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Letter to the Editor

November 18, 2014
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Neighbors remember        John W. Sears Mr. Sears died early this morning, Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4,  in his 84th year. He probably would have considered that bad timing, since he never ever missed casting his ballot on Election Day.                 He was our neighbor for over 30 years, generously sharing his legendary knowledge of...

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Downtown View Nothing Ventured

November 7, 2014
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The controversy over bringing the Summer Olympics to Boston in 2024 is soooooo Boston. It’s got all the usual characters, all the usual conflicts. It’s the grumps vs. the dreamers. Cautionists (seen as wise) vs. gung-hoists (seen as foolhardy.) Pessimists vs. optimists. Naysayers vs. soothsayers. It is a rich narrative to follow, and it...

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Community Leaders Remember Menino

November 7, 2014
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Beacon Hill community leaders are fondly remembering Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino as an outstanding person and a great friend to the neighborhood during his two-decade tenure as the city’s chief executive. Mr. Menino, the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history, died on Oct. 30, 2014. He was 71. MaryLee Halpern, executive director of...

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BHCA Zoning to Meet on Nov. 5

November 7, 2014
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On Wednesday, November 5, the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Zoning & Licensing Committee will hold a meeting to discuss the proposed change of occupancy from University to residential and parking garage at 28-32 Derne Street, the proposed construction of a roof deck at the rear of 58 Beacon Street, and the proposed conversion to...

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Time to Start Thinking of Christmas

November 7, 2014
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1,100 lamp posts with 2,860 yards of laurel garlands and 2,400 red bows can only mean one thing: it’s time to kick-off the Holiday Season on Beacon Hill.  Join the magic as Tom Kershaw graciously hosts Garlands and Green: A Holiday Gathering at The Hampshire House on Wednesday, November 19 from 6-9 pm. This...

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What Constitutes an Historic Building in Beacon Hill?

November 7, 2014
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 ‘Shocked’ is how some Beacon Hill residents recently described their reaction when the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission, which for nearly 60 years has protected and preserved the neighborhood’s historic fabric, gave the green light to a resident’s proposal to tear down his property’s façade. Neighbors are questioning the severity of the structural damage to...

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Mayor Tom Menino

November 7, 2014
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The passing this week of former, long-time Boston Mayor Thomas Menino truly removes from our lives a man whose devotion to his city and its people was second to none. The incredible outpouring of genuine sadness and respect expressed by persons from all walks of life and from stations high and low bore witness...

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Beacon Hill’s Maggie Gohlmann Inducted as Peter Lynch Scholar

November 1, 2014
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Beacon Hill’s Maggie Gohlmann Inducted as Peter Lynch Scholar

At a Mass followed by a breakfast reception at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Newton, Cardinal Séan O’Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston inducted the fifth class of Peter Lynch (PL) Scholars. Mattea del Peschio and Maggie Gohlmann  from St. John School, Boston were two of approximately 173 students from across the...

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FOPG Preparing for Climate Change

November 1, 2014
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Preparing for climate change was the topic of the evening at the Friends of the Public Garden Members Reception, which was held in the Carver Ballroom of the Revere Hotel on Thursday, Oct. 9.            Chair of the Friends Board of Directors Anne Brooke kicked-off the meeting by thanking members for their involvement and...

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Residents Ready for Halloween

November 1, 2014
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With the countdown on, many Beacon Hill residents are getting ready for the annual night of fun and fright on Friday. Some residents have already taken the time to decorate their houses in scary spiderwebs or witches or goblins. In the next few days many other homes will be decorated that will transform Beacon...

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