What’s Happening on Main Streets

September 5, 2014
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Welcome to each returning student of Mission Hill, with a little reminder to behave yourself and don’t be a knucklehead while you’re here! Do this and we’ll all get along fine. I overheard a splendid suggestion by Eric Alden, owner of Longwood Properties, to some young folks: “Act as you would in front of...

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Joslin to host Latino diabetes prevention festival in Southie

September 5, 2014
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Joslin to host Latino diabetes prevention festival in Southie

LMA—The Joslin Diabetes Center’s annual “Ritmos de Salud” event, which benefits Latino Diabetes Initiative (LDI), is scheduled for Sept. 26. A child of Latino descent born after 2000 has a 50 percent chance of developing diabetes in their lifetime, according to Joslin. The event will be co-chaired by Jamaica Plain resident Lazaro “Laz” Lopez,...

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Men charged with shooting

September 3, 2014
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Two men charged in connection with a shooting last night in the area of Parker Street and McGreevey Way are expected to be arraigned in Roxbury Municipal Court today, according to Suffolk District Attorney Jake Wark. Tomas Martinez, 20, of Dorchester and Rolando Coxon, 22, of Hyde Park, are charged with firearms-related offenses for...

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Immigration a hot topic in gov. candidate forum

August 8, 2014
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Roxbury Community College (RCC) held a governor candidate forum last month where the two frontrunners for the Democratic nomination sparred over immigration. State Treasurer Steve Grossman attacked state Attorney General Martha Coakley over her views on that subject, including her former support for Secure Communities, a federal program that relies on local and state...

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BRA chief: We’ll review LMA Guidelines

August 8, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority’s acting director pledged to examine the controversial Longwood Medical Area Interim Guidelines, among other items in the BRA’s ongoing house-cleaning, in a Gazette interview this week. Brian Golden is helming the quasi-public economic development and planning agency during a top-to-bottom review ordered by new Mayor Martin Walsh. A recent audit...

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Mission Hill Banners

August 8, 2014
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Mission Hill Banners

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Gov. Patrick talks child poverty

August 8, 2014
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Gov. Patrick talks child poverty

BACK OF THE HILL—Gov. Deval Patrick visited Nurtury Learning Lab in Jamaica Plain’s Bromley-Heath housing development last week to present an annual report on the state of child welfare in the Commonwealth and how that compares to the rest of the country. According to the KIDS COUNT ranking, issued by the Annie E. Casey...

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Oficiales locales apoyan el plan de inmigración del gobernador

August 8, 2014
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Dos funcionarios elegidos – el Representante del Estado Jeffrey Sánchez y la Senadora del Estado Sonia Chang-Díaz— apoyaron el plan del Gobernador Patrick para hospedar a los niños inmigrantes indocumentados en el estado. El país está experimentando una crisis progresiva de niños inmigrantes, la mayoría de Centroamérica, que ingresan al país de manera ilegal....

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BRA lacks rules and records, audit finds

August 8, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority lacks proper policies and record-keeping practices, and has lost track of millions of dollars, according to an audit ordered by Mayor Martin Walsh. The Mayor’s Office and the BRA’s acting director called the findings “troubling” and pledge to reform the agency for better accountability and transparency. Among the undocumented items...

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Heath St. DND parcels going to RFP

August 8, 2014
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BACK OF THE HILL—A request for proposals to redevelopment 10 City-owned parcels along Heath Street will likely be issued this month, with a preference for “deeply affordable” residential units clearly expressed. The City’s Department of Neighborhood Development has held three community meetings and a site tour about the contiguous parcels at 9-21 Bromley St.,...

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Officials weigh in on probation hiring scandal

August 8, 2014
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State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz and state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez talked to the Gazette about their reactions to recent federal convictions in a state Probation Department hiring fraud scandal. A jury last month found former state Probation Department commissioner John O’Brien guilty of mail fraud, racketeering and conspiracy last month. Two of his former aides,...

