City’s free Wi-Fi program not here yet

May 2, 2014
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The City unveiled last month a free wireless Internet service program that has more than 150 access points throughout Boston and plans to bring the program to 20 Main Street districts, according to a press release. But it is unclear when the program, which is called “Wicked Free Wi-Fi: Boston’s Public Wireless Network,” will...

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NU suspends pro-Palestinian student group

May 2, 2014
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Northeastern University (NU) temporarily suspended in March a pro-Palestinian group that it says has “multiple violations” of campus policy. But the student group, called the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), says it is unfairly being singled out for its views. NU said in a statement that the suspension has nothing to do with the issue...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

May 2, 2014
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Main Streets has been a hot topic in the news recently with Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s surprise announcements concerning free Wi-Fi and an increase in financial support for the program from City coffers. On April 22, the other 19 Main Street Directors and I were invited for a morning meeting with the mayor to...

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WIT to house 97% of students

May 2, 2014
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Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) will be able to house 97 percent of its students seeking housing in Boston once a new dormitory at 525 Huntington is completed. The 305 beds, which are expected to be open by the fall, were decided based on student housing projects informed by the City’s required yearly student...

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NU breaks ground on new science building

May 2, 2014
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NU breaks ground on new science building

Mayor Martin Walsh, Northeastern University (NU) President Joseph Aoun and state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez were some of the officials who broke ground on NU’s new $225 million Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC) on Feb. 21. Located at 795 Columbus Ave., the ISEC will provide state-of-the-art research infrastructure for NU. It will be approximately...

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City to talk about vacant Heath St. lots

April 25, 2014
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The City will host a community meeting April 30 to garner feedback on developing vacant land located on Heath Street in the Back of the Hill area, according to a notice from the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND). The feedback from the meeting will help draft guidelines to request for proposals on vacant land...

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New Tremont St. building plan up for review

April 17, 2014
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The plan for a new mixed-use building on a vacant lot next to the Tobin Community Center is up for public review. The Boston Redevelopment Authority will hold a meeting about the plan on Tues., April 29, 7 p.m., at the Tobin Center, 1481 Tremont St. The new building proposed for 1467 Tremont St....

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T to hold meeting on fare boost plan

April 16, 2014
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The MBTA is proposing a fare increase of 4 to 7 percent, to take effect July 1. T officials are holding a series of public meetings about the proposal, including one on Thurs., April 24 at Roxbury Community College. The RCC meeting will run 6 to 8 p.m. at the Student Center cafeteria, 1350 Tremont...

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Local runners prepare for Boston Marathon

April 4, 2014
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Mission Hill runners training for the April 19 Boston Marathon, the first since last year’s infamous terrorist bombing, told the Gazette they know this one is special. David Weinstock, a doctor and scientist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and who will be running to raise funds for it, ran the Boston Marathon last year....

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Business of the Year

April 4, 2014
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Business of the Year

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Mission Church complex plan still stalled after 9 years

April 4, 2014
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Mission Church complex plan still stalled after 9 years

The fate of the long-stalled Mission Church complex redevelopment along Smith Street remains unclear almost a decade after its approval. Weston Associates won City approval in 2005 to redevelop three buildings between 80 and100 Smith St. on the Mission Church campus into residential properties. But then the developer leased 90 Smith St. to the...

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BLS grad pens Menino children’s book

April 4, 2014
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BLS grad pens Menino children’s book

Boston Latin School graduate Kathleen Chardavoyne has written a children’s book honoring the historic legacy of former Mayor Thomas Menino called “Goodbye, Mayor Menino.” “I read a lot of children’s books and love when an author manages to convey something of meaning, historical or otherwise,” said Chardavoyne, a first-time author who recently left a...

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Cómo usar Google para visitar el museo Gardner

April 4, 2014
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El museo Isabella Stewart Gardner—y muchos otros museos internacionales—pueden ser visitados en línea desde cualquier lugar del mundo, gracias a una nueva alianza de Google. El Google Cultural Institute ha creado tours virtuales—similar a la interfaz “Street View” de Google Maps—de más de 400 colecciones de todo el mundo. El museo Gardner, ubicado en...

