Monthly Archives: December 2014

Passing of the Gentle Giants

December 31, 2014
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Beacon Hill has just suffered a major shock, with the deaths during the past year of six of our long-time, highly respected community leaders. Although of different stripes politically and socially, these six — five men and one woman — all were tied to a commitment to the “commonweal”;  Republican or Democrat, maverick or...

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Turning a Neglected Pit into a Garden

December 31, 2014
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The pit’s filled, walls bricked, perimeter reinforced and bricks laid. On Friday two dim lanterns were installed to illuminate the 45 Beaver Place garden project, and outdoor work ceased for the holidays. In mid-January, though, construction workers will be back to ensure that by spring plantings will green and trees bloom in the 1500-square-foot...

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DCR Announces Study of Parkway System for Bike Lanes

December 31, 2014
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Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Jack Murray recently announced that the agency will conduct a comprehensive study of its parkway system to identify locations where bike lanes and improvements could be installed. “Cycling has seen a significant expansion, both as a method of transportation and recreation,” Murray said. “As an agency that...

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Looking Back at the People and Events that made 2014

December 31, 2014
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Most readers probably think 2014 has been a year of bad news and more bad news. I won’t bore you with the details. You know what they are. But there have been a few bright spots for Bostonians that should help 2015 be more satisfying. Cleaner streets are the best news. This has been...

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Top Ten Events of 2014

December 31, 2014
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On Jan. 6, Marty Walsh was sworn in as the mayor of Boston and Josh Zakim as the District 8 city councilor. On Jan. 15, Kenneth Fong was named captain of the Boston Police Department Area A-1. On Feb. 1, the Beacon Hill Civic Association held its annual Winter Gala entitled ‘There’s No Place...

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Ring Out The Old….

December 31, 2014
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The New Year always provides us with a time of reflection, both upon the year that has passed and upon the one to come. The opening lines of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, Ring Out, Wild Bells, sums up what we all feel at this time of year: Ring out, wild bells, to the wild...

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Holiday Stroll

December 23, 2014
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Holiday Stroll

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Letter to the Editor

December 23, 2014
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Goodwill among men and women of Beacon Hill Dear Citizens of and Visitors to Beacon Hill, This letter is addressed to the honest and kind person who found my wallet somewhere on Beacon Hill last Thursday evening. I had no idea where I had left it, despite my retracing my steps… my father’s tried...

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BHCA Supports Rehab of Spaulding Hospital

December 23, 2014
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) board of directors wrote a letter to the city Wednesday in support of Massachusetts General Hospital’s plan to convert the former Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital into administrative offices, but expressed concern with MGH’s seemingly incremental approach to expansion of its Boston campus.             According to an amendment to its...

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Children’s Books About Careers

December 23, 2014
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When our children were young, they asked what their father, a lawyer, did at work. I told them, “He gives advice to people.” But that was hardly an adequate explanation. They eventually learned what lawyers do through family discussions, visits to his office, and their expanding notions of the world as they grew older....

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