8 fallen officers added to police’s Wall of Honor

January 9, 2015
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The Boston Police Department (BPD) added the names of eight officers who died in the line of duty to the department’s Wall of Honor at police headquarters on Tremont Street. All eight officers died between 1825 and 1944. Their late addition to the Wall of Honor was due to research by BPD archivist Margaret...

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Author to discuss U.S. health care costs

January 9, 2015
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Author to discuss U.S. health care costs

National Magazine Award-winning journalist Steven Brill will speak about his new book, “America’s Bitter Pill,” at Northeastern University School of Law on Jan. 21. The book addresses the political forces that keep America’s health care costs the world’s highest, despite such recent reforms as the Affordable Care Act. It is based partly on Brill’s...

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More Latino officials needed in gov’t, Hill leaders agree

January 9, 2015
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A new report that finds low representation of Latinos in city government shows that the issue must be fixed, say local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez and state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz. The report, titled “The Silent Crisis,” was commissioned by the Greater Boston Latino Network, a group of Latino community organizations in Boston, Chelsea and...

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Muddy River restoration work continues

January 9, 2015
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Muddy River restoration work continues

LMA—The Muddy River Restoration Project in the Park Drive rotary area will move into a new phase of the project this month, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The new stage will mean excavation of sediment in the channel bottom and bank protection of the Upper Fens Pond and “daylighting” the river...

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Mayor signs updated tenant protections

January 9, 2015
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Mayor Martin Walsh announced last month that he has signed an ordinance, introduced by Mission Hill Councilor Josh Zakim, that doubles the amount of compensation offered to tenants when their units are converted into condominiums. The ordinance updates tenant protections, doubling the amount of relocation compensation offered to tenants when they are displaced by...

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220-year-old time capsule slated for opening

January 9, 2015
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A time capsule dating back to the 18th century and buried within the State House was planned to be opened this week at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, after the Gazette’s deadline. The MFA has been caring for the box since it was unearthed on Dec. 11, according to the MFA website. The...

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City election campaigns begin

January 9, 2015
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Mission Hill City Councilor Josh Zakim is planning to run for reelection this fall, according to spokesperson Kyndal Henicke. Zakim is currently in the second year of his first two-year term. He took over for former City Councilor Mike Ross, who moved to East Boston from Mission Hill after an unsuccessful mayoral campaign. Meanwhile,...

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Hill Agenda, Jan. 9, 2015

January 9, 2015
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The deadline for Hill Agenda listings is noon, Feb. 3 for the Feb. 6 issue. Email listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings New England Baptist Hospital Task Force Meeting, to discuss the New England Baptist Hospital IMP notification form, Mon., Jan. 12,...

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Participacion, Jan. 9, 2015

January 9, 2015
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El plazo para la sección de Participación es al mediodía el 3 de febrero para la edición del 6 de febrero. Escriba a: news@missionhillgazette.com. Note que los números telefónicos empiezan con 617, a menos que diga otro código de área.           Reuniones Reunión de New England Baptist Hospital Task Force, para hablar sobre el...

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Editorial: Tower developers should reach out

January 9, 2015
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The proposed residential tower on Worthington Street is generating opposition the likes of which haven’t been seen in years. That should be taken as a sign to have good-faith discussions with the community about alternatives and compromises. Mission Hill is not an anti-development neighborhood by any means. It is a neighborhood that asks one...

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Editorial: Walsh’s impressive first year

January 9, 2015
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Mayor Martin Walsh had had an impressive first year in office. In less than 12 months, his administration has carried out more badly needed reforms than city government had in the previous 12 years. And Walsh has laid the foundation for a different way of running Boston, one that is more forward-looking and collaborative....

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What’s Happening on Main Street

January 9, 2015
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Thank you to all from the Mission Hill business community for your support over the past year and best wishes for all in 2015. As we go to press, Charlie Baker will soon be installed as our new governor, and we wish him well. Judging from his early appointments of several prominent Democrats, it...

