Vilna Shul Engages Community To Help Restore Historic Mosaic

November 12, 2015
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By Dan Murphy The once-radiant flowers had faded from oxidation, moisture and other elements when Deborah Feinstein conceived a plan to give another life to the mosaic in the Vilna Shul community room while emphasizing the Phillips Street non-profit’s contemporary function as an all-inclusive community and cultural center. “It came from the idea of...

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Halloween on Beacon Hill

November 5, 2015
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Halloween on Beacon Hill

Jai Undavia, 1, as a bat during the Hill House Halloween Party last Thursday evening, Oct. 29. Several children and families turned out for the annual Halloween party at the Firehouse – a neighborhood tradition.

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‘Garlands & Green’ Turning 20

November 5, 2015
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‘Garlands & Green’ Turning 20

When the 20th annual “Garlands & Green” fundraiser comes to Hampshire House later this month, it will mark the two-decade mark for not only the neighborhood’s lavish holiday decorating program, but also the inception of the Beacon Hill Business Association. In 1995, Tom Kershaw, who serves today as chairman of the Hampshire House Corporation,...

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Downtown View Scandal:City Councilors Took Trips

November 5, 2015
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Since this is election week, it seems appropriate to consider recent news about our city councilors. They have enjoyed overseas trips—Israel, Japan, Korea and Taiwan were mentioned. Josh Zakim, Tito Jackson and Tim McCarthy met important local officials in Israel and also had a chance to “bathe in the relaxing and healthy sulfur springs...

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Now We’re Talking, Moms

November 5, 2015
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By Suzanne Besser When Beacon Hiller Shannon McAllister was expecting a baby this summer, she was faced with many choices. “Do you go back to work, do you stay at home, do you breast feed – there were so many things I wanted to talk with other mothers about,” she said. And she isn’t...

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Longfellow Bridge Traffic Shift Postponed Until November 9

November 5, 2015
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The previously announced traffic shift on the Longfellow Bridge will now begin on Monday, November 9. MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli (WSC), will shift traffic on the downstream side of the Longfellow Bridge to accommodate modified Stage 2 construction of the temporary outbound Red Line track (called a “shoo-fly”) on the roadway. WSC is beginning the...

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Police Briefs 11-03-2015

November 5, 2015
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BEACON HILL BEAT From Boston Police Area A-1 Disturbing the Peace 10/23/15 – At around 8:05 p.m., a male suspect was arrested at a Park Plaza restaurant for disturbing the peace and defrauding an innkeeper. The suspect was sitting at the bar, intoxicated, and was unruly and belligerent to staff and customers. At that...

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At MGH Storybook Ball

October 29, 2015
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At MGH Storybook Ball

Alli and Bill Achtmeyer. at MassGeneral Hospital Storynook Ball that was held on October 17 and raised more than $1.6M.

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Dave Poutre Set to Debut His Own Artwork, Oct 29

October 29, 2015
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Dave Poutre Set to Debut His Own Artwork, Oct 29

After 30 years of framing and showcasing the talents of many local artists, Dave Poutré, proprietor of Beacon Hill’s popular Boston Art & Framing, will debut his own artwork with a wine-and-cheese reception at Boston Art & Framing, 100 Charles St., on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. Dave will feature 30...

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Civic Assoc Welcomes New Members

October 29, 2015
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When Dwight Kirkpatrick arrived at the Beacon Hill Civic Association office on Wednesday to join the organization, he was oblivious that one of the group’s semi-annual new members’ receptions was slated for that same evening. “It was a wonderful event, with a very interesting crowd and a pleasant social atmosphere, and it was just...

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Sexual Abuse Victims to Tell Their Stories on Nov12

October 29, 2015
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by Suzanne Besser One in four girls and one in six boys will be abused by the age of eighteen, according to The Mama Bear Effect, an organization working to prevent sexual abuse to children. That means four of the twelve little girls at a birthday party or four little boys in a Boy...

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Downtown View:Air Rage

October 29, 2015
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On August 6, a United Airlines passenger at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport was arrested after he refused to turn off his cell phone and then punched another passenger. On September 11, a 27-year-old man on a JetBlue flight stood up and urinated onto the passengers seated in front of him. On September 14, a...

