Monthly Archives: February 2014

Oreo forces J.P. Licks to change flavor name

February 7, 2014
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Oreo forces J.P. Licks to change flavor name

The word “Oreo” is being scrubbed from any J.P. Licks ice cream shop flavor names after the cookie’s parent company demanded a fee for use of its brand. Oreos will still be used in the store’s recipes, but such flavor names as “Oreo Cookie Dough” have to go. The Jamaica Plain-based store, which has...

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O’Malley seeks better trash cans, less litter

February 7, 2014
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City Councilor Matt O’Malley filed an order to reduce litter and promote recycling last week. O’Malley said he believes that the city needs to expand its use of public trash compactors and recycling bins, explore the use of cutting-edge receptacles, and reevaluate litter fines. “I’ve been working with the City for a better schedule,...

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RTH community center to open by summer

February 7, 2014
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A 28,000-square-foot community center, set to replace an outdoor basketball court and parking lot in Mission Park, is slated to open by the summer, according to Roxbury Tenants of Harvard (RTH) Executive Director Karen Gately. “It’s going great,” she told the Gazette this week. “It’s going along pretty quickly.” The community center, being built...

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Renovated playground to open in spring

February 7, 2014
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Renovated playground to open in spring

The Gibbons Playground, which is located at Delle Avenue and Sewall Street and is undergoing a $311,000 renovation, will reopen sometime in the spring, according to Boston Parks and Recreation Commissioner Antonia Pollak. The Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) held a series of meetings early last year for recommendations for the renovation of...

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New Bostonians chief wants more services for immigrants

February 7, 2014
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New Bostonians chief wants more services for immigrants

Alejandra St. Guillen, a Mission Hill native and former executive director of the Latino political organization Oiste?, took up her post as interim director of the City’s Office of New Bostonians (ONB) last week. The office helps immigrants access City services, language learning and training. It also helps develop the mayor’s immigration policy, St....

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Mayor reorganizes his cabinet

February 7, 2014
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Mayor reorganizes his cabinet

Mayor Martin Walsh released a plan last month for a reorganization of the cabinets under his leadership, according to a press release. The reorganization includes elevating arts and culture to a cabinet-level position, a pledge Walsh had made during the mayoral race. “Our role as a government is to improve people’s lives, and the...

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Election reform backed by Chang-Díaz passes

February 7, 2014
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The state Senate on Jan. 16 passed election-reform legislation that authorizes early voting for state and federal elections and primaries; allows residents to register to vote on Election Day; and creates an online voter registration system, according to a press release. Local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz has pushed for many of the reforms contained...

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Hill History: Parker Hill Library has ‘church-like’ feel

February 7, 2014
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The Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL) is housed in a historic building that gives off a vibe similar to its neighbor, the Mission Church. Parker Hill refers to the name of the hill that most of the Mission Hill neighborhood sits on. People began calling the neighborhood Mission Hill in...

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Hill History: Local history group keeps fighting for landmarks

February 7, 2014
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In 2001, the historic Mission Church complex was under threat. A developer had purchased its southern campus, comprising of three buildings, and planned to demolish them all. Thanks to the Friends of Historic Mission Hill (FHMH), that never happened. Those buildings were designated as historic landmarks in 2005, thanks to FHMH volunteers’ efforts. “That...

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Hill History: This Month in Hill History

February 7, 2014
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The Gazette’s top headlines from this month in local history:   5 Years Ago: 2009 “CAC meeting ‘off the record’” A Boston Redevelopment Authority official declared a public Mission Hill Citizens Advisory Committee meeting to be “off the record,” meaning the press could not write about its discussion of redevelopment of former Mission Church...

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