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Hill Happenings

January 9, 2015
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In Bill Brett’s terrific new book “Boston: Irish” there is a strong Mission Hill flavor. Jack Harrington a Mission High School graduate from Parker Street, is featured. Jack,co-founder of Atlantic Associates, has been involved in several charities, including the Home for Little Wanderers. Jack created the Harrington House, a 16-bed home in Mission Hill...

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35-story tower could alter Hill’s skyline

December 12, 2014
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35-story tower could alter Hill’s skyline

The Mission Hill skyline could soon be radically changed if Equity Residential’s plan for a massive 35-story tower at 45 Worthington St. is approved. Nick Martin of the Boston Redevelopment Authority said the developer has only submitted a letter of intent for proposal, but expects that a project notification form will be filed soon....

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Boston Olympics could use NU dorms

December 12, 2014
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If Boston is chosen to host the 2024 Summer Olympic games, Mission Hill could be covered in journalists. Northeastern University is included in the secretly crafted bid as potentially providing “housing support”—that is, accommodation for the hordes of journalists coming to cover the games. The Olympics bid was created by a private committee called...

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Happy Holidays

December 12, 2014
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Happy Holidays

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New librarian wants to boost branch’s youth appeal

December 12, 2014
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New librarian wants to boost branch’s youth appeal

With Mission Hill sizable student and millennial population, new Parker Hill Branch librarian Katrina Morse wants to lure them in with new programming, such as food classes and music. “I want to explore ways to reach out to them,” said Morse, who started last month at the 1497 Tremont St. library. “I want to...

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Torre de 35 pisos podría cambiar la silueta de Mission Hill

December 12, 2014
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La línea del horizonte de Mission Hill podría cambiar radicalmente si el plan de Equity Residential para un torre masivo de 35 pisos en 45 Worthington St. sea realizado. Nick Martin de Boston Redevelopment Authority dijo que el promotor ha entregado una carta de intento pero cree que una propuesta para el proyecto es...

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Police refuse to release more local spy documents

December 12, 2014
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In the wake of revelations that a Boston Police spy agency tracked legal protests and academic events at Northeastern University, the police department this week refused a Gazette request to release any further documents on Mission Hill-area spying. Earlier this year, the Washington, D.C.-based Partnership for Civil Justice Fund released hundreds of documents from...

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Mission Church to hold Christmas Masses, caroling

December 12, 2014
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Mission Church, a Catholic basilica, will hold several Christmas Masses and a Christmas Eve caroling event. On Christmas Eve, Wed., Dec. 24, at 4 p.m., the church hosts a family Mass featuring students telling the Nativity narrative. At 11:30 p.m. that night, the church hosts caroling by candlelight, followed by a midnight Mass. On...

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Park renovation gets funding boost

December 12, 2014
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The City has received approval for a grant that will boost the budget for the McLaughlin Park renovation by more than $150,000, according to Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) project manager Allison Perlman. Meanwhile, the final design plan for the renovation of McLaughlin Park, which is located between Parker Hill and Fisher avenues...

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Parker Hill Ave. developer working on parking solution

December 12, 2014
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The proposed renovation project at 70 Parker Hill Ave. that would turn the former commercial building into 46 residential units will probably not go before the Boston Redevelopment Authority board anytime soon, as the developer works on the community’s concern over parking, according to BRA spokesperson Nick Martin. The building at 70 Parker Hill...

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Why a man is giving away novels at Northeastern

December 12, 2014
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By Emily Huizenga/Special to the Gazette There’s a man on the corner, and he wants to give you something. It’s not a Greenpeace pamphlet, and it’s not a pocket-sized New Testament. It’s a multimedia storytelling project: a novel with a corresponding CD and artwork. It’s not political and it’s not religious, but it is—suspiciously—free....

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Nonprofit developers hope to build 40 units on Heath St. parcels

December 12, 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—are proposing to develop about 40 housing units in a four-story building on City-owned parcels on Heath Street. The two organizations—which previously co-developed the Back of the Hill housing— hosted two community meetings this...

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