Opinion

Editorial: The BRA—a little less asinine

May 6, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority recently fixed an illogical irregularity that the proposed 1470 Tremont St. project brought to light. Before that project, the BRA did not have a policy on whether existing units on site would count towards the affordable-housing requirement of a new development. Taken to an extreme example, a developer could have...

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Op-Ed: Boston is going Fiber

May 6, 2016
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By Mayor Martin Walsh I recently announced something that will change Boston’s future: working closely with the City over the next six years, Verizon will rewire the entire city with an advanced fiber-optic network. Replacing our outdated copper-based telecom infrastructure with state-of-the-art fiber will dramatically improve internet connection speeds for both residents and businesses...

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Hill Happenings

Mission Hill mourned the death of three comrades last month, most recently Richie O’Neill, who grew up at 25 Tobin Court in the Mission Hill project. Richie was the loving father of six and he was the proprietor of O’Neill Plumbing. I also lived in Tobin Court and I’m glad Richie liked me because he...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

May 6, 2016
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Do sunny temperatures really put people in a better mood? Can milder weather cause people to smile more often? Or, is it that nice weather improves my disposition and folks appear to be friendlier to me because I possess a more agreeable outlook? I truly don’t know. At this time of year, each day...

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Letter: Senior group deserves recognition

April 1, 2016
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I thought that you would like to know about the organization called ”The Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly,” because they don’t seem to get any recognition. They never forget me. We have coffee and conversations a lot, dinners that are beautiful, and at Thanksgiving and Christmas, they really put on a wonderful celebration...

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Letter: Thumbs-up to 35 S. Huntington Ave. project and developer

April 1, 2016
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After reading last month’s article about the project proposed for 35 S. Huntington Ave, I felt compelled to attend the BRA community meeting at the library. To my surprise, my neighbors and I learned about a thoughtful and attractive project proposed for this long neglected site. The owner, Douglas George, was open, respectful, and...

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Op-Ed: 5 simple habits to help our children thrive

April 1, 2016
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By Ron Ferguson, Jeff Howard, and Mayor Martin J. Walsh Did you know that 80 percent of a child’s brain development occurs during the first three years of life? That fact presents a challenge: It means we can’t wait for schools to prepare our kids to learn. But it’s also an opportunity, because much...

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Hill Happenings

April 1, 2016
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I feel fortunate to have been friends with Debbie McCue, a longtime Mission Hill resident, who passed away last month. Debbie had been in poor health and confined to a wheelchair in recent years. Locals fondly remember Debbie when she worked for Boston Parks and Recreation Department at the Tobin Gym in the 1970s....

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

April 1, 2016
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Daffodils are sprouting forth from their winter hibernation as Mission Hill sheds its winter grey to springtime green. William Butler Yeats in his famous poem “Easter 1916” said, “Whenever green is worn are (sic) changed, changed utterly. A terrible beauty is born.” Locals of Irish extraction undoubtedly recognize those sentiments as readily as Americans...

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Editorial: MBTA fare hikes

March 4, 2016
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The MBTA is a disgrace. It is a public transportation system that catches fire, routinely breaks down, and has a subway line that taking a ride on is probably worse than waterboarding (See: B branch of the Green Line). This is what resident get in a supposedly “world-class” city. The MBTA now wants to...

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