JP student population holds steady

December 16, 2011
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Jamaica Plain’s student population held steady in the last year according to an annual census, though the balance between graduate and undergraduate students has continued to shift. JP’s student residents are evenly split between graduates (526) and undergraduates (540). Graduates dominated JP last year with 603 students to 493 undergrads. In fall 2009, those...

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Holiday decoration winners announced

December 16, 2011
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Winners of the best holiday-themed shop windows in the Egleston Square and JP Centre/South Main Streets districts were announced last week. Latino Beauty Salon at 3125 Washington St. won in Egleston Square, while the Salmagundi hat shop at 765 Centre St. won in Centre/South. The stores are among several around the city now duking...

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IdeAZ: +Pobres, –Ricos

December 16, 2011
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“Occupy JP” sigue sin una traducción al español. “Ocupar Jamaica Plain” podría ser una de la opciones; pero lo que podría venir en camino es la posibilidad de tomar el liderazgo a lo largo de la ciudad ante las dificultades del movimiento en Boston que esta semana llegó hasta la corte ante la arremetida...

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Mission Hill school to keep name in JP move

December 16, 2011
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Despite plans to move the Mission Hill K-8 School out of Mission Hill to the former Agassiz School building at 20 Child St., the school will likely retain its name, Boston Public Schools spokesperson Matt Wilder told the Gazette. He said that name changes will not be considered for the schools, unless their school...

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Letter: How surface-street option changed my mind

December 16, 2011
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I represent the Emerald Necklace Conservancy (ENC) on the Working Advisory Group for the Casey Overpass Project. I am also a resident of Martinwood Road and consider myself an active member of the Asticou/Martinwood Neighborhood Association. However, on the Casey Overpass question I find myself not only disagreeing with many of my neighbors, but...

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Letter: Surface streets re-knit parks

December 16, 2011
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The following letter was submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation: I am writing on behalf of the Board of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.  We would like to take this opportunity to submit our comments on the replacement of the Casey Overpass before a final decision is made by Secretary Richard Davey. As you...

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Op-Ed: December Dreams

December 16, 2011
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By Rev. Terry Burke, Special to the Gazette In an ancient Greek church in Nazareth, there is a fresco showing Mary riding on a donkey, with Joseph holding the toddler Jesus on his shoulders, as parents do. In the painting, the Holy Family is fleeing to Egypt, escaping a murderous tyrant. Crossing the Sinai...

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Editorial: Time to think about Casey

December 16, 2011
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We applaud MassDOT for following our suggestion to delay the Casey Overpass replacement decision until mid-January. It is the right thing to do. MassDOT already held a thorough series of meetings about the overpass replacement, also by local request. But as with all long processes, the real action happens at the end. That is...

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Editorial: Occupying JP

December 16, 2011
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The Occupy movement was a historic success as consciousness-raising and a validation that things really are as bad as they feel. It should survive as more than T-shirts and the inevitable movie. One way that can happen is through hands-on work in local communities. As usual, JP was ahead on the curve on this....

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Editorial: The ways of winter

December 16, 2011
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Winter’s cold embrace begins on Dec. 22, but we are actually closer to the Sun now than we are in the summer. Jan. 3 marks the day our planet draws closest to our parent star in its oval-shaped orbit. Winter comes not because we are far from the warming Sun, but because we are...

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Letter: Bridge option is outdated

December 16, 2011
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I have been reading the recent letters in this paper about the Casey Overpass replacement project, and I’d like to put in a word in favor of replacing the bridge with an at-grade road network. I live adjacent to the overpass and use the intersections around it daily. The roads running under the overpass...

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Letter: Thanks to soccer supporters

December 16, 2011
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The board of Jamaica Plain Youth Soccer (JPYS) would like to thank our generous sponsors. Their ever-growing support enables more than 300 local boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 18 to learn fundamental soccer skills, have fun with their friends and perhaps become the next Hope Solo or Lionel Messi. Jamaica...

