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Opinion: How Hyde Square Task Force Youths Learned the TD Garden Could Owe Millions

During the fall of 2016, teen activists from Hyde Square Task Force attended a meeting to get an update on the Jackson Square Recreation Center, which is being developed by local Urban Edge, a local community development organization. At the meeting, the youth learned four important facts: that the facility would have two levels — one ice and one indoor turf; that more fundraising needed to happen before a groundbreaking; that this facility had been promised to the community over 16 years ago; and that decades ago the state had closed two skating rinks, one in Jamaica Plain and another in Roxbury, which had never been replaced. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Mayor Walsh: How We’re Creating Affordable Housing

Mayor Marty Walsh makes a point during a press conference with neighborhood media on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

Boston is a diverse city made up of residents of all backgrounds, all education levels and job sectors spread out over 23 neighborhoods. Some of us were born and bred here, some with families that have been here for decades, some received a wonderful education or job here and decided to make the move to this city. All these groups make Boston what it is today–a great city that’s full of great people. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Letter to the Editor: Massachusetts Dental Society Bill Seeks to Make Dental Care More Accessible and Affordable

A recent article in the Jamaica Plain News regarding oral health care for underserved populations (“Councilor O’Malley Supports State Bills to Improve Oral Health Care for Those in Need,” August 3, 2017) raises an important question: Why don’t underserved populations in urban communities like Jamaica Plain and rural areas like Western Massachusetts receive preventive and restorative dental treatment that would improve their overall health? (more…) Continue Reading →

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New Massachusetts Law Protects Pregnant Workers

Nearly a year ago, the Massachusetts legislature passed the Equal Pay Act. That law took aim at some of the most pernicious sex and gender-based workplace discrimination we know. This year, we are establishing workplace protections for pregnant workers, because unfortunately gender-based employment discrimination doesn’t end with pay. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Sanchez: In Tough Fiscal Climate Budget Protects Our Most Vulnerable Citizens

In early July, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a $40.2 billion FY18 Conference Committee budget. After the House and Senate pass their versions of the budget, three House and three Senate members meet to reconcile the differences between the budgets. The product of their work is the Conference Committee budget which goes to both branches for a final vote of acceptance. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Letter to the Editor: Forest Hills Construction Project ‘Utter Debacle’

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Forest Hills construction project is a complete and utter debacle. A pedestrian approaching the MBTA station from central JP is greeted by foot-tall grass, months-old litter strewn everywhere, hedges that have not been trimmed since at least last year and a complete appearance of property neglect. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Rep. Sanchez: I Want to Hear From You at Upcoming Community Meetings

The Jamaica Plain 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 as the “Eden of America” for its rolling hills and vast green space. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Mayor Walsh: How We’re Making Boston’s Streets Safer

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

In January, the busy streets of Boston became safer. As we dig out from this month’s snowstorms and prepare for spring, I want to remind drivers, cyclists and pedestrians about our City’s newest initiative to make our streets safer: reducing the speed limit on streets in Boston from 30 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour (MPH). (more…) Continue Reading →

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Mayor Walsh: Standing Up for Our Values

Looking back on this week, I am so proud to be a Bostonian — and to be your mayor. Last Friday, President Trump made good on his divisive campaign rhetoric, and signed a series of executive orders that are designed to promote American isolation, intolerance and fear. Boston didn’t sit back and accept these orders — our residents stood up against harming immigrants and refugees, and stood up for our values. (more…) Continue Reading →

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