What’s Happening on Main Streets

May 4, 2012
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What’s Happening on Main Streets

By Richard Rouse The Bruins may have faltered and the Sox are stumbling, but Mission Hill’s favorite athletes proudly marched through the neighborhood, garnering excitement at their annual Little League baseball parade on April 21. Employees at the newest local business beamed as they received a warm welcome from the children that Saturday morning,...

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Prisoner charged in ’08 student killing

April 30, 2012
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A federal prisoner has been charged with murder in the 2008 killing of a Northeastern University student in her Parker Hill Avenue home. Rebecca Payne, a Connecticut native, was shot to death on May 20, 2008. Cornell Smith, 30, a former Boston resident now in a Wisconsin federal prison on unrelated drug charges, was...

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Water pipe work may close streets

April 19, 2012
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Water pipe replacement work will come to three Mission Hill streets within the next two to six weeks, possibly creating street closures and temporary water service bypasses. The affected streets are Oscar, Sachem and Wait. “It’s for the community,” said Boston Water and Sewer Commission spokesperson Tom Bagley about the work, which will improve...

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Parents create designs for school relocation

April 6, 2012
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Parents create designs for school relocation

Three parents at the Mission Hill K-8 School—two of them architects—have drawn up the school’s own designs for its new home in Jamaica Plain, where it will controversially move as soon as September. The free designs, complete with floor plans, were submitted to Boston Public Schools in January. They aim to improve conditions at...

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T to raise fares, trim Green Line

April 6, 2012
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The MBTA plans an overall 23 percent fare increase and will eliminate weekend Green Line streetcar service between Brigham Circle and Heath Street, according to a budget document released March 28 following months of controversy about the T’s sorry financial state. The T would continue to subsidize the private Mission LINK shuttle bus that...

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El MBTA a subir precios, cortar servicio

April 6, 2012
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El MBTA planea subir los precios 23 por ciento y eliminar el servicio del fin de semana del línea verde entre Brigham Circle y Heath Street, según un documento presupuestario de 28 de marzo después de meses de controversia sobre el estado fiscal del MBTA. El MBTA continuaría a subsidiar el bus privado Mission...

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Volunteer docs help people walk in Caribbean

April 6, 2012
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Volunteer docs help people walk in Caribbean

LMA—Volunteer surgeons, nurses and physical therapists from institutions all over the Longwood Medical Area (LMA) headed down to the Caribbean last month, providing free hip and knee replacements to impoverished patients. Over 50 LMA-based Operation Walk Boston volunteers went to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, some for less than a week, others for...

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RTH to build community center

April 6, 2012
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Mission Park plans to build a 28,000-square-foot community center, which will replace an outdoor basketball court and parking lot. The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) held a community meeting March 27 to discuss the proposed project. “We have outgrown our space here and this space is needed,” said Jacqueline Boston, president of the Roxbury Tenants...

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City gets ideas for Parker Street site

April 6, 2012
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The City held a brainstorming session March 10 to discuss proposed uses for plots of city-owned land in Roxbury and in Mission Hill between Parker and Terrace Street, which currently holds the Art Park and makeshift community gardens. Both the Roxbury and Mission Hill sites will be “green building” projects. Residents of the area...

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Y seeks partial demo, will erect gym

April 6, 2012
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YMCA officials plan to demolish a corner of the historic building at 316 Huntington Ave. and build a slightly bigger addition as part of extensive renovations in a separate from but related project to the Northeastern University (NU) Grandmarc dorm. The addition would house a new pool and gym. This is a different undertaking...

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Correction

April 6, 2012
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Due to a reporting error, the article “Club hopes to generate women scientists” in the March 9 Gazette incorrectly stated that Meghna Marjadi is a Northeastern University graduate student. In fact, she works full time for Science Club for Girls as the High School Programs Fellow.

