Hill Agenda, May 2-June 12, 2014

May 2, 2014
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The deadline for Hill Agenda listings is noon, June 10 for the June 13 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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Outstanding Service

May 2, 2014
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Outstanding Service

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Participación, May 2-June 12, 2014

May 2, 2014
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La entrega para la sección de Participación es mediodía el 10 de junio para la edición 13 de junio. Escribir news@missionhillgazette.com. Note: Todos los números tiene 617, a menos que dice otro número.           Reuniones Community Alliance of Mission Hill, agenda se anunciará, tercer miércoles del mes, 7-8:30pm, Harvard School of Public Health, 677...

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Editorial: Parklets need transparency, not retreat

May 2, 2014
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Regarding Mission Hill’s parklet vanishing amid “conflict” and “controversy”: We told you so. As we repeatedly said during the parklet’s planning, a fully transparent process—including cost details and public input on locations—is not only government’s basic duty, but the only way to garner the wisdom and consensus necessary for the program to succeed. Instead,...

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Editorial: Looking forward to Wicked Wi-Fi

May 2, 2014
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Kudos to Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston for launching free wireless Internet service. We look forward to seeing “Wicked Free Wi-Fi” in Mission Hill as soon as possible. Decent Internet service in the U.S. remains absurdly expensive in comparison to other countries, and particularly so in Boston, with little competition and poor...

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Hill Happenings

Hill Happenings

Condolences to the family of Joe Corsetti, who passed away last month. Joe was a graduate of Villanova University, where he was a terrific football player. Joe was welcomed to Mission Hill in the late ’60s, when he thrilled local football fans with his spectacular catches from Killilea Club quarterback Dan Breen in the...

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City’s free Wi-Fi program not here yet

May 2, 2014
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The City unveiled last month a free wireless Internet service program that has more than 150 access points throughout Boston and plans to bring the program to 20 Main Street districts, according to a press release. But it is unclear when the program, which is called “Wicked Free Wi-Fi: Boston’s Public Wireless Network,” will...

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NU suspends pro-Palestinian student group

May 2, 2014
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Northeastern University (NU) temporarily suspended in March a pro-Palestinian group that it says has “multiple violations” of campus policy. But the student group, called the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), says it is unfairly being singled out for its views. NU said in a statement that the suspension has nothing to do with the issue...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

May 2, 2014
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Main Streets has been a hot topic in the news recently with Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s surprise announcements concerning free Wi-Fi and an increase in financial support for the program from City coffers. On April 22, the other 19 Main Street Directors and I were invited for a morning meeting with the mayor to...

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WIT to house 97% of students

May 2, 2014
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Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) will be able to house 97 percent of its students seeking housing in Boston once a new dormitory at 525 Huntington is completed. The 305 beds, which are expected to be open by the fall, were decided based on student housing projects informed by the City’s required yearly student...

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NU breaks ground on new science building

May 2, 2014
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NU breaks ground on new science building

Mayor Martin Walsh, Northeastern University (NU) President Joseph Aoun and state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez were some of the officials who broke ground on NU’s new $225 million Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC) on Feb. 21. Located at 795 Columbus Ave., the ISEC will provide state-of-the-art research infrastructure for NU. It will be approximately...

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City to talk about vacant Heath St. lots

April 25, 2014
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The City will host a community meeting April 30 to garner feedback on developing vacant land located on Heath Street in the Back of the Hill area, according to a notice from the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND). The feedback from the meeting will help draft guidelines to request for proposals on vacant land...

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New Tremont St. building plan up for review

April 17, 2014
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The plan for a new mixed-use building on a vacant lot next to the Tobin Community Center is up for public review. The Boston Redevelopment Authority will hold a meeting about the plan on Tues., April 29, 7 p.m., at the Tobin Center, 1481 Tremont St. The new building proposed for 1467 Tremont St....

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T to hold meeting on fare boost plan

April 16, 2014
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The MBTA is proposing a fare increase of 4 to 7 percent, to take effect July 1. T officials are holding a series of public meetings about the proposal, including one on Thurs., April 24 at Roxbury Community College. The RCC meeting will run 6 to 8 p.m. at the Student Center cafeteria, 1350 Tremont...

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Local runners prepare for Boston Marathon

April 4, 2014
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Mission Hill runners training for the April 19 Boston Marathon, the first since last year’s infamous terrorist bombing, told the Gazette they know this one is special. David Weinstock, a doctor and scientist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and who will be running to raise funds for it, ran the Boston Marathon last year....

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Business of the Year

April 4, 2014
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Business of the Year

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Mission Church complex plan still stalled after 9 years

April 4, 2014
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Mission Church complex plan still stalled after 9 years

The fate of the long-stalled Mission Church complex redevelopment along Smith Street remains unclear almost a decade after its approval. Weston Associates won City approval in 2005 to redevelop three buildings between 80 and100 Smith St. on the Mission Church campus into residential properties. But then the developer leased 90 Smith St. to the...

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BLS grad pens Menino children’s book

April 4, 2014
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BLS grad pens Menino children’s book

Boston Latin School graduate Kathleen Chardavoyne has written a children’s book honoring the historic legacy of former Mayor Thomas Menino called “Goodbye, Mayor Menino.” “I read a lot of children’s books and love when an author manages to convey something of meaning, historical or otherwise,” said Chardavoyne, a first-time author who recently left a...

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Cómo usar Google para visitar el museo Gardner

April 4, 2014
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El museo Isabella Stewart Gardner—y muchos otros museos internacionales—pueden ser visitados en línea desde cualquier lugar del mundo, gracias a una nueva alianza de Google. El Google Cultural Institute ha creado tours virtuales—similar a la interfaz “Street View” de Google Maps—de más de 400 colecciones de todo el mundo. El museo Gardner, ubicado en...

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Local Latino group holds reading program

April 4, 2014
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Sociedad Latina, a youth-oriented nonprofit located in Mission Hill, has been selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) “Big Read” program. Mission Hill is one of 77 communities in the country to participate in the program. The nonprofit, which is partnering with the Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public...

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BLC: Tavern demo hearing not required

April 4, 2014
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According to the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC), the surprise demolition of a historic former tavern at 804-810 Huntington Ave. last month did not require a community hearing. But the BLC plans to revise its notification protocol following confusion over the project’s demolition, according to Friends of Historic Mission Hill (FHMH) co-founder Alison Pultinas. The...

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The state of S. Huntington projects

April 4, 2014
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The state of S. Huntington projects

S. Huntington Avenue, which borders the back of Mission Hill, has become a focal point of development in the neighborhood with two large construction projects in the works. The two construction projects are the 195-unit “The Serenity” building at 105a S. Huntington Ave. and the 196-unit “Olmsted Place” building at 161 S. Huntington Ave....

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Victim shot to death in Mission Main

April 4, 2014
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A male victim was shot to death March 31 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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Crossing upgrades proposed for Fenway

April 4, 2014
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy are planning sidewalk improvements along the Fenway behind the Museum of Fine Arts. The organizations held a community meeting to discuss designs and gather feedback on Feb. 20. The two locations proposed for upgrades are the Fenway at Forsyth Way and...

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