Coalition is Being Formed to Save Local Elm Trees

December 17, 2015
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By Suzanne Besser When earlier this year Harvard University published a study showing the amount of methane leaking from Greater Boston’s aging pipelines to be three times what was previously thought, members of the downtown environmental group Mothers Out Front moved methane to the top of their agenda. And when new information surfaced last...

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Farewell to Beacon Hill’s Callie

December 17, 2015
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By Dan Murphy Perhaps the most famous dog on what is as touted as the most photographed street in the U.S. died Dec. 5. Callie, a 9-year-old golden retriever belonging to Joe and Kristin Casey of Acorn Street, apparently passed in her sleep. “She died peacefully and restfully,” Kristin said. “She was such a...

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Boston to Host Citywide Meeting About the Flood Insurance Rate Maps

December 17, 2015
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By John Lynds The City of Boston Community Engagements Director for Environment, Energy and Open Space Lauren Zingarelli appeared at a recent community meeting to announce Boston will host a citywide meeting concerning the Flood Insurance Rate Maps that go into effect on March 16, 2016. The Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) and city officials...

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Winners Named in Charles Street ‘Storefront Decorating Contest’

December 17, 2015
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By Dan Murphy As part of the “Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll” on Thursday, the Joint Charles Street Committee selected the winners in its second bi-annual “Storefront Decorating Contest.” Holiday Boutique, located at 53 Charles St., was awarded first place, while Fastachi at 83 Charles St. and Soodee Women’s Boutique at 63 Charles St. won...

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Police Briefs 12-15-2015

December 17, 2015
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BEACON HILL BEAT From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 12/06/2015 – Between 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 9:59 a.m. on Dec. 6, a victim reported that she parked her Subaru crossover at Brimmer and Mt. Vernon streets. When she returned, the front passenger’s side window was smashed and her wallet,...

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Decorating Beacon Hill

December 10, 2015
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Decorating Beacon Hill

From left, Catherine Morey, Fiona O’Keeffe and Annie O’Keeffe were busy on Saturday decorating the lamp posts on Chestnut Street.

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‘Holiday Stroll’ is Thursday

December 10, 2015
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By Dan Murphy One of the neighborhood’s most highly anticipated, seasonal events, the “Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll,” returns on Thursday. “Charles Street is magical at the holidays, and this is a wonderful time to come out and celebrate with our business community,” said Nina Castellion, president of the Beacon Hill Business Association, which has...

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Beacon Hill Athletes Honored at NCD

December 10, 2015
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Five Beacon Hill residents were honored at the Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart fall Athletic Awards Assembly. Senior Caroline Diggins (West Cedar Street), a co-captain of Varsity Crew, was voted the team’s MVP. Diggins has rowed all four years with the crew team and raced three of those years in the...

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Two Hour Free Parking Available if Motorists use ParkBoston App

December 10, 2015
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Transportation Department are inviting residents and visitors to use the ParkBoston app and receive two hours of free parking at all metered spaces in the City this holiday season.  The two free hours may be used from Friday, November 27th through the end of the day on...

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Downtown View:My people

December 10, 2015
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It’s when I ride the crowded subway that I feel most Bostonian. “These are my people,” I think. Not that they are much like me. They are younger than I am for the most part. Sometimes one will get up from his seat and motion to me that I should take it. I know...

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Gurnon and Her Whimiscal Windows

December 10, 2015
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By Suzanne Besser Dressing store windows with selected merchandise has always been a powerful tool merchants use to draw in foot traffic. Sequined dresses, glitzy bling, stunning stilettoes, clear cut crystals and delicate ornaments placed in the windows of Charles Street boutiques now call out to holiday shoppers passing by. But what if the...

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Senator Anthony Petruccelli Set to Resign in January

December 10, 2015
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Senator Anthony Petruccelli, who served first in the Massachusetts House and later the Senate, announced he will resign from his Senate seat effective sometime in January to take a job in the private sector. Petruccelli, who is currently the Senate’s Majority Whip, will go to work for Kearney, Donovan and McGee as a new...

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Latest Plans for Gov.Center Garage Project

December 3, 2015
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Latest Plans for Gov.Center Garage Project

By Dan Murphy A developer recently unveiled its latest plans to redevelop the Government Center Garage, which will raze portions of the existing nine-story structure at One Congress St. to make way for a sprawling, 2.3-million square-foot mixed-use complex. Boston-based HYM Investment Group proposes six buildings for the location, including 812 residential units, 1.1...

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State Considering Electronic Billboards at ‘T’ Stations

December 3, 2015
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By Dan Murphy The Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Office of Outside Advertising is now considering a proposal to install electronic billboards at MBTA stations citywide. The billboards would be located near station entrances and exits, and measure 42 inches long, 56 inches wide and 7.5 inches deep. They would transmit information on train departure...

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Downtown View:Good Books for Gift Giving

December 3, 2015
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By Karen Cord Taylor It’s December. Time for a holiday gift book roundup. Two recommendations are the works of Massachusetts authors whose books, no matter what the titles, are really about relationships. No One Ever Told Us That: Money and Life Lessons for Young Adults, published by John Wiley & Sons, is downtown Boston...

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Women and Wine at BHWF

December 3, 2015
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By Kathy Hull Tonight, the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) presents “Women and Wine,” featuring Nancy Parker Wilson of Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Ms. Wilson is an owner of the family business and manages its day-to-day operations. Along with a history of Greendale, she will share a slide show of her beautiful...

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Holiday Celebrations are Being Planned in Beacon Hill Area

December 3, 2015
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For more than 10 years, the Beacon Hill Business Association (BHBA) has sponsored the Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll, a highly anticipated festive kick off to the holiday shopping season.  On Thursday December 10th, starting at 6PM we will close off Charles St to traffic, allowing for holiday shoppers to stroll through all of it’s...

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Police Briefs 12-01-2015

December 3, 2015
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Assault and Battery 11/22/15 – At around 9:50 a.m., officers responded to Beacon and Charles streets on Boston Common for a fight. On arrival, police were met by one of the male parties involved, who said another dog walker’s dog urinated on his dog and he...

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Increase in Stolen or Missing Drugs

December 3, 2015
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Outlined in a new State Department of Public Health report, opioid pills and other prescription pills have been missing or stolen from hospitals and clinics across the state at a 15 percent increase over all of last year. The jump in the report could be a trend as addicts continue to seek these pills,...

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Banning Replica Handguns in Public Places a Positive Move

December 3, 2015
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An ordinance banning replica handguns in public spaces throughout the City of Boston, aimed at increasing public safety, has been signed by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh with support from the Boston City Council. The measure will make residents aware of the danger of replicas and hopefully will increase the dialogue about the consequences...

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BHCA Prepares Response on Sidewalk Litigation

November 26, 2015
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By Dan Murphy After consulting with attorneys, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) is now preparing a response to the city, which has challenged a court order mandating that it file an Environmental Notification Form (ENF) with the state to continue the installation of sidewalk ramps in the neighborhood. “The ENF requires a public...

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BRA and BTD to Work on Action Plan

November 26, 2015
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and Boston Transportation Department (BTD) announced last week that they would begin working on a transportation action plan for the area around North Station before the end of the year. The plan, which will also cover the West End, Bullfinch Triangle and Government Center, will provide a comprehensive analysis...

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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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