Downtown View DC: The Bad and The Good

January 29, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor Susan and I took the train to DC last Friday with lots of people and returned on Sunday. We stayed at Lois’s house. On Saturday we three went to the Women’s March on Washington. We wore our bubble-gum pink “Nasty (old) Woman” hoodies. (One of us is 83—probably one of...

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Hanley and McGuire to be Honored at BHCA Gala

January 29, 2017
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By Suzanne Besser Deb Hanley and Frank McGuire, whose years of volunteerism on behalf of this community have made it a better place for all, will be honored by more than 200 of their neighbors at the 45th Beacon Hill Gala, sponsored by the Beacon Hill Civic Association on February 4th at the Four...

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Torit Montessori School Opens Elementary Campus

January 29, 2017
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By Dan Murphy Torit Montessori School opened its elementary campus at the former site of Grampy’s gas station on Cambridge Street last month. The campus, which currently accommodates around 40 elementary, kindergarten and pre- kindergarten students, occupies a total of 15,000 square feet on the second through fourth floors of the five-story building at...

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Blackstone’s Celebrates 35th Anniversary with Launch of ‘Meet the Maker’ Series

January 29, 2017
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Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill, located at 46 Charles St., will kick off its 35th anniversary with the launch of the “Meet the Maker” event series on Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. “Jessica Gusar of ‘Live In Mosaics’ will be our first featured local artist showcasing her mosaic collection that includes both...

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Cheek Donates WWII Visual Materials to Athenaeum

January 29, 2017
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Elizabeth E. Barker, Ph.D., Stanford Calderwood Director of the Boston Athenæum, announced the donation to the Athenæum of the collection of WWII visual materials of architectural photographer, author, and Athenæum Proprietor Richard W. Cheek. The Richard W. Cheek World War II Graphic Arts Collection contains over 2,000 posters and war maps, 189 linear feet...

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Local Projects Highlighted in Walsh’s State of City Address:FOPG Urges Caution on Winthrop Sq. Project Mitigation Funds

January 29, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen In a packed Symphony Hall, Mayor Martin J. Walsh delivered his third State of the City Address before embarking on his re-election campaign. In his address, Walsh committed to keeping Boston accessible to all residents by investing more money in affordable housing and upgrading infrastructure and transportation options. An effort from...

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Officials Outline Legislation to Allow New Shadow from Winthrop Square Tower

January 29, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen If passed, the proposed 750 foot building slated for the Winthrop Square Garage could be the last to cast additional shadows on the Boston Common and Public Garden downtown. The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) proposed a plan to push legislation that would allow the building to use up the...

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Police Briefs 01-24-2017

January 29, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 01/13/17- The victim reported unknown person(s) broke into her 2015 Jeep Cherokee, which was parked on Charles Street, at around 7:30 a.m. The rear passenger’s side window broken was broken, and a briefcase with personal belongings and papers was stolen.   Larceny...

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Former District A1 Commanding Superintendent O’rourke Retires

January 29, 2017
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Boston Police Superintendent Bernard “Bernie” O’Rourke has retired following a lengthily career with the department, that expanded 29 years. Many of those years, O’Rourke spent as the Commanding Officer of District A1 which covers the Beacon Hill, North End, West End. Charelstown, Downtown and Waterfront neighborhoods where he conducted the community’s monthly public safety...

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Rising Water Levels Threat to City’s Municipal Harbor Plan

January 29, 2017
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A recent environmental report given to the City of Boston clearly indicates waterfront high tides will consistently rise creating some serious damage to the North End/Waterfront neighborhood. One city employee told a community organization that eventually water could extend out as far as Faneuil Hall with many neighborhood streets and The Greenway affected. Structures...

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Enforcement Key to Reduce The City’s Speed Limit

January 29, 2017
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Obviously, the new City of Boston ordinance regarding the speed limit on city streets from 30 mph to 25 mph will prevent more accidents, injuries and deaths but only if there is adequate enforcement on a regular basis. Public safety concerns are the main reason a reduce speed limit was enacted and only strict...

