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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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Residents Upset over Store’s Closing and Charles Street’s Vulnerability

September 17, 2013
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Residents Upset over Store’s Closing and Charles Street’s Vulnerability

The closing of a small grocery store on Charles Street has agitated, even enraged, the neighborhood, and has become a touchstone for all the fears locals have about what the street could become. Charles Street Market, the corner store at the intersection of Charles and Mount Vernon streets, closed on Sunday, September 8. By...

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Downtown View Parking Lot Worries

November 30, 2012
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I’m worried. It’s about a surface parking lot. It seems silly to worry about a parking lot, but that’s the way it is. Maybe it will turn out okay, but things have a way of getting out of hand. Let’s hope I’m wrong. This parking lot lies on the Esplanade near Charles Circle. That...

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Here Comes Summer

July 16, 2012
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The Supreme Court has ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passes muster with the Constitution. Mitch McConnell and company have had their chance to sputter, spit and go spastic over Justice John Roberts’s betrayal. So summer can now begin. Summer, at least in the way New England celebrates it, is the...

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Envy? Not Us by Karen Cord Taylor

March 16, 2012
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Envy? Not Us by Karen Cord Taylor

It’s looking as if we might have to put up with Mitt Romney for awhile. We have found out what we expected—he is a rich man, not just in the top 1 percent, but in the top .006 percent. And Mitt says we envy him. Mitt, you don’t know from envy. There aren’t many...

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Beating Back the Banks

February 21, 2012
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One result of the agitation over the flood of banks displacing loved and needed businesses has been to point out how Boston could do more to provide the best environment for small, local business success. We know a lot about how small businesses succeed in a city and it has little to do with...

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The Happiest Valentines

February 14, 2012
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The Happiest Valentines

Perhaps you’ve been following the trials (liter­ally) and the tribulations of a tycoon named Ronald O. Perelman. Perelman, in case you don’t know, is the chairman of the board of Revlon, Inc. He is also the head of MacAndrews & Forbes, a company that owns a lot of other companies. Coincidentally, Perelman is one...

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Downtown View: It Takes a Village

December 2, 2011
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That’s what our streetside litter basket has required. Some readers may remember that in June the city installed a mesh litter basket on the lamp post in front of our house at my request. It was an experiment. Would our sidewalk and tree pit be free of cups, crumpled paper and those little plastic...

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When Will DeLuca’s Market Reopen?

July 26, 2011
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When Will DeLuca’s Market Reopen?

It was on July 8 last year that a basement electrical fire closed DeLuca’s Market, the grocery store that Beacon Hillers have loved or hated, sometimes at the same time, for more than 100 years. The market is still not open, and Virgil Aiello, whose uncle started the market and who owns it now...

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You moved here in September. Now get involved.

December 1, 2010
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You’ve probably heard people say that city dwellers never know their neighbors. Whoever said that doesn’t know this city. Plenty of ways exist to meet people in downtown Boston. Of course, you could get a dog or have a child, because dogs and children seem to bring people together. But I was thinking of...

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