Monthly Archives: August 2017

Galvin says New Shadow Law Removes Layer of Protection for Historic Parks

August 9, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Gov. Charlie Baker recently signed a home-rule petition into law that would allow Millennium Partners to move forward with building a 775-foot tower on the site of the city-owned Winthrop Square Garage, bypassing two existing state laws that protect the Boston Common and Public Garden from new shadows. Mayor Martin Walsh...

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Downtown View:A Modest Proposal

August 9, 2017
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Karen is taking a break. Here is a column from last fall that needs more consideration. By Karen Cord Taylor The noise is always a surprise. Your cab stops in the street to let you out. The driver can’t pull over because parked cars line both sides of the narrow street. A short time...

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BHCA Community Corner

August 9, 2017
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Keep exterior doors well lit When the BHCA Cambridge Street Quality of Life Committee members walked down Cambridge Street last fall to identify problem areas impacting residents’ quality of life and safety, they noted that several property owners had not replaced burned out bulbs in light fixtures mounted above their doorways. It is a...

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City Council Motions

August 9, 2017
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CITY COUNCIL ESTABLISHES COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE The Boston City Council passed an amended ordinance to create the Community Preservation Committee (CPC), as required by State law to make recommendations regarding the use of the funds generated by the one percent surcharge on real estate property. The ordinance requires that the CPC study the needs...

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Local Restaurants Taking Part in Dine Out Boston

August 9, 2017
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By Phil Orlandella Seven Beacon Hill Restaurants will participate in the 2017 Dine Out Boston program that is celebrating its 16th year of providing diners an opportunity to enjoy Beacon Hill’s atmosphere and the fine eateries that exist on the Hill. Formally Restaurant Week, over 156 restaurants are taking part in the multi-day, specially...

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Police Briefs 08-08-2017

August 9, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Aggravated Assault and Battery 07/26/17 – At approximately 9:30 p.m., a male suspect was arrested on the Boston Common around Beacon Street for aggravated assault and battery. The suspect was swinging a knife at the male victim after an argument and slashed him in the jaw...

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Obituaries 08-08-2017

August 9, 2017
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James DuBois McNeely 1933 – 2017 James D. McNeely, a prominent Boston architect, noted for his historic renovation of Beacon Hill townhouses, died peacefully on July 27, 2017 in his South Freeport home, surrounded by his wife and three of his children. McNeely was born in Washington, D.C. to Oscar DuBois McNeely and Julia...

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‘Paddle to Work Day’ on July 28 Raised Funds to Protect Charles River

August 5, 2017
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‘Paddle to Work Day’ on July 28 Raised Funds to Protect Charles River

On Friday, July 28, 15 people paddled the Charles River as part of “Paddle To Work Day” hosted by Charles River Canoe and Kayak. The event celebrated a healthy river and raised funds for Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA). A beautiful sunny morning greeted the paddlers as they began the five-mile paddle from Soldier’s...

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Downtown View:Infrastructure. Investment. Interesting.

August 5, 2017
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By karen Cord Taylor Karen is taking a break. This column from last September still has relevance. Throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s, Boston boldly invested in itself. It cleaned up the harbor, spending $3.8 billion on the Deer Island Treatment Plant alone. It spent from $650 to $850 million, depending on...

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Gov Baker Signs Bill for New Shadow Law

August 5, 2017
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By Dan Murphy Gov. Charlie Baker signed a home-rule petition into law Friday that would allow Millennium Partners to build a 775-foot luxury, condo tower on the site of the shuttered, city-owned Winthrop Square Garage, thereby bypassing two existing state “shadow” laws protecting the Boston Common and Public Garden. While the new building would...

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