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Coalition forms over immigration

February 2, 2018
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A coalition of community organizations gathered on Jan. 23 to announce the formation of the Mission Hill Rapid Response Network, which will ensure that Mission Hill is a community in which all students and families have the right to live, work, and study without fear, according to a press release. “Despite Boston’s status as...
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Hill History: Renovation of historic Parker Hill library on schedule

February 2, 2018
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The renovation of the Parker Hill Branch Library building, which opened in 1931, is on track and on schedule, according to Boston Public Library spokesperson Rosemary Lavery. The Parker Hill Branch began in 1907 as a small reading room at a storefront at 1518 Tremont St. It became an official BPL branch in 1924...
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BPS will not implement new start times after blowback from parents, community

January 5, 2018
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After releasing new start and end times for 105 of the 125 schools in the system for next school year, Boston Public Schools (BPS) is putting the brakes on the new policy after blowback from parents and the community. “Over the past few weeks, we have heard from families, staff, and stakeholders that there...
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Walsh cruises to re-election victory, wins on the Hill

December 1, 2017
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Mayor Martin Walsh cruised to an easy re-election victory, defeating City Councilor Tito Jackson during the Nov. 7 general election, according to City results. About 28 percent of registered voters participated in the election. Walsh garnered 70,187 votes, or 65 percent of voters, while Jackson collected 36,472 votes, or 34 percent of voters. On...
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Neighbors raise concerns over Alleghany Street project

December 1, 2017
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Several Alleghany Street residents are raising concerns over a plan by Home for Little Wanderers to subdivide a parcel of land on Alleghany Street and build a new two-and-a-half story building. The Home for Little Wanderers is a nonprofit child and family service agency that has its headquarters in Walpole. The nonprofit currently owns...
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City grants $2 million for rec center project

December 1, 2017
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Mayor Martin Walsh, local elected officials including City Councilor Matt O’Malley, and local residents gathered at the corner of Columbus Avenue and Ritchie Street on Nov. 1 for an event at which the City announced it was giving a $2 million grant toward the proposed Jackson Square Recreational Center. Urban Edge, a community development...
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Q. and A. with Sen. Chang-Diaz about criminal justice reform

December 1, 2017
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The state Senate late last month passed legislation for criminal justice reform, which included the repeal of mandatory minimum sentences of some drug offenses and raising the age at which youths can be charged as adults, as well as other charges. Local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz has been a vocal proponent for criminal justice...
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Sesión de preguntas con la Senadora Chang-Díaz sobre reforma de la justicia penal

December 1, 2017
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A finales del mes pasado el Senado aprobó legislación para reformar la justicia penal, que incluyó la revocación de condenas mínimas obligatorias para algunas infracciones de drogas y la elevación de la edad a la cual un joven puede ser acusado como adulto. La Senadora del Estado local Sonia Chang-Díaz ha sido un proponente...
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State Legislature passes LOOK bill

December 1, 2017
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The state Legislature passed a bill on Nov. 15 that updates existing law about educating English learners (EL) in the Commonwealth’s public schools, according to a press release. The bill, known as “An Act Relative to Language Opportunity for Our Kids” or LOOK, was passed unanimously in the Senate and was approved 155-1 in...
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Zakim to run for secretary of state for Massachusetts

December 1, 2017
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Mission Hill City Councilor Josh Zakim is running to become the next secretary of state for Massachusetts, according to statement Zakim posted on his campaign website. Zakim will be facing off against William Gavin, the current secretary of state. “I am thrilled to announce today that I am a candidate for secretary of state,”...
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