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Mass. Historical Society Celebrates Landscape Architect Arthur Shurcliff

March 4, 2015
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Mass. Historical Society Celebrates Landscape Architect Arthur Shurcliff

The Massachusetts Historical Society will celebrate the legacy of one-time Beacon Hill resident Arthur Shurcliff on March 18 as the final installment of its series honoring prominent landscape architects. At that time, Elizabeth Hope Cushing, Ph.D., author of a newly published book about Shurcliff based on her doctoral dissertation for the American and New...

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March Street Sweeping Put on Hold Until Snow Is Cleared

March 4, 2015
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The Boston Public Works Department has announced that residential street sweeping, originally scheduled to start March 1st, will be postponed until streets are cleared to the curb and gutters are free of ice and snow.  In order for streets to be properly swept, a thaw and large scale melting must occur. Ticketing and towing of  vehicles parked during scheduled street sweeping...

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Beacon Hill Market Suddenly Shutters

March 4, 2015
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Beacon Hill Market Suddenly Shutters

The Beacon Hill Market suddenly shuttered last week, with a posted notice citing the business for more than $54,000 in unpaid rent. Waltham-based Empire Realty Trust has apparently seized the property at 55 Anderson St., following an October court ruling in Boston Municipal Court. Market owner Tracy Holland, who vacated the Charles Street Market,...

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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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