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A New Trail to Follow

September 3, 2014
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I love it when one person decides to do a good deed for the rest of us just because he or she is  interested in a topic. Vincent Licenziato, 64, of Phillips Street on Beacon Hill, decided to celebrate art, social justice and education by calling attention to the many statues and memorials around...

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A New Trail to Follow

August 26, 2014
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I love it when one person decides to do a good deed for the rest of us just because he or she is interested in a topic. Vincent Licenziato, 64, of Phillips Street on Beacon Hill, decided to celebrate art, social justice and education by calling attention to the many statues and memorials around...

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How High Is Our Status?

August 25, 2014
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Karen is taking her first break since beginning to write in this space. She is offering some of her most remarked-upon columns for you to enjoy again. How high is our status (first published in May, 2011) Recently, in another part of the country, I found myself in an unusual conversation. One person told...

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Mitt a Democrat?

August 13, 2014
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Karen is taking her first break since beginning to write in this space. She is offering some of her most remarked-upon columns for you to enjoy again. Mitt. A Democrat? (first published in December, 2011 (It probably applies to gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker as well.) Our guy Mitt has met trouble lately in his...

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Downtown View: A month in the country

August 8, 2014
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(first published in August 2013) For the first time since I was 18 years old, I have spent a month in the country. And what a beautiful country it is. Fifty shades of green complimented by the bluest sky ever. Puffy clouds ranging from gray to bright white. Dozens of goldfinches, which my father-in-law...

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Walsh to Ignore BHAC on Sidewalk Ramps: Mayor Walsh’s First Big Mistake

July 25, 2014
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Save the bricks. That was the rallying cry last Thursday for Beacon Hill residents. When neighbors heard the city was going to tear up bricks and install concrete ramps at the neighborhood’s intersections they were, like their predecessors in 1947, willing to sit down on the bricks to keep the city from ripping them...

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Beacon Hill Village Expands Board

July 11, 2014
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Beacon Hill Village Expands Board

Four downtown residents recently joined Beacon Hill Village’s board of directors, expanding the number of board members to 17. West End resident Joanne Cooper is a retired geriatric social worker and nursing home administrator. In 1979 she co-founded the Geriatric Resource Center, a private consulting service and home care agency. She has volunteered for...

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Downtown View : The Welcome Mat Is Yanked for Banks

July 11, 2014
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What’s so bad about a bank? They seem pretty benign. Then why do ten Boston neighborhood shopping districts, including those in the North End and Charlestown, make them or  any professional office a conditional or forbidden use on the first or basement floors? Why did the Boston City Council recently vote to make banks...

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Downtown View Fear All Around

July 3, 2014
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It is surprising that Bostonians are such a fearful lot. West Enders have so effectively communicated their fears about crossing on foot at Leverett Circle to their local politicians that we’re going to waste millions of taxpayer dollars building a pedestrian overpass that will, unless you hit every don’t walk sign, take longer to...

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Garden Club Gives Away Thousands; Leslie Adam Elected as President

June 24, 2014
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Garden Club Gives Away Thousands; Leslie Adam Elected as President

At its recent annual meeting, the Beacon Hill Garden Club elected Leslie Adam of Chestnut Street as its new president. She takes over from Sharon Malt of West Cedar Street, who has led the club for the past two years. Members also voted to give away the $72,000 net profit they had made on...

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