City Council Candidates:Range of Experiences Will Prepare Essaibi George for City Council

October 15, 2015
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City Council Candidates:Range of Experiences Will Prepare Essaibi George for City Council

By Seth Daniel City Council candidate Annissa Essaibi George is the one person in this year’s City Council at-large race that is on the outside looking in, but her generational roots in the City and vast experience – from being a high school teacher to owning a small business – puts her on the...

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Zoning and Licensing Not to Oppose Church Rehab

October 15, 2015
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By Dan Murphy A plan to repurpose the former Church of St. John the Evangelist and adjacent brick rectory at 33-35 Bowdoin St. for residential and office use was met with a vote of non-opposition Wednesday from the Beacon Hill Civic Association Zoning and Licensing Committee. The applicant is seeking zoning relief from the...

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Resident Goes with MGH Doctors on Trip to Columbia

October 15, 2015
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Over the last 16 years, William (Jay) G. Austen, Jr., MD, chief of Massachusetts General Hospital Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Burn Surgery, and a team of about 20 MGH surgeons, anesthesiologists, residents, recovery room technicians and operating room nurses, have treated hundreds of patients in Colombia — and changed their lives forever. In...

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Downtown View:More Ideas

October 15, 2015
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By Karen Cord Taylor Last week this column offered ideas for improving life in Boston. Several brave souls suggested transportation improvements that would reduce traffic on Boston’s streets. They were happy to be identified. Other suggestions came from people who did not want to be identified or who did not make it clear I...

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Police Briefs 10-13-2015

October 15, 2015
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Beacon Hill Beat Larceny from Motor Vehicle 10/04/15 – A victim reported he left his 2005 Mazda 6 parked on Anderson and Revere streets from 4 p.m. on Oct. 3 to 2:15 p.m. on Oct. 4, during which time unknown person(s) broke the driver’s side rear-window and removed a briefcase, containing an iPad, laptop,...

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Seniors Head Back to the Classroom

October 15, 2015
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By Suzanne Besser Last week was ‘back to school’ week for many seniors on the Hill. These, seniors, though, aren’t facing grueling SAT tests or winning college essays. They’ve already done that and, as a result, had long successful careers as executives, doctors, lawyers, professors, businessmen, parents and homemakers. Now they are back in...

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Pressley Sees Connections, Solutions in Next Term

October 8, 2015
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Pressley Sees Connections, Solutions in Next Term

If there’s one thing that Councillor Ayanna Pressley has learned over the last three terms in office, it’s the interconnectedness of the City and its issues. In a recent sit-down interview with the councillor, she said she has evolved from being an advocate to being one who is now beginning to make institutional changes...

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Common Elm Gets New Life in Art Auction

October 8, 2015
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Common Elm Gets New Life in Art Auction

After a large Belgian elm located near the corner of Beacon and Charles streets on the Boston Common fell prey to Hurricane Irene in August of 2011, Friends of the Public Garden board member Margaret Pokorny had a novel idea for giving the tree another life. Taking her inspiration the onetree project, which salvaged...

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37 Trees Slated for Removal as Part of Longfellow Bridge Rehab

October 8, 2015
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Thirty-seven trees are slated for removal as part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the Longfellow Bridge, state officials said. White-Skanska-Consigli, the project contractor, has begun the final phase of tree removals to prepare for construction of the new pedestrian bridge connecting the Charles River Esplanade with Charles Circle, and to accommodate construction activities in...

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Downtown View:Ideas

October 8, 2015
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This seems to be an ideas era. It’s as if we need a fresh start, that we’ve run out of old ones, that surely there’s something we can do to make this old city come alive. The biggest idea, the Olympics, didn’t do it, except for introducing us to Widett Circle, a large acreage...

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Police Briefs 10-06-2015

October 8, 2015
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Disorderly Person 09/27/15 – At around 2:50 a.m., a male suspect was arrested for being a disorderly person at Charles Street South and Stuart Street, following a verbal altercation with a security guard and the responding officer.

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BRA Apologizes for West End Urban Renewal

October 1, 2015
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BRA Apologizes for West End Urban Renewal

By Dan Murphy During the opening reception of an exhibit exploring the impact of urban renewal on the West End in the 1950s and ‘60s, the director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority issued the first formal apology on behalf of the city agency for its role in demolishing vast sections of the old neighborhood....

