What’s Happening on Main Streets

December 12, 2014
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What’s Happening on Main Streets

O come, all ye faithful. Holiday shopping on Main Streets takes on a different emphasis with Mayor Marty Walsh promoting the #5onMain Challenge. I’ll confess that last month I might have gone overboard editorializing about the importance of shopping locally. (My wife often tells me that washed-up politicos tend to pontificate…She’s right…She’s always right!)...

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Police alert: 3 armed robberies in 1 night on Hill

November 25, 2014
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Three separate armed robberies happened within 15 minutes on Mission Hill streets on Nov. 23, according to a Boston Police Department alert. In all three cases, a male victim was robbed at gunpoint by a man who demanded cash only. The robberies apparently occurred in the 9 p.m. hour on Fisher Avenue and Alleghany and...

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Residents file suit against Art Park project

November 14, 2014
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Construction of a mixed-use development at the Art Park site is in limbo after Mission Hill residents Oscar and Kathryn Brookins filed a lawsuit over the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals decision to grant variances for the project, according to John Feuerbach of the Department of Neighborhood Development. The Art Park site is City-owned...

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‘A giant is gone’: Locals remember Mayor Menino

November 14, 2014
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‘A giant is gone’: Locals remember Mayor Menino

By Rebeca Oliveira, Peter Shanley and John Ruch/Gazette Staff Former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who led the city for an unprecedented 20 years before choosing not to run again last year, died Oct. 30 after a long and public battle with cancer. Menino, 71, won his first term as mayor in 1993. For...

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Road Race Winners

November 14, 2014
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Road Race Winners

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2 time capsules reveal Northeastern’s past

November 14, 2014
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2 time capsules reveal Northeastern’s past

By Claudia Geib/Special to the Gazette The first thing removed was a coin. It glinted bright silver, as a Northeastern University alumnus held it up to the light— despite the fact that it was minted in 1898 and had spent most of the past 50 years sealed in a time capsule beneath Northeastern’s Curry...

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‘Se fue un gigante’: Residentes rinden homenaje a Menino

November 14, 2014
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De Rebeca Oliveira, Peter Shanley y John Ruch/Personal de Gazette Una “leyenda”. Un “gigante”. Un “representante de los desamparados”. Como las siguientes citas demuestran, el antiguo alcalde Thomas Menino, quien murió el 30 de octubre, fue descrito así. El Representante del Estado Jeffrey Sánchez “Un gigante ha dejado la tierra, pero sigue vivo en...

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Parking a concern at 70 Parker Hill Ave. renovation

November 14, 2014
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Parking a concern at 70 Parker Hill Ave. renovation

The Boston Redevelopment Authority held a community meeting Oct. 7 on the proposed renovation project at 70 Parker Hill Ave. that would turn the former commercial building into 46 residential units. The most pressing issue for attendees was the lack of parking for the project. The building at 70 Parker Hill Ave. was formerly...

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English High holds 50th reunion

November 14, 2014
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English High School’s 50th reunion for the class of 1964 is being held today, Nov. 14, at the school’s current home in Jamaica Plain. An all-classes homecoming reunion was scheduled to be held yesterday, after the Gazette’s deadline. Frank Williams, who is on English’s (EHS) Board of Directors and a 1967 alumnus, told the...

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RTH Community Center

November 14, 2014
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RTH Community Center

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Nonprofit developers to bid on Heath St. parcels

November 14, 2014
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Two nonprofit developers specializing in affordable housing—the Back of the Hill Community Development Corporation and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation—will bid on City-owned parcels on Heath Street. They were slated to hold a meeting Nov. 12, after the Gazette deadline, to “brainstorm” redevelopment ideas. The two organizations—which previously co-developed the Back of the Hill housing—will...

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WIT files plan for Sweeney field project

November 14, 2014
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Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) has set in motion the relocation of Sweeney Field to the site of the current Parker Street parking lot. WIT filed a Letter of Intent with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) last month, which officially begins the project’s development review process. The new Sweeney Athletic Facility would allow for...