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Local Couple ‘Raises the Roof’ on Polish Synagogues

October 29, 2015
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By Penny Schwartz Almost 10 years ago, the Vilna Shul hosted an exhibit, “Continuity:  Traditions of Jewish Art and Architecture,” that featured handmade models of one of Poland’s historic 17th-century wooden synagogues. It was accompanied by a series of newly recreated half-scale panels of the intricately painted, richly colored ceiling of another wooden synagogue,...

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Beacon Hill Voters Will be Heading to the Polls Next Tuesday

October 29, 2015
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By John Lynds Beacon Hill residents will head to the polls on Tuesday, November 3 in what city officials are saying will be a quiet election. With no mayoral race this year, only five candidates vying for one of the four At-Large seats, and Beacon Hill’s incumbent City Councilors running unopposed, voter turnout here...

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Police Briefs 10-27-2015

October 29, 2015
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BEACON HILL BEAT Larceny – Purse 10/16/15 – At about 11 p.m., a victim reported that her purse, containing credit cards, keys, a wallet, gift cards and a cell phone, was stolen from a Beacon Street building. Larceny from Motor Vehicle 10/17/15 – Between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., a victim reported that her...

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Helping Beacon Hill Motorists

October 29, 2015
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Anyone who lives in Beacon Hill– or anywhere in Boston for that matter – knows that vehicular traffic is a problem and clogged intersections will increase the time of a daily commute. Mayor Martin J. Walsh is trying to help improve the flow of vehicles through our streets with two recently announced initiatives. In...

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Beacon Hill Gala Plans Are Underway

October 22, 2015
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Beacon Hill Gala Plans Are Underway

By Suzanne Besser With the air growing crisp and the days shortening, thoughts are turning to one of the neighborhood’s most pleasant cold weather events, the Beacon Hill Gala that annually brings scores of neighbors together for an evening of dining and dancing. In conjunction with its annual a ppeal, the annual Gala is...

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Charles St.Meeting House Brings Retail Challenges

October 22, 2015
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When tasked with filling several retail vacancies at the Charles Street Meeting House two years ago, Paul Elias sought to bring in new businesses that would fit in well among existing shops on the street and comfortably within the historic building at the key intersection of Mt. Vernon and Charles streets. Elias, a partner...

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Downtown View:Statistics

October 22, 2015
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You probably already know that the United States has the third most land area, 9,629 square kilometers, of all the countries in the world. Russia is almost twice as large. Canada is a hair bigger with 9,985. The Mississippi-Missouri river system is the fourth longest, behind the Nile, the Amazon and the Yangtze. Except...

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Getting those Gas Leaks Fixed

October 22, 2015
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By Suzanne Besser It turns out squeaky wheels don’t just get the grease, they keep right on rolling. At least that’s the case with the dozen or so moms who successfully persuaded the Boston City Council to help stop the harmful methane gas now leaking from the city’s aging pipelines. They’ve kept their engines...

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Absentee Ballots for November Election Now Available

October 22, 2015
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Polling locations will be open on Election Day from 7:00AM to 8:00PM on November 3, 2015. In order to be eligible to receive an absentee ballot,  an absentee ballot application must be received by November 2, 2015 at noon. The application is for use by Boston residents who are citizens of the United States...

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Michael Flaherty Looks to Schools, Development as Key Issues for Boston

October 22, 2015
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By Seth Daniel When Councilor Michael Flaherty walks the streets of Boston’s neighborhoods, whether Charlestown, Beacon Hill, Eastie or Jamaica Plain, he said he often encounters folks he’s known for years. It goes with having grown up in South Boston and worked in Boston all his adult life. Perhaps he coached their kids in...

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Celebrating 100th Anniversary

October 15, 2015
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Celebrating 100th Anniversary

In the top photo Employees of the Boston Credit Union helping out at the 100th anniversary celebration at City Hall Plaza last Tuesday were (Left to right) Colleen Lyndon, Cheryl Donahue, Annie McCarey, Leila Ruiz, Keri Baszkiewicz, and Kristen Dolan.

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City Council Candidates:Range of Experiences Will Prepare Essaibi George for City Council

October 15, 2015
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City Council Candidates:Range of Experiences Will Prepare Essaibi George for City Council

By Seth Daniel City Council candidate Annissa Essaibi George is the one person in this year’s City Council at-large race that is on the outside looking in, but her generational roots in the City and vast experience – from being a high school teacher to owning a small business – puts her on the...

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