A student’s guide to Mission Hill

September 16, 2011
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The following is some basic information for students who recently moved into Mission Hill.

General Boston info

  • Boston does not have a non-emergency police number. Call 911 for emergency and non-emergency police, fire and rescue.
  • Get renter’s insurance. It might seem like an unnecessary expense until you have a break-in, or your upstairs neighbor’s toilet overflows while they’re out of town.
  • The City of Boston has many services for renters. Learn about and use them at cityofboston.gov/rentalhousing.
  • Mayor Thomas Menino has a list of top 10 tips for students moving to Boston: cityofboston.gov/students/topten.asp.
  • Explore the Problem Properties website (cityofboston.gov/mayor/problemproperties). Learn how to report problem-makers and how to avoid becoming one. Their phone number is 617-504-7003 and it calls a cellphone inside a police cruiser.
  • Introduce yourself to your neighbors, give them your contact information and get theirs. It’s just as easy and more pleasant to call them than the police.
  • If you have a dog, clean up after it. It’s courteous and city ordinance.
  • Shovel sidewalks abutting your residence in the winter. It is your responsibility, not the city’s, to do so.
  • Be considerate when throwing parties: let your neighbors know about them and remember, many of them must wake up early even on Saturdays.
  • Keep your property tidy.

Mission Hill

  • Trash pick-ups are on Tuesdays and Fridays; recycling bins should go out with Tuesday’s trash.
  • The local public library is the Parker Hill Branch Library, at 1497 Tremont St. The number is 617-427-3820.
  • The Tobin Community Center at 1481 Tremont St. has gym facilities and classes for a $20 yearly membership. It also has youth, family and senior programs. Reach it at tobincommunitycenter.org and 617-635-5216.
  • The Mission Hill neighborhood liaison for the Mayor’s Office is William Onuoha. He can be reached at 617-635-3485 and william.onuoha@cityofboston.gov.
  • The city councilor for Mission Hill is Mike Ross. He can be reached at 617-635-4225 and Michael.Ross@cityofboston.gov.
  • Patronize local businesses. They love you.
  • Get involved in the neighborhood: join cleanups; go to community meetings; voice your opinions. You’re part of the community.

         With information from City Councilor Mike Ross, longtime Mission Hill resident Alison Pultinas and Mission Bar & Grill owner Michel Soltani.

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