Monthly Archives: February 2015

Proposed Volleyball Stadium on Common Raises Concerns

February 12, 2015
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A plan to erect a temporary volleyball stadium on the Boston Common if the city wins its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics already has some civic leaders fearing it would greatly reduce public access to the national landmark and potentially cause long-term damage to the park.                 Elizabeth Vizza, executive director of...

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Downtown View: A New Snowstorm App

February 12, 2015
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In a snowstorm, we’re lucky to live downtown. The electricity stays on. Many shops stay open. We don’t need to drive. Outside it is silent, at least until your neighbor starts to shovel. If you’ve got a fireplace, so much the better. If someone decides to make soup, even more comforting.                 Now we...

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Remodeled Lala Rokh Reopens

February 12, 2015
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Remodeled Lala Rokh Reopens

After closing on Jan. 1 for an extensive remodeling, the popular Beacon Hill restaurant Lala Rokh has reopened with a new look and an expanded menu.                 “We wanted to open the space up in feel while keeping its coziness,” said Babak Bina, who owns and operates the eatery with his sister, Azita Bina-Seibel....

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More Snow

February 12, 2015
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We’ve seen record-setting snowfall in the past two weeks in Boston, creating difficult challenges for Department of Public Works crews who have been working around the clock to remove the snow from the streets and roadways. During last week’s snowstorm, Chestnut Street looked barely plowed.  During this week’s snowstorm, the street on Monday was...

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Congratulations New England Patriots

February 12, 2015
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In what is being called the best Super Bowl in history – at least from a New England Patriots fan’s viewpoint – the hometown team captured its fourth Vince Lombardi Championship Trophy with a thrilling 28-24 victory over Seattle. We’ve been fortunate over the last 15 years to watch the greatest quarterback (Tom Brady),...

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Building a Snowman

February 9, 2015
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Building a Snowman

The Esplanade Association held a flash snowman-building contest at the park on Wednesday. These children had their snowman decked out in the iconic Beacon Hill Bar Cheers.

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Zoning and Licensing to Meet Feb. 4

February 9, 2015
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On Wednesday, February 4th, the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Zoning & Licensing Committee will hold a meeting to discuss the proposed renovations at 28 Pinckney/ 63 Mt. Vernon Street and the request to modify the existing Good Neighbor Agreement at 161 Charles Street (Top Shelf Market). The meeting will take place at 74 Joy...

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Closures on Storrow Drive for this Week

February 9, 2015
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Through Friday Feb. 6, the Storrow Drive eastbound offramp for the Fenway, Boylston Street, and the Longwood Medical and Academic Area, across the Bowker Overpass will be closed on an as-needed basis between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  The closure will be daily through Friday, Feb. 6; on Saturday, Feb. 7,...

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Report Issued on BRA

February 9, 2015
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There were some that predicted that a new mayor of Boston would attempt to dismantle the Boston Redevelopment Authority and strip Boston’s planning and economic development agency of its far reaching power in Boston. After assuming office last year, one of Mayor Martin Walsh’s top priorities was a reorganization of the BRA and launched...

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Downtown View: More Stupid Stuff

February 9, 2015
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Sometimes as a community we don’t think before we act even though we spend lots of time in the thinking stage. Casinos are one example. This is not a column opposing casinos. Their benefits are probably over-rated, and so are their drawbacks. Everett was chosen over Revere for the casino in the Boston area....

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