Op-ed: Don’t drape our iconic public parks in shadows

March 10, 2017
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By Elizabeth Vizza One of the world’s most livable cities, Boston is known for the iconic parks that comprise its heart, providing welcome open space in our urban environment while contributing to the physical and mental well-being of our residents and acting as a tourist hub to support our local economy. Boston Common and...

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Op-Ed: Make your voices heard

March 10, 2017
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By Local State Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez The JP Historical Society is one of my favorite Facebook pages. They have hundreds of photos posted depicting Jamaica Plain from as early as the 1800s. One of the best shows horse drawn buggies crawling along next to the pond – reminding us that JP was once known...

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Letters:

March 10, 2017
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Warren letter ‘over the top’ As I read a letter to the editor from a Jamaica Plain resident, I thought his letter supporting US Sen. Elizabeth Warren for standing up for all the smart voters in the nation was a bit over the top. Really, calling white guys supporting President Trump as “the last gasp...

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JPNC seeks meeting, leadership from governor over parkway project

February 24, 2017
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council has sent a Feb. 13 letter to Gov. Charlie Baker requesting a meeting and asking for his leadership to get the long-awaited parkway improvement project started. The letter, which is written by JPNC Chair Kevin Moloney, criticizes the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Leo Roy for...

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Access, lighting among concerns raised at Franklin Park meeting

February 24, 2017
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Residents mingled at a community meeting on Feb. 16 to share their feelings about what needs to be improved and maintained in Franklin Park as part of the Imagine Boston 2030 planning process. The meeting did not include the traditional presentation from the City and long line of concerned residents waiting to share their...

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YOUTH RALLY

February 24, 2017
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YOUTH RALLY

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JP civic groups want answers on Centre/South project

February 24, 2017
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Five Jamaica Plain civic groups have signed a letter requesting a meeting with Mayor Martin Walsh and asking that the City fully fund the Centre/South streets improvement project. Asked for comment on the letter and whether the mayor will meet with the groups, the Mayor’s Office replied, “The City values community input and feedback...

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Jóvenes manifiestan por centro de recreo

February 24, 2017
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El día de San Valentín, jóvenes de Jamaica Plain manifestaron por el amor—amor en la forma de recursos comunitarios. El 14 de febrero, miembros de Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) y funcionarios electos manifestaron en el centro de desarrollo juvenil por la construcción del centro de recreo muy esperado en Jackson Square. HSTF es...

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Teachers, students take field trip to Cuba

February 24, 2017
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A group of students and teachers from Margarita Muñiz Academy in Jamaica Plain are currently on a ten-day trip in Cuba where the itinerary includes visiting the family of the school’s namesake. Margarita Muñiz was the former principal of Egleston Square’s Rafael Hernandez School who died in 2011 after a long battle with cancer....

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Grass Fed at Forest Hills closes

February 24, 2017
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Grass Fed’s second location at Forest Hills was shortly lived, and closed suddenly on Jan. 8. It had opened in 2016. Krista Kranyak Chalfin, the owner, said she sold the Forest Hills location because it was too close to the Centre Street location. The other Grass Fed is located about a mile away, at...

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City announces funding for affordable housing, including two JP projects

February 24, 2017
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The City announced on Feb. 14 about $22 million in funding for ten affordable housing developments across Boston, including two proposed developments in Jamaica Plain, according to a press release. The two projects are the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation’s 25 Amory St. project, which calls for a four-story building with 44 affordable units,...

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JP Observer: Election system problems at the root of Trump’s ‘win’

February 24, 2017
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Since Donald Trump was inaugurated just over a month ago, Jamaica Plain residents are joining people around the country to take action against his appointments and his almost daily controversial actions. Unfortunately, in addition to tackling his outlandish behavior, people who are concerned need to battle the convoluted process that put Trump in the...

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JP Agenda, Feb. 24, 2017

February 24, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Mar. 7 for the Mar. 10 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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Mayor Walsh announces promotion of JP resident at BPS

February 24, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Special to the Gazette At a Feb. 10 press conference, Mayor Martin Walsh and Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Tommy Chang announced the promotion of Dr. Makeeba McCreary of Jamaica Plain to the role of managing director and senior advisor of external affairs for BPS. In her new position, McCreary will...

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Youths rally for Jackson Square Rec Center

February 24, 2017
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On Valentine’s Day, Jamaica Plain youth rallied for love—love in terms of community resources, that is. Members of the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) and local elected officials rallied at the Hyde Square Task Force Youth Development Center on Feb. 14 to advocate for the long-awaited Jackson Square Recreation Center to be built and...

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Proposed development for 1785 Columbus Ave.

February 24, 2017
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A 139,200-square-foot office building is being proposed for 1785 Columbus Ave. on the Jamaica Plain/Roxbury border. The developer is Horizons Watermark LLC, which is a joint venture between Horizons for Homeless Children and Watermark Development Inc. Horizons for Homeless Children is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children. The site...

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City Council re-establishes Special Committee on Civil Rights

February 24, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Special to the Gazette The City Council voted unanimously to re-establish the Special Committee on Civil Rights at a hearing on Feb. 8. Jamaica Plain City Councilor Matt O’Malley will sit on the committee. City Councilor Josh Zakim of District 8 will chair the special committee. He has previously chaired the...

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BPDA board vote on Plan: JP/Rox delayed

February 24, 2017
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The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board vote was delayed until March 2 after the board’s original meeting on Feb. 9 was canceled because of weather. The BPDA board will review the plan and will likely approve it. The BPDA staff only submits material to the board when they consider the plans ready...

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The Last Streetcar to Arborway, part III

February 24, 2017
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By Franklyn P. Salimbene Salimbene, a longtime Jamaica Plain resident who is a board member of the Arborway Committee for Public transit, Inc and a senior lecturer in law at Bentley University, recently penned a personal reminiscence of the last run of the Arborway streetcar. Below is the third part of the story. Having...

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Invitacion, Feb. 24, 2017

February 24, 2017
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El plazo para la sección de participación es al mediodía, martes, 7 marzo para la edición del 10 marzo. Mande eventos a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: marca el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo, a menos que haya otro código. Reuniones Comité de zonificación de JPNDC, reuniones, 1 mar, 15 mar, 5 abr, 7pm,...

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HSTF self-declared safe haven

February 24, 2017
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Celina Miranda, the executive director of Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF), wrote a newsletter encouraging continued advocacy and declaring the organization a safe haven for youth and families impacted by recent political events. “Like many of you, we at Hyde Square Task Force are very concerned about the current political climate and the future...

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PROUD WINNERS

February 24, 2017
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Sights and Sounds, Feb. 24, 2017

February 24, 2017
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues. Mar. 7 for the Mar. 10 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special events          Frederick Law Olmsted’s 195th Birthday, April 26, 6-8pm. First Church Unitarian Universalist Jamaica Plain, Eliot and Centre Streets. Wheelchair...

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HEALTHY EATING

February 24, 2017
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HEALTHY EATING

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