Community Leaders Express Outrage at BRA’s 6-Year Extension of Powers

April 7, 2016
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By Dan Murphy Following the city council’s decision last week to grant the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) a six-year extension of its urban renewal powers, some community leaders have expressed indignation with the decision. While the Beacon Hill neighborhood is not within the zone for teh BRA decision, nevertheless the development in the conigious...

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Downtown View:Heroic

April 7, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor Mayor John Hynes was elected in 1949, John Collins in 1960. Collins brought in Ed Logue as the director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, established in 1957. These men faced a problem. Boston was in trouble. After a depression, two wars, long-time corruption and a changing industrial base, the city...

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Dearth of a Small Space:Theatre Groups are Getting Squeezed Out of Boston

April 7, 2016
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By Seth Daniel It’s never easy on the cutting edge, or else it wouldn’t be the cutting edge. But at the same time, when it comes to the cutting edge and fringe small theatre companies in Boston, it also shouldn’t be impossible – say theatre company participants and advocates. Yet such is the case,...

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Officials Announce Five Goals for Cultural Plan

April 7, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The Boston Creates team held its final Town Hall meeting at Bunker Hill Community College on Monday night, March 28, and revealed five goals that will be used to form the upcoming Boston Cultural Plan – due out on June 17. Julie Burros, chief of arts and culture, moderated the meeting,...

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Walsh Announces the Opening of Boston’s Two Municipal Golf Courses for 2016

April 7, 2016
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh has announced that the City of Boston’s two municipal golf courses – the William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park in Dorchester and the George Wright Golf Course in Hyde Park – are now open for the 2016 season. “Boston’s golfers have the opportunity to play on two award-winning...

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Police Briefs 04-05-2016

April 7, 2016
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BEACON HILL BEAT From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny – Shoplifting 03/28/16 – A Charles Street sporting-goods-store clerk reported an unknown male suspect came into the store at around 4:50 p.m. and stole a pair of Power Beats headphones before fleeing on foot.  

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Get Out and Vote

April 7, 2016
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Next Tuesday, seven candidates will be seeking the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat of the First Suffolk and Middlesex District that was held for the last nine years by Anthony Petrucelli of East Boston.  These candidates, including our own State Rep. Jay Livingstone, have been campaigning and meeting the voters during the last...

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Preliminary Design for Proposed Leverett Circle Pedestrian Bridge

April 1, 2016
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Preliminary Design for Proposed Leverett Circle Pedestrian Bridge

By Dan Murphy Members of the design team unveiled preliminary plans for the Leverett Circle Pedestrian Bridge at the West End Museum last Tuesday The concrete, curved footbridge conceived by Miguel Rosales, the Boston architect who designed the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge and the soon-to-be completed Appleton Pedestrian Bridge between Charles Circle...

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New Parking Plan Set for Charles Street

April 1, 2016
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By Dan Murphy Based on recommendations from the Beacon Hill Civic Association and the Beacon Hill Business Association, the city has reconfigured parking on Charles Street. The changes, made in conjunction with the Civic Association Traffic and Parking Committee and the Joint Charles Street Committee, include switching two metered spaces on the east side...

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Nominations are sought for Beacon Award

April 1, 2016
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As part of the Diamond Jubilee Year (1922-1997), The Beacon Hill Civic Association instituted an annual Beacon Award to honor those people or groups deserving of particular recognition for significant and sustained contribution to the Beacon Hill community.  Such a contribution may include working with children or the elderly in the neighborhood, beautifying local...

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A Kitchen for the Whole Family

April 1, 2016
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by Suzanne Besser When they were house hunting several years ago, a young couple living on Charles Street knew exactly what they were looking for. It took them a year to find it. And when they did, they remodeled it to fit their lifestyle so attractively and effectively that it was chosen one of...

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Downtown View:Gobsmacked by the English Language

April 1, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor “Gobsmacked” came to America at just the right time. We needed a word that called to mind being unexpectedly socked in the head with a fistful of some disgusting, muddy substance. It’s what most of us have experienced during the current Republican campaign for president. Thanks, Britain, and Susan Boyle,...