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Local Latino group holds reading program

April 4, 2014
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Sociedad Latina, a youth-oriented nonprofit located in Mission Hill, has been selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) “Big Read” program. Mission Hill is one of 77 communities in the country to participate in the program. The nonprofit, which is partnering with the Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public...

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BLC: Tavern demo hearing not required

April 4, 2014
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According to the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC), the surprise demolition of a historic former tavern at 804-810 Huntington Ave. last month did not require a community hearing. But the BLC plans to revise its notification protocol following confusion over the project’s demolition, according to Friends of Historic Mission Hill (FHMH) co-founder Alison Pultinas. The...

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The state of S. Huntington projects

April 4, 2014
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The state of S. Huntington projects

S. Huntington Avenue, which borders the back of Mission Hill, has become a focal point of development in the neighborhood with two large construction projects in the works. The two construction projects are the 195-unit “The Serenity” building at 105a S. Huntington Ave. and the 196-unit “Olmsted Place” building at 161 S. Huntington Ave....

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Victim shot to death in Mission Main

April 4, 2014
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A male victim was shot to death March 31 in the Mission Main housing development, according to the Boston Police Department. The unidentified victim was found just before noon in the area of 17A Smith St. suffering multiple gunshot wounds. He later died at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Mission Main has been the scene...

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Crossing upgrades proposed for Fenway

April 4, 2014
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy are planning sidewalk improvements along the Fenway behind the Museum of Fine Arts. The organizations held a community meeting to discuss designs and gather feedback on Feb. 20. The two locations proposed for upgrades are the Fenway at Forsyth Way and...

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Wheelchair soccer team needs funding

April 4, 2014
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Wheelchair soccer team needs funding

After a year in action, the Boston Brakers, the city’s first league “power soccer” team, is looking for greater financial support to keeping growing, team Captain Jim Wice told the Gazette. Power soccer involves the use of electric wheelchairs outfitted with bumpers to direct soccer balls. It is designed exclusively for wheelchair users and...

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Senior Life: Senior housing project breaks ground

April 4, 2014
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An illustration of the forthcoming senior housing building on Gurney Street. (Courtesy Image)

A groundbreaking for a long-awaited senior housing project in Mission Hill last week doubled as the moment Mayor Martin Walsh announced a new Housing Task Force. Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services (MHNHS) broke ground on March 29 for the 39-unit, affordable rental building for seniors on Gurney Street. The $15.9 million, transit-oriented project has...

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Senior Life: Sherrill House CEO appointed to state board

April 4, 2014
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Senior Life: Sherrill House CEO appointed to state board

Patrick J. Stapleton, chief executive officer of Sherrill House Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 135 South Huntington Ave., was appointed to the Board of Registration of Nursing Home Administrators on Feb. 12 by Gov. Deval Patrick. Board members are charged with the task of ensuring that nursing home administrators in the state are...

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Senior Life: City conducts BHA senior/disabled survey

April 4, 2014
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Senior Life: City conducts BHA senior/disabled survey

Responding to staffing and budget cuts at the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) last year, the Walsh administration is conducting a survey called “Making Connections” to see what services BHA seniors and disabled residents need. “In May of last year, the BHA eliminated its resident services program for elderly/disabled residents as a result of deep...

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How to visit the Gardner Museum by Google

April 4, 2014
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How to visit the Gardner Museum by Google

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—and many other international museums—can now be visited online from anywhere in the world, thanks to a new Google partnership. The Google Cultural Institute has created complete first-person walk-throughs—similar to Google Maps’ “Street View”—for over 400 collections worldwide. The Gardner, located at 280 The Fenway, joined the ranks last month....

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Sportsmanship Winner

April 4, 2014
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Sportsmanship Winner

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