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Mounted Patrol Unit still on the Trail, Thanks to Friends Group

-By Dan Murphy The Boston Park Ranger Mounted Patrol Unit will continue to patrol the Emerald Necklace through the end of fiscal 2011, thanks to the efforts of the Friends of the Boston Parks Rangers. Julia H. Donahue, who co-chairs the Friends with Cokie Perry, said the group raised the necessary $155,000 by the...

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MBTA Stations Temporarily Closed to make Way for New Elevators

-By Dan Murphy With work now underway to install two new elevators at the Science Park/West End Station, the MBTA is shuttering the Science Park/West End and Lechmere stations until November. The new elevators are part of $10.4 million in accessibility improvements to the station that will bring the 57-year-old facility into compliance with...

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Levanto to Step Down from BHCA Board

April 28, 2011
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Levanto to Step Down from BHCA Board

-By Dan Murphy Following eight years of service, Ross Levanto will step down from the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) board of directors after the group’s May 16 annual meeting. Levanto joined the board in 2003 and is the former chair of the BHCA City Services Committee. He also served as an Executive Committee...

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Former Hill Resident Wins Two Snowboard Competitions

April 28, 2011
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Former Hill Resident Wins Two Snowboard Competitions

Beacon Hill native and current Maine resident Myles Silverman recently won the Finals of two snowboarding competitions. An eighth grader at Brunswick Junior High School who lives in Brunswick and the Carrabassett Valley, Silverman still spends time in Boston every summer. Silverman won the Nastar National Snowboard Championship for his age group (boys 13-14)...

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Downtown View: Helicopters, Schmelicopters

April 28, 2011
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What’s all this stuff about helicopters over Beacon Hill? A few lazy reporters decided to interview only the complainers. Their editors loved putting out a story about rich people whining. Those of us who love this neighborhood were miffed at the newspaper reports. They were written in a gleeful tone—gotcha was the theme. The...

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New Willows Coming to the Esplanade on Arbor Day

April 28, 2011
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The Esplanade Association (TEA), in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), will be planting 10 Golden Weeping Willow (Salix alba “Tristis”) at the Otis Grove area of the Charles River Esplanade on Arbor Day, Friday, April 29. The weeping willows will be planted according to Landscape Architect Arthur Shurcliff’s original design....

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BHCA City Services Committee Surveys Younger Residents on Recycling and Trash Habits

April 28, 2011
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Times Staff The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) City Services Committee recently conducted a survey of younger residents of the neighborhood to learn their recycling and trash habits. According to the raw data collected in the survey, nearly 52 percent of the 87 respondents said they recycle every week. “I was amazed by that...

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Blackstone’s Celebrates Anniversary and a Rich History

April 28, 2011
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On April 12, Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill celebrated its fifth anniversary under current owners, Jennifer Hill and Mark Duffield. Friends and neighbors were greeted by concierges from the Liberty Hotel and given the full red-carpet treatment. More than 100 guests were on hand to celebrate and to help commemorate Blackstone’s rich past and its...

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Residents Updated on Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project

April 19, 2011
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Residents Updated on Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project

-By Dan Murphy Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) officials updated the public on the status of the Longfellow Bridge rehabilitation project at the Shriners Hospital auditorium last week, but didn’t disclose the state’s preferred alternative for reconfiguring the 102-year-old bridge that connects Boston to Cambridge across the Charles River. The bridge restoration is being...

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Play Dates: DCR Staff Unveils Updated Construction Plan and Schedule for Esplanade Playspace

April 19, 2011
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-By Dan Murphy Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) officials unveiled the updated construction plan and schedule for the Esplanade Playspace last week during the third public meeting to vet the proposal. Friends of the Esplanade Playspace is building an approximately 10,000 square-foot playground for 5- to 12-year-olds on the state-owned Charles River Esplanade,...

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