BPD’s Captain Fong Meets with Hill Community

April 15, 2015
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Captain Kenneth Fong of Boston Police Area A-1 was on hand at the Mt. Vernon Street firehouse Wednesday for a meeting of the Beacon Hill Civic Association Safety Committee. At this time, Fong reported the Part One crime (property and violent crimes) statistics from Jan. 1 through April 7 of this year, compared with...

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Team Friends Preserves Parks for the Long Run

April 7, 2015
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Team Friends Preserves Parks for the Long Run

The Boston Marathon, a city staple for 118 years, is quickly approaching. The event showcases the strength and determination of the local and global community, joining together to support the participants—amongst whom are the two women running this year in support of the Friends of the Public Garden. Deborah Howe and Lina Hristova are...

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Spring is Your Chance to Beautify Beacon Hill

April 7, 2015
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After what has seemed like an endless winter, we’re finally starting to see the first signs of spring emerging. As the last of the snow disappears and flowers begin to bloom, we hope that you’ll take the opportunity to recognize neighbors during the spring edition of “Beautify Beacon Hill.” The Beacon Hill Civic Association,...

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Creative Kitchens Tour 2015

April 7, 2015
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Rarely seen behind the brick facades of Boston’s 19th century townhouses are the kitchens within.  A special event to be held Saturday, April 11, offers a rare opportunity to do just that. The Creative Kitchens Tour 2015 welcomes guests to step into the heart of eight distinctive homes on Beacon Hill and the Back...

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Charles Bank Playground and Lee Pool Closed for Construction

April 7, 2015
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Beginning Thursday, April 2, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has closed both the Charles Bank Playground and the Lee Wading Pool, located at 280 Charles St., to assist with construction at both facilities. DCR will be replacing the surface of the playground and is constructing a spray deck at the pool. The...

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Downtown View: Young Adults Invest in City

April 7, 2015
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This is what older adults think of the newly minted adults—20 to early 30s—living on their block: They have loud parties. They drink too much. They put their trash out at any old time and don’t bag it properly. They have too many dogs, and they don’t pick up the you-know-what. They don’t care...

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BHAC Agenda

April 7, 2015
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The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, 16 April 2015 starting at 4:00p.m. in room 801, Boston City Hall. 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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Obituaries 04-07-2015

April 7, 2015
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Ronald Knudsen Boston Symphony Violinist After a long life and rich career filled with wonderful colleagues and incredible music, Ronald Knudsen passed away peacefully in the comfort of his beloved home surrounded by family at nearly the age of 84. As a highly respected member of Boston’s professional musical community, Ron was known as...

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BLC Anniversary Celebrations Start on Boston Common

April 1, 2015
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BLC Anniversary Celebrations Start on Boston Common

On a recent brisk evening in March, a group of hearty Bostonians relished the opportunity to take a “Spin in the Park” to kick off the Boston Landmarks Commission’s (BLC) 40th anniversary. The tour of Boston Common, a designated landmark since 1977, was co-hosted by BLC and the Friends of the Public Garden. Friends...

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Water and Sewer Increases Are Part of Larger Story

April 1, 2015
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Anyone who gets a bill from the Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) might have noticed over the last few years that those bills have steadily gone up. In fact, since 2013, rates have increased by nearly 14 percent, and by 5.05 percent just this year. For the average homeowner in Charlestown, that can...

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Beacon Hill Architectural Commission

April 1, 2015
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The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission held  a public hearing on Thursday, March 19  The following determinations were made: APPROVED Application 15.722 BH Applicant: 66 Charles Street (continued review) Persona Jewelry (tenant): Install fascia sign and blade sign DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE Application 15.859 BH Applicant: 28-30 Mount Vernon Street (continued review) Grassi Design Group (architect):...

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Downtown View:Re-envisioning City Hall Plaza

April 1, 2015
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Mayor Walsh has asked for help in remaking City Hall Plaza. He has resorted to Twitter to re-invent, re-imagine, re-envision #CityHallPlaza. In letters, radio commentary and Twitter, Bostonians have chimed in. Art exhibits, a baseball diamond, a roller rink, Yo-Yo Ma’s music garden idea, trees, an inexplicable suggestion for an “enhanced multimodal hub-ness”—all these...

