T restores Green Line runs, but more cuts loom

January 11, 2013
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By Rebeca Oliveira and John Ruch/Gazette Staff The MBTA has quietly restored some of the Green Line streetcar’s runs to Heath Street, which had been eliminated last year as part of controversial budget-related service cuts. But the MBTA’s budget crisis hasn’t gone away and it may face “unpleasant choices” again this year, according to...

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Mission Hill School’s fame is focus of new book

January 11, 2013
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The Mission Hill K-8 School, which controversially moved to Jamaica Plain last year, is the subject of a new book that reveals its global fame among educators. “The name ‘Mission Hill’ is an important name” in the field of education, said Matthew Knoester, the author of the scholarly book “Democratic Education in Practice: Inside...

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Partnership Works

January 11, 2013
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Partnership Works

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JP group sues over S. Huntington project

January 11, 2013
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S. HUNTINGTON—The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) has filed a lawsuit against the City’s zoning approval of a controversial apartment building planned for 161 S. Huntington Ave. The JPNC is a JP neighborhood group similar to the Community Alliance of Mission Hill. Its lawsuit claims that the developer, Boston Residential Group, failed to present...

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Official proposes ‘NU neighborhood council’

January 11, 2013
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A Northeastern University (NU) official has floated the idea of creating an “NU neighborhood council” where representatives from local neighborhoods and the university would converge to discuss their relationship and any issues. “I don’t know anything bad that comes from having people in a room talking,” said John Tobin, NU’s vice president of city...

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Art Park RFP coming soon

January 11, 2013
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The City hopes to issue a request for proposal (RFP) for redeveloping the Art Park site, which is City-owned land between Parker and Terrace Streets, sometime late this month or early February. Before then, the City wants to get approval from the City Council to sell several parcels on the site. The site currently...

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WIT introduces Sweeney Field project

January 11, 2013
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Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) was expected to announce the development of an “endowment campus” research and office building on Sweeney Field, bordered by Huntington Avenue, Parker Street and Ruggles Street, at a Jan. 8 meeting after the Gazette’s deadline. WIT would seek a private company to lease the property and construct and use...

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Hotel completes $25K donation to Jamaica Pond

January 11, 2013
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Hotel completes $25K donation to Jamaica Pond

S. HUNTINGTON—Four years after first committing to do so, the enVision Hotel at 81 S. Huntington Ave. has completed its promised $25,000 donation to the upkeep and maintenance of Jamaica Pond Park. “It’s meant exclusively for the maintenance and restoration of Jamaica Pond,” Jamaica Pond Association (JPA) member John Iappini told the Gazette at...

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Police warn of break-ins

January 11, 2013
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A wave of break-ins at homes and the Tobin Community Center have the Boston Police Department (BPD) warning Mission Hill residents to be on the alert. Burglars hit four Mission Hill homes in five days last month, including addresses on Huntington Avenue and Calumet, Cherokee and Wensley streets. Thieves also broke into the community...

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NU to honor student neighbors

January 11, 2013
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Northeastern University (NU) is asking the community for nominations for the best student neighbor living off-campus. NU’s Office of Off-Campus Community Services created the “Good Neighbor Award” to “recognize Northeastern students that value the community they live in and strive to be a good neighbor to those living around them,” said Matthew Crimmins, a...

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Capuano might run for U.S. Senate seat

January 11, 2013
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Capuano might run for U.S. Senate seat

With John Kerry, the senior U.S. senator from Massachusetts, expected to be confirmed soon as the next U.S. secretary of state, elected officials are gearing up for another special election. U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (5th District) has declared his intention to run, while U.S. Reps. Mike Capuano (7th District), who represents Mission Hill, and...

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What’s Up, Jan. 11-Feb. 7, 2013

January 11, 2013
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The deadline for What’s Up listings is noon, Feb. 5 for the Feb. 8 issue. Email listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Gibbons Playground improvements, first in series of meetings about improving play areas and plaza at 23 Delle Ave. playground, hosted...

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Can Do

January 11, 2013
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Can Do

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Participacion, Jan. 11-Feb. 7, 2013

January 11, 2013
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La entrega para la sección de Participación es mediodía el 5 de febrero para la edición 8 de febrero. Escribir news@missionhillgazette.com. Note: Todos los números tiene 617, a menos que dice otro número.          Reuniones Las mejoras de Gibbons Playground, la primera reunión del serie sobre las mejoras a las áreas de recreo y...

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S. Huntington ‘vision’ plan discussed

January 11, 2013
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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. A follow-up meeting was scheduled for Jan. 9, after the Gazette’s deadline....

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Playground to get facelift

January 11, 2013
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Gibbons Playground at Delle Avenue and Sewall Street is slated to get a $275,000 facelift as soon as this fall. The City’s Parks Department is holding the first of at least three meetings to get public input on Tues., Jan. 14. “We will be soliciting the community’s opinion on what works well, what doesn’t...

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Editorial: Yes to ‘NU neighborhood council’

January 11, 2013
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Mission Hill should take up John Tobin on his remarkable offer to create a Northeastern University “neighborhood council.” It is virtually unheard-of for a university to meet formally, regularly and openly with community members to address town-and-gown issues. Tobin, NU’s v.p. for community and government outreach, is a former Boston city councilor and knows...

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Editorial: Shop Mission Hill

January 11, 2013
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Mission Hill Main Streets is doing good work in promoting local businesses in the LMA, including the “Nutcracker” posters reminding people to “Shop Mission Hill” that went up in Brigham Circle last month. The LMA is an amazing place, one of the world’s great centers of medical care and research, with many businesses of...

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Editorial: The T won’t fix itself

January 11, 2013
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The partial restoration of Green Line service all the way to Heath Street is good news and a great effort on the part of the cash-strapped MBTA. Development on S. Huntington Avenue is booming and transit service is needed more than ever there. But the MBTA can’t always fix itself. A year ago this...

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Editorial: Remembering Dr. King

January 11, 2013
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On Jan. 21, our country officially remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a leader who changed the nation forever with his non-violent opposition to injustices done to African-Americans and—as is often forgotten—anyone who is poor. He put his life on the line for those principles and he paid the ultimate price at the hands...

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Hill Happenings

January 11, 2013
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Congrats to Marion McCarthy and Col. George Rollins on their recent engagement, with a wedding date on the horizon. George is a West Point graduate who grew up in the Mission Hill projects, as did his honey, Marion. Marion’s daughter, Nicole Condon, passed the Nursing Board Exam last month, following in her mother’s footsteps,...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

January 11, 2013
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What’s Happening on Main Streets

By Richard Rouse/Special to the Gazette A Happy New Year to those of you who avoided falling over that fiscal cliff. In 2013, we atop the bluff of Mission Hill can still enjoy reading our Gazette. Holiday festivities were in abundance throughout this neighborhood where year-round fellowship and goodwill are always in season. This...

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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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