Neighborhood group supports Green Line extension

July 11, 2014
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) voted during its meeting last month to support the proposal to extend the E branch of the Green Line to JP’s Hyde Square, according to JPNC member Michael Reiskind. That line travels down Huntington Avenue and S. Huntington Avenue in the Mission Hill area. But the MBTA said...

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Local official faces challengers

July 11, 2014
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One local elected official will face a challenger in the Sept. 9 state primary election, while another is running unopposed. Democrat state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz (2nd Suffolk District) will face Roy Owens, a regular candidate for elected office, in the primary. The winner will face in November’s general election David James Wyatt, another regular...

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Where to watch the Cup finals

July 11, 2014
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With the soccer World Cup finals happening this weekend, Mission Hill is into the swing of watching the soccer matches. Most bars in the Hill are showing the matches live, with sound. A few have added Cup-specific specials to enhance Mission Hill’s cheering pleasure. The Mission, 724 Huntington Ave., 566-1244: burger and a beer...

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Census of 7K Emerald Necklace trees completed

July 11, 2014
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The Emerald Necklace Conservancy (ENC) and its partners have sponsored an extensive census of the Emerald Necklace’s trees as a starting point for a long-term management plan. Co-sponsored by the Arborway Coalition, the ENC, the Friends of Jamaica Pond, the Friends of Olmsted Park Boston and Olmsted 2022, the census surveyed 7,000 trees and...

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VA seeks brain donations for ALS project

July 11, 2014
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital at 150 S. Huntington Ave. wants veterans’ brains. As the home of an ongoing national research study on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, the VA Biorepository Brain Bank (VABBB) is collecting vital information on living vets, both with and without ALS. And yes,...

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Meeting, survey for park renovation delayed

July 11, 2014
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A community meeting and online survey for the renovation of McLaughlin Park has been delayed while Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) attempts to secure additional grant funding for the project, according to BPRD project manager Allison Perlman. McLaughlin Park, which is located between Parker Hill and Fisher avenues on top of Parker Hill,...

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Senator’s father faces Mars rocket debate

July 11, 2014
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While local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz has an electoral challenge this fall, her astronaut father faces a debate of his own—over his plans for a rocket to travel to Mars. Dr. Franklin Chang-Díaz is a former Space Shuttle astronaut who tied the record for most spaceflights at seven. He teaches physics and astronomy at...

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Gardner opens its doors for community nights

July 11, 2014
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The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is opening its doors to the community this summer with a series of free music and art-filled “Neighborhood Nights.” July 24’s theme will be “Fiesta: World of Ideas” and Aug. 7’s will be “Earth Actually!” This is the Gardner’s 12th year offering free, family-friendly open “Neighborhood Nights.” The “Fiesta”...

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Artists to exhibit ‘rooms’ of creativity

July 11, 2014
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Artists to exhibit ‘rooms’ of creativity

The Mission Hill Artists Collective will present “A Room of Your Own,” a community art exhibit inspired by writer Virginia Woolf, at the Parker Hill Branch library in November. Community members will display 14-by-14-by-7-inch “rooms,” decorated in whatever way they feel supports their creativity. The title of the exhibition is taken from Woolf’s 1929...

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2-alarm fire displaces 10

July 11, 2014
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2-alarm fire displaces 10

The Boston Fire Department (BFD) fought a two-alarm fire Monday June 30 at 27 and 29 Wigglesworth St. that displaced 10 people, according to the BFD Twitter feed. The fire caused in estimated $500,000 to six apartments located near Brigham Circle. Fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire.

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Cardinal Mass

July 11, 2014
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Cardinal Mass

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Hill Agenda, July 11-Aug. 7, 2014

July 11, 2014
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The deadline for Hill Agenda listings is noon, Aug. 5 for the Aug. 8 issue. Email listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Mission Hill Main Streets community meeting, to discuss Nick Guertin’s winning submission to the Boston Public Space Invitational Contest for...

