Opinion

Editorial: Thanks to Hoffman

May 1, 2015
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Thanks to Jim Hoffman, who has retired after decades as the director of Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services. On his watch, the community development corporation is a key factor in Mission Hill’s vibrancy. It has helped to create and preserve affordable housing, and it has produced vast economic development in such projects as One...

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Editorial: Fix the DND map

May 1, 2015
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It’s great that Mayor Walsh and the Department of Neighborhood Development have created the city’s first comprehensive student housing report. It is not great that the report pretends Mission Hill does not exist. The DND continues to poison its reports by using an old BRA map that was never correct. We have warned of...

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Letter: Thanks for local marathon fundraising support

May 1, 2015
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With this year’s Boston Marathon now behind us, I want to take a moment to highlight the incredible generosity of many in our community. For the past six months, I had been fundraising and training for the marathon as a part of Team MR8: a nonprofit organization founded in honor of 8-year-old Martin Richard...

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Hill Happenings

Hill Happenings

Patrick “Sonny” Carroll, a distinguished Mission High graduate, class of 1943, passed away on April 12. Sonny was a member of the Mohawks, a grand assemblage of Mission Hill youths, bonded from childhood alliances in the ’40s to lifetime friendships. Among the other well-known Mohawks were the late Dave O’Connor, a longtime Mission Hill...

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What Happening on Main Streets

May 1, 2015
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April 15! The tax deadline date alone conjures up thoughts of frenzied accountants and panicky procrastinators. This year I didn’t expect the vision I encountered on Tremont Street while returning from a community meeting. Bearded men in grass skirts and cocoanut brassieres looking like audition castoffs from the Rogers and Hammerstein play “South Pacific.”...

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Editorial: A new era for the BRA

April 3, 2015
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The BRA director leaving City Hall to visit residents for a street-level view of a controversial project site? That’s virtually unheard of, but it just happened in Mission Hill as the agency continues its reforms as promised by Mayor Walsh. The BRA has long been loathed and feared for its historic role in “urban...

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Editorial: Marathon winners

April 3, 2015
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With unfortunate timing, it appears we will be hearing once again about the accused Boston Marathon terrorist bomber around the time of the race, as his trial wraps up near this year’s April 20 marathon date. One thing for locals to remember is that he is alive to stand trial thanks to the world-class...

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Hill Happenings

April 3, 2015
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Hill Happenings

I was reflecting about my childhood friend, Phil Thompson, who passed away last month. My mind traveled to the great English-Latin football game at Harvard Stadium on Thanksgiving Day in 1966. I was among the 35,000 fans and I was cheering for Phil, a terrific player for English. Phil grew up on Sunset Street...

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What’s Happening on Main Street

April 3, 2015
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Spring has finally arrived! Evidence is found in tulip buds bursting forth from their frozen slumber, announcing nature’s annual rebirth. Precipitation by the bucketful is more hospitable than by the shovelful. On March 23 I convened with a group of worried residents from Wigglesworth and Worthington streets for a sit-down in one of those...

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Editorial: Supporting local businesses

March 6, 2015
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The natural disaster that was—and still is—Boston’s recent waves of blizzards has hit small businesses hard. Mission Hill’s local businesses are not only a source of pride, but a linchpin of the local economy. They keep dollars in the neighborhood, from paychecks to contributions to another key Mission Hill resource, the nonprofit sector. Mayor...

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