Hill Agenda, April 4-May 1, 2014

April 4, 2014
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The deadline for Hill Agenda listings is noon, April 29 for the May 2 issue. Email listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings McLaughlin Playground Upper Terrace Community Meeting, Thurs., April 24, 6:30pm, New England Baptist Hospital, Potter Conference Room, 125 Parker Hill...

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Participación, April 4-May 1, 2014

April 4, 2014
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La entrega para la sección de Participación es mediodía el 29 de abril para la edición 2 de mayo. Escribir news@missionhillgazette.com. Note: Todos los números tiene 617, a menos que dice otro número.           Reuniones Reunión de McLaughlin Playground Upper Terrace Community, jueves, 24 abril, 6:30pm, New England Baptist Hospital, Potter Conference Room, 125...

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Editorial: Our Boston Marathon

April 4, 2014
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“Explosions injure dozens at Boston Marathon; many locals in race.” So read the headline that Gazette reporters, still in shock, wrote atop a breaking news story on the afternoon of April 15, 2013. For nearly four days, the news only got worse, and it frequently involved the LMA. Local hospitals filled with victims of...

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Editorial: Senior life

April 4, 2014
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Mission Hill has long been a place that cares about and values its seniors. It has pioneered such initiatives as the City’s Elder Friendly Business Program. And from Mission Church to Mission Park, it is a community often led by its elders The long-awaited affordable senior housing on Gurney Street is another great part...

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Editorial: Church complex plans

April 4, 2014
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The mysterious stall of the Mission Church complex redevelopment has left Smith Street stuck with the worst of both worlds—grand, yet boarded-up, buildings that could be good for a million things. It’s time for some authority to give the owners an official tap on the shoulder and see what the problem is. Community planning...

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Hill Happenings

April 4, 2014
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Condolences to the family of Patsie MacDougall, who passed away last month. Patsie was a beautiful and elegant woman who raised her family in Mission Hill at 31 Tobin Court. It was nice getting to chat with Patsie the last year or so. Most recently, Patsie was at the Mission Hill Road Race. Although...

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BWH garage, park to be finished this summer

April 4, 2014
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Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s (BWH) parking garage and park project in Brigham Circle is expected to be completed this summer, according to spokesperson Lori Schroth. The Brigham Green project, which is located at 15 Francis St., will create an underground 400-car parking garage and a park above that will have green space with benches....

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What’s Happening on Main Street

April 4, 2014
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Spring finally arrived after an unusually miserable winter, and Mayor Marty Walsh drove a spade into Mission Hill soil breaking ground for the long-awaited Roxbury Crossing Senior Center on March 29. This 40-unit affordable rental housing development for seniors over age 62 has been on hold for several years due to the recession. It...

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Teen accused of firing gun

April 4, 2014
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A 17-year-old from Roslindale was arrested March 4 for allegedly firing a handgun on a Mission Hill street. The male teen is accused of firing multiple rounds from a Ruger P85 9mm semiautomatic handgun in the area of Gurney and Tremont streets in Mission Hill just before 3 p.m., according to Suffolk County District...

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Victim shot to death in Mission Main

April 1, 2014
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A male victim was shot to death yesterday morning 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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BLC: tavern demo hearing not required

March 18, 2014
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According to the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC), the demolition of a historic former tavern at 804-810 Huntington Ave. earlier this month did not require a community hearing. The demolition of the former home of Burke’s Tavern earlier this month took local officials and residents by surprise. The apparent lack of notice led to a...

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Hill leaders react to Menino cancer news

March 16, 2014
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Hill leaders react to Menino cancer news

Former Mayor Thomas Menino is being treated for “advanced” cancer, the Boston Globe reported tonight, triggering early words of shock and support from local leaders. “I’m in shellshock right now,” said state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, who long worked for Menino, including as an adviser on Mission Main issues, starting in the mid-1990s. “One thing...

