Editorials

Mayor Thomas Menino Stepping Down

April 4, 2013
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The announcement last Thursday by Mayor Thomas Menino that he will not seek a sixth term puts an end to the speculation of the last six months of whether he will or will not run for reelection. The consensus among political pundits that he would have won another election underscores what we had said...

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Downtown School

March 19, 2013
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The announcement on last Friday by Mayor Thomas Menino of  the pending  purchase of the building at 585 Commercial Street in the North End for a new K-8 school with an opening in 2016 certainly comes as good news to the many downtown families of the more than 2,000 school age children that have...

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Downtown School Meeting

March 12, 2013
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Over the last six months, the Boston Public Schools and the School Choice plans have emerged to the forefront in local politics especially for  parents whose children are or could be attending public schools in Boston. The decisions being made today by city officials on the future of public school education will affect us...

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Student Jobs Are Important

March 12, 2013
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Thousands of Boston students will be seeking jobs this summer and it appears that there will not be enough jobs to go around. Apparently the city’s budget cannot provide all the jobs needed for the number of students expected to apply for them. The city will be heavily dependent on the private sector to...

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Thank You

March 5, 2013
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In our neighborhood, there is nothing more scarce than open, safe and appealing public spaces.  For too long, we have seen how municipal and recent state budget cuts have had a negative impact on our parks with necessary repairs often being postponed. The recent action of the following businesses, Lenox Hotel, LAZ Parking, Panificio...

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Federal Sequestration

March 5, 2013
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The deadline passed last Friday when mandated cuts to the federal programs started to take place. While many entitlements that are the budget busters were spared, the across the board budget cuts hit programs in public schools, transportation, the military and Head Start.  Mayor Thomas M. Menino is assessing the impact of the cuts...

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Street Sweeping Starts This Friday

March 1, 2013
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Well, we dodged another snow bullet over the weekend.  And if the weatherman is accurate then we will be getting some rain on Wednesday.  This is exactly what we need to get rid of those snow piles that  take away the far too scarce parking spaces on streets like Chestnut Street or Mt. Vernon...

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A Time to Take Stock

March 1, 2013
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The three- alarm fire that happend last week on Commonwealth Avenue should make all residents just stop and think for a minute. The fire did not occur in a builing that needed rehabbing, but happened in a high end renovation.  As a matter of fact, the origin of the fire has centered on the...

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Thank You, Ian

February 19, 2013
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Continuity is the key to success in any endeavor. At Hill House, this principle is all the more important.  At a community and non-profit organization, it is often very easy for very good people to leave very quickly.  Often, their tenure does not last with completion of ideas and programs that they have started...

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“Outside of the Box”

February 19, 2013
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One only has to look at the Boston Common and know that the health of this fragile resource is still in jeopardy.  It was only a few years ago that we heard from members of Friends of the Public Garden, how the earth that the grass grew on was so packed down because of...

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