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On Thursday Meet Local Author Karen Cord Taylor at Blackstone’s

October 17, 2014
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If Beacon Hill could talk, it would tell you stories — stories of unique individuals and groups, past and present — who’ve had a lasting impact on the community throughout its history. Beacon Hill resident Karen Cord Taylor shares many of these stories in her new local history book, “Legendary Locals of Beacon Hill.”...

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Charles River Gets High Marks

October 17, 2014
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EPA has given a grade of “A-” for water quality in the Charles River during 2013. It is the highest grade EPA has issued since the 1995 inception of the Clean Charles River Initiative. Reflecting nearly twenty years of focused efforts by EPA, state and local officials, private environmental advocacy groups and concerned citizens,...

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State Issues RFP for Air Rights

October 17, 2014
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The state issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) on Wednesday for the design and development of an air-rights project at Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue. Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the MBTA are seeking development proposals for Parcel 13, which consists of approximately 54,500 square feet of air rights over the Massachusetts Turnpike...

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Hill Couple’s Hobby Honored by Washington, D.C., Museum

October 17, 2014
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The Beacon Hill Times has neighborhood competition, but not competition that should cause much concern. “I call it the world’s smallest newspaper, with the world’s smallest circulation,” says Bowdoin Street resident David Trumbull, who, since January of 2011, has published the Bowdoin Street Times, a miniature newspaper (about the size of a matchbook) for...

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Block Party is This Sunday On the Hill

October 17, 2014
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Don’t miss the neighborhoods biggest party, this Sunday, September 14! The Beacon Hill Civic Association will once again host the Neighborhood Block Party from 12noon to 4pm in-front of The Firehouse, 127 Mt. Vernon Street. The annual event welcomes back the community after each summer for a fun-filled afternoon of hot dogs sizzling on...

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Remember This: Caregiving and Long-Term Illness

October 14, 2014
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Remember This: Caregiving and Long-Term Illness

Let’s suppose your mother has Alzheimer’s.  You’ve found her a lovely Assisted Living Facility with an Alzheimer’s Unit and a view of the ocean—that eases your mind.  One evening, you visit her at dinnertime.  She’s sitting in the sunroom, waiting (as she explains to you) for your predeceased father.  What do you say to...

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Restrictions: Scheduled for MassPike

October 14, 2014
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Effective Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, MassDOT will be implementing a lane restriction on the Turnpike/I-90 in the westbound direction between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the area of the Commonwealth Avenue bridge.  These restrictions will be in effect on weekdays in the westbound direction.  These lane restrictions are in addition...

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Somerset Club Gets City’s Nod to Expand

October 14, 2014
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The city’s Board of Appeals voted last Tuesday to grant zoning relief to the Somerset Club allowing it to fill in its exterior courtyard for the purposes of creating a chef’s office and storage space. The Somerset Club, a private organization located at 42-43 Beacon St., intends to enclose an approximately 458 square-foot area...

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Downtown View: This is a Column of Sidewalk Pictures

October 6, 2014
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Downtown View: This is a Column of Sidewalk Pictures

I want to show you what a good job the City of Boston’s Public Works Department can do. I learned this several years ago when I was a member of a committee that worked to improve Cambridge Street. City employee Peter Scarpignato, now retired, was exceptional in judgment, sense of street design and safety...

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Civic Association Proceeds with Litigation Against City over Hill Sidewalk Curb-cuts

October 6, 2014
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After failing to reach a compromise on bringing the neighborhood’s sidewalks into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) announced last week that it would proceed with litigation against the city over the ongoing construction of curb-cuts.                 “We understand and share the city’s commitment to the disabled...

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