NEU dorm has no more hurdles

June 3, 2011
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Demolition slated for this month After months of petitions and community meetings, the GrandMarc at Northeastern dormitory project, to be located at the YMCA building at 316 Huntington Ave., has no more hurdles after the 90-day demolition delay period expires on June 7. Demolition of part of the Y is scheduled to start at...

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4 Concejales at-large confirmados pa’Nov.

June 3, 2011
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By Andy Zagastizábal Special to the Gazette   Aqui hay un adelanto que lanzamos en exclusiva: No habrá elecciones preliminares para los puestos at-large, al igual que en los distritos 6 y 8 que corresponden a las áreas de influencia de Mission Hill y Jamaica Plain. Las oficinas del Departamento de Elecciones de Boston...

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Restoring History, Step by Step

June 3, 2011
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Restoring History, Step by Step

Fixes coming to Hill’s walls and stairs After years of attempts and failures, the historic walls and steps of Mission Hill are finally getting a little recognition and restoration. These low stone walls and cement steps include the Sachem Street wall, the Delle Avenue wall, the Pontiac Street wall, the Wait Street steps and...

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Train track repair to last three noisy months

June 3, 2011
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Giant machines will tear up and replace the Southwest Corridor’s commuter and Amtrak railroad tracks through Mission Hill in three months of overnight work starting June 11. The work will not affect the MBTA’s Orange Line subway, but it will cause significant schedule changes to commuter rail. And the work may well mean a...

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Gas lamps to turn off by day

June 3, 2011
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After decades of shining a perpetual, 24-hour-a-day light, City of Boston gas lamps will soon turn off during the day, Bryan Glascock, head of the City’s Environment Department told the Gazette. Glascock told the Gazette that the city this year plans to begin installing automatic shut-offs run by sunlight-detecting photo cells on the gas...

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LEDs hit the streets

June 3, 2011
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Boston’s most wasteful streetlights are being systematically replaced by ultra-efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs)—casting a new light on neighborhoods across the city, including Mission Hill. About 18,000 of the 68,000 streetlights in the city are powered by mercury vapor, the least energy-efficient technology in common use, said Bryan Glascock, head of the city’s Environment Department....

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Construction date for 800 Huntington Ave. set

June 3, 2011
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Construction at 800 Huntington Ave., the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary’s (MEEI) new facility, is due to start by July 1. MEEI would be the tenant of the building being developed by The Beal Companies. Beal is planning to expand the existing two-story structure by adding a garage adjacent to the building and erecting...

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Emmanuel College to present expansion plans

June 3, 2011
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Emmanuel College will present its development plans for the next decade at this month’s Longwood Medical Area (LMA) Forum. Those plans include a new residence hall and more academic space, said Sarah Welsh, Emmanuel’s vice president for government and community relations. “We’re not re-inventing anything here,” Welsh said. “We’re hoping to build on the...

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Seven running for At-Large seats

June 3, 2011
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Ross unopposed Seven potential candidates turned in election papers to get their names on the ballot for this fall’s citywide At-Large City Council race. In Mission Hill’s District 8, incumbent City Councilor Mike Ross is the only one who turned in papers by the May 24 deadline, so his name is the only one...

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Savant Project closes

June 3, 2011
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The popular bar and restaurant the Savant Project at 1625 Tremont St. closed its doors for good May 22, ending a four-year run. Savant Project proprietor Benny Kraines was not available for comment. Mission Hill Main Streets staffer Barry Twomey told the Gazette the restaurant will be missed. “It was an interesting place. It...

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Hill streets inspire local writer

June 3, 2011
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Immigration, gang violence, sexuality and racism are among the issues Roxbury Community College professor and author Ken Tangvik confronts the reality of urban youth and young adulthood head on in his new collection of short stories “Don’t Mess with Tanya: Stories Emerging from Boston’s Barrios.” One of the stories in the book, “Mission Hill...

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Food fest makes healthy eating fun

June 3, 2011
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Healthy eating is still fun eating, as the first annual Healthy Mission Hill Food Festival on June 18 will set out to demonstrate. The fest will showcase healthy food options from such local restaurants as Lilly’s Gourmet Pasta Express, Mama’s Place and Flann O’Briens, along with fresh produce from local farmers. There will also...

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Group seeks hospital soda ban

June 3, 2011
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LONGWOOD MEDICAL AREA—Local medical institutions should pledge to stop selling soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks in their buildings, says the youth organization Sociedad Latina. At least a few Longwood Medical Area (LMA) hospitals have agreed to cut back on the sweet drinks, which are linked—sometimes by LMA institutions’ own research—with obesity and other health...

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Insurer boots LMA hospitals from plan

June 3, 2011
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Network Health, one of five health insurance companies that provides coverage under the state’s subsidized Commonwealth Care health insurance plan, is moving to drastically cut costs next year by cutting hospitals from its network—including many in the Longwood Medical Area (LMA). It is likely that the only local hospital people with Network Health Forward...

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Teen quintet to play with Pops

June 3, 2011
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Teen quintet to play with Pops

A Boston Latin student just played with the Boston Pops—again. Ian Haines, along with his four bandmates, Edsuvani Maisonet, Mathilde Montpetit, Matthew Pitts and Warren Thompson —all students at Boston Latin—won the Fidelity Future Stage Competition in Boston and the great opportunity along with it. “I thought playing with the Pops last year was...

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What’s Up

June 3, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for What’s Up listings is noon, July 11 for the July 15 issue. E-mail listings to news@missionhillgazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Route 66 bus improvements meeting, hosted by MBTA, Thurs., June 23, 6:30-8pm, Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont St....

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Hill Happenings

June 3, 2011
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By Maurice “Mossy” Martin Special to the Gazette   Condolences to the family of Dave O’Connor, a World War II veteran and a Mission Hill icon, who passed away May 5 in Sarasota, Fla., at 86. Dave, a Mission High School graduate, was a Pearl Harbor survivor who served in the U.S. Navy. He...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

    By Richard Rouse and Barry Twomey Special to the Gazette   Green begins with clean Mission Hill Main Streets sponsors a poster design contest open to Mission Hill seventh-graders. This year’s theme is “Stop Littering in Mission Hill.” Two finalists have been selected. They are Angellize Rivera of the Tobin School and...

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