two Casey Arborway traffic analyses—one publicly released, one not—have been discovered by critics. They show traffic performance to be worse in most cases and better in others than the state previously announced. It is unclear why the new information and traffic data previously presented to the advisory group do not match....

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Summer Stories

June 8, 2012
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Nuevo pastor católico aquí para aprender

June 8, 2012
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El reverendo Carlos Flor, el nuevo pastor de las tres parroquias católicas de Jamaica Plain, quiere pasar su primer año aprendiendo de las necesidades de la comunidad, dijo al Gazette en una entrevista la semana pasada. “Estoy muy alegre ir allá,” dijo Flor, quien empezó su puesto de pastor el 5 de junio. Dijo...

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Boutique hotel aims to open this month

June 8, 2012
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A new “boutique” hotel, long in development at 81 S. Huntington Ave., is aiming to open for business on June 25, according to manager Trevor Cross. The 41-room hotel in a former nursing home was originally announced as a possible Comfort Inn. But now it will be EnVision Hotel Boston, an independent hotel with...

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Local resident pens book about BPS

June 8, 2012
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Susan Naimark, a Jamaica Plain resident who has lived on Paul Gore Street for 35 years, has written a book about her experience with Boston Public Schools (BPS) as a parent, parent organizer and member of the School Committee. She said the book, titled “The Education of a White Parent: Wrestling with Race and...

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Apartment project awaits BRA decision

June 8, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—A project for 190-200 luxury apartments at 161 S. Huntington Ave. is waiting for the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s (BRA) decision on whether it will be built. The project’s developers could choose to revise the project and hold more community meetings, or they could push ahead with the current design. If that is the...

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Bike Race

June 8, 2012
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Daycare, state differ on investigation

June 8, 2012
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch, Gazette Staff The Arc-En-Ciel Daycare Center and Montessori School and the state child care agency differ on the nature of an investigation into its founding director, Linda Chery-Valentin, and how it might impact the school. Douglas Martin, an attorney for Chery-Valentin, is claiming that the state Department of...

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