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Community Alliance has a new leader

June 1, 2012
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Jessica Casey, a Canadian native who works for the state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, was elected the president of the Community Alliance of Mission Hill (CAMH) during a May 16 meeting. “I really am going to bring the community together,” said Casey. She stressed the importance of holding monthly meetings and...

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Local bus routes set to undergo changes

June 1, 2012
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Plans to improve the Route 39 bus have been delayed yet again until the fall, while changes to the Route 66 bus will begin in 2013. The Route 39 renovation plan, which was first proposed in 2008, includes the elimination of some stops and “bump-out” sidewalk extensions and improved amenities like new shelters and...

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Local pastor writes book about church-sharing

June 1, 2012
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Local pastor writes book about church-sharing

Lorraine Cleaves Anderson, a 20-year resident of Mission Hill, is the pastor of the International Community Church in Allston, an institution that shares its space with seven other churches. Anderson is so smitten with church-sharing she has written a book on the subject called “Under One Steeple.” “It’s tremendous,” Anderson said about the church-sharing...

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Art Park plan stirs green space debate

May 4, 2012
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The City held a contentious meeting on the proposed uses for the city-owned land between Parker and Terrace streets, with many residents voicing concern about how the project would affect the community gardens and the Art Park there. The site, which will be a “green building” project, was land the City acquired through tax...

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Costs for BPS school-move plan rise

May 4, 2012
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The cost to renovate the building that holds the Mission Hill K-8 School and the New Mission High School have jumped from roughly $7 million to about $12 million. The City Council has asked the Boston Finance Commission (FinComm) to look into why the numbers have changed from when BPS presented the $7 million...

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Museum garden to undergo makeover

May 4, 2012
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The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Monks Garden is slated to undergo a $500,000 redesign and renovation. “We call the Monks Garden the heart of our outdoor space. you always have a great perspective of the Monks Garden,” said Matt Montgomery, director of communications at the museum. Michael Van Valkenburgh, who recent...

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Homework program change questioned

May 4, 2012
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The Boston Public Library’s (BPL) popular Home Assistance Program (HAP) is to be folded into a broader out-of-school program, according to BPS spokesperson Gina Perille. Library friends groups are questioning the move. “I’m not sure I know what BPL means when they say a much broader program,” said Marie-Claire Durmonay, president of the Friends...

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RTH to build community center

April 6, 2012
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Mission Park plans to build a 28,000-square-foot community center, which will replace an outdoor basketball court and parking lot. The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) held a community meeting March 27 to discuss the proposed project. “We have outgrown our space here and this space is needed,” said Jacqueline Boston, president of the Roxbury Tenants...

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City gets ideas for Parker Street site

April 6, 2012
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The City held a brainstorming session March 10 to discuss proposed uses for plots of city-owned land in Roxbury and in Mission Hill between Parker and Terrace Street, which currently holds the Art Park and makeshift community gardens. Both the Roxbury and Mission Hill sites will be “green building” projects. Residents of the area...

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Local translator has worked around the world

April 6, 2012
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Local translator has worked around the world

Gar Chiang has held notable jobs around the world and has lived in New York City, Los Angeles, Hawaii and China, but in the end, only one place felt like home: Mission Hill. Chiang moved back to the area in 2002 from overseas. “I missed America. I missed Mission Hill. This is my home,”...

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