RCC questions college system change

February 10, 2012
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ROXBURY CROSSING—Gov. Deval Patrick expressed his desire to radically change the community college system, including centralizing the authority of the state’s 15 campuses, in his Jan. 23 State of the Commonwealth address. For Roxbury Community College (RCC) Vice President Stephanie C. Janey, the jury is still out on the governor’s notion. “The idea of...

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Cientos protestan los recortes del T

February 10, 2012
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Más de 125 oradores denunciaron la propuesta del MBTA a subir precios y cortar servicios en unas reuniones en Mission Hill. Por lo menos 500 personas asistieron a la reunión el 19 de enero en Roxbury Community College y el 1 febrero en la escuela Hennigan en Heath Street. La reunión en RCC presentó...

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Nonprofit ‘taxes’: Some pay up, some refuse

February 10, 2012
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Big nonprofit institutions recently paid $9.4 million in tax-like contributions under the City of Boston’s reformed “payment in lieu of taxes” or PILOT system. That is a 24 percent boost to income from the old system, according to a press release from Mayor Thomas Menino’s office. But some—including Wheelock College—are refusing to pay. And...

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School-move probe seeks missing data

February 10, 2012
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The Boston Finance Commission (FinComm) investigation into the funding of the Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) controversial plan to move various schools has hit a patch of turbulence. BPS failed to provide key data, according to FinComm, and BPS told the Gazette it never had the information in the first place. FinComm is investigating the...

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Ground Breaking

February 10, 2012
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Ground Breaking

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Presidential primary is March 6

February 10, 2012
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The U.S. presidential primary election in Massachusetts will be held March 6. It will help to select the nominees for the Democratic, Green and Republican parties in the November presidential election. Incumbent President Barack Obama is the only Democrat on his party’s ballot. The Republican ballot will include active candidates Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul,...

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Ross will not run for Congress

February 10, 2012
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City Councilor Mike Ross has decided not to run for a U.S. Congress seat after openly considering the idea for weeks. “It wasn’t the right time for me, unfortunately,” Ross told the Gazette. Ross, a Mission Hill resident, said in a press release that he intends to support some other, yet to be named...

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Breakthrough!: Recent research from the LMA

February 10, 2012
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Grief Boosts Heart Attack Risk Most people know love sometimes hurts, but a new study shines light on how much truth there is in that statement. Researchers at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have found that within 24 hours after losing a loved one, a person is 21 times more likely to suffer...

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RTH head steps down

February 10, 2012
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Girma Belay has “stepped down” from his position as executive director of Roxbury Tenants of Harvard (RTH), the organization that operates the Mission Park housing development, according to a brief statement issued by the RTH board. Belay, who had been on the job since 2005, could not be reached for comment. “RTH thanks Mr....

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BWH to build tower on Emmanuel campus

February 10, 2012
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LMA—Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is working with Emmanuel College to build and lease a 150-foot tower as part of Emmanuel’s “endowment campus.” The proposed tower would create 360,000 square feet for medical research and support space on Avenue Louis Pasteur. It would also move the 355 parking spaces currently on the site underground...

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Dazzling Debut

February 10, 2012
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Dazzling Debut

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LMA ‘grand rounds’ offer old-school doc talks

February 10, 2012
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LMA—Before the Internet and smartphones, doctors and nurses who cared for the same patient would have to sit down and talk to each other. The health care team would walk around hospital wards and visit patients, running through each one’s history. This was a daily routine, called “the rounds.” The institutions in the Longwood...

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Occupy Roxbury group planned, draws fire

February 10, 2012
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An attempt to form an Occupy Roxbury political organization is drawing fire from the existing group Occupy the Hood. Abe Spritzler, a 25-year-old lifelong Jamaica Plain resident, said he got the idea for Occupy Roxbury from his work with Occupy Boston and Occupy JP. A debut meeting Jan. 15 in Dudley Square was attended...

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Day of Service

February 10, 2012
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Day of Service

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NU dorm work could start soon

February 10, 2012
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Work on the new Northeastern University (NU) dorm on Huntington Avenue might start before the month is out. NU has been working on the project’s financing for weeks, and “we should know something pretty good in the next few weeks,” said John Tobin, NU’s vice president of city and community affairs. The GrandMarc at...

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Participación, Feb. 10-March 8

February 10, 2012
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La entrega para la sección de Participación es mediodía 6 de marzo para la edición 9 de marzo. Escribir news@missionhillgazette.com. Reuniones Brigham Green proyecto de estacionamiento casa abierta al público, martes 21 febrero, 6:30pm, One Brigham Circle, sala de conferencia del cuarto piso. Info: 730-3675. Comité de crimen de Mission Hill, una oportunidad a...

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What’s Up, Feb. 10-March 8

February 10, 2012
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The deadline for What’s Up listings is noon, March 6 for the March 9 issue. Email listings to news@missionhillgazette.com. Meetings Brigham Green parking project community open house, Tues., Feb. 21, 6:30pm, One Brigham Circle, 4th floor conference room. Info: 730-3675.  Mission Hill Crime Committee, a chance to meet and discuss crime issues with police,...

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Editorial: The State House and the T

February 10, 2012
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We expect suburban and rural state legislators to hop on board with their Boston peers in fixing the MBTA’s budget woes. Most of them are Democrats, and Massachusetts Democrats believe in properly funding the MBTA. It says so right in their party platform, which supports “increasing investments and promotion of public transportation throughout the...

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Editorial: A Super Bowl Loss

February 10, 2012
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The New England Patriots lost the Super Bowl, and life here is no worse for it, just as life would not be any better had they won. Still, there was that collective groan from the guys watching at the Post, the students watching in the bars, the restaurant workers watching from behind the counter,...

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Op-Ed: Unifying the community colleges

February 10, 2012
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By Gov. Deval Patrick We have 240,000 people looking for work and nearly 120,000 open jobs today in Massachusetts.  How can we have so much opportunity available and so many people still looking for a chance? Business leaders tell me over and over again that it is because the people looking for jobs don’t...

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Hill Happenings

February 10, 2012
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Condolences to the family of Pauline Pierce, a beautiful, fun-loving woman who passed away last month. Mrs. Pierce was a terrific actress, performing for many years in the Mission Hill Theatre Group. She displayed her talent in several plays, including “Harvey,” but more importantly, Mrs. Pierce was instrumental in bringing a delightful sense of...

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Holiday Party

February 10, 2012
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Holiday Party

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

February 10, 2012
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By Richard Rouse You don’t need a groundhog to tell you that we still have more winter days ahead. Keep your sidewalk clear of snow and ice along with a healthy supply of rock-salt-type de-icers. There are many environmentally friendly brands readily available at our local stores. If you are truly concerned about your...

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Register for presidential primary by Feb. 15

January 24, 2012
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The deadline for registering to vote in the U.S. presidential primary election in Massachusetts is Feb. 15. The election will be held March 6. It will help to select the nominees for the Democratic, Green and Republican parties in the November election. Independent or “unenrolled” voters can vote on any party ballot of their...

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