Editorial: Congratulations, Diana Nyad

September 6, 2013
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The news that long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad successfully had crossed the Straits of Florida from Cuba to Key West this past weekend brought a degree of wonder and joy to all who learned of her accomplishment. First and foremost, this had been Ms. Nyad’s life-long goal after four previously unsuccessful efforts stretching over a...

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Editorial: Obama made the right call

September 6, 2013
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We realize that we are by no means foreign policy experts, but we simply wish to say that it is our view that President Obama made the right decision is seeking the approval of Congress before bombing Syria for its violations of international law regarding the use of chemical weapons. In our view, the...

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Hill Happenings

September 6, 2013
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Hill Happenings

It was the summer of 1967 and John Moreau was strolling down Lansdowne Street behind the left-field wall at Fenway Park. A baseball lover, John was listening to the Red Sox game on his transistor radio. Carl Yastrzemski was at bat. Accompanied by his buddies George Curran and Joe Gannon, John said, “Yaz is...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

September 6, 2013
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What’s Happening on Main Streets

By Richard Rouse/Special to the Gazette On Sept. 1, like emperor penguins returning to their nesting grounds in the documentary film “March of the Penguins,” students flocked upon the neighborhood lugging storage boxes, microwave ovens and mattresses up the three-decker stoops of Mission Hill. Move-In Day fell on Labor Day weekend this year, so...

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Parking restrictions, roaming ISD officials for student move-in day Sept. 1

August 28, 2013
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The City will have Inspectional Services Department (ISD) officials out in force and have parking restrictions in place on Mission Hill for the Sept. 1 student move-in day. ISD spokesperson Lisa Timberlake said groups of housing inspectors and code enforcement officers will be walking in areas that have a high population of students, including...

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Detective in botched attack case demoted

August 9, 2013
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By Peter Shanley and John Ruch/Gazette Staff Jerome Hall-Brewster, the Boston Police Department (BPD) officer accused of failing to properly investigate a September 2012 Mission Hill attack on a woman, has been stripped of his detective ranking, according to a BPD Internal Affairs (IA) document. The suspect in the Mission Hill attack, Edwin Alemany,...

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In Concert

August 9, 2013
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In Concert

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For mayoral candidate Richie, experience counts

August 9, 2013
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For mayoral candidate Richie, experience counts

Citing her “unique set of skills,” Boston mayoral candidate Charlotte Golar Richie said she wants to bring her experience as a legislator, a former director of city’s Department of Neighborhood Development and an advocate for at-risk youths to the Mayor’s Office. Richie said her time spent as a former director of DND enables her...

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Clutch Works site project sees community-led revision

August 9, 2013
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Clutch Works site project sees community-led revision

Developers of twin residential and commercial buildings at 1486 Tremont St. presented a new, shorter building height in response to community feedback to the Community Alliance of Mission Hill (CAMH) meeting on July 17. The development of the Boston Clutch Works site at 1486 Tremont St., planned to become rental housing and storefront retail...

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Degradan al oficial de policía que no investigó a Alemany

August 9, 2013
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De Peter Shanley and John Ruch/Gazette Staff A Jerome Hall-Brewster, el oficial de policía acusado de no investigar adecuadamente el ataque contra una mujer de Mission Hill en septiembre de 2012, le han quitado su título, según un documento de Internal Affairs (IA) de la policía de Boston (BPD). El sospechoso del ataque en...

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Ed reform group criticized at BPS forum

August 9, 2013
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Stand for Children, a controversial nonprofit organization that advocates for public education reform, held a sparsely attended forum on July 31 at the Tobin Community Center on the future of the Boston Public Schools (BPS). The meeting was short in duration, and was more remarkable for the conflict that arose than the substance on...

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Cops used ID in 2012 urination arrest

August 9, 2013
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The failure of Boston Police officers to track down a man whose wallet and ID were found at the scene of a September 2012 Mission Hill attack looks even stranger when similar evidence was used the same month to arrest a suspect for public urination. The Boston Police Department (BPD) did not issue a...

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4 local buildings on City’s ‘distressed’ list

August 9, 2013
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Four Mission Hill properties are on the City’s latest list of vacant and “distressed” buildings. All of them have been on the Department of Neighborhood Development’s (DND) annual list for at least three years. The properties include a large brick industrial building at 123-127 Heath St.; a long-vacant commercial building at 6-12 Pontiac St.;...

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Mission Hill women’s health group starts in Sept.

August 9, 2013
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The Women’s Health Institute and the Mission Hill Health Movement are teaming up to offer a women’s health group for local residents. “I want to empower women to make their own health decisions,” said Women’s Health Institute President Catherine DeLorey, who will be running the new group. DeLorey is a registered nurse who holds...

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Mission Hill basketball brothers focus of documentary

August 9, 2013
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The diverging paths of two Mission Hill basketball-playing brothers are the centerpiece of a documentary, “The Mission,” currently under production. Focusing on two brothers who grew up in Mission Hill, Wayne and Baron “Tiny” Turner, “The Mission” covers the divergent paths they took from their old neighborhood. Wayne was named Mr. Basketball in Massachusetts...

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DCR completes sidewalk study

August 9, 2013
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After almost three years in development, the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), along with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and consultants Pressley Associates, presented a sweeping rehabilitation and expansion plan for the Emerald Necklace’s sidewalks, crossings and paths at a community meeting held at Wheelock College on June 24. In Mission Hill and...

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NU housing study delayed again

August 9, 2013
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A long-awaited, Northeastern (NU)-commissioned student housing study has been delayed yet again. It is now expected to be released a week before the comment period for NU’s institutional master plan (IMP) closes. At NU’s last Community Task Force meeting on Aug. 1, Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) project manager Gerald Autler announced that NU consultant...

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Mission Grammar Grads

August 9, 2013
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Mission Grammar Grads

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CAMH delays vote on RTH project

August 9, 2013
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The Community Alliance of Mission Hill (CAMH) voted to delay a vote for a Roxbury Tenants of Harvard (RTH) 10-story residential tower at the former Massachusetts Mental Health Center site at a July 17 meeting. RTH representatives presented the project ahead of an Aug. 2 application for state funds. CAMH decided to delay a...

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Local ‘noise rock’ band releases EP

August 9, 2013
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A Mission Hill-based band is getting hands-on support from a small-scale Jamaica Plain-based label. Designer, a “noise rock” band comprised of Berklee College of Music students that live in Mission Hill, plays “really tense, fun, noisy music,” according to drummer Rory MacMurdo. The band signed with Bufu Records soon after forming about six months...

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River Team

August 9, 2013
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River Team

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Turner out of prison, volunteering in Dot

August 9, 2013
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Former City Councilor Chuck Turner is back in Boston after serving prison time for bribery and is volunteering at a nonprofit in Dorchester, he told the Gazette last week. Turner, who is living under home confinement and volunteering at the Black Community Information Center (BCIC), said he is getting involved in community organizing on...

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Beating the Heat

August 9, 2013
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Beating the Heat

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Hill Agenda, Aug. 9-Sept. 5, 2013

August 9, 2013
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The deadline for Hill Agenda listings is noon, Sept. 3 for the Sept. 6 issue. Email listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Northeastern Task Force, to discuss IMP & housing study, Aug. 13, 27, location tbd. Info: 918-4438/Gerald.Autler.BRA@cityofboston. Article 85 Demolition Delay...

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