Monthly Archives: December 2011

FinComm investigates school move

December 21, 2011
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Updated The Boston Finance Commission (FinComm) is investigating Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) funding of a plan to open two new schools in the former Agassiz School building. “We are going to look at how the funding decisions were made and whether there is enough money for the renovations,” FinComm Director Matt Cahill said. BPS...

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School move fight continues

December 9, 2011
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Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) plan to move the Mission Hill K-8 School to Jamaica Plain was approved by the school committee Nov. 15. But opposition remains strong among parents, advocates and neighborhood residents. Fenway High School, which is scheduled to move into Mission Hill K-8 and New Mission High School’s current building at 67...

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Vandalism payback fund starts up

December 9, 2011
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A new $5,000 fund will pay Mission Hill residents back for vandalism to their property. The “restitution fund” is being paid for solely by local colleges. But there is dispute over whether it is an admission by the colleges that some of their students are vandals—including in cases where no suspect is caught. “The...

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Van-Tastic

December 9, 2011
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Van-Tastic

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Holidays in the Hospital

December 9, 2011
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While most people celebrate the holiday season with family and friends, some are restricted to a hospital room. Many hospitals—like the Longwood Medical Area’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC)—take matters into their own hands in trying to create a festive atmosphere in the midst of beds and...

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2,012 en la mira

December 9, 2011
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Es la hora del ejercicio adelantado por las posibilidades del nuevo año que se avecina. Pero para esto no necesitamos magia ni adivinanza, sino, simplemente, revisar lo que ya está anunciado, o se ha tomado decisión en reuniones oficialistas o comunitarias. Naturalmente, y la primera de ellas, es lo que se espera políticamente como...

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NU dorm approved by the state

December 9, 2011
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Lawsuit still pending Northeastern University (NU) and the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) have signed an agreement that would allow the university to proceed with its months-stalled GrandMarc dorm project at the YMCA on Huntington Avenue. Meanwhile, plaintiffs in two lawsuits that were dismissed in October have begun the appeal process in hopes of delaying...

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NU to sell low-income building

December 9, 2011
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Northeastern University (NU) has decided to sell the St. Botolph Apartments, a building for the low-income elderly and disabled at 351-367 Massachusetts Ave. The residences will remain affordably priced after the sale. John Tobin, NU’s vice president of city and community affairs, told the Gazette that the property has not yet been listed, but...

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Ross might leave Hill, run for Congress

December 9, 2011
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City Councilor Mike Ross is considering a run to replace retiring Congressman Barney Frank—a move that would require him to move out of Boston and into the 4th Congressional District. “People asked me if I was looking at it and I said, ‘Yeah, I am looking at it,’” Ross said of recent media reports...

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Hill could change council districts

December 9, 2011
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Dueling plans for Boston’s City Council Districts are battling over whether or not to move Mission Hill into a new district. One, proposed by City Councilor Bill Linehan, who heads the City Council’s Committee on the Census and Redistricting, would put much of Mission Hill in Jamaica Plain’s District 6. That plan would set...

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