What’s Happening on Main Streets

August 8, 2014
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While lolling through those lazy hazy days of summer, I’d like to remind readers that our two Mission Hill Farmers Markets have been in full swing since June, and the fresh Massachusetts grown fresh fruit and plump produce is looking mighty prime. The markets were started years ago by Main Streets. We now partner...

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Parcel 25 development filed with the BRA

July 11, 2014
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Parcel 25 development filed with the BRA

Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services (MHNHS) last month filed its long-awaited massive mixed-use development project at Parcel 25 with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). Parcel 25 is bordered by Tremont, Gurney and Station streets, across from the Roxbury Crossing MBTA Station. The former T-owned property is now vacant. MHNHS did not immediately respond to...

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BRA board approves RTH residential tower

July 11, 2014
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BRA board approves RTH residential tower

The Boston Redevelopment Authority board approved last month a 10-story Roxbury Tenants of Harvard (RTH) residential tower at the former Massachusetts Mental Health Center site. RTH did not respond to a request for comment. Karen Gately, executive director of RTH, previously told the Gazette that construction could start as early as September. The $62...

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Magna Carta, basis of U.S. freedoms, goes on display at MFA

July 11, 2014
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One of only four surviving copies of the original Magna Carta—an English document written in 1215 that is the foundation for many democracies around the world—will be on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) through Sept. 1 The Magna Carta Libertatum (The Great Charter of the Liberties of England) was the...

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La junta de BRA aprueba el torre residencial de RTH

July 11, 2014
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La junta de BRA aprueba el torre residencial de RTH

El mes pasado, la junta directiva de Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) aprobó el torre residencial de 10 pisos de Roxbury Tenants of Harvard (RTH) en el antiguo sitio de Massachusetts Mental Health Center. RTH no respondió a una solicitud de comentarios. Karen Gately, la directora ejecutiva de RTH, previamente dijo al Gazette que la...

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Boston shortlisted to bid for 2024 Olympics

July 11, 2014
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Boston has been shortlisted as a possible U.S. host for the 2024 Summer Olympics, along with Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who represents the Back of the Hill, has been a supporter of exploring the possibility. “The U.S. Olympic Committee was very keen on Boston,” O’Malley told the...

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Free museum admissions available

July 11, 2014
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The sixth annual “Free Fun Fridays” initiative, a summer program that offers free admittance to attractions all over the state through the end of August, is now in swing. Locally, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are both participating. The MFA will offer free admission on Fri., July...

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Neighborhood group supports Green Line extension

July 11, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) voted during its meeting last month to support the proposal to extend the E branch of the Green Line to JP’s Hyde Square, according to JPNC member Michael Reiskind. That line travels down Huntington Avenue and S. Huntington Avenue in the Mission Hill area. But the MBTA said...

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Local official faces challengers

July 11, 2014
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One local elected official will face a challenger in the Sept. 9 state primary election, while another is running unopposed. Democrat state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz (2nd Suffolk District) will face Roy Owens, a regular candidate for elected office, in the primary. The winner will face in November’s general election David James Wyatt, another regular...

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Where to watch the Cup finals

July 11, 2014
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With the soccer World Cup finals happening this weekend, Mission Hill is into the swing of watching the soccer matches. Most bars in the Hill are showing the matches live, with sound. A few have added Cup-specific specials to enhance Mission Hill’s cheering pleasure. The Mission, 724 Huntington Ave., 566-1244: burger and a beer...

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Census of 7K Emerald Necklace trees completed

July 11, 2014
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The Emerald Necklace Conservancy (ENC) and its partners have sponsored an extensive census of the Emerald Necklace’s trees as a starting point for a long-term management plan. Co-sponsored by the Arborway Coalition, the ENC, the Friends of Jamaica Pond, the Friends of Olmsted Park Boston and Olmsted 2022, the census surveyed 7,000 trees and...

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VA seeks brain donations for ALS project

July 11, 2014
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital at 150 S. Huntington Ave. wants veterans’ brains. As the home of an ongoing national research study on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, the VA Biorepository Brain Bank (VABBB) is collecting vital information on living vets, both with and without ALS. And yes,...

