Landmarks Commission future unclear

February 7, 2014
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By Peter Shanley and Rebeca Oliveira/Gazette Staff With the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) involvement in a recent controversy in the Longwood Medical Area, the Gazette reached out to Mayor Martin Walsh’s administration to see whether the commission will undergo any changes moving forward. But the Mayor’s Office and the BLC did not respond to...

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Oreo forces J.P. Licks to change flavor name

February 7, 2014
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Oreo forces J.P. Licks to change flavor name

The word “Oreo” is being scrubbed from any J.P. Licks ice cream shop flavor names after the cookie’s parent company demanded a fee for use of its brand. Oreos will still be used in the store’s recipes, but such flavor names as “Oreo Cookie Dough” have to go. The Jamaica Plain-based store, which has...

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O’Malley seeks better trash cans, less litter

February 7, 2014
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City Councilor Matt O’Malley filed an order to reduce litter and promote recycling last week. O’Malley said he believes that the city needs to expand its use of public trash compactors and recycling bins, explore the use of cutting-edge receptacles, and reevaluate litter fines. “I’ve been working with the City for a better schedule,...

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RTH community center to open by summer

February 7, 2014
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A 28,000-square-foot community center, set to replace an outdoor basketball court and parking lot in Mission Park, is slated to open by the summer, according to Roxbury Tenants of Harvard (RTH) Executive Director Karen Gately. “It’s going great,” she told the Gazette this week. “It’s going along pretty quickly.” The community center, being built...

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Renovated playground to open in spring

February 7, 2014
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Renovated playground to open in spring

The Gibbons Playground, which is located at Delle Avenue and Sewall Street and is undergoing a $311,000 renovation, will reopen sometime in the spring, according to Boston Parks and Recreation Commissioner Antonia Pollak. The Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) held a series of meetings early last year for recommendations for the renovation of...

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New Bostonians chief wants more services for immigrants

February 7, 2014
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New Bostonians chief wants more services for immigrants

Alejandra St. Guillen, a Mission Hill native and former executive director of the Latino political organization Oiste?, took up her post as interim director of the City’s Office of New Bostonians (ONB) last week. The office helps immigrants access City services, language learning and training. It also helps develop the mayor’s immigration policy, St....

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Mayor reorganizes his cabinet

February 7, 2014
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Mayor reorganizes his cabinet

Mayor Martin Walsh released a plan last month for a reorganization of the cabinets under his leadership, according to a press release. The reorganization includes elevating arts and culture to a cabinet-level position, a pledge Walsh had made during the mayoral race. “Our role as a government is to improve people’s lives, and the...

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Election reform backed by Chang-Díaz passes

February 7, 2014
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The state Senate on Jan. 16 passed election-reform legislation that authorizes early voting for state and federal elections and primaries; allows residents to register to vote on Election Day; and creates an online voter registration system, according to a press release. Local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz has pushed for many of the reforms contained...

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Hill History: Parker Hill Library has ‘church-like’ feel

February 7, 2014
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The Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public Library earlier this week. (Gazette Photo by Peter Shanley)

The Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL) is housed in a historic building that gives off a vibe similar to its neighbor, the Mission Church. Parker Hill refers to the name of the hill that most of the Mission Hill neighborhood sits on. People began calling the neighborhood Mission Hill in...

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Hill History: Local history group keeps fighting for landmarks

February 7, 2014
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In 2001, the historic Mission Church complex was under threat. A developer had purchased its southern campus, comprising of three buildings, and planned to demolish them all. Thanks to the Friends of Historic Mission Hill (FHMH), that never happened. Those buildings were designated as historic landmarks in 2005, thanks to FHMH volunteers’ efforts. “That...

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Hill History: This Month in Hill History

February 7, 2014
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The Gazette’s top headlines from this month in local history:   5 Years Ago: 2009 “CAC meeting ‘off the record’” A Boston Redevelopment Authority official declared a public Mission Hill Citizens Advisory Committee meeting to be “off the record,” meaning the press could not write about its discussion of redevelopment of former Mission Church...

