Worldwide Sexual and Gender Violence to be Tonight’s Topic at Women’s Forum

October 14, 2014
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Beacon Hill resident AK Goodman, an obstetrician and gynecologist, will discuss sexual and gender violence around the world at tonight’s meeting of the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum, an organization formed last year to connect and inspire neighborhood women. In addition, Hilary Hickok, owner of Hilary House Interiors, will present this month’s 5-minute Neighborhood Narrative....

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The Bridges of Suffolk County

October 14, 2014
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Everyone knows the Longfellow Bridge is being rebuilt. It is scheduled for completion in late 2016. But other bridges across the Charles and other waterways are also undergoing changes. Here’s an update of what is happening, starting with the bridge farthest away from the downtown and moving east. Prepare yourself for lots of new...

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Downtown View: This is a Column of Sidewalk Pictures

October 6, 2014
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Downtown View: This is a Column of Sidewalk Pictures

I want to show you what a good job the City of Boston’s Public Works Department can do. I learned this several years ago when I was a member of a committee that worked to improve Cambridge Street. City employee Peter Scarpignato, now retired, was exceptional in judgment, sense of street design and safety...

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BHAC Determinations

October 6, 2014
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The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission met on Thursday, September 18.  The following determinations were made: APPROVED WITH PROVISIONS Application 15.366 BH Putnam Avenue Applicant: Lawrence Hayden (property manager): Replace gate at West Cedar Street outlet of Putnam Ave APPROVED Application 15.367 BH 5 Louisburg Square Applicant: Dola Hamilton Stemberg (owner): Construct garden gazebo on...

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Letter to the Editor

October 6, 2014
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Reader says ‘no’ to Question 2 It is my hope that all Beacon Hill residents are taking a close look at Question   2,which will appear on this November’s ballot. The referendum seeks to add 5-cent deposits to countless additional beverage containers. As someone who cares greatly about our environment, I’ve concluded that this...

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Civic Association Proceeds with Litigation Against City over Hill Sidewalk Curb-cuts

October 6, 2014
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After failing to reach a compromise on bringing the neighborhood’s sidewalks into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) announced last week that it would proceed with litigation against the city over the ongoing construction of curb-cuts.                 “We understand and share the city’s commitment to the disabled...

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Suffolk University to Launch Free Online Course on City’s Rich History

October 6, 2014
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When Suffolk University launches its first free online course entitled “History of Boston” next month, participants worldwide can take a virtual tour of the “Hub,” visiting significant landmarks and meeting the noteworthy people that help define the character of the city.                 Robert Allison, chair of the university’s history department, will serve as the...

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Beautify Beacon Hill Award Winners

September 23, 2014
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Beautify Beacon Hill Award Winners

The Beacon Hill Civic Association, the Beacon Hill Garden Club and the Beacon Hill Times would like to thank all those who submitted pictures to the Beautify Beacon Hill Awards – Spring Session. The submissions demonstrated the exemplary effort many Beacon Hill residents put into their seasonal displays including window boxes, containers, tree pits,...

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New Administrator At Gibson House Museum

September 23, 2014
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After a focused search, the Gibson House Museum has appointed Michelle Marchetti Coughlin as its new museum administrator, according to a press release. Coughlin is a historian and the author of “One Colonial Woman’s World,” which reconstructs the life of the author of what may be the earliest surviving diary by an American woman....

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Letters To The Editor

September 23, 2014
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The BHCA thanks all who participated in the Neighborhood Block Party! Dear Editor: Beacon Hill residents and friends gathered on sunny Mount Vernon Street on September 14 to participate in the annual Neighborhood Block Party. The Beacon Hill Civic Association would like to thank the 20 non-profit participants who set up tables and provided...

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Downtown View: Seeing Boston From The Water

September 23, 2014
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If you’re a traveler and an architecture enthusiast, you may have been on the Chicago River architectural boat tour. It is splendid, with good stories about the Windy City’s fine buildings. You may be surprised to learn that Boston also has an architectural river (and harbor) trip. You’ll also be surprised to find that...

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Taste of Beacon Hill On Oct.5

September 23, 2014
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When the Beacon Hill Business Association’s 13th annual “Taste of Beacon Hill” returns to the Revere Hotel on Oct. 5 after a two-year hiatus, the eagerly anticipated event will again showcase favorite dishes from some of the neighborhood’s most popular restaurants. “The ‘Taste’ is one of the most successful and enjoyable events that the...

