The 2016 Election – What’s on the Ballot?

November 4, 2016
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Q.1 Expanded Slot Machine Gambling This proposed law would allow the state Gaming Commission to issue one additional category 2 license which would permit operation of a gaming establishment with no table games and not more than 1,250 slot machines. The proposed law would authorize the Commission to request applications for additional license to...

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Halloween At Hill House

November 4, 2016
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Halloween At Hill House

Zach and Benjamin Block, dressed as monsters, graced the Hill House Halloween Party at the Firehouse on Thursday, Oct. 27. Numerous children reported to the event in costume and enjoyed cookies and crafts.

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BHCA ‘Town Meeting’ to Focus on Homelessness

November 4, 2016
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BHCA ‘Town Meeting’ to Focus on Homelessness

By Dan Murphy Boston police will be on hand next week for a “town meeting” to discuss homelessness sponsored by the Beacon Hill Civic Association. Captain Kenneth Fong of Boston Police Area A-1 and Kerri Wells, the district’s community service officer, will join Paula O’Keeffe, chair of the Civic Association’s Safety Committee, at 74...

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Downtown View:Thanks Donald for the Big Reveal

November 4, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor One good thing Donald has done for America is that the regrettable frequency of sexual assault is now out in the open, and it’s not just a bunch of drunk college sophomores committing the crimes. I had read that women were revealing their own experiences with it to their mates...

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Councilors Start Looking at Parking Meter Rates

November 4, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Parking in the city of Boston continues to draw sharp criticism from both people who argue that the city needs more parking and those who think it needs less. At the hearing to discuss parking in the City of Boston that was at the City Council held on October 18, the...

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Early Voting is a Success in Boston

November 4, 2016
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By John Lynds According to Mayor Martin Walsh and elections officials the city’s new early voting program has exceeded expectations. “Ensuring all Boston voters are able to vote conveniently, and on their own schedule, is paramount to ensuring voter turnout,” said Mayor Walsh. “Voting is core to our democracy, and I encourage Boston voters...

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BHCA Community Corner

November 4, 2016
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Another Halloween has passed What makes Halloween on Beacon Hill so special is more than the hoards of trick or treaters, colorful and lavish door and window decorations, and scores of visitors on themed walking tours that thrill with spine-chilling stories about the grisly Parkman House murder and terrifying tales of the Boston Strangler....

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Local Group Looks to Raise Awareness of City Gas Leaks

November 4, 2016
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By Dan Murphy With the problem reportedly costing Boston-area consumers $90 million a year as utilities companies routinely bill them for the expense, a group of 350 concerned mothers, grandmothers and other children’s caretakers statewide are now working to bring the issue of natural-gas leaks to the forefront. Ania Camargo, who is leading the...

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Yes on 5 A:Better Boston Holds Fundraiser at the Hampshire House

November 4, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen During a breakfast reception, residents from Beacon Hill and the surrounding neighborhoods gathered together to learn more about the Community Preservation Act for Boston (CPA), during a fundraiser to help promote the November 8, ballot question. Yes on 5 A Better Boston hopes to raise funds to promote residents of the...

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Fashion Design Entrepreneur at BHWF on November 8

November 4, 2016
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By Kathy Hull On Tuesday, November 8, the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) welcomes Sara Campbell, founder and creative spirit behind the retail boutiques which bear her name.  An avid sewing-machine whiz by age seven, Ms. Campbell went on to study Design at UCDavis, Art Education at Lesley College, and Textile Arts at Mass...

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City Plans Capital Improvements to Common

November 4, 2016
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By Dan Murphy The Boston Parks Department will undertake several capital-improvement projects on the Boston Common in the coming months. Michele Folts, project manager, said the biggest endeavor would be the $3.5 million renovation of Parkman Plaza and the park’s Tremont Street edge, including the redesigning the semi-circular plaza, restoring interior pathways and relocating...

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Police Briefs 11-01-2016

November 4, 2016
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BEACON HILL BEAT From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from a Building 10/22/16 – A Charles Street South hotel reported an unknown male suspect stole property from the building between 8:32 and 9 a.m. A surveillance video shows the suspect stealing U.S. currency, a Kindle, bankcards and a suitcase from the front desk and...

