Happy Holidays

December 12, 2014
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Happy Holidays

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New librarian wants to boost branch’s youth appeal

December 12, 2014
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New librarian wants to boost branch’s youth appeal

With Mission Hill sizable student and millennial population, new Parker Hill Branch librarian Katrina Morse wants to lure them in with new programming, such as food classes and music. “I want to explore ways to reach out to them,” said Morse, who started last month at the 1497 Tremont St. library. “I want to...

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Torre de 35 pisos podría cambiar la silueta de Mission Hill

December 12, 2014
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La línea del horizonte de Mission Hill podría cambiar radicalmente si el plan de Equity Residential para un torre masivo de 35 pisos en 45 Worthington St. sea realizado. Nick Martin de Boston Redevelopment Authority dijo que el promotor ha entregado una carta de intento pero cree que una propuesta para el proyecto es...

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Police refuse to release more local spy documents

December 12, 2014
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In the wake of revelations that a Boston Police spy agency tracked legal protests and academic events at Northeastern University, the police department this week refused a Gazette request to release any further documents on Mission Hill-area spying. Earlier this year, the Washington, D.C.-based Partnership for Civil Justice Fund released hundreds of documents from...

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Mission Church to hold Christmas Masses, caroling

December 12, 2014
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Mission Church, a Catholic basilica, will hold several Christmas Masses and a Christmas Eve caroling event. On Christmas Eve, Wed., Dec. 24, at 4 p.m., the church hosts a family Mass featuring students telling the Nativity narrative. At 11:30 p.m. that night, the church hosts caroling by candlelight, followed by a midnight Mass. On...

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Park renovation gets funding boost

December 12, 2014
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The City has received approval for a grant that will boost the budget for the McLaughlin Park renovation by more than $150,000, according to Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) project manager Allison Perlman. Meanwhile, the final design plan for the renovation of McLaughlin Park, which is located between Parker Hill and Fisher avenues...

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Parker Hill Ave. developer working on parking solution

December 12, 2014
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The proposed renovation project at 70 Parker Hill Ave. that would turn the former commercial building into 46 residential units will probably not go before the Boston Redevelopment Authority board anytime soon, as the developer works on the community’s concern over parking, according to BRA spokesperson Nick Martin. The building at 70 Parker Hill...

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Why a man is giving away novels at Northeastern

December 12, 2014
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By Emily Huizenga/Special to the Gazette There’s a man on the corner, and he wants to give you something. It’s not a Greenpeace pamphlet, and it’s not a pocket-sized New Testament. It’s a multimedia storytelling project: a novel with a corresponding CD and artwork. It’s not political and it’s not religious, but it is—suspiciously—free....

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Nonprofit developers hope to build 40 units on Heath St. parcels

December 12, 2014
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Two nonprofit developers specializing in affordable housing—the Back of the Hill Community Development Corporation and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation—are proposing to develop about 40 housing units in a four-story building on City-owned parcels on Heath Street. The two organizations—which previously co-developed the Back of the Hill housing— hosted two community meetings this...

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New England Baptist Hospital IMP expected soon

December 12, 2014
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New England Baptist Hospital is expected to file its Institutional Master Plan (IMP) with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) in February, following a community task force meeting next month. An IMP is a comprehensive development plan that describes an institution’s existing facilities, long-range planning goals and proposed projects. A new IMP must be filed...

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BWH performs double arm transplant

December 12, 2014
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Brigham and Women’s Hosptial doctors attach one of the donor arms to Will Lautzenheiser during October surgery. (Photo by Lightchaser Photography)

A man who lost his limbs to an infection received two new arms in a remarkable transplant operation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in October. Will Lautzenheiser, 40, lost all four limbs to a bacterial infection that nearly killed him in 2011. Lautzenheiser is a former professor of film production and screenwriting at...