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BHWF Starts Second Season

September 20, 2014
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BHWF Starts Second Season

Lindsey Higgins, Kristin Connell, Danielle Frissell, Jacqueline Leahy and Shannon McAllister were on hand last week for the opening session for the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF).

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Music Center of Boston Kicks Off 105th Year

September 20, 2014
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Music Center of Boston Kicks Off 105th Year

Community Music Center of Boston in the South End recently kicked off its 105th year of music education. “Community Music Center of Boston is a truly unique place,” said Executive Director David Lapin, who has been with the organization since 1981. “Through face-to-face interactions and increasingly high-tech means of marketing, more than five generations of...

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Hill Voters back Gubernatorial Candidates: Grossman and Baker in State Primary

September 20, 2014
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While voters across the state and city supported Martha Coakley in her victorious bid for Democratic gubernatorial candidate in last Tuesday’s state primary election, Beacon Hill voters largely supported her rival Steven Grossman in the race. According to the city’s unofficial election results, approximately 39 percent of voters in 3, Precinct 6 and Ward...

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King’s Chapel Welcomes Children and Families Back to Family Worship Service

September 20, 2014
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Folks on Beacon Hill remember a time when the King’s Chapel Church School and the family services at the Little Chapel on Beacon Street epitomized community. Families raised their children and watched them grow up together in values they treasured. The recent arrival of two new staff, Assistant Minister Shawn Fiedler, and Church School...

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Myles’ Musings

September 20, 2014
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The world’s in such a bloody mess I only skim the papers And find myself, I must confess, Amused by politicians’ capers. With the electorate in their sights, They think they can deceive them. I can only hope that they’re not right, And voters won’t believe them. By Myles Musings

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Maintaining the Urban Tree

September 20, 2014
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Watering, fertilizer, and pest control maintenance are the three key ingredients for healthy trees in the urban jungle. Newly planted trees require continued watering, ten gallons per week on the average throughout their active growing season. If you have a watering hose, set it at low pressure and water once a week for approximately...

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Hill Couple’s Hobby Honored by Washington, D.C., Museum

September 10, 2014
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Hill Couple’s Hobby Honored by Washington, D.C., Museum

The Beacon Hill Times has neighborhood competition, but not competition that should cause much concern. “I call it the world’s smallest newspaper, with the world’s smallest circulation,” says Bowdoin Street resident David Trumbull, who, since January of 2011, has published the Bowdoin Street Times, a miniature newspaper (about the size of a matchbook) for...

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On Thursday, Meet Local Author Karen Cord Taylor at Blackstone’s

September 10, 2014
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If Beacon Hill could talk, it would tell you stories — stories of unique individuals and groups, past and present — who’ve had a lasting impact on the community throughout its history. Beacon Hill resident Karen Cord Taylor shares many of these stories in her new local history book, “Legendary Locals of Beacon Hill.”...

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Charles River Gets High Marks

September 10, 2014
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EPA has given a grade of “A-” for water quality in the Charles River during 2013. It is the highest grade EPA has issued since the 1995 inception of the Clean Charles River Initiative. Reflecting nearly twenty years of focused efforts by EPA, state and local officials, private environmental advocacy groups and concerned citizens,...

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State Issues RFP for Air Rights

September 10, 2014
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The state issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) on Wednesday for the design and development of an air-rights project at Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue. Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the MBTA are seeking development proposals for Parcel 13, which consists of approximately 54,500 square feet of air rights over the Massachusetts Turnpike...

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Block Party Is This Sunday On The Hill

September 10, 2014
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Don’t miss the neighborhoods biggest party, this Sunday, September 14! The Beacon Hill Civic Association will once again host the Neighborhood Block Party from 12noon to 4pm in-front of The Firehouse, 127 Mt. Vernon Street. The annual event welcomes back the community after each summer for a fun-filled afternoon of hot dogs sizzling on...

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Maura Healey for State Ag

September 10, 2014
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 Maura Healey is also running as a Democrat to be Attorney General of Massachusetts. Healey has represented Massachusetts citizens for the past several years, fighting on the front lines as a lawyer in the AG’s office for causes we all care about. She advocated to keep the buffer zone protecting women’s health clinics, and...

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