Downtown View:A Modest Proposal

August 9, 2017
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Karen is taking a break. Here is a column from last fall that needs more consideration. By Karen Cord Taylor The noise is always a surprise. Your cab stops in the street to let you out. The driver can’t pull over because parked cars line both sides of the narrow street. A short time...

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BHCA Community Corner

August 9, 2017
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Keep exterior doors well lit When the BHCA Cambridge Street Quality of Life Committee members walked down Cambridge Street last fall to identify problem areas impacting residents’ quality of life and safety, they noted that several property owners had not replaced burned out bulbs in light fixtures mounted above their doorways. It is a...

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City Council Motions

August 9, 2017
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CITY COUNCIL ESTABLISHES COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE The Boston City Council passed an amended ordinance to create the Community Preservation Committee (CPC), as required by State law to make recommendations regarding the use of the funds generated by the one percent surcharge on real estate property. The ordinance requires that the CPC study the needs...

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Local Restaurants Taking Part in Dine Out Boston

August 9, 2017
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By Phil Orlandella Seven Beacon Hill Restaurants will participate in the 2017 Dine Out Boston program that is celebrating its 16th year of providing diners an opportunity to enjoy Beacon Hill’s atmosphere and the fine eateries that exist on the Hill. Formally Restaurant Week, over 156 restaurants are taking part in the multi-day, specially...

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Police Briefs 08-08-2017

August 9, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Aggravated Assault and Battery 07/26/17 – At approximately 9:30 p.m., a male suspect was arrested on the Boston Common around Beacon Street for aggravated assault and battery. The suspect was swinging a knife at the male victim after an argument and slashed him in the jaw...

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Obituaries 08-08-2017

August 9, 2017
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James DuBois McNeely 1933 – 2017 James D. McNeely, a prominent Boston architect, noted for his historic renovation of Beacon Hill townhouses, died peacefully on July 27, 2017 in his South Freeport home, surrounded by his wife and three of his children. McNeely was born in Washington, D.C. to Oscar DuBois McNeely and Julia...

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‘Paddle to Work Day’ on July 28 Raised Funds to Protect Charles River

August 5, 2017
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‘Paddle to Work Day’ on July 28 Raised Funds to Protect Charles River

On Friday, July 28, 15 people paddled the Charles River as part of “Paddle To Work Day” hosted by Charles River Canoe and Kayak. The event celebrated a healthy river and raised funds for Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA). A beautiful sunny morning greeted the paddlers as they began the five-mile paddle from Soldier’s...

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Downtown View:Infrastructure. Investment. Interesting.

August 5, 2017
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By karen Cord Taylor Karen is taking a break. This column from last September still has relevance. Throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s, Boston boldly invested in itself. It cleaned up the harbor, spending $3.8 billion on the Deer Island Treatment Plant alone. It spent from $650 to $850 million, depending on...

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Gov Baker Signs Bill for New Shadow Law

August 5, 2017
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By Dan Murphy Gov. Charlie Baker signed a home-rule petition into law Friday that would allow Millennium Partners to build a 775-foot luxury, condo tower on the site of the shuttered, city-owned Winthrop Square Garage, thereby bypassing two existing state “shadow” laws protecting the Boston Common and Public Garden. While the new building would...

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FOPG Undertaking $50,000 Rehabilitation of Channing Statue

August 5, 2017
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By Dan Murphy The Friends of the Public Garden are currently undertaking a $50,000 restoration of the William Ellery Channing statue in the Public Garden. The project includes cleaning the bronze statue, as well as its marble and granite base, said Sarah Hutt, the nonprofit’s care and collection manager. “We tried to do everything...

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BHCA Community Corner

August 5, 2017
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Keeping Charles Street Clean Due to the community’s generosity, two individuals decked in bright safety vests can be seen cleaning Charles Street’s sidewalks and tree pits every Tuesday and Friday. And Beacon Hillers are encouraged to welcome them to the neighborhood. In May, residents and businesses joined together to support the cleaning of Charles...

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Victim Arrested for Skateboard Attack that Led to Double-Stabbing in Common

August 5, 2017
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By Dan Murphy In the aftermath of Wednesday’s double stabbing on the Boston Common, three individuals were arrested but later exonerated while one of the stabbing victims was later charged with a skateboard attack that led to the bloodshed, according to Boston Police. George Moustakis, 30, of Danvers was arrested for assault with a...

