Participación, Nov. 11-Dec. 8

November 11, 2011
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Educa Economía, Teach In on the Economy, es el nombre del seminario que se dictará en  Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Este domingo 13, 9am-4pm, Northeastern University Blackman Auditorium, 342 Huntington Ave. Se anuncian especialistas como  Barry Bluestone, Chuck Collins, Michael Dukakis, Bob Kuttner y otros. Astronomía. MIT ofrece la oportunidad...

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Golf for a cure

November 11, 2011
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Golf for a cure

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Student brokers find off-campus homes for peers

November 11, 2011
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College students—including some at Northeastern University—will act as real estate brokers for their fellow students, finding them off-campus apartments, in a new program from a Back Bay firm. The Student Housing Ambassador Program (SHAG) is the invention of New Wave Boston Real Estate. It trains students to become independent, licensed real estate brokers. “Instead...

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Mass Mental new buildings open first

November 11, 2011
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Eight years, almost to the day, after the Massachusetts Mental Health Center closed the doors at its Fenwood Road site, the center opened two new buildings near the site Nov. 7. Construction of the two new buildings—at 20 Vining St and 75 Fenwood Road—was funded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) as part of...

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What’s Up, Nov. 11-Dec. 8

November 11, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for What’s Up listings is noon, Dec. 6 for the Dec. 9 issue. Email listings to news@missionhillgazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings          Boston City Council Public Meeting, on the creation of a new Fenway Cultural District. Breakfast provided, Mon.,...

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Editorial: Schools moving too fast

November 11, 2011
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If only Boston Public Schools buses moved as quickly as BPS’s school-swapping plan. In a typical City of Boston process, Mission Hill is poised to lose two namesake schools in a surprise move with a rushed deadline that just happens to coincide with potentially skeptical city councilors distracted by Election Day. It is unacceptable...

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Editorial: City Council, heal thyself

November 11, 2011
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A great way to get more public input is for the freshly elected Boston City Council to give itself some power. During the last City Council election two years ago, empowerment was all the rage. There was talk of a charter commission to review the current few-checks-and-no-balances form of city government. Virtually every candidate...

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Editorial: Giving thanks

November 11, 2011
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Thanks will be in the air this month, as today is Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving less than two weeks away. It is a good time to pause and reflect at the veterans memorials in Brigham Circle and on Northeastern University’s campus rather than just walking by. As veterans come home from Iraq, Afghanistan and...

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Hill Happenings

November 11, 2011
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Hill Happenings

More than 200 folks welcomed home local solider Lt. Col. George Rollins last month at the McKeon Post in Dorchester, commemorating his return from a 10-month tour in Afghanistan. George, a Mission High man and a West Point graduate, spoke passionately about being thrilled to be home and about the death of his comrades...

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Tower work to start in 2013

November 11, 2011
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Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Roxbury Tenants of Harvard (RTH) plan to start construction on two huge towers at the former site of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center in 2013, BWH and RTH officials indicated this week. In January 2010, the development team—which also includes Mass Mental—got Boston Redevelopment Authority approval to level...

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Breakthrough! Recent research from the LMA

November 11, 2011
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First Words for Autistic Kids Singing-based therapy can help children with autism who do not speak to say their first words, a study by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) researchers suggests. BIDMC’s Music and Neuroimaging Laboratory tested a treatment called Auditory-Motor Mapping Training on six autistic children in an eight-week program. The treatment...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

November 11, 2011
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What’s Happening on Main Streets

         Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday because of its focus on being grateful for our many blessings. We should do it more often. Each day, I appreciate the many kindnesses bestowed on Main Streets and me by the people of Mission Hill.          Special thanks go out to the hundreds of...

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Incumbents win City Council races

November 9, 2011
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The incumbent candidates won all of the at-large and local district Boston City Council seats in today’s election. In the at-large race, Felix Arroyo, John Connolly, Steve Murphy and Ayanna Pressley retained their seats. Challenger Michael Flaherty finished a close fifth in the balloting. Will Dorcena and Sean Ryan finished far behind. Incumbent Councilor...

