Opinion

Op-Ed: Unifying the community colleges

February 10, 2012
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By Gov. Deval Patrick We have 240,000 people looking for work and nearly 120,000 open jobs today in Massachusetts.  How can we have so much opportunity available and so many people still looking for a chance? Business leaders tell me over and over again that it is because the people looking for jobs don’t...

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Hill Happenings

February 10, 2012
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Condolences to the family of Pauline Pierce, a beautiful, fun-loving woman who passed away last month. Mrs. Pierce was a terrific actress, performing for many years in the Mission Hill Theatre Group. She displayed her talent in several plays, including “Harvey,” but more importantly, Mrs. Pierce was instrumental in bringing a delightful sense of...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

February 10, 2012
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By Richard Rouse You don’t need a groundhog to tell you that we still have more winter days ahead. Keep your sidewalk clear of snow and ice along with a healthy supply of rock-salt-type de-icers. There are many environmentally friendly brands readily available at our local stores. If you are truly concerned about your...

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Editorial: Fund the T like a treasure

January 13, 2012
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Pay more and get less. That’s the pitch the MBTA is making to riders as it struggles to fill a $161 million operating budget deficit. It’s a draconian budget. Fare hikes that outpace anyone’s pay increases. No transit for people who work weekends or for tourists to and from the suburbs. A high impact...

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Editorial: Seize the Year

January 13, 2012
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The year 2012 is here, and very little can be said with certainty about what events it will hold. Except this: An ancient Mayan god will not return to destroy the world, contrary to a surprisingly popular superstition. More sophisticated thinkers point out that end-of-the-world stories are metaphors for changes in belief systems. They...

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Hill Happenings

January 13, 2012
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Belated condolences to the family of lifelong Mission Hill resident Winifred Dunn, who passed away in November at 94. Winifred was a beautiful woman who leaves four children, including Boston Police Officer Richie Caulfield. Winifred was married to George “Sonny” Dunn, a Mission Hill oil delivery man in the ’50s and ’60s. Sonny was...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

January 13, 2012
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What’s Happening on Main Streets

By Richard Rouse The New Year is proceeding in Mission Hill and a special note of thanks goes to all the businesses owners who ramped up the holiday decorating on their storefronts. The neighborhood looked great. Well done to Flann O’Brien’s, Mission Café, Squealing Pig, Penguin Pizza, Tremont House of Pizza, Brigham Circle Diner,...

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Editorial: The ways of winter

December 9, 2011
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As of this writing, we have dodged any snowfall this season. (Well, not counting that ridiculous outburst back in October.) But we can’t fool ourselves. Winter is on the way. It comes on Dec. 22, the longest night of the year. Cold and ice are practically guaranteed in these parts. Such things are certainties...

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Op-Ed: The Christmas Light

December 9, 2011
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By Rev. Raymond Collins Special to the Gazette Our celebration of Christmas each year abounds in symbols: angels, Christmas trees, bells, shepherds, lights and many more that vie for our attention. I would like to focus on “light” as a symbol for this reflection, as many preachers will be proclaiming during Christmas and through...

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Letter: School move leaves kids behind

December 9, 2011
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The Boston Public Schools facilities plan proposed by Superintendent Carol Johnson on Oct. 24 and approved on Nov. 15 by the Boston School Committee moves the Mission Hill elementary school to Jamaica Plain, taking a high-quality, highly-selected K-8 to another assignment zone. It’s like musical chairs for the six pilot schools involved in the...

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