Op-Ed: What is the ‘State of Jamaica Plain’?

January 20, 2012
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By Juan Gonzalez and Orion Kriegman, Special to the Gazette The 2nd Annual State of Our Neighborhood forum? What’s that? Last year, over 250 people came out on a cold Feb. 15 to gather in English High School for the first State of Our Neighborhood forum, where the elected representatives of Jamaica Plain shared...

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Letter: Paul is no progress

January 20, 2012
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In 2008, I voted for Hillary Clinton. Why? Because she had answers to questions and was easily the smartest and most experienced person in any room she was in. I could understand Obama’s appeal, but I wanted someone who could do the hard work we needed. Clinton did not get the nomination, and a not...

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Letter: Gazette missed church and family closeness

January 20, 2012
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To my great regret, the article in the Jan. 6 JP Gazette did not express the profound sympathy and deep respect members of First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist feel for the Arredondo family. (“Occupy survives in churches, marches.”) Nor did it reflect the strong commitment many members of the church feel to...

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Letter: Old bridge could be a park

January 20, 2012
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I wonder if the Casey Overpass structure could be saved, saving the cost of demolition, to hold less weight, as does the High Line in NYC? High Line is a 1.45-mile linear park atop a former elevated railroad spur on the lower West Side of Manhattan, planted as an aerial greenway. The recycling of...

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Letter: Vultures are better than Mitt

January 20, 2012
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Companies such as Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital are being referred to as “vulture capitalists.” I don’t think that’s accurate. Vultures, at least, wait until something is dead before profiting from it by consuming it. If I were a vulture, I would sue for defamation of character. Robyn Ochs Jamaica Plain

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JP History: Franklin Park Zoo turns 100

January 20, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection) Two grizzly bears splash around one of the pools in the now-abandoned bear dens in Franklin Park, 1929.

This year, Franklin Park Zoo celebrates a milestone that many through its history never thought it never would: its centennial. “We look forward to welcoming and introducing a whole new generation of people to the wonders of our natural world and will continue to create fun and lasting memories for visitors of all ages,”...

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New Arboretum map shows 15k plants

January 20, 2012
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A new online map of Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum can pinpoint each of 15,000 plants, including planting date and cultivar name, on the 265-acre property. “The Arboretum has been disseminating information about its plants for over a century, and Collection Researcher is the latest,” Curator of Living Collections Michael Dosmann told the Gazette. The new...

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Bullets fly on South St.

January 20, 2012
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Bullets flew on South Street for the second time in a month on Jan. 6, this time peppering a car in a reported drive-by shooting. No one was injured and no suspects have been charged, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). The drive-by apparently was unrelated to a Dec. 11 shooting of a...

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Grocery lot trees to be replaced

January 20, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—Several mature trees in the Stop & Shop parking lot were cut down in recent weeks and will be replaced with new trees in the spring. George Marsh, a Roslindale resident who shops at the 301 Centre St. supermarket, said he was surprised by the removal and curious as to why it happened...

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Cemetery misses annual report filings

January 20, 2012
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Forest Hills Cemetery has never filed a mandatory yearly report, according to the Secretary of State’s Office website. It is also apparently based out of a nonexistent address, according to city tax records. As of 1985, cemeteries, along with all other nonprofits, are required to file an annual report with the Secretary of State’s...

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Court: Legal immigrants get health coverage

January 20, 2012
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Legal immigrants cannot be removed from the state’s low-income subsidized health insurance plan, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Jan. 5, ordering the state to restore a $150 million budget cut. Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez said the decision “validated” his longstanding concern that the cuts violated the state constitution. “I’m happy and excited,” Sánchez...

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Heating aid slashed for 1,000

January 20, 2012
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More than 1,000 Jamaica Plain households could be in the cold this winter due to deep cuts in federal heating bill aid. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is providing Massachusetts with $132 million in aid—a cut of $52 million from last year. A push is under way for the state to provide...