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Beacon Hill Women’s Forum Dancing With the Stars

January 20, 2017
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Beacon Hill Women’s Forum Dancing With the Stars

 by Marianne Salza When Kathy Hull, a college philosophy and psychology professor, received a phone call one evening from a local dance studio inquiring if she and her husband would like to attend three, free ballroom dancing lessons, she had no idea that it would be the beginning of a new passion and a...

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Massport:Winthrop Sq Tower is Too High

January 20, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen The proposed mixed use 775-foot high tower slated for 115 Winthrop Square, which is known for casting controversial new shadows on the public parks downtown, has received yet another challenge from the air. The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) came out against the proposed height of the building, saying it would interfere...

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Friends and Colleagues Bid Farewell to ‘Bernie’ O’Rourke

January 20, 2017
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By Dan Murphy On the eve of his retirement from a 39-year career with the Boston Police, Superintendent Bernard “Bernie” O’Rourke was feted by scores of friends and colleagues at Ned Devine’s Pub at Faneuil Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 11. O’Rourke, who turned 64 the next day, joined the department in 1978 as a...

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Downtown View:Shadows vs Money

January 20, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor Aren’t we Bostonians better than Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump? Millennium Partners beat out several other developers in a plan to demolish the city’s decrepit parking garage at Winthrop Square and build a 700-feet-plus skyscraper, paying the city millions of dollars to be spread around for park improvements, affordable housing...

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BHCA Community Corner

January 20, 2017
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Annual Appeal The Annual Appeal provides vital funding for the association’s ongoing operations, sustaining the office staff and facilities, allowing its continued sponsorship of community events, and enabling its advocacy work on behalf of the community. Contributors who donate $400 or more to the Annual Appeal can receive a ticket(s) to the upcoming Beacon...

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Councilor Jackson Announces Bid for Mayor; Calls for a More Equitable Growth Citywide

January 20, 2017
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By Seth Daniel When Councilor Tito Jackson took to the podium to announce his bid for mayor at the Haley House Cafe in Roxbury last Thursday, Jan. 12, he didn’t paint himself as a candidate for one particular group of people, but for all of the people of the city – in particular those...

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Boston City Council News and Notes

January 20, 2017
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Boston City Council brings in the new year at their first meeting held last Wednesday, January 11, with a number of refiles. The Council operates on a one-year legislative cycle within a two-year term, meaning that proposals that aren’t voted on by the end of each year become inactive and need to be refilled...

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BPDA Approves Temporary Dorms for Emerson College in Fenway; While Renovating Little Building on Boylston Street for More Students

January 20, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) approved an amendment to Emerson College’s Institution Master Plan (IMP) to temporarily lease the hostel located at 12 Hemenway Street for two years at the board of directors meeting on Thursday, January 12. The lease will run from the fall of 2017 to the...

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Police Briefs 01-17-2017

January 20, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area  A-1 Larceny 01/05/17 – A Charles Street clothing store reported an unknown female suspect stole an Apple iPad off of the store counter, some time between 2 and 3 p.m. A clerk stated the suspect was the only person in the store at the time of the...

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Letter to the Editor

January 20, 2017
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Opposed to Winthrop Square project height as proposed Dear Editor: We are writing to express our opposition to the Winthrop Square project, as currently proposed, as well as any amendment to the State Shadow Laws to facilitate such a project. We are both parents of two children – two now grown, but born and...

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Facing Boston’s Gender Wage Gap

January 20, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh When I first took office in 2014 I pledged to listen, learn and lead. It quickly became clear that leading on gender equity was essential to our City’s success. Not only is it the right thing to do, it is important to our economy as a whole and businesses’...

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MFS Pro-Am Squash Tournament

January 13, 2017
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MFS Pro-Am Squash Tournament

The University Club in Back Bay hosted the International Squash Doubles Tournament over the weekend for the 26th year. The Pro-Am Tournament went from January 4-8 and was sponsored by MFS. Participants competed for cash prizes totaling $40,000. Tournament action included both professional men and women along with Professional-Amateur teams made up of one...

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Slight Drop Reported in Part One Crimes

January 13, 2017
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By Dan Murphy Area A-1 was on track to see a slight decrease in incidents of violent and property crime in 2016 from the previous year. According to Boston Police, 2,471 Part One crimes were reported in the district, which includes Beacon Hill, Chinatown and downtown, between Jan. 1 and Dec. 11, 2016, as...

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