Candidates flock to Senate race

March 8, 2013
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The race to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by John Kerry is becoming increasingly crowded. Two Democrats have already announced their candidacies for the special election, while several Republicans and third-party candidates have stepped into the race or have plans to. U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (8th District) and U.S. Rep. Ed Markey...

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Muddy River project road work coming

March 8, 2013
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LMA—Road work in the Park Drive rotary area will begin later this month in support of the Muddy River restoration project, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Around the week of March 25, crews will begin relocating the exit of the Landmark Center parking lot from Brookline Avenue to Park Drive. There...

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City Councilor John Connolly to run for mayor

March 8, 2013
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Second-term City Councilor John Connolly announced his intention to run for Mayor this year Feb. 26. Connolly started his campaign by focusing on the need to bring change to Boston Public Schools. He is a former teacher and the father of two school-aged children. “I am running because every child deserves a world-class education...

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Tobin principal gets promotion

March 8, 2013
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Cheryl Watson-Harris has left her position as principal of the Tobin K-8 School, moving up on the Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) hierarchy to become a network assistant superintendent. “I have loved every minute of working in Mission Hill, and am very proud of the progress of the Tobin School,” Watson-Harris, who was principal for...

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RFP for Art Park delayed again

March 8, 2013
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The lack of a City Council vote has again delayed the City from issuing the request for proposals (RFP) for redeveloping the Art Park site, which is City-owned land between Parker and Terrace Streets. The expectation is to get the matter in front of the City Council “very shortly,” said John Feuerbach of the...

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Advisory group picks school-assignment plan

March 8, 2013
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The External Advisory Committee (EAC), a group put together to help form a new school-assignment system, on Feb. 25 picked a zone-free “home-based” plan out of three options. The other two plans were a zone plan—similar to, but more varied than, the one used today—and a different version of a “home-based” plan. The “home-based”...

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WIT students study JP planning

March 8, 2013
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Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) students will be working in Jamaica Plain to develop design ideas for mixed-use projects along the Southwest Corridor this spring and summer as an academic exercise. The Community Design Studio program will analyze existing proposals for the study area, including the Jackson Square Re-development Initiative, and will make proposals...

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CAMH seeks input on mission

March 8, 2013
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The Community Alliance of Mission Hill (CAMH) is asking the neighborhood for input on what its goals for community improvement should be. At its Feb. 20 meeting, CAMH President Jessica Casey asked those present to come up with reasons they love Mission Hill. At its next meeting, CAMH is hoping to translate that input...

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S. Huntington ‘vision’ draft presented

March 8, 2013
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By Ryan Deto/Special to the Gazette S. HUNTINGTON—The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) presented a first draft of its “corridor vision” for S. Huntington Avenue to a generally accepting community on Feb. 27 at the Curley School in Jamaica Plain. The BRA is conducting a “corridor study” to assess the future of the stretch of...

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2 wounded in double stabbing

March 8, 2013
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Two people were wounded in a double stabbing in Brigham Circle on March 2, according to the Boston Police Department. The identities, ages and genders of the victims were not released by BPD. The victims were found around 11:30 p.m. in the area of the One Brigham Circle building on the Mission Hill side of...

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Obituary: Ghazi Sami Saba; founded Sami’s falafel restaurants

March 8, 2013
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Obituary: Ghazi Sami Saba; founded Sami’s falafel restaurants

Ghazi Sami “Big Sam” Saba of Dedham, formerly of Roslindale, a visionary who brought healthy Lebanese food and wraps to Boston, passed away on Feb. 6, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. He was 58 years old. Sami was the founder of Sami’s Falafel Truck of the Longwood Medical Area. Sami was the...

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NU prof. pens wrongful conviction book

March 8, 2013
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After years of fighting to set the wrongfully imprisoned free, Northeastern University School of Law professor Daniel Medwed has written a book outlining the systemic problem and its possible solutions. “I wanted to write a book about one of the major factors in false convictions, prosecutorial decision-making, and how it impacts all the people...

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Hill Agenda, March 8-April 4, 2013

March 8, 2013
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The deadline for Hill Agenda listings is noon, April 2 for the April 5 issue. Email listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Wentworth Task Force meeting, agenda to include 500 Huntington Ave./Sweeney Field project, Tues., March 12, 6pm, Beaty Hall Multipurpose Room,...

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School renovation bothers some residents

March 8, 2013
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Construction at the 67 Alleghany St. school building has some abutters upset, complaining about a lack of information and loud construction noises at the site. “It is the process because we were never informed about the type of construction happening or the when and how,” Bob Francey said about what has made him upset...

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Participacion, March 8-April 4, 2013

March 8, 2013
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La entrega para la sección de Participación es mediodía el 2 de abril para la edición 5 de abril. Escribir news@missionhillgazette.com. Note: Todos los números tiene 617, a menos que dice otro número.          Reuniones Reunión Wentworth Task Force meeting, agenda incluye 500 Huntington Ave./Sweeney Field, martes, 12 marzo, 6pm, Beaty Hall Multipurpose Room,...

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Editorial: Studying up on student impacts

March 8, 2013
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The pending study of Northeastern University’s off-campus student housing impacts on the local real estate market is an excellent idea. In fact, a broader study of more impacts and more colleges’ students should be conducted by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Now, we’re not sure that Northeastern rather than the City should be paying for...

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Editorial: A race we all win

March 8, 2013
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It is great news that City Councilor John Connolly will run for mayor. Whether incumbent Mayor Thomas Menino runs again or comments from some other prominent role in civil life, this competition of ideas guarantees a serious discussion of Boston’s present and future. The highly competitive mayoral race in 2009 was one of the...

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Letter: Mission Hill School should regain citywide status

March 8, 2013
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A version of this letter was sent to Boston Public Schools officials, Mayor Thomas Menino and the Boston City Council: We are writing to express our deep concern about the impact of the proposed school assignment plans on the Mission Hill School (MHS) specifically. In summary, MHS is a phenomenal, unique, internationally recognized school....

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Hill Happenings

March 8, 2013
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Hill Happenings

Lionel “Sky” King, a longtime Mission Hill resident, is an easy-going gentle giant who is well-known on the Hill, especially at Dunkin’ Donuts, where he has his coffee and bagel every morning. Few people, however, are cognizant of Sky’s historic past. On Nov. 21, 1952, Sky, then a 19-year-old pitching phenom from Harlem, N.Y.,...

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Political Notes: Arroyo seeks more youth summer jobs

March 8, 2013
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At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo filed a hearing order last month to examine how best to provide summer jobs to the city’s youths, according to a press release. “The mayor and my colleagues have all shown a strong commitment to youths by investing in summer jobs for young people,” said Arroyo, according to the...

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Youth Jobs Rally

March 8, 2013
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Youth Jobs Rally

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

March 8, 2013
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By Richard Rouse/Special to the Gazette It remains to be seen if the expression, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb” is relevant this year, but the ferocity of our recent weather affected local businesses. One part of the business sector that received a weather bounce was that associated...

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2 wounded in Brigham Circle stabbings

March 3, 2013
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Two people were wounded in a double stabbing in Brigham Circle last night, according to the Boston Police Department. The identites, ages and genders of the victims were not released by BPD. The victims were found around 11:30 p.m. in the area of the 1 Brigham Circle building on the Mission Hill side of the...

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City Councilor John Connolly to run for mayor

February 26, 2013
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City Councilor John Connolly this week announced his intention to run for mayor this year. Connolly started his campaign by focusing on the need to bring change to Boston Public Schools. He is a former teacher and the father of two school-aged children. “I am running because every child deserves a world-class education from...

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