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Meeting, survey for park renovation delayed

July 11, 2014
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A community meeting and online survey for the renovation of McLaughlin Park has been delayed while Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) attempts to secure additional grant funding for the project, according to BPRD project manager Allison Perlman. McLaughlin Park, which is located between Parker Hill and Fisher avenues on top of Parker Hill,...

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Senator’s father faces Mars rocket debate

July 11, 2014
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While local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz has an electoral challenge this fall, her astronaut father faces a debate of his own—over his plans for a rocket to travel to Mars. Dr. Franklin Chang-Díaz is a former Space Shuttle astronaut who tied the record for most spaceflights at seven. He teaches physics and astronomy at...

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Gardner opens its doors for community nights

July 11, 2014
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The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is opening its doors to the community this summer with a series of free music and art-filled “Neighborhood Nights.” July 24’s theme will be “Fiesta: World of Ideas” and Aug. 7’s will be “Earth Actually!” This is the Gardner’s 12th year offering free, family-friendly open “Neighborhood Nights.” The “Fiesta”...

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Artists to exhibit ‘rooms’ of creativity

July 11, 2014
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Artists to exhibit ‘rooms’ of creativity

The Mission Hill Artists Collective will present “A Room of Your Own,” a community art exhibit inspired by writer Virginia Woolf, at the Parker Hill Branch library in November. Community members will display 14-by-14-by-7-inch “rooms,” decorated in whatever way they feel supports their creativity. The title of the exhibition is taken from Woolf’s 1929...

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2-alarm fire displaces 10

July 11, 2014
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2-alarm fire displaces 10

The Boston Fire Department (BFD) fought a two-alarm fire Monday June 30 at 27 and 29 Wigglesworth St. that displaced 10 people, according to the BFD Twitter feed. The fire caused in estimated $500,000 to six apartments located near Brigham Circle. Fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire.

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Cardinal Mass

July 11, 2014
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Cardinal Mass

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Hill Agenda, July 11-Aug. 7, 2014

July 11, 2014
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The deadline for Hill Agenda listings is noon, Aug. 5 for the Aug. 8 issue. Email listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Mission Hill Main Streets community meeting, to discuss Nick Guertin’s winning submission to the Boston Public Space Invitational Contest for...

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Participación, July 11-Aug. 7, 2014

July 11, 2014
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La entrega para la sección de Participación es mediodía el 5 de agosto para la edición 8 de agosto. Escribir news@missionhillgazette.com. Note: Todos los números tiene 617, a menos que dice otro número.           Reuniones Reunión comunitaria de Mission Hill Main Streets, para hablar sobre los bancos en Huntington Avenue, el idea del ganador...

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Editorial: Parcel 25

July 11, 2014
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Progress on the redevelopment of Parcel 25 is good news. This project will transform the streetscape in Roxbury Crossing at a literally crucial spot where the MBTA, the Southwest Corridor Park and Columbus Avenue tie into Mission Hill. Now a vacant lot, it will become a model of community-minded, transit-oriented development. Thanks to Mission...

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Editorial: The Great Charter

July 11, 2014
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The display of the Magna Carta, along with the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, at the Museum of Fine Arts is a wonderful opportunity to discover the basis of modern civil liberties and to reflect on these often praised yet little-read documents. The Magna Carta did nothing for commoners and is largely...

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Editorial: Main Streets awards

July 11, 2014
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Congratulations to the deserving winners of the Mission Hill Main Streets awards—including our own incomparable Mossy Martin. And congratulations to Mission Hill for having such an effective Main Streets organization. It is impressive that the neighborhood got the attention of the likes of the BRA director and the Boston housing chief. We’re fortunate to...

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Hill Happenings

July 11, 2014
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The Mission High School Class of ’64 held their 50th reunion last month at the Holiday Inn in Dedham. The Mission High principal back in those salad days was Brother Conal, and the celebrants were thrilled to reunite with the Man, who is now 85. Brother Conal was a strict disciplinarian. As a freshman,...

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