Mayor Wu Commits $50M to Mildred Hailey Apartments, Signs Executive Order on Fair Housing

Mayor Michelle Wu announced a city commitment of $50 million in funding for capital improvements at the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments in Jamaica Plain on Jan. 20. THREAD: Today we joined advocates to sign an executive order reaffirming Boston’s commitment to fair housing & racial equity—and announce the City’s $50 million investment for capital improvements at the Mildred Hailey @BHA_Boston apartments. pic.twitter.com/4laB0LOdNw
— Mayor Michelle Wu 吳弭 (@MayorWu) January 20, 2022

“We plan to make affordable housing a top priority when it comes to putting federal recovery money to use," said Wu at a press conference at the Hailey Apartments. "That means preserving and improving affordable housing that already exists, as well as adding more affordable housing options for residents across the city.

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Mike & Patty’s Restaurant Seeking Investors via Crowdsourcing to Open in Jamaica Plain

A restaurant known for its delicious breakfast sandwiches looking to open in Jamaica Plain is seeking investors through crowdsourcing. Mike & Patty's owners Ania Zaroda and Michael Gurevichis are looking to open its fourth location, and its first in Jamaica Plain. They signed a 5-year lease in February 2021 for Sorella's old location in Hyde Square. Their investment target is $100,000 by March 22, 2022, and if they don't meet this investment target by that date, all crowdsourcing investors will receive a full refund, according to Mike & Patty's mainvest.com page. As of Jan.

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City Accepting Applications for Boston Artists-in-Residence

The city is now accepting applications for the fifth cohort of the Boston Artists-in-Residence. Through Boston AIR, six artists will spend 15 months working with a parallel group of city of Boston partners to co-design projects that imagine and test new approaches to challenges the city faces, according to a press release. “Elevating and investing in Boston’s artists by bringing them into City Hall and embedding them in our departments’ work is crucial to addressing the challenges we’re facing as a city in new, creative ways,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “In this moment, arts and culture will help us recover, heal, connect, and thrive.”

Boston AIR participants are asked to co-design projects that consider the needs of Boston’s diverse communities, reflecting on city policies, and focus on a lens of resilience and racial equity. The projects are also geared to help residents understand how local government impacts them.

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Curley School Teacher Receives Educator of the Year Award

A Mary E. Curley School teacher was one of several Boston Public School teachers awarded as Educators of the Year by the Boston Public Schools and Boston Teachers Union. Third grade and SEI teacher Konstantinos Petmezis was one of six teachers named as Educators of the Year. "The best thing about teaching is the community. I've been working at The Curley since 2007 and believe that the whole Curley Community deserves an award for what we were able to accomplish last year," said Petmezis to Jamaica Plain News. "It was together that we navigated remote learning and made it through.

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