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BLC director one of eight City workers forced out

December 12, 2014
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The City has ended the employment of eight workers, including executive director of the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) Ellen Lipsey, according to Mayor’s Office spokesperson Kate Norton. The BLC has played a prominent role in the Mission Hill area, putting landmark designations on such buildings as the Isabella Stewart Garner Museum and the Parker...

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MassArt community arts program to host open house

December 12, 2014
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MassArt community arts program to host open house

The Center for Art and Community Partnerships (CACP) at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) will host a holiday open house on Fri., Dec. 12 to kick off the celebration of CACP’s 10th anniversary. CACP oversees “sparc! the ArtMobile” and other community art programs that go out into the community. CACP works with...

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Centennial Park

December 12, 2014
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Centennial Park

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Hill Agenda, Dec. 12, 2014

December 12, 2014
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The deadline for Hill Agenda listings is noon, Jan. 6 for the Jan. 9 issue. Email listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Mission Hill Health Movement annual meeting, Thurs., Dec. 18, 6pm, 1534 Tremont St. Info: maggiecohn@mhhm.org/427-6919. Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services...

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Honor For Dukakis

December 12, 2014
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Honor For Dukakis

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Participacion, Dec. 12, 2014

December 12, 2014
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El plazo para la sección de Participación es al mediodía el 6 de enero para la edición del 9 de enero. Escriba a: news@missionhillgazette.com. Note que los números telefónicos empiezan con 617, a menos que diga otro código de área.           Reuniones Comité sobre la delincuencia en Mission Hill, ven y habla sobre los...

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Editorial: Saying no to a Boston Olympics

December 12, 2014
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The prospect of living alongside thousands of journalists might be enough to make anyone oppose a Boston Olympics bid. But there are many serious reasons that we take the unusual step of urging Mission Hill to join grassroots opponents of the Boston 2024 scheme. It is rare that we advise saying “absolutely no” to...

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Editorial: Welcoming our new librarian

December 12, 2014
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It is a pleasure, even in this digital age, to welcome a new librarian to the neighborhood. The Parker Hill Branch is a keystone of Mission Hill’s community and self-improvement. We welcome Katrina Morse as the new branch librarian, and we are encouraged by her enthusiastic ideas for engaging with students and other young...

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Editorial: Happy holidays

December 12, 2014
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With the holidays here and the official start of winter on the way, we hope you enjoy this unique time of celebration and reflection. (And we hope you remember Mayor Walsh’s suggestion to shop local, too.) Hanukkah, the Jewish commemoration of the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, arrives Dec. 16. On Christmas,...

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Obituary: Bishop Joseph F. Maguire, Mission Church Parish native

December 12, 2014
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Obituary: Bishop Joseph F. Maguire, Mission Church Parish native

By Patrick E. O’Connor/Special to the Gazette Retired Bishop of Springfield Joseph F. Maguire died on Nov. 30 at the rectory of St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield. He was 95 and almost 70 years a priest. He was born in Roxbury in the Mission Church Parish on Sept. 4, 1919. At St. Columbkille High...

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Hill Happenings

December 12, 2014
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When I attended Mission High School in the mid-’60s, the school had some terrific educators, one of whom was Tom McManus. Tom, a1954 graduate, became a prominent attorney after his teaching stint at Mission High. Chatting with Tom last month, he told me several interesting stories, starting with his foray into teaching. “I had...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

December 12, 2014
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What’s Happening on Main Streets

O come, all ye faithful. Holiday shopping on Main Streets takes on a different emphasis with Mayor Marty Walsh promoting the #5onMain Challenge. I’ll confess that last month I might have gone overboard editorializing about the importance of shopping locally. (My wife often tells me that washed-up politicos tend to pontificate…She’s right…She’s always right!)...

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Police alert: 3 armed robberies in 1 night on Hill

November 25, 2014
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Three separate armed robberies happened within 15 minutes on Mission Hill streets on Nov. 23, according to a Boston Police Department alert. In all three cases, a male victim was robbed at gunpoint by a man who demanded cash only. The robberies apparently occurred in the 9 p.m. hour on Fisher Avenue and Alleghany and...

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