FinComm investigates school move

December 21, 2011
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Updated The Boston Finance Commission (FinComm) is investigating Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) funding of a plan to open two new schools in the former Agassiz School building. “We are going to look at how the funding decisions were made and whether there is enough money for the renovations,” FinComm Director Matt Cahill said. BPS...

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School move fight continues

December 9, 2011
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Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) plan to move the Mission Hill K-8 School to Jamaica Plain was approved by the school committee Nov. 15. But opposition remains strong among parents, advocates and neighborhood residents. Fenway High School, which is scheduled to move into Mission Hill K-8 and New Mission High School’s current building at 67...

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Vandalism payback fund starts up

December 9, 2011
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A new $5,000 fund will pay Mission Hill residents back for vandalism to their property. The “restitution fund” is being paid for solely by local colleges. But there is dispute over whether it is an admission by the colleges that some of their students are vandals—including in cases where no suspect is caught. “The...

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Van-Tastic

December 9, 2011
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Van-Tastic

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Holidays in the Hospital

December 9, 2011
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While most people celebrate the holiday season with family and friends, some are restricted to a hospital room. Many hospitals—like the Longwood Medical Area’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC)—take matters into their own hands in trying to create a festive atmosphere in the midst of beds and...

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2,012 en la mira

December 9, 2011
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Es la hora del ejercicio adelantado por las posibilidades del nuevo año que se avecina. Pero para esto no necesitamos magia ni adivinanza, sino, simplemente, revisar lo que ya está anunciado, o se ha tomado decisión en reuniones oficialistas o comunitarias. Naturalmente, y la primera de ellas, es lo que se espera políticamente como...

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NU dorm approved by the state

December 9, 2011
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Lawsuit still pending Northeastern University (NU) and the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) have signed an agreement that would allow the university to proceed with its months-stalled GrandMarc dorm project at the YMCA on Huntington Avenue. Meanwhile, plaintiffs in two lawsuits that were dismissed in October have begun the appeal process in hopes of delaying...

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NU to sell low-income building

December 9, 2011
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Northeastern University (NU) has decided to sell the St. Botolph Apartments, a building for the low-income elderly and disabled at 351-367 Massachusetts Ave. The residences will remain affordably priced after the sale. John Tobin, NU’s vice president of city and community affairs, told the Gazette that the property has not yet been listed, but...

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Ross might leave Hill, run for Congress

December 9, 2011
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City Councilor Mike Ross is considering a run to replace retiring Congressman Barney Frank—a move that would require him to move out of Boston and into the 4th Congressional District. “People asked me if I was looking at it and I said, ‘Yeah, I am looking at it,’” Ross said of recent media reports...

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Hill could change council districts

December 9, 2011
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Dueling plans for Boston’s City Council Districts are battling over whether or not to move Mission Hill into a new district. One, proposed by City Councilor Bill Linehan, who heads the City Council’s Committee on the Census and Redistricting, would put much of Mission Hill in Jamaica Plain’s District 6. That plan would set...

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Schools to keep local names after moves

December 9, 2011
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Despite plans to move the Mission Hill K-8 School out of Mission Hill and move Fenway High School to the Hill, those schools will likely retain their names, Boston Public Schools spokesperson Matt Wilder told the Gazette. He said that name changes for the schools will not be considered for the schools, unless their...

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Participación

December 9, 2011
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Su Material. Considere quesu material para ser publicado en esta sección debe llegar con tiempo: Mínimo el martes antes del viernes de la publicción de esta edición. Si usa internet, eníe sus documentos a: news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Primera publicación del 2,012 será el 13 de enero. Fiestas Deseo. Ya llega el momento más especial del año...

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Breakthrough! Recent research from the LMA

December 9, 2011
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A vaccine 100X’s stronger  Vaccines for such diseases as meningitis could be 100 times stronger thanks to a discovery by Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers. Many vaccines contain both proteins and carbohydrates, or sugars. It was long assumed that only the protein part made people immune when they were treated with the vaccine. But...

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Savoring the Moment

December 9, 2011
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Savoring the Moment

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Health careers school to move here

December 9, 2011
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The Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers (EKA), a unique Boston Public Schools charter high school—is scheduled to move into the former Farragut School building next year. The school’s 9th and 10th grade classes will move into the building at 10 Fenwood Rd. The school’s upper-grade classes will remain at its current location...

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Museum could become landmark

December 9, 2011
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  LMA—The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum could become an official Boston landmark just in time for its grand reopening in January. That would be exactly four years after Mission Hill activists sought the landmark status to block the museum’s massive expansion. The art museum at 280 The Fenway is closed until Jan. 19, when...

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Senior housing project nets grant

December 9, 2011
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Construction still not scheduled A senior housing project planned for Roxbury Crossing has scored crucial funding but is still not slated for construction. A Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services (MHNHS) project for 40 units of low-income senior housing in Roxbury Crossing was awarded $6.2 million in grants from the federal Department of Housing and...

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Pipe bombs found in Mission Park

December 9, 2011
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A man was arrested Nov. 21 for allegedly setting off a pipe bomb and having another one ready to be lit in the Mission Park housing development. Alex Wan, 22, was arrested after a fire alarm went off at 11 New Whitney St. The Boston Police Bomb Squad found two silver pipe bombs, one...

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Great Debates

December 9, 2011
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Great Debates

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What’s Up, Dec. 9-Jan. 12

December 9, 2011
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The deadline for What’s Up listings is noon, Jan. 10 for the Jan.13  issue. Email listings to news@missionhillgazette.com. Meetings          Community Alliance of Mission Hill meets at least quarterly, Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Ave. Kresge Building, Room G-2. Info: RJohnson@camhonline.org.          Mission Hill Crime Committee, no December meeting. A chance to...

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Editorial: The ways of winter

December 9, 2011
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As of this writing, we have dodged any snowfall this season. (Well, not counting that ridiculous outburst back in October.) But we can’t fool ourselves. Winter is on the way. It comes on Dec. 22, the longest night of the year. Cold and ice are practically guaranteed in these parts. Such things are certainties...

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Op-Ed: The Christmas Light

December 9, 2011
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By Rev. Raymond Collins Special to the Gazette Our celebration of Christmas each year abounds in symbols: angels, Christmas trees, bells, shepherds, lights and many more that vie for our attention. I would like to focus on “light” as a symbol for this reflection, as many preachers will be proclaiming during Christmas and through...

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Letter: School move leaves kids behind

December 9, 2011
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The Boston Public Schools facilities plan proposed by Superintendent Carol Johnson on Oct. 24 and approved on Nov. 15 by the Boston School Committee moves the Mission Hill elementary school to Jamaica Plain, taking a high-quality, highly-selected K-8 to another assignment zone. It’s like musical chairs for the six pilot schools involved in the...

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Hill Happenings

December 9, 2011
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Hill Happenings

I’m proud of my Mission Hill neighbor, Patrick Loughran, a cardiac intensive care nurse at Children’s Hospital. Patrick spent the first two weeks of November in Ghana, Africa providing medical care and tutoring to the world’s poorest. A team of 20 doctors and nurses from Children’s and Mass. General Hospital provided care for children...

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