Senator’s father faces Mars rocket debate

July 11, 2014
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While local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz has an electoral challenge this fall, her astronaut father faces a debate of his own—over his plans for a rocket to travel to Mars. Dr. Franklin Chang-Díaz is a former Space Shuttle astronaut who tied the record for most spaceflights at seven. He teaches physics and astronomy at...

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Gardner opens its doors for community nights

July 11, 2014
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The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is opening its doors to the community this summer with a series of free music and art-filled “Neighborhood Nights.” July 24’s theme will be “Fiesta: World of Ideas” and Aug. 7’s will be “Earth Actually!” This is the Gardner’s 12th year offering free, family-friendly open “Neighborhood Nights.” The “Fiesta”...

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Artists to exhibit ‘rooms’ of creativity

July 11, 2014
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Artists to exhibit ‘rooms’ of creativity

The Mission Hill Artists Collective will present “A Room of Your Own,” a community art exhibit inspired by writer Virginia Woolf, at the Parker Hill Branch library in November. Community members will display 14-by-14-by-7-inch “rooms,” decorated in whatever way they feel supports their creativity. The title of the exhibition is taken from Woolf’s 1929...

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2-alarm fire displaces 10

July 11, 2014
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2-alarm fire displaces 10

The Boston Fire Department (BFD) fought a two-alarm fire Monday June 30 at 27 and 29 Wigglesworth St. that displaced 10 people, according to the BFD Twitter feed. The fire caused in estimated $500,000 to six apartments located near Brigham Circle. Fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire.

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Cardinal Mass

July 11, 2014
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Cardinal Mass

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Hill Agenda, July 11-Aug. 7, 2014

July 11, 2014
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The deadline for Hill Agenda listings is noon, Aug. 5 for the Aug. 8 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 community meeting, to discuss Nick Guertin’s winning submission to the Boston Public Space Invitational Contest for...

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Participación, July 11-Aug. 7, 2014

July 11, 2014
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La entrega para la sección de Participación es mediodía el 5 de agosto para la edición 8 de agosto. Escribir news@missionhillgazette.com. Note: Todos los números tiene 617, a menos que dice otro número.           Reuniones Reunión comunitaria de Mission Hill Main Streets, para hablar sobre los bancos en Huntington Avenue, el idea del ganador...

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Editorial: Parcel 25

July 11, 2014
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Progress on the redevelopment of Parcel 25 is good news. This project will transform the streetscape in Roxbury Crossing at a literally crucial spot where the MBTA, the Southwest Corridor Park and Columbus Avenue tie into Mission Hill. Now a vacant lot, it will become a model of community-minded, transit-oriented development. Thanks to Mission...

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Editorial: The Great Charter

July 11, 2014
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The display of the Magna Carta, along with the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, at the Museum of Fine Arts is a wonderful opportunity to discover the basis of modern civil liberties and to reflect on these often praised yet little-read documents. The Magna Carta did nothing for commoners and is largely...

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Editorial: Main Streets awards

July 11, 2014
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Congratulations to the deserving winners of the Mission Hill Main Streets awards—including our own incomparable Mossy Martin. And congratulations to Mission Hill for having such an effective Main Streets organization. It is impressive that the neighborhood got the attention of the likes of the BRA director and the Boston housing chief. We’re fortunate to...

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Hill Happenings

July 11, 2014
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The Mission High School Class of ’64 held their 50th reunion last month at the Holiday Inn in Dedham. The Mission High principal back in those salad days was Brother Conal, and the celebrants were thrilled to reunite with the Man, who is now 85. Brother Conal was a strict disciplinarian. As a freshman,...