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Merck tower loses zoning status, needs fix

April 6, 2012
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LMA—The Merck Research Labs tower on the Emmanuel College campus has lost the zoning that allowed it to be built in a residential area, Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) spokespeople said. The BRA is now giving it its own zoning to fix the problem. The tower was developed under the college’s zoning, but that expired...

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BPS grad rates questioned

April 6, 2012
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Boston Public Schools (BPS) recently touted its “all-time high” four-year graduation rate of 64.4 percent. But the Gazette has found both the measure and the context are coming into question. The BPS’s graduation rate report included a 100 percent rate for the Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, based at Northeastern University. But the Gazette...

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Home Winner

April 6, 2012
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Home Winner

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Local translator has worked around the world

April 6, 2012
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Local translator has worked around the world

Gar Chiang has held notable jobs around the world and has lived in New York City, Los Angeles, Hawaii and China, but in the end, only one place felt like home: Mission Hill. Chiang moved back to the area in 2002 from overseas. “I missed America. I missed Mission Hill. This is my home,”...

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Little League parade slated for April 21

April 6, 2012
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It’s time to play ball once again as Mission Hill Little League will hold its Opening Day parade and ceremony on Sat., April 21. The 12-team league has about 200 players and has been playing since 1953 as a major community institution. The Opening Day event is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Smith Street...

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Crime watch marks 27th year

April 6, 2012
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The Mission Hill Crime Committee celebrated its 27th anniversary March 29 at the same location that it has been meeting at since all those years, Mission Church. The group, led by Mary Todd and David Welch, is the original and longest-surviving group since the crime watch program started 29 years ago in Boston. The...

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Street Sales

April 6, 2012
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Street Sales

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Apartment project plan is filed

April 6, 2012
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Apartment project plan is filed

The high-end apartment building proposed for the Home for Little Wanderers site will have about 196 units and stand 65 feet tall, according to a plan filed last month with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The Home is moving out of its three-building complex at 161 S. Huntington Ave. this year. Boston Residential Group...

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Participacion, 4/6-5/3, 2012

April 6, 2012
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Reuniones Reunión anual de Mission Hill NHS, elecciones de junta. Lunes, 9 abril, 630pm, MassPharm Griffin Academic Center, 670 Huntington Ave., sexto piso. Info: 566-6565. Art Park reunion, con BRA y DND. Mission Church, 1545 Tremont St. miércoles, 11 abril, 630pm. Info: John Dazell, 918-4334. Reunion de Northeastern Task Force, miércoles, 25 abril, 6-8pm....

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What’s Up, April 6-May 3, 2012

April 6, 2012
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The deadline for What’s Up listings is noon, May 1 for the May 4 issue. Email listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Meetings 161 S. Huntington project, BRA meeting about proposed apartment development, Wed., April 11, 6:30-7:30pm, MSPCA, Education Room, 350 S. Huntington Ave., JP. Info: 918-4267/john.fitzgerald.bra@cityofboston.gov. Art Park site meeting, hosted by BRA and DND. Mission...

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Editorial: Zoning Out in the LMA

April 6, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority’s (BRA) extraordinary ability to essentially rezone entire sections of the city is drawing increasing scrutiny—including lawsuits—and creating bizarre situations in the LMA. Article 80, the bit of zoning code that empowers the BRA, says its own purpose is “to provide clear, predictable, and unified requirements for the review of development...

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Hill Happenings

April 6, 2012
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Hill Happenings

Congrats to Joannie Kern, a 1959 Mission High School graduate, who was a Gala Honoree at the Mission Possible banquet last month, which celebrates the legacy of the Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood. Joannie, a lifelong Mission Hill resident, has helped raise thousands of dollars, enhancing the Xaverian High School scholarship fund. Xaverian...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

April 6, 2012
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What’s Happening on Main Streets

By Richard Rouse Nature celebrates its rebirth with the arrival of spring and the flora is dressing up the district with budding trees and blossoms all over. So it is with local acquaintances attending neighborhood celebrations, such as the Community Alliance of Mission Hill event at The Crossing on the Ides of March on...

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