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Participación, July 11-Aug. 7, 2014

July 11, 2014
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La entrega para la sección de Participación es mediodía el 5 de agosto para la edición 8 de agosto. Escribir news@missionhillgazette.com. Note: Todos los números tiene 617, a menos que dice otro número.           Reuniones Reunión comunitaria de Mission Hill Main Streets, para hablar sobre los bancos en Huntington Avenue, el idea del ganador...

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Editorial: Parcel 25

July 11, 2014
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Progress on the redevelopment of Parcel 25 is good news. This project will transform the streetscape in Roxbury Crossing at a literally crucial spot where the MBTA, the Southwest Corridor Park and Columbus Avenue tie into Mission Hill. Now a vacant lot, it will become a model of community-minded, transit-oriented development. Thanks to Mission...

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Editorial: The Great Charter

July 11, 2014
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The display of the Magna Carta, along with the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, at the Museum of Fine Arts is a wonderful opportunity to discover the basis of modern civil liberties and to reflect on these often praised yet little-read documents. The Magna Carta did nothing for commoners and is largely...

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Editorial: Main Streets awards

July 11, 2014
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Congratulations to the deserving winners of the Mission Hill Main Streets awards—including our own incomparable Mossy Martin. And congratulations to Mission Hill for having such an effective Main Streets organization. It is impressive that the neighborhood got the attention of the likes of the BRA director and the Boston housing chief. We’re fortunate to...

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Hill Happenings

July 11, 2014
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The Mission High School Class of ’64 held their 50th reunion last month at the Holiday Inn in Dedham. The Mission High principal back in those salad days was Brother Conal, and the celebrants were thrilled to reunite with the Man, who is now 85. Brother Conal was a strict disciplinarian. As a freshman,...

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Sociedad Latina hosts Thursday events

July 11, 2014
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Sociedad Latina, a youth-oriented organization based on Mission Hill, is hosting a series of events every Thursday in July and September at Sheehy Park, according to a press release. Sheehy Park is located next to Mission Church at 1545 Tremont St. The World Cup might be ending this Sunday, but Sociedad Latina will look...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

July 11, 2014
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The torrential downpour on June 10 did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm or attendance at the Mission Hill Main Streets Awards Night at the Parkman House. The Beacon Hill mansion’s lavish setting was a perfect backdrop to venerate some of the wonderful people and institutions responsible for such a nifty neighborhood. I think Senate...

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Police spies tracked NU’s Occupy events

June 13, 2014
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A controversial Boston Police spy agency tracked Northeastern University students’ involvement in the Occupy Boston movement, as well as academic events the spies admitted were not related to Occupy at all, recently released secret documents reveal. The Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) documents, dating to 2011, show a spy agency obsessed with anything it...

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All Aboard

June 13, 2014
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All Aboard

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Audit: Local VA hospital wait times within range

June 13, 2014
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In the wake of a national Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) wait list scandal that led to patient deaths, a federal audit shows the local VA hospital at 150 S. Huntington Ave. manages to schedule appointments for local veterans within 30 days 99 percent of the time. But first-time patients have a significantly longer...

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City wants church developer to act quickly

June 13, 2014
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The City and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) want the developer of the long-stalled redevelopment of the Mission Church property along Smith Street to “act responsibly and expeditiously to fulfill their obligation to the neighborhood,” according to BRA spokesperson Nick Martin. The developer, Weston Associates, did not respond to Gazette requests for comment. Meanwhile,...

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Liga menor recibe nuevo equipo deportivo

June 13, 2014
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Liga menor recibe nuevo equipo deportivo

Los jugadores de la liga menor de Mission Hill (MHLL) están jugando esta temporada con estilo, gracias a una donación de pelotas, bates, cascos y guantes de béisbol procedente de Kids Gear for Baseball, una organización sin fin de lucro mantenida por dos jóvenes. “Les interesa a estos jóvenes ayudar a las comunidades en...

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