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Veggie food fest draws crowds

November 1, 2011
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Veggie food fest draws crowds

By Helen Hood Special to the Gazette   The sign on the door read “No Food in Gym,” but no one paid any attention. The rules were temporarily suspended at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center Oct. 29-30 for the plant-based extravaganza that is the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival. Now in its 16th year, the...

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Hill could see school shuffle

October 26, 2011
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Updated Mission Hill could lose its namesake K-8 school and New Mission High—which currently share a building at 67 Alleghany St.—and get two new schools under a “2012 Facilities Plan” announced by Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Carol Johnson last month. BPS plans to host a community meeting to discuss the changes Sat., Nov....

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NEU suits dismissed, but questions linger

October 14, 2011
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The two lawsuits filed against Northeastern University’s (NEU) Huntington Avenue dormitory project have been dismissed due to lack of standing. But Judge Carol Ball, who heard both suits, noted in one of the rulings that “the plaintiff raises a number of troubling questions in her opposition” about the role the City of Boston Zoning...

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City Council election is Nov. 8

October 14, 2011
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The citywide, At-Large City Council race is the most contested in this year’s Boston City Council election Nov. 8. Seven candidates are running in that race. The incumbents are: Felix Arroyo (felixarroyo.com); John Connolly (connollyforboston.com); Steve Murphy (stephenjmurphy.com); and Ayanna Pressley (ayannapressley.com). The challengers are: William Dorcena (www.willdorcena.com); Michael Flaherty (michaelflaherty.com); and Sean Ryan...

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350 run in MH Road Race

October 14, 2011
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About 350 runners competed in the Mission Hill Road Race on Oct. 1. The race is in memory of beloved Kevin Fitzgerald, who was a state rep. from Mission Hill. The race, which was attended by Mayor Thomas Menino and organized by Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services, raised funds to maintain Kevin Fitzgerald Park....

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¡Sí!,¡Viva Nuestra Música!

October 14, 2011
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Como en todas partes, es el Mes de la Herencia Hispana en en Mission Hill. Sociedad Latina quiere compartir con música este mes dedicado a recordar  toda la influencia ibérica a través de un programa elaborado por su Music Clubhouse. Latino Heritage Month está en pleno desarrollo y empezó el pasado viernes 7, con...

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Local activist charged with drunk driving

October 14, 2011
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Ron Bell, a prominent Mission Hill activist and aide to Gov. Deval Patrick, was charged with drunk driving and had his license suspended in an incident in Brookline at 3:35 a.m. on Oct. 1. Upon being stopped, Bell’s first words to the officer were “Don’t shoot me. Don’t shoot me,” the Brookline Police Department...

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College buys apartment building

October 14, 2011
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The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) bought the 45-unit apartment building at 660 Huntington Ave. in late August with the aim of housing faculty there. The building currently has one commercial unit, a copy shop, and houses Mission Hill residents, young professionals and graduate students. According to a press release, MCPHS...

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Basketball court named for late state rep.

October 14, 2011
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Basketball court named for late state rep.

The basketball court at the Tobin Community Center at 1481 Tremont St. was renamed in honor of late local state Rep. Kevin Fitzgerald in a ceremony Sept. 24. The rededication follows a year-long, $850,000 rehab of the center that was completed in July. Fitzgerald, who died in 2007, grew up in Mission Hill and...

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Court: Council is OK on transparency

October 14, 2011
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The Boston City Council has changed its ways in the years since a 2005 lawsuit caught it holding illegal secret meetings, a judge ruled this month, declining to keep the council under court monitoring. Council President Steve Murphy said the decision “vindicates” the council. Co-plaintiff Shirley Kressel called it “surprising,” and said citizens will...

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Senator’s jobs fair meets with protests

October 14, 2011
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Senator’s jobs fair meets with protests

A jobs fair hosted by U.S. Sen. Scott Brown at Roxbury Community College on Oct. 7 was the scene of a protest over Brown’s stance on a handful of economic issues. The protest was organized by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. That Washington, D.C.-based group normally focuses on lobbying, but...

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