Coakley, Baker take nod for gov.’s race; Chang-Díaz wins

October 3, 2014
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Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker will face each other in the gubernatorial race in the November general election after winning their respective party’s nomination in the Sept. 9 state’s primary election. Meanwhile, in the only competitive local election, state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz (2nd Suffolk District) easily captured the Democratic nomination for her...

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Latin School alum graduates War College

October 3, 2014
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Lt. Col. Matthew A. Ritchie has graduated from the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, Pa., and earned a master’s degree in strategic studies. The college is the Army’s senior educational institution. The 10-month curriculum of the Army’s senior officer school is designed to prepare and train officers of all the U.S....

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$20 million renovation for Ruggles Station

October 3, 2014
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The Ruggles T Station is slated for a $20 million renovation that will use federal funds to construct a new 800-foot commuter rail platform, according to a press release. Construction is expected to start in fall 2015 and last two years. Ruggles Station, located at Ruggles and Tremont streets, currently has only two platforms....

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6 Hill properties make City’s ‘distressed’ list

October 3, 2014
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Six Mission Hill properties have made the City’s annual list of vacant and “distressed” properties. The City’s 2013 “Distressed Buildings Report,” compiled by the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND), actually lists those six properties as being in Jamaica Plain. But that is wrong because DND continues to use an incorrect map of Boston neighborhoods...

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Report: Health care, education dominate local economy

October 3, 2014
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Mission Hill’s business economy is dominated by its health care and educational institutions, according to a new business report by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). Released by the BRA in August, “Boston’s Neighborhood Business Patterns” offers statistics on the local economies of various neighborhoods. It does not list Mission Hill as its own neighborhood,...

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Goya retrospective comes to MFA

October 3, 2014
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Goya retrospective comes to MFA

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) will host the largest retrospective of Spanish artist Francisco Goya’s works in America in 25 years starting Oct. 12. “Goya: Order and Disorder” will feature more than 160 paintings, prints and drawings. Goya lived from 1746 to 1848. He was court painter for four successive rulers of...

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Best of Mission Hill 2014 Winners

October 3, 2014
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The following are the “Best of Mission Hill” as chosen by Gazette readers. In the fourth annual reader survey, most categories had many nominees, especially “Friendliest Business.” Best Place To…   Enjoy live entertainment Flann O’Brien’s   See art Museum of Fine Arts, Boston   Work Stop & Shop   Consumer Favorites   Friendliest...

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Heath St. parcel RFP due soon

October 3, 2014
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A request for proposals (RFP) to redevelop 10 City-owned parcels along Heath Street will likely be issued next week, an adjustment of the originally announced deadline for the end of August, John Feuerbach, City’s Department of Neighborhood Development senior development officer for housing, told the Gazette. The project’s development guidelines, however, have been completed....

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MFA presents ancient Greece in new light

October 3, 2014
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MFA presents ancient Greece in new light

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is highlighting its freshly reorganized ancient Greek collection in new galleries. The galleries opened Sept. 16 and showcase 230 works, focusing on three themes: “Homer and the Epics,” “Dionysos and the Symposium” and “Theater and Performance.” The works, primarily from the 6th to the 4th century B.C.,...

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Fresh Cut

October 3, 2014
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Fresh Cut

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JP group: Developer is fulfilling lawsuit path promise

October 3, 2014
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The developers of a large apartment project at 161 S. Huntington Ave. are “drawing up plans” for a pedestrian path as agreed to in a lawsuit settlement, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) member Kevin Moloney has told the Gazette. The path would connect S. Huntington Avenue and the Jamaicaway as a mitigation of the...

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Simmons prof pens book on yoga and trauma healing

October 3, 2014
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Simmons prof pens book on yoga and trauma healing

When Simmons College professor Becky Thompson began training to become a yoga teacher, she said, she would hear whispers in the hallways and after sessions about people suffering from depression, loss, sexual abuse and other traumas. The traumas always seemed to be talked about in the background. That pushed her to co-lead a workshop...

