BHAC Agenda

November 18, 2014
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The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, November 20 at 4:00 P.M. in Room 801, 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, in accordance with...

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Letter to the Editor

November 18, 2014
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Neighbors remember        John W. Sears Mr. Sears died early this morning, Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4,  in his 84th year. He probably would have considered that bad timing, since he never ever missed casting his ballot on Election Day.                 He was our neighbor for over 30 years, generously sharing his legendary knowledge of...

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Downtown View Engineering Happiness

November 18, 2014
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I recently met a happy man.                 Why shouldn’t he be happy? He has what most men want: loving parents, a wife, Jana, who was his high school sweetheart, two cute little boys, a house, good friends, family members who live nearby, good training and a good job. He also possesses a fine sense...

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Hill Voters Back Coakley for Gov.

November 18, 2014
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While GOP Charlie Baker narrowly edged out Martha Coakley in last Tuesday’s state election, Beacon Hill voters backed his Democratic rival in the gubernatorial race.                 According to the city’s unofficial election results, approximately 49 percent of voters in 3, Precinct 6 and Ward 5, Precincts 3, 4, 5 and 11 supported Coakley, the...

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Downtown View Nothing Ventured

November 7, 2014
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The controversy over bringing the Summer Olympics to Boston in 2024 is soooooo Boston. It’s got all the usual characters, all the usual conflicts. It’s the grumps vs. the dreamers. Cautionists (seen as wise) vs. gung-hoists (seen as foolhardy.) Pessimists vs. optimists. Naysayers vs. soothsayers. It is a rich narrative to follow, and it...

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Community Leaders Remember Menino

November 7, 2014
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Beacon Hill community leaders are fondly remembering Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino as an outstanding person and a great friend to the neighborhood during his two-decade tenure as the city’s chief executive. Mr. Menino, the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history, died on Oct. 30, 2014. He was 71. MaryLee Halpern, executive director of...

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BHCA Zoning to Meet on Nov. 5

November 7, 2014
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On Wednesday, November 5, the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Zoning & Licensing Committee will hold a meeting to discuss the proposed change of occupancy from University to residential and parking garage at 28-32 Derne Street, the proposed construction of a roof deck at the rear of 58 Beacon Street, and the proposed conversion to...

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Time to Start Thinking of Christmas

November 7, 2014
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1,100 lamp posts with 2,860 yards of laurel garlands and 2,400 red bows can only mean one thing: it’s time to kick-off the Holiday Season on Beacon Hill.  Join the magic as Tom Kershaw graciously hosts Garlands and Green: A Holiday Gathering at The Hampshire House on Wednesday, November 19 from 6-9 pm. This...

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What Constitutes an Historic Building in Beacon Hill?

November 7, 2014
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 ‘Shocked’ is how some Beacon Hill residents recently described their reaction when the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission, which for nearly 60 years has protected and preserved the neighborhood’s historic fabric, gave the green light to a resident’s proposal to tear down his property’s façade. Neighbors are questioning the severity of the structural damage to...

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Mayor Tom Menino

November 7, 2014
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The passing this week of former, long-time Boston Mayor Thomas Menino truly removes from our lives a man whose devotion to his city and its people was second to none. The incredible outpouring of genuine sadness and respect expressed by persons from all walks of life and from stations high and low bore witness...

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Beacon Hill’s Maggie Gohlmann Inducted as Peter Lynch Scholar

November 1, 2014
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Beacon Hill’s Maggie Gohlmann Inducted as Peter Lynch Scholar

At a Mass followed by a breakfast reception at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Newton, Cardinal Séan O’Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston inducted the fifth class of Peter Lynch (PL) Scholars. Mattea del Peschio and Maggie Gohlmann  from St. John School, Boston were two of approximately 173 students from across the...

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FOPG Preparing for Climate Change

November 1, 2014
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Preparing for climate change was the topic of the evening at the Friends of the Public Garden Members Reception, which was held in the Carver Ballroom of the Revere Hotel on Thursday, Oct. 9.            Chair of the Friends Board of Directors Anne Brooke kicked-off the meeting by thanking members for their involvement and...

