Monthly Archives: January 2017

Noise impacts to residents are mapped out in new study

January 6, 2017
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  By Beth Treffeisen Special to the Gazette Construction sites, planes flying over head, cars honking, loud music blasting, all contribute to the soundscape that make up Boston and in turn affect the residents who live and work in the city. Erica Walker, a doctoral student at Harvard T.H. Chin School of Public Health,...

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Bike courier industry transitions to compete in modern times

January 6, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Special to the Gazette For two years bike courier Mike Oakhem, 33, from Quincy, has been zigzagging throughout Boston’s downtown streets to hand off various goods from piping hot pizza to architecture design rolls, offering Boston residents and companies one of the quickest forms of delivery. To him, taking on this...

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City Council passes gas leaks ordinance

January 6, 2017
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The City Council during a Dec. 14 passed by a 12-1 vote a city ordinance aimed at addressing natural gas leaks in Boston, according to a press release. The ordinance was sponsored by City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who represents a portion of Mission Hill. Gas leaks have long been a concern of some local...

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Lawsuit to protect Prouty Garden continues

January 6, 2017
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The Anne Gamble Ten Taxpayer Group, made up of members of the Friends of the Prouty Garden (FPG), has filed an appeal over the Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) expansion project as part of a continuing effort to prevent the destruction of the Prouty Garden. The Dec. 23 appeal was delivered to the Massachusetts Appeals...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

January 6, 2017
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With the holidays behind us, here’s a thumbs-up to those who did more local shopping and a pat on the back to all the businesses that helped to make our neighborhoods feel more festive. The City’s #5onMain effort encouraging shoppers to purchase five items at Boston neighborhood businesses exceeded all expectations. I’m happy to...

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Hill Happenings

January 6, 2017
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Mission Hill lost a fine gentleman when Joe (Buddy) Gillis passed away last month at age 85. Buddy, born in Roxbury, was a kind man who volunteered his time at the St. Francis House Homeless Shelter.  In the golden era of the Mission Hill softball league, Buddy loved to watch his nephews, Eddie Gillis...

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Letter: Bag ordinance a good idea

January 6, 2017
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I recently read that Mayor Marty Walsh is opposed to the idea of a five-cent store bag fee as making no sense. I beg to differ. It would definitely reduce waste across the city. I totally agree with the idea being pushed by District 6 City Councilor Matt O’Malley. It does work and I...

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Letter: Pudzer is a bad choice

January 6, 2017
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President-elect Trump’s Department of Labor nominee is a man whose beliefs and actions demonstrate contempt for the basics working people need to lead a decent life. As the head of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s fast-food restaurants, Andrew Puzder has repeatedly argued against increases to the minimum wage or overtime pay for the women...

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Letter: Pudzer is a bad choice, part II

January 6, 2017
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The appointment of the Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder will be devastating to working people’s health. Colleagues of mine at the NYC health department have reported, in a study published in the American Journal of Public Health in June 2016, that “A $15 minimum wage could have averted 2800 to 5500 premature deaths between...

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Op-Ed: Helping Boston’s homeowners

January 6, 2017
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By Mayor Martin Walsh When I ran for Mayor, I knew I wanted to make Boston a city where every resident can afford to live, work, and raise a family. Since I’ve been elected, Boston has grown—fast. Our population is expanding rapidly and we’re expected to reach over 700,000 residents by 2030. Our tech...

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