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Court Upholds BHAC’s Position in Ramp Case

March 31, 2015
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Suffolk Superior Court weighed in last week on the city’s motion to dismiss a complaint brought by the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) and 12 residents.  The initial complaint asserted that the process the city used to bring the sidewalks into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act circumvented the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission...

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Cigliano Steps Down at Nichols House

March 25, 2015
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Cigliano Steps Down at Nichols House

It was in July 1999 when the vivacious and multi-talented Flavia Cigliano stepped into her role as executive director of the Nichols House Museum. It is a small neighborhood museum, but not too small for her to envision making it as professional as those many sizes bigger. On March 31, Cigliano, now beloved by...

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Beacon Award Nominations Requested

March 25, 2015
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association invites the community to nominate candidates for the 19th Annual Beacon Award. Instituted in 1997 by the BHCA as part of its Diamond Jubilee Year, the Beacon Award annually honors those individuals or groups deserving of particular recognition for significant and sustained contribution to the Beacon Hill community. Nomination...

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Mayor Walsh Receives Key to Beacon House

March 25, 2015
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On Tuesday, March 10, Rogerson Communities presented Mayor Martin J. Walsh with the key to Beacon House on Myrtle Street in appreciation for his administration’s support of affordable housing for elders, and specifically for making it possible for Rogerson to obtain the financing needed to purchase the property. James Seagle, Rogerson’s president, thanked MassHousing...

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A Challenging Winter, a Strong City

March 25, 2015
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With the cycle of what seemed like never-ending snowstorms, this winter has tested me as a Mayor, and Boston as a community. I’ve been struck by how Bostonians have pulled together throughout this record-breaking season of storms, which surpassed the 1995-1996 figure with a current total of 108.6 inches this winter. Tackling these storms...

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BHBA Officers

March 17, 2015
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BHBA Officers

The Beacon Hill Business Association (BHBA) held its annual election of officers last week at the the Hampshire. Shown above, from left, are Charles Abrahams, Vice President, Ali Ringenburg, Clerk, Josh Zakim, City Councilor and guest speaker, Nina Castellion, President, and Basharat Sheikh,Tresurer.

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Nature’s Ice Sculpture

March 17, 2015
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Nature’s Ice Sculpture

Jim Bordewick submitted this photo of melting ice on Pinckney Street, which he and his family thought bore a strong resemblance to a jellyfish.

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Beacon Hill Market Reopens Under New Management

March 17, 2015
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Beacon Hill Market Reopens Under New Management

The Beacon Hill Market, which shuttered suddenly three weeks ago, has reopened under new management. Ramesh and Gautam Patel of Hampden, who also operate markets in Brighton and Watertown, had a soft opening for the business at 55 Anderson St. last week. Ramesh said more products would be stocked over the next month as...

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Downtown View: Saving Space

March 17, 2015
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So far this year, Bostonians have truly weathered the storms. Most people have kept their cool and maintained their good nature. I have also detected a note of pride in our resilience and bravery in the face of unprecedented snowfalls. The T didn’t work. The city’s plows and melters had trouble keeping up. But...

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BHCA Young Friends Gear Up for Spring

March 17, 2015
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As we cross our fingers and wish for spring, the Young Friends are gearing up for a Third Thursday Indoor Bike Class at B/Spoke Studios on Thursday, March 19th.  There are 35 bikes available and the cost is only $30 per person. This includes shoes, water, towel and use of showers & locker room...

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FOPG Seeks New Venues for Olympics

March 17, 2015
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The Friends of the Public Garden Board of Directors voted on March 2 to request that Olympic events and ancillary structures proposed by Boston 2024 for Boston Common and Public Garden be relocated. The board vote stated that plans to construct a 16,000-seat beach volleyball stadium on Boston Common constitutes exclusive use of what...

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Okay Enough, We Set a New Record

March 17, 2015
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Sunday night’s snowfall was enough to set a new record for snow accumulation in Boston in a single season. This winter will be something to tell our grandchildren as we will recount the bitter cold for days on end, the constant snow shoveling, the bags of rock salt that we bought to keep our...

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