First Church Awarded 2015 Gian Lyman Silbiger Grant

August 14, 2015
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Through the collaboration of violist da Gamba Carol Lewis and music director Dr. Paul Cienniwa, First Church in Boston, located at 66 Marlborough St., has been awarded the 2015 Gian Lyman Silbiger Grant of the Viola da Gamba Society of New England (www.vdgsne.org). The award fosters the performance of music for viols and voices...

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Risk Level at ‘Moderate’ after Detection of WNV-Positive Mosquitoes

August 14, 2015
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Friday, July 30, 2015 – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that they have raised the West Nile Virus (WNV) risk level to “moderate” in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Newton, Revere, Somerville, and Watertown. This change is due to multiple WNV-positive mosquitos being found in a relatively...

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Obituaries 08-11-2015

August 14, 2015
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George S. Imrey Of Boston George S. Imrey, age 82, of Boston, Massachusetts passed away on July 13, 2015 with members of his loving family surrounding him.  After being diagnosed with cancer, he lived fully with amazing energy and a continued zest for life until the end.  George was born in Miskolc, Hungary in 1933 and attended high school...

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Swimmers make ‘Splash’ in Charles

August 4, 2015
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Swimmers make ‘Splash’ in Charles

For the third consecutive year, State Rep. Jay Livingstone was among the 500 swimmers to take a dip in the Charles River on July 25 as part of the Charles River Conservancy’s “City Splash.” “It’s a fun, safe swim, and it’s part of the Conservancy’s and my efforts to bring swimming back to Charles,”...

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Boy and Birds

August 4, 2015
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The Boy and Bird fountain in the Public Garden was decorated, as it often is, with an extra bird. The Boston Public Art Commission notes that this sculpture, “ … was installed in 1934, but it was later stolen from the park and has since been replaced twice.”

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Police Briefs 08-04-2015

August 4, 2015
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July 6 53 Huntington Ave. – Larceny – Shoplifting Boylston and Dartmouth streets    Property – Lost 212 Newbury St. – Larceny – Shoplifting 100 Huntington Ave. – Larceny – Theft from Vehicle – 10 Huntington Ave. – Other Offens 32 Dartmouth St. – Sick/Injured/Medical – Person July 7 587 Boylston St. – Larceny...

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The Back Bay Architectural Commission will Hold a Public Hearing

August 4, 2015
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DATE:                         Wednesday, 12 August 2015 TIME:                         4:30 P.M. VIOLATIONS  HEARING 5:00 P.M. DESIGN  REVIEW  HEARING PLACE:                                   Room 900 (BRA Board Room), ninth floor, Boston City Hall Subject of the hearing will be applications for Certificates of Appropriateness on the agenda below, review of architectural violations, and such business as may come before the commission,...

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Going for the Mold

August 4, 2015
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So we didn’t go for the gold after all. Instead we retreated to moldy old Boston where you wouldn’t want to do anything brash, imaginative or interesting. “We have our hats,” said the old Yankee lady, but Boston’s other tribes share her attitude. We don’t need anything new. I am usually an optimist, which...

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Esplanade Associations Summer Dock Party

July 28, 2015
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Esplanade Associations Summer Dock Party

Friends enjoying the evening at the Esplanade Friends Council Summer Dock Party on July 16.

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Downtown View:Read Locally

July 28, 2015
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Whether you go away in August or not, it is a good time to read. Everyone assumes everyone else is away. Few neighborhood meetings take place. Work is easier because some clients, customers and colleagues actually are on vacation. The “livin’ is easy,” as long as you have a beach, an air conditioner or...

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Livingstone Supports Equal Pay Bill

July 28, 2015
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On Tuesday, July 21st, State Representative Jay Livingstone, who represents Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and the West End in the 8th Suffolk District, participated in a press conference and rally in support of the Equal Pay Bill at the State House. Rep. Livingstone is a co-lead sponsor of the bill in the House. Rep....

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DCR Seeks Public-Private Partnership to Revitalize Lee Pool on Esplanade

July 28, 2015
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More than 15 years after its closure, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is seeking to explore public-private partnerships for the reuse of the deep-water Lee Memorial Pool area on the Charles River Esplanade. “The Department of Conservation and Recreation has engaged in a number of projects throughout the Charles River Esplanade through...

