Beacon Hill Civic Association Community Corner

September 10, 2018
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A Bit of BHCA History The shelves at the Beacon Hill Civic Association at 74 Joy Street are full of ledgers and meeting notes dating back to the founding of the organization in 1922. The first meeting of what was then called the Beacon Hill Association took place on December 5, 1922, at 4...

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Patterned Behavior Art Mural Extended Additional Year on Esplanade

September 10, 2018
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Patterned Behavior was intended to enliven a concrete-heavy portion of the park and reduce graffiti vandalism. The vibrant and playful design is enjoyed by the thousands of people who utilize this section of the Esplanade every day, including commuters on Storrow Drive, bicyclists, boaters, rowers, runners, and pedestrians.  The mural debuted to critical acclaim,...

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Mayor Walsh Recognizes National Recovery Month, Launches ‘Recovery Month Book Club’Events Throughout the City

September 10, 2018
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced a series of events marking September as Recovery Month, a national observance that aims to combat the social stigma around addiction, celebrate recovery, and promote overall awareness. Programming starts today with an overdose prevention training at City Hall to commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day. City Hall will be lit...

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Area A-1 Sees No Change in Part One Crime

September 10, 2018
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As the summer of 2018 was drawing to a close, Area A-1 had seen no change in the rate of violent and property crime from the previous year. According to Boston Police, 1,610 incidents of Part One crime were reported between Jan. 1 and Aug. 19 of this year in the area, which includes...

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ImprovBoston Celebrates 10 Years of Comedy with Festival on September 5 – 9

September 10, 2018
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Experience the future of comedy delivered by thirteen teams of amazing up-and-coming artists. After a year-long search for underrepresented comedic voices from all over North America, ImprovBoston is set to deliver a laugh-packed week of impactful, top-notch and completely improvised entertainment. The 10th annual Boston Improv Festival, formerly the Boston Comedy Arts Festival, showcases...

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The BUZZ on Dogs: Poop Really Stinks

September 10, 2018
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Some of Beacon Hill’s most charming residents are the canine kind. As a matter of record, there are 185 adorable pooches registered on the Hill and 7,000 in all of Boston, according to the city’s registry. They are good neighbors who want to do the right thing: play ball, lick kids, chase squirrels and...

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Police Briefs 09-04-2018

September 10, 2018
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from a Building 08/23/18 – A Hancock Street resident reports unknown person(s) entered his apartment through a fire-escape door some time between noon on Aug. 22 and 7 a.m. the next day and stole two watches and a wallet containing U.S. currency and bank/credit cards,...

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Back to School

September 10, 2018
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Dear Editor, September is one of my favorite months. The weather is getting cooler, football is back in season, and students like yourselves are heading back to school. You might not know it, but it takes a village to prepare for the first day of school. Your teachers, principals, and custodians have spent the...

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Hot, Hot, Hot

September 10, 2018
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News reports about the hot weather and all of the records for high and highest-low temperatures that have been set this month in our region have become so commonplace that it is all-too-easy to read the headlines and move on to other news. But the reality is this: Global warming and the attendant climate...

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Founders Memorial on Common Gets Facelift, Thanks to FOPG Board Member

September 4, 2018
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Founders Memorial on Common Gets Facelift, Thanks to FOPG Board Member

When Friends of the Public Garden board member John Winthrop donated $13,000 for the restoration of the Founders Memorial on the Boston Common, he was not only helping to preserve an iconic piece of public art, but also honoring his own familial heritage, since the memorial depicts an image of the first governor of...

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North Washington Street/Charlestown Bridge Replacement Receives Notice to Proceed

September 4, 2018
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North Washington Street/Charlestown Bridge Replacement Receives Notice to Proceed

J.F. White Contracting Co. – the Framingham-based general contractor for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s replacement of the North Washington Street/Charlestown Bridge – has received a Notice to Proceed (NTF) for the project. According to MassDOT officials, the project is expected to get underway later this summer or this fall, and to continue through...

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City’s Effort to House Chronic Homeless Compounded by Hundreds of New Arrivals

September 4, 2018
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More than 800 new homeless arrivals into Boston have complicated the effort to try to house all chronically homeless people in the City by the end of this year. The City’s innovative effort to catalog and house the hundreds of chronically homeless in Boston took root in 2016, and made tremendous success initially, but...

