Zakim and Locals Host Rally in Support of HAIS National Day of Action for Refugees

February 17, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen This past Sunday, over a hundred people came together to join City Councilor Josh Zakim and community allies across the region for a rally in support of HAIS National Day of Action for Refugees. The rally was held despite the snow on February 12, at 11:00 am at the New England...

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BPL Offers Online Lottery to Wed in the Copley Square Courtyard

February 17, 2017
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By Dan Murphy The Boston Public Library is now offering an online lottery for six couples to exchange vows in its iconic Italianate courtyard at the Central Library in Copley Square on Sunday, June 11. “Long a much sought-after wedding venue, this initiative offers everyone regardless of economic capacity a chance to have Boston...

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Police Briefs 02-14-2017

February 17, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Burglary 02/02/17 – A victim reported unknown person(s) stole a purse, U.S. currency, a pair sunglasses and clothing from her Cordis Street apartment some time between 8:40 a.m. on Jan. 30 and 4:45 p.m. on Feb. 2. There was no sign of forced entry.   Vandalism...

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Letter to the Editor

February 17, 2017
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Beacon Hill Friends House supports ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement Dear Editor The residents of the Beacon Hill Friends House would like to publicly share our support for “Black Lives Matter.” We hope that by doing so, our interfaith intentional living community grounded in Quaker values can more deeply engage in conversations about racism in...

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Hill Moms Have Night In

February 10, 2017
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Hill Moms Have Night In

The Beacon Hill Women’s Forum Mom’s Group gathered at Sarah Papajohn’s home on Jan. 31 for “Mom’s Night In.” Pictured top left to right: Jennifer Gifford, Brittany Seymour, Sandra Gilpatrick and Sarah Papajohn; bottom left to right: Lindsay Sullivan, Laura Chassaigne and Emily Synk; attended but not in photo: Jennifer Zipp and Erica Grey.

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Dr.Atul Gawande Headlines Beacon Hill Village’s 15th Year Celebration

February 10, 2017
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Dr.Atul Gawande Headlines Beacon Hill Village’s 15th Year Celebration

By Suzanne Besser Dr. Atul Gawande, whose life-affirming and important book ‘Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End’ challenges readers to think about how they can transform the later chapters of their lives, will talk February 13 at the 15th year celebration of the Beacon Hill Village’s founding. Dr. Gawande is a...

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Sidewalk Ramp Court Case Set for Feb 14

February 10, 2017
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By Dan Murphy A judge will hear an argument against a summary judgment that could potentially allow the city to resume installing ADA-compliant ramps on Beacon Hill at the Suffolk County Courthouse in Boston’s Pemberton Square on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The Hon. Rosemary Connolly is then scheduled to determine whether to rule on the...

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Downtown View:Thinking About Taxis

February 10, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor It’s oppressive. You can’t get away from the Trump chaos. Everyone talks about it. Walk down the street, meet a friend. Immediately they bring it up even if you don’t want to hear it. A friend who is skiing in Vermont emailed me about meeting for dinner. But then she...

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Torit Montessori Students Perform Greek Mythology Play

February 10, 2017
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Torit Montessori School students performed a four-act Greek mythology play for parents in early February, the culmination of weeks of preparation and planning. Through their study of ancient Greece in combination with art, engineering, history, literacy and dramatic arts, these young (first and second-grade aged) students brought gods and goddesses to life. The teaching...

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Beacon Hill Offers Romantic Options for Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2017
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With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, couples can enjoy a romantic evening without straying far from Beacon Hill. Couples can begin the night with cocktails at the Taj Boston or the Four Season Hotel, both of which provide spectacular views of the Public Garden, before enjoying ice stating for two on the Boston Common’s Frog...

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Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson Calls for Sanctuary Public Schools

February 10, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Mayoral candidate and Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson called for a hearing on a resolution to affirm sanctuary schools in the Boston Public School (BPS) system at the last week’s Boston City Council hearing. The hearing will reaffirm that students, parents, and staff in the Boston Public School system have the...

