Letter: Olympics would be a tragedy for common citizens

January 16, 2015
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Who ever heard of discussing an issue after it has been decided? That is what just happened with the Olympics 2024 bid of Boston. Mayor Walsh will pay a steep price in the next election for the administration of the Olympics bid to date. Thanks to the Gazette for again showing exceptional leadership by...

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Letter: Franklin Park needs fix-up and maintenance plan

January 16, 2015
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The Healthy Square Committee of the Egleston Square Neighborhood Association wishes to express its thanks to Christine Poff from the Franklin Park Coalition and Marchelle Jacques-Yarde from the Parks Department for spending a recent morning in the northwest corner of Franklin Park with representatives from our committee. (“Franklin Park advocates seek improvements,” Dec. 19.)...

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Letter: Thanks to Parks commissioner for park fixes

January 16, 2015
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The Franklin Park Coalition wants to applaud new Parks Commissioner Chris Cook for long-overdue park clean-up projects. The commissioner’s leadership means that the standard use of a beautiful Franklin Park hillside, Scarboro Hill, to store sand, soil, gravel and park debris has ceased. Visit the site! There’s a long view of the golf course...

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Letter: South St. Harvest should stay open

January 16, 2015
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The following is an edited version of a letter sent to Harvest Co-op Markets prior to the announcement of its decision to close its South Street store: I am a member of the co-op and value it on many levels. I also understand that one of its primary functions is to make money—and that...

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Veterans Honor

January 16, 2015
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Veterans Honor

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Back Bay Lights

January 16, 2015
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Back Bay Lights

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Music Ministry

January 16, 2015
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Music Ministry

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Harvest South Street store to close in April

January 13, 2015
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Harvest Co-op Market’s South Street store will permanently close its doors in April, according to a letter from the board of directors posted on harvestcoop.com. “After thoughtful discussion and careful consideration, we have decided that it is in the overall best interest of the co-op to close the South Street location,” the letter states....

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Boston chosen as U.S. Olympic bid city

January 8, 2015
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Boston will be the host city for the official U.S. bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, the U.S. Olympic Committee decided today at the Denver airport. Franklin Park is among the potential venues for a Boston Olympics, putting Jamaica Plain among the neighborhoods that could directly host the Games. The park could be...

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Casey Arborway construction meeting slated for Jan. 21

December 23, 2014
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Casey Arborway construction planning details will be revealed at a state Department of Transportation meeting slated for Jan. 21, 6:30-8 p.m. at English High School, 144 McBride St. This is a reschedule of the original Jan. 13 date. MassDOT announced the meeting via a press release that does not give the project’s specific start date....

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Boston 2024 chief: Olympics would boost park

December 19, 2014
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A Boston Olympics would be a “major reinvestment” in Franklin Park and a “catalyst” for improvements to Jamaica Plain, Boston 2024 President Dan O’Connell, told the Gazette during an exclusive interview last week. If JPers disagree, Boston 2024 would find other sites, Dan O’Connell added. But Boston 2024—the private committee planning the local Olympics—will...

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JP students hold Black Lives Matter protest march

December 19, 2014
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JP students hold Black Lives Matter protest march

Hundreds of students from the Margarita Muñiz Academy on Child Street march up Centre Street on the morning of Dec. 16 in a local version of the nationwide protests against police brutality, especially against young African-Americans. Marching from to JP to Roxbury’s Dudley Square, the students chanted, “Hands up, don’t shoot” and “We can’t...

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Hyde Square Christmas

December 19, 2014
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Hyde Square Christmas

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Court trials to move for Casey Arborway project

December 19, 2014
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All jury trials will be transferred out of Jamaica Plain’s West Roxbury District Court at the start of next year because of the upcoming Casey Arborway project, according to a Trial Court spokesperson. Casey Arborway project will replace the Casey Overpass, which carries the Arborway over the Forest Hills T Station area. A new...

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Jefe de Boston 2024: la Olimpiada restauraría Franklin Park

December 19, 2014
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Las Olimpiadas en Boston significaría una reinversión en Franklin Park y un catalizador para las mejoras de Jamaica Plain, dijo el presidente de Boston 2024 Dan O’Connell al Gazette durante una entrevista exclusiva la semana pasada. Si están en desacuerdo los activistas de JP, Boston 2024 encontraría otros sitios, agregó Dan. Pero Boston 2024—el...

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London park group gives more details on Olympics impact

December 19, 2014
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The friends group for the London park that hosted horse events at the 2012 Summer Olympics recently gave the Gazette more details on the Games’ impact. Franklin Park has been named as a similar horse venue by backers of Boston’s 2024 Olympics bid. As the Gazette previously reported, a large section of the park...

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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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