Editorial: Council President Wu

February 5, 2016
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There is welcome news coming from the Council President’s Office. At-Large City Councilor Michelle Wu, who was recently voted president, says she will be bringing more transparency to the Council. One of the ways she plans to do that is through improving the Council website, allowing residents easier access to information on hearings and...

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NEW RECTOR FOR MISSION CHURCH

February 5, 2016
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NEW RECTOR FOR MISSION CHURCH

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Hill Happenings

February 5, 2016
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Mission Hill mourned the loss of Mary G. Breen, a wonderful and beautiful woman who passed away last month. Mary, who lived on Parker Hill Avenue for all of her 83 years, was an accomplished singer and a soloist at Mission Church for many years. Listening to Mary sing was comfort to the soul....

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

February 5, 2016
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What’s Happening on Main Streets

At the monthly Main Streets board meeting, I started getting flashbacks of my college geology class. Our guest speaker started describing geological drumlins formed by the glacier that covered the Boston area during the ice age. Of course the drumlin, or teardrop shaped hill with two sides, carved out by the glacier he was...

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City changes affordable-housing policy

January 15, 2016
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Mayor Martin Walsh signed an executive order last month that changes the City’s affordable-housing policy, forcing some developers to pay more money or build more affordable units if they don’t meet the affordable-housing requirement on-site. The policy change went into effect Jan. 1. But to the disappointment of some housing organizations, the executive order...

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Some IAG members want more affordable units for Goddard House project

January 15, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) held an impact advisory group (IAG) meeting for the Goddard House project on Jan. 7 with some members advocating for more affordable-housing units, according to BRA spokesperson Nick Martin. An IAG is a City-appointed group of residents and other stakeholders that advise the City on potential impacts of building...

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DEDICATION

January 15, 2016
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DEDICATION

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La Ciudad cambia su política de vivienda asequible

January 15, 2016
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Alcalde Martin Walsh firmó una orden ejecutiva el mes pasado que cambia la política de vivienda asequible de la Ciudad, obligando a los promotores que paguen más dinero o construyan más departamentos asequibles si no satisfacen el requisito. El cambio entró en vigor el primer día de enero. La orden ejecutiva no cambia el...

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Meetings scheduled on MBTA fare changes, possibly ending late-night service

January 15, 2016
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The MBTA will be holding several public meetings to hear comments and suggestions from the community about proposed fare changes and possibly ending late-night service, according to a press release. A meeting on fare changes will take place at the Roxbury Community College on Feb. 10. The MBTA is making efforts to close its...

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Sanchez brings Latino elected officials together

January 15, 2016
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On Dec. 17, local state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez held a celebratory luncheon for nearly 50 elected Latino officials in recognition of recent electoral gains throughout Massachusetts, according to a press release. After the November elections, there are now almost 50 Latino elected officials in the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which is a considerable growth...

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Sociedad Latina director picked for School Committee

January 15, 2016
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Sociedad Latina director picked for School Committee

Alexandra Oliver-Davila, executive director of Sociedad Latina and longtime advocate for Latino youth, was recently appointed to the Boston School Committee, according to a press release. The Boston School Committee is a seven-member governing body of the Boston Public Schools. It establishes and monitors the annual operating budget and is responsible for hiring, managing,...

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Fatal shooting on Annunciation Road

January 15, 2016
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A 17-year-old male was fatally shot on Annunciation Road on Dec. 18, according to bpdnews.com Boston Police Department (BPD) officers arriving to the area of 60 Annunciation Road found a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim, who has since been identified as 17-year-old D’Andre King-Settles of Roxbury, was pronounced dead at...

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Hill Agenda, Jan. 15, 2016

January 15, 2016
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The deadline for Hill Agenda listings is noon, Feb. 2 for the Feb. 5 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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BRA board approves Heath St. project

January 15, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority board approved the $17.4 million General Heath Square Apartments during its meeting on Dec. 10, according to a press release. The General Heath Square Apartments will be built on City-owned land formed by the triangle of Heath, New Heath, and Bromley streets, and is expected to created 42 construction jobs....

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DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY DEBATE

January 15, 2016
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DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY DEBATE

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BRA board’s vote on S. Huntington Ave. guidelines delayed

January 15, 2016
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By Emily Resnevic and Peter Shanley Gazette Staff The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board’s vote on the S. Huntington Ave. guidelines has been delayed so the agency can further discuss them with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, according to spokesperson Nick Martin. The BRA board was slated to vote on the guidelines during...

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Participacion, Jan. 15, 2016

January 15, 2016
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El plazo para la sección de Participación es al mediodía el 2 de febrero para la edición del 5 de febrero. Escriba a: news@missionhillgazette.com. Note que los números telefónicos empiezan con 617, a menos que diga otro código de área. Reuniones Comité de delincuencia de Mission Hill, conozca y hable sobre la delincuencia con...

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BPS receives $1.5 million art grant

January 15, 2016
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Boston Public Schools (BPS) has been awarded $1.5 million in grant funding from the Wallace Foundation to support its continuing expansion of arts education, according to a press release. The money will directly support the Boston Public School Arts Expansion Initiative, an effort to expand arts education that was launched in February 2009 as...

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Hill Happenings

January 15, 2016
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More than a 100 parishioners gathered at Mission Church for a fundraiser last month in memory of the late Father Joseph Manton. Father Manton, who died in 1998, served at Mission Church for 60 years. The eminent priest arrived on Mission Hill in 1939. Father Manton often chuckled, “Ted Williams and I were Boston...

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MSPCA to waive adoption fees for rabbits

January 15, 2016
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The MSPCA-Angell’s Jamaica Plain adoption center received 25 rabbits from a single home in December, one of the largest single surrender of rabbits in the organization’s recent history, which prompted adoption center officials to schedule a fee-waived adoption weekend in mid-January, according to a press release. The new additions bring the rabbit population at...

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Affordable-housing policy

January 15, 2016
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We at the Gazette are pleased that the City has finally revised its affordable-housing policy, but are disappointed with the final product. The new policy will bring in much-needed money to the City’s affordable-housing fund through raising the amount developers in most of the city will have to pay if they decide not to...

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MBTA, a grade A business

January 15, 2016
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We would like to commend the people running the MBTA for having a terrific business plan. The T continues to break down and have delays frequently, leaving the average Joe or Jane stranded on their way to or from work. One cannot go on social media without reading the pain, anguish, and frustration of...

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Gun violence has no place in our neighborhoods

January 15, 2016
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By Mayor Martin Walsh I traveled to Washington, D.C., and stood with President Barack Obama as he took measures to make our communities safer. Requiring all gun purchases to include a background check is a common sense, simple step, which will make it harder for criminals and those who intend to commit crimes to...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

January 15, 2016
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The New Year brings hope and optimism to Mission Hill. With the holidays concluded I’d like to give a thumbs-up to those who did more shopping “locally” and a pat on the back to all the businesses that helped to make the neighborhood look festive. The Boston Main Streets “#5onMain” effort at encouraging shoppers...

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