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Block Party Returns On This Sunday

September 17, 2015
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Usher in autumn at the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s “Neighborhood Block Party,” which takes place outside the Firehouse at 127 Mt. Vernon St. this Sunday, Sept. 20, from noon to 4 p.m. For more than 10 years, the event has showcased the Civic Association’s non-profit members, providing each with a table to promote their...

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Charles River Bistro Strives to be The Esplanade’s Community Center

September 10, 2015
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Charles River Bistro Strives to be The Esplanade’s Community Center

As the café’s managers see it, the Charles River Bistro serves two primary functions: to feed visitors to the Esplanade, and, perhaps just as importantly, to function as the de facto community center for the park. “We like being a community hub, and the Bistro has become a destination,” said Christopher Sinclair, who along...

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Manager Says Peet’s to Stay Charles Street Coffee Shop

September 1, 2015
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Manager Says Peet’s to Stay Charles Street Coffee Shop

Adam Schuhose wants to make one thing clear: the Peet’s Coffee & Tea store he manages at 62-66 Charles St. isn’t slated to become a bank branch. “While I’m here, it will remain a retail location and not become a bank,” said Schuhose, a 28-year-old Long Island native who has worked at various area...

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Suffolk University Sells Archer and Donahue for $43.5M

September 1, 2015
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Suffolk University Sells Archer and Donahue for $43.5M

Suffolk University has sold its Hiriam J. Archer and Frank J. Donahue buildings to a New York commercial real-estate firm for $43.5 million. JDMD Owners purchased the two buildings, which are located at Temple and Derne streets and share connecting hallways, under an agreement that allows Suffolk to stay on as a tenant at...

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Beacon Hill Nursery School to Open Front Playspace

August 20, 2015
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To mark its 60th anniversary, the Beacon Hill Nursery School will open a newly renovated front play-space on its Joy Street campus in mid-September. Acton landscape architect Holly Ben-Joseph designed the playground that features educational elements for children ages 2 to 6, including a discovery/science center, as well as a full-body length slate board,...

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DCR Seeks Public-Private Partnership to Revitalize Lee Pool on Esplanade

July 28, 2015
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More than 15 years after its closure, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is seeking to explore public-private partnerships for the reuse of the deep-water Lee Memorial Pool area on the Charles River Esplanade. “The Department of Conservation and Recreation has engaged in a number of projects throughout the Charles River Esplanade through...

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Indoor Cycling Studio Closer to Opening on Cambridge Street

July 22, 2015
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An indoor cycling studio is one step closer to opening in the neighborhood after the Beacon Hill Civic Association board of directors voted last week not to oppose the necessary zoning for SoulCycle to open at 300 Cambridge St. The New York City-based company, with 45 locations nationwide, intends to operate a new outpost...

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New Foot Bridge to be Next to Longfellow

July 22, 2015
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A critical component of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s ongoing renovation of the Longfellow Bridge, the Frances “Fanny” Appleton Bridge will allow pedestrians to cross Storrow Drive at Charles Circle – a route that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow walked to court the footbridge’s namesake in the 1840s as he made the trek from his Cambridge...

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Civic Association Launches Revamped Web Site

July 22, 2015
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association launched its revamped Web site on Thursday, which aims to improve user-experience while lowering the cost of maintaining an online presence for the organization. “We’re thrilled to have accomplished so many of our goals with rolling out the new Web site,” said MaryLee Haplin, the group’s executive director. “We...

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BHCA Zoning Opposes Changes to Building

July 22, 2015
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted to oppose the relief needed to change the occupancy of a one-family home at 70 Myrtle St. into four condo units on Wednesday – three months after the applicant withdrew without prejudice a larger-scale project slated for the site amid concerns from neighbors....

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