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Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals

On Sunday May 17, members of the local community joined King’s Chapel’s Assistant Minister Shawn Fiedler in the garden of King’s Chapel’s Parish House on Beacon Street for the annual “Blessing of the Animals.” Pictured Rev. Fiedler is seen offering blessings and prayers for Tucker and his owner Joe.

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Downtown View:Recycle City

May 28, 2015
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We can get pretty depressed at the precarious state of the environment and the steps public officials are not taking to remedy the problem. Even more depressing are the climate change deniers, the clean coal boosters, the natural gas pipeline aficionados and the people who lack concern about fossil fuels damaging our air and...

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Beacon Hill Circle Helps Charities

It’s a proven formula. Neighborhood tours with visits to private homes equal new funds for local charities. That’s the formula the Beacon Hill Circle for Charity has followed for 53 years to raise funds for Greater Boston institutions serving women and children in need. By doing so, Circle members were able to raise about...

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Liza Roman Retires:Helped Many Beacon Hill Nonprofits

 Liza Roman has closed the books on Beacon Hill for the last time. For 33 years Roman, a resident of the Fenway who has owned a bookkeeping business since 1980, made her way to Beacon Hill to watch over the financial records of many small businesses, including Hill House, the Beacon Hill Civic Association,...

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Downtown View:City Life Is a Sharing Life

May 21, 2015
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So many people decide to move into the city—what might they be expecting? Convenient trips to the movies, the opera, the symphony, the theater. Walk-to restaurants, bars, parks and libraries. Shops and supermarkets that make deliveries. All these benefits exist. The most frequent activity, though, may be a surprise to a former suburbanite shedding...

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Borman Receives Beacon Award

May 21, 2015
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Borman Receives Beacon Award

The man who served as president of the Beacon Hill Civic Association from 1971 to 1974 was on hand for the group’s annual meeting at Hampshire House to receive the 19th annual Beacon Award for his “significant and sustained” contribution to the community. “It was a different time,” Bernie Borman said upon learning of...

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Getting to Know the Public Garden

Getting to Know the Public Garden

More than a dozen people have recently taken a very special interest in the Public Garden and have been studying this iconic greenspace for hours on end. What they are learning about America’s first public botanical garden is not for a class or research for a book.  This studious bunch is the inaugural group...

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Old,White and Rich?

May 14, 2015
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The reporting is breathless: Millennium Tower penthouse goes on sale for $37.5 million. A condo in a 19th-century Commonwealth Avenue townhouse sells for $7 million. Luxury apartments, rentable or buyable, going up in the Fenway and in the Seaport. These new projects add expensive housing to the already-pricey neighborhoods in downtown Boston. The buyers...

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Hidden Garden Tour is May 21

With a record number of gardens never seen before, this tour is one not to miss. This year’s tour on Thursday, May 21, will open the gates to 12 hidden gardens, five of which are new member gardens and three “ribbon” gardens that are viewed from the street. This is a self-guided tour and...

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Esplanade Association Awarded $1M ‘Challenge’ Grant

The Esplanade Association was recently awarded a $1-million “challenge grant” in memory of Frances W. Hatch Jr. by a longtime Boston resident who has asked to remain anonymous. The four-year “challenge grant” was made to support the horticultural priorities and special projects within the Charles River Esplanade, and each annual gift of $150,000 of...

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