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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Investing in Beacon Hill

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh This month, I am proud to put forth a budget for the City of Boston that will make Boston a better place to work, live, and raise a family. At City Hall, we’ve created a plan for our City that will keep Boston financially sound, while making targeted investments...

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Shear Madness:Fundraising Continues to Chop Off Jack Gurnon’s Hair Mop

Shear Madness:Fundraising Continues to Chop Off Jack Gurnon’s Hair Mop

By Beth Treffeisen What all started as a fun prank between two friends about three years ago has slowly turned into about 15 inches of silver locks that flow from the head of Beacon Hill’s Jack Gurnon, that is now well…ready to go. After enduring questions from concerned residents of Beacon Hill from –...

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Livingstone Seeks More Discussion on Shadow Laws

By Beth Treffeisen With the recent passage of Boston City Council’s home rule petition that aims to amend the current shadow laws that protect the Boston Common and Boston Public Garden, State Representative Jay D. Livingstone has come out against this legislation as it is written. “I was surprised at the swiftness in which...

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Downtown View:Better Skyscrapers

By Karen Cord Taylor Consider Los Angeles. It’s enjoying an upgrade. With refurbished hotels, new residential buildings, a spruce-up of its gorgeous library and all the services and restaurants that come with a dense population, LA’s downtown is finally full of vitality. It also looks good. One reason is the tops of some of...

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Chestnut Street Resident Aims to Educate Neighbors on Rosie’s Place

By Dan Murphy While Rosie’s Place dates back to 1974 and has the distinction of being the oldest women’s shelter in the U.S., Chestnut Street newcomer Deb Pasculano wants to educate her new Beacon Hill neighbors on how much more the South End-based nonprofit has to offer. “One of my goals over the next...

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28 Hancock,John Jeffries Addition on ZLC Agenda at BHCA Meeting

The Zoning and Licensing Committee (ZLC) of the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) will meet on Wednesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. at 74 Joy Street to consider a proposed penthouse and roof deck addition at 28 Hancock Street and a four-story addition to the John Jeffries House on the parking lot parcel next...

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Forgotten Corner in Garden Set for a Plant Overhaul

By Beth Treffeisen The corner of the Boston Public Garden that sits behind the William Ellery Channing Statue near the Arlington T stop, is the last missing piece of the Friends of the Public Garden ongoing project to restore the Boylston Street side of the Public Garden. What is home to a mulch pit...

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Spring into May with the BHWF’s Annual Fashion Show

By Amy Tsurumi Mark your calendars for a jubilant and colorful evening well suited for the first Friday of May!  The Beacon Hill Womens Forum (BHWF) cordially invites you to the Fourth Annual Charles Street Couture Fashion Show on May 5th from 6 to 8 pm.  Held at the University of Massachusetts Club, One...

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Get Healthy On the Esplanade this Summer

Healthy, Fit & Fun is returning to the Esplanade this summer! Starting in July, the Esplanade Association will again join forces with some of Boston’s top fitness and recreation organizations to host a variety of free outdoor fitness classes on the banks of the Charles River. The Healthy, Fit & Fun program, which runs...

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Beacon Hill Author Jeanne Blasberg at Blackstone’s to Sign Copies of Her New Book ‘Eden’

Looking for a Mother’s Day gift or a good summer beach read? Beacon Hill author Jeanne Blasberg’s new book ~ “Eden” ~ could be just the answer. Blasberg will be signing copies of her new book on Wednesday, May 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill (46 Charles Street).  As...

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Bridge Architect Miguel Rosales to Deliver Keynote Address at Civic Association’s Annual Meeting

By Dan Murphy Miguel Rosales, the lead designer and architect of the innovative, cable-stayed Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, will deliver the keynote address at the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s 95th annual meeting on May 15. Rosales, a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s master’s program in architectural studies, has more than 30...

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Charles River Esplanade Slated to Receive New Updated Signage

By Beth Treffeisen For many local residents who run, bike, or even roller blade down the Charles River Esplanade, the wooden signs that pop up here and there may just blend into the background. But, for many tourists, these signs act as a guide to one of Boston’s most notable parks. A partnership between...

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Police Briefs 05-02-2017

Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny – Bicycle 04/20/17 – A victim reported she locked her blue Giant bicycle to a post in front of a Mt. Vernon Street building at about 9 p.m. on April 19, but when she returned the next day around 9 a.m., the bike and lock...

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No Place for Hate

This editorial is not about politics. It is not about an issue that mark us as Democrats vs. Repubilicans, liberals vs. conservatives, pro-life vs. pro-choice, higher vs. lower taxes, amnesty for immigrants vs. big, beautiful border walls, diplomacy vs. bombing No. Korea, Syria, Iran, or anyone else, pro gay, women’s, and minority rights vs....

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Fight for Light at City Council

April 29, 2017
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Fight for Light at City Council

By Beth Treffeisen A packed Boston City Council Chamber played home to a hearing to discuss a Home Rule Petition on Monday, April 24, to discuss making a one-time exemption to the State laws that govern shadow on the Boston Common and the Public Garden for the developers behind the proposed 775-foot Winthrop Square...

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Esplanade Association to Host 16th Annual Meeting

April 29, 2017
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Esplanade Association to Host 16th Annual Meeting

The Esplanade Association will be hosting it’s 16th Annual Meeting on Tuesday evening, May 2 at the Algonquin Club in Boston. The public is invited to attend the meeting at which the organization will share what they have accomplished over the past year in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and...

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Downtown View:Being Left Out

April 29, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor Are you working hard? Paying attention? Being involved? Some people apparently believe you aren’t. You are not worthy of their attention. They are leaving you out. The Boston Water and Sewer Commission is one of the perpetrators. Its recent flyer listed the sites in each neighborhood to which Boston residents...

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BHCA Community Corner

April 29, 2017
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SPRING IS MEMBERSHIP SEASON AT BHCA Along with window boxes overflowing with colorful flowers, spring on Beacon Hill brings a renewed appreciation of the neighborhood’s carefully preserved historic homes, newly-swept brick sidewalks, green play spaces for children and, perhaps most of all, the friendly camaraderie of its residents. Much of this is due to...

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Beacon Hill to Get Improvements in Budget

April 29, 2017
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By John Lynds Last Thursday, Mayor Martin Walsh released his $2.08 billion five-year capital budget plan. Flanked by his cabinet and elected officials, Walsh made a commitment to start, continue and complete several projects around the Beacon Hill neighborhood. “This Capital Plan prioritizes investments in Boston’s neighborhoods and is a direct reflection of the...

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Organist Peter Krasinski to Create Live Improvised Musical Score for ‘BEN-HUR’ at St Cecilia’s

April 29, 2017
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A sweeping silent film drama set during the time of Christ will be shown in a landmark Boston church. Organist Peter Krasinski will accompany BEN-HUR, A Tale of the Christ” (1925) on Thursday, April 27, at Saint Cecelia Parish, 18 Belvidere St. The screening is at 7 p.m. and is open to the public....

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