Connolly focuses on education

June 24, 2011
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Connolly focuses on education

WEB EXCLUSIVE If At-Large City Councilor John Connolly had his way, Boston Public Schools would be radically different. A former middle school teacher and chair of the City Council’s Education Committee, “I would pilot the whole system,” Connolly said in an interview at the Gazette office earlier this month, referring to pilot schools—BPS schools...

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Jackson rec center approved

June 24, 2011
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Other Jackson projects stalled WEB EXCLUSIVE JACKSON SQ.—Plans for a new recreation center received Boston Redevelopment Authority approval last week and two residential developments are moving forward, but other pieces of the elaborate Jackson Square redevelopment plan appear stalled with little or no explanation. Nonprofit developer Urban Edge won BRA board approval June 16...

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JP teacher travels to Arctic

June 24, 2011
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WEB EXCLUSIVE Mark Goldner will be getting plenty of sun on his summer vacation. He’ll spend six weeks at 78 degrees latitude—well above the Arctic Circle—studying glaciers. That means that Goldner will be subjected to 24 hours a day of sunlight for his entire stay in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago that can have a...

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Kids christen new Jamaica Pond fleet

June 24, 2011
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Kids christen new Jamaica Pond fleet

Built their own boats with JP group WEB EXCLUSIVE PONDSIDE—Swimzilla, Piranha, The Rider, The Great Ebony Blanca Shark—those are the names emblazoned on the backs of four rowboats that were christened with Poland Springs sparkling water and launched on Jamaica Pond June 15 by about 40 fifth-graders. The students, from the Haley Pilot School...

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New website, column for Gazette

June 24, 2011
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Newspapers exist to document change. So it’s fitting that newspapers do some changing of their own from time to time. The Gazette has made some exciting changes over the past few months that we’re pleased to report to our readers. We have completely rebuilt our website at JamaicaPlainGazette.com to make it easier to read...

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Shuttered school to get new roof

June 24, 2011
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A $1.4 million new roof for the soon-to-close Louis Agassiz School at 20 Child St. is the biggest-ticket capital improvement coming to Jamaica Plain this year in the mayor’s proposed 2012 capital budget. The work is scheduled to take place this summer, displacing a Boston Center for Youth and Families (BCYF) community center that...

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Tot lot closed all summer for fix-up

June 24, 2011
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PONDSIDE—The popular Brewer-Burroughs tot lot, located near the intersection of those two streets, is closed for renovations at least until Labor Day, city Parks and Recreation Department Project Manager Scott Dupuis told the Gazette. The $340,000 project will not significantly change the layout of the lot. Plans for the renovation, finalized in 2009, include...

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Arboretum wall collapses

June 24, 2011
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ARBORWAY—A 120-year-old stone wall bordering Arnold Arboretum collapsed at several points during heavy rains last month, spilling chunks of rock near a public path. Experts have warned for years about potential collapse of the historic retaining wall, which essentially holds the Arborway in place along the Arboretum’s eastern border, but the City of Boston...

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Artist’s Eye

June 24, 2011
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Artist’s Eye

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Councilors may run as slate

June 24, 2011
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Faced with a challenge from former City Councilor Michael Flaherty, who quit the council in 2009 to run for mayor, the four incumbent at-large city councilors may run as a slate, At-Large City Councilor John Connolly told the Gazette. Three of the incumbents—Felix Arroyo, Connolly and City Council President Stephen Murphy—appeared together as part...

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JP Observer: Who’s who at Forest Hills Cemetery?

June 24, 2011
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Jamaica Plain lost hours of poetry, music, history and art walks, visual art exhibits, local history research, school tours, workshops, birding expeditions and annual Mexican- and Japanese-influenced festivals when all programs at Forest Hills Cemetery were suspended early this year. The audiences for the cemetery’s unique arts and cultural programs often turned into customers...

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Grocer answers lingering questions

June 24, 2011
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Whole Foods Markets’ June 2 community meeting on its controversial plans to open a store in Hyde Square ended early when police shut it down, but company officials answered some leftover questions this week. One issue that was not addressed in the meeting was mitigating potential traffic congestion in the square when the store...

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Protesters claim local roots

June 24, 2011
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Suggestions that anti-Whole Foods activists are agitators from outside the community are false, members of the group Whose Foods? Whose Community? The Coalition for an Affordable and Diverse JP told the Gazette. In an email, Whose Foods member Helen Matthews told the Gazette that 92 percent of the 40 people active in the group...

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How whole are those foods?

June 24, 2011
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In an what she says was an accidental piece of topical marketing, Faulkner Hospital nutritionist Nancy Oliveira is advertising her June 30 workshop “Be Supermarket Savvy,” with a nod to the most-talked-about grocery store chain in Jamaica Plain. “What are the pros and cons of shopping at Shaw’s versus Whole Foods?” says the workshop...

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Ad Hoc Committee to finish report

June 24, 2011
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s Ad Hoc Whole Foods Committee planned at a June 22 meeting to put the finishing touches on a report about the potential effects of Whole Foods Market’s planned move to Hyde Square. The final report is scheduled to be reviewed at the June 28 meeting of the JPNC. The...

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Ready to Roll

June 24, 2011
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Ready to Roll

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Housing Success

June 24, 2011
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Housing Success

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JP Shopping Spree returns

June 24, 2011
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The JP Shopping Spree, a local shopping fest that debuted in April, was so successful that it is returning as a five-day event July 6-10. “So many folks, business owners and participants alike, asked for it to be longer,” said Betsy Cowan, executive director of Egleston Square Main Streets, one of the fest’s organizers....

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Treating eyes of seeing-eye dogs

June 24, 2011
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Treating eyes of seeing-eye dogs

What good would a blind seeing-eye dog do? Veterinary ophthalmologists—eye doctors—at the Angell Animal Medical Center examined 22 dogs, free of charge, during the month of May as part of a nationwide effort to treat service animals. “Service dogs are pivotal in assisting people throughout the world,” said Dr. Daniel Biros, one of the...

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Porch collapse on Nira Ave. injures 16

June 24, 2011
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A porch collapsed during a party at 3 Nira Ave. on June 19, sending 16 people to the hospital and displacing tenants, according to city officials. A couple of the injuries were “serious but not life-threatening,” said Boston Fire Department spokesperson Steve MacDonald. “Citations are coming soon” against the property owner, according to Lisa...

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Big Bird

June 24, 2011
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Big Bird

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Twin bridges could replace overpass

June 24, 2011
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Busway reviewed Twin bridges could replace the Casey Overpass in a proposal made to the Working Advisory Group (WAG) on June 14 at English High School. The meeting also covered possibilities for the South and Asticou streets corridor, next to the Forest Hills MBTA station, a stretch of road identified early on as one...

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Chip on the Old Block

June 24, 2011
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Chip on the Old Block

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School honored for fitness

June 24, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—The John F. Kennedy Elementary School was among 275 schools nationwide honored last week for creating a program to combat childhood obesity. The Kennedy School’s Fitness Club, which offers such prizes as water bottles and book bags to students who engage in active exercise, won a Bronze Award from the Alliance for a...

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