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Obituary: Bruce Wallin, NU professor

January 20, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Bruce Wallin.

Bruce A. Wallin, of Jamaica Plain, aged 63, passed away on Dec. 29, 2011 after a short battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Vickie and two daughters, Anne, 15, and Eva, 11, and a sister, Barbara Lynch. He was born in Amsterdam, N.Y. In 1990, he moved to Boston to join...

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Obituary: Oscar Raul Vega Ponce, human rights activist

January 20, 2012
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Oscar Raul Vega Ponce of Jamaica Plain died on Jan. 9, 2012 after a long health battle. He was 61. Known to many as Raul, he spent his last days surrounded and cared for by his family and close friends. Raul will forever be remembered for his remarkable strength, generosity and good humor. Raul...

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Website gives voice to street harassment victims

January 20, 2012
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Two women with long ties to Jamaica Plain are barking back at catcallers with a new website, boston.ihollaback.org. Hollaback! Boston aims to combat alleged street harassment by providing a forum for women and LGBT victims of catcalls, rude gestures and uninvited touching to share their stories, often including pictures of the alleged harassers. “For...

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Sights and Sounds, 1/20

January 20, 2012
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The deadline for listings is noon, Jan. 31 for the Feb. 3 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Accessible ice-skating at Kelly Rink, for wheelchairs, ice-sleds and conventional skates. Wed. Feb. 1, Kelly Rink, 1 Marbury Ter. Info: 413-527-8980....

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Invitación, 1/20

January 20, 2012
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La entrega para la lista de Invitación es mediodía, 31 de enero para la publicación 3 febrero. Mandar a [email protected] Nota: hay que marcar 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, si no tiene otro número.  Reuniones Discuscion sobre la ley de tres “strikes”, patrocinado por JP Forum, viernes, 27 enero, 7-9pm, First...

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Agenda, 1/20

January 20, 2012
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Jan. 31 for the Feb. 3 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Jackson Sq. Recreational Center meeting, discussing updates and next steps. Jan. 24, 6pm, Anna Mae Cole Community Center, 10 Lamartine...

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Overpass announcement delayed

January 17, 2012
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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 we haven’t...

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Cops: Woman assaulted at Jamaica Pond

January 16, 2012
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A woman was attacked by an unknown man at Jamaica Pond early this morning 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 them...

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Occupy survives in churches, marches

January 6, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) Carlos and Melida Arredondo set up the “Camp Alex” Occupy Boston/JP display at First Church on Dec. 19.

  While the Occupy Boston protest was shut down last month, it lives on in symbolic displays at Jamaica Plain churches and in a team-up with JP housing activists. It also survives as a loose, active organization with lots of JP residents involved, including prominent spokesperson Gunner Scott. Meanwhile, the local Occupy JP group...

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JP’s Punk Rock Friar

January 6, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) Brother Charles Sammons.

A Catholic friar and priest who can quote scripture—no surprise. But one who also quotes punk rock and heavy metal lyrics? Meet Brother Charles Sammons, a Jamaica Plain-based Capuchin Franciscan friar who says that rebel music was his first conversion experience on the way to the ultimate punker: Jesus Christ. “If you’re going to...

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You Said It, JP! 2011 in Quotes

January 6, 2012
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“There is someone coming to this location—a Whole Foods.” —Former Hi-Lo Foods manager Bill Jordan breaking the news that Whole Foods was coming to Hyde Square.   “Based on what we know now, we are concerned that Whole Foods is not a good fit for Hyde Square. We hope that it will reconsider its...

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No hay comidas malas ni buenas

January 6, 2012
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Hay varias posiciones vacantes en muchas oficinas y agencias al empezar el 2012. Una de ellas es en Community Servings, donde la persona que ejercía una de las posiciones  más importante se fue para buscar otras alternativas, fuera del estado y trabajando por la educación. Así lo destacó Rosario Domínguez, en una entrevista exclusiva...

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