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Mayor Walsh, Congresswoman Clark Join Housing Advocates to Rally for Affordable Homes

August 5, 2017
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As proposed federal cuts threaten to increase housing instability and homelessness, more than 500 residents, housing advocates, and policymakers from across the Commonwealth rallied Monday, July 31 in front of Faneuil Hall in support of federal investments in affordable homes and our communities. Congresswoman Katherine Clark and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh also attended...

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Police Briefs 08-01-2017

August 5, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Robbery 07/21/2017 – A victim reported four male suspects robbed him on the Boston Common at Beacon and Charles streets at around 2 a.m. Earlier that night, the victim said he bought drinks for the suspects at a Tremont Street store. The suspects then robbed the...

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Some Night Music

July 28, 2017
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Some Night Music

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra opened its summer season last Wednesday on the Esplanade. Shown getting ready to enjoy the music were Joan and Lux with their father Joe Ringenberg.

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Hampshire House Team Breaks Ground on 75 in Seaport Square

July 28, 2017
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Hampshire House Team Breaks Ground on 75 in Seaport Square

By Dan Murphy Thomas A. Kershaw and the Hampshire House team broke ground Tuesday, July 18, on their new restaurant in the Seaport District, 75 on Seaport Square. Located in Building C between Seaport Boulevard and Northern Avenue, this 7,000 square–foot restaurant will open in November of 2017, sitting alongside a Kings Bowling Alley,...

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Marinovich to Step down as Exec Director of Esplanade Association

July 28, 2017
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After five and a half years at the Esplanade Association (EA), the last three serving as its executive director, Tani Marinovich plans to step down this fall.  She will continue in her position through September overseeing the organization’s busy summer schedule in the park and its largest annual fundraising initiative, the Moondance Gala, which...

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Downtown View:North Country Life

July 28, 2017
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I spend several days every summer in the North Country. The weather is always typical for New England, both warm and cold, dry and humid, sunny and rainy—all the contrasts that summer brings in our region. Plenty of rain this year has ensured that the color green is pretty much overwhelming. The rain seems...

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BHCA Community Corner

July 28, 2017
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See litter? Go to 311 If it’s an emergency and you need help, call 911. But if it’s lots of litter, overflowing trash cans or illegally dumped household trash on Beacon Hill streets, you can ask for help from the city by calling 311. 311 is an easy-to-remember telephone number that connects you with...

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Legendary Restaurant Supplier is Moving:Eastern Bakers Supply Holds Relocation Sale

July 28, 2017
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By Cary Shuman Robert “Bobby” Kalustian knows restaurants. And if you own or have owned a restaurant in the region, you know Robert Kalustian. For 71 consecutive years, Kalustian’s family has been providing equipment to restaurants large and small, bakeries, submarine shops, pizza places, college cafeterias – and more recently, food trucks. Setrak Kalustian,...

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Boston Landmarks Orchestra Performs on the Esplanade

July 28, 2017
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Under perfect summer skies the Boston Landmarks Orchestra opened its 2017 summer series on theat the Hatch Shell.  The circle in front of the Hatch Shell was filled with music lovers of all ages. The orchestra will perform free concerts through August. “The program this year has outstanding orchestral music but also amazing new...

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Police Briefs 07-25-2017

July 28, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Breaking and Entering – Motor Vehicle 07/15/17 – A victim reported she parked her 2016 Jeep Renegade on Charles Street at around 11: 45 p.m. on July 14, but when she returned to her vehicle the next day at 10 a.m., the rear left window was...

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Imagine Boston 2030

July 28, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh “We will listen. We will learn. We will lead.” That is a promise that I made to Bostonians after being sworn in as the 54th Mayor of the City of Boston. Now, almost four years later, we have put forth Boston’s first citywide plan in over 50 years —...

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Obituaries 07-25-2017

July 28, 2017
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Jerome “Jerry” Ward Anderson Of Beacon Hill Jerome Ward Anderson, Jerry to his neighbors in Beacon Hill, Boston and Block Island, R.I., passed away peacefully in Boston at age 73, from Multiple System Atrophy (MSA).  Relatives remarked it was characteristic for Jerry to make his grand exit on July 4th, one of his favorite...

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