Hill Agenda, May 6, 2016

May 6, 2016
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The deadline for Hill Agenda listings is noon, May 31 for the June 3 issue. Email listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services board of directors, first Monday of every month, 6-7:30pm, Mission Church Parish Center, 1545 Tremont...

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Walsh supports Community Preservation Act

May 6, 2016
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Mayor Martin Walsh announced on April 27 his support for the Community Preservation Act (CPA), which if approved would boost funding for affordable housing, historic preservation, and open spaces, according to a press release. The proposal is currently pending before the City Council and potentially could be placed on the ballot in Boston in...

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Editorial: The BRA—a little less asinine

May 6, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority recently fixed an illogical irregularity that the proposed 1470 Tremont St. project brought to light. Before that project, the BRA did not have a policy on whether existing units on site would count towards the affordable-housing requirement of a new development. Taken to an extreme example, a developer could have...

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Op-Ed: Boston is going Fiber

May 6, 2016
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By Mayor Martin Walsh I recently announced something that will change Boston’s future: working closely with the City over the next six years, Verizon will rewire the entire city with an advanced fiber-optic network. Replacing our outdated copper-based telecom infrastructure with state-of-the-art fiber will dramatically improve internet connection speeds for both residents and businesses...

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Hill Happenings

Mission Hill mourned the death of three comrades last month, most recently Richie O’Neill, who grew up at 25 Tobin Court in the Mission Hill project. Richie was the loving father of six and he was the proprietor of O’Neill Plumbing. I also lived in Tobin Court and I’m glad Richie liked me because he...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

May 6, 2016
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Do sunny temperatures really put people in a better mood? Can milder weather cause people to smile more often? Or, is it that nice weather improves my disposition and folks appear to be friendlier to me because I possess a more agreeable outlook? I truly don’t know. At this time of year, each day...

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AG’s Office steps away from Prouty Garden controversy, but fight continues

April 1, 2016
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By Emily Resnevic and Peter Shanley Gazette Staff The state Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has decided not to intervene to stop the demolition of the Prouty Garden, which is to make way for a Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) clinical building. A group had asked for the AGO to do that under state charity law....

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BRA looks to spruce up image

April 1, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority is looking in the mirror and it doesn’t like what it is seeing. It’s time for a makeover. The City announced last month that the BRA will be getting a “strategic advisor” to help the authority develop an “organizational identity” and “brand strategy,” according to a press release. A request...

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WOMEN OF THE YEAR

April 1, 2016
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WOMEN OF THE YEAR

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S. Huntington Ave. guidelines approved

April 1, 2016
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The S. Huntington Avenue guidelines are now officially part of the City zoning after the Zoning Commission approved them on March 9 and Mayor Martin Walsh signed them days later, according to City officials. The guidelines address the types of developments preferred by the community for the S. Huntington Avenue corridor. The guidelines are...

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Subsidios para el alcance de DACA/DAPA

April 1, 2016
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La Ciudad ha recibido unos 180.000 dólares para financiar el alcance comunitario y la educación sobre la acción diferida de las llegadas en la infancia (en inglés DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) y la acción diferida para padres de americanos y y residentes permanentes legales (en inglés DAPA, Deferred Action for Parents of...

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BRA board approves 35 S. Huntington Ave. project

April 1, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board during its March 17 meeting approved the $12 million mixed-use development project at 35 S. Huntington Ave. The BRA in the early 2000s approved a different development team’s plan for the site: a five-story, 44,475-square-foot development with 47 residential units and 42 parking spaces. But that plan never...

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Hill Agenda, April 1, 2016

April 1, 2016
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The deadline for Hill Agenda listings is noon, May 3 for the May 6 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 Annual Meeting and open house, Weds. Apr. 6, 6pm, 1534 Tremont St. Free admission. Mission Hill...

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Grants for DACA/DAPA outreach

April 1, 2016
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The City of Boston has received $180,000 in funding to provide community outreach and education on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) through the DACA/DAPA Outreach Initiative, according to a press release. The funds are a result of an $80,000 match grant...

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School Committee approves budget

April 1, 2016
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The Boston School Committee last month passed the budget for fiscal year 2017 in a 5-2 vote, according to a press release. The budget process has been a contentious one with thousands of students staging a walk-out to protest cuts in funding. Some of the funding was restored after the protest. The new budget...

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Gardner masterpieces relocated to new exhibition

April 1, 2016
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Twenty-five of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s most esteemed works will be moved from the museum’s original location into a temporary exhibition called Off the Wall: Gardner and Her Masterpieces in the Hostetter Gallery, according to a press release.    The exhibition of art by masters, including Rembrandt, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Rubens, opened...

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City’s small business plan announced

April 1, 2016
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The City of Boston’s small business plan has been released and will be used a roadmap that allows the City to support local small business, especially those that are owned by minorities, women, and immigrants, according to a press release. The plan will “ensure a thriving small business economy in the city, enhance the...

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Senior Life: JP@Home expanding to Hill residents

April 1, 2016
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Senior Life: JP@Home expanding to Hill residents

JP@Home, a grassroots membership group with the mission of keeping aging residents at home as long as possible, is opening membership to residents outside of Jamaica Plain to include the contiguous neighborhoods of Mission Hill, Roslindale, West Roxbury, Brookline, Hyde Park, and Roxbury. Meanwhile, Ethos and City Feed and Supply co-hosted an event at...

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Senior Life: Former nursing home to become residential development

April 1, 2016
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The slide of S. Huntington Avenue from an institutional lane to that of a residential area continued on March 17, as the Boston Redevelopment Authority board approved the $62 million renovation and expansion project at the former Goddard House nursing home site at 201 S. Huntington Ave. The project, which is expected to generate...

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MBTA board approves fare hikes

April 1, 2016
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The MBTA fiscal and management control board on March 7 approved system-wide fare hikes that amount to an average 9.3 percent increase that will go into effect July 1, according to a press release. The board vote means: Bus Pass increases to $55, while a LinkPass goes to $84.50 Outer Express Bus at existing...

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Participacion, April 1, 2016

April 1, 2016
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El plazo para la sección de Participación es al mediodía el 3 de mayo para la edición del 6 de mayo. Escriba a: news@missionhillgazette.com. Note que los números telefónicos empiezan con 617, a menos que diga otro código de área. Reuniones Calles Principales de Mission Hill, reunión anual y casa abierta, miércoles, 6 abril,...

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Letter: Senior group deserves recognition

April 1, 2016
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I thought that you would like to know about the organization called ”The Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly,” because they don’t seem to get any recognition. They never forget me. We have coffee and conversations a lot, dinners that are beautiful, and at Thanksgiving and Christmas, they really put on a wonderful celebration...

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Letter: Thumbs-up to 35 S. Huntington Ave. project and developer

April 1, 2016
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After reading last month’s article about the project proposed for 35 S. Huntington Ave, I felt compelled to attend the BRA community meeting at the library. To my surprise, my neighbors and I learned about a thoughtful and attractive project proposed for this long neglected site. The owner, Douglas George, was open, respectful, and...

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Op-Ed: 5 simple habits to help our children thrive

April 1, 2016
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By Ron Ferguson, Jeff Howard, and Mayor Martin J. Walsh Did you know that 80 percent of a child’s brain development occurs during the first three years of life? That fact presents a challenge: It means we can’t wait for schools to prepare our kids to learn. But it’s also an opportunity, because much...

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