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Rep. attends DNC

September 7, 2012
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Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez took a field trip down to Charlotte, N.C. for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) as he continued to campaign for President Barack Obama. The convention was held Sept. 4-6. “It’s incredible to hear from people from all walks of life,” Sánchez said in a Gazette interview about the opportunity...

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Sánchez backs therapy some call torture

September 7, 2012
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch/Gazette Staff Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez is backing a controversial shock therapy that many officials are trying to ban. Some people claim the procedure is tantamount to torture. Bill Allan of the Disability Policy Consortium said that Massachusetts is the only state in the country that uses shock...

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Local councilors differ on redistricting plan

September 7, 2012
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The City Council approved a controversial redistricting plan by a 7-6 vote on Aug. 22, with local councilors differing on the issue. City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who represents the Back of the HIll, voted in favor of the plan, saying it creates a “fair map.” But Councilors Tito Jackson and Mike Ross both voted...

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ZBA denies condo project

September 7, 2012
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The proposed nine-unit condominium building at the corner of Parker and Allegany Streets was denied without prejudice by the zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on Aug. 7. Steenbrugge can now either abandon the project or file again with the ZBA. Jan Steenbrugge, owner of the lot, was seeking 13 zoning code variances from the...

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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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