Park extension coming, community involvement needed

December 19, 2014
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An illustration showing the proposed community garden land donation between Burnett Street and the SWCP. (Courtesy image)

The Southwest Corridor Park (SWCP) is getting ready to expand between Forest Hills and McBride Street thanks to over three years’ worth of work by a dedicated group of neighbors. But the project is at a crucial junction, needing to move into a community-wide committee before work can begin in earnest. Besides providing a...

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No new trial for man in 1991 JP murder

December 19, 2014
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The state Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that Pedro Valentin, who took part in a 1991 Jamaica Plain murder, will not get a new trial, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s (DA) Office. Pedro Valentin was convicted of first-degree murder 20 years ago as a “joint venture” for the murder of Timothy Bond...

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Obituary: Darien James Dillon, infant son

December 19, 2014
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Darien James Dillon, infant son of Ani Dillon of Jamaica Plain, passed away Dec. 5, 2014. Darien was born preterm on Dec. 4 and lived for one day. Funeral services will be held Fri., Dec. 19 at the Robert J. Lawler and Crosby Funeral Home, 1803 Centre St., West Roxbury, MA 02132. Viewing will...

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Invitacion, Dec. 19, 2014

December 19, 2014
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 13 de enero al mediodía para la publicación del 16 de enero. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marque el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Reunión del comité de zonificación de JPNC, miércoles, 7 enero, 7pm, agenda se anunciará, Farnsworth House, 90 South...

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Winter Biking

December 19, 2014
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Winter Biking

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Editorial: Olympics is making us spectators, not citizens

December 19, 2014
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The past week has seen a striking juxtaposition of discussions about the future of Franklin Park. Mayor Walsh flew to California to tout a Boston Olympics bid that Boston 2024 assures us would be a boon to the park—after it is used as an arena for the competitions of millionaires’ horses. Meanwhile, Franklin Park...

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Editorial: Happy holidays

December 19, 2014
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With the holidays here and the official start of winter on the way, we hope you enjoy this unique time of celebration and reflection. (And we hope you remember Mayor Walsh’s suggestion to shop local, too.) Hanukkah, the Jewish commemoration of the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, began Dec. 16. On Christmas,...

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Letter: The exciting bike season is just starting

December 19, 2014
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The headline accompanying the front-page photo of Hubway bikes being removed for the winter from Centre Street (Dec. 5 issue) states in bold, all-caps lettering, “BIKE SEASON ENDS.” Well, maybe it has ended for Hubway, but for an ever-increasing number of dedicated cyclists like me, the most exciting bike season is JUST GETTING STARTED....

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Letter: Airplane noise needs more complaints logged

December 19, 2014
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With all the air traffic over the past few months of jets departing Runway 27 at Logan, many of us in JP are looking for a way to let Massport and the Federal Aviation Administration know that: 1) we are highly annoyed, and 2) our area is being unfairly burdened with almost daily, non-stop...

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Op-Ed: Black lives matter: A statement of Jewish solidarity

December 19, 2014
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By Rabbi Victor Reinstein and Rabbi Howard Jaffe Massachusetts Board of Rabbis The Massachusetts Board of Rabbis reaches out in solidarity with African-Americans and with all Americans of conscience. We express outrage in response to the recent police killings of black males in our cities, two adults and a child, and deep concern over...

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On the Police Beat, Nov. 30-Dec. 7, 2014

December 19, 2014
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The following police incident reports are public records provided by the Community Service Office of the District E-13 Police Station, which is solely responsible for their content. All suspects are innocent unless proven guilty in court. Dec. 7: Hit and run (property), Green St.; service to other police department, 50 Lamartine St.; simple assault,...

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Students march on Centre in Black Lives Matter protest

December 16, 2014
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Students march on Centre in Black Lives Matter protest

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Obituary: Darien James Dillon, infant son

December 15, 2014
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Darien James Dillon, infant son of Ani Dillon of Jamaica Plain, passed away Dec. 5, 2014. Darien was born preterm on Dec. 4 and lived for one day. Funeral services will be held Fri., Dec. 19 at the Robert J. Lawler and Crosby Funeral Home, 1803 Centre St., West Roxbury, MA 02132. Viewing will be...

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Police warn of robbers near Stony Brook T Station

December 12, 2014
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Robbers with handguns assaulted two people near the Stony Brook T Station in recent days, according to a warning from the Boston Police Department. The incidents occurred Wed., Dec. 10 around 9:20 p.m. and yesterday, Dec. 11 around 10 p.m. One victim was robbed, and the other incident was an attempted robbery, according to...

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JP Olympics protest begins as bid is submitted

December 5, 2014
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A bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics in Boston, which includes Franklin Park on the venue list, was submitted this week by a private committee that held no community meetings and never notified park advocates. Meanwhile, Jamaica Plain activists began organizing an anti-Olympics protest movement. Boston 2024, the group backing a local Olympics,...

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What Olympic horses meant in other parks

December 5, 2014
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By Rebeca Oliveira and John Ruch/Gazette Staff With Boston’s Olympics committee proposing Franklin Park as a venue for horse events, the Gazette looked at the major impacts equestrian events had in other Olympic parks. The 2012 London Olympics horse events shuttered a public park for a full year. A Friends group later reported that,...

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Bike Season Ends

December 5, 2014
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Bike Season Ends

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In Ferguson, JP minister reacts to ‘heartbreaking’ decision

December 5, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain minister training non-violent protesters in Ferguson, Mo., told the Gazette about his strong emotions following a Nov. 24 grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of unarmed youth Michael Brown three months ago. “I’m exhausted. It’s heartbreaking. The grand jury actually issued an indictment last...

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Regalos originales en JP

December 5, 2014
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Las compras navideñas de forma local es una buena manera de sostener las pequeñas empresas y de encontrar cosas distintivas que no aparecen en el centro comercial típico. No importa si necesitas un regalo para un motociclista jugador de juegos de mesa o para un anarquista elegante, aquí están unos artículos de regalo especiales...

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Solstice Celebration

December 5, 2014
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Solstice Celebration

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Thanksgiving Help

December 5, 2014
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Thanksgiving Help

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Mixed-use project proposed for Washington St.

December 5, 2014
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A developer plans to turn 3383-3389 Washington St. into a mixed-use development that has 21 residential units and more than 2,000 square feet of retail space, according to a Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) document. The BRA was scheduled to hold a community meeting for the project on Dec. 4, after the Gazette deadline. The...

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Obituary: Bishop Joseph F. Maguire, former JP vicar

December 5, 2014
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Obituary: Bishop Joseph F. Maguire, former JP vicar

Retired Bishop of Springfield Joseph F. Maguire died on Nov. 30 at the rectory of St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield. He was 95 and almost 70 years a priest. He was born in Roxbury in the Mission Church Parish on Sept. 4, 1919. At St. Columbkille High School in Brighton and at Boston College,...

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Group home permitting status is in dispute

December 5, 2014
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A landlord and City officials differ on whether the proposed group home at 221 Chestnut Ave. needs a zoning variance and community review. It also remains unclear exactly what kind of group home is being proposed, which would affect the permitting, with even its proposed operating organization expressing confusion. Neighbors, meanwhile, have retained a...

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