Looking Back at the Year 2011

December 28, 2011
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On December 13, members of the Hill House hockey program and their families enjoyed an evening at the Boston Garden. In between periods of the Bruins versus Los Angeles Kings game (Bruins 3, Kings 0), Hill House hockey players also took to the ice to play their own three minute games. Shown above is The Kerrigan family.

• In January, the city began taking steps to make public safety improvements to Codman Island at Charles and Beacon streets in response to concerns from the Beacon Hill Civic Association and City Councilor Mike Ross’ office.

• On Jan. 16, state Environmental Police killed a coyote that was spotted near the Frog Pond on the

Codman Island at the intersection of Charles and Beacon streets.

Boston Common and later on the streets of Beacon Hill.

• On Jan. 29, the Beacon Hill Civic Association held its 39th annual Winter Dance at the Mandarin Oriental. The black-tie event had an “Old Hollywood Glamour” theme and drew more than 300 guests.

• In February, the Advent School announced that it had entered into a multi-year lease for a former office building at 99 West Cedar St.

• On March 23, the Friends of the Public Garden, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Mayor Thomas M. Menino held a groundbreaking ceremony on the Boston Common for the first phase of construction on the Brewer Fountain Plaza and the surrounding area.

• In April, Beacon Hill Village celebrated its 10th anniversary.

• On April 9, Beacon Hill Nursery School celebrated its 55th anniversary at its annual “Toast of the Town” auction.

• On May 12, the Beacon Hill Business Association (BHBA) held its 11th annual “Taste of Beacon Hill ” at the Omni Parker House Hotel.

• On May 16, the Beacon Hill Civic Association held its 89th annual meeting at the Union Club. At that time, the organization awarded the 15th annual Beacon Award to its first president, Gael Mahony.

• On May 19, the Beacon Hill Garden Club sponsored its 82nd Hidden Gardens Tour.

• On June 5, the 21st annual Beacon Hill art walk took place on the Hill’s north slope.

• On June 10, the Beacon Hill Civic Association sponsored its Summer White Party at the Union Club.

• In July, the Beacon Hill Civic Association awarded its first Golden Broom Awards to Jack and Mary Fitzgerald of Irving Street and Anna’s Taqueria of Cambridge Street in recognition of their efforts to keep the areas around their properties clean and free from litter.

• On July 28, Hubway, the city’s bike-share program, was launched.

• On Sept. 14, the Advent School planted a Princeton elm tree in the Public Garden to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the school’s opening.

• On Sept. 18, the Beacon Hill Civic Association held its annual Block Party.

• In October, the Myrtle Street Playground reopened after undergoing $75,000 in renovations via a partnership between the Friends of Myrtle Street Playground and the mayor’s Capital Improvements Program.

• In October, John Nucci, Suffolk University’s vice president for government and community affairs, told the Times that the school had honored its agreement with the Beacon Hill Civic Association by vacating all students from the Holiday Inn at Blossom and Cambridge streets.

• On Oct. 11, the Beacon Hill Garden Club joined the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) to sponsor the awards reception for the 53rd annual Beacon Hill Window Box Contest.

• On Oct. 21, Hill House held its ninth annual “Hill-O-Ween” celebration at the Boston Public Library with a carnaval-themed soiree.

• On Oct. 28, the 10,000 square-foot Esplanade Playspace opened on the Charles River Esplanade.

• On Nov. 8, the four incumbent candidates – acting City Council President Stephen Murphy and Councilors Felix Arroyo, John Connolly and Ayanna Pressley – topped the bill in the general election for city councilor at-large.

• On Nov. 9, the Beacon Hill Business Association held its annual meeting at Hampshire House.

• On Dec. 8, the Beacon Hill Business Association held its Holiday Stroll, featuring Victorian Carolers, strolling brass quintet and horse and buggy rides and refreshments at local shops.

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