Boston City Council Notes

October 24, 2017
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The Boston City Council met on Wednesday, October 18 at Boston City Hall beginning at noon. Bill Linehan’s last meeting District 2 City Councilor Bill Linehan submitted a letter of resignation after 43 years of service to the city. Mayor Martin Walsh joined the Boston City Council to present Councilor Linehan with a silver...

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Letters to the Editor

October 24, 2017
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THE NEED TO MEASURE NATURAL GAS EMISSIONS Dear Editor, Every day natural gas spews from our aging and corroding pipeline infrastructure into the air we and our children breathe. The utilities report 1,462 gas leaks in Boston and more than 20,000 statewide. Natural gas is 95-perecent methane, a far more potent greenhouse gas than...

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BHV Members Hear Talk by Gawande

October 17, 2017
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BHV Members Hear Talk by Gawande

by Suzanne Besser When author Atul Gawande joined NPR host Robin Young to discuss his best seller Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End recently, he spoke before a sold-out crowd of individuals seated at the Boston Public Library. They had come to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Beacon Hill Village...

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Downtown View:What Happens to the Millionaires?

October 17, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor The constitutional amendment that imposes a “millionaires’ tax” will likely be on our ballots in November, 2018, along with the candidates for governor and Congress. You probably already know that this amendment would levy an additional tax on any person or couple who makes more than a million dollars in...

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BHCA Community Corner

October 17, 2017
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by Suzanne Besser, BHCA President Historic Home Renovation Roundtable tomorrow Thursday, October 19 6-8 p.m. On October 19, the Beacon Hill Civic Association will sponsor a lively and informative panel discussion about the unique joys, challenges, and responsibilities involved in renovating a historic home, from the perspective of architects, preservationists, and homeowners who’ve had...

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BPL Adds Outreach Manager to Help Homeless

October 17, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen In an effort to provide additional care to individuals in need, the Boston Public Library (BPL) has created a new outreach manager position to provide a path of services to unsheltered individuals drawn to the spaces and resources of the libraries in Boston. The goal of the program is to ensure...

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Juice Bar Gets Okay from Zoning and Licensing

October 17, 2017
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By Dan Murphy A cold-pressed juice bar and health food restaurant is one step closer to opening in the former home of Fresco Flowers after receiving a vote of non-opposition from the Beacon Hill Civic Association Zoning and Licensing Committee on Wednesday. Owner Susan Cabana intends to open a third Nourish Your Soul at...

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Marinovich Assumes Philanthropy Position at Charles River Watershed Association

October 17, 2017
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Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), the leading science and advocacy nonprofit protecting and restoring the Charles River and its watershed, announced today that Tani Marinovich has joined the organization as director of philanthropy. CRWA’s work monitoring the Charles River and designing greener more resilient neighborhoods takes on special importance as government funds for environmental...

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Charles River Bistro Winding Down for Season

October 17, 2017
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The popular Charles River Bistro will be winding down for the season just after Veterans Day. The Bistro, located on the Esplanade, is the go-to for so many locals. But The Bistro also caters to thousands of visitors, concert-goers, Fourth of July celebrants and tourists from around the world each season. Guests of the...

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Harvard Travellers Club Seeks New Members, to Hold Dinner

October 17, 2017
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From trekking in the Kalahari to exploring the ghostly ruins of Sable Island, every month the members of the Harvard Travellers Club are transported to another part of the world—from the comfort of the Harvard Club on Commonwealth Avenue. In November, they are inviting other interested travelers to join them for dinner, conversation, and...

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Figs Reopens on Charles St Following Blaze

October 17, 2017
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By Dan Murphy After closing for renovations following a fire last year, Figs restaurant at 42 Charles St. held a soft opening on Aug. 18 before officially reopening for business four days later. “Business has been great so far as word is getting out that we’ve reopened,” said Pablo Avalos, general manger. “Delivery is...

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ACS Boston Lawyer Chapter Celebrates Constitution Day

October 17, 2017
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The American Constitution Society (ACS) Boston Lawyer Chapter’s 10th annual Constitution Day Celebration was held in the Great Hall at the John Adams Courthouse on Beacon Hill on Wednesday evening, Oct. 4. Over 100 attendees celebrated the enactment of the Federal constitution and also of John Adam’s 1780 Massachusetts Constitution. Robert A. Whitney, Beacon...