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Residents Ready for Halloween

November 1, 2014
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With the countdown on, many Beacon Hill residents are getting ready for the annual night of fun and fright on Friday. Some residents have already taken the time to decorate their houses in scary spiderwebs or witches or goblins. In the next few days many other homes will be decorated that will transform Beacon...

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Ward 5 Dems Weigh in on Ballot Questions

November 1, 2014
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The Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee last Tuesday endorsed positions on each of the four ballot questions facing voters in Massachusetts on Nov. 4.  The committee endorsed: Keeping the current law regarding the gas tax; voting no on question 1. Expanding recycling deposits on bottles and other containers; voting yes on question 2. Repealing...

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Charlie’s Problems

November 1, 2014
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Charlie Baker has intrigued some of my Democratic friends. They worked with him in government or insurance and admire his management acumen. But he has problems if he expects Democrats to turn tail or Independents to support him. Many of them speak to his character. Let’s name them. Smart enough? In his 2010 gubernatorial...

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‘Common’ Stabbing Suspect Being Held on $1 Million Bail

October 23, 2014
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The man who allegedly stabbed two park rangers in the Boston Common last Tuesday was held on $1 million cash bail at his arraignment on attempted murder and related charges, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. Boston Municipal Court Judge Robert McKenna imposed that bail on Bodio Hutchinson, age 34, at the...

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Bowker Overpass Closure to Continue this Week

October 23, 2014
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The Storrow Drive eastbound offramp for the Fenway, Boylston Street, and the Longwood Medical and Academic Area, across the the Bowker Overpass will be closed between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. through October 24.  The closure will also be on Saturday, Oct. 25, the closure will be in effect between the...

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Yes on Question 2

October 22, 2014
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Fenway Park filled to the brim with plastic bottles. That dramatic image conveys the volume of bottle litter we throw away in Massachusetts each year. Most of it gets deposited in landfills. Some litter lingers in our gutters, along the roads, across the beaches and on the sidewalks. It’s pretty gross. It is irresponsible...

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Councilor Zakim Opens Door to Constituents During Office Hours

October 22, 2014
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Councilor Zakim Opens Door to Constituents During Office Hours

City Councilor Josh Zakim estimates that 90 percent of the issues that Beacon Hill constituents bring to him during his monthly office hours can be resolved with a phone call. “It’s a nice forum for people to talk about parking, traffic, public safety and other issues we’re working on,” Zakim said. “There are usually...

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On Thursday Meet Local Author Karen Cord Taylor at Blackstone’s

October 17, 2014
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If Beacon Hill could talk, it would tell you stories — stories of unique individuals and groups, past and present — who’ve had a lasting impact on the community throughout its history. Beacon Hill resident Karen Cord Taylor shares many of these stories in her new local history book, “Legendary Locals of Beacon Hill.”...

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Charles River Gets High Marks

October 17, 2014
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EPA has given a grade of “A-” for water quality in the Charles River during 2013. It is the highest grade EPA has issued since the 1995 inception of the Clean Charles River Initiative. Reflecting nearly twenty years of focused efforts by EPA, state and local officials, private environmental advocacy groups and concerned citizens,...

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State Issues RFP for Air Rights

October 17, 2014
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The state issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) on Wednesday for the design and development of an air-rights project at Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue. Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the MBTA are seeking development proposals for Parcel 13, which consists of approximately 54,500 square feet of air rights over the Massachusetts Turnpike...

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Hill Couple’s Hobby Honored by Washington, D.C., Museum

October 17, 2014
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The Beacon Hill Times has neighborhood competition, but not competition that should cause much concern. “I call it the world’s smallest newspaper, with the world’s smallest circulation,” says Bowdoin Street resident David Trumbull, who, since January of 2011, has published the Bowdoin Street Times, a miniature newspaper (about the size of a matchbook) for...

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Block Party is This Sunday On the Hill

October 17, 2014
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Don’t miss the neighborhoods biggest party, this Sunday, September 14! The Beacon Hill Civic Association will once again host the Neighborhood Block Party from 12noon to 4pm in-front of The Firehouse, 127 Mt. Vernon Street. The annual event welcomes back the community after each summer for a fun-filled afternoon of hot dogs sizzling on...

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