Monday, May 20, 2013
The activists parked their small lobster boat, Henry David T., in the path of the freighter last week in Somerset.
A JP man had a hand in an anti-coal protest on the coast of Somerset last week. Ken Ward, 57, co-captain of lobster boat Henry David T., anchored in front of a 690 foot freighter carrying 40,000 tons of coal to Brayton Point Power Station May 15, according to The Boston Globe. Henry David T. dropped anchor at 9 a.m. and the freighter, Energy Enterprise, arrived at 11 a.m., according to the story. The Globe reports the Coast Guard asked them to leave, but their anchor became stuck. The boat ended up leaving at 6:30 p.m. without incident.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
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Thursday, May 16, 2013
The U.S. Senate Republican candidate stopped by Maracas Distributors where he met with the owner and spoke to the media Wednesday.
U.S. Senate Republican Candidate Gabriel Gomez stopped by Jamaica Plain where he visited a candy re-wholesaler on Green Street and took questions from the media. Ricardo Austrich, owner of Maracas Distributors, lead Gomez around the warehouse - filled with candy Austrich purchases from wholesalers then sells to local bodegas - as the two chatted about the value of small businesses in our economy. Austrich is a Cuban-born immigrant who came to the United States in 1966. Maracas has been in business since 1973. Austrich founded the business while he was a student at Boston University.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Maureen A. (Hoey) Dunn devoted her life to prisoner of war and missing in action advocacy after her husband went missing during the Vietnam War.
A Jamaica Plain native, noted for her advocacy on behalf of American military prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action, died Friday. Maureen A. (Hoey) Dunn, of Randolph, died Friday May 10 at age 72, according to her obituary on the Cartwright Funeral Home website. Dunn’s long history of advocacy began during the Vietnam War, when her husband US Navy Lt. Joseph P. Dunn plane was shot down over the South China Sea near Hainan Island on Feb. 14, 1968. His body was never found, and he was officially decalred dead in 1982. Maureen Dunn became a widow with a young son. The couple were married at St. Thomas Aquinas church in Jamaica Plain four years earlier in September 1965. She co-founded the National League of Families of POWs/MIAs, …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Universal Hub reported Friday that Vickie Henry and Claire Humphrey are suing because they’re not allowed to file a tax return as a married couple.
A same-sex couple from Jamaica Plain wants their retroactive fair share under current rules for tax refunds. Vickie Henry and Claire Humphrey sued the IRS Thursday, asking for a tax return as a married couple for years 2007 and 2009, according to Universal Hub. The couple filed amended returns for those years at the lower “married” rate as opposed to the rate at which single people are taxed, the website reports. In 2012, the US Court of Appeals ruled Defense of Marriage act, which defined the term “married” on tax statements, was unconstitutional. Henry and Humphrey have been married since 2004, Universal Hub reports.
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Sunday, May 12, 2013
JP residents sounded off about the tap water in the neighborhood.
The Jamaica Plain Forum held a program Thursday night all about Boston tap water: Where it comes from, how it's cleaned, and how safe it is for you to drink. The process is sophisticated but the water is typically deemed great by today's standards. Jamaica Plain residents agree, according to a post asking residents how they feel about tap water: M. Gonzalez said: "I do. Whenever I travel, I develop new appreciation for our Boston water. It's delicious. I'm sure that the pipes it travels in are not the best, but there are a lot more contaminants I'm worried about. I'm proud of our water and I love it!" Patty said: "Boston has some of the best tasting water in the country. My sister lives in Virginia and the water there tastes metallic and …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Broken Tail Rescue tweeted a photo of the cat Friday.
Broken Tail Rescue (@brokentailinc) has posted a photo of a missing Jamaica Plain cat on Twitter Friday morning. Broken Tail Rescue tweeted: #Photo #MissingCat @petamberalert Jamila (aka Jazz) is lost in #JamaicaPlain, MA. Please RT. Grey DSH, microchipped. pic.twitter.com/JEmylJ29lu Broken Tail Rescue is a volunteer-run service that finds animals new homes, according to its website. If you find the cat email Broken Tail Rescue at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to them on Twitter (@brokentailinc).
Self-proclaimed “professional student” Opal Leung posts instructional videos for those in her particularly precarious situation.
Jamaica Plain is home to a variety of people, but the neighborhood is hopping with students. Undergraduates, graduates, law students, medical students, art students, whatever you study, Jamaica Plain has a home for you. One thing most students have in common is living on a minimal income. One resident who lives somewhere between Doyle's and Franklin Park has a Youtube channel devoted to helping those who live with modest means. Opal Leung is “The Poor Student.” She is working on a PhD in organizational behavior at Bentley University, and this is on top of the multiple degrees she holds already. Videos on her channel involve cheap techniques for cooking and transportation, and affords her public with a glimpse into the life of…a poor …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Jamaica Plain Forum is hosting a potluck dinner and program tonight about water safety in Boston.
By all measures, Boston’s water is safe. The city is supplied mostly by two central Massachusetts reservoirs: the Quabbin and the Wachusett. The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority has made improvements to the water supply infrastructure dating back to 1985, according to Jamaica Plain Forum, which is hosting an event this evening to discuss the safety and sustainability of Boston’s water. The event, "Glass half full or half empty: Is Boston's water safe, sustainable and resilient?" will examine how Boston's water is treated and the sustainability efforts that go into the water we drink. "Find out why you can “drink with confidence” and “flush with pride” as a Jamaica Plain resident," says a Forum invitation to the event. Stephen Estes-…