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Sociedad Latina hosts Thursday events

July 11, 2014
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Sociedad Latina, a youth-oriented organization based on Mission Hill, is hosting a series of events every Thursday in July and September at Sheehy Park, according to a press release. Sheehy Park is located next to Mission Church at 1545 Tremont St. The World Cup might be ending this Sunday, but Sociedad Latina will look...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

July 11, 2014
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The torrential downpour on June 10 did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm or attendance at the Mission Hill Main Streets Awards Night at the Parkman House. The Beacon Hill mansion’s lavish setting was a perfect backdrop to venerate some of the wonderful people and institutions responsible for such a nifty neighborhood. I think Senate...

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Police spies tracked NU’s Occupy events

June 13, 2014
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A controversial Boston Police spy agency tracked Northeastern University students’ involvement in the Occupy Boston movement, as well as academic events the spies admitted were not related to Occupy at all, recently released secret documents reveal. The Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) documents, dating to 2011, show a spy agency obsessed with anything it...

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All Aboard

June 13, 2014
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All Aboard

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Audit: Local VA hospital wait times within range

June 13, 2014
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In the wake of a national Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) wait list scandal that led to patient deaths, a federal audit shows the local VA hospital at 150 S. Huntington Ave. manages to schedule appointments for local veterans within 30 days 99 percent of the time. But first-time patients have a significantly longer...

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City wants church developer to act quickly

June 13, 2014
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The City and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) want the developer of the long-stalled redevelopment of the Mission Church property along Smith Street to “act responsibly and expeditiously to fulfill their obligation to the neighborhood,” according to BRA spokesperson Nick Martin. The developer, Weston Associates, did not respond to Gazette requests for comment. Meanwhile,...

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Liga menor recibe nuevo equipo deportivo

June 13, 2014
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Liga menor recibe nuevo equipo deportivo

Los jugadores de la liga menor de Mission Hill (MHLL) están jugando esta temporada con estilo, gracias a una donación de pelotas, bates, cascos y guantes de béisbol procedente de Kids Gear for Baseball, una organización sin fin de lucro mantenida por dos jóvenes. “Les interesa a estos jóvenes ayudar a las comunidades en...

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Three designs presented for park renovation

June 13, 2014
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The Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) presented three different designs for the renovation of McLaughlin Park during a May 27 community meeting, according to BPRD project manager Allison Perlman. Attendees favored a design that would place a new walking path along the eastern and southern portion of the upper terrace. McLaughlin Park, which...

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MFA creates ‘cabinet of curiosities’

June 13, 2014
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MFA creates ‘cabinet of curiosities’

The new Kunstkammer Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), created to display small “curios,” was created from part of a coat room. A Kunstkammer, or “cabinet of curiosities,” is a small room containing unusual natural items or art objects that came into fashion with nobility across Europe in the 17th century, according...

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Tremont St. project approved by BRA

June 13, 2014
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The mixed-use project at 1467 Tremont St. was approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) last month. The new mixed-use, 4-story building will have 18 units of housing and approximately 1,800 square feet of ground-floor retail space for a total of 16,500 square feet. It also would have 12 motor vehicle parking spaces and...

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Developer of Art Park site collects more input

June 13, 2014
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Sebastian Mariscal Studio, Inc. (SMS), the developer of the Art Park site, held a community meeting last month at the Roxbury Community College to collect more input from the public about art and green space at the proposed redevelopment. Views expressed by attendees ranged from the general to the specific, including a request to...

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Renovation of school building delayed

June 13, 2014
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Renovation of school building delayed

The completion of the renovated 67 Alleghany St. school building has been delayed until fall 2015, when Fenway High School will move into it. Boston Public Schools (BPS) had previously told the Gazette it would be ready for fall 2014. BPS did not respond to a request for comment. The Gazette first learned of...

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Hill’s parklet installed in Roslindale

June 13, 2014
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Hill’s parklet installed in Roslindale

Following controversy between its partner businesses, the parklet created by the City for Mission Hill, and with the Hill’s design input, was installed in Roslindale Village last week instead of returning to the Tremont Street spot it had last year. A parklet is a small, semi-permanent public space that resembles a deck, created from...

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