Opinion

Hill Happenings

July 13, 2012
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Last month, Mission Hill mourned the death of Franny Ward, a former Mission High School basketball great, a longtime Mission Hill hoops coach, and mentor to the Mission Hill youths. Franny, a 1965 Mission High graduate who had been living in West Roxbury, succumbed to cancer. My earliest recollection of Franny was when I...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

July 13, 2012
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By Richard Rouse   Construction on the 15 Francis St. entrance to Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is fully under way. Just recall any time you’ve done a home improvement and the resulting headaches it creates. The hospital is excavating an enormous pit to create a 406-space underground parking garage that will be capped...

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Editorial: The Community Alliance

June 1, 2012
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The Community Alliance of Mission Hill (CAMH) has a new president, and we look forward to the organization moving forward with renewed energy. CAMH is a crucial neighborhood association that should be the City’s go-to place for discussing local zoning and licensing requests. As the neighborhood faces institutional expansion, a massive housing development in...

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Editorial: NU opportunity

June 1, 2012
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The last time a community “task force” reviewed Northeastern University’s development plans, early unity among the Mission Hill, Roxbury and Fenway neighborhoods collapsed and good ideas—such as enlivening the brick-wall face NU presents to Huntington Avenue—fell by the wayside. NU focused on income-generating projects in Roxbury and was finally pressured by Mayor Menino to...

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Editorial: Keeping meetings open

June 1, 2012
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The May 3 meeting of the City-appointed Impact Advisory Group (IAG) for the Home for Little Wanderers redevelopment must have been pretty interesting, considering that most IAG members later issued a letter blasting the project. But we can only guess, because the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) did not publicize the meeting and did not...

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Hill Happenings

June 1, 2012
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Hill Happenings

Condolences to the family and friends of Dennis Scanlan, a beloved Mission Hill resident who passed away May 18. A 1962 Mission High School graduate, Dennis worked for the MBTA as a bus driver after serving his country in the U.S. Army. Dennis was a former commander of the Mission Hill Post 327, a...

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What’s Happening on Main Street

June 1, 2012
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What’s Happening on Main Street

By Richard Rouse/Special to the Gazette On Memorial Day, we honored the men and women of our armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us all. We thank those in the VFW, American Legion, AMVETS and others who give their time and effort each year to remember and honor those selfless members...

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Editorial: Cold cases, cold comfort

May 4, 2012
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Two of Mission Hill’s cold-case murders were solved last month. There is comfort in that closure, but lingering dismay at the similarities between the horrifying crimes. The prosecution stories strongly suggest that the murders of Rebecca Payne in 2008 and Demetrius Blocker in 2010 were cases of mistaken identity by drug dealers. Both victims...

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Editorial: On green development

May 4, 2012
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The Art Park site is up for “green development,” as City and BRA planners call it. Of course, no development will be as green as the park and community gardens already there. The City needs to be more transparent and forthright in explaining its obvious intent to move, and probably shrink, the green space...

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Hill Happenings

Happy birthday to Kay “Big Red” Ryan, who had 90 birthday candles at her celebration April 21 at her daughter Joannie’s home in Jamaica Plain. Kay, a beautiful woman who hails from Mission Hill, was joined by family members, including grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I have fond memories of Kay and her children, having lived...

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