Quincy School’s Lincoln Building Could Potentially House New Elementary School

February 4, 2016
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By Dan Murphy When Simon Ho retired from his role as principal of the Josiah Quincy Elementary School last June, he expressed his desire that its Abraham Lincoln Building would again serve as an elementary school and envisioned expanding kindergarten and early grades for the school at that site. Located at Arlington and Fayette...

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Downtown View:Getting Through

February 4, 2016
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Ah, winter. This is the north, you know. It’s cold and it snows. Some of us like it. A lot of us don’t. I’m in the like-it category—the coziness, a fire in my fireplace and me with a good book, and the sounds of silence the snow brings. I’m not the only one who...

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Commission to Look at Daily Fantasy Sports

February 4, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Speaker Bob DeLeo said this week that he believes some regulations are needed for the Daily Fantasy Sports industry in Massachusetts, and will likely nominate a group to study the issue in the coming year. “It’s been such a difficult issue,” said DeLeo. “At the very least, we should get some...

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Walsh to Appoint members to One in 3 Council

February 4, 2016
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Story by Marianne Salza A new committee of young adults will soon be appointed to Mayor Marty Walsh’s ONEin3 Council. The motivated group of millennials (individuals born between the 1980s to the early 2000s) will be entrusted with creating, planning, and implementing projects and programs that impact the lives of 20-34-year-olds in Boston. “I...

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Police Briefs 02-02-2016

February 4, 2016
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From Boston Police Area A-1 Recovered – Stolen Motor Vehicle 01/23/16 – At around 4:27 p.m., officers responded to Charles Street South for a report of a stolen motor vehicle. On arrival, police found a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse that was reported stolen. The car was towed for safekeeping, and the Stolen Motor Vehicle Unit...

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Deleo Forms Commission on Daily Sports Fantasy

February 4, 2016
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Anyone who has watched Channel Five’s “On the Record” Sunday morning show knows that Speaker of the House has a tremendous knowledge of Boston sports — as he often has demonstrated on the “Pop Quiz” portion of the show. So when the daily sports fantasy industry exploded this year, Bob had been following its...

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Obituaries 02-02-2016

February 4, 2016
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Bruce Kenneth Forbes Founder, President and CEO of ARCHIBUS Bruce Kenneth Forbes of Boston passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 23 with loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Julia Middlebrook Forbes and devoted father of Heather Middlebrook Forbes; he was predeceased by his father, Richard Earl Forbes and mother,...

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Zakim Seeking K-8 School in Downtown

January 28, 2016
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City Councilor Josh Zakim hopes to facilitate opening a new public elementary school to serve the city’s downtown neighborhoods during the new legislative season. The District 8 representative said he intends to work with Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s administration to locate a space for a K-8 school for Back Bay, Beacon Hill, West End...

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Wu Seeks Transparency,All-Encompassing Transportation Discussion

January 28, 2016
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By Seth Daniel If there’s anything that Council President Michelle Wu hopes that Charlestown residents get out of her year in the top City Council seat, it would be better informed of Council business. Wu told the paper in an interview last week that her top priority is to make sure Charlestown residents and...

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MassDOT Announces More Longfellow Bridge Closure

January 28, 2016
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MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC), will implement a series of bridge closures and Red Line weekend diversions during January 2016. WSC will close the Longfellow Bridge to all vehicular traffic, except MBTA buses, from 11:00 PM on Fridays to 5:00 AM on Mondays. The closures are necessary to implement MBTA Red Line diversions that...

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Downtown View:Sestercentennial

January 28, 2016
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It is now 2016, only 10 years until America’s 250th birthday. So are we going to celebrate or what? It’s not only the Declaration of Independence. The 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre takes place in 2020. The Boston Tea Party’s 250th—2023. The battles of Lexington and Concord and Bunker Hill, 2025. What are...

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On the State Senate Campaign Trail

January 28, 2016
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Livingstone HealthyKids bill gets favorable report Rep. and State Senate candidate Jay Livingstone sponsored the ‘Healthy Kids’ bill that was reported out favorably by joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities Members of the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with \Disabilities advanced favorably on Monday an omnibus bill promoting programs...

