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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Overpass site features, then yanks, no-bridge link

December 9, 2011
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By Rebeca Oliveira and John Ruch The official state website for the Casey Overpass replacement project recently included—then abruptly yanked—a link to a video made by supporters of the surface street option. The site did not feature any links or other references to pro-bridge supporters. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has not announced...

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Overpass project decision postponed until Jan.

December 7, 2011
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The state has postponed until mid-January the announcement of a Casey Overpass replacement project. The public comment period has been extended through Fri., Dec. 9. Public meetings scheduled for next week to announce the decision have been canceled and will be rescheduled for sometime in January, likely the week of Jan. 16. “Because so...

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Occupy JP marches on Centre St.

December 4, 2011
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Occupy JP marches on Centre St.

Occupy JP held a protest march on Centre Street today, with stops at corporate chains and community institutions, in an event that will be repeated on Dec. 11. Their message was that a broken system makes America’s richest even richer while communities like Jamaica Plain suffer cuts in social services. “Occupy JP is mobilizing...

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Overpass replacement choice to be made

December 2, 2011
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Bridge supporters rally FOREST HILLS—The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will decide on which alternative—bridge or at-grade—will replace the current Casey Overpass by Dec. 12. Bridge supporters are rallying against what they call a biased MassDOT process. Surface option supporters are also organizing. The decision will be announced to members of the Working Advisory...

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Cemetery hints of Lantern Fest return

December 2, 2011
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Despite loss of state funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Forest Hills Educational Trust (FHET) still has $340,000 in assets and is hinting that its signature event, the Lantern Festival, could return next year. FHET is the troubled nonprofit that organizes art events at Forest Hills Cemetery. When asked about the possible return...

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Cambia todo el futuro electoral

December 2, 2011
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“De nuevo y a acomodarse” comentó el peruano Alberto Mayorga, cuando vio en la pasada semana todo lo que se publicó en relación a la nueva distribución electoral que tiene Masachussets. Los que empezaron a acomodarse fue una larga lista de congresistas que ya no pensarán en la reelección, mientras otros que lo pensaban...

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Rec center scores funding

December 2, 2011
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A recreation center planned for Jackson Square has scored nearly $6 million in state funding, putting the community dream closer to reality. The state in 2008 approved the idea of issuing $5.69 million in bonds to help fund the Jackson Square Recreation Center. But just recently, it authorized actually issuing those bonds, according to...

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Healthy Living

December 2, 2011
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JP activists secure transgender rights

December 2, 2011
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With plenty of help from Jamaica Plain politicians and advocates—a new state law protecting transgender peoples’ rights was passed this month. The bill was co-sponsored in the Senate by state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, and it received crucial behind-the-scenes support in the House from state Rep. Liz Malia, advocates said. Prominent among those advocates were...

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New Book Look

December 2, 2011
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Hernandez School suffers deaths of 2 leaders

December 2, 2011
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Muñiz, Larson pass in same week   The Rafael Hernandez School in Egleston Square suffered a double blow in last month with the deaths of its longtime principal and assistant principal Margarita Muñiz and Ken Larson. Muñiz, who died Nov. 18 after a long battle with cancer, was nationally renowned for her nearly 30...

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JPNC names new members

December 2, 2011
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Four of the five remaining vacancies on the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) were filled at its Nov. 29 meeting at Curtis Hall. Cooper Renfro, Alex Rodriguez and Erin Colgan-Snyder from Area B and Courtney Snegroff from Area A were appointed by the 15 council members. One remaining vacancy in Area A remains open....

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Occupy JP to hold ‘Hard Times’ march

December 2, 2011
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Occupy JP will hold its first public event on Dec. 4: a Centre Street march called the “Economic Hard Times Tour of JP.” The march, which begins at 1 p.m. in Monument Square, will involve handing out informational leaflets about budget cuts to social services and how they impact Jamaica Plain, said Occupy JP...

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Good Taste

December 2, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Jason Waddleton (left), JP resident and owner of The Haven pub, looks over the offerings of Brookside-based Sam Adams Brewery at the annual Taste of Jamaica Plain on Nov. 17 at Cedars Hall. The event raises funds for the Egleston Square social service agency ESAC.

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Neighbors still pushing for McBride St. project changes

December 2, 2011
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STONYBROOK—Disagreement between neighbors and developers of a project at McBride and Washington streets continues amid a lack of Impact Advisory Group (IAG) meetings. Neighbors to the site, currently occupied by the Flanagan & Seaton Motor Car Company at 3529 Washington St., have asked developers for reduced parking, along with other concessions to promote a...

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JPNC tries new Whole Foods strategy

December 2, 2011
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Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) once again took up the thorny issue of Whole Foods at a Nov. 21 meeting of the revamped Whole Foods Negotiating Committee. The group hopes to look at gentrification in Hyde Square, where Whole Foods recently opened a store, and reestablish communication with the grocer. But a community benefits...

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Whole Foods offers Goya, car charger

December 2, 2011
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During a Nov. 23 visit to the recently opened Whole Foods store at 413 Centre St., the Gazette observed indications that Whole Foods is trying to influence the type of traffic it gets. In the rear of the parking lot are an electric car charging and bicycle repair stations. The latter is a set...

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City Council district changes proposed

December 2, 2011
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Dueling plans for Boston’s City Council Districts are battling over whether or not to significantly change JP’s districts. One, proposed by City Councilor Bill Linehan, who heads the City Council’s Committee on the Census and Redistricting, would put much of Mission Hill in Jamaica Plain’s District 6 and remove part of Woodbourne from the...

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Picturing Leadership

December 2, 2011
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Two for Tea

December 2, 2011
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Woman with stroller assaulted

December 2, 2011
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A man sexually assaulted a woman pushing a baby stroller in broad daylight in Franklin Park on Nov. 28 until golfers drove him away, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD) and park advocates. The man did not hurt the child, but attempted to strangle the woman, who was later treated for non-life-threatening injuries,...

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Honored for Serving

December 2, 2011
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House burglaries hit JP South

December 2, 2011
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A month-long wave of house burglaries—many of them at night—has hit the South Street area. At least eight house break-ins were reported between mid-October and last week, according to the local E-13 Police Station. Most of them were on Jamaica Street and involved forcibly breaking in. Homes on St. Rose Street, Carolina Avenue and...

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