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Beacon Hill Civic Association Community Corner

September 4, 2018
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“Sacred Spaces as Civic Spaces” The BHCA and the Museum of African American History once again collaborated for the Historic Preservation Roundtable, held last Wednesday evening at the MAAH. The distinguished panel of the fifth HPR included Barnet Kessel, Executive Director of the Vilna Shul, Marita Rivero, Executive Director of the MAAH, and Architect...

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Governor’s Nominations Highlight Statewide Races

September 4, 2018
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The battle for the Democratic and Republican nominations for governor highlight the slew of statewide races that Boston residents will vote on when they go to the polls for the Sept. 4 primary election. For the Democratic nomination, Bob Massie is taking on Jay Gonzalez. Massie is an author, activist, and former leader of...

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5 Candidates Battle for Suffolk County District Attorney

September 4, 2018
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With Suffolk County District Attorney (DA) Dan Conley announcing earlier this year that he will not seek re-election after leading the office for more than 15 years, a crowded field has emerged to replace him. Five candidates—Evandro Carvalho, Linda Champion, Greg Henning, Shannon McAuliffe, and Rachael Rollins—are facing-off for the Democratic nomination on Sept....

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Forde Seeks Register of Deeds Post

September 4, 2018
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Katie Forde has announced for Register of Deeds for Suffolk County. The following is her statement: My name is Katie Forde, I’m running to be the next Register of Deeds for Suffolk County, and I’m writing to ask that you consider supporting me in the Democratic Primary on September 4th. I am running for...

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Outgoing DA Dan Conley Endorses Greg Henning for Suffolk County District Attorney

September 4, 2018
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Candidate for Suffolk County District Attorney Greg Henning today received the endorsement of outgoing Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley. Conley joined Henning to talk to voters at a door-to-door campaign canvass in Hyde Park on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 11 a.m., starting in Cleary Square, at the corner of Hyde Park Avenue and...

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Police Briefs 08-28-2018

September 4, 2018
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police A-1 Larceny from a Motor Vehicle 08/15/18 – The victim reported he parked his 2014 Toyota Highlander on Fayette Street at about 6 p.m. on Aug. 14, but when he returned at around 6 a.m. the next day, he observed that the driver’s side front-door and window had been...

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Don’t Gamble the Planet’s Future on Unproven Technology

September 4, 2018
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A group of senators recently introduced a bill that aims to combat climate change by funding research into “negative emission technologies,” which take greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere and store them underground. But these technologies aren’t very effective — and probably never will be. Investing in them would divert resources from proven emission-reduction...

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Senator John McCain

September 4, 2018
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In an era when cynicism and a lack of faith in our political leaders and institutions is at an all-time high — the roots of which can be traced back to the 1960s and the subsequent Watergate scandal — Senator John McCain truly stood out as a man whose essential belief in the values...

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Get Out and Vote

September 4, 2018
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This Tuesday, the day after Labor Day, is primary election day across the state for both national and state offices. Although primary elections in Massachusetts generally are of little or no consequence because of the overwhelming Democratic voting enrollment and because most Democrats run unopposed, this year’s primary election is different. Thanks to the...

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Swingin’ on the Charles

August 23, 2018
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Swingin’ on the Charles

Laura Aiello and Michael Oliverio showed off some fancy footwork during the Community Boating Inc.’s 11th Annual Swingin’ on the Charles fundraiser on their dock last Saturday evening, Aug. 18. After a quick-moving storm passed by, dancers flocked to the floor for a night of fun and entertainment on the Charles River.

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Hill House Outreach Program Aims to Unite Neighborhood Families

August 23, 2018
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Hill House Outreach Program Aims to Unite Neighborhood Families

The Pancake Breakfast and Family Safety Day, which comes to the Firehouse at 137 Mt. Vernon St. on Sunday, Sept. 23, is just one example of the free, community events that Hill House Outreach Program sponsors to unite families throughout the neighborhood. Co-chaired by Hill House board members Lindley Melfa and Lisa Taffe, the...

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BHAC Wants to See More Documentation for Proposals

August 23, 2018
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Many applications at the August 16 Beacon Hill Architectural Commission hearing were continuations from previous hearings—some had required more information last time, and another was moved from administrative review to come before the full commission. At 36 Joy Court, the applicant has proposed to replace an existing cedar stockade fence alongside the yard, attach...

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