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New Foot Bridge to be Next to Longfellow

July 22, 2015
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A critical component of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s ongoing renovation of the Longfellow Bridge, the Frances “Fanny” Appleton Bridge will allow pedestrians to cross Storrow Drive at Charles Circle – a route that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow walked to court the footbridge’s namesake in the 1840s as he made the trek from his Cambridge...

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Rep. Livingstone Outlines Local Aid In State Budget

July 22, 2015
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The House and Senate finalized a joint budget, which each passed on Wednesday, July 8. The budget passed by the House and the Senate included notable increases for the 8th Suffolk District. The governor had until July 11 to consider the budget. The Boston Landmarks Orchestra, an organization that provides many services throughout Boston...

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University Club Awards 6 BPS Students Scholarships

July 22, 2015
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University Club Awards 6 BPS Students Scholarships

Earlier this month, the University Club of Boston announced the recipients of its “Future Leaders of Boston” scholarship awards.  For the first time since the Scholarship Fund’s inception, six students will receive scholarships to attend college. The winners, all graduates of Boston Public High Schools include:  Payton Coutlis of Boston Latin Academy, Briana D’Amelio...

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Downtown View:Immigrants 1850

July 22, 2015
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Recently I researched and wrote a book about a group of immigrants who came to America in the 1840s and 1850s. Getting to Grand Prairie: One Hundred Londoners and Their Quest for Land in Frontier Illinois will appear this summer. It tells a true story of the farming community I grew up in. I’m...

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BHCA Zoning Opposes Changes to Building

July 22, 2015
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted to oppose the relief needed to change the occupancy of a one-family home at 70 Myrtle St. into four condo units on Wednesday – three months after the applicant withdrew without prejudice a larger-scale project slated for the site amid concerns from neighbors....

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Downtown View:Questions You’ve Always Wanted Answered

July 9, 2015
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Recently we’ve noticed small, colored plastic disks embedded in the asphalt on Boston streets, especially in sections that have been repaired. What are those disks doing there? “They signify the utility contractor that did the work” wrote Gabrielle Farrell, associate press secretary in the mayor’s office, in an email. “This gives the Public Works...

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Hill Businesses are Named Among ‘Best of Boston”

Five Beacon Hill businesses were named in Boston Magazine’s annual “Best of Boston” July edition, which is now on newsstands. The neighborhood’s winners included the Tip Tap Room at 138 Cambridge St. for steak tips, Follain at 65 Charles St. for skin-care products, the Liberty Hotel at 215 Charles St. for hotels, Pressed at...

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Mass.Eye and Ear Selling Hotel/Garage

July 9, 2015
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Officials from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, now known as the Mass. Eye and Ear, are in talks with several developers about selling their property on Beacon Hill. “The John Jeffries House is historically significant to the Mass. Eye and Ear, but it was not part of our mission,” said hospital spokesperson Jennifer...

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Opening the New Lawn At Hatch Shell

Opening the New Lawn At Hatch Shell

On Friday, June 19, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and Esplanade Association celebrated the opening of the newly restored Hatch Shell Oval Lawn on the Charles River Esplanade. On hand for the ceremonial ribbon-cutting were Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton, DCR Commissioner Carol Sanchez, State Rep. Jay Livingstone, President...

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Closing a Church and Its Garden

July 3, 2015
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Church attendance is down all over America, but especially in New England, where only 17 to 22 percent of the residents report weekly attendance. Almost half of all Americans report they rarely or never go to church. One web site lists 27 churches in Massachusetts for sale to developers. The Catholic Archdiocese of Boston...

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