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Hill Agenda, Oct. 3, 2014

October 3, 2014
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The deadline for Hill Agenda listings is noon, Nov. 11 for the Nov. 14 issue. Email listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings 70 Parker Hill Ave. renovation, Boston Redevelopment Authority-hosted meeting on apartment renovation proposed by Jamaica View LLC and GVW Incorporated,...

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Community Alliance has new leader

October 3, 2014
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New Jersey native Chad Rosner was elected the new president of the Community Alliance of Mission Hill (CAMH) during a Sept. 17 meeting, after former leader Jessica Casey moved out of the city. Rosner moved to Mission Hill in 2001 while a student at Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) in 2001, he told the...

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Participación, Oct. 3, 2014

October 3, 2014
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El plazo para la sección de Participación es al mediodía el 11 de noviembre para la edición del 14 de noviembre. Escriba a: news@missionhillgazette.com. Note que los números telefónicos empiezan con 617, a menos que diga otro código de área.           Reuniones Renovaciones de 70 Parker Hill Ave., reunión presentada por Boston Redevelopment Authority...

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Editorial: The Best of Mission Hill

October 3, 2014
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Congratulations to the winners of this year’s “Best of Mission Hill” Gazette reader survey. Once again, we marvel at how many outstanding choices residents have in this great neighborhood. Such “best-of” businesses as Mike’s Donuts have not only have served the community for decades. They also act as social anchors, where people can meet...

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Editorial: DND must fix its map

October 3, 2014
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The City’s Department of Neighborhood Development must stop using its incorrect neighborhood map to analyze data. One might think it goes without saying that a City department should not knowingly use deliberately incorrect information. Alas, it does not. We had to say it over and over until the Boston Redevelopment Authority, which first created...

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Letter: Problems with MassArt students? Let us know.

October 3, 2014
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Dear Mission Hill Neighbors: Students from Massachusetts College of Art and Design once again have settled into residence halls and apartments around the neighborhood. We’re writing today to let you know that MassArt takes seriously its commitment to helping students become responsible members of their communities. Our expectation of student behavior is the same...

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Hill Happenings

October 3, 2014
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Hill Happenings

A multitude of Mission Hill fans were among the large crowd who attended the Xaverian High School-Everett High football game on a pleasant Saturday afternoon last month in Westwood. The allure was rugged fullback Kenny Kern, from the Mission Hill Kern kinfold. Xaverian, perhaps the best football team in the state, was victorious 21-14,...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

October 3, 2014
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The fences came down, revealing trees nut-browned, Thy trucks have soon gone, all she lacks is renowned. Why have I succumbed to the joys of composing (bad) poetry? I’m delighted to have witnessed the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Thea and James M. Stoneman Centennial Park at Brigham Circle on Sept. 22,  and a return...

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Suspect sought in street attack on woman

September 5, 2014
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An image of the suspect in the Sept. 4 attack on a woman on Huntington Avenue. (Photo Courtesy Boston Police Department)

A woman was attacked early yesterday morning around 578 Huntington Ave. by a man who choked her and dragged her down an alley before a security guard scared him away, according to the Boston Police Department. According to BPD, the woman was attacked around 4:21 a.m. while walking home from work. The attacker approached her...

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State primary election slated for Sept. 9

September 5, 2014
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Mission Hill voters will head to the polls on Sept. 9 for the state’s primary election. They will help decide who will garner the Democratic and Republican nominations for several races, including for the Governor’s Office. Local state elected officials face little or no competition in the election. State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz (2nd Suffolk...

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Bike Winner

September 5, 2014
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Bike Winner

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MassArt president resigns; interim named

September 5, 2014
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Former MassArt President Dawn Barrett. (Gazette File Photo)

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) President Dawn Barrett resigned her position last month for personal reasons. Executive Vice President Kurt Steinberg is serving as acting president. Barrett had led MassArt since 2011. “I am grateful for having had the opportunity to serve as the 11th president of this institution, and to lead...

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