Opinion

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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Editorial: Not just along for the ride

August 19, 2011
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Hubway, the new bicycle rental system, appears to be a success. It would be even more successful with the public input it deserves. Hubway, a joint city-corporate program, is one of Mayor Menino’s many real-deal bicycle infrastructure improvements. It is not cosmetic and it is not fluff. It is an ambitious achievement. The mayor...

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Editorial: Supporting Main Streets

August 19, 2011
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The funding losses at Mission Hill Main Streets (MHMS) that resulted in the layoff of staffer Barry Twomey and delayed a deserved pay raise for Executive Director Richard Rouse are discouraging. Perhaps, like many of the businesses MHMS assists, the organization can figure out a way to do more with less in tough times....

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Editorial: The BRA gets census data right

July 15, 2011
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Mission Hill finally exists. That is not news to anyone who has lived in this neighborhood since Mission Church went up in the 1870s. In its diversity, energy and determination for self-improvement, Mission Hill is as real as it gets. Yet, until this year, Mission Hill did not exist in U.S. Census data as...

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Hill Happenings

July 15, 2011
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Hill Happenings

By Maurice “Mossy” Martin Special to the Gazette Condolences to the family of Jimmy Casey, who passed away May 29 after a long illness. Jimmy, a loving family man, leaves his wife Kerry (Harris) and three children. He was a hard worker and a member of the pipefitter and refrigerator union Local 537. I...

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