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

February 11, 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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Governor bans road travel due to snow

February 8, 2013
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Road travel will be banned in the entire state starting at 4 p.m. today, Gov. Deval Patrick has ordered in the latest response to the major snowstorm under way. A City of Boston parking ban on major streets is already in effect. All MBTA public transit service will shut down at 3:30 p.m. today....

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BPS lays out 3 school-assignment plans

February 8, 2013
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The Boston Public Schools (BPS) has unveiled three plans in its effort to improve the school-assignment system. One plan would create a new zone system—similar to, but more varied than the one used today—while two other plans would create a list of schools based on quality and proximity to the student’s home. For the...

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Presidential Visit

February 8, 2013
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Presidential Visit

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NU outlines 18 possible projects

February 8, 2013
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NU outlines 18 possible projects

Northeastern University’s (NU) top priorities for its new Institutional Master Plan (IMP) include a new science building, a major renovation of a city playground and at least one major dormitory project. The IMP includes 18 possible projects. While NU has stated that the IMP is a “wish list” of all hoped-for projects, its officials...

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RTH has new executive director

February 8, 2013
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A former resident and employee of the Roxbury Tenants of Harvard (RTH) is returning to her roots to take over the organization as the executive director. “I wanted to take my positive experiences and memories of living in the neighborhood and pay it forward by giving back to an agency that has had a...

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BPS revela sus planes para escoger escuelas

February 8, 2013
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Boston Public Schools (BPS) ha revelado tres planes posibles para mejorar el sistema actual de asignar escuelas. Uno de los planes crearía un sistema nuevo de zonas, más variado que el sistema actual. Los otros planes crearían una lista de escuelas ordenadas por su calidad y su proximidad a la casa del alumno. En...

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Fresh foods truck to roll out of Mission Hill

February 8, 2013
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Following in the tracks of Boston’s food truck pioneers, Mission Hill-based Fresh Truck use a converted school bus to bring fresh foods to underserved neighborhoods starting this spring. “I love Boston. I’m in love with the idea of helping to make it a healthier city,” Northeastern graduate, truck co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer Josh...

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Local students retain access to Mission Hill K-8

February 8, 2013
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By John Ruch and Peter Shanley/Gazette Staff Local students will always have access to the Mission Hill K-8 School in Jamaica Plain, no matter which school assignment plan the Boston Public Schools adopts, thanks to the advocacy of local City Councilor Mike Ross. The internationally known pilot school was founded on Alleghany Street in...

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NU Task Force debates dorms, ‘campus’

February 8, 2013
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Community Task Force members reacted to Northeastern University’s (NU) release of its proposed Institutional Master Plan (IMP), filed Dec. 21, by asking for several clarifications and explanations over promises to the community and the university’s student housing plans for the next decade. NU mostly listened to comments, as the meeting’s purpose was for the...

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Art Park RFP delayed, awaits council vote

February 8, 2013
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Art Park RFP delayed, awaits council vote

The City has pushed back issuing the request for proposals (RFP) for redeveloping the Art Park site, which is City-owned land between Parker and Terrace Streets. The City originally intended to issue the RFP by now, but has pushed it back until the end of this month, according to John Feuerbach of the Department...

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Hill History: Historic church is region’s Greek Orthodox hub

February 8, 2013
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Hill History: Historic church is region’s Greek Orthodox hub

Tucked between two universities and a housing development, there stands a colossal Eastern-style structure with columns adorning the front and five domes affixed with crosses on top. That structure located at 514 Parker St. is the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of New England. The cathedral, which was built in the 1920s, is considered the...

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Hill History: This Month in Hill History

February 8, 2013
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The following are some of the Gazette’s top headlines from this month in local history:   5 Years Ago: 2008 “Triplex Gold Rush” Real estate data showed that triple-deckers in Mission Hill were selling for almost twice as much as in Boston as a whole, with analysts suggesting that off-campus student housing was driving...

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Hill History: Museum, med school were seeds of LMA

February 8, 2013
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Though the Longwood Medical and Academic Area (LMA) now seems like the natural center of large institutions in Boston, it was originally intended to be luxury housing like the Back Bay. Before famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted got to it, the LMA was a marshy area subject to tidal flow, storm flooding and...

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What’s Up, Feb. 8-March 7, 2013

February 8, 2013
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The deadline for What’s Up listings is noon, March 5 for the March 8 issue. Email listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Northeastern University Task Force meeting, Tues., Feb. 12, 6pm, Alumni Pavilion, 6th floor, Columbus Place, 716 Columbus Ave. Info: 918-4438....

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Participacion, Feb. 8-March 7, 2013

February 8, 2013
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La entrega para la sección de Participación es mediodía el 5 de marzo para la edición 8 de marzo. Escribir news@missionhillgazette.com. Note: Todos los números tiene 617, a menos que dice otro número.          Reuniones Reunión de Northeastern University Task Force, martes, 12 febrero, 6pm, Alumni Pavilion, 6th floor, Columbus Place, 716 Columbus Ave....

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Healthy Holiday

February 8, 2013
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Healthy Holiday

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Editorial: Mission Hill School choice

February 8, 2013
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City Councilor Mike Ross scored a major win for Mission Hill children, present and future, in the Boston Public Schools assignment plan changes. He requested and got a guarantee that local kids always will be eligible for enrollment at the Mission Hill K-8 School, that internationally renowned pilot school that moved to Jamaica Plain...

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Editorial: Making local history

February 8, 2013
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The Gazette this week debuts its first annual “Hill History” special section. In a neighborhood as storied as ours, there are thousands of history stories to tell, but we had to settle for a couple of them for starters. This time, we take a look at how a very familiar neighbor of Mission Hill...

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Editorial: A democratic Senate race

February 8, 2013
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The U.S. Senate race is becoming competitive despite the best efforts of Democratic Party leaders, and that’s a good thing for the citizens. Despite their party’s name, the Democrats were poised to give voters as little choice as possible in replacing John Kerry. We have an interim senator whose main qualification is that he...

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Letter: NU council idea needs more details, action

February 8, 2013
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Sociedad Latina would like to respond with the following to the Mission Hill Gazette’s article “Official proposes ‘NU neighborhood council.’” (Jan. 11). John Tobin’s proposal to create a “Northeastern Neighborhood Council” that can open avenues of communication between Northeastern and Mission Hill is appreciated. At the same time, more details regarding the process of...

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Hill Happenings

February 8, 2013
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Several former Mission Hill folks assembled at the Corrib Pub in West Roxbury on Jan. 7. The occasion was George Traylor’s 60th birthday. George is a keen observer of local politics and he was an aide to the late Mission Hill state Rep. Kevin Fitzgerald during Kevin’s early State House years. Among the birthday...

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Interim senator picked; election coming soon

February 8, 2013
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Gov. Deval Patrick has tabbed William “Mo” Cowan as the interim U.S. senator, according to a press release. Cowan, who graduated from the Northeastern University School of Law, is the former chief of staff and chief legal counsel to Gov. Patrick. U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano (7th District), who represents Mission Hill, has decided not...

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Smart Supporters

February 8, 2013
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Smart Supporters

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