Letter: Mass. falls behind on medical marijuana

February 3, 2012
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I was really disheartened to see that state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez continues to block relief to some of his most hurting constituents and, for that matter, the entire state. (“Sanchez to halt medical pot bill,” Jan. 20.) One of my close friends has been suffering with cancer for years; his pain management is greatly...

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Letter: Overpass process was unfair, biased

February 3, 2012
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It appears that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is ready to announce a decision on the approach to be taken for the replacement of the Casey Overpass at Forest Hills. It is very likely that MassDOT will decide in favor of its “at-grade” plan to handle all of the east-west and north-south traffic...

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Letter: Surface option is good, fast and cheap

February 3, 2012
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I have attended all of the public meetings for the Casey Overpass Project. I believe both options that have been presented are a vast improvement over what is currently in place and that both designs will be able to accommodate all modes and capacities of traffic, per the information provided at these meetings. If I...

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Letter: Story should have focused on self-defense

February 3, 2012
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I greatly appreciate the Gazette’s efforts to inform the public about the details of the attempted assault at Jamaica Pond, but the headline and the first paragraph of the article are incomplete. (“Cops: Woman assaulted at pond,” Jan. 20.) A closer reading of the article reveals that this woman successfully defended herself by using her voice and...

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Letter: South End biolab risks are too high

February 3, 2012
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The proposed Bio Level 3 and 4 lab for Boston must be opposed. Despite the many safety precautions designed for the building, there would still be an unacceptable risk to the community if there was ever any outbreak of deadly pathogens. We cannot assume that the latest technology will eliminate all risks. I’m sure...

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Letter: Welcoming homeless housing

February 3, 2012
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I am writing to applaud the recent decision of the Superior Court to allow the development of the former Barbara McInnis House at 461 Walnut Ave. into affordable homes for homeless people to move forward. I also offer my congratulations to Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Pine Street Inn and the Jamaica...

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Senior car service launches

February 3, 2012
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A low-cost taxi service for seniors and people who are visually impaired began serving Jamaica Plain with a soft launch in recent weeks. There was “no breaking a Champagne bottle over the hood of a car,” but the program is under way, said Dale Mitchell, a board member of ITNGreaterBoston, the new nonprofit offering...

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Invitación, 2/3

February 3, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es al mediodía, el 14 de febrero para la publicación del 17 de febrero. Mandar a [email protected] Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número.  Reuniones Reunión anual de JP Centre/South Main Streets, lunes, 6 febrero, 6:30-8pm, Casa...

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Agenda, 2/3

February 3, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Feb. 14 for the Feb. 17 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JP Centre/South Main Streets annual meeting, Mon. Feb. 6, 6:30-8pm, Loring Greenough House, 12 South St. JP Problem Properties Committee,...

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Sights and Sounds, 2/3

February 3, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP STORIES: JP resident Ken Tangvik will read from his short story collection “Don’t Mess with Tanya: Stories Emerging from Boston’s Barrios” as part of the Chapter and Verse Literary Reading Series Feb. 10 at the Loring-Greenough House.

The deadline for listings is noon, Feb. 14 for the Feb.17 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Winter Snow Festival at Franklin Park, snowshoe, track animal prints, cross country ski tour at 1:30pm, Sat., Feb. 4, 1-3pm. Sign-in at...

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Homeless care project wins in court

January 25, 2012
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PARKSIDE—After nearly a year in court, the developers of a care and housing facility for the homeless on Walnut Avenue have won the right to proceed with construction. The developers, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), plan to make the former Barbara McInnis House at 461...

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Hundreds protest T cuts

January 20, 2012
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A parade of 75 speakers, including many Jamaica Plain officials and residents, blasted the MBTA’s proposed fare hike and service cuts at a Roxbury Community College meeting last night. At least 250 people attended. A few people were willing to pay higher fares, but no one wanted service cuts. Those include killing the E...

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Overpass choice delayed

January 20, 2012
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FOREST HILLS— The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) may reach a decision on the future of the Casey Overpass in private this week, but it will not immediately hold a public meeting to announce the decision. MassDOT previously said the decision would be made this week. “Usually we publicize meetings for two weeks, and...

