Planned Parenthood, local officials advocate for Healthy Youth Act

March 25, 2016
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The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts and local elected officials advocated for the Healthy Youth Act, a bill that would expand access to comprehensive sexual education in Massachusetts, during a community event on March 14 at the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain Jamaica Plain City Councilor Matt O’Malley, local Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz,...

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FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN KICK OFF

March 25, 2016
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FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN KICK OFF

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Slow Streets program slated to bring speed humps, artwork to Stonybrook

March 25, 2016
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The City’s Slow Streets pilot program is slated to bring speed humps and artwork to the Stonybrook neighborhood, according to a presentation by the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) to the Stonybrook Neighborhood Association (SNA) last month. The City expects to implement the program in the Stonybrook neighborhood sometime this year. The Slow Streets program...

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Planned Parenthood y oficiales electos promueven el Healthy Youth Act

March 25, 2016
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Durante un evento comunitario el 14 de marzo en la Primera Iglesia Bautista de Jamaica Plain, la fundación de promoción de Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts y oficiales electos locales abogaron por el Healthy Youth Act, un proyecto de ley que expandiría el acceso a la educación sexual comprensiva en Massachusetts. El Consejero Municipal de...

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City’s small business plan announced

March 25, 2016
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The City of Boston’s small business plan has been released and will be used a roadmap that allows the City to support local small business, especially those that are owned by minorities, women, and immigrants, according to a press release. The plan will “ensure a thriving small business economy in the city, enhance the...

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Library renovation remains on schedule, impacting traffic

March 25, 2016
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The Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL)’s ongoing construction remains on schedule, according to information provided by BPL spokesperson Rosemary Lavery. As of March 15, steels and framework are being constructed, excavation related to a foundation wall is commencing, and wall frames are expected to be installed in early April. For...

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English High School to receive state grant

March 25, 2016
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The English High School will be one of 35 high schools to receive support for vocational technical education and training equipment purchases as a result of $9.3 million in grant money the Baker administration is distributing, according to a press release. The English High School’s $137,888 grant will be used to launch a new...

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JP Observer: You saw it here: Trump is not very popular

March 25, 2016
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In the 19 states that have held popular vote primaries for both parties so far this year, calculation of the raw numbers published on the New York Times website reveals that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has earned 19.9 percent of the total votes cast. Here in Boston he got 16.6 percent, 16.9 in...

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Grants for DACA/DAPA outreach

March 25, 2016
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The City of Boston has received $180,000 in funding to provide community outreach and education on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) through the DACA/DAPA Outreach Initiative, according to a press release. The funds are a result of an $80,000 match grant...

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Invitacion, March 25, 2016

March 25, 2016
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El plazo para la sección de participación es al mediodía, martes, 12 abr para la edición del 15 abr. Mande eventos a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Parkside Neighborhood Association (PNA) martes, 5 abr, 7:00, Doyle’s. Agenda: discusión de ventajas y desventajas de los planes de...

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JP Agenda, March 25, 2016

March 25, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Apr. 12 for the Apr. 15 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JP Problem Properties Committee, first Wednesday of the month, 10:30am, E-13 Police Station Community Room, 3347 Washington St. Info: Liana Poston,...

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NEW ADDITION

March 25, 2016
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NEW ADDITION

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Sights and Sounds, March 25, 2016

March 25, 2016
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Apr. 12 for the Apr. 15 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events Black Lives Matter Vigil, Wed., Apr. 6, 5:30 to 6:30 on lawn of First Baptist Church, 633 Centre Street. Come...

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Real Estate Today: JP market still smoking hot

March 25, 2016
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As spring is upon us, the real estate market in Jamaica Plain is as strong as ever, with a lot of demand from buyers and a higher value for most properties. Karen McCormack, real estate agent at McCormack & Scanlan Real Estate, specializes in residential sales. She told the Gazette that this past winter...

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Real Estate Today: BRA board approves Goddard House project

March 25, 2016
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The slide of S. Huntington Avenue from an institutional lane to that of a residential area continued on March 17, as the Boston Redevelopment Authority board approved the $62 million renovation and expansion project at the former Goddard House nursing home site at 201 S. Huntington Ave. The project, which is expected to generate...

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Real Estate Today: City announces funds for affordable housing; two JP projects recipients

March 25, 2016
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Two Jamaica Plain development projects—General Heath Square Apartments and Parcel U—will receive some of the $28 million in funding for affordable housing that the City announced on March 22 it will award, according to a press release. The funding will preserve or produce 837 affordable-housing units throughout the city and comes from $21 million...

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Real Estate Today: BRA board approves 35 S. Huntington Ave. project

March 25, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board during its March 17 meeting approved the $12 million mixed-use development project at 35 S. Huntington Ave. The BRA in the early 2000s approved a different development team’s plan for the site: a five-story, 44,475-square-foot development with 47 residential units and 42 parking spaces. But that plan never...

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HJSMS ANNUAL MEETING

March 25, 2016
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HJSMS ANNUAL MEETING

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Letter: Concerns over BRA corridor study

March 25, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has embarked upon an intensive development plan for the JP/Rox study area. While there is much to applaud, there are also serious concerns. The plan’s first physical proposals were unveiled at a March 5th meeting at the Bromley-Heath housing development, and the results are more ambitious than anticipated. The...

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Letter: The truth about the Community Preservation Act

March 25, 2016
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I have seen a lot of misrepresentation and misinformation around Just Cause Eviction and the proposed Community Preservation Act (CPA) ballot measure, including a recent article in this paper (3/11, “Affordable housing, eviction and CPA discussed during housing meeting”). ...

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Op-Ed: 5 simple habits to help our children thrive

March 25, 2016
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By Ron Ferguson, Jeff Howard, and Mayor Martin J. Walsh Did you know that 80 percent of a child’s brain development occurs during the first three years of life? That fact presents a challenge: It means we can’t wait for schools to prepare our kids to learn. But it’s also an opportunity, because much...

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Op-Ed: New substance abuse law to enhance continuum of care and prevention efforts

March 25, 2016
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By State Rep. Liz Malia On March 9, I joined my colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature to pass substance abuse legislation that enhances education and prevention initiatives and increases intervention and treatment options statewide. This opioid epidemic has killed too many of our loved ones. The numbers are staggering. According to the state Department...

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Hundreds express outrage over BPS budget cuts

March 11, 2016
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Hundreds express outrage over BPS budget cuts

By Josie Grove Special to the Gazette Several hundred outraged students, parents, and teachers packed the English High School auditorium on March 7 to give their feedback to the Boston School Committee about the budget for the 2017 fiscal year. The budget, the first under new Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Tommy Chang, proposes...

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State confirms BCC ruling on 64 Allandale St. project

March 11, 2016
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The state Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has confirmed the Boston Conservation Commission (BCC) ruling that a portion of the 64 Allandale St. project falls under the state Wetlands Protection Act, according to a MassDEP letter sent to the developer. A spokesperson for the developer Jacqueline Nunez and opponents of the project both said...

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