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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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Art Park site is up for green development

March 9, 2012
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The Art Park site is slated to become part of a “green building” project along with a site in Roxbury, the City announced recently. The Mission Hill site, which is located between Parker and Terrace Street, was land the City acquired through tax foreclosure and was unsuccessful at redeveloping before, according to John Dalzell,...

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Councilors want to control trash pick-ups

March 9, 2012
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City Councilors Mike Ross and Felix Arroyo are attempting to wrestle control of the City’s commercial trash services from the state after receiving numerous complaints. Residents are annoyed at being awoken by commercial trash collectors during the night. “We do a pretty good job of managing ourselves,” said Ross, a Mission Hill resident who...

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NU nixes chicken chain for anti-gay funding

March 9, 2012
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Northeastern University nixed a proposal to bring the Chick-fil-A fast food chain to the Curry Student Center after the Student Government Association voted 31 to 5 on Feb. 27 denouncing the plan. SGA had concerns about Chick-fil-A donating money to anti-gay causes in 2009. “The decision tonight was based on all of the student...

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