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Baker wins close election

November 14, 2014
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Baker wins close election

In one of the closest gubernatorial elections in recent memory, Republican Charlie Baker squeezed out a victory over Democrat Martha Coakley during the Nov. 4 general election. Meanwhile, in the only competitive local election, Democrat  state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz (2nd Suffolk District) trounced Republican David James Wyatt. The senator garnered 90 percent of the...

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Asthma remains a major Mission Hill health concern

November 14, 2014
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By Aneri Pattani/Special to the Gazette Joel Marin is never caught without his inhaler. He always carries one with him and keeps another in the car as a backup. The 27-year-old from Roxbury has suffered from asthma since childhood. “As the years went by, it got worse and worse,” said Marin, who used to...

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Hill Agenda, Nov. 14, 2014

November 14, 2014
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The deadline for Hill Agenda listings is noon, Dec. 9 for the Dec. 12 issue. Email listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Community Alliance of Mission Hill, agenda to include Collaboration with Main Streets, Mission Sushi & Wok restaurant, Beta Burger, Wed.,...

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Ex-councilor Tobin tells Menino anecdotes

November 14, 2014
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Following former Mayor Thomas Menino’s death on Oct. 30, former City Councilor John Tobin, now a Northeastern University vice president for community relations, posted several personal anecdotes about Menino on his Facebook page. Tobin served on the City Council from 2002 to 2010 and got to know Menino well. His detailed, often humorous stories...

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Final Farewell

November 14, 2014
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Final Farewell

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Mayor Menino’s new book touches on local issues

November 14, 2014
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Mayor Menino’s new book touches on local issues

Shortly before his Oct. 30 death, former Mayor Thomas Menino penned a memoir about his unprecedented five terms in office, “Mayor for a New America,” that mentions some big issues in Mission Hill and the Longwood Medical Area. They include two dramatic crimes: the infamous Charles Stuart murder case of 1989 and last year’s...

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A journalist’s view from the Menino beat

November 14, 2014
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I knew and covered Tom Menino, first when he was the District 5 city councilor from Readville/Hyde Park, and later when he was mayor—28 years. The first time I interviewed him, I asked him, a councilor, what he thought about having a neighborhood council in Hyde Park. He made a loud snoring sound, then...

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Hill resident criticizes City’s graffiti removal

November 14, 2014
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Hill resident criticizes City’s graffiti removal

A Mission Hill resident is criticizing the City’s response to graffiti in the neighborhood, saying the previous administration did a better and quicker job of tackling the problem. The Mayor’s Office responded that more than 85 percent of the graffiti complaints on Mission Hill have been resolved and that the City’s graffiti removal program...

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Jamie Wyeth’s paintings on view at MFA

November 14, 2014
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Jamie Wyeth’s paintings on view at MFA

The first major retrospective of American artist Jamie Wyeth is currently open at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), showcasing 109 works from six decades of Wyeth’s work. The exhibit is open through Dec. 28. The exhibition displays paintings, works on paper, illustrations and objects in a range of “combined mediums”––Wyeth’s preferred term for...

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WIT Vice President

November 14, 2014
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WIT Vice President

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Participación, Nov. 14, 2014

November 14, 2014
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El plazo para la sección de Participación es al mediodía el 9 de deciembre para la edición del 12 de deciembre. Escriba a: news@missionhillgazette.com. Note que los números telefónicos empiezan con 617, a menos que diga otro código de área.           Reuniones ****Community Alliance of Mission Hill, agenda to include Collaboration with Main Streets,...

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WIT opens new dorm and labs

November 14, 2014
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WIT opens new dorm and labs

Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) opened a 305-bed dorm and new science facilities last month. “We’re very excited to celebrate the opening of these new spaces,” Wentworth President Zorica Pantić said in a release. “With these new facilities, Wentworth is providing our undergraduate students with graduate-level laboratories, which aligns with our plan to add...

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