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T seeks to boost fares, cut service

January 20, 2012
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The MBTA is seeking to plug a budget hole by raising fares and cutting service—including weekend E Line subway/streetcar trips and most of the JP Loop bus service. The highest-ridership lines in Jamaica Plain—the Orange Line subway and the Route 39 bus—would be untouched. A meeting about the already controversial proposal is set for...

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Poetry returns to Forest Hills Cemetery

January 20, 2012
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Poetry-reading is returning to Forest Hills Cemetery in a new series organized by the Forest Hills Educational Trust (FHET). It is the first poetry series to be held at Forest Hills Cemetery since FHET abruptly suspended programming in January 2011. Last year, only the Lantern Festival and a small series of walking tours were...

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T considera cortar servicios

January 20, 2012
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Con el fin de llenar una diferencia en su presupuesto fiscal, el MBTA considera subir el precio del transporte y cortar algunos servicios, incluso la ruta E de la línea verde durante los fines de semana y la mayoría del servicio JP Loop. Las rutas con la mayor cantidad de pasajeros—la línea naranja y...

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Campaign Quilting

January 20, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren lends a hand to a quilting group volunteering for Room to Grow, a children’s charity, during to a day of service held in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 16 at the Curley School. Alan Khazei, founder of volunteer organization City Year and a Warren supporter, and his daughter Mirabelle looked on during the Boston Cares-organized event.

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Cat Rescue

January 20, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy MSPCA-Angell) One of nearly 30 purebred cats rescued from a Western Mass. backyard breeder gets a dip in pest-killing lime sulfur from Alyssa Muro at the MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center on S. Huntington Ave. Jan. 6. MSPCA Law Enforcement rescued the mistreated cats, along with four chickens, from the owner, who is not being identified. The cats will be put up for adoption at the MSPCA. For more info, see mspca.org/fancycats.

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JP officials question crime reforms

January 20, 2012
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Prison sentence reforms—including a beefing-up of the so-called three strikes laws—recently passed by the state legislature are sparking controversy across the city and in Jamaica Plain. “Many people in the city believe that it will be extremely expensive and it will sweep up many minor offenders because it is too broadly written,” said local...

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Parcel U on sale for 3rd time

January 20, 2012
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The MBTA is making a third attempt to sell a surplus parcel south of the Forest Hills T Station on Hyde Park Avenue. Parcel U, encompassing almost 123,000 square feet, is one of a handful of parcels that the T has been trying to sell, with limited success, since 2007. The Forest Hills Improvement...

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Three Kings

January 20, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) (from left) Francys Perez, “King” Karina Arias and Celanni Rosario celebrate Three Kings Day on Jan. 5 at the Hyde Square Task Force’s (HSTF) Cheverus Building. The event included a youths-written play by the HSTF’s Youth Literacy Theater troupe and toys for the 100 children in attendance.

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Cops: Woman assaulted at pond

January 20, 2012
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A woman was attacked by an unknown man at Jamaica Pond early on Jan. 16 while walking her dog, according to the Boston Police Department. The woman reported that she was walking around the pond at 5 a.m. when the suspect passed her and said, “Hello.” The suspect then grabbed her from behind, causing...

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JP Observer: Siren noise problem shouldn’t fall on deaf ears

January 20, 2012
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Walking down Centre Street just after New Year’s, I was suddenly assaulted by a sound so loud it felt like someone had jabbed an ice pick in my right ear. I instinctively covered both ears, and I noticed some other pedestrians did the same. We were responding to the siren from an ambulance speeding...

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Musician/activist creates JP rock opera

January 20, 2012
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(Photo courtesy Joe Driscoll) (from left) Kevin Silvia, Brian O’Connell, Colleen Kleya, Justin Kleya and Sam Ward form the band The Grass Gypsys, who will perform in O’Connell’s rock opera “Over The Line.”

Jamaica Plain musician and activist Brian O’Connell is prepping for a big undertaking: presenting a “radical social satire rock opera,” complete with over-sized puppet actors, spoken word and a 10-piece band with 8 singers, scheduled to open at Spontaneous Celebrations Feb. 4. The story of “Over The Line” follows JP resident Sleepy Doormat, a...

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