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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Rock star gets naked at MFA exhibit

October 14, 2011
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Rock star gets naked at MFA exhibit

During a private tour last week of the Museum of Fine Arts’ (MFA) upcoming Edgar Degas exhibit, “Degas and the Nude,” rock star and former artist’s model Amanda Palmer got inspired to take her clothes off. She asked husband, fantasy author Neil Gaiman to sketch her nude, right there in the gallery. The MFA...

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Local power plant juices medical area

October 14, 2011
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LONGWOOD MEDICAL AREA—The weather was on Medical Area Total Energy Plant (MATEP) employees’ minds during a Gazette visit to the power plant at the corner of Brookline Avenue and Francis Street Oct. 6. “It’s getting chilly out,” workers in hard hats said, greeting each other in the reception area and as they got on...

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District 7 candidates selected

October 14, 2011
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District 7 candidates selected

  Incumbent Tito Jackson and political newcomer Sheneal Parker will be the District 7 candidates for City Council following their first- and second-place finishes in the district preliminary election Sept. 27. Jackson received 76 percent of the 2,467 votes cast. Parker got 11.1 percent. The other candidates, Althea Garrison and Roy Owens, won 8.8...

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Rising Star

October 14, 2011
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Rising Star

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Breakthrough! Recent research from the LMA

October 14, 2011
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Robot surgery  Tiny robots traveling inside the human body to perform surgery are a step closer to reality thanks to recent work by engineers at Children’s Hospital Boston. They built a small robot out of toy Legos, equipped with a medical biopsy needle, and powered it with the magnetic field from an MRI machine...

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Group looks at ‘dark side’ of Columbus Day

October 14, 2011
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Many local residents took a vacation on Oct. 10 to mark Columbus Day. But Sociedad Latina skipped the day off and held an anti-racist training day instead to protest the “powerful dark side” of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas. In a press release, the local Latino youth organization said that its board of...

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Winsor School expansion approved

October 14, 2011
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The Winsor School’s 10-year expansion plan, which includes a 10-story tower and a new 100,000-square-foot performance arts and wellness center, was approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s (BRA) board on Sept. 15. Construction is not expected to start until next year. The 300,000-square-foot tower, planned for the corner of Brookline and Longwood avenues, will...

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Bank Protest

October 14, 2011
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Bank Protest

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What’s Up, Oct. 14-Nov. 11

October 14, 2011
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The final, last-minute deadline for What’s Up listings is noon, Nov. 8 for the Nov. 11 issue. Email listings to news@missionhillgazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Muddy River, a public meeting to review phase 1 plans for the Muddy River Flood Risk Management Plan....

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Bright Future

October 14, 2011
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Bright Future

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Editorial: Questioning NEU’s dorm

October 14, 2011
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Questioning NEU’s dorm Northeastern University’s dorm project already looked bizarre: demolishing part of the historic YMCA building and sticking a student skyscraper atop it. But these are desperate times, and Mayor Thomas Menino has rightly pressured Northeastern to get its students out of neighborhood housing. But state officials have been highlighting some serious concerns...

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Editorial: Remembering Fitz

October 14, 2011
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On a bright winter day in 2002, outgoing state Rep. Kevin Fitzgerald took a Gazette reporter on a tour of Mission Hill to point out some of his accomplishments. A cop wouldn’t let Fitz drive into the construction site for the new Puddingstone Park. So the rep. and the reporter sat in the muddy...

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Hill Happenings

October 14, 2011
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Condolences to the family of Michael Prendergast, formerly of Mission Hill, who unexpectedly passed away last month. Michael, who was living in Foxborough, worked for NSTAR. Michael was a gret family man with a heart full of love. He will be dearly missed by his wife, Lauria (Defina), and his children, three of whom...

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