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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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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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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Commuter Carols

January 20, 2012
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JPCC Basketball League Standings

January 20, 2012
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The following are the Jamaica Plain Community Centers  Basketball League standings for the week of Jan. 10. The league plays on Saturdays at the Curtis Hall Community Center, which is part of Boston Centers for Youth & Families. Junior Division Standings W L Thunder 3 1 Heat 3 1 Celtics 1 3 Nets 1...

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Bank to move branch

January 20, 2012
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Commonwealth Cooperative Bank will move its Centre Street branch to the new Arboretum Place development on Washington Street later this year in a switch approved by the state last month. The Hyde Park-based bank was already known to be part of the new development at 3803 Washington St. But the fate of the existing...

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How should park spend $250K?

January 20, 2012
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How would you spend a quarter-million dollars on the Southwest Corridor Park? The park is getting $250,000 from a Back Bay real estate development and the Parkland Management Advisory Committee (PMAC) is asking that question of residents—including at a Feb. 1 meeting in Jamaica Plain. The 5-mile linear state park runs along the Orange...

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We Are Hair grows in to new home

January 20, 2012
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Six months after opening its doors at Soleil Salon, We Are Hair is settling into its space with bold paint colors and regular patronage. The walls have been painted and festooned with hair-related movie posters—titles such as “The Beautician and the Beast,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Edward Scissorhands” and “Tangled”...

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Sánchez to halt medical pot bill

January 20, 2012
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Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez once again is poised to halt a bill that would legalize medical-use marijuana. His annual killing of the proposal has angered local and statewide marijuana activists. But this time, those activists seem to be focused more on their own efforts to make medical marijuana legalization a ballot question. Sixteen...

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Bridge Builder

January 20, 2012
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Editorial: Fund the T like a treasure

January 20, 2012
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Pay more and get less. That’s the pitch the MBTA is making to riders as it struggles to fill a $161 million operating budget deficit. Fare hikes that outpace anyone’s pay increases. No transit for people who work weekends or for tourists to and from the suburbs. A high impact on special services for...

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Editorial: Three strikes out

January 20, 2012
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Ignorance of the law is no excuse, but it sure helps get it passed. The state legislature rushed criminal sentencing reform bills through late last year without the usual hearings. The contents were largely simplistic, and ditto for the debate about them so far. The reforms appear to be based on suburban freak-out over...

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Ediorial: Welcome back, poets

January 20, 2012
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It’s great to see poetry return to the troubled Forest Hills Cemetery arts slate. The new series is not token, either. It’s an authentic big-name big deal. JP still deserves to know why arts were cut in the first place, especially as our tax dollars paid for a lot of it through the Massachusetts...

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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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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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