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Race for Governor: Avellone lays out ‘progressive’ platform

March 7, 2014
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Race for Governor: Avellone lays out ‘progressive’ platform

Three months ago, Democratic candidate for governor Joe Avellone attended a forum at Jamaica Plain’s Doyle’s Café, where he told the crowd he was not the most progressive candidate. But during a recent sit-down interview at the Gazette office, Avellone laid out a platform that he suggested many people would deem progressive. “I want...

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Race for Governor: Berwick aims to create community

March 7, 2014
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Race for Governor: Berwick aims to create community

Don Berwick, a Democratic candidate for governor, grew up in a small town in Connecticut called Moodus, where he said he learned the value of looking out for each other. Berwick said he wants to bring that philosophy to the Governor’s Office. “We were in it together,” Berwick said about his childhood in Moodus....

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Historic tavern demolition surprises

March 7, 2014
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Historic tavern demolition surprises

The sudden demolition of a historic former tavern at 804-810 Huntington Ave. last week took local officials and residents by surprise. The lack of notice led to a City stop-work order and questions about historic review. And it is unclear what is planned to replace it. “That place was a landmark,” said state Rep....

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Science Fair

March 7, 2014
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Science Fair

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Nuevo jefe de HHS habla de asuntos de salud

March 7, 2014
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Nuevo jefe de HHS habla de asuntos de salud

El antiguo consejero municipal Felix G. Arroyo, el nuevo jefe del departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos (HHS) de la Ciudad, habló a Gazette sobre su nuevo puesto y sobre sus metas para el futuro de la ciudad. Como uno de los 12 miembros del gabinete del alcalde Martin Walsh, Arroyo dijo que su...

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BRA approves Art Park project

March 7, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board approved last month the Art Park redevelopment, which is a project to turn City-owned land between Parker and Terrace Streets into community gardens and residential and retail space. The developer, Sebastian Mariscal Studio, Inc. (SMS), has proposed to redevelop the Art Park site into 44 apartments with 10...

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Sex assault suspect dies mysteriously

March 7, 2014
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Patrick Barry, a former Mission Hill resident and Northeastern student who was charged with two attempted sexual assaults locally and a third in Arlington on Valentine’s Day, died on Feb. 21. His death is currently under investigation by the Middlesex Attorney General’s Office. A statement released by the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office said that Barry...

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11 years later, ‘interim’ LMA guidelines sticking around

March 7, 2014
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LONGWOOD MEDICAL/ACADEMIC AREA—The Boston Redevelopment Authority’s (BRA) Longwood Medical and Academic Area Interim Guidelines, a vague and controversial set of development rules, are becoming de facto permanent guidelines as the BRA has no plans to replace or amend them a decade after their implementation. The guidelines are a kind of zoning overlay district that...

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LMA tower to be completed by year’s end

March 7, 2014
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LMA tower to be completed by year’s end

LMA—The Longwood Center, an 11-story medical research building located at the corner of Brookline and Longwood Avenues, will finish construction in the last quarter of this year, according National Development managing partner Jack O’Neil. National Development is one of four partners for the project. The other partners are Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Charles River...

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YMCA plans April reopening

March 7, 2014
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The Huntington YMCA is planning its April reopening following over a year of construction work for Northeastern University’s (NU) controversial GrandMarc dorm. “We have been renovating the rest of our facility, so come April, our pool, basketball courts, handball racquetball courts, steam and sauna rooms, three types of locker rooms, and studio space...

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New HHS chief talks city health issues

March 7, 2014
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New HHS chief talks city health issues

Former City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo, the City’s new chief of Health and Human Services (HHS), spoke to the Gazette about his position and his goals for the City’s future. As one of Mayor Martin Walsh’s 12 cabinet members in his capacity as head of HHS, Arroyo described his average day as “drinking water...

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Trust accepting grant applications

March 7, 2014
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The Mission Hill/Fenway Neighborhood Trust is accepting grant applications from local organizations until March 28, according to board chair Lauren Dewey Platt. The trust will disburse its grants in June. The trust was founded by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 1995 as a condition of the hospital buying the former Massachusetts College of...

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