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Zakim announces City Council bid

April 12, 2013
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Josh Zakim, a Northeastern University School of Law graduate, announced today that he is running for the District 8 City Council seat, which covers part of Hyde Square. Mike Ross, who currently holds the seat, entered the mayor’s race yesterday. “I love the city of Boston, our neighborhoods, our people and our great achievements,”...

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Bromley-Heath to get new advisory board

April 12, 2013
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Residents of the Bromley-Heath housing development will go to the polls on May 30 to elect a new tenant advisory board, according to a Boston Housing Authority (BHA) official. Once elected, the new advisory board will replace the Tenant Management Corporation (TMC), which was the tenant group for many years and had a rocky...

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BRA head backs Green Line extension

April 12, 2013
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Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) Director Peter Meade is in favor of the concept of extending the MBTA Green Line to Hyde Square, according to a BRA spokesperson. “The BRA would be in support of the extension,” said BRA spokesperson Melina Schuler. She noted that it would increase the economic development of the area. But,...

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City: Norbert School project still needs variances

April 12, 2013
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HYDE SQ.—The City has again ruled that the plan to turn the Norbert School building into 21 apartments needs variances in order to proceed. The developer, Norbert School Associates, had re-filed the project after City said the initial proposal needed two variances. The City rejected the latest proposal, saying it needs three variances. The...

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Mayoral race will open up City Council seats

April 12, 2013
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With three Boston city councilors already in the mayoral race—including Jamaica Plain’s Felix Arroyo—there likely will be a domino effect of people running for council seats next year. Two JP residents who have run in recent City Council elections, Kosta Demos and Francesca Fordiani, told the Gazette they will not run for open seats....

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Blessed Sacrament campus stirs controversy again

April 12, 2013
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The Blessed Sacrament Church campus has been the source of recent controversy, as the proposals to turn the former Catholic church into 37 luxury condos and the Norbert School building into 21 apartments has drawn the ire of residents concerned about gentrification. The controversy has now ensnared two prominent Jamaica Plain organizations—the Hyde Square...

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Residents don’t buy Martha Eliot change

April 12, 2013
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Most attendees at a March 27 community meeting criticized Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) decision to end adult services at the Martha Eliot Health Center (MEHC), saying that the community was never consulted, that information has been sparse and that the decision appears financial. “You have negated the whole concept of community health care,” said...

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O’Malley talks Olympics, Casey Overpass

April 12, 2013
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City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who lives in and represents Jamaica Plain, held his third annual town hall meeting recently where he spoke about past accomplishments and future projects, including the possibility of bringing the Olympics to Boston. More than 60 people attended the April 1 meeting at the Connolly Branch Library. But many attendees...

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Councilor Ross announces run for mayor

April 11, 2013
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Councilor Ross announces run for mayor

City Councilor Mike Ross, who lives in Mission Hill and represents part of Hyde Square, announced he is running for mayor today. He tweeted the announcement with a link to his campaign website at Kevin Fitzgerald Park on Mission Hill. “Today, in that same spirit of community activism and determination to continue building a...

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Chang-Díaz won’t run for mayor

April 5, 2013
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Local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz will not run for mayor, according to spokesperson Katherine Adam. Mayor Thomas Menino announced last week he would not seek reelection. Chang-Díaz had previously told the Gazette she was considering becoming a candidate.

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