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MassDOT Announces More Longfellow Bridge Closure

January 28, 2016
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MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC), will implement a series of bridge closures and Red Line weekend diversions during January 2016. WSC will close the Longfellow Bridge to all vehicular traffic, except MBTA buses, from 11:00 PM on Fridays to 5:00 AM on Mondays. The closures are necessary to implement MBTA Red Line diversions that...

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Downtown View:Sestercentennial

January 28, 2016
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It is now 2016, only 10 years until America’s 250th birthday. So are we going to celebrate or what? It’s not only the Declaration of Independence. The 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre takes place in 2020. The Boston Tea Party’s 250th—2023. The battles of Lexington and Concord and Bunker Hill, 2025. What are...

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On the State Senate Campaign Trail

January 28, 2016
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Livingstone HealthyKids bill gets favorable report Rep. and State Senate candidate Jay Livingstone sponsored the ‘Healthy Kids’ bill that was reported out favorably by joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities Members of the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with \Disabilities advanced favorably on Monday an omnibus bill promoting programs...

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Beacon Hill Gala – One of Many Neighborhood Traditions

January 28, 2016
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by Suzanne Besser February 6, 2016, marks the 44th time the Beacon Hill Civic Association has invited neighbors to the Winter Gala, an elegant dinner and dance that each year attracts hundreds of neighbors. It is one of several Beacon Hill annual traditions that bring residents together to enjoy the community spirit that makes...

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BRA Approves Center Garage Project

January 22, 2016
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BRA Approves Center Garage Project

National Real Estate Advisors (National) and The HYM Investment Group (HYM) won final approval for two towers on the site of the Government Center Garage, the first phases of a six-building, $1.5 billion redevelopment plan to replace the 1960s-era brutalist garage. The project will include housing, offices, a hotel, retail and other public amenities,...

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Walsh to Focus on Education in State of City Address

January 22, 2016
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By John Lynds In a letter to parents last week, Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang said the school department will face a $50 million deficit. The announcement by Chang has made education one of the focal points of Mayor Martin Walsh’s annual State of the City address to be delivered tonight at Boston...

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Downtown View:Up to the Job

January 22, 2016
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January is a good time to visit the World Trade Center site in New York City. The crowds are smaller than in July. El Niño makes it warm enough for the water to cascade freely over the edges of the two square, black sunken fountains marking the locations of the destroyed towers. Calatrava’s soaring...

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Zakim Named to Council Committees

January 22, 2016
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By John Lynds Newly sworn in Boston City Council President Michelle Wu has appointed City Councillor Josh Zakim to chair the Committee on Housing and Community Development as well as vice-chair of the Committee on Government Operations and the Special Committee on Charter Reform. Zakim, who represents Beacon Hill previously chaired the Committee on...

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From Classrooms to Residences

January 22, 2016
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by Suzanne Besser Residents and neighbors of Temple Street had their first look at plans for the mega-redevelopment project proposed for their short one-block street when they met with its developers at a special meeting called last week by the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s zoning and licensing committee. About forty attendees listened, questioned and...

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MGH Lecture Explores Healing Power of Storytelling

January 22, 2016
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As a lecture sponsored by Massachusetts General Hospital on Thursday illustrates, the art of storytelling often holds healing power for those suffering from physical, psychological or spiritual illnesses. “We can only control the physical aspects of health to a certain degree, but we are always in charge of our mindset,” wrote guest speaker Dr....

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