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Letter to the Editor

November 4, 2016
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Careless cyclist pose real danger Dear Editor On Wednesday, Oct. 19, at approximately 5:30 p.m., I witnessed a serious accident when a pedestrian, legally in the crosswalk, with the walk light on, was hit by a bicyclist. The cyclist riding west on Cambridge Street ran the red light at the corner of Cambridge and...

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Boston Parents Say No on 2

November 4, 2016
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Mary Battenfeld and Odette Williamson As Boston parents with deep commitments to improving educational opportunities for all children, we oppose ballot Question 2.  This extreme lift of the state charter cap will destroy opportunities for many children, in order to create options for some others. Our children have been Boston Public Schools students since...

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Gov Baker — A Profile in Courage

November 4, 2016
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With Republican office-holders abandoning their support of GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump like the proverbial rats leaving a sinking ship, Massachusetts residents can be proud that our Governor, Charlie Baker, was among the very first prominent Republicans (he was number four, according to a recent article in the New York Times) to state on...

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Study the Ballot Questions

November 4, 2016
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Q.1 Expanded Slot Machine Gambling This proposed law would allow the state Gaming Commission to issue one additional category 2 license which would permit operation of a gaming establishment with no table games and not more than 1,250 slot machines. The proposed law would authorize the Commission to request applications for additional license to...

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Nobel Peace Prize Winner:Bengt Holmstrom of West Cedar St Awarded Prize for Economic Science

October 28, 2016
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Nobel Peace Prize Winner:Bengt Holmstrom of West Cedar St Awarded Prize for Economic Science

By Suzanne Besser Bengt Holmstrom has become a worldwide celebrity. Thousands of emails flow into his Inbox, waiting his reply. Frenzied media in countless countries captured the news. Even his 91-year old mom, happily ensconced in a Finish retirement community, granted some lucky reporters a private interview. Holmstrom just won the Nobel Memorial Prize...

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BHCA Community Corner

October 28, 2016
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BHCA Community Corner

Massachusetts is leaking – gas And the Beacon Hill Civic Association Green Committee wants to spread the word, according to co-chair Eve Waterfall. The aging infrastructure for supplying natural gas to our boilers, stoves and gas lights allows methane gas to leak into the soil and air. When the leak is in or near...

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Downtown View:Make America Grope Again

October 28, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor First, thank you to my friend Alicia for the title of this column. It’s the sign her daughter’s roommate held at the second presidential candidates’ debate at Washington University in St. Louis. We have to endure only two more weeks. Then this toxic election will be over. Let’s be clear:...

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BHAC Wrestles with Fitting A 21st Century Design on Beacon Hill

October 28, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen At the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission (BHAC) hearing this past Thursday, October 20, applicants for 45 Temple St. went in front of the Commission for an advisory review to transform two previously owned buildings by Suffolk University into residential units. The proposed work included modifying the north, east and west facades,...

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BPDA Approves Twelve Residential Units for 171 Tremont St

October 28, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Late last week, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA), formerly the Boston Redevelopment Authority, approved the proposed project slated for 171 Tremont Street, located next to the Boston Common. This project will include the construction of a 13-story building with 12 residential units, a welcoming lobby, and a public park...

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Massgeneral Hospital for Children’s Storybook Ball

October 28, 2016
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On Saturday, October 15, 2016, MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) celebrated its seventeenth year of supporting pediatric health via Storybook Ball and raised close to $1.7 million. Demi & Tate Isenstadt, Tiffany & David Ortiz and Paige & Rick Sutphin co-chaired the event, which showcased the incredible strides MGHfC physicians and researchers are making...

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City Hall Gets Glitz Up with New Light Installation

October 28, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen A new exterior lighting installation that brings life to Boston City Hall’s architectural exterior was unveiled last Thursday, October 13 during the year’s final Beer Garden on the Bricks event on City Hall Plaza. The permanent fixture highlights and enhances the building’s original design and increases public safety on the plaza....

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Community Residents Speak Against Temporary Emerson Dorms in the Fenway

October 28, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen At the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) meeting held on Monday, October 17, at the Morville House, community members came together to voice their concerns about Emerson College reverting a previous hostel at 12 Hemenway St. into a two-year temporary dorm. “You have to understand, we commend Emerson for doing...

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