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While South End Wants ‘Fresh Eyes’ on Transportation, City Officials Encouraged by Future

March 10, 2018
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Common sense and community process seem to have met at a congested crossroads in the South End. Increasingly, residents of the South End are growing restless about what appears to be a piecemeal planning effort by the City for transportation around massive residential and commercial projects – such as the Exchange South End project...
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State to Purchase Newton Pavilion, Move Shattuck Hospital Operations to South End

March 1, 2018
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It seems all big plans involving the South End lately must come out of the blue. That’s what happened this week as the state Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) moved fast and quietly to work up a plan announced on Monday that would have them buying the Newton Pavilion at 88 E....
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Tastefully Done: In An Exciting Year for Met, Sidell Named Restaurateur of the Year

February 23, 2018
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Though Kate Sidell is known for her wonderful restaurants, and her family’s contribution to great dining in Boston, the restaurant business was actually her second choice. Sidell, who will accept the Restaurateur of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Restaurant Association (MRA) on Monday, Feb. 26, said she actually fell back on her first...
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Time for Some Tiki: Bar Mezzana Owners Expand Across the Street with South Pacific Groove

February 23, 2018
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Building off the success of Bar Mezzana in the New York Streets area of the South End, restaurant partners Jefferson Macklin, Colin Lynch and Heather Lynch have signed a lease to occupy the basement retail space in the new 345 Harrison Ave. development – and they’re bringing as much Tiki to the hip hula...
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Rose Rush: Flower Exchange Settles Into Its New Home on First Valentine’s Day

February 15, 2018
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Anyone in Greater Boston who got a rose on Valentine’s Day yesterday likely had that rose pass through the New England Flower Exchange in Chelsea – the new home of the former Boston Flower Exchange that spent more than 50 years operating in the South End on Albany Street until last year. Now in...
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SoWa Market Looks to Lose Saturdays, Focus on Sunday Only

February 15, 2018
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The SoWa Market brought excitement to Saturdays on Harrison Avenue last summer, but organizers said it just wasn’t enough excitement to go forward for a second year. SoWa’s Bradley St. Amand said the market operated on Saturdays and Sundays last year with success, but the new Saturday market didn’t do great for everyone. So,...
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Major Recycler Cheering Plastic Bag Ban in Boston

February 9, 2018
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One of the largest recycling plants in the nation, Casella Waste in Charlestown, is hailing the recent spate of plastic bag bans in the area, including the ban voted in by Boston late last year. That ban will go into effect on or around Dec. 15 this year, according to Councilor Michelle Wu –...
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Shawmut Swish: Johnnie Ortiz Has Become a Leader on the Court

February 2, 2018
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Shawmut Swish: Johnnie Ortiz Has Become a Leader on the Court

Were it not for a basketball-obsessed uncle, Shawmut Avenue’s Johnnie Ortiz – the captain of the state champion Brighton High School basketball team – the young man might have continued in South End Baseball and never picked up a basketball. But as fate and tremendous focus would have it, Ortiz, 19, started dribbling a...
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New York Street, Castle Square Neighbors Call for Park, Open Spaces

February 2, 2018
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Almost unanimously, scores of neighbors from the Castle Square and New York Streets neighborhoods told the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) they would like open space on a lot of City-owned land at Shawmut Avenue. The BPDA held the initial meeting for the sale of the 8,543 sq. ft. lot – with 50...
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Boston Councilor Ayanna Pressley Seeks 7th Congressional District Seat

February 2, 2018
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Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley intends to seek the Democratic nomination in Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District, she announced on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Pressley, who made history in 2009 as the first woman of color elected to the Boston City Council, has drawn local and national acclaim for her work on issues of critical importance...
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