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Somerville Design Firm Selected to Help Revitalize Charlesgate Park

October 17, 2017
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By Dan Murphy A Somerville architectural and design firm has been contracted to create conceptual deigns intended to revitalize the erstwhile Charlesgate Park. The ad hoc, nonprofit Charlesgate Alliance has contracted the Landing Studio to improve the “key link” created by venerable landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmsted that abuts Back Bay and Fenway and...

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CRWA to Honor Museum of Science

October 17, 2017
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Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), the leading science and advocacy organization protecting the Charles River and its watershed, will honor the Museum of Science at its Champions of the Charles gala on Nov. 2. The gala, to be held at the Museum of Science, raises funds to continue CRWA’s ongoing work monitoring and protecting...

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Police Briefs 10-17-2017

October 17, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny in a Building 10/03/17 – A victim reported she was staying at a Stuart Street hostel when unknown person(s) broke the lock off of her locker and removed U.S. currency from it. Detectives will investigate the matter. Larceny from Motor Vehicle 10/04/17 – A victim...

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The Protesting Football Players are Not Disrespecting the Military

October 17, 2017
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The silent protest that was begun last season by former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick, in which Kaepernick took a knee during the National Anthem before football games, exemplifies what freedom of speech and freedom of expression mean in our country. Kaepernick, and his fellow players who have joined him this year, have...

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Hill House Fundraiser at MOS

October 12, 2017
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Hill House Fundraiser at MOS

Beacon Hill Residents Mike Novak and Daniel Schmitz enjoying a brew at the Hill House fundraising night under the stars at the Museum of Science (MOS).

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Alice O’Neil: A Star Athlete Continues to Shine

October 12, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Beacon Hill resident Alice O’Neil has always been a competitor. From a young age, O’Neil has been steeped in sports from figure skating, to field hockey to sailing. But one sport, in particular, has kept O’Neil in the game – tennis.   On Wednesday, October 4, O’Neil was awarded an honorary...

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Downtown View:Bring Back the Draft

October 12, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor As you could probably surmise by my name, I’m pretty white. One time at a political convention in Worcester, a man who must have considered himself ethnic compared to me, called me derisively, Karen Lord Taylor. I thought he was pathetic. After all, we were in the same political party,...

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Neighbors Oppose Removal of Joy St Trees

October 12, 2017
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By Dan Murphy A proposal to remove two public shade trees at 3-5 Joy St. is being met with some resistance in the neighborhood. The construction firm converting the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) back to residential housing is requesting the removal of two linden trees measuring 7 and 9 inches dbh (diameter at breast...

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BTD Announces Time Frame for Beacon St Safety Improvements

October 12, 2017
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By Dan Murphy The Boston Transportation Department has announced that planned safety improvements to Beacon Street will commence this fall and provided a timeframe for the project. Over the next few months, the design team will conduct outreach and seek to engage people on the street. They will solicit feedback on the proposed improvements...

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BHCA Community Corner

October 12, 2017
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by Suzanne Besser, BHCA President Contractors & neighbors: working together It is Beacon Hill’s good fortune that for generations owners of its historic 19th century homes have invested their time, talent and resources to preserve them for generations to come. Without them and the talented craftsmen they hire to restore their properties, Beacon Hill...

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Beacon Hill Civic Association Zoning and Licensing to Discuss Several Proposals on Wednesday

October 12, 2017
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The Zoning and Licensing Committee of the Beacon Hill Civic Association will meet on Wednesday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. at 74 Joy Street. All meetings are open to the public. If you have any questions or comments regarding the matter to be heard, please attend. If you are unable to attend but would...

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Hill House’s Fundraising Night at the Museum of Science

October 12, 2017
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On Thursday, Sept. 28, Hill House hosted a fundraising night under the stars at the Museum of Science, with over 150 in attendance and raising over $110,000 for their programs and athletics. Neighbors and friends, new and old, donned lederhosen and dirndls while enjoying craft beer, lawn games and more, all in support of...

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