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Livingstone Endorsed by Environmental Groups

April 1, 2016
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Rep. Jay Livingstone, a Boston legislator running to fill Senator Anthony Petruccelli’s vacated senate seat, has been endorsed by the Environmental League of Massachusetts and Massachusetts Voters for Animals.  This announcement follows recent endorsements from a large group of unions representing thousands of voters throughout the district. Livingstone said, “I am honored to have...

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Police Briefs 03-29-2016

April 1, 2016
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From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 03/19/16          A victim reported he parked his 2010 Land Rover at Charles and Beacon streets at 11 p.m. on March 18, and when he returned at 5:50 p.m. the next day, T-shirts and CDs were missing from the vehicle. There was no sign of forced...

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Five Simple Habits to Help Our Children Thrive

April 1, 2016
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By Ron Ferguson, Jeff Howard and Mayor Martin J. Walsh Did you know that 80% of a child’s brain development occurs during the first three years of life? That fact presents a challenge: it means we can’t wait for schools to prepare our kids to learn. But it’s also an opportunity, because much of...

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Food Trucks Coming Again to Brewer Fountain

March 25, 2016
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Food Trucks Coming Again to Brewer Fountain

By Jordan Frias Four different food trucks will be stationed at Brewer Fountain Plaza on the Boston Common this spring season. Bon Me, Blazing Salads on Wheels, Heritage Food Truck and Cookie Monstah were chosen through an RFP process through the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, with help from the Friends of the Public...

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Reinhardt Joins BHCA Staff

March 25, 2016
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Reinhardt Joins BHCA Staff

By Dan Murphy Katie Reinhardt joined the Beacon Hill Civic Association as its new administrative assistant on March 7. Reinhardt, age 29, was raised in Indianapolis and earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Indianapolis in 2009. Soon after graduating, she accepted a position as “development ambassador” for the non-profit...

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Officials Outline Plans for Managing Climate Change

March 25, 2016
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By Dan Murphy City officials outlined their plans for managing climate change at Community Church of Boston on March 15 at a forum sponsored by the Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee. Panelists included Austin Blackmon, the city’s chief of environment, energy and open space; Lourdes Lopez, community outreach manager for “Renew Boston,” the public-private...

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Downtown View:The Seaport.Is Anyone There?

March 25, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor Last week this column was about fish. This week there are other matters to consider about the seaport surrounding the Seaport District. The first is the most heralded. “The harbor cleanup really only finished in 2000,” said Julie Wormser, executive director of the Boston Harbor Association. “The harbor has had...

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Letters to the Editor

March 25, 2016
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City Hall Plaza and Delaware North Dear Editor: I read – with great apprehension – that Delaware North has been chosen to “spruce up” City Hall Plaza. I assume all those associated with designating Delaware North know that it’s the former concessionaire at Yosemite National Park. DN claims it now owns the names “Ahwahnee...

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Stand by your Guns Commissioner-Fingerprinting is a Public Safety Issue

March 25, 2016
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Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans’ attempt to have all Uber and Lyft drivers provide fingerprints for public safety reasons is completely justified. If the 6,000 Boston cab drivers have to provide fingerprints, there is no reason why other transportation service drivers should do the same. Fingerprints can be used in many ways, especially...

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The T in MBTA Stands for Terrible

March 25, 2016
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Each week there is a negative story regarding the MBTA. If it’s not overtime costs, breakdowns, poor operations, deficit issues or poor service it’s something else and there appears to be no end in sight towards resolving any of the problems. Governor Charlie Baker has vowed to start in motion solutions but he would...

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Girl Scout Cookie Sale

March 11, 2016
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Girl Scout Cookie Sale

Beacon Hill/Back Bay troop members participated in the Girl Scouts’ “National Cookie Weekend: with a sale on Charles Street, outside of Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill, on Feb. 28. The unseasonable warm weather helped heat up sales, proceeds of which benefit the neighborhood troop and Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass. Pictured, left to right, are...

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New Voter in 2034

March 11, 2016
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New Voter in 2034

State Rep. Jay Livingstone and his wife Julie welcomed their firstborn child at Massachusetts General Hospital on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 7:45 a.m. The couple’s son, Henry James Livingstone, weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and measured 20.5 inches. “I’m so excited with the newest addition to our family,” said Livingstone, who is currently a...

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