Downtown View:Sestercentennial

January 28, 2016
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It is now 2016, only 10 years until America’s 250th birthday. So are we going to celebrate or what? It’s not only the Declaration of Independence. The 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre takes place in 2020. The Boston Tea Party’s 250th—2023. The battles of Lexington and Concord and Bunker Hill, 2025. What are...

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On the State Senate Campaign Trail

January 28, 2016
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Livingstone HealthyKids bill gets favorable report Rep. and State Senate candidate Jay Livingstone sponsored the ‘Healthy Kids’ bill that was reported out favorably by joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities Members of the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with \Disabilities advanced favorably on Monday an omnibus bill promoting programs...

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Beacon Hill Gala – One of Many Neighborhood Traditions

January 28, 2016
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by Suzanne Besser February 6, 2016, marks the 44th time the Beacon Hill Civic Association has invited neighbors to the Winter Gala, an elegant dinner and dance that each year attracts hundreds of neighbors. It is one of several Beacon Hill annual traditions that bring residents together to enjoy the community spirit that makes...

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Police Briefs 01-26-2016

January 28, 2016
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BEACON HILL BEAT From Boston Police Area A-1 Assault – Simple 01/16/2016 – At around 1:48 a.m., a male victim reported he was walking on Boylston Street at Charles Street South when an unknown male suspect ran up from behind him and punched him in the face. The suspect then fled on foot into...

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BRA Approves Center Garage Project

January 22, 2016
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BRA Approves Center Garage Project

National Real Estate Advisors (National) and The HYM Investment Group (HYM) won final approval for two towers on the site of the Government Center Garage, the first phases of a six-building, $1.5 billion redevelopment plan to replace the 1960s-era brutalist garage. The project will include housing, offices, a hotel, retail and other public amenities,...

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Walsh to Focus on Education in State of City Address

January 22, 2016
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By John Lynds In a letter to parents last week, Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang said the school department will face a $50 million deficit. The announcement by Chang has made education one of the focal points of Mayor Martin Walsh’s annual State of the City address to be delivered tonight at Boston...

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Downtown View:Up to the Job

January 22, 2016
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January is a good time to visit the World Trade Center site in New York City. The crowds are smaller than in July. El Niño makes it warm enough for the water to cascade freely over the edges of the two square, black sunken fountains marking the locations of the destroyed towers. Calatrava’s soaring...

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Zakim Named to Council Committees

January 22, 2016
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By John Lynds Newly sworn in Boston City Council President Michelle Wu has appointed City Councillor Josh Zakim to chair the Committee on Housing and Community Development as well as vice-chair of the Committee on Government Operations and the Special Committee on Charter Reform. Zakim, who represents Beacon Hill previously chaired the Committee on...

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From Classrooms to Residences

January 22, 2016
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by Suzanne Besser Residents and neighbors of Temple Street had their first look at plans for the mega-redevelopment project proposed for their short one-block street when they met with its developers at a special meeting called last week by the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s zoning and licensing committee. About forty attendees listened, questioned and...

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MGH Lecture Explores Healing Power of Storytelling

January 22, 2016
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As a lecture sponsored by Massachusetts General Hospital on Thursday illustrates, the art of storytelling often holds healing power for those suffering from physical, psychological or spiritual illnesses. “We can only control the physical aspects of health to a certain degree, but we are always in charge of our mindset,” wrote guest speaker Dr....

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Lana Barakat and her December Thieves

January 20, 2016
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Lana Barakat and her December Thieves

By Suzanne Besser Like the boutique she owns at 88 Charles Street, Lana Barakat is at once classic and edgy, sophisticated and artsy, bold and trendy. Her warm smile and passion for artistry envelopes those who step into the unique space she calls December Thieves. She chose the name from a verse by the...

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Public Broadcasting Vet Named MAAH Executive Director

January 20, 2016
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Public Broadcasting Vet Named MAAH Executive Director

By Dan Murphy A longtime veteran of Boston public broadcasting was recently named executive director of the Museum of African American History, Boston and Nantucket (MAAH). Raised outside of Philadelphia in Lincoln University, Pa., Marita Rivero began producing public-affairs programming for WGBH-TV in 1970 after graduating from Tufts University. Rivero’s early credits included “Say...

