New artwork at City Hall

August 4, 2017
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A new series of artwork is now on display at City Hall, including four new art exhibitions and three new murals. The artwork is presented by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, according to a press release. “City Hall Galleries have been an incredible success, showcasing the work of local artists both to...

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Parker Hill Library programming announced

August 4, 2017
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The Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL) closed on July 1 to undergo a year-long renovation, and the branch’s community programming has been reassigned to various other community centers near the library. Parker Hill Branch library’s renovation will cost $2.4 million and consist mostly of repairs and improvements. It is expected...

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Former FPC director to lead CPA group

August 4, 2017
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Christine Poff, the former director for the Franklin Park Coalition, has been selected as the City’s director of the Community Preservation Committee (CPC), a newly established position and committee to overlook funds from Community Preservation Act (CPA), which was approved by voters last year, according to a press release. The CPA will generate millions...

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JPNC questions leasing agreement at 105A S. Huntington Ave.; BPDA says everything fine

August 4, 2017
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) is questioning whether developer Anthony Nader of the 105A S. Huntington Ave. project and his company Cedar Valley Holding are violating a memorandum with the Boston Planning Development Agency (BPDA) by leasing units at the building to another company. Meanwhile, BPDA says that leasing agreement does not violate...

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English language learning bill changes public school education

August 4, 2017
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The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed legislation so that public schools are no longer required to teach in English only, according to a press release. An Act for language opportunity for our kids (S.2125), also known as the LOOK Bill, which removes the current mandate requiring schools to use Sheltered English Immersion (SEI), or English-only...

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Neighborhood Slow Streets Program leaves many residents disappointed

August 4, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Special to the Gazette The five neighborhoods that will join the Neighborhood Slow Streets program in 2017 were announced July 20, leaving many communities who applied disappointed. The Neighborhood Slow Streets program is a City effort to reduce speeds and improve the quality of life on Boston’s local streets. Two pilot...

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Hill Agenda, August 4, 2017

August 4, 2017
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The deadline for Hill Agenda listings is noon, Tues. Sept. 5 for the Sept. 8 issue. Email listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Community meeting regarding public art in the Dudley Branch library renovation, Tues. Aug. 8, 6:30pm. Boston Public Library hosts...

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Participacion, August 4, 2017

August 4, 2017
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El plazo para Participación es 12pm, martes, 5 sept para la edición del 8 sept. Escriba a: news@missionhillgazette.com. Note que los números telefónicos empiezan con el código telefónico 617, a menos que haya otro.          Reuniones Reunión comunitara sobre el arte público en la renovación de la biblioteca Dudley, martes, 8 ago, 6.30pm. Para...

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Letters:

August 4, 2017
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Recent shooting on Mission Hill This kind of heinous act has become a daily event in our cities and should be expected in a country that makes huge profits from the arms industry here and abroad, where video games that normalize violence for kids are replacing books, where HEALTH AND EDUCATION are taking a backseat...

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Op-Ed: Imagine Boston 2030: Lifting everyone up

August 4, 2017
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By Mayor Martin Walsh “We will listen. We will learn. We will lead.” That is a promise that I made to Bostonians after being sworn in as the 54th Mayor of the City of Boston. Now, almost four years later, we have put forth Boston’s first citywide plan in over 50 years–Imagine Boston 2030—that...

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Op-Ed: Conference on state budget

August 4, 2017
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By Local State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez In early July, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a $40.2 billion FY18 Conference Committee budget. After the House and Senate pass their versions of the budget, three House and three Senate members meet to reconcile the differences between the budgets. The product of their work is the...

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Hill Happenings

August 4, 2017
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The atrocity committed against beloved Andres Cruz, proprietor of AC Hardware, left a void in the heart of his Mission Hill neighborhood. The Boston Police did a tremendous job, immediately arresting the three suspects in Andres’ murder. Andres was the exemplar of the American dream. He arrived here 30 years ago from Puerto Rico and...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

August 4, 2017
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Novelist Ernest Hemingway writing about a happy man wrote, “Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived, and how he died that distinguishes one man from another.” We’ve heard much about the life and death of Andres “Cholo” Cruz since his ghastly murder to merit his...

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Hill business owner shot, killed

July 19, 2017
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Mission Hill business owner Andres Cruz was shot and killed yesterday during an apparent robbery at his AC Hardware store on Tremont Street. Officers from the Boston Police Department soon located a vehicle matching the description of one leaving the scene of the shooting, and after a brief chase, arrested three suspects: 21-year-old Christian...

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45 Worthington St. project resurrected

July 7, 2017
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The long-dormant 45 Worthington St. project is being resurrected, though at a “significantly scaled down” concept, according to a representative for the developer. Equity Residential, the developer for the project, will host a community on July 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 670 Huntington Ave. Equity Residential originally filed a letter of...

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NU Task Force members question cooperation agreement

July 7, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Special to the Gazette Northeastern University (NU) Task Force members were quick to speak out against the newly amended cooperation agreement between Northeastern University and the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA), saying that the agreement is too weak and does not provide enough discipline if the university fails to meet...

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Grupo de trabajo de NU expresa dudas sobre acuerdo con BPDA

July 7, 2017
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De Beth Treffeisen Especial a Gazette Miembros del grupo de trabajo de Northeastern University (NU) se pronunciaron en contra del acuerdo de cooperación recientemente modificada entre NU y Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA), notando que es demasiado débil y que no ofrece suficiente disciplina si la universidad no cumple sus requisitos. El acuerdo...

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HONORARY DEGREES

July 7, 2017
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HONORARY DEGREES

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Report: Some progress in increasing Latinos in government, but more work needed

July 7, 2017
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Some progress has been made in increasing Latino representation in city government, but more work needs to be done, according to a report released during a June 15 press conference at the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) in Jamaica Plain. The report, titled “The Silent Crisis II,” was commissioned by the Greater Boston Latino...

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Safe injection site gets hearing at City Hall, not much council support

July 7, 2017
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By Seth Daniels Special to the Gazette Calling it everything from ‘asinine’ to ‘absolutely necessary,’ the City Council’s Committee on Homelessness and Addiction Services held a hearing Monday on the recently touted plan by the state and the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) on Safe Injection Facilities (SIFs) – sites that have been floated as...

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BPDA to host meetings on St. Alphonsus St. development

July 7, 2017
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The Boston Planning and Development Agency will host a public meeting and an impact advisory group (IAG) meeting this month for Wingate Companies’ six-story, 115-unit residential building at 95 St. Alphonsus St. The public meeting will take place July 10 at 6 p.m. at 670 Huntington Ave. while the IAG meeting will take place...

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NU, City hold groundbreaking for playground

July 7, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Special to the Gazette Mayor Martin Walsh joined Northeastern University President Joseph E. Aoun and local community members to kick off the transformation of the William E. Carter Playground at a groundbreaking ceremony on June 13. In a unique public-private partnership, Northeastern University and the City of Boston will build a...

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BPL Parker Hill Branch closing, some programming relocating

July 7, 2017
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Boston Public Library’s (BPL) Parker Hill Branch closed its doors on July 1 and will be undergoing renovations until June 2018. A limited amount of programming and services that the library normally holds will be spread out among various different locations in the area starting in September. “We are doing everything we can to accommodate the...

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City Council to look at parking access for health care attendants

July 7, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Special to the Gazette Mission Hill City Councilor Josh Zakim along with Councilor Michael Flaherty asked for a hearing to discuss the City’s current process for granting parking permits to in-home health care attendants serving residents, at the City Council hearing on June 21. Constituents living in the downtown neighborhoods have...

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