Year in Review

January 4, 2011
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An artist’s rendering of the Science Park/West End MBTA Station.

On Jan. 4, Felix G. Arroyo was sworn in as a Boston city councilor at-large.

On Jan. 30, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) held its 38th Annual Winter Dance at the Mandarin Hotel.

In February, the MBTA board of directors approved $10.3 million in accessibility improvements to the Science Park/West End Station.

In February, Susan Symonds was named president of the Beacon Hill Business Association (BHBA).

On Feb. 11, Gov. Deval Patrick approved the “green ticket bill,” providing municipalities with a more effective way to address the issues of illegal dumping, unacceptable trash removal and improper snow and ice removal.

In March, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary a Letter of Intent with the city for three proposed projects that would result in a 90,000 square-foot expansion of its Boston campus.

In March, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) filed a small project application with the city for its proposed Museum & History Center – an 8,000 square foot, two story building to be located at Cambridge and North Grove streets.

In May, the Friends of the Public Garden – the non-profit dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the Boston Common, Public Garden and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall – celebrated its 40th anniversary.

On May 23, the Friends Of the Phillips Street Play Area held its first fundraising event – the PSPA Book Fair and Bake Sale – to support summer programming.

On May 26, Mayor Thomas M. Menino presided over the reopening celebration for the restored Brewer Fountain on the Boston Common.

On May 27, the MBTA board of directors approved $22 million in accessibility improvements to the Science Park/West End Station.

On June 6, the 20th Annual Beacon Hill Art Walk took place in the gardens, alleyways and courtyards that surround the neighborhood’s brick townhouses.

On June 30, the Taste of Beacon Hill took place at The Libert Hotel.

On July 8, a four-alarm fire struck DeLuca’s Markey on Charles Street, causing an estimated $1 million in dames. A short circuit in the basement electrical system was ultimately determined to be the cause of the fire.

Pictured, left to right, are FTA Region 1 Acting Administrator Mary Beth Mello; City Council President Michael Ross; State Rep. Marty Walz; MBTA General Manager Rich Davey; Bob O’Brien, executive director of the Downtown North Association; City of Boston Transportation Commissioner Thomas Tinlin; Louise Thomas, president of the West End Civic Association (WECA); and Marie Cantlon, former WECA president and chair of the Leverett Circle Committee of WECA.

In August, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) and the Beacon HillBusiness Association (BHBA) announced the launch of “Clean Streets” – a pilot program that aims to keep Charles Street free of trash, graffiti and other debris.

On Aug. 10, the city’s Board of Appeals granted the zoning variances that would allow the UPS Store at 139 Charles St. to build an expansion.

In September, the Beacon Hill Nursery School opened its natural playspace in the school’s backyard.

On Sept. 19, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) held its annual Block Party.

In September, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved the $8.25 million Massachusetts General Hospital Museum & History Center – an 8,000 square foot, two-story building to be located at Cambridge and North Grove streets.

In October, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) unveiled plans for the proposed Esplanade Playspace – a $1.5 million playground for 5- to 12-year-olds that would be privately funded with an endowment for maintenance and programming.

In November, Samantha Goudreau joined the Beacon Hill Civic Association as the new administrative assistant.

In November, the Beacon Hill Garden Club made the largest donation in its 82-year history – a $55,000 gift to the Friends of the Public Gardens for improvements to the area surrounding the Brewer Fountain on the Boston Common.

In November, incumbent State Rep. Marty Walz was reelected to her 8th Suffolk District seat, besting her Republican rival Brad Marston.

On Dec. 9, the Beacon Hill Business Association (BHBA) sponsored the annual Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll.

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