Franklin Park advocates seek improvements

December 19, 2014
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Franklin Park advocates seek improvements

While supporters and critics of a Boston Olympics debate the Games’ possible impact on Franklin Park, the advocates who care for the park spent Dec. 12 looking at smaller, more immediate concerns. That day, the Franklin Park Coalition (FPC) and the Egleston Square Neighborhood Association held a park walk-through, looking at issues of erosion,...

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Mayor’s Office: No comment on JP in Olympic bid

December 19, 2014
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The Mayor’s Office had no response to Gazette questions about Mayor Martin Walsh’s stance on how a Boston Olympics might impact Jamaica Plain. A spokesperson first referred questions to Boston 2024, the private committee backing the Olympic bid, then did not respond to follow-up questions. Walsh is a co-signer of the official bid by...

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Local officials want more Olympics info

December 19, 2014
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Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez and local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz have not formed definitive opinions about the possibility of the 2024 Summer Olympics coming to Boston, but both agreed that there are unanswered questions. Local state Rep. Liz Malia and City Councilor Matt O’Malley did not respond to requests for comment. Earlier this...

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JP Observer: New law removes barriers to substance abuse treatment

December 19, 2014
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At a time when it seems government has been erecting more barriers to services for people in need, the Massachusetts legislature voted unanimously earlier this year to tear down some serious roadblocks to care for people with substance abuse problems. Gov. Deval Patrick on Aug. 6 signed into law a bill that will allow...

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More Latino officials needed in gov’t, JP leaders agree

December 19, 2014
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A new report that finds low representation of Latinos in city government shows that the issue must be fixed, say local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez and state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz. The report, titled “The Silent Crisis,” was commissioned by the Greater Boston Latino Network, a group of Latino community organizations in Boston, Chelsea and...

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JP orchestra nominated for Grammy

December 19, 2014
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The local orchestra A Far Cry has been nominated for a Grammy Award for its first album on its own label. “Dreams & Prayers,” is nominated in the category “Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.” It marks the first Grammy nomination for the South Street-based chamber orchestra. A Far Cry has 17 members—known as “Criers”—who...

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Egleston Friends

December 19, 2014
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Egleston Friends

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Police refuse to release more local spy documents

December 19, 2014
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In the wake of revelations that a Boston Police spy agency tracked legal protest events in Jamaica Plain for years, the police department last week refused a Gazette request to release any further documents on local spying. Earlier this year, the Washington, D.C.-based Partnership for Civil Justice Fund released hundreds of documents from the...

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JP Agenda, Dec. 19, 2014

December 19, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Jan. 13 for the Jan. 16 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNC Zoning Committee meeting, Wed., Jan. 7, 7pm, agenda tbd, Farnsworth House, 90 South St. Next meeting: Jan. 21. Info: jpnc.org....

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Community supports Washington St. project

December 19, 2014
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Community supports Washington St. project

Attendees at a Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) community meeting were generally receptive to a developer’s plan 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. About 16 people attended the meeting at Curtis Hall on Dec. 4. The site at...

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Harvest Co-op space advertised for lease

December 19, 2014
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Harvest Co-op Market’s South Street storefront is being advertised as for lease by its landlord. Harvest and landlord Dean Rusk have been in lease negotiations for months over the 57 South St. space. The current lease expires in February. The popular grocery market would close if a new agreement is not reached. Rusk—who is...

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JP resident wins contest, meets Hillary Clinton

December 19, 2014
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JP resident wins contest, meets Hillary Clinton

Boston Community Leadership Academy (BCLA) student and Jamaica Plain resident Imanie Sampson won a video contest at the Massachusetts Conference for Women on Dec. 4. Among those congratulating her in person were former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Oscar-winning actor Lupita Nyong’o. Sampson, a 17-year-old senior at BCLA, won the conference’s video...

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Sights and Sounds, Dec. 19, 2014

December 19, 2014
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Jan. 13 for the Jan. 16 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Boston Aikikai Aikido dojo open house, arts exhibit, ikebana demonstration, Japanese sword demonstration, Sun., Dec. 21, 2-5pm, 54A Hyde Park...

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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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