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September 9, 2011
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Editorial: Ten Years After

September 9, 2011
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Early on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, JP residents went about their business under the same clear blue sky that, just a few miles away, held passenger planes hijacked by madmen. Within hours, jet fighters were buzzing JP. The neighborhood was wracked with horror at the atrocities unfolding at the World Trade Center...

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Editorial: JPNC and Whole Foods

September 9, 2011
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The Whole Foods debate has been dominated by an ideological organization that believes corporations have a higher purpose than maximizing profits, that they have community responsibilities beyond public-relations-oriented donations. That organization is Whole Foods Market itself. Whole Foods founder John Mackey’s interesting thoughts on this “conscious capitalism” can be read on his blog at...

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Op-Ed: In Iraq, a lesson for post-Sept. 11 America

September 9, 2011
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By Sam Taylor, Special to the Gazette I met a man from Kurdistan while serving as a chaplain’s assistant for the North Carolina National Guard in southern Iraq in 2009. He was working as a translator on one of the bases where I spent time. He assured me it would be OK to use...

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Letter: JPNC is irrelevant

September 9, 2011
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I agree with Mr. Rick Stockwood that it’s time to reconsider the relevance of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (“Whole Foods debate could affect JPNC election,” Aug. 26). I was present at its creation 25 years ago by the Flynn administration, which also established the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services at the same time....

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Letter: Thanks for Kindergarten Days

September 9, 2011
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Despite the heavy rain, over 100 people came out to enjoy the fourth annual “Kindergarten Days” party at the Connolly Branch Library on Aug. 15. Children entering kindergarten this fall and their families were treated to an evening of fun activities, snacks and gift bags. The staff and Friends of the Connolly Branch extend...

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Letter: Thanks for Wilderness Heals help

September 9, 2011
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We recently completed the 16th annual Elizabeth Stone House Wilderness Heals pledge hike and want to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of the hikers, volunteers, team leaders and sponsors who helped to make this an incredible experience of accomplishment and empowerment for all involved. We are deeply grateful to all of you who supported the...

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DJ spins records, whites and darks

September 9, 2011
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One half of Jam’n 94.5’s “The Ramiro & Pebbles Morning Show” has an unusual connection to Jamaica Plain: a laundromat. Ramiro Torres, a local and national radio DJ, bought Clean Getaway Laundry, at 546 Centre St., just over a year ago. “Why not own a laundromat?” he asked. “Everyone needs something on the side…You...

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Woman shot in Bromley-Heath

September 9, 2011
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A woman was shot on the street in the Bromley-Heath Housing development Aug. 29. She was taken to Boston Medical Center where her injury was declared to be non-life-threatening. Boston police (BPD) has not made any arrests. BPD spokesperson Eddy Chrispin told the Gazette that there is no indication of gang involvement in the...

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14 JP priests on sex abuser list

September 9, 2011
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A total of 14 priests from all Jamaica Plain parishes appear on a long-awaited list of 159 Boston Catholic clergy convicted or accused of child sexual abuse released Aug. 25 by the Archdiocese of Boston. They include John Geoghan, the notorious child molestor whose crimes at St. Andrew the Apostle in Forest Hills were...

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VA hospital systems could merge

September 9, 2011
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Veteran Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare System and Bedford VA Medical Center are investigating the possibility of unifying their programs into one large regional system. Under the current proposal, no facilities—like the VA hospital at 150 S. Huntington Ave.—would close, no jobs would be lost and no changes would be made to any pay rates....

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Bank may replace fence

September 9, 2011
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By Benjamin Colb, Special to the Gazette PONDSIDE—Bank of America is considering replacing or repairing the chain-link fence around its Burroughs Street parking lot at the request of the Jamaica Pond Association (JPA). The JPA reached out to the local bank branch at 677 Centre St. in recent months as it conducted interior renovations,...

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Agenda, 9/9

September 9, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Sept. 20 for the Sept. 23 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 Casey Overpass, Public Information Meeting,...

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Invitación, 9/9

September 9, 2011
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Citas Feria. Hoy, a partir de a 1, vamos al parquecito de la Mozart para participar en una feria de salud que tiene muchos atractivos. Aparte de asuntos de salud para la persona y la familia habrá información sobre programas escolares, para ancianos, recreación y otros servicios. Todo es gratis, hasta las 5 de...

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Sights and Sounds, 9/9

September 9, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for listings is noon, Sept. 20 for the Sept. 23 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 Revolutionary War re-enactment...

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How to remove trees without spreading beetles

August 30, 2011
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As residents clean up the trees and branches knocked down by tropical storm Irene last weekend, they must be careful not to spread the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). Most of Jamaica Plain remains under a ban against transporting wood out of the area due to the possibility that the tree-killing ALB is hiding inside...

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Storm downs trees

August 28, 2011
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Storm downs trees

  Tropical storm Irene downed trees around Jamaica Plain on Aug. 28 as the former hurricane blew through town with winds up to 65 mph. The ever-weakening storm was significantly less powerful than major media outlets were reporting hours before its arrival. But its strong gusts were still enough to uproot trees, some of which...

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Trolley comeback killed by court

August 26, 2011
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Green Line trolleys won’t be running through central Jamaica Plain anytime soon—if ever—since a court quietly tossed out a lawsuit seeking their return in January, the Gazette has learned. The end of the local Arborway Committee’s lawsuit finishes a trolley controversy that once consumed JP. But debate may linger in plans for the Arborway...

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Children’s home to sell campus

August 26, 2011
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S. HUNTINGTON AVE.—The Home for Little Wanderers announced earlier this month that it is putting its 3.5-acre campus up for sale. The children’s home sought to redevelop the 161 S. Huntington Ave. facility, known as the Knight Children’s Center (KCC), three years ago. But now the Home is developing a site in Walpole instead....

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Whole Foods debate could affect JPNC election

August 26, 2011
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It has been one of the most controversial issues in Jamaica Plain in recent memory, and it looks like Whole Foods’ planned move to Hyde Square could shape the future of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC). At least two active members of the anti-Whole Foods group Whose Foods? Whose Community? The Coalition for...

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Neighborhood Art

August 26, 2011
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Neighborhood Art

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Whole Food’s en campaña JPNC

August 26, 2011
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Tal vez no se quiera repetir la experiencia de Stop & Shop en el vecindario. Por eso ya hemos visto actuar de diversa manera a “Whose Foods”, que se describe como “un grupo multicultural y de generaciones múltiples de residentes de JP que se preocupan profundamente por el futuro del barrio y que quieren...

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Park group leader wins fellowship

August 26, 2011
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Park group leader wins fellowship

Christine Poff is the latest in a line of Jamaica Plain-based winners of the prestigious Barr Foundation Fellowship. Poff, a JP resident, is executive director of the Franklin Park Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring and preserving Franklin Park, located on the eastern edge of JP. She and the cohort of this year’s fellows...

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Paint could send Hennigan students to Agassiz

August 26, 2011
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There is a good chance that students from the Hennigan School and West Zone Early Learning Center at 200 Heath St. will begin their school year across JP at the recently-closed Agassiz School at 20 Child St. Boston Public School (BPS) officials announced last week. Hennigan Community Center activities already have been temporarily moved...

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