Opinion

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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Hill Happenings

December 9, 2011
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Hill Happenings

I’m proud of my Mission Hill neighbor, Patrick Loughran, a cardiac intensive care nurse at Children’s Hospital. Patrick spent the first two weeks of November in Ghana, Africa providing medical care and tutoring to the world’s poorest. A team of 20 doctors and nurses from Children’s and Mass. General Hospital provided care for children...

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Editorial: Schools moving too fast

November 11, 2011
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If only Boston Public Schools buses moved as quickly as BPS’s school-swapping plan. In a typical City of Boston process, Mission Hill is poised to lose two namesake schools in a surprise move with a rushed deadline that just happens to coincide with potentially skeptical city councilors distracted by Election Day. It is unacceptable...

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Editorial: City Council, heal thyself

November 11, 2011
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A great way to get more public input is for the freshly elected Boston City Council to give itself some power. During the last City Council election two years ago, empowerment was all the rage. There was talk of a charter commission to review the current few-checks-and-no-balances form of city government. Virtually every candidate...

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Editorial: Giving thanks

November 11, 2011
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Thanks will be in the air this month, as today is Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving less than two weeks away. It is a good time to pause and reflect at the veterans memorials in Brigham Circle and on Northeastern University’s campus rather than just walking by. As veterans come home from Iraq, Afghanistan and...

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Hill Happenings

November 11, 2011
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Hill Happenings

More than 200 folks welcomed home local solider Lt. Col. George Rollins last month at the McKeon Post in Dorchester, commemorating his return from a 10-month tour in Afghanistan. George, a Mission High man and a West Point graduate, spoke passionately about being thrilled to be home and about the death of his comrades...

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Editorial: Questioning NEU’s dorm

October 14, 2011
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Questioning NEU’s dorm Northeastern University’s dorm project already looked bizarre: demolishing part of the historic YMCA building and sticking a student skyscraper atop it. But these are desperate times, and Mayor Thomas Menino has rightly pressured Northeastern to get its students out of neighborhood housing. But state officials have been highlighting some serious concerns...

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Editorial: Remembering Fitz

October 14, 2011
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On a bright winter day in 2002, outgoing state Rep. Kevin Fitzgerald took a Gazette reporter on a tour of Mission Hill to point out some of his accomplishments. A cop wouldn’t let Fitz drive into the construction site for the new Puddingstone Park. So the rep. and the reporter sat in the muddy...

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Letter: Thanks for great block party

September 16, 2011
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The good neighbors on the Back of the Hill deserve a public thanks for their contributions to the Lawn Street block party on Sept. 10, especially Barbara Dessesaure, Kay Gallagher, Ida Graves, Courtney Nichols, Ricardo Garcia, Toni Komst, the Yaya family and the Back of the Hill CDC. Next year will mark 25 years...

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