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Wu Campaigning on Housing and Education Issues

October 1, 2015
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Wu Campaigning on Housing and Education Issues

When Boston City Councillor Michelle Wu entered the race for her first term in office two years ago, she hoped to be able to gain a seat on the Council so she could help people and help them immediately. Wu, 30, is one of four children born to immigrants from Taiwan that came to...

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Downtown View:Your House? Think Again.

October 1, 2015
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It is September so my thoughts naturally turn to property rights. It’s not so outlandish. In September, downtown Boston has many new permanent residents—new owners of houses, condominiums, lofts. Those new to downtown Boston may have to learn new attitudes toward their property. You may be one of these new owners. You may have...

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Changing the World…Leak by Leak

October 1, 2015
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By Suzanne Besser At a City Council public hearing held last week, a group of moms from Beacon Hill and beyond demonstrated how concerned, active citizens could make a difference in this world and, by doing so, help its residents breathe a lot easier. The moms are members of Boston Mothers Out Front (MOF),...

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Police Briefs 09-29-2015

October 1, 2015
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Beacon Hill Beat from Boston Police Area A-1 Attempted Larceny/Shoplifting 09/23/15 – A Charles Street market reported two unknown male suspects attempted to steal bottles of beer and wine at around 2:42 p.m. The owner confronted the suspects, who fled on foot onto Charles Street and entered a grey Chrysler PT cruiser. The merchandise...

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Storybook Ball to Raise Funds for Brain Research

October 1, 2015
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This year’s Storybook Ball, the annual megawatt fundraiser for MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), will put the spotlight on advances being made every day at MGHfC to treat complex conditions that affect a child’s developing brain. With more than 500 guests expected and a fundraising target of $1.7 million, the event will be held...

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Harold Carroll Elected BHV President

October 1, 2015
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Harold Carroll was elected president of Beacon Hill Village at the organization’s board meeting in June. He replaces retiring president Daniel A. Taylor. Carroll became involved in Beacon Hill Village about seven years ago, when a member called asking him to join. “I was the classic ‘not ready yet’ person,” he said. “Then, I...

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Farewell, St. John the Evangelist

September 25, 2015
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Farewell, St. John the Evangelist

St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church held a farewell liturgy on Sunday morning, Sept. 13, as the diocese prepares to close the church and relocate to a renovated St. Paul Episcopal Cathedral on Tremont Street on Sept. 27. The St. John building was built in 1831 for the Bowdoin Street Congregational Society, which was...

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Mayor Issues RFP for Enhancement of City Hall Plaza

September 25, 2015
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) last week to find a partner to work with the city to enhance City Hall Plaza. “The Plaza is the front yard for Boston’s City Hall, and it has enormous potential to be an engaging and activated civic space,” Walsh said in a press...

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Downtown View:Fall Advice

September 25, 2015
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Students? There are lots of them downtown. We also have another large group of newcomers. They are the newly minted and less-newly minted college graduates on their first or second job. They want to live within walking distance of their work in the downtown, Back Bay, Kendall Square, the hospital areas or the Seaport...

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Police Briefs 09-22-2015

September 25, 2015
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Beacon Hill Beat (from Boston Police Area 1-A) Drugs – Possession of a Class B Substance (Cocaine) 09/11/15 – At around 7:19 p.m., members of the Area A-1 Drug Unit observed three individuals on the Boston Common in the vicinity of Beacon and Walnut streets purchase crack cocaine. The suspects will be summonsed to...

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The Red Coat: Think Downton Abbey, But Set in the Heart of Boston

September 25, 2015
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Looking for a good book to curl up with this fall?  Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill and Back Bay are excited to welcome back their good friend, former Bostonian and author of The Red Coat, Dolley Carlson. Reminiscent of the gripping British TV period drama, Downton Abbey, The Red Coat explores the societal and cultural...

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Livingstone Releases List of Names of Residents with Unclaimed Property

September 25, 2015
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In partnership with the Unclaimed Property Division of the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Office and State Treasurer Deb Goldberg, State Representative Jay Livingstone is releasing the names of 8th Suffolk District residents with unclaimed property. Any citizen who is currently owed more than $250 worth of unclaimed property will receive a letter with specific instructions...

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