Handbells to Ring at Nichols Museum Holiday House Tour

November 26, 2015
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by Suzanne Besser On December 13 bells will be ringing at the Nichols House Museum’s annual Holiday House Tour, a much anticipated Beacon Hill tradition that annually welcomes hundreds of neighbors to visit the museum and six private Beacon Hill homes festively decorated for the season. From 1 to 3 pm the Back Bay...

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West End Museum to Host ‘8 Nights, 8 Windows’Talk

November 26, 2015
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The West End Museum will participate in Boston’s first seasonal Jewish public art project. “8Nights, 8 Windows” is a juried art venture created to brighten the holiday season with the essence of the Festival of Lights, and to bring a fresh understanding of Hanukkah to the entire community. The project is sponsored by New...

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Downtown View:Giving Thanks

November 26, 2015
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You will probably be sitting around a table soon telling friends and family what you are thankful for. We think about the big things—those friends and family members, the good food, good health, a satisfying job. We can easily forget other enjoyments, amenities and endeavors that enrich our lives. I’m here to remind you...

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Committee Members Gather in Anticipation of ‘Beacon Hill Gala’

November 26, 2015
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By Dan Murphy In anticipation of the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s upcoming 44th annual “Beacon Hill Gala,” the Sloane Merrill Gallery on Charles Street played host to members of the event committee last week for an intimate gathering featuring wine and hors devours, courtesy of 75 Chestnut. “We’re looking for it to be a...

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Heard It through the Grapevine at BHWF

November 26, 2015
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By Kathy Hull Who does not love wine, women and song?  On December 1, the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) will present “Women and Wine,” featuring Nancy Parker Wilson of Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Ms. Wilson, who splits her time between Boston and Portsmouth, started the business with her husband and parents...

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Police Briefs 11-24-2015

November 26, 2015
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From Boston Police Area A-1 Breaking and Entering – Commercial 11/13/15 – Officers responded to a breaking and entering at a Charles Street sporting-goods store, which was committed between 1 and 5:35 a.m. On arrival, police observed the front glass-door was smashed and, they met with the manager, who reported a rack of winter...

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Appreciation:Remembering Dick Gurnon

November 19, 2015
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Appreciation:Remembering Dick Gurnon

By Dan Murphy The first stop that many newcomers made to the neighborhood was Charles Street Supply, and Dick Gurnon was always more than happy to help. “He loved coming to work and the families around here,” said hos son Jack Gurnon, who now owns the Charles Street hardware. “He would do anything for...

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Boston Employees Are Walsh Scholarship Recipients at Suffolk

November 19, 2015
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Boston Employees Are Walsh Scholarship Recipients at Suffolk

Erin Santhouse and Ryan Woods have been named the most recent Mayor Martin J. Walsh Scholarship recipients at Suffolk University. The Martin J. Walsh Scholarship is awarded annually to academically qualified city employees who have demonstrated the potential for advancement and leadership in city government.  The scholarship will cover tuition for Suffolk’s Master’s in...

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‘T’ Riders Asked to Take Survey

November 19, 2015
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The MBTA is seeking information from riders about how they use the ‘T’. This system-wide Rider Census will help the ‘T’ understand our passengers’ trip-making patterns, demographics, and needs. The survey takes 5-to-10-minutes to complete. Officials will use the data to evaluate current service, develop service plans, and gauge the impact of proposed service...

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Downtown View:Christmas Thanks

November 19, 2015
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By Karen Cord Taylor A tree is being cut down today in Nova Scotia with great fanfare. Soon it will travel by flat-bed truck  to the Boston Common, where it will be erected, decorated and loved. Similar trees have occupied the Common or the Pru yearly since 1971. A tribute to Americans’ Christian holiday,...

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Kick Off the Holiday Season at Boston Public Market

November 19, 2015
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Like the very first Thanksgiving at Plymouth, celebrate the holidays this year with locally sourced ingredients embracing the autumn harvest of New England. Visit the Boston Public Market and support local farmers, fishermen, and food producers and check the items off your holiday grocery list and fill your dinner table with the best of...

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Mayor and IBM Announce Launch of StartHub

November 19, 2015
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the launch of StartHub, a comprehensive, centralized, online platform designed to connect, support, and grow Greater Boston’s world-class technology and early-stage community.  Developed in a public-private partnership between the City of Boston, Venture Café, IBM, and Gust, StartHub will serve as the homepage for Greater Boston’s startup community, providing...

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Boston Library is in Top Tier

November 19, 2015
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By Mayor Martin Walsh A library card gives you access to not only printed books and e-books, but streaming audio books, movies, music, television shows, and digital magazines and comics.  Last month, during ‘Library Card Sign Up Month,’ more than 6,600 individuals signed up for a free library card with the Boston Public Library....

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Mayor’s Education Plan As Easy as A,B,C,D

November 19, 2015
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Just about everyone agrees that the best investment that can be made for young people is to support their education and making sure the best learning facilities are available to them. It doesn’t matter how or who gets it done as long as students have the opportunity to take advantage of their all important...

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Celebrating Community Outreach

November 12, 2015
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Celebrating Community Outreach

The French Cultural Center celebrated the 10th anniversary of its community outreach program, Accent on Success (the free French language program in Boston area schools), with a benefit wine dinner on Monday night, October 26th, in the Back Bay In the photo from left are Hervé Sedky (French Cultural Center Trustee), Heidi Sedky, and Jérôme...

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Halpin to Leave BHCA

November 12, 2015
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The end of 2015 will close another chapter in the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s 93-year history when MaryLee Halpin steps down from her role as executive director. Soon after joining the organization in May of 2012, Halpin, who had previously served as senior vice president of State Street Global Markets, focused on cost improvements....

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Beacon Hill Voters Follow Citywide Trend

November 12, 2015
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By John Lynds Boston voters tossed out two incumbents during Tuesday’s citywide election with Dorchester resident Annissa Essaibi-George beating out At-Large City Councilor Stephen Murphy for one of the four at-large seats and Andrea Campbell ousting District 4 Councilor Charles Yancey who has served since 1983–doubling the number of women on council. In Beacon...

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Downtown View:Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

November 12, 2015
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Let’s pretend. It is 2024. Senate bill 1747, An Act Combating Climate Change, passed the Massachusetts legislature and was signed by the governor in 2017. The bill made Massachusetts a leader in combating carbon emissions. A couple who lives in downtown Boston spent $419.61 on natural gas fuel for heat and hot water in...

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Fireside Chat Tonight with Neighborhood Physicans

November 12, 2015
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By Kathy Hull Tonight, November 10, the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) is offering “The Pinkney Street Prescription,” a panel discussion with three Beacon Hill women M.D.s. They are wives, mothers, and leaders in the Boston health care field and will discuss their specialties and share the everyday challenges of their professional and family...

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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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