Olympics comes with big local impacts, prof says

February 13, 2015
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Jules Boykoff, a former professional soccer player turned Olympics-studying academic, says Boston can expect a major trade-off of fun versus community impacts if it hosts the 2024 Summer Olympics. Boykoff said that residents on the one hand can watch “the best athletes in the world for a really fun two-and-a-half-week party.” But on the...

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Councilor seeks Olympics vote

February 13, 2015
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City Councilor Josh Zakim last week filed an order for four nonbinding questions about Boston’s 2024 Summer Olympics bid to appear on the Nov. 3 municipal election ballots. The yes-or-no questions would ask whether Boston should host the Games, and if so, whether public money or seizing of private property by eminent domain should...

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Shelter: ‘Wait and see’ on Olympics homeless impact

February 13, 2015
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The Shattuck Shelter, which abuts Franklin Park at its 120-bed Morton Street location, is saying its “too early” to comment on how the proposed 2024 Boston Olympics might affect it. Previous Olympics have seen the host cities attempt to cleanse the streets of homeless people, while Olympics-triggered housing displacement has sometimes increased the homeless...

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Advisory group forming for Economy Plumbing site

February 13, 2015
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An Impact Advisory Group (IAG) for the proposed redevelopment of the Economy Plumbing building site at 3190-3204 Washington Street is currently being formed by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). That and other updates on the proposed project were expected to be discussed at a community meeting this week that has been cancelled due to...

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JP activists travel to newly open Cuba

February 13, 2015
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Three Jamaica Plain-based activists are part of a 150-strong delegation traveling to Cuba this week, following the recent thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations. Laura Foner, Emily Achtenberg and Mary Meehan are taking part of the CODEPINK-organized trip. CODEPINK is a women-led peace and human rights organization. “I am so excited to be visiting Cuba at...

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Casey Arborway project impacted by weather

February 13, 2015
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The recent record snow has impacted the Casey Arborway project, but to what extent remains unclear. The Casey Arborway project will replace the Casey Overpass, which carries Route 203 over the Forest Hills T Station area. A new six- to eight-land surface road will be constructed. The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) held a...

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Snowed Under

February 13, 2015
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Snowed Under

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Sights and Sounds, Feb. 13, 2015

February 13, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Feb. 24 for the Feb. 27 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Eliot Street Soirée presents a Valentine’s Evening with jazz, poetry, dancing, Fri., Feb. 13, Parish Hall at First Church UU,...

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Children’s Winter Festival coming to Franklin Park

February 13, 2015
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The Children’s Winter Festival is scheduled to take place Thurs., Feb. 19 at the Franklin Park Golf Course Clubhouse. The festival includes a New England Aquarium tadpole exhibit; Science on the Street tabletop experiments; an artifact display hosted by the Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology; a Boston Nature Center scavenger hunt and nature...

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Teen charged with gun possession

February 13, 2015
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JACKSON SQ.–A teen is facing firearms charges after Boston Police officers allegedly found a handgun hidden under a mattress in his bedroom in the Bromley-Heath public housing development, according to the Boston Police Department. According to BPD, officers visited the 17-year-old’s home at 9 Horan Way on Jan. 30 after state Department of Youth...

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Homeless shelter sees winter-storm crowds

February 13, 2015
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The 120-bed Shattuck Shelter on Morton Street has seen more homeless people seeking shelter from the harsh winter weather that has recently hit the region, according to Barbara V. Trevisan, a spokesperson for shelter operator Pine Street Inn. The Boston area has been smacked with several significant snowstorms in less than three weeks, leading...

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Chang-Díaz files bill for universal preschool

February 13, 2015
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Chang-Díaz files bill for universal preschool

State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz announced a bill to implement universal preschool last month. “An Act Relative to Universal Pre-K Access” would create universal access to pre-school education for 3- and 4-year-olds, through public or private schools. The bill would create state funding following the same formula that already supports local school systems, like Boston...

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Invitacion, Feb. 13, 2015

February 13, 2015
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 24 de feb al mediodía para la publicación del 27 de feb. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marque el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones La policía de Boston distrito E-13, reunión mensual latina, jueves, 12 feb, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St....

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Community Honor

February 13, 2015
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Community Honor

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JP Agenda, Feb. 13, 2015

February 13, 2015
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Feb. 24 for the Feb. 27 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Boston Police District E-13, Latino monthly meeting, Thurs., Feb. 12, Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine St. Strategic planning, Thurs., Feb. 19,...

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Music video director works with JP school class

February 13, 2015
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Music video director works with JP school class

Music video director J.R. Saint recently led a new video-production program for students at Jamaica Plain’s Community Academy. Community Academy at 25 Glen Road is a small, alternative public high school that serves students who have struggled in traditional classrooms. Saint grew up in Lawrence, Mass., and is now a well-known music video director...

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‘Missed Connections’ opera coming to Milky Way

February 13, 2015
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If you’re a fan of Missed Connections and opera, the Milky Way and Opera on Tap have a show for you. “Missed Connections,” a show that honors “the love stories that almost were,” based on popular online personals columns, will bring arias, songs, musical theater favorites and ensemble numbers to the Milky Way/Bella Luna...

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Young people’s input sought on City budget

February 13, 2015
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The City recently announced $1 million has been allocated to “Youth Lead the Change,” a project that allows the City youths to help decide where some funds from the City budget should be spent, according to a press release. City youths last year voted to fund several projects, including enhancing community parks and installing...

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Editorial: The State of JP

February 13, 2015
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The annual State of Our Neighborhood forum, co-sponsored by the Gazette, convenes Feb. 26. We look forward to seeing the promised concrete policy proposals that will be devised there regarding JP’s increasing housing costs and decreasing diversity. This is a crucial time for such ideas. Housing advocates have a great potential partner in Mayor...

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Editorial: Olympics vs. democracy

February 13, 2015
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A hearty thank you to City Councilor Josh Zakim for bolding proposing ballot questions regarding the Boston Olympics bid. Yes, the questions would be nonbinding, and ballots would be cast after the bid submission deadline. But Zakim’s real message is that the Olympics and the bigwigs backing it must pay attention to the thoughts...

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Op-Ed: The State of JP: Racial equity through housing justice

February 13, 2015
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By Carlos Espinoza-Toro, Juan Gonzalez, Orion Kriegman, Abigail Ortiz, Giovanny Valencia, and Tracy Bindel/Special to the Gazette. For the fifth consecutive year an estimated 250 residents will gather to engage in a productive dialogue, with each other and with our elected officials, about top community concerns. This year, the 2015 State of Our Neighborhood...

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Letter: Casey protesters were angry for good reasons

February 13, 2015
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Clay Harper’s letter to the editor complaining about the MassDOT Casey Overpass meeting January 21 is one take on the meeting. (“Casey protesters were rude and juvenile,” Jan. 30.) But his complaint about loud participants is misplaced. If MassDOT had done an honest, comprehensive, responsive, and sincere planning and design process, there would not...

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On the Police Beat, Jan. 20-Feb. 8, 2015

February 13, 2015
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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. Feb. 8: Stolen vehicle recovered, 90 Bragdon St.; threats, 14 Spring Park Ave.; assault and battery, 45 Bournedale...

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Man shot, killed on Centre St.

February 11, 2015
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A man in his 20s was fatally shot near 891 Centre St. this morning, according to Boston Police Department (BPD). An officer who was nearby heard the shots, fired around 10:30 this morning, and chased two male suspects. While at least one of the suspects fired at police, the officer did not return fire....

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