Raining Awareness on Alzheimer’s Disease

June 18, 2015
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June is Alzheimer’s and Brain awareness month, and Alzheimer’s disease is a subject that is very personal to me.  My grandmother had Alzheimer’s and I saw firsthand the toll it takes on a family, and the love and patience that is required to care for someone with the disease. My whole family suffered with...

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Duckling Day

Duckling Day

More than 1,000 people enjoyed a Mother’s Day full of feathers, frolicking and fun at the Friends of the Public Garden’s annual  “Duckling Day”   event, presented in partnership with the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

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Barks & Bagels: A Dog Event

For years the Boston Common Frog Pond has been the place for ice skaters twirling, toddlers splashing, parents picnicking, yogis posing and families watching movies. And next week, for the first time, the Frog Pond has set aside a special time for another growing group of park users: dogs playing. This Saturday, June 6,...

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Imagine Boston in 2030

Last week, I announced Imagine Boston 2030, the first citywide planning process in 50 years. It will be a two-year planning process to create a roadmap for success leading up to Boston’s 400th birthday. Boston is a city of neighborhoods and, more importantly, a city of neighbors who care and look out for one...

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Obituaries 06-02-2015

Cornelia Diane Golding Patten Lifelong social activist, active in racial integration and urban housing causes; had private audience with Dalai Lama Cornelia Diane Golding Patten of Boston, known affectionately as “Boots,” died Saturday, May 23 at Hearthstone at New Horizons in Marlborough. She was 88 years old. Born January 29, 1926 in Valdosta, Georgia,...

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Downtown View:Embracing the Greenway

June 4, 2015
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It has been six years since the Rose Kennedy Greenway’s first spring. It has been even longer since the Greenway was established, since the non-profits that hoped to cover the ramps abandoned their plans, and since frustrated horticultural volunteers fled the park leaders as too annoying to deal with. Things are looking up though....

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‘Outside the Box’ Organizers Seek to Mitigate Impact

June 4, 2015
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“Outside the Box” organizers are working with the community to help mitigate the impacts on the Boston Common of the free performing arts festival, which returns to the park from July 14 to 19. “We take our responsibility as respectful stewards of the Common quite seriously,” said Susan Darian, the festival’s managing director. “Our...

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More Employees Added to Help With Maintenance at Greenspaces

June 4, 2015
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Boston’s greenspaces will soon shine a little brighter, with the addition of a second maintenance crew for city parks in fiscal ’16. Ryan Woods, director of external affairs for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, said the new crew, consisting of four or five employees, will work after regular hours and on weekends. “We...

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TEA to Restore Lotta Fountain

June 4, 2015
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TEA to Restore Lotta Fountain

The Esplanade Association has launched a capital campaign to restore the Lotta Fountain, once a popular destination for dog and their owners in warm weather. The project has an estimated budget of between $250,000 and $300,000, and begins with updating a design study of the site completed in 2003. Anticipated work includes a thorough...

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Beacon Hill Art Walk

This Sunday, June 7th from 12-6pm is the Beacon Hill Art Walk in which local artists are able to exhibit and sell original, one-of-a-kind art from picturesque settings throughout the streets, secluded gardens, and alleyways of this historic neighborhood. Since 1990 this free public art fair has enlivened the neighborhood with paintings, collages, sculptures,...

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Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals

On Sunday May 17, members of the local community joined King’s Chapel’s Assistant Minister Shawn Fiedler in the garden of King’s Chapel’s Parish House on Beacon Street for the annual “Blessing of the Animals.” Pictured Rev. Fiedler is seen offering blessings and prayers for Tucker and his owner Joe.

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Downtown View:Recycle City

May 28, 2015
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We can get pretty depressed at the precarious state of the environment and the steps public officials are not taking to remedy the problem. Even more depressing are the climate change deniers, the clean coal boosters, the natural gas pipeline aficionados and the people who lack concern about fossil fuels damaging our air and...

