Letters to the Editor

Reader makes case for curbed bicycle lanes I am writing to comment upon your May 7th article, “Charles Street” that speaks about the problem of bicyclists traveling the wrong way on the street. Cyclists have a responsibility to obey the traffic laws.  Additionally, the city has a responsibility of creating a viable pedestrian and...

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On the Garden Tour

On the Garden Tour

West Cedar Street garden will be open for both the Garden Soiree Tour Preview Cocktail Party and on Tour Day.

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Opposition Continues for Pinckney St Variance

By Dan Murphy After arriving at a tie 3-3 vote on Wednesday, the Beacon Hill Civic Association Zoning and Licensing Committee upheld its standing opposition against granting the zoning relief requested by the homeowner of 4 Pinckney St. The applicant is performing a gut rehab of the single-family home and intends to enlarge the...

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Women’s Forum Fashion Show Set for Tonight

By Kathy Hull According to the poet Emily Dickinson, “A little madness in the Spring is wholesome even for the King.”  With that in mind, the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) cordially invites you to tonight’s Third Annual Charles Street Couture Fashion Show from 6 to 8 pm, a festive event featuring local designers...

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Minimizing Construction Impacts

By Suzanne Besser Just as springtime brings much anticipated flowering trees and colorful window boxes, it also spurs a proliferation of less than welcome construction sites popping up around the neighborhood. Construction projects on Beacon Hill are not easy on neighbors, who must live with the consequent dumpsters, dust and debris as well as...

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Downtown View:Chain Store Sorrows

By Karen Cord Taylor Local businesses or chain stores. Which is best for Boston neighborhoods and such shopping attractions as Faneuil Hall Marketplace? The tension has resurfaced recently with a local merchant at Faneuil Hall threatened with eviction, two San Francisco chain stores opening on Charles Street on Beacon Hill and fear by North...

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BH Garden Club Introduces Jardin Boutiques, A Tour Day Pop-Up Shop

On Thursday May 19, the Beacon Hill Garden Club will host its 87th  annual tour of the Hidden Gardens. There will be ten private gardens on tour and four “ribbon” gardens, which will be viewed behind a ribbon. This year’s tour includes four new gardens, gorgeous alliums, a “living wall”, an elegant pergola and...

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Boston Bubble Festival Coming to Common,May 14

The air will be filled with fun as Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department bring the first-ever Boston Bubble Festival to Boston Common on Saturday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Building on the popularity of “Bubble Guy” Jim Dichter’s presentations at previous Parks Department children’s events,...

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New App for Commuters to Comment on the Silver Line

Silver Line passengers are now be able to share feedback on their riding experience by rating their bus trips using a new smartphone app from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the MBTA. The app allows individuals to anonymously share feedback with the T. The service is similar to ones provided on Uber and...

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The Esplanade 5K Sunset Run to Benefit TEA

The setting sun behind the Boston skyline and over the winding pathways of the Charles River Esplanade, will be the backdrop for the inaugural Esplanade 5K Sunset Run on Thursday evening, June 2, at 6pm. Presented by the Esplanade Association, the 100% privately funded friends group for the Charles River Esplanade, the 5K race...

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Police Briefs 05-10-2016

BEACON HILL BEAT From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 4/30/16 – A victim reported she parked her 2004 Jeep at Boylston and Charles streets at 10:30 p.m. on April 29. When she returned to the vehicle at 2:35 a.m. on April 30, it was locked, but items were thrown around the...

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Charles St Supply is the Best in the US

Charles St Supply is the Best in the US

The industry publication “The Hardware Connection” recently named Charles Street Supply Co. “the best little store in America.” “I’m totally pumped, and was happily surprised,” said owner Jack Gurnon. Gurnon said the publisher happened upon his store by chance while visiting Boston before bestowing the prize on it. “We’ve been here for so long...

