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Gov. Patrick talks child poverty

August 8, 2014
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Gov. Patrick talks child poverty

BACK OF THE HILL—Gov. Deval Patrick visited Nurtury Learning Lab in Jamaica Plain’s Bromley-Heath housing development last week to present an annual report on the state of child welfare in the Commonwealth and how that compares to the rest of the country. According to the KIDS COUNT ranking, issued by the Annie E. Casey...

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Heath St. DND parcels going to RFP

August 8, 2014
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BACK OF THE HILL—A request for proposals to redevelopment 10 City-owned parcels along Heath Street will likely be issued this month, with a preference for “deeply affordable” residential units clearly expressed. The City’s Department of Neighborhood Development has held three community meetings and a site tour about the contiguous parcels at 9-21 Bromley St.,...

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Officials weigh in on probation hiring scandal

August 8, 2014
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State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz and state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez talked to the Gazette about their reactions to recent federal convictions in a state Probation Department hiring fraud scandal. A jury last month found former state Probation Department commissioner John O’Brien guilty of mail fraud, racketeering and conspiracy last month. Two of his former aides,...

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Gun laws, minimum wage among local legislators’ efforts

August 8, 2014
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Gun laws, minimum wage among local legislators’ efforts

With the state’s legislative session wrapping up last month, Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez and Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz are touting their achievements in drafting new laws. Sánchez focused his efforts on legislation related to domestic violence, gun violence and substance abuse, the environment and economic development. “I am proud of our work in creating laws which...

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Tree-killing beetle found in Boston

August 8, 2014
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Tree-killing beetle found in Boston

Authorities are warning Boston residents to be alert for a tree-killing beetle recently found in Jamaica Plain. A single specimen of the emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle was found in a trap at the Arnold Arboretum on July 16, and was confirmed by federal officials on July 18. Suffolk County is the third county...

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High-tech benches could come to Hill

August 8, 2014
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Some Boston parks are testing new high-tech park benches that might come to Mission Hill. The “Soofa,” as the bench is termed, is a bench that includes a solar-powered charging station for cell phones and computers. It also collects and shares location-based information like air quality and noise level data. The benches were produced...

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Magna Carta, basis of U.S. freedoms, goes on display at MFA

July 11, 2014
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One of only four surviving copies of the original Magna Carta—an English document written in 1215 that is the foundation for many democracies around the world—will be on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) through Sept. 1 The Magna Carta Libertatum (The Great Charter of the Liberties of England) was the...

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Boston shortlisted to bid for 2024 Olympics

July 11, 2014
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Boston has been shortlisted as a possible U.S. host for the 2024 Summer Olympics, along with Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who represents the Back of the Hill, has been a supporter of exploring the possibility. “The U.S. Olympic Committee was very keen on Boston,” O’Malley told the...

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Free museum admissions available

July 11, 2014
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The sixth annual “Free Fun Fridays” initiative, a summer program that offers free admittance to attractions all over the state through the end of August, is now in swing. Locally, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are both participating. The MFA will offer free admission on Fri., July...

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Where to watch the Cup finals

July 11, 2014
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With the soccer World Cup finals happening this weekend, Mission Hill is into the swing of watching the soccer matches. Most bars in the Hill are showing the matches live, with sound. A few have added Cup-specific specials to enhance Mission Hill’s cheering pleasure. The Mission, 724 Huntington Ave., 566-1244: burger and a beer...

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