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Downtown View:Optimism or Pessimism

March 4, 2015
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My friend and I recently attended a public meeting convened by the Boston 2024 Olympics Organizing Committee. It was entertaining in so many ways. The cast of characters was impassioned, especially the opponents. One cute girl from Somerville—probably around 20 years old, not yet a woman— was handing out posters rejecting the Olympics and...

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Esplanade Association Paves the Way for Spring

February 25, 2015
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Esplanade Association Paves the Way for Spring

It’s no secret that Boston is a city that loves to run. Even now, in the dead of winter, many runners are heading outside and braving the elements, whether it be to train for the iconic Boston Marathon or simply get out and stretch their legs. This winter in particular with its historic snowfall...

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Officials Move to Makeup Snow Days

February 25, 2015
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Mayor Martin Walsh and  Superintendent McDonough announced that Boston Public Schools will hold school on Evacuation Day, March 17, making the last day of school Tuesday, June 30. Should additional snow days be required, Mayor Walsh and Superintendent John McDonough have stated that Bunker Hill Day, June 17 would be added to the school...

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Snowfall Brings Challenges For Many Hill Businesses

February 25, 2015
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With the city seeing record amounts of snowfall this season, day-to-day operations bring unprecedented and unforeseen challenges for Beacon Hill businesses. “As the owners of neighborhood restaurants, we tend to never want to close, but with the T shutting down so often, we’ve had a very hard time getting staff to and from work,”...

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Committee Split on Proposed Restoration

February 18, 2015
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Committee Split on Proposed Restoration

While neighbors spoke highly of the historical renovation proposed for the 1830’s six-story brick townhouse at 63 Mt. Vernon Street, much of the discussion at Wednesday’s BHCA zoning and licensing committee focused on a 300-square-foot small building located at the rear of the property which extends from Mt. Vernon to Pinckney Street. The small...

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Vinyl Shul to Honor Leaders on April 26

February 18, 2015
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On Sunday, April 26, at 5:30 p.m., the Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture, will honor two well-known leaders for their commitment to Jewish values, traditions, and history within the Boston community. Mark E. Atkins has spent 40 years in business.  During 23 of them, he served as chairman, CEO and president of...

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Downtown View: Wish I Were There

February 18, 2015
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A long time ago we decided we should try Florida for a couple of weeks in the winter. Other people seemed to like it. The place we are staying has drop-dead beaches, beautiful shells, a plethora of wildlife and an ocean that varies its shade of blue hour by hour. While all of you...

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Hampshire House Will Host ‘Oscar Night Cocktail Party’

February 18, 2015
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Movie-lovers rejoice: Hampshire House is rolling out the red carpet on Sunday for an “Oscar Night Cocktail Party” to benefit the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA). “It’s going to be fun celebration for people who love movies to get together with their neighbors,” said Michele Giacomozzi, Hampshire House’s director of catering. The evening begins...

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Olympic Debate: City Sponsors First Meeting to Discuss Bid

February 12, 2015
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The city sponsored the first of nine public meetings at Suffolk University Law School on Wednesday to discuss its bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.                 Before more than 300 citizens, a team led by Boston 2024’s Chairman John Fish and President Richard Davey, chairman and CEO of Boston-based Suffolk Construction and the state’s...

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Proposed Volleyball Stadium on Common Raises Concerns

February 12, 2015
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A plan to erect a temporary volleyball stadium on the Boston Common if the city wins its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics already has some civic leaders fearing it would greatly reduce public access to the national landmark and potentially cause long-term damage to the park.                 Elizabeth Vizza, executive director of...

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