Urban Edge scrambles to help fire victims

November 4, 2011
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Urban Edge scrambles to help fire victims

EGLESTON SQ.—Urban Edge is still scrambling to help households displaced by a massive fire that damaged 24 units of affordable housing at Wardman Road and Westminster Avenue on Oct. 17. “It’s not easy. No one plans for this,” said Chrystal Kornegay, the president of the Jackson Square-based affordable housing non-profit. A visiting Medford man...

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Editorial: Just vote

November 4, 2011
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We’re not going to tell you who to vote for on Nov. 8. We’re just going to tell you to vote. Voters don’t have much trouble figuring out whom to support. The real challenge is getting them in a voting booth in the first place. Philosophers spilled ink, and warriors spilled blood, to establish...

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Editorial: Resurrect cemetery art

November 4, 2011
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A cemetery killing a Day of the Dead ceremony: The arts situation at Forest Hills Cemetery is now truly a joke. Problem is, it’s on JP. The cemetery, via the Forest Hills Educational Trust, once had a renowned slate of exhibits, festivals, poetry readings and concerts. In January, it suddenly pulled the plug on...

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Editorial: BPS flunks geography

November 4, 2011
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Boston Public Schools is about to flunk its own geography test. In its new school-swapping plan, it would put the Mission Hill K-8 School in JP—but potentially keep the Mission Hill name. Likewise, “Fenway” High would end up in Mission Hill. It’s the worst idea since they kept “West Roxbury” on JP’s courthouse. This...

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Op-Ed: Why I support affordable housing

November 4, 2011
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By Felicia Sanchez, Special to the Gazette I’d like to share my perspectives on affordable housing both as a small-business person and a homeowner and hopefully put a few myths to rest. The first myth is that affordable housing is somehow optional to a community’s health and well-being. I’m going to tell you that...

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Letter: New districts a good start; reform still needed

November 4, 2011
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The recent release of the redistricting maps for the Massachusetts Senate and House gives us pause. As community organizers, we have spent years fighting to strengthen the redistricting process, as we are keenly aware of the ties that bind redistricting and civil rights. We believe the civil rights issue of our time is the...

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Letter: Remember Kenny by helping youths

November 4, 2011
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On Sun., Oct. 16, 2011, Kenny Soto, a 19-year old Jamaica Plain resident, was killed in front of a local convenience store. Kenny had spent over 10 years in various programs at the Hyde Square Task Force, a JP-based youth community development organization. We at the Hyde Square Task Force are struggling to deal...

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Letter: Thanks for help making party a hit

November 4, 2011
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The Nira Rock Neighborhood Association would like to thank all of the many people and organizations who made our “End of Summer Bash” a huge success! Loads of party-goers basked in the sun while enjoying free hot dogs and roasted Twinkies (delicious!), free food donated by local restaurants, free ice cream, world-class hula-hooping, juggling, ginormous bubbles and amazing face-painting!...

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Local writer visits White House kitchen, garden

November 4, 2011
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Local writer visits White House kitchen, garden

A local writer toured the White House garden and kitchens on Oct. 5 after winning a contest promoting First Lady Michelle Obama’s childhood health program. Lisa Eisenbud, the founder of the online girls’ magazine “go GIRL global,” was one of 15 people nationwide to win a Twitter contest and score a White House invite....

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JP runners tops in pond 5K

November 4, 2011
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Several Jamaica Plain runners topped the fields in the CfJJ on the Run 5K fund-raiser race at Jamaica Pond on Oct. 16. The men’s and women’s overall winners—Peter Kilkelly and Elaine Scales—are both JP residents. Other JP winners included: Carroll Blake (men’s 60-plus); Isaac Gilman (male 13-19); Caleb Ping (men’s 20-39); and Johmiya Pryor...

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Invitación, 11/4/11

November 4, 2011
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Educa Examen. Boston Public Schools (BPS) ofrecerá el llamado Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) para seleccionar a estudiantes que quieran ir a las escuelas Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School y John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics & Science que se consideran las mejores de la ciudad. Será este sábado 5 de Nov. en...

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Agenda, 11/4/11

November 4, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Nov. 15 for the Nov. 18 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Listings with no end date will be run for 3 months, space permitting. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Jackson Square Community Advisory Committee,...

