Obituary: Louise Scarpelli, former Mission Hill resident

June 10, 2015
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Obituary: Louise Scarpelli, former Mission Hill resident

Louise Scarpelli, 79, of Clifton, a retired dye processor, died May 19, 2015 at home. She was born in Concord and grew up in Stapleton. In 1959, she moved to Boston. She lived on Shepard Avenue and Kempton Street in Mission Hill until the family home was demolished to build Mission Park. In 1971,...

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Obituary: Martin D. McEachen, Mission Hill resident

June 4, 2015
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Obituary: Martin D. McEachen, Mission Hill resident

Martin D. McEachen, age 51, of Boston’s Mission Hill, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Marty was born in Boston, raised and educated in Boston schools and was a graduate of English High School. Marty was employed for several years as a custodian at the West Roxbury YMCA.  He enjoyed gardening and loved animals.  Marty...

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Olympics gentrification, local benefits discussed

May 1, 2015
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At a meeting about Boston’s Olympics bid held Tuesday night at Roxbury Community College, residents voiced worries about gentrification, loss of affordable housing, and lack of participation in the planning process. “People in this room haven’t been part of the process,” Roxbury resident Joao dePina told members of the Boston 2024 bidding organization. “You...

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WIT Class of ’15

May 1, 2015
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WIT Class of ’15

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BLC denies petition to landmark Prouty Garden

May 1, 2015
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LMA—The Boston Landmarks Commission has rejected a petition by a group called Save the Prouty Garden to landmark the garden on the Boston Children’s Hospital campus, which is slated to be replaced by a new clinical tower. Melina Schuler, spokesperson for the Mayor’s Office, said that the BLC voted 7-1 to deny landmark status...

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Rare MFA photo leads to segregation exhibit

May 1, 2015
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Rare MFA photo leads to segregation exhibit

It began with a single photograph in the Museum of Fine Arts’ (MFA) collection. Photography curator Karen Haas knew very little about it, aside from the fact that Gordon Parks had made it in 1950: a black-and-white photograph of a couple outside under the segregated Liberty Theater’s marquee, in Fort Scott, Kan. Gordon Parks,...

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Informe: BPS necesita nuevo plan para los varones afroamericanos y latinos

May 1, 2015
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Boston Public Schools (BPS) publicó el mes pasado la segunda fase de un estudio que investiga los malos resultados académicos de los varones latinos y afroamericanos en el sistema escolar. La segunda fase revela que se necesita “un enfoque más sistémico” para educar a los varones afroamericanos y latinos, y que la mayoría de...

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Citizenship Day

May 1, 2015
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Citizenship Day

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MFA chooses new director

May 1, 2015
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MFA chooses new director

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston chose Matthew Teitelbaum as its new director last month. He will take over the post when current Director Malcolm Rogers retires in August. Teitelbaum is currently the director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. Formally elected at a special meeting of the MFA’s Board...

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Spring Cleaning

May 1, 2015
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Spring Cleaning

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BPRD releases final plan for McLaughlin Park

May 1, 2015
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The Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) has released the final design for the McLaughlin Park renovation project that contains many of the changes discussed during several community meetings, but also adds several tweaks, such as a low wall along Parker Hill Avenue. Work will begin this summer. The renovation of McLaughlin Park, which...

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Leadership Change

May 1, 2015
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Leadership Change

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Fenway colleges file IMP updates

May 1, 2015
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Emmanuel and Wheelock Colleges filed updates for their Institutional Master Plans (IMP) with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), as required by the City. Emmanuel’s filing states no changes to the IMP approved in 2012, aside from an amendment filed a month after the IMP’s approval. That amendment authorized Emmanuel’s use of the Society of...

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City releases first student housing report

May 1, 2015
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The City of Boston released its first ever “Student Housing Trends” report last month, establishing a baseline toward Mayor Martin Walsh’s goal of creating 18,500 new student dormitory beds by 2030. Mission Hill is one of the neighborhoods with the biggest student-housing impacts. But all local data in the report is inaccurate because it...

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Participacion, May 1, 2015

May 1, 2015
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El plazo para la sección de Participación es al mediodía el 9 de junio para la edición del 12 de junio. Escriba a: news@missionhillgazette.com. Note que los números telefónicos empiezan con 617, a menos que diga otro código de área.           Reuniones Avenida de las Artes reglas de diseño de BRA reunión comunitaria, miércoles,...

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Developer proposes 15-unit project for Fisher Ave.

May 1, 2015
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Developer proposes 15-unit project for Fisher Ave.

Developer Jason Savage is proposing a 15-unit, 6-floor residential development for 40 Fisher Avenue, according to documents filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The 22,039-square-foot project would have two 1-bedroom units, six 2-bedroom units and seven 3-bedroom units. The development would also have 10 parking spaces and 18 bicycle spots. The project would...

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Food for Friends

May 1, 2015
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Food for Friends

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Hill Agenda, May 1, 2015

May 1, 2015
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The deadline for Hill Agenda listings is noon, June 9 for the June 12 issue. Email listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Avenue of the Arts BRA design guidelines community meeting, Wed., May 6, 6-8pm, MassArt, 621 Huntington Ave., room 280A. Info:...

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Zakim, Beacon Hill resident pull papers for Council race

May 1, 2015
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Two people, including current seat-holder Josh Zakim, have applied for nomination papers for the District 8 city councilor race. That district covers Mission Hill. The other person is Beacon Hill resident Thomas Joseph Dooley III, who ran unsuccessfully for the seat in the 2013 election. Eight people have pulled papers for the At-Large City...

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BRA: Public must wait for ‘urban renewal’ details

May 1, 2015
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) recently began public meetings about its request to renew its “urban renewal” plans around the city, including one covering the Longwood Medical Area. But the BRA refused to provide the existing plan’s details to the Gazette for review, saying they will be posted online sometime in the near future....

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‘Avenue of the Arts’ guidelines project continues

May 1, 2015
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The second meeting hosted by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) aimed at creating a new set of design guidelines for the “Avenue of the Arts” section of Huntington Avenue focused on covering existing conditions, including landscape, streetscape, mobility, and public uses. David Grissino, the BRA planner in charge of the study, told the Gazette...

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Report: BPS needs better approach to black and Latino students

May 1, 2015
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The Boston Public Schools (BPS) released last month the second phase of a study looking at the low academic performance of black and Latino males in the school system. The second phase found that a “more systematic focus” is needed to educating black and Latino males, and that most teachers lack cultural knowledge of...

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BRA approves Parker Hill Ave. project

May 1, 2015
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BRA approves Parker Hill Ave. project

The Boston Redevelopment Authority board approved last month the proposed 40-unit residential project at 70 Parker Hill Ave. The building at 70 Parker Hill Ave. was formerly used by the New England Baptist Hospital, but has been vacant for 10 years. The redevelopment is proposed by an East Boston partnership called Jamaica View LLC...

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Editorial: Thanks to Hoffman

May 1, 2015
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Thanks to Jim Hoffman, who has retired after decades as the director of Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services. On his watch, the community development corporation is a key factor in Mission Hill’s vibrancy. It has helped to create and preserve affordable housing, and it has produced vast economic development in such projects as One...

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