Senior Life: Social Security goes direct deposit

April 5, 2013
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Starting on March 1, all Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are only being paid electronically by direct deposit under a new rule from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. More than 90 percent of people receiving Social Security benefits already get them electronically, according to the Social Security Administration. There are...

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WIT to create ‘endowment’ tower

April 5, 2013
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Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) announced an amendment to its institutional master plan (IMP) that would create three new buildings, including an 18-story “endowment” tower, on the corner of Huntington Avenue and Ruggles and Parker streets. WIT spokespeople sat at a community task force meeting March 12 that they hoped the amendment would be...

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City releases RFP for Art Park site

April 5, 2013
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After several delays, the City has issued the request for proposals (RFP) for redeveloping the Art Park site, which is City-owned land between Parker and Terrace Streets. The RFP is a culmination of more than a yearlong process that at times has been contentious, with many critics of the plan voicing displeasure of housing...

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Hill Agenda, April 5-May 16, 2013

April 5, 2013
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The deadline for Hill Agenda listings is noon, May 14 for the May 17 issue. Email listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Mission Hill NHS annual meeting, Mon., April 8, 6:30pm, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, 670 Huntington Ave. Info: 566-6565. Fenway CDC...

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Gazette marks 20 years of service

April 5, 2013
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Gazette marks 20 years of service

The Mission Hill Gazette marks 20 years of serving the community this month. The first issue of the Gazette hit the streets in April 1993. The front-page stories were about the controversial plan to sell the former English High School building in the Longwood Medical Area, and a profile of Mission Hill Little League...

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Local thoughts on Gazette history

April 5, 2013
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By John Ruch and Peter Shanley/Gazette Staff Some notable community figures, past and present, recently shared their thoughts on the Mission Hill Gazette marking 20 years of community service. City Councilor and Mission Hill resident Mike Ross: “Local press is the cornerstone of our community. People have relied on the Mission Hill Gazette to...

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Parklet plan is delayed

April 5, 2013
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A “parklet” proposed for Tremont Street will come to Mission Hill later than expected, in late summer or early fall, following a community design process, City Transportation Department (BTD) Director of Planning Vineet Gupta told the Gazette. “Now that we have determined the locations, our focus will be on their design,” he said. “We’re...

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Participacion, April 5-May 16, 2013

April 5, 2013
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La entrega para la sección de Participación es mediodía el 14 de mayo para la edición 17 de mayo. Escribir news@missionhillgazette.com. Note: Todos los números tiene 617, a menos que dice otro número.          Reuniones Reunión anual de Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services, agenda incluye la elección a la junta, reportes de programas, lectores,...

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Editorial: A local mayor?

April 5, 2013
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With Mayor Menino out of the race, there is a chance for a Mission Hill mayor to be elected this fall. Several local elected officials are potential candidates for the Mayor’s Office, and would be strong contenders. We are excited about that not just because it would be fun to see someone we all...

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Editorial: The Gazette: A sense of purpose

April 5, 2013
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Mission Hill and the Longwood Medical and Academic Area have improved dramatically over the past 20 years since the Gazette debuted, and it has been the Gazette’s honor to be a partner in that. We look forward to being your voice for the next 20 years and beyond. When the first issue of the...

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Hill Happenings

April 5, 2013
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Several former neighborhood folks traveled from throughout the globe to attend the Mission Hill-Jamaica Plain reunion at Cedars of Lebanon Hall in JP last month. I was surprised to see my ’67 Mission High classmate Stephen Coote at the reunion. Steve, who was a brilliant student, has lived in Germany for many years. Other...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

April 5, 2013
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What’s Happening on Main Streets

By Richard Rouse/Special to the Gazette This month, new businesses started up in two formerly shuttered storefronts generating energy and excitement in our business district. Leland and Suzanne Dimeco opened their Boston Green Realty Office at one of the prettiest buildings in Boston. I speak of the motley and ornate brick McCarthy Building (circa...

