Bag Ban on Hold

December 23, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Those flimsy plastic bags that can be found stuck in the drain gutter, fluttering from a tree, and clogging pristine waterways such as the Charles River may soon be a thing of a past. The Boston City Council moved to keep this matter on file under the Government Operations Committee until...

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Holiday Events to Attend Across Boston Listed

December 23, 2016
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Old South Church 645 Boylston Street Christmas Eve 5:00p.m. Family Worship Join us as we sing carols and tell together the Christmas story. Children are invited to participate in a no-rehearsal-required pageant. Simple costumes for sheep, shepherds, and angels are provided. 8:00p.m. Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols Preludes begin at 7:30 p.m. An...

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Ringing in A Christmas Eve Tradition

December 23, 2016
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By Dan Murphy A Beacon Hill tradition was born 92 years ago when Margaret Nichols Shurcliff first led a group of handbell-ringers on Christmas Eve, caroling and regaling neighbors with their jingling holiday melodies. “By 1924, our children were able to ring (the youngest was then 9) and on Christmas Eve, we started our...

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Downtown View:My People

December 23, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor Karen is taking a break so she can manage the busy holiday season. Here is a column that attracted many comments. It is from 2016. It’s when I ride the crowded subway that I feel most Bostonian. “These are my people,” I think. Not that they are much like me....

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BHCA Community Corner

December 23, 2016
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Annual Appeal Please consider the Beacon Hill Civic Association when you plan your end-of-the-year giving. Your support of the Annual Appeal provides vital funding for our ongoing operations, sustaining our office staff and facilities, allowing our continued sponsorship of community events, and enabling our advocacy work on behalf of the community. Contributors who give...

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Spruce Street Nursery School Celebrates 20 Years

December 23, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Outside carts that usually transport excited toddlers to the nearby Boston Common laid barren as the calm atmosphere overtook the inside of Spruce Street Nursery School in downtown Boston. In a darkened room that is normally filled with vibrant students, kids were quite as a mouse as they took a break...

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City Issues the Do’s and Don’ts of New Marijuana Laws Now in Effect

December 23, 2016
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With new marijuana legalization laws now in effect today in Massachusetts, Mayor Martin Walsh issued a primer for what is legal and what still is illegal in regards to marijuana in Boston. The state will recognize marijuana as a legal substance for adults 21 and over, and the City of Boston reminds residents of...

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New Kenmore Square Sign Marks the Start to the Longest Continuous Road in the Country

December 23, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Bridging together two coastal communities, Boston, Massachusetts and Newport, Oregon, are two mileage signs that mark each end of Route 20, the longest continuous road in the country. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) sign will mark the eastern end of the historic Route 20 in Kenmore Square. Meanwhile, the City...

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Suffolk University Building Upgrades Are Put on Hold

December 23, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission (BHAC) decided to continue the application for 45 Temple Street, that will transform the former institutional buildings into residential units, at the hearing on Thursday, December 15, due to too many outstanding issues. The applicant, JDMD Owner, LLC, a real estate company based in Dedham, Massachusetts,...

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Police Briefs 12-20-2016

December 23, 2016
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny – Purse 12/10/16 – A victim reported her purse was stolen from the back of a chair at a Beacon Street establishment at around midnight. The purse contained a wallet, bank and credit cards, and personal papers.

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Letter to the Editor

December 23, 2016
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Reader seeks to raise awareness of MS My name is Alex Saunders, and I’m a Beacon Hill resident. This April, I’m going to be running the London Marathon with the MS-UK charity team. I wanted to use this opportunity to tell you a bit about multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is a degenerative disease that...

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Why I Voted “No” on the 2% Tax on the Sale of Alcohol in Boston

December 23, 2016
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By Annissa Essaibi-George I want to start by thanking the Makers of this Order. Councilors Bill Linehan and Frank Baker have been passionate forces of advocacy and support for families that are struggling to connect their loved ones to treatment. I’m proud to be their colleague and I’m grateful for their work. Substance use...

