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New Bridge Planned on North Washington Street

December 24, 2015
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New Bridge Planned on North Washington Street

The architect who designed the city’s iconic Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge was on hand at the West End Museum on Wednesday to present preliminary plans for the estimated $125-million replacement of the North Washington Street Bridge. Miguel Rosales, president and founder of Boston-based Rosales + Partners Transportation Design, outlined the Massachusetts Department...

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Neighborhood Guide Goes Digital

December 17, 2015
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With its recently published 17th edition, the Beacon Hill Neighborhood Guide is now available digitally for the first time. Compiled each year by the Beacon Hill Civic Association staff in response to the most common inquiries its office receives, the guide offers contact information for elected officials, local police and fire departments, and city...

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Halpin to Leave BHCA

November 12, 2015
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The end of 2015 will close another chapter in the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s 93-year history when MaryLee Halpin steps down from her role as executive director. Soon after joining the organization in May of 2012, Halpin, who had previously served as senior vice president of State Street Global Markets, focused on cost improvements....

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‘Garlands & Green’ Turning 20

November 5, 2015
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‘Garlands & Green’ Turning 20

When the 20th annual “Garlands & Green” fundraiser comes to Hampshire House later this month, it will mark the two-decade mark for not only the neighborhood’s lavish holiday decorating program, but also the inception of the Beacon Hill Business Association. In 1995, Tom Kershaw, who serves today as chairman of the Hampshire House Corporation,...

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Civic Assoc Welcomes New Members

October 29, 2015
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When Dwight Kirkpatrick arrived at the Beacon Hill Civic Association office on Wednesday to join the organization, he was oblivious that one of the group’s semi-annual new members’ receptions was slated for that same evening. “It was a wonderful event, with a very interesting crowd and a pleasant social atmosphere, and it was just...

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Charles St.Meeting House Brings Retail Challenges

October 22, 2015
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When tasked with filling several retail vacancies at the Charles Street Meeting House two years ago, Paul Elias sought to bring in new businesses that would fit in well among existing shops on the street and comfortably within the historic building at the key intersection of Mt. Vernon and Charles streets. Elias, a partner...

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Mayor Issues RFP for Enhancement of City Hall Plaza

September 25, 2015
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) last week to find a partner to work with the city to enhance City Hall Plaza. “The Plaza is the front yard for Boston’s City Hall, and it has enormous potential to be an engaging and activated civic space,” Walsh said in a press...

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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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