Boston 2024 Meeting in Jamaica Plain Draws Passionate Crowd

A Tuesday Boston 2024 community meeting went off-script and off-agenda when activists opposed to the games demanded their grievances be heard by city and Olympic officials. By 6 p.m. activists had gathered outside English High School in Jamaica Plain with signs reading “Don’t Play With JP.”

'Why Can't We Just Do Projects That Will Help?' One protester, member of No Boston Olympics Claire Blechman, of Somerville, said she thinks the Olympics would invariably overrun its budget, destabilize Boston communities, and lead to increased police presence. Blechman also said she wished the city of Boston would commit to making improvements to its infrastructure without the glitz and glam of the Olympic games as its sole motivator. “Why can’t we just do projects that will help?

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J.P. Community Centers Honor Adult Learners

State Representative Liz Malia, D-Jamaica Plain, gave the keynote address at the 2015 graduation of the Jamaica Plain Community Centers Adult Learning Program. Ceremonies were held at the English High School on Thursday, June 18. Adult learners in the morning and evening ESOL and High School Equivalency classes were honored. Seven students earned HiSET diplomas and 96 students were recognized for advancing to the next class level. For information about fall classes, contact jpccalp@gmail.com or call 617-635-5201.

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Drugs and guns allegedly found by police at the 18 Pompeii St. home of the Rev. Shaun Harrison.

DA: Former English High Dean Shot Student Over Teen’s Low Pot Sales

A former English High School dean alleged to have been running a drug ring pleaded not guilty Wednesday to shooting a student in the head. Prosecutors say Shaun Harrison, 55, tried to execute a 17-year-old whose pot sales had been lagging. Harrison, most recently dean of students at English, worked at several Boston Public Schools since 2010, according to the Globe. The attempted murder charge led Mayor Marty Walsh to probe Harrison's job history with the schools. That review found that though established protocols were followed with him, tougher standards need to be put in place.

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Drugs and guns allegedly found by police at the 18 Pompeii St. home of the Rev. Shaun Harrison.

Mayor Orders Probe Into Job History of Preacher Accused of Shooting Student

Mayor Marty Walsh announced an internal review of how the Rev. Shaun Harrison, 55, got and kept jobs in the Boston Public schools while he allegedly ran a drug ring. Prosecutors say Harrison tried to kill a 17-year-old, later identified as an English High School student, who had been selling pot for him. Harrison, most recently dean of students at English, worked at several Boston Public Schools since 2010, according to the Globe. "The charges against Shaun Harrison are extremely disturbing and I am greatly concerned because of his role with students at English High School," Walsh said in a statement. "It's critical that, in addition to a criminal investigation, we take a thorough look at his employment within our public school system to ensure that we are taking the necessary steps to protect students throughout the city."

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Prosecutors: Reverend With Ties to English High Ran Drug Ring

Suffolk County prosecutors aim to prove that The Rev. Shaun O. Harrison, 55, who since fall has been dean of students at Jamaica Plain's English High School, attempted to execute a 17-year-old he had tried to recruit into his drug ring. Police say the teen suffered non life-threatening injuries in the 7:13 p.m. Tuesday shooting in the area of 100 Magazine St. Prosecutors fleshed out that allegation at Harrison's arraignment on Thursday. They say Harrison lured the teen to his apartment with promises of weed and girls, then shot him in the back of the head. A judge held Harrison on $250,000 bail.

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Dean of Students at English, 55, Accused of Shooting Teen

The Rev. Shaun O. Harrison, who since fall has been dean of students at Jamaica Plain's English High School, is being arraigned Thursday in the shooting of a 17-year-old in Roxbury. Police say the teen suffered non life-threatening injuries in the 7:13 p.m. Tuesday shooting in the area of 100 Magazine St. Harrison lists on his LinkedIn profile that he has been dean of students at the school since October. According to multiple sources, including CBS Boston, Harrison has been fired from Boston Public Schools.

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File photo: The crumbling Casey Overpass in Forest Hills.

UPDATED: Casey Arborway Construction Update Meeting Set for Jan. 21

[Editor's note: Transportation officials moved this meeting from Tuesday, Jan. 13 to Wednesday, Jan. 21.]

The Department of Transportation is inviting residents to meet the team that will tear down the crumbling Casey Overpass and replace it with a network of surface roads. The first of many "construction update meetings" will be held Wednesday, Jan. 21, 6:30-8 p.m. at English High School, 144 McBride St.

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Love: Always Read the Fine Print

I was walking the Southwest Corridor Park and my heart swelled with good feelings at seeing the "love" graffiti on a refuse barrel. But click to the right in the series to see what some wag added to the original sentiment. Each weekday we post a random image from around the neighborhood. If you have a photo that screams (or even whispers) "Jamaica Plain," here are four ways to nominate it as our "Photo of the Day":

Email me at chris@jamaicaplainnews

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