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Remember Those in Need

December 23, 2016
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Although the holiday season for most of us will be filled with fun and joy, it is incumbent upon all of us who are fortunate to be doing well in our lives to remember that there are many among us, our neighbors and fellow citizens, for whom this holiday season is neither joyous nor...

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Enjoy A Happy — and Safe — Holiday Weekend

December 23, 2016
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By a coincidence of the calendar, both Chanukah and Christmas arrive this weekend, and we wish to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers of the Jewish and Christian faiths (and those of no faith at all) a happy and joyous holiday weekend. The eight-day Festival of Lights gets underway after sundown...

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Obituaries 12-20-2016

December 23, 2016
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Mark R. Saewert longtime fixture of Charles Street 7-Eleven Mark R. Saewert of Weston passed away in his home on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24. Mr. Saewert’s customers at the Charles Street 7-Eleven on Beacon Hill and later at the small market on Anderson Street loved him and looked forward to seeing him. In 35...

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Christmas Tree Lightning on Beacon Hill

December 16, 2016
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Christmas Tree Lightning on Beacon Hill

State Rep. Jay Livingstone and Santa counted down for the Beacon Hill tree lighting on Thursday, Dec. 8, on Charles Street. Hundreds of families gathered with neighbors and Santa Claus to ring in the season properly.

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This Is Not Ghostbusters

December 16, 2016
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This Is Not Ghostbusters

Gas leak impersonator Chris Owens leads a team of Beacon Hillers who tagged trees injured by the methane gas

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Zakim Gets Street Parking Permits an Upgrade

December 16, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Street parking in neighborhoods like Beacon Hill just got some extra needed relief with the passage of the updated version of the City’s street occupancy permit program this past Wednesday, December 14 during the Boston City Council Hearing. Boston’s street occupancy permit program allows residents, contractors, and utilities to perform construction,...

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BHCA Community Corner

December 16, 2016
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ANNUAL APPEAL As in the years past, December is when the Beacon Hill Civic Association turns to the community to ask for its support of the work being done to enhance the quality of life for all residents. All members should have received a packet of information on the Annual Appeal in last week’s...

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Appalachian Mountain Club to Leave Beacon Hill After a Century on Joy Street

December 16, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) announced last week it had purchased a new organizational headquarters in Charlestown and will move from its long time Beacon Hill headquarters after nearly 100 years of planting its flag on the Hill. The $13.1 million purchase in Charlestown followed the September sale of AMC’s headquarters...

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Winthrop Square Project Draws Large Crowd Over Shadows

December 16, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen A packed courtroom at the Suffolk Law School laid the stage for the first public meeting held for the proposed tower at 115 Winthrop Square by the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) on Monday, December 5. Members of the community voiced their concerns over amending the current Shadow Laws to...

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December Thieves Places First in Storefront Decorating Competition

December 16, 2016
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By Dan Murphy December Thieves was awarded first place Thursday in the annual Charles Street Storefront Decorating Competition. “The contest really shows the diversity of the street and brings something different to the neighborhood,” said Lana Barakat, owner of the boutique at 88 Charles St. Second place went to Sweet Bakery at 75 Charles...

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#FixBigGasLeaks

December 16, 2016
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By Suzanne Besser Last Saturday, members and supporters of Mothers Out Front, a grassroots organization dedicated to addressing climate change, turned to the streets to raise awareness about the estimated 215 methane gas leaks from Boston’s aging pipes. They want National Grid to replace the pipes or fix the leaks because methane, a greenhouse...

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Police Briefs 12-13-2016

December 16, 2016
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Beacon Hill Beat Larceny 12/03/16 – At around 11 p.m., the chef of a Charles Street restaurant reported a waiter stole U.S. currency and a bottle of liquor before fleeing on foot.   Breaking and Entering – Residence 12/04/16 – A Piedmont Street resident reported unknown person(s) entered his residence between 4 and 9:18...

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