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Beacon Hill Gala – One of Many Neighborhood Traditions

January 28, 2016
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by Suzanne Besser February 6, 2016, marks the 44th time the Beacon Hill Civic Association has invited neighbors to the Winter Gala, an elegant dinner and dance that each year attracts hundreds of neighbors. It is one of several Beacon Hill annual traditions that bring residents together to enjoy the community spirit that makes...

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Police Briefs 01-26-2016

January 28, 2016
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BEACON HILL BEAT From Boston Police Area A-1 Assault – Simple 01/16/2016 – At around 1:48 a.m., a male victim reported he was walking on Boylston Street at Charles Street South when an unknown male suspect ran up from behind him and punched him in the face. The suspect then fled on foot into...

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BRA Approves Center Garage Project

January 22, 2016
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BRA Approves Center Garage Project

National Real Estate Advisors (National) and The HYM Investment Group (HYM) won final approval for two towers on the site of the Government Center Garage, the first phases of a six-building, $1.5 billion redevelopment plan to replace the 1960s-era brutalist garage. The project will include housing, offices, a hotel, retail and other public amenities,...

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Walsh to Focus on Education in State of City Address

January 22, 2016
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By John Lynds In a letter to parents last week, Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang said the school department will face a $50 million deficit. The announcement by Chang has made education one of the focal points of Mayor Martin Walsh’s annual State of the City address to be delivered tonight at Boston...

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Downtown View:Up to the Job

January 22, 2016
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January is a good time to visit the World Trade Center site in New York City. The crowds are smaller than in July. El Niño makes it warm enough for the water to cascade freely over the edges of the two square, black sunken fountains marking the locations of the destroyed towers. Calatrava’s soaring...

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Zakim Named to Council Committees

January 22, 2016
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By John Lynds Newly sworn in Boston City Council President Michelle Wu has appointed City Councillor Josh Zakim to chair the Committee on Housing and Community Development as well as vice-chair of the Committee on Government Operations and the Special Committee on Charter Reform. Zakim, who represents Beacon Hill previously chaired the Committee on...

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From Classrooms to Residences

January 22, 2016
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by Suzanne Besser Residents and neighbors of Temple Street had their first look at plans for the mega-redevelopment project proposed for their short one-block street when they met with its developers at a special meeting called last week by the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s zoning and licensing committee. About forty attendees listened, questioned and...

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MGH Lecture Explores Healing Power of Storytelling

January 22, 2016
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As a lecture sponsored by Massachusetts General Hospital on Thursday illustrates, the art of storytelling often holds healing power for those suffering from physical, psychological or spiritual illnesses. “We can only control the physical aspects of health to a certain degree, but we are always in charge of our mindset,” wrote guest speaker Dr....

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Lana Barakat and her December Thieves

January 20, 2016
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Lana Barakat and her December Thieves

By Suzanne Besser Like the boutique she owns at 88 Charles Street, Lana Barakat is at once classic and edgy, sophisticated and artsy, bold and trendy. Her warm smile and passion for artistry envelopes those who step into the unique space she calls December Thieves. She chose the name from a verse by the...

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Public Broadcasting Vet Named MAAH Executive Director

January 20, 2016
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Public Broadcasting Vet Named MAAH Executive Director

By Dan Murphy A longtime veteran of Boston public broadcasting was recently named executive director of the Museum of African American History, Boston and Nantucket (MAAH). Raised outside of Philadelphia in Lincoln University, Pa., Marita Rivero began producing public-affairs programming for WGBH-TV in 1970 after graduating from Tufts University. Rivero’s early credits included “Say...

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Downtown View:Is Traffic Bad?

January 20, 2016
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Millennium will soon finish its tower, and new people will move in. Avalon Bay’s residential tower adjacent to the Tip O’Neill building has topped off. A hotel and residential building is rising on Dalton Street in the Back Bay. 888 Boylston is going up too. Eight million square feet of construction is slated for...

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British Diplomacy at Beacon Hill Women’s Forum

January 20, 2016
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Tonight, the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) presents “The British are Coming!” with diplomate Susie Kitchen.  Ms. Kitchen, who has seen a great deal of the world, currently is Britain’s Consul General in Boston and has lived on Beacon Hill since 2012 with her husband and two children. In previous assignments, she served the...

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