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Charles St. Holiday Stroll on Thursday

December 23, 2014
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The Beacon Hill Business Association (BHBA) will hold its annual “Holiday Stroll” on Thursday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. At this time, participating neighborhood businesses will help rein in the holiday, and the event features the Apollo Club Singers, a brass ensemble, two horse-drawn carriages and Victorian carolers. Also, the neighborhood tree-lighting...

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Don’t do Stupid Stuff

December 23, 2014
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Hillary Clinton distanced herself from President Obama’s cautionary guide to international relations. But I thought his motto was good advice for most matters. Not that I’ve always avoided doing stupid stuff, and you can probably think of a few times you’ve not followed that advice either. When individuals do stupid stuff, it’s usually a...

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DCR Announces Plans for Spray Deck on Esplanade

December 23, 2014
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The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced plans to build a spray deck on the Charles River Esplanade and sought public input on the project at a meeting at the Shriners Hospital for Children Auditorium on Thursday. Design team members said the new structure would replace the exiting wading pool located in the...

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Zoning Changes Approved

December 23, 2014
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The city’s Zoning Commission voted on Wednesday to approve a zoning amendment intended to limit the number of professional offices on Charles Street and the south side of Cambridge Street at the ground- and basement-levels. The amendment, sponsored by City Councilor Josh Zakim, designates professional offices, including banks and real-estate brokers, in those locations...

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21st Amendment Launches its Winter Cocktail Series

December 4, 2014
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21st Amendment Launches its Winter Cocktail Series

To commemorate the 81st anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment, which mandated a nationwide prohibition on alcohol, the popular Beacon Hill tavern of the same name launches a 12-week cocktail series on Dec. 5.                 “We began as a speakeasy tavern during the Prohibition era and wanted to tap into history,” Darius...

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Boston Common Tree Lighting Scheduled for this Thursday

December 4, 2014
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An updated talent lineup for Boston’s 73rd Annual Official Tree Lighting has been announced.  Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia will host the festive event on Boston Common on Thursday, December 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The celebration is hosted by the Boston Parks and...

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BHCA Zoning & Licensing will meet on December 3rd

December 4, 2014
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On Wednesday, December 3rd, the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Zoning & Licensing Committee will hold a meeting to continue the discussion of the proposed parking at 39-41 Mount Vernon and revised plans for the rear of 58 Beacon.  Additionally, there will be a discussion of a business moving into space at 125 Charles Street. ...

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Volunteers Needed to Decorate Beacon Hill

December 4, 2014
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Nothing signals the beginning of the holiday season more than the annual Holiday Decorating Days sponsored by the Beacon Hill Civic Association. It is a way to enjoy friends and neighbors while hanging 2,680 yards of laurel garlands and 2,400 red bows on Beacon Hill’s 1,100 gas lamps. Every year it takes hundreds of...

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Still Time to Enter Home Holiday Contest Here

December 4, 2014
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The Holiday Season on Beacon Hill is special.  So many neighbors decorate their door, steps and window boxes. “Beautify Beacon Hill” is your chance to recognize those who are dressing the neighborhood to celebrate the holidays. The Beacon Hill Civic Association, the Beacon Hill Garden Club and The Beacon Hill Times are hosting the...

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Downtown View Interesting Passageways are Returning

December 4, 2014
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In 2010 in this column, I urged developers to create permeability at the ground level of big buildings. I especially wanted them to replicate the historic little lanes of downtown Boston—Spring Lane, Pi Alley, Winthrop Lane—or to create Boston versions of the Burlington or Prince’s Arcade in London and Paris’s passage couverts. These covered...

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