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Local officials support gov.’s immigrant plan

August 8, 2014
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Two local elected officials—state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez and state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz—supported Gov. Deval Patrick’s plan to house undocumented immigrant children in the state. The country is facing a growing crisis of immigrant children, mostly from Central America, entering the country illegally. Detention facilities in border states are overcrowded, and the Obama administration initially...

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Gun laws, minimum wage among local legislators’ efforts

August 8, 2014
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Gun laws, minimum wage among local legislators’ efforts

With the state’s legislative session wrapping up last month, Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez and Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz are touting their achievements in drafting new laws. Sánchez focused his efforts on legislation related to domestic violence, gun violence and substance abuse, the environment and economic development. “I am proud of our work in creating laws which...

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Tree-killing beetle found in Boston

August 8, 2014
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Tree-killing beetle found in Boston

Authorities are warning Boston residents to be alert for a tree-killing beetle recently found in Jamaica Plain. A single specimen of the emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle was found in a trap at the Arnold Arboretum on July 16, and was confirmed by federal officials on July 18. Suffolk County is the third county...

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Start of Art Park project delayed

August 8, 2014
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Start of Art Park project delayed

Construction of a mixed-use development at the Art Park site will be delayed until spring 2015, according to Brian Militana of site developer Sebastian Mariscal Studio, Inc. (SMS). Construction was scheduled to begin in the fall, but Militana said it would have been “too big a push” to make that deadline. He said SMS...

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High-tech benches could come to Hill

August 8, 2014
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Some Boston parks are testing new high-tech park benches that might come to Mission Hill. The “Soofa,” as the bench is termed, is a bench that includes a solar-powered charging station for cell phones and computers. It also collects and shares location-based information like air quality and noise level data. The benches were produced...

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Hill Agenda, Aug. 8, 2014

August 8, 2014
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The deadline for Hill Agenda listings is noon, Sept. 2 for the Sept. 5 issue. Email listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Public meeting on bike lanes, to discuss multiple possible bike facilities in Mission Hill/Fenway/Kenmore, Mon., Sept. 15, 6:30pm, Tobin Community...

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Park Project

August 8, 2014
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Park Project

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Participacion, Aug. 8, 2014

August 8, 2014
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El plazo para la sección de Participación es al mediodía el 2 de septiembre para la edición del 5 de septiembre. Escriba a: news@missionhillgazette.com. Note que los números telefónicos empiezan con 617, a menos que diga otro código de área.           Reuniones Reunión pública sobre carriles bici, para hablar sobre posibles sitios para bicicletas...

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Sheriff Endorsement

August 8, 2014
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Sheriff Endorsement

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Editorial: BRA reform

August 8, 2014
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The BRA “is in dire need of reform.” For once, that isn’t just residents, or political candidates, or disapproving judges in lawsuits, or the Gazette saying it. That’s straight from the Mayor’s Office, and it’s about time. Mayor Walsh is doing an outstanding job at checking items off his list of campaign promises. BRA...

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Editorial: Sánchez and Chang-Díaz achievements

August 8, 2014
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With our state legislators wrapping up another session of lawmaking, a couple of items strike us as particularly noteworthy. State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz was a strong proponent of election reforms that expand access to the voting booth. Early voting, which works very well in other states, is one of those excellent reforms. So is...

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Hill Happenings

August 8, 2014
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An energetic crowd gathered at the Parker Hill Library last month, welcoming Bill Raynor, who read from his newly released book “Poetry in Motion.” Raynor,who grew up in the Mission Hill projects, writes about the meaning of sports is everyday life. The book is pleasant and an easy read. Among the notable faces in...

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‘Extremely positive’ reaction to Parcel 25 project

August 8, 2014
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The reaction to the massive Parcel 25 proposed development has been “extremely positive,” according to Pat Flaherty of Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services (MHNHS). MHNHS aims to redevelop Parcel 25, which is bordered by Tremont, Gurney and Station streets, across from the Roxbury Crossing MBTA Station. The former T-owned property is now vacant. “People...

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