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Beacon Hill Circle Helps Charities

It’s a proven formula. Neighborhood tours with visits to private homes equal new funds for local charities. That’s the formula the Beacon Hill Circle for Charity has followed for 53 years to raise funds for Greater Boston institutions serving women and children in need. By doing so, Circle members were able to raise about...

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Liza Roman Retires:Helped Many Beacon Hill Nonprofits

 Liza Roman has closed the books on Beacon Hill for the last time. For 33 years Roman, a resident of the Fenway who has owned a bookkeeping business since 1980, made her way to Beacon Hill to watch over the financial records of many small businesses, including Hill House, the Beacon Hill Civic Association,...

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Let Us Never Forget Their Sacrifice

Of all of our national holidays, Memorial Day is the most solemn. Memorial Day reminds us of the Supreme Sacrifice that has been made by so many of our fellow citizens to keep us a free people and provides us with an opportunity to honor their sacrifice. Memorial Day has its roots in what...

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Downtown View:City Life Is a Sharing Life

May 21, 2015
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So many people decide to move into the city—what might they be expecting? Convenient trips to the movies, the opera, the symphony, the theater. Walk-to restaurants, bars, parks and libraries. Shops and supermarkets that make deliveries. All these benefits exist. The most frequent activity, though, may be a surprise to a former suburbanite shedding...

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Borman Receives Beacon Award

May 21, 2015
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Borman Receives Beacon Award

The man who served as president of the Beacon Hill Civic Association from 1971 to 1974 was on hand for the group’s annual meeting at Hampshire House to receive the 19th annual Beacon Award for his “significant and sustained” contribution to the community. “It was a different time,” Bernie Borman said upon learning of...

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Police Briefs 05-19-2015

Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Assault and Battery 05/11/15 – At approximately 2:40 a.m., officer observed a male suspect punching a taxi driver in the face multiple times on Cambridge Street. The victim said he asked the suspect to get out of the cab after he said he had no money....

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New Bridges to Hope in the Wake of Long Island

On October 8th of last year, I had to make a painful but necessary decision. The Long Island Bridge, after years of neglect, had to be shut down. The decaying 63-year-old structure posed imminent danger to the clients and staff of the shelter, transition, detox, and treatment programs housed on Long Island in Boston...

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Getting to Know the Public Garden

Getting to Know the Public Garden

More than a dozen people have recently taken a very special interest in the Public Garden and have been studying this iconic greenspace for hours on end. What they are learning about America’s first public botanical garden is not for a class or research for a book.  This studious bunch is the inaugural group...

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Old,White and Rich?

May 14, 2015
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The reporting is breathless: Millennium Tower penthouse goes on sale for $37.5 million. A condo in a 19th-century Commonwealth Avenue townhouse sells for $7 million. Luxury apartments, rentable or buyable, going up in the Fenway and in the Seaport. These new projects add expensive housing to the already-pricey neighborhoods in downtown Boston. The buyers...

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Hidden Garden Tour is May 21

With a record number of gardens never seen before, this tour is one not to miss. This year’s tour on Thursday, May 21, will open the gates to 12 hidden gardens, five of which are new member gardens and three “ribbon” gardens that are viewed from the street. This is a self-guided tour and...

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Esplanade Association Awarded $1M ‘Challenge’ Grant

The Esplanade Association was recently awarded a $1-million “challenge grant” in memory of Frances W. Hatch Jr. by a longtime Boston resident who has asked to remain anonymous. The four-year “challenge grant” was made to support the horticultural priorities and special projects within the Charles River Esplanade, and each annual gift of $150,000 of...

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BHCA Annual Meeting Scheduled for May 18

The Beacon Hill Civic Association will host its 93rd Annual Meeting on Monday, May 18th, 2015 at The Union Club of Boston, Eight Park Street at 6pm. The keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Peter Slavin, MD, President of the Massachusetts General Hospital. The agenda also includes the election of 24 residents to...

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