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75 on Cambridge Slated to Open at Former Grampy’s Gas Station Site

May 8, 2013
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75 on Cambridge – the newest addition to the burgeoning 75 Chestnut restaurant chain – is slated to open on the former site of Grampy’s gas station at 209 Cambridge St. in the fall of 2014. “It gives us an opportunity to take this emerging brand we have to other side of Beacon Hill...

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State Rep. Candidates Discuss City’s Biggest Challenges, Issues

May 1, 2013
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Two Democratic candidates vying for the state representative seat vacated by Marty Walz discussed their views on the city’s biggest challenges and issues when they faced off in a debate at the First Church in Boston last Tuesday. Josh Dawson, a 30-year-old Back Bay resident who previously served as executive director of State Treasurer...

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Local Group Sees New School as First Step

April 23, 2013
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Downtown Schools for Boston has welcomed the news of the city’s plans to open a new public elementary school at 585 Commercial St. in September of 2016, but the recently established group of families, residents and supporters views the announcement as merely an important step on a long journey. “The school helps the Back...

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Neighborhood Cleanup is Sat.

April 23, 2013
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In conjunction with “Boston Shines” – the city’s annual spring cleanup – the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) and the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB) are organizing volunteer efforts to beautify their respective neighborhoods on Saturday. The BHCA Streets and Sidewalks Committee asks interested citizens to take part in the Hill cleanup...

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Longfellow Bridge Project to Impact Traffic, MBTA Service

April 16, 2013
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Longfellow Bridge Project  to Impact Traffic, MBTA Service

When construction on the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT)  $255 million rehabilitation of the Longfellow Bridge gets underway in July, impacts will include extensive traffic diversions and interruptions to MBTA Red Line service. At a public meeting last week, representatives from White-Skanska-Consigli – the joint venture firm awarded the design/build contract for the project...

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Project Gets Green Light by BHCA Comm.: Would Combine Two Residences into One

April 16, 2013
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday not to oppose the city granting a variance that would allow for the proposed combination of two residences into a one-parcel, single-family home at 87 Chestnut St. The applicant intends to unify existing properties at 87 Chestnut St. and 58 Brimmer St.,...

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BHCA and Garden Club Plan Year-round Window Box Competition

April 9, 2013
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association and the Beacon Hill Garden Club are partnering to launch “Beautify Beacon Hill”  – a new program that transforms the annual window-box contest into a year-round competition. “The window-box contest only focuses on one period of time, but we’re making it a four-season program,” said MaryLee Halpin, executive director...

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Public Market Plans Moving Forward

April 2, 2013
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While plans are moving forward to open an indoor public food market adjacent to the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, its opening date remains unclear. “We’re going to open as soon as we can, but we don’t want to open prematurely and badly,” said Brian Kinney, chairman of the non-profit Boston Public Market Association (BPMA),...

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DCR Opens Bids for Eliot Memorial

April 2, 2013
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The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) opened construction bids Wednesday for a project to revitalize the Charles Eliot Memorial on the Charles River Esplanade. Through its Partnership Matching Funds Program, DCR has partnered with The Esplanade Association (TEA) to underwrite the estimated $388,040 construction cost of the project. Its scope includes “parkland renovation...

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Unitarian Universalist Assoc. to Sell Hill Properties

March 26, 2013
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Unitarian Universalist Assoc. to Sell Hill Properties

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) plans to sell its Beacon Hill properties and relocate to Boston’s Innovation District, representatives from the religious organization announced. On March 14, the UUA’s board of trustees authorized the purchase of a building at 24 Farnsworth St. and subsequent sale of four buildings on the Hill. Among the properties...

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