JP Observer: Ice activities here show vivid, recent climate change

January 26, 2018
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Crowds of people ice skated securely on Jamaica Pond daily in winters from the mid-1800s to less than 100 years ago. Thick blocks of ice were commercially harvested from it to sell locally and for export including by ship. The iced over pond supported trucks and teams of horses easily. Earlier this month, after...

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COLOR GUARDS

January 26, 2018
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COLOR GUARDS

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COAT GIVEAWAY

January 26, 2018
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COAT GIVEAWAY

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City’s emergency shelter system to be redesigned

January 26, 2018
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By Emily Resnevic Gazette Staff The City of Boston is requesting proposals to redesign the emergency shelter system to better support people experiencing homelessness, according to a press release. Proposals are due Feb. 20. The request for proposals (RFP) outlines the City’s goals of modernizing the emergency shelter system to ensure that people seeking...

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Sights and Sounds, Jan. 26, 2018

January 26, 2018
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Feb. 6 for the Feb. Feb. 9 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events Arts, music, and culture Intergenerational Choir, Join an open rehearsal of SingPositive Sunday, January 28th 3:45-6:00pm. Spontaneous Celebrations 45...

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HYDE SQUARE TASK FORCE’S (HSTF) CELEBRATION OF THREE KINGS DAY

January 26, 2018
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HYDE SQUARE TASK FORCE’S (HSTF) CELEBRATION OF THREE KINGS DAY

Scenes from the Hyde Square Task Force’s (HSTF) celebration of Three Kings Day on Jan. 12. Community members gathered at the Connolly Branch Library in the Latin Quarter for a crown-making and a Three Kings Day read-aloud before a parade down Centre Street, ending at HSTF for a folkloric Caribbean concert.

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CAST SELFIE

January 26, 2018
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CAST SELFIE

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JP History: This Month in JP History

January 26, 2018
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The following are the Gazette’s top headlines from this month in Jamaica Plain history: 5 Years Ago: 2013 “Martha Eliot Health Center to cut service to adults” The Martha Eliot Health Center (MEHC) at 75 Bickford St., which is run by Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), announced it would no longer care for adult patients...

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JP History: Loring-Greenough House fundraising to renovate kitchen

January 26, 2018
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The historic Loring-Greenough House is in the middle of a fundraising campaign to raise money to renovate its kitchen, according to Allison Cook, a member of the kitchen crowdfunding task force. “The existing cabinetry, sink and plumbing has far outlasted its usefulness,” said Cook in an email. “It was installed as ‘temporary’ about 12 years...

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MEET THE FACES BEHIND THE BADGES BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

January 26, 2018
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MEET THE FACES BEHIND THE BADGES BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Scenes from the “Meet the Faces Behind the Badges” basketball tournament, which was held at Curtis Hall on Jan. 13 to Jan. 14 and was co-sponsored by the Boston Center for Youth & Families, the South Street Youth Center, and the Boston Police. About 100 players on 10 teams played nine games in two...

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JP Agenda, Jan. 26, 2018

January 26, 2018
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Feb. 6 for the Feb. 9 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Neighbor Open House with the Architects of the Eliot School Space Feasibility Study, Sunday, January 28, 2-4pm. At Farnsworth House, 90...

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Governor launches initiative to increase housing production

January 26, 2018
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The Baker-Polito administration announced last month a new initiative in efforts to increase housing production across the Commonwealth, according to a press release. The Housing Choice Initiative will create a system of incentives and rewards for municipalities that deliver sustainable housing growth and propose legislative changes regarding zoning through “An Act to Promote Housing...

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Former BPD sergeant sentenced

January 26, 2018
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By Emily Resnevic Gazette Staff Bruce Smith, a former Boston Police Department sergeant detective assigned to District E-13 in Jamaica Plain, was sentenced this month in federal court in Boston for repeatedly making false statements so that he could fly with a weapon on personal trips and enable a friend to fly with him...

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Invitacion, Jan. 26, 2018

January 26, 2018
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Plazo para calendario de eventos: martes, 6 feb para la edición del 9 feb. Mande eventos a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Para los números abajo, el código de área es 617. Reuniones Reunión mensual de ESNA, lunes, 29 ene, 6.30pm (puertas 6pm). Egleston Y, 3134 Washington St. Actualizaciones de Friends of Lawson Park, informes de policía, comité...

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Op-eds:

January 26, 2018
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Massachusetts House passes housing bond bill By Local State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez Affordable housing continues to be at the center of our conversations here in Boston and Brookline. We know and feel the impact of the housing crunch first hand. In many ways, we are victims of our own success – our thriving small...

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Letters:

January 26, 2018
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Tenant organization is thankful In partnership and unity, communities find the strength to uplift. Our community, the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments in Jamaica Plain personifies this.  On Monday, January 8th, a large-scale arrest involving our community took place in the culmination of a two-year investigation. It is an important step to enhancing public safety...

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Mayor Walsh is sworn in to serve second term

January 12, 2018
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By Beth Treffeisen Special to the Gazette On New Year’s Day morning, Mayor Martin Walsh took his oath of office and was sworn in to his second term as the 54th Mayor of Boston in front of a large crowd filled with residents, supporters, faith leaders, and elected officials in the Cutler Majestic Theatre....

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Local nonprofit struggles to find home in JP

January 12, 2018
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Boston Makers, a local makerspace founded and run by Jamaica Plain residents, is struggling to find permanent space to open in the neighborhood before its time is up at the Eliot School in mid-March 2018. A makerspace is like an artists’ co-op wherein members share a rented space, but it focuses on more technology-oriented...

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CELEBRATION OF JAMAICA POND

January 12, 2018
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CELEBRATION OF JAMAICA POND

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BPS will not implement new start times after blowback

January 12, 2018
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After releasing new start and end times for 105 of the 125 schools in the system for next school year, Boston Public Schools (BPS) is putting the brakes on the new policy after blowback from parents and the community. “Over the past few weeks, we have heard from families, staff, and stakeholders that there...

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El Alcalde Walsh renueva su mandato

January 12, 2018
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El primero de enero, el Alcalde Martin Walsh renovó su mandato de alcalde de Boston en frente de una audiencia grande de residentes, líderes espirituales y oficiales electos en Cutler Majestic Theatre. El antiguo vicepresidente, Joe Biden, presidió la ceremonia. En su discurso, Walsh presentó un plan de acción que incluye tres componentes principales....

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Nine charged with drug, firearm violations around Mildred C. Hailey Apartments

January 12, 2018
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Nine men, including eight of whom are alleged gang members and associates, were recently charged in connection with committing drug and firearms violations around the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments, according to a press release. The Mildred C. Hailey Apartments area has been the site of numerous shootings the past year, including the shooting death...

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BPDA to host IAG meeting for 125 Amory St. redevelopment

January 12, 2018
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The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) will host an impact advisory group (IAG) meeting for the 125 Amory St. redevelopment on Jan. 23. The meeting will take place at 125 Amory Street between 6:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. An IAG is a City-appointed group of residents and other stakeholders that advise the City...

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New artist exhibition at JP Library

January 12, 2018
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The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library in partnership with Uforge recently announced the three-dimensional work of Jamaica Plain-based artist Liliana Marquez will be featured in a new exhibition at the library, part of a rotating art program, according to a press release. The “Liliana Marquez: RePOPART” exhibition is...

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