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The Learning Project Reaches New Heights with their August Scholars Program

July 28, 2015
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This summer, 114 students from all over Boston have come together to dive deeply into their academics in order to stem potential ‘summer learning loss’.  August Scholars was founded in 2008 by The Learning Project Elementary School, and what started with just 8 students has now hit record numbers. The August Scholars program is...

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Obituaries 07-28-2015

July 28, 2015
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George Imrey Retired Investment Banker George S. Imrey of Boston passed away on July 13 with members of his loving family surrounding him.  He was 82 years old. After being diagnosed with cancer, he lived fully with amazing energy and a continued zest for life until the end. George was born in Miskolc, Hungary...

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A Little Night Music

July 22, 2015
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A Little Night Music

The Beacon Hill Civic Association hosted their annual July event of attending the opening concert by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. This year’s event was enjoyed by all who attended. Shown (left to right) Keeta Gilmore, chairman of the board of the BHCA, Laura Connors, executive director of Beacon Hill Village, and Allison Ryder, member...

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Downtown View:The Vision-Where Is It?

July 22, 2015
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Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation, the operator since 2011 of the city-owned Faneuil Hall Marketplace, has been in recent tussles with its merchants, pushcarts, street performers and history-loving Bostonians. After public outcry and several meetings, some matters may be worked out. The latest round occurred last week when the BRA board, showing little knowledge and only...

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Indoor Cycling Studio Closer to Opening on Cambridge Street

July 22, 2015
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An indoor cycling studio is one step closer to opening in the neighborhood after the Beacon Hill Civic Association board of directors voted last week not to oppose the necessary zoning for SoulCycle to open at 300 Cambridge St. The New York City-based company, with 45 locations nationwide, intends to operate a new outpost...

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New Foot Bridge to be Next to Longfellow

July 22, 2015
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A critical component of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s ongoing renovation of the Longfellow Bridge, the Frances “Fanny” Appleton Bridge will allow pedestrians to cross Storrow Drive at Charles Circle – a route that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow walked to court the footbridge’s namesake in the 1840s as he made the trek from his Cambridge...

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Rep. Livingstone Outlines Local Aid In State Budget

July 22, 2015
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The House and Senate finalized a joint budget, which each passed on Wednesday, July 8. The budget passed by the House and the Senate included notable increases for the 8th Suffolk District. The governor had until July 11 to consider the budget. The Boston Landmarks Orchestra, an organization that provides many services throughout Boston...

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Civic Association Launches Revamped Web Site

July 22, 2015
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association launched its revamped Web site on Thursday, which aims to improve user-experience while lowering the cost of maintaining an online presence for the organization. “We’re thrilled to have accomplished so many of our goals with rolling out the new Web site,” said MaryLee Haplin, the group’s executive director. “We...

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University Club Awards 6 BPS Students Scholarships

July 22, 2015
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University Club Awards 6 BPS Students Scholarships

Earlier this month, the University Club of Boston announced the recipients of its “Future Leaders of Boston” scholarship awards.  For the first time since the Scholarship Fund’s inception, six students will receive scholarships to attend college. The winners, all graduates of Boston Public High Schools include:  Payton Coutlis of Boston Latin Academy, Briana D’Amelio...

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Downtown View:Immigrants 1850

July 22, 2015
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Recently I researched and wrote a book about a group of immigrants who came to America in the 1840s and 1850s. Getting to Grand Prairie: One Hundred Londoners and Their Quest for Land in Frontier Illinois will appear this summer. It tells a true story of the farming community I grew up in. I’m...

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BHCA Zoning Opposes Changes to Building

July 22, 2015
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted to oppose the relief needed to change the occupancy of a one-family home at 70 Myrtle St. into four condo units on Wednesday – three months after the applicant withdrew without prejudice a larger-scale project slated for the site amid concerns from neighbors....

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Summer is Here

July 22, 2015
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The excitement and bustle of the Fourth of July weekend has come and gone, and now we can settle into our summer rhythm — whatever that may be for each of us and our families — for the remaining nine weeks before the Labor Day weekend. Mother Nature has cooperated by bringing us the...

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