Downtown View:Spring Cooking

By Karen Cord Taylor Our dinner last night was typical for us in the spring. We sat down to fava beans, fiddleheads and morel mushrooms sent for my birthday from my sister-in-law. Last week we had soft shell crabs two nights in a row because they are so good, and their season is short....

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BHCA Community Corner

BHCA reached out to the homeless As part of the BHCA’s Cambridge Street Quality of Life Committee’s goal to better understand the needs of the homeless community in our area, a group of BHCA volunteers and board members recently served dinner at the Pine Street Inn. The volunteers also toured the facility, which they...

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Architectural Commission Approves Proposed Condo Redevelopment of AMC Headquarters with Provisos

By Dan Murphy The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission voted at its monthly hearing at City Hall on Thursday to approve three separate applications to redevelop Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) headquarters into condos with some provisos. At this time, architect Guy Grassi outlined the proposal to repurpose the three adjacent, brick row-houses at 3, 4...

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Residents Demand More Slow Streets for Boston Neighborhoods

By Beth Treffeisen A packed Boston City Council Chamber ensued during the budget hearing for the Department of Boston Transportation (BTD) the evening of Wednesday, May 10. In the crowd, residents of Boston sported bicycle t-shirts and some still wore their bike helmets after attending a memorial for Rich Archer, a 29-year-old courier who...

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BHCA’s 95th Annual Meeting Features Keynote Speaker Miguel Rosales

By Dan Murphy While addressing the crowd at the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s 95th annual meeting at the Union Club on May 15, keynote speaker Miguel Rosales said he never anticipated the indelible impression that the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge would have on the city. “I knew that it was a nice...

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Police Briefs 05-23-2017

Beacon Hill beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Auto Theft 05/11/17  – A female victim reported leaving her 2002 Dodge Neon running in front of a Park Plaza restaurant at about 9:30 p.m. At this time, an unknown male suspect jumped into the vehicle and drove off. A description of the car was broadcast,...

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Suffolk Superior Court rules in city’s favor on ADA ramps

May 24, 2017
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Suffolk Superior Court has ruled on a summary judgment in the city’s favor, allowing it to resume installing the remaining 215 ADA-compliant ramps on Beacon Hill. According to a May 15 docket entry, the Hon. Rosemary Connolly ruled against the opposition filed by the Beacon Hill Civic Association and 10 neighborhood residents that asserted...

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‘Evening Under the Stars’ to Benefit Myrtle Street Playground Enhancements

‘Evening Under the Stars’ to Benefit Myrtle Street Playground Enhancements

By Dan Murphy When the Friends of the Myrtle Street Playground hold “An Evening Under the Stars” in the garden at King’s Chapel on Friday, June 9, all proceeds from the nonprofit’s first official fundraising event will benefit planned enhancements to an outdoor space that has welcomed families for the more than 30 years....

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Elsie and Jeannette Herrmann Receive 20th Beacon Award

By Dan Murphy One day after Mother’s Day, Elsie Herrmann and her daughter Jeannette were jointly presented the 20th annual Beacon Award at the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s annual meeting while remaining characteristically humble about their “significant and sustained” contributions to the community. “Why me?” Elsie pondered four days earlier from the kitchen of...

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BHCA Community Corner

Funds raised to support Charles Street Clean Team   Residents and businesses alike joined together to support the cleaning of Charles Street at a convivial fundraiser and cocktail reception held May 10 at Grogan & Company. The event was sponsored by the Joint Charles Street Committee (JCSC) of the Beacon Hill Civic Association and...

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Downtown View:Airbnb Woes

By Karen Cord Taylor Airbnb and its cohorts have been a lifesaver for some downtown residents. They say that renting out a room in their home has allowed them to afford Boston’s high rents or helped them pay for the costly mortgages they have to take on if they buy a place. Travelers like...

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Esplanade Association Awarded Reebok Foundation Grant:Funds Will Help to Support Summer Programming for Underserved Youth and Families in the Greater Boston Area

The Esplanade Association (EA) is pleased to announce it has received a grant in the amount of $15,000 from The Reebok Foundation to support two youth and family outreach programs this summer: Children in the Park (ChiP) and Family Walks on the Charles River Esplanade (Family Walks).  Both programs will support underserved Boston-area families...

