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Cheek Donates WWII Visual Materials to Athenaeum

January 29, 2017
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Elizabeth E. Barker, Ph.D., Stanford Calderwood Director of the Boston Athenæum, announced the donation to the Athenæum of the collection of WWII visual materials of architectural photographer, author, and Athenæum Proprietor Richard W. Cheek. The Richard W. Cheek World War II Graphic Arts Collection contains over 2,000 posters and war maps, 189 linear feet...

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Local Projects Highlighted in Walsh’s State of City Address:FOPG Urges Caution on Winthrop Sq. Project Mitigation Funds

January 29, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen In a packed Symphony Hall, Mayor Martin J. Walsh delivered his third State of the City Address before embarking on his re-election campaign. In his address, Walsh committed to keeping Boston accessible to all residents by investing more money in affordable housing and upgrading infrastructure and transportation options. An effort from...

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Officials Outline Legislation to Allow New Shadow from Winthrop Square Tower

January 29, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen If passed, the proposed 750 foot building slated for the Winthrop Square Garage could be the last to cast additional shadows on the Boston Common and Public Garden downtown. The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) proposed a plan to push legislation that would allow the building to use up the...

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Police Briefs 01-24-2017

January 29, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 01/13/17- The victim reported unknown person(s) broke into her 2015 Jeep Cherokee, which was parked on Charles Street, at around 7:30 a.m. The rear passenger’s side window broken was broken, and a briefcase with personal belongings and papers was stolen.   Larceny...

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Former District A1 Commanding Superintendent O’rourke Retires

January 29, 2017
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Boston Police Superintendent Bernard “Bernie” O’Rourke has retired following a lengthily career with the department, that expanded 29 years. Many of those years, O’Rourke spent as the Commanding Officer of District A1 which covers the Beacon Hill, North End, West End. Charelstown, Downtown and Waterfront neighborhoods where he conducted the community’s monthly public safety...

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Rising Water Levels Threat to City’s Municipal Harbor Plan

January 29, 2017
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A recent environmental report given to the City of Boston clearly indicates waterfront high tides will consistently rise creating some serious damage to the North End/Waterfront neighborhood. One city employee told a community organization that eventually water could extend out as far as Faneuil Hall with many neighborhood streets and The Greenway affected. Structures...

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Enforcement Key to Reduce The City’s Speed Limit

January 29, 2017
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Obviously, the new City of Boston ordinance regarding the speed limit on city streets from 30 mph to 25 mph will prevent more accidents, injuries and deaths but only if there is adequate enforcement on a regular basis. Public safety concerns are the main reason a reduce speed limit was enacted and only strict...

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Beacon Hill Women’s Forum Dancing With the Stars

January 20, 2017
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Beacon Hill Women’s Forum Dancing With the Stars

 by Marianne Salza When Kathy Hull, a college philosophy and psychology professor, received a phone call one evening from a local dance studio inquiring if she and her husband would like to attend three, free ballroom dancing lessons, she had no idea that it would be the beginning of a new passion and a...

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Massport:Winthrop Sq Tower is Too High

January 20, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen The proposed mixed use 775-foot high tower slated for 115 Winthrop Square, which is known for casting controversial new shadows on the public parks downtown, has received yet another challenge from the air. The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) came out against the proposed height of the building, saying it would interfere...

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Friends and Colleagues Bid Farewell to ‘Bernie’ O’Rourke

January 20, 2017
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By Dan Murphy On the eve of his retirement from a 39-year career with the Boston Police, Superintendent Bernard “Bernie” O’Rourke was feted by scores of friends and colleagues at Ned Devine’s Pub at Faneuil Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 11. O’Rourke, who turned 64 the next day, joined the department in 1978 as a...

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