Church ponders fate of organ

April 13, 2012
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A local church is pondering what to do with a historic organ it has had dismantled in storage for six years that it is being prodded to move. The decision could mean a huge expense, or giving up the treasure. “This thing fills a semi,” said Rev. Ashlee Wiest-Laird, pastor of First Baptist Church...

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Local bridge demolished

April 13, 2012
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WOODBOURNE—The Tollgate Bridge, a former pedestrian walkway across train tracks near Tollgate Cemetery, was demolished March 31, according to Mayor’s Office spokesperson John Guilfoil. Guilfoil said the City was forced to remove the bridge because it was an aging structure it owned and Amtrak was concerned with having an unnecessary and out-of-service bridge over...

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Birth Notices

April 13, 2012
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Parents Alexandra and Benjamin Weber of Jamaica Plain and grandparents Blaise Mazzella and Phyllis Weber welcomed the birth of Hannah Dove Weber, a girl, on Oct. 27, 2011. Parents Sarah and Robert Hydon of Jamaica Plain and grandparents JoAnn and Hans Schaab and Jeanie and Charles Carroll welcomed the birth of Avery Margaret, a...

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Housing developer stirs more debate

April 13, 2012
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PONDSIDE—A housing developer who has sparked controversy for demolishing old homes and felling trees to build dense condo projects is stirring debate once again on Zamora Street. “Some residents went crazy,” said Brighton-based Pat McKenna about his 20 Zamora St. project. “The City approved it, but then I’m a bad guy for developing it.”...

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10 Loud Years

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Parents complain about lack of school assignment details

April 13, 2012
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Some local parents voiced their displeasure during a Boston Public Schools (BPS) community meeting to discuss crafting a new student-assignment plan. About 30 people attended the March 31 meeting at English High School. James Lesnick, a Jamaica Plain resident with a son at West Roxbury’s Kilmer K-8 School, said there was a lack of...

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JP GOP talks gun rights, ‘stand your ground’ law

April 13, 2012
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A Second Amendment “civil rights” activist spoke to the Jamaica Plain Republicans this week to criticize gun ownership laws in Massachusetts. Jim Wallace, executive director of the Gun Owner’s Action League (GOAL), the official state firearms association in Massachusetts, spent an hour with the JP Republicans at Doyle’s Café on Monday. Gun control and...

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Regan League parade April 21

April 13, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League baseball and softball league will hold its annual parade and Opening Day ceremony on Sat., April 21. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Eliot School on Eliot Street, then make its way down Centre Street to Daisy Field in Olmsted Park. The first pitch and...

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Some local pols to face opponents

April 13, 2012
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Two local officials will face challengers in the upcoming election if people follow through on the paperwork. State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz has taken out election paperwork for the 2nd Suffolk District. So have Roy Owens and David Wyatt, two regular candidates for elected office. Maura Hennigan, the clerk of the Suffolk County Superior Court...

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Ready to Roll

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JP students question ethnic studies ban

April 13, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—Boston Teachers Union School (BTUS) students sent letters to President Barack Obama, the Arizona Attorney General, Arizona Superintendent and Arizona students, to express their outrage at Arizona’s suspension of Mexican American studies in public schools. When Latino students in Riana Good’s Spanish class at BTUS learned about the Arizona law—HB 2281—that prohibits teaching...

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O’Malley talks big issues in ‘town hall’

April 13, 2012
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Casino gambling and redistricting were among the vast range of subjects discussed during City Councilor Matt O’Malley’s second annual “town hall” meeting. About 30 people attended the April 2 meeting at the Connolly Branch Library. Speaking about the City Council redistricting plan, O’Malley said he opposes any plan that split either West Roxbury or...

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Library homework program to change

April 13, 2012
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The Boston Public Library’s (BPL) popular Home Assistance Program is to be folded into a broader out-of-school program, according to BPS spokesperson Gina Perille. The Gazette first learned about the change when JP resident Amy Snell complained during Councilor Matt O’Malley’s “town hall” meeting that the program was going to end. The homework program...

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Leading Residents

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Homeless census results delayed

April 13, 2012
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The City has yet to release its 2011 homeless census despite the fact it has done so the past several years during the winter months. The census has been conducted for 32 straight years, with the last several showing a drop in the homeless population. According to Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) spokesperson Katinka...

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Resident begins anti-litter campaign

April 13, 2012
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PONDSIDE—When Kolya Lynne Smith moved to Pond Street from West Roxbury last fall, she was disgusted by the litter piling up on the sidewalks. Now she has adopted the street, giving it a weekly cleaning herself, and aims to form a group called Jamaica Plain Ecology Advocacy to spread the anti-litter crusade. “I am...

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Police abuse case lingers a year later

April 13, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—A high-profile case of alleged police brutality is still under investigation with no conclusion a year later, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). Michael Pearlstein-Gluck, a Jamaica Plain resident and public school teacher, complained about a March 5, 2011 incident in the Stop & Shop parking lot at 301 Centre St. in...

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Librarian remembers civil rights struggle

April 13, 2012
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A small-town Arkansas sheriff once threatened to decapitate JP resident Laura Foner and throw her head in a river. During her time with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1965 and1966, Foner, the children’s librarian at the Connolly Branch Library, was a participant in a grass-roots organization for civil rights in a small...

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Bike-riding robber sought

April 13, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—A bike-riding robber stole a man’s cell phone and flashed a knife on Heath Street on March 23, according to the Boston Police Department, which released a description of the suspect. The victim was walking his dog and talking on the phone in the area of 251 Heath St. around 4 p.m. when...

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Civil War plays to kick off ‘Olmsted 2022’

April 13, 2012
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Gerry Wright, founder and president of Friends of Jamaica Pond, will be starring in “Olmsted and Whitman: The Civil War Years” April 22 at the First Church in JP. The two one-man shows are a kickoff to Olmsted 2022, a plan to build on the beliefs and ideas of Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer...

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Letter: In support of low-income housing

April 13, 2012
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Twenty years ago, in my country, some delinquents assaulted me and shot me in my spinal cord, relegating me to a wheelchair, and four years ago I began to suffer attacks against my physical integrity due to my political ideals. I was the victim of different forms of violence, including threatening phone calls and...

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Letter: Gazette is wrong about unanswered Casey questions

April 13, 2012
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The Gazette’s attack on our citizen’s group, Bridging Forest Hills, and anyone who dares to speak up against the state’s biased “public” process on the Casey Overpass project, is a great example of shortsighted journalism (“The Casey criticism,” editorial, March 30). You say that Bridging Forest Hills has a “dubious public process.” Advocacy groups...

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Letter: Better traffic data needed for Casey design

April 13, 2012
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I’ve spent 12 years working on the Arborway Yard, two years on the Forest Hills Improvement Initiative. I’m fairly well acquainted with issues that concern residents of the Forest Hills area, especially traffic and transit. As a Casey Overpass project WAG member, I represented 300 residences of the Stonybrook neighborhood, which is used as cut-through...

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Letter: Occupy JP remains active

April 13, 2012
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To quote Mark Twain, news of our death has been greatly exaggerated (“Occupy JP continues with fewer members,” March 16). OJP, and Occupy as a whole, are definitely not socialist groups. Occupy is a diverse group. Our members are Democrats, independents, moderates, faith-based activists–and yes, some socialists of various stripes. All are people who...

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