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Letter: New bridge is no improvement

December 16, 2011
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In your most recent editions, you have published a number of letters advocating for the replacement bridge to replace the Casey Overpass. I would like to offer a counterpoint to those letters. The most important thing to remember is that independent traffic studies show that traffic will flow through the area at essentially the...

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Letter: Salon deserved a mention

December 16, 2011
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I am curious as to how you can present an article with such a name and not feature Ultra Beauty Salon in Hyde Square? (“Salons aim for Newbury style, JP attitude,” Dec. 2.) Is the Gazette suffering from some Centre/South bias?  Damaris and her team at Ultra have been offering the best of JP...

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Letter: Bridge would be a repeat mistake

December 16, 2011
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I am a 22-year resident of Jamaica Plain and I strongly support the at-grade solution to replace the Casey Overpass. As an architect, I vehemently and completely disagree with the concept of a bridge replacement. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reconnect the Emerald Necklace and to restore a critical piece of urban design for future generations. Frederick...

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Letter: Consider future of cars in overpass debate

December 16, 2011
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The public discussion of the surface street versus the new bridge options for the post-Casey Overpass plan has been rich and thoughtful. Such an important transportation corridor and intersection deserves careful deliberation. I am also impressed with the civility of the debate. Those who favor the no-bridge plan and those who prefer a plan...

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Letter: Many benefits to surface-street option

December 16, 2011
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The following letter was sent to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and elected officials: I am writing to register my view that the at-grade solution is far superior to that of a new overpass. I confess that I was surprised to reach this conclusion. Having used the overpass on an almost daily basis when I commuted...

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Letter: Surface street option points to better future

December 16, 2011
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The following letter was sent to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation: Thank you very much for soliciting public comments on the “bridge/no bridge” alternatives for the Forest Hills/Arborway/Washington Street interchange following the removal of the Casey Overpass. This is a critical juncture for our Jamaica Plain/Forest Hills community. What will the future hold? Will...

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Letter: JP must work together on overpass plan

December 16, 2011
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The planning for a replacement of the deteriorating Casey Overpass presents a rare opportunity for Jamaica Plain, the Forest Hills neighborhood and the Emerald Necklace park system to repair damage from a past mistake. As the Arborway Coalition representative on the WAG (Working Advisory Group), I have received many heartfelt comments, all in favor...

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Letter: Surface streets would serve everyone

December 16, 2011
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Forest Hills, through its high through-put of people throughout the day, and proximity to world-class parks offering leisure and recreational opportunities, has the inherent traits to foster the high degree of pedestrian activity that is crucial for fostering community, safety, high transit use, and with all of that, successful development. In its current state, it...

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Invitación, 12/16/11

December 16, 2011
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Su Material. Considere quesu material para ser publicado en esta sección debe llegar con tiempo: Mínimo el martes antes del viernes de la publicción de esta edición. Si usa internet, eníe sus documentos a: [email protected] Navidad Pedido. Nuestro Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez recuerda que  el programa Canned Food Drive sigue hasta el 31 de este...

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Sights and Sounds, 12/16/11

December 16, 2011
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The deadline for listings is noon, Jan. 3 for the Jan. 6 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Craft Fair, sponsored by UForge Gallery and Eliot Hall. Sat., Dec. 17 and Sun., Dec. 18, 11am-5pm, at the Footlight Club....

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JP Agenda, 12/16/11

December 16, 2011
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Jan. 3 for the Jan 6 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNC Public Service Committee, Tues., Jan. 3, 7pm, Curtis Hall, 20 South St. Agenda Includes: finalization of agenda for committee...

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Man sought in stroller assault case

December 13, 2011
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Man sought in stroller assault case

The Boston Police Department has released a sketch of a man being sought in connection with a Nov. 28 sexual assault in Franklin Park. The man is described as Hispanic; in his mid-20s; 5-feet-8-inches tall; medium build; and wearing a black hat and a black jacket or long-sleeved shirt. The sketch appears to show...

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