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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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Downtown View: A New Snowstorm App

February 12, 2015
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In a snowstorm, we’re lucky to live downtown. The electricity stays on. Many shops stay open. We don’t need to drive. Outside it is silent, at least until your neighbor starts to shovel. If you’ve got a fireplace, so much the better. If someone decides to make soup, even more comforting.                 Now we...

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Remodeled Lala Rokh Reopens

February 12, 2015
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Remodeled Lala Rokh Reopens

After closing on Jan. 1 for an extensive remodeling, the popular Beacon Hill restaurant Lala Rokh has reopened with a new look and an expanded menu.                 “We wanted to open the space up in feel while keeping its coziness,” said Babak Bina, who owns and operates the eatery with his sister, Azita Bina-Seibel....

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