Monthly Archives: November 2012

BRA approves S. Huntington project

November 2, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) voted to approve a controversial luxury apartment project proposed for 161 S. Huntington Ave. at its Oct. 18 board meeting. The project is expected to come before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals, the next step in getting the City’s approval, on Nov. 13. The BRA meeting followed a...

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Clarification

November 2, 2012
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The article “Officials push NU for more dorms” in the Oct. 5 Gazette reported that City Councilor Mike Ross misstated the increase in Northeastern University’s off-campus undergraduate student population at an NU Task Force meeting. The article failed to say that Ross’s remarks were based on a PowerPoint presentation he gave that included the...

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Developers’ donations stir debate

November 2, 2012
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The head of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) has complained about campaign contributions made to elected officials this year by developers of two controversial luxury housing developments on S. Huntington Avenue. City Councilor Mike Ross received and returned $2,000, while other elected officials said it’s “offensive” to accuse them of corruption. Mayor Thomas...

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Critics blast Art Park plan at final meeting

November 2, 2012
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Opposition to the request for proposal guidelines for the City-owned land between Parker and Terrace Streets erupted during a community meeting on Oct. 11. About 15 people attended the meeting at Mission Church. Critics of the plan to build residential units along Parker Street were much more vocal than at previous meetings. Several of...

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Harvard Coop closes in LMA

November 2, 2012
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LMA—The Harvard Coop bookstore, formerly located at 333 Longwood Ave., closed at the end of June when landlord Boston Children’s Hospital did not renew the lease. “We’re obviously very disappointed to not be in the area,” Coop president Jerry Murphy told the Gazette last week. “There’s really nothing that would house our situation.” Children’s...

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Hurricane strikes neighborhood

November 2, 2012
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Hurricane Sandy hit Mission Hill and the Longwood Medical and Academic Area on Oct. 29 with high winds. Trees fell around the area, but the storm was not as bad as predicted in Boston. It devastated New Jersey and New York City. On the day of the storm, state and City of Boston offices...

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Forum reaches out to low-income voters

November 2, 2012
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Forum reaches out to low-income voters

Smart from the Start, the group that runs the Johnson Community Center at 68 Annunciation Road, held a forum last week to teach new voters about the importance of voting and what to expect at the voting booth next week. “We’ve been engaging in voter registration across the city,” board member Cherie Craft told...

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Fuentes Market honored at City Hall

November 2, 2012
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Miguel Fuentes, the owner of Mission Hill’s Fuentes Market, was among the small-business owners honored at a Latino Heritage Month celebration organized by At-large City Councilor Felix Arroyo at City Hall on Oct. 15. Fuentes has run the local landmark market at 680 Parker St. for decades. He and 12 other Latino small business...

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Mission Hill changes little under new redistricting plan

November 2, 2012
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The latest Boston City Council redistricting plan would have little effect on Mission Hill besides moving one precinct. The City Council is set to vote on the plan Wednesday, after the Gazette deadline. City Councilor Mike Ross, who lives in and represents Mission Hill, said that Ward 10, Precinct 8, which covers part of...

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Wood thieves damage trees

November 2, 2012
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Trees in the Mission Hill area and around the city have been damaged in recent weeks by wood thieves who hack off large knobs known as burls. A Dorchester man was arrested Oct. 3 in the Fenway on burl-stealing charges, but officials are warning residents to stay alert to any suspicious tree-cutting. Burls are...

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