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Suffolk University and Boston Debate League Support Student Debaters

Suffolk University and the Boston Debate League announced a partnership that will bring hundreds of Boston middle and high school students to Suffolk’s downtown campus for debate tournaments and a two-week summer debate camp. The non-profit Boston Debate League brings competitive debate into the Boston Public Schools, cultivating transformative critical thinking and communications skills...

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Discussion of Recent Excavations Set for May 17 at the Old North Church

City of Boston Archaeologist Joe Bagley will discuss the results of his recent excavations from the Old North Church’s Washington Memorial Garden, located on Church property, off of Unity Street in the North End. Bagley will present details on how an object can reveal the past while giving an insight into stories of the...

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Police Briefs 05-16-2017

Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1   Assault and Battery 05/05/17 – A victim reported that he ordered a Lyft ride to his Pinckney Street residence. When his ride arrived at around 6:08 p.m., the male operator of a white Lexus refused to take the victim to the airport. At this, time...

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There is Urgent Public Demand for An Obamacare Replacement

Limited access to Obamacare health insurance plans is creating an urgent, public demand for a replacement.  Insurers are exiting the market throughout the nation at an alarming rate for a variety of reasons.  Their motives vary, but for the most part they are concerned about the imminent collapse of the Affordable Care Act. “As...

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BHWF Fashion Show

BHWF Fashion Show

Pat Arroyo wearing a white suit by Holiday and a snazzy hat at the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) 4th Annual Charles Street Couture Fashion show on Friday night, May 5, at the UMass Club. Numerous boutiques and shops from Charles Street displayed the latest styles for spring and summer at the poplar, annual...

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BHGC to Hold the 88th ‘Tour of the Hidden Gardens’

The Beacon Hill Garden Club is pleased to present its annual Tour of the Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill on Thursday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. The self-guided walking tour will feature ten gardens hidden behind Beacon Hill Garden Club members’ homes and garden walls. They can be...

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Fundraising Reception to Kick off Charles Street Cleaning Campaign

By Dan Murphy To mark the launch of its “Charles Street: Our Main Street Cleaning Campaign,” the Joint Charles Street Committee is holding a fundraising and cocktail reception at Grogan & Company, located at 20 Charles St., on Wednesday, May 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The event will feature food courtesy of Toscano...

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BHCA Community Corner

Charles Street Clean Team Fundraiser May 10 Thanks to the work of the Joint Charles Street Committee (JCSC) of the Beacon Hill Civic Association and the Beacon Hill Business Association, Charles Street is looking cleaner and greener. Under the leadership of BHCA’s John Corey and BHBA’s Ali Ringenburg, the joint committee has signed up...

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Downtown View:Competition Might Improve Old Rental Buildings

By Karen Cord Taylor Downtown residents are enjoying a certain satisfaction they didn’t expect. Those dreadful absentee landlords who suck all the rent money out of their buildings while keeping them in slum-like condition are now facing competition from such new luxury buildings as the Kensington in the Theatre District, the Avalon near North...

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Zoning and Licensing Committee Votes Not to Oppose Proposed Jeffries House Addition

By Dan Murphy A proposed four-story addition to the John Jeffries House met with a vote of non-opposition from the Beacon Hill Zoning and Licensing Committee on Wednesday with the stipulation that the applicant enter into a satisfactory good neighbor’s agreement with the Civic Association. Boston development firm Related Beal intends to build an...

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Charles River Cleanup on Earth Day is A Rousing Success

On Saturday morning, April 29, the Esplanade Association, the 100-percent privately funded friends group for the Charles River Esplanade, had over 400 volunteers participate in the 18th annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup. Since 2000, the Esplanade Association has partnered with the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), one of the country’s oldest watershed organizations and the lead...

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Police Briefs 05-09-2017

Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Assault Dangerous with a Dangerous Weapon – Knife 04/26/17 – At around 6:42 a.m., responding officers arrested a male suspect arrested on Arlington Street following an assault at a Cortes Street building. The victim reports he was leaving his apartment, when the suspect confronted the victim...

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