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Boston Parks Receive High Scores in Report

By John Lynds It’s parks like the Boston Common, Public Garden, the Esplanade and other parks that dot Beacon Hill that help put Boston in the top ten of the nation’s best park systems according to the Trust for Public Land’s Fifth Annual ParkScore index. According to the Trust for Public Land’s report, Boston’s...

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Downtown View:What Could Go Wrong?

By Karen Cord Taylor You have a taxicab company, or maybe you drive a cab. You paid a lot of money for the medallion that allows you to operate that cab. People trying to hail your cab have no idea whether you are free or have a passenger because, unlike in New York City,...

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Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill Welcomes ‘Dreamology’ Author

Motivating teenagers to read books is getting harder and harder. Distractions from television to the Internet and social networking sites, to busy schedules, mean many young adults rarely pick up a book for pleasure.  Long known for her book signings and talks geared to an adult audience, Jennifer Hill, owner of Blackstone’s of Beacon...

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Massachusetts General Hospital Chapel Turns 75

By Dan Murphy Massachusetts General Hospital held a celebration on Wednesday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of its chapel. “This is MGH’s common room, where all people are equal in sharing a common humanity,” said Rev. John W. Polk, MDiv, BCC, director of the Chaplaincy Department. “To those seeking peace, quite, relief, solace, hope...

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Mayor’s Annual Garden Contest Deadline is July 8

Mayor Martin J. Walsh is alerting Boston’s green thumbs that they have until Friday, July 8, to register for Mayor Walsh’s 2016 Garden Contest presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department with a grand prize provided by JetBlue. Now in its 20th year, the contest recognizes gardeners who have landscaped, planted flowers, trees,...

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Police Briefs 05-31-2016

BEACON HILL BEAT From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 05/18/16 – A victim reported he parked his 2005 Honda Accord on Charles Street on May 17. When he returned at 8 a.m. the next day, the right rear window was broken and a backpack containing a laptop, U.S. currency, personal papers...

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Flowering Backyards on Beacon Hill

Flowering Backyards on Beacon Hill

The 87th Annual Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill Annual tour took place last Thursday, May 19, with several thousand folks in attendance. Shown are Beacon Hill Garden Club members Keeta Gilmore (left) and Sandra Gilpatrick help guide tourist to the different gardens.

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Downtown View:Pockets of Diversity

By Karen Cord Taylor A few weeks ago I went to “The Dynamic City,” a conference at Boston University sponsored by Historic New England and two BU departments—the Initiative on Cities and the American and New England Studies Program. The presentations were first-rate, the speakers interesting and the topic of how historic preservation fits...

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Beacon Hill Art Walk Set to Return on June 5

The Beacon Hill Art Walk is an annual event that takes place on the first Sunday in June from 12-6 p.m., throughout the nooks and crannies of Beacon Hill’s North Slope. Residents open up their private gardens, alleyways and courtyards and allow artists to display and sell their artwork. It is a chance for...

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Another Look at Proposal for 33-61 Temple Street

By Dan Murphy Neighbors got another look at the latest plans for what will be the largest residential redevelopment project in Beacon Hill’s history on Monday, May 16, at the second public meeting sponsored by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Dedham-based JDMD Owner, LLC intends to transform the interconnected, six-story Hiriam J. Archer and Frank...

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