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Boston City Council redistricting: Dividing neighborhoods. Again.

I love my house. It’s a wonderful spot in a wonderful neighborhood. My neighbors and I watch out for one another. We bring over cookies and attend on another’s parties. We have neighborhood gatherings. We decorate for Halloween. We all vote. In droves. We take our community and our civic responsibilities seriously. It’s a fantastic neighborhood.

While we view ourselves as one neighborhood — our elected officials do not. They continue to “redraw” us into new political districts every opportunity they get. And they do it with an eye toward their own interests — not to the interests of this amazing neighborhood.

The Boston City Council will be voting on a final redistricting map this Wednesday October 31st. The latest proposal gaining momentum would remove two precincts Ward 19 Precinct 7 (Forest Hills, Arboretum, Bourne area) and Precinct 12 (another large section of the Bourne area) out of Jamaica Plain and that is one precinct too many!

Please contact your district Councilor and 4 at-Large Councilors to make sure that they will vote against such a plan.

As someone who lives in Ward 19/precinct 12, I’m personally incredibly upset that our precinct continues to be “traded” around as if there were no impact on my neighbors’ lives.

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Searching for fresh produce in the Sixth Suffolk

My (first! and totally amateur!) video project on the challenges around finding fresh produce in Boston's Sixth Suffolk. (And trying to explain why I keep ending up in the McD's drive-thru... mmmmmm Big Mac....) The Sixth Suffolk is currently represented by Rep. Willie Mae Allen and comprises the bulk of Mattapan, parts of North Dorchester and Roslindale. There are approximately 39,000 people living in the district. There are 2 supermarkets. Only one has a decent produce selection.

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Help find Jeffrey Phillips

A friend who is a local with us at the Dogwood Cafe in JP has gone missing in Braintree. I'm reaching out to the Universal Hub community in the hopes that someone reading might be able to help in some way.

Jeffrey Adam Phillips has been missing since Friday July 24, 2009. He was last heard from via a cell phone call with a friend and his mother around 7:30 PM and he was at his house. Jeff had plans to meet his mother Saturday morning but was never heard from.

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