City declares flu crisis, offers free vaccination

January 10, 2013
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The City of Boston has declared a public health emergency due to a severe flu epidemic sweeping the city and the nation, and is offering free vaccinations to help stop the sometimes fatal disease. Since Oct. 1, about 700 cases of the flu have been reported to health authorities, which is 10 times the...

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Court upholds double-murder convictions

January 10, 2013
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The state’s highest court has upheld the convictions of two killers in a 2001 double murder of Mission Hill residents, one of them a Northeastern University student. Terrance Brown and Nathan Rivera, both 31, are serving life sentences without parole for fatally shooting two people inside a 40 Parker Hill Ave. apartment in a...

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Northeastern files master plan

December 21, 2012
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Northeastern University (NU) filed its Institutional Master Plan (IMP) with the Boston Redevelopment Authority today. The IMP has been the source of contention as NU Task Force members and elected officials, including City Councilor Mike Ross and local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, have demanded that the school create more student housing, while NU has...

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S. Huntington ‘vision’ plan questioned, praised

December 21, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority’s (BRA) first community meeting about creating a “corridor vision” for upcoming S. Huntington Avenue redevelopment drew both questions and support from about 80 residents, officials and developers on Dec. 12 at the Hennigan School at 200 Heath St. The BRA is conducting its “corridor study” in response to community demands...

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Police warn of house break-ins

December 18, 2012
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The local B2 Police Station reports that there have been four break-ins in Mission Hill homes over the past week, and residents are urged to be alert, according to City Councilor Mike Ross’s office. Residents should call 911 to report any suspicious or unusual activity, even if it does not seem like an emergency....

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Art Park site guidelines updated

December 14, 2012
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The City has issued updated proposal guidelines for redeveloping the City-owned land between Parker and Terrace Streets, which currently contains community gardens and the Art Park. The redeveloped site would have a larger gardening area and might contain art elements. The new guidelines, which were updated through comments from the last community meeting and...

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Dorcena runs for mayor to end ‘dictatorship’

December 14, 2012
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Dorcena runs for mayor to end ‘dictatorship’

Will Dorcena has come out swinging in his campaign for the Mayor’s Office, calling incumbent Thomas Menino a “teddy-bear tyrant” who runs a “dictatorship,” with the S. Huntington Avenue development controversies as prime examples. In an interview last month at the Gazette office, Dorcena, an energetic, 40-year-old Hyde Park resident, matched the tough talk...

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Brigham Circle Tree-Lighting

December 14, 2012
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Julia and Crystal Dejesus are all smiles after meeting Santa and walking away with goodie bags from Macy’s at the annual holiday tree-lighting and Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour in Brigham Circle Dec. 8. (Photo by Daniella Rascón)

The annual Brigham Circle tree-lighting and Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour came to Mission Hill on the afternoon of Dec. 8. Many gathered to enjoy entertainment, local goodies and a visit from Santa Claus. Mayor Thomas Menino was unable to host this year as he recovers from a recent hospitalization, but his wife Angela was...

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Wheelchair soccer league comes to Tobin

December 14, 2012
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Wheelchair soccer league comes to Tobin

Mission Hill has a new sports team to cheer for: the Boston Brakers, the city’s first league “power soccer” team. Power soccer involves the use of electric wheelchairs outfitted with bumpers to direct soccer balls. The Brakers had their inaugural game at the Tobin Community Center on Tremont Street Dec. 1 against the Sudbury...

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Dorcena se presenta a alcalde

December 14, 2012
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Will Dorcena se presenta a alcalde de Boston en 2013 y dice que Menino es un “osito tirano” que tiene “una dictadura”. Citó como ejemplo la controversia reciente del complejo habitacional de S. Huntington Ave. En una entrevista el mes pasado en el Gazette, Dorcena, un enérgico residente de Hyde Park de unos cuarenta...