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Mission Hill Wanderings

February 7, 2014
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Local artist Tina Pankievich made these watercolor paintings of Mission Hill, which were on display last month at the Mission Bar and Grill as the exhibit “Mission Hill Wanderings.” See Richard Rouse’s “What’s Happening on Main Streets” column for more details.

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Trophy Time

February 7, 2014
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Trophy Time

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Hill Agenda, Feb. 7, 2014

February 7, 2014
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The deadline for Hill Agenda listings is noon, March 4 for the March 7 issue. Email listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services board of directors, first Monday of every month, 6-7:30pm, Mission Church Parish Center, 1545 Tremont...

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Participación, Feb. 7, 2014

February 7, 2014
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La entrega para la sección de Participación es mediodía el 4 de marzo para la edición 7 de marzo. Escribir news@missionhillgazette.com. Note: Todos los números tiene 617, a menos que dice otro número.           Reuniones Community Alliance of Mission Hill, agenda pendiente, tercer miércoles del mes, 7-8:30pm, Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington...

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Editorial: Improving the Hill

February 7, 2014
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Projects, large and small, that soon will improve Mission Hill are good signs of the times. A mixed-use development at the Clutch Works site that will transform the Tremont streetscape. A new, much-needed community center at Mission Park. An inventive redevelopment of the Art Park site. A lively playground renovation. It is great to...

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Editorial: Hill history

February 7, 2014
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Besides reporting recent developments, the Gazette this month also takes it annual look back at “Hill History.” It is interesting how closely the past and present intertwine. Mission Church, the Parker Hill Branch Library and various historic parks are among the landmarks that have shaped and benefited today’s neighborhood. All of them came about...

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Editorial: Sen. Chang-Díaz’s good ideas

February 7, 2014
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State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz is promoting some good ideas for voting reform, including early voting provisions and same-day registration. Voting needs to be secure, but too often it is needlessly confusing and inconvenient, involving strange timing and various deadlines. As a fundamental civil right, hurdles toward it should be few and low. The senator...

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Hill Happenings

February 7, 2014
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Wayne Selden, the gifted freshman hoopster from the University of Kansas and the pride of Mission Hill, has been playing proficiently in the Jayhawks backcourt as the “March Madness” Tournament approaches. In the late ’90s, “Little Wayne” was the batboy for Winnie’s Pub in the Mission Hill Softball League when his dad, Wayne Selden...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

February 7, 2014
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City planners frequently cite the arrival of artists into urban zones as the precursor of rapid gentrification. Areas like the South End, South Boston, Roslindale, Charlestown and Jamaica Plain that were once considered blue-collar and overlooked by many in the past are currently red-hot in the real estate market. The rich artistic influence that...

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Positive reaction to Art Park plan; BRA sets deadline

January 29, 2014
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The reaction was mostly positive during a Jan. 23 meeting held by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) on the plan to turn City-owned land between Parker and Terrace Streets into community gardens and residential and retail space. The BRA has set a Feb. 7 deadline to comment on the project. Mission Hill resident Joe...

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Hill’s student population dips slightly; NU count drops

January 10, 2014
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The Mission Hill area’s off-campus undergrad student population fell last year for the first time since 2008: to 2,175 from 2,290 in 2013. Northeastern University (NU) continues to provide the bulk of the student population, with 1,065 students living on the Hill. But for the first time since 2008, the NU Mission Hill student...

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Blizzard Begins

January 10, 2014
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Blizzard Begins

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Mayor Walsh names Mission Hill in 1st speech

January 10, 2014
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Mayor Walsh names Mission Hill in 1st speech

New Boston Mayor Martin Walsh gave a shout-out to Mission Hill in his inaugural speech Jan. 6 at Boston College. The Mission Hill mention came as Walsh referred to Boston’s historic nickname of the “City upon a Hill,” a Biblical reference dating to Colonial times. “Boston has been called a ‘City upon a Hill.’...

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