Downtown View:Immigrants 1850

July 22, 2015
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Recently I researched and wrote a book about a group of immigrants who came to America in the 1840s and 1850s. Getting to Grand Prairie: One Hundred Londoners and Their Quest for Land in Frontier Illinois will appear this summer. It tells a true story of the farming community I grew up in. I’m...

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BHCA Zoning Opposes Changes to Building

July 22, 2015
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted to oppose the relief needed to change the occupancy of a one-family home at 70 Myrtle St. into four condo units on Wednesday – three months after the applicant withdrew without prejudice a larger-scale project slated for the site amid concerns from neighbors....

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Summer is Here

July 22, 2015
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The excitement and bustle of the Fourth of July weekend has come and gone, and now we can settle into our summer rhythm — whatever that may be for each of us and our families — for the remaining nine weeks before the Labor Day weekend. Mother Nature has cooperated by bringing us the...

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Take Advantage of All Our Parks Have to Offer

July 22, 2015
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh Now that summer is here, I would like to share with you the free events and programs offered to City residents of all ages by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. As a boy growing up in Dorchester, I learned how important our parks and playgrounds are to the...

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Downtown View:Questions You’ve Always Wanted Answered

July 9, 2015
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Recently we’ve noticed small, colored plastic disks embedded in the asphalt on Boston streets, especially in sections that have been repaired. What are those disks doing there? “They signify the utility contractor that did the work” wrote Gabrielle Farrell, associate press secretary in the mayor’s office, in an email. “This gives the Public Works...

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Hill Businesses are Named Among ‘Best of Boston”

Five Beacon Hill businesses were named in Boston Magazine’s annual “Best of Boston” July edition, which is now on newsstands. The neighborhood’s winners included the Tip Tap Room at 138 Cambridge St. for steak tips, Follain at 65 Charles St. for skin-care products, the Liberty Hotel at 215 Charles St. for hotels, Pressed at...

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Mass.Eye and Ear Selling Hotel/Garage

July 9, 2015
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Officials from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, now known as the Mass. Eye and Ear, are in talks with several developers about selling their property on Beacon Hill. “The John Jeffries House is historically significant to the Mass. Eye and Ear, but it was not part of our mission,” said hospital spokesperson Jennifer...

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Police Briefs 07-07-2015

Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 06/19/15 – A victim reported that he left his 2005 Toyota Corolla unlocked on Byron Street between 9 p.m. on June 18 and 7 a.m. on June 19, an unknown person(s) removed a Macbook Pro laptop from the vehicle.

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BHAC Agenda

The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, July 16  at 4:00 PM in Boston City Hall – Piemonte Room Subject of the hearing will be applications for Certificates of Appropriateness on the agenda below, review of architectural violations, and such business as may come before the commission, in accordance...

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Opening the New Lawn At Hatch Shell

Opening the New Lawn At Hatch Shell

On Friday, June 19, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and Esplanade Association celebrated the opening of the newly restored Hatch Shell Oval Lawn on the Charles River Esplanade. On hand for the ceremonial ribbon-cutting were Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton, DCR Commissioner Carol Sanchez, State Rep. Jay Livingstone, President...

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Closing a Church and Its Garden

July 3, 2015
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Church attendance is down all over America, but especially in New England, where only 17 to 22 percent of the residents report weekly attendance. Almost half of all Americans report they rarely or never go to church. One web site lists 27 churches in Massachusetts for sale to developers. The Catholic Archdiocese of Boston...

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Mt. Vernon St. Resident Recognized for PAL Work

July 3, 2015
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Mt. Vernon Street resident Jean McInerney was recently recognized by Horizons for Homeless Children for her ongoing volunteer work in the non-profit’s Schoen Family Community Children’s Center in Dorchester. She was honored as a Playspace Activity Leaders (PALs) during a June 15 banquet at Cambridge’s Microsoft NERD Center for serving at the Community Children’s...

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Corey and Rosales watch over the tree pits

June 30, 2015
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Corey and Rosales watch over the tree pits

Beacon Hill was expecting a lot of company. It was May 20, the day before 2000 visitors would come for the Beacon Hill Garden Club’s annual Hidden Garden Tour. John Corey and Miguel Rosales had rounded up a group of volunteers to help spruce up the place, so to speak. The Mt. Vernon Street...

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28 Pinckney Back On the Table

June 23, 2015
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28 Pinckney Back On the Table

The little Pinckney Street building located at the rear of a 1830’s six-story brick townhouse at 63 Mt. Vernon Street took center stage again, this time at the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission meeting Thursday. The 300-square foot building at 28 Pinckney Street was built in 1917 as a carriage house for the Mt Vernon...

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City Required to Seek State’s Review Of ADA Sidewalk Ramp Construction

June 23, 2015
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In August of 2014, the City of Boston began construction of a series of new disability access ramps on Beacon Street in the Beacon Hill Historic District, replacing historic brick sidewalks and existing brick access ramps with new ramps made of poured cement and installing plastic tactile warning panels on the new ramps. The...

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Police Briefs 06-23-2015

June 23, 2015
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Breaking and Entering – Non-Residence 06/12/15 – At around 1:21 a.m., police responded to a Chestnut Street clothing store for a breaking and entering in progress. On arrival, witnesses reported a male suspect threw two bricks through the windows and stole a sweater before fleeing on foot.

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The More Things Change

June 23, 2015
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Larry DiCara remembers his first encounter with Mayor Kevin White. It was 1971. DiCara was newly elected to the Boston City Council. The mayor phoned. Would DiCara meet with him? The young DiCara, outfitted in his best suit, entered the mayor’s office at the new city hall. White stood at the window overlooking Faneuil...

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TEA to Celebrate Restored Oval Lawn

June 18, 2015
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TEA to Celebrate Restored Oval Lawn

The Esplanade Association and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will celebrate the opening of the newly restored Hatch Shell Oval Lawn on the Charles River Esplanade on Friday, June 19, at 11 a.m.   The ceremonial ribbon will be cut by the DCR Commissioner Carol Sanchez accompanied by Tani Marinovich, executive director...

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BHCA and BHV to Host Annual Evening on Esplanade

June 18, 2015
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Beacon Hill residents are invited to a summer evening filled with camaraderie and gourmet food at the opening night of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra on Wednesday, July 15, at DCR’s Hatch Shell on the Esplanade.  Music Director Christopher Wilkins will lead the orchestra in “Rhapsody in Green,” featuring Debussy’s La Mer and Hovhaness’s And...

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Lowe’s Romeo to Premiere Thursday

June 18, 2015
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Award-winning filmmaker Lorna Lowe’s film Romeo, a documentary about a Cambridge man dedicated to rehabilitating male batterers, will premiere at the 17th Annual Roxbury International Film Festival Thursday evening. It is the second social issue documentary the Charles Street resident has produced and the Festival has featured. In her first documentary Shelter, Lowe, who...

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Love in the Lab

June 18, 2015
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Kerfuffle. Brouhaha, contretemps, a wrangle, rumpus, melee, a ruckus, a to-do. It is curious that some of the best words in the English language describe a commotion, a disturbance, a fuss. My big American Heritage dictionary, published in 2000, strangely does not include the word. But the online Oxford English Dictionary traces its origin...

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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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