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NU’s Tobin rules out mayoral run

April 4, 2013
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John Tobin, a former city councilor and now Northeastern University’s vice president for community and governmental outreach, has ruled out running for mayor this year, despite his lifelong dream of doing so. “Everything is timing in life. If this was two-and-a-half years ago, three years ago, I’m on the ballot,” Tobin said in a...

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Councilor Jackson won’t run for mayor

April 4, 2013
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City Councilor Tito Jackson, who represents part of Mission Hill, will not run for mayor. He will run for reelection to his District 7 council seat instead, he said in a written statement today. “The future is bright for Boston, from Dudley Square to Maverick Square to Kenmore Square and all the places in...

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Councilor Consalvo joins mayoral race

April 4, 2013
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City Councilor Rob Consalvo joined the mayoral race today. “For the last 11 years, I have built a very strong record as a Boston City Councilor bringing new ideas, new energy, and new vision all across our city,” Consalvo said in a written statement. “I am running for mayor because I love the City...

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DA Conley announces mayoral run

April 3, 2013
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Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley today announced he is running for mayor. Conley, a former Boston city councilor, joins Roxbury radio host Charles Clemons, City Councilor John Connolly and businessman Will Dorcena as the formally announced candidates in what is sure to become a bigger race. Conley is the first candidate to announce since...

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Hill locals, leaders consider Menino’s legacy

March 28, 2013
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By John Ruch and Peter Shanley/Gazette Staff Many Mission Hill leaders, activists and residents are pausing to reflect on Mayor Thomas Menino’s legacy here and in the city. “Like watching a great ballplayer leaving the field or prizefighter exiting the ring, we’re watching a great mayor leave while he’s still on top,” said Richard...

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Menino officially announces he will not run again

March 28, 2013
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Mayor Thomas Menino officially announced this afternoon that he will not run again after a record 20 years in office at a Faneuil Hall event broadcast live by New England Cable News. Menino also said he has no desire to pick his successor. After arriving on stage to the tune of “My Way,” Menino...

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Ex-mayoral challenger Flaherty hints at run

March 28, 2013
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Former City Councilor Michael Flaherty of South Boston, who gave Mayor Thomas Menino his most serious electoral challenge ever in 2009, hinted at making another run for the office in a written statement praising Menino released today to the Gazette. “I of course ran against him in 2009,” Flaherty wrote, referring to the election...

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Local officials reflect on Menino, ponder running

March 28, 2013
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Mayor Thomas Menino’s decision not to run for reelection after 20 years has some local officials reflecting on his legacy while considering the possibility of running in election that suddenly looks like a free-for-all. City Councilors Felix Arroyo and Mike Ross, state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez and Suffolk County criminal courts clerk Maura...

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Connolly: Today a day to respect Menino

March 28, 2013
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Mayoral candidate and At-large City Councilor John Connolly told the Gazette that Mayor Thomas Menino’s reported decision not to run for reelection took him by surprise. “I was floored,” Connolly said, adding he has not yet spoken directly with Menino about the move. “The suddenness of it surprised me.” “I was reflecting on...

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Source: Mayor Menino will not run for reelection

March 28, 2013
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Mayor Thomas Menino, who has served a record-breaking 20 years in office as perhaps the city’s most popular and influential leader, has told close allies that he will not run for reelection and will announce that later today, according to a source close to the mayor. “It’s a colossal moment,” said the source, who...

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Connolly pledges ‘new energy’ as mayor, blasts Menino

March 28, 2013
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City Councilor John Connolly pledged to improve everything from public schools to the arts scene, while blasting incumbent Mayor Thomas Menino’s City Hall as lacking vision and transparency, in Connolly’s first major interview about his mayoral campaign. “While I deeply respect the mayor’s commitment to the city, we need an infusion of new energy...

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As snow piles up, so do complaints

March 8, 2013
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With 7 inches of snow and counting coming down in a worse-than-expected snowstorm today, complaints from Gazette readers are also piling up, especially about the City’s decision to keep Boston Public Schools open. By early this morning, many side streets had not been plowed since last night. Driving was treacherous, many sidewalks were unshoveled,...

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