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Sights and sounds, 11/4/11

November 4, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for listings is noon, Nov. 15 for the Nov. 18 issue. Send arts and entertainment listings to [email protected] Listings with no end date will be run for 3 months, space permitting. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events JP Grazing Spree,...

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Whole Foods is open for business

October 25, 2011
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Whole Foods Market, originally scheduled to open Nov. 2, opened its doors on Oct. 31. “Thanks to the hard work of our team members, we were able to open the doors this morning; two days ahead of schedule,” Whole Foods spokesperson Heather McCready said in an email. The new store at 413 Centre St....

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New schools could move into Agassiz

October 25, 2011
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A proposal announced by Boston Public Schools (BPS) superintendent Carol Johnson this week would have a K-8 school and a new two-way bilingual high school moving into the former Agassiz School building at 20 Child St. next year. A community meeting to discuss some of the changes is scheduled for Oct. 26. Under the...

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Few changes in state redistricting plan

October 21, 2011
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State Rep. Liz Malia’s 11th Suffolk District stands to pick up a couple of Jamaica Plain precincts from state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez’s  15th Suffolk District, according to a proposed state legislative redistricting plan released Oct. 18. Under the plan, Malia would pick up two of Sánchez’s precincts: Ward 11, Precinct 6, which covers the...

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JP man killed in parking lot fight

October 21, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—Kenneth “Black” Soto, a 19-year-old Jamaica Plain resident who had been involved with the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) since he was 6, was stabbed to death in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven at 451 Centre St. on Oct. 16. Soto “was in the Task Force office last week, celebrating finishing high...

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Warren talks jobs, Wall Street

October 21, 2011
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Warren talks jobs, Wall Street

EGLESTON SQ.—Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren said she was “astonished” at Congress’s failure to pass the American Jobs Act after a campaign house party in JP on Oct. 12. “People across this country, across this state, are hurting. I don’t understand how anyone could vote against the jobs bill,” Warren told the Gazette....

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Jóvenes hablan de un crimen

October 21, 2011
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Tenía apenas 19 años de edad y su nombre ya es parte de la historia criminal. Dice la policía que se llamaba Kenneth “Black” Soto y que lo encontraron, con múltiples heridas de arma blanca, en el parking lot del 7-Eleven, en la interseccion de Centre Street y South Huntington Avenue, la madrugada del...

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Occupy Boston occupies JP

October 21, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by David Taber) JP resident Geoff Modest at Occupy Boston on Oct. 15.

Activists, artists visit protest With Jamaica Plain’s just reputation for being a haven for progressives it’s no surprise that plenty of residents and local organizations have taken an interest in Occupy Boston. The local protest in Dewey Square in the city’s Financial District, which started Sept. 30, has seen participation from JP politicians, musicians...

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Cops: Drugs hidden behind secret door

October 21, 2011
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HYDE SQ.—Two women were charged with drug trafficking on Oct. 12 after police allegedly found cocaine hidden behind a motor-powered secret door in their Forbes Street apartment. Miriam Machado-Soler, 24, and Juana Perez, 37, were arrested in a raid of 50 Forbes St. by federal agents and Boston and state police, according to the...

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Late school buses plague kids, parents

October 21, 2011
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School buses running as late as an hour are plaguing local students, parents and public schools, with no ultimate cause nailed down seven weeks into the year. “It seems as if it’s just a fundamental breakdown of something,” said Jamaica Plain parent Marc Lipsitch, a parent of two children at the Hernandez School, whose...

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New Arboretum head explores mysteries of plants

October 21, 2011
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New Arboretum head explores mysteries of plants

Historic cartoons mocking Charles Darwin decorate the office walls of Dr. William “Ned” Friedman, the new director of Arnold Arboretum. “Evolution and revolution go together as evil,” reads the caption on one. Times have certainly changed. Friedman now oversees a facility best known as a public park, but which is also Harvard University’s world-class...

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JP Observer: Reviving, Not Retiring, in JP

October 21, 2011
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“So, how is retirement? What are you doing? How does it feel?” People, many looking ahead, ask me questions these days. I was on the radio, sort of, when I was a month old. My parents were being interviewed as the first post-WWII military couple in Southwestern Ohio to have a baby. It was...

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