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Primary election is Sept. 6

August 10, 2012
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One local official will face a challenger in the Sept. 6 primary election, while another is running unopposed. Democrat state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz (2nd Suffolk District) will face Roy Owens, a regular candidate for elected office, in the primary. The winner will not face a challenger in the general election. “We’ve gotten an incredible...

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Residents respond to Wentworth dorm plan

August 10, 2012
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Wentworth Institute of Technology’s (WIT) plan for a seven-story, 305-bed dorm at 525 Huntington Ave. received mixed reviews during a sparsely attended community meeting July 31 at WIT’s Blount Auditorium. The $42 million, 118,000-square-foot dorm is to be built on a triangle of land formed by Huntington Avenue and Louis Prang and Vancouver Streets....

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Local officials split on crime reform bill

August 10, 2012
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Local elected officials are split on “Melissa’s Bill,” a so-called “three strikes” crime reform bill that imposes mandatory sentences on repeat violent offenders. The bill is named after Melissa Gosule, a 27-year-old Jamaica Plain resident who was raped and murdered by a paroled violent criminal in 1999. Local state Rep Jeffrey Sánchez voted in...

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CAMH opposes condo project

August 10, 2012
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The Community Alliance of Mission Hill (CAMH) voted during a July meeting to oppose a nine-unit condominium project at the corner of Parker and Alleghany Streets that requires 13 zoning code variances, according to CAMH President Jessica Casey. The vote (52 opposed, 5 approved and 1 undecided) is non-binding, but the City takes it...

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Art Park site’s future comes into focus

July 13, 2012
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The City has narrowed its vision for the city-owned land between Parker and Terrace streets. During a June 27 meeting, the City presented draft guidelines for a request for proposals (RFP), which included placing 35 to 45 residential units on the site and having mixed use of commercial, retail and industrial along the Terrace...

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Community centers may lack written deals

July 13, 2012
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It remains unclear what, if any, operating agreement there is between the City and the local organizations that help run community centers. The only known document covering their operation dates to the 1970s. Earlier this year, a committee was formed to create a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City’s Boston Centers for Youth...

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Interim president takes over RCC

July 13, 2012
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Roxbury Community College (RCC) has a new leader, with Dr. Linda Turner being chosen as the college’s interim president, according to a press release. Turner, whose appointment was confirmed by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education last week, takes over for Terrence Gomes. Gomes announced his resignation last month amid controversy about RCC allegedly...

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Local official campaigns for Obama

July 13, 2012
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Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez has been traveling to battleground states in the presidential election. He has been campaigning for Democrat President Barack Obama, talking about Republican opponent Mitt Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts. “It’s been real interesting,” said Sánchez. Sánchez, who has traveled so far to North Carolina, Iowa and Colorado, said...

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Rt. 39 bus bump-outs questioned

July 13, 2012
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A major facet of the Route 39 bus renovation plan might be in jeopardy as the project’s start date approaches. The Route 39 bus, which runs on Huntington and S. Huntington Avenues in Mission Hill, is slated to undergo changes starting this fall, including the consolidation of some stops and improved amenities like new...

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School-move plan approved

June 1, 2012
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The City Council approved by a 12-1 vote on May 23 the Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) controversial school-move plan. Councilor Mike Ross, who lives in and represents Mission Hill, was the lone dissenting vote. The plan calls for several schools to move, including the Mission Hill K-8 School going to the now-vacant Agassiz School...

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