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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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New NIDA Study to Look at Effects of Diet Pills on Cocaine Addiction

October 21, 2017
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Though most treatment research focuses on the opiate epidemic these days, one doctor at Boston Medical Center (BMC) is looking at how to help people curtail their use of cocaine use with diet drugs already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Eric Devine and BMC’s  Psychiatry Research Center told the Sun they...
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South End Braces for Three-Year Major Water Pipe Work; Warren Street First

June 9, 2017
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The Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) is embarking on a three-year plan to do major replacements of water piping and infrastructure in several locations around the South End, with the full length of Warren Avenue to be the first to the plate this summer. Irene McSweeney of BWSC appeared at the South End...
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Business Breakfast Looks to Connect Small Businesses to Resources

April 21, 2017
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In an effort to continue the momentum of helping small businesses in the South End compete and remain in the neighborhood, the Washington Gateway Main Street (WGMS) will host an innovative South End/Lower Roxbury Business Breakfast on Monday, April 24, at 8:30 a.m. in Gaslight Brasserie du Coin. “One thing we know is that...
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