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Downtown View:Ducklings Then and Now

Downtown View:Ducklings Then and Now

By Karen Cord Taylor Duckling Day is coming up. On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, starting at 10 a.m., the Harvard Marching Band will lead hundreds of parents and children dressed like ducklings from the Boston Common’s Parkman Bandstand into the Public Garden in a re-creation—sort of—of Mrs. Mallard’s trip to the Public Garden...

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Beacon Hill Fire Displaces 25 Residents

By John Lynds The Boston Fire Department responded at 12:10 a.m. Saturday to a fire at 11 Temple St. on Beacon Hill. On arrival firefighters observed smoke billowing from the five-story brick apartment building. A second alarm was ordered once firefighters realized the fire was on the top floor of the building. A third...

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Beacon Hill Not Included in New BYOB Vote

By John Lynds Following the Boston City Council’s lead, the Boston Licensing Board (BLB) voted unanimously last Thursday lifting the long-standing ban on BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) in small neighborhood restaurants. However, Beacon Hill would not be included in the plan. According to a statement from the BLB, the board will work on...

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Park Boston App Surges in Use,Producing Huge Revenue Numbers

By Seth Daniel Drivers looking to avoid a parking ticket would do well to pick up their smart phones, and put away the rolls of quarters. City officials, and most especially thousands of drivers, are hailing the new ParkBoston smart phone application this spring, just as the convenient piece of technology looks to break...

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Police Body Camera Pilot Program Set to Start This Summer

By Seth Daniel Members of the Boston City Council have held hearings all over the city the past week to field concerns and comments regarding the police body camera program that will begin in all neighborhoods this summer, and the leader of that effort now says she has doubts as to whether serious issues...

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Police Briefs 05-03-2016

BEACON HILL BEAT From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 04/24/16 – A victim reported she parked her 2007 Subaru Outback at Arlington and Beacon streets at 9:45 p.m. When she returned an hour later, its rear driver’s side window was smashed and a laptop, iPad, computer tablet and sunglasses were removed...

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Charles Street

Driving down Charles Street recently, two bicyclists were going the wrong way heading towards Cambridge Street.  While there is nothing new in these bicyclists or skateboards going down the wrong way on Charles St. or for that matter on Bowdoin Street, action needs to be taken as there is an accident waiting to happen....

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Dropped Call:Architectural Commission Stops any Additional Antennas on Beacon Hill

April 28, 2016
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Dropped Call:Architectural Commission Stops any Additional Antennas on Beacon Hill

By Stephen Quigley The wireless connection could be getting a little weaker in the Beacon Hill area following the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission’s (BHAC) unanimous vote to deny without prejudice a request from a wireless provider to put an antenna at 122-126 Charles Street and allowing Cingular Wireless to withdraw without prejudice their two...

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Garden Club Adds Events to Annual Tour

April 28, 2016
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Garden Club Adds Events to Annual Tour

In less than one month, the garden gates will open on Thursday May 19, when the Beacon Hill Garden Club will host its 87th annual tour of the Hidden Gardens. New this year is the addition of a special twilight viewing of three private gardens for working professionals and neighborhood friends. The Garden Soirée...

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Public Gets Another Look at New Plans for 33-61 Temple Street

April 28, 2016
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By Dan Murphy The public got another look at the updated plans for what is slated to be the largest residential redevelopment project in Beacon Hill’s history on Thursday at a public meeting sponsored by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Dedham-based JDMD Owner, LLC intends to transform the interconnected, six-story Hiriam J. Archer and Frank...

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Downtown View:1,200 New Street Trees

April 28, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor The City of Boston started planting 1,200 trees along city streets in mid-April and will continue to do so until June. Every neighborhood gets them. Their hired contractor might grind out the stump of a dead tree. Then he’ll refresh the soil in the tree pit, dig the hole, water...

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Get Your Brooms:Annual Street Cleaning is this Weekend

April 28, 2016
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As part of an annual effort to beautify the streets of Boston in time for the spring season, Mayor Martin J. Walsh has asked for Boston residents’ to participate in Boston Shines, a citywide initiative to clean the neighborhoods across the city. Boston Shines will bring together thousands of volunteers, including businesses, community groups...

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