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VA garage site has early a.m. work

December 14, 2012
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VA garage site has early a.m. work

S. HUNTINGTON—New work, some of it in the early morning, is under way at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center garage construction site at 150 S. Huntington Ave., where noise previously has been an issue for neighbors. A large crane was moved to the site on Nov. 26 and delivery of large sections of pre-cast...

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Eye (And Ear) Opening

December 14, 2012
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Eye (And Ear) Opening

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Cops: Gunfire wounds 1

December 14, 2012
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A blast of gunfire apparently left one person wounded at 61 Prentiss St. on the border of the Alice Taylor Homes housing development on the afternoon of Nov. 19, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). Officers responding around 5 p.m. to reported gunshots discovered five .45-caliber shell casings, according to a police report...

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Ordinance attempts to tamp down parties

December 14, 2012
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The City Council’s Government Operations Committee is currently reviewing an ordinance that will try to rein in out-of-control parties in the city. The “nuisance control” ordinance, which was introduced by City Councilor Sal LaMattina, could have hosts of loud and unruly parties and partygoers themselves facing fines. Repeat violations would bring landlords into the...

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Soccer Star

December 14, 2012
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Soccer Star

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BRA ‘corridor plan’ meeting scheduled

December 14, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) was scheduled to host a community meeting Dec. 12 to “start the conversation” on the first draft of a S. Huntington Avenue “corridor plan,” BRA spokesperson Melina Schuler told the Gazette. The meeting was scheduled to take place after the Gazette’s deadline. An update will be posted on the...

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Capuano, Sánchez respond to ballot questions

December 14, 2012
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U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano (7th District) told the Gazette he supports the non-binding ballot question on the Nov. 6 ballot that called for cuts in military spending to sustain social programs. Meanwhile, the non-binding question that called for overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizen United ruling seems to be irrelevant, as the state legislature...

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Hill Happenings

December 14, 2012
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Hill Happenings

On Aug. 23, 1968, Mission Hill’s Joe Conlon, a Green Beret assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group, was stationed at headquarters at Marble Mountain in the Republic of Vietnam. Shortly after midnight, Conlon heard several explosions and realized the enemy was inside the compound. A first lieutenant lay on the floor, injured by...

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Joslin expert: Mayor, others can cope with diabetes

December 14, 2012
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With Mayor Thomas Menino’s recent type 2 diabetes diagnosis, Joslin Diabetes Center’s Dr. Osama Hamdy talked with the Gazette about what the common illness can mean for the mayor and for anyone. Joslin is the world’s largest diabetes research center and one of the major institutions in the Longwood Medical Area. “In his age...

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T’s ‘Urban Ring’ plan revives

December 14, 2012
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A study proposing to link the MBTA’s Blue and Silver lines in the long-delayed Urban Ring transit project is scheduled to start in January. It was announced during a Dec. 3 Urban Ring community advisory committee (CAC) meeting, held in the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s (BRA) board room at City Hall. The Urban Ring would...

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Route 39 project delayed again

December 14, 2012
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The Route 39 bus improvement project has been delayed another season, starting spring 2013 instead of this winter, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. The project has been repeatedly delayed. The MBTA said in September that the project was being pushed back from fall to this winter, weather permitting. The Route 39 bus is...

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Calling for Help

December 14, 2012
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Calling for Help

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Offices may come to 75 St. Alphonsus

December 14, 2012
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Local offices might come to 75 St. Alphonsus St. if a City Zoning Board of Appeals filing is approved. Developer Louis Miller intends to convert living space on the first floor of the multi-story apartment tower into space for five local offices, he told the Gazette. It is unclear whether the would-be affected units...

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Simmons files for IMP extension

December 14, 2012
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LMA—Simmons College on the Fenway has filed for a two-year extension of its current Institutional Master Plan (IMP), a document that defines the campus and lays out any upcoming construction plans. An IMP also serves as blanket zoning approval for new projects. Because no new projects are on the table, Simmons is requesting the...

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