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Police Briefs 02-07-2017

February 10, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 01/29/17  – The Victim reported he parked his 2014 Toyota Sienna at Charles and Pinckney streets between 2 and 11 a.m. When he returned to his SUV, the rear passenger’s side window was broken and his musical instruments, including a Hammond keyboard...

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Patriots Parade 2017

February 8, 2017
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Patriots Parade 2017

Patriots Victory Parade, photos by Joseph Prezioso and Katy Rogers.

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WECA Makes Donation

February 3, 2017
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WECA Makes Donation

On Tuesday, Jan. 10, the West End Civic Association (WECA) presented its annual donation to Christopher’s Haven, One Emerson Place. WECA President Susann Benoit, joined by John Wilson, WECA President Elect, and Jacqui Soroko, the WECA member who nominated the organization for the donation, presented a check for $250 to Catie Botting, Family Services...

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Boston City Council Passes Resolution in Support of the Equality Act

February 3, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen The Boston City Council passed a resolution in support of amending the Civil Rights Act to be more inclusive on the issue gender identity and sexual orientation. The proposed change that is sponsored by U.S. Representative David Cicilline and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to...

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Lots of History as BHCA Gala Celebrates 45th Anniversary on Saturday

February 3, 2017
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By Suzanne Besser In 1972 the Beacon Hill Civic Association, looking for a way to celebrate its 50th anniversary, opted to invite the entire community to a black tie ball. A dance committee was formed, arrangements made and tickets sold for what then was considered to be a one-time event. But the Dance was...

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Downtown View:A Recipe for Cooking

February 3, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor Take one old hot dog factory. Add two big kitchens, eight convection ovens, 12 food truck spaces, several 15-gallon mixers, a frying pan logo, a 1,800 square-foot refrigerator and 45 start-ups. Stir in $15 million of public money, tax credits and donations. Cook for seven years while raising money, renovating...

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Winthrop Square Project Updates Listed

February 3, 2017
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MassDEP requires project to have an Environmental Impact Report to include shadows After reviewing the Environmental Notification Form the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act  (MEPA) is requiring the developers, Millennium Partners to file an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Since the project is subject to Article 80 review by the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA),...

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Longfellow Bridge Construction Schedule

February 3, 2017
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MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC), will close the Longfellow Bridge to all vehicular traffic overnight on Wednesday, February 1, through Friday, February 3. The bridge will be closed from 11:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM the following morning. The closures are necessary to work on a MBTA fence using a crane placed on...

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Back Bay Restaurant Troquet is Set to Move to New Location

February 3, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen After 15 years, the Modern French restaurant Troquet in the Back Bay is celebrating its last few days at the 140 Boylston Street location before embarking on their next journey to the Leather District. The restaurant will stay open until February 4 and then will open in the new location at...

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Construction Launch of Bulfinch Crossing Symbolizes New Era in Boston

February 3, 2017
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Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, City officials, and members from National Real Estate Advisors and The HYM Investment Group, will swing sledgehammers to mark the launch of construction at Bulfinch Crossing. The project involves strategically transforming the site of an underutilized above-grade parking garage into a 2.9-million square-foot mixed-use development known now as Bulfinch...

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Police Briefs 01-31-2017

February 3, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Assault and Battery 01/22/17 – A victim reported he was punched in the mouth at Charles Street South and Jefferson Street at around 2:48 a.m. The victim also said he was walking along the street, when an unknown male suspect came up and assaulted him before...

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The State of Our City

February 3, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh On January 17th, I had the honor of standing in front of the city I love and explaining all that we’ve accomplished together, and what we have to look forward to in the upcoming year. As I looked out into the audience at Symphony Hall, I was overwhelmed with...

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Jeffries House Expansion is An Opportunity

February 3, 2017
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By Mark Kiefer The proposed expansion of the John Jeffries House hotel represents an important and rare opportunity to contribute to the vibrancy of Beacon Hill’s “Main Street” while also furthering our neighborhood’s legacy of nationally-recognized architectural distinction.  New owner Related Beal, who purchased the property in the summer, has recently announced plans to...

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