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Downtown View:Is Traffic Bad?

January 20, 2016
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Millennium will soon finish its tower, and new people will move in. Avalon Bay’s residential tower adjacent to the Tip O’Neill building has topped off. A hotel and residential building is rising on Dalton Street in the Back Bay. 888 Boylston is going up too. Eight million square feet of construction is slated for...

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British Diplomacy at Beacon Hill Women’s Forum

January 20, 2016
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Tonight, the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) presents “The British are Coming!” with diplomate Susie Kitchen.  Ms. Kitchen, who has seen a great deal of the world, currently is Britain’s Consul General in Boston and has lived on Beacon Hill since 2012 with her husband and two children. In previous assignments, she served the...

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Beacon Hill Gala on February 6

January 20, 2016
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Plans are underway for the 44th Annual Beacon Hill Gala and the Gala After Hours Party to be held on February 6th at the Four Seasons Hotel. The Beacon Hill Civic Association After Hours Committee is busy preparing the 9-12 PM portion of the Gala, called Gala After Hours, which includes open bar, dessert...

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Delicious Winter Wvents at the Boston Public Market Set for January 20

January 20, 2016
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Presented as a joint initiative by the Trustees of Reservations, the Beacon Hill Civic Association Green Committee, and the Conservation Committee of the Beacon Hill Garden Club, you’re invited to attend a private tour of the Boston Public Market and/or a cooking class led by a local chef on Wednesday, January 20th. There’s no...

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Police Briefs 01-12-2016

January 20, 2016
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny 01/03/16 – At around 4:27 p.m., a victim reported that she ate lunch at a Myrtle Street restaurant and left her purse behind. When she returned to retrieve the handbag, property was stolen from it. The manager said he would retrieve video footage to assist...

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Gun Violence Has No Place in Our Neighborhoods

January 20, 2016
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By Mayor Martin Walsh I traveled to Washington D.C. and stood with President Obama as he took measures to make our communities safer. Requiring all gun purchases to include a background check is a common sense, simple step, which will make it harder for criminals and those who intend to commit crimes to access...

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Letters to the Editor

January 20, 2016
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City Hall Plaza Dear Editor, Karen Cord Taylor always seems to say what I’ve been grinding my teeth over (and not saying.) Apropos the new Government Center MBTA station—why is it that Boston needs these multi-million dollar entrances?  To distract us from the miserable condition of the cars and system? I’m attaching photos of...

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Ready to Ring in ‘16

January 7, 2016
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Ready to Ring in ‘16

Workers put the finishing touches on the ice sculptures in Copley Square on Thursday morning in preparation for the 40th annual First Night celebration.

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2015, A Year in Review

January 7, 2016
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2015, A Year in Review

By Dan Murphy On Jan. 11, around 40 volunteers gathered to remove the traditional holiday garlands and bows from around 1,100 lamp-posts throughout Beacon Hill. On Jan. 13, Mayor Martin J. Walsh delivered his first State of the City address at Symphony Hall. On Jan. 27, Boston has hit with its first blizzard of...

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Downtown View:Curiouser and Curiouser

January 7, 2016
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City Hall Plaza is maligned, disparaged, abhorred and then used whenever we have a citywide celebration—think World Series. The place has been poorly maintained for almost 50 years while serving as a staging area, a site for the Big Apple Circus and concerts and a parking lot for unidentified cars. Parts of it have...

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Beacon Hill Seminars Set to Host Spring Kickoff on January 11

January 7, 2016
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By Suzanne Besser There promises to be lots of lively and thought provoking discussions going on in the 22 courses offered this winter and spring by the Beacon Hill Seminars, the community’s popular membership organization of people learning with and from peers. Consider the class offered by Jeff Schiffman, one of the many BHS...

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Developers Plan 75 Condos at Old Suffolk University Buildings

January 7, 2016
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Two years ago Suffolk University put the Frank J. Donahue Building at 41 Temple St. and the Archer Building at 20 Derne St. up for sale as part of its consolidation plans and to reduce its impact on Beacon Hill. Last week developers filed plans with the Boston Redevelopment Authority to convert the two...

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