Longfellow Bridge Construction Schedule

February 3, 2017
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MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC), will close the Longfellow Bridge to all vehicular traffic overnight on Wednesday, February 1, through Friday, February 3. The bridge will be closed from 11:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM the following morning. The closures are necessary to work on a MBTA fence using a crane placed on...

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Back Bay Restaurant Troquet is Set to Move to New Location

February 3, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen After 15 years, the Modern French restaurant Troquet in the Back Bay is celebrating its last few days at the 140 Boylston Street location before embarking on their next journey to the Leather District. The restaurant will stay open until February 4 and then will open in the new location at...

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Construction Launch of Bulfinch Crossing Symbolizes New Era in Boston

February 3, 2017
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Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, City officials, and members from National Real Estate Advisors and The HYM Investment Group, will swing sledgehammers to mark the launch of construction at Bulfinch Crossing. The project involves strategically transforming the site of an underutilized above-grade parking garage into a 2.9-million square-foot mixed-use development known now as Bulfinch...

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Police Briefs 01-31-2017

February 3, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Assault and Battery 01/22/17 – A victim reported he was punched in the mouth at Charles Street South and Jefferson Street at around 2:48 a.m. The victim also said he was walking along the street, when an unknown male suspect came up and assaulted him before...

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The State of Our City

February 3, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh On January 17th, I had the honor of standing in front of the city I love and explaining all that we’ve accomplished together, and what we have to look forward to in the upcoming year. As I looked out into the audience at Symphony Hall, I was overwhelmed with...

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Jeffries House Expansion is An Opportunity

February 3, 2017
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By Mark Kiefer The proposed expansion of the John Jeffries House hotel represents an important and rare opportunity to contribute to the vibrancy of Beacon Hill’s “Main Street” while also furthering our neighborhood’s legacy of nationally-recognized architectural distinction.  New owner Related Beal, who purchased the property in the summer, has recently announced plans to...

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Charlie Baker: A Steady Hand At the Tiller of Our Ship of State

February 3, 2017
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As we were listening to Gov. Charlie Baker deliver the annual State of the Commonwealth address before a joint session of the legislature last week, it occurred to us how refreshing it was — and what a sense of relief we felt — to have as our governor an individual who does not engage...

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Residents Join in Boston Women’s March

January 29, 2017
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Residents Join in Boston Women’s March

By Beth Treffeisen Marchers bearing pink hats, colorful signs, and t-shirts stating ‘Nasty Women’ packed the Boston Common this past Saturday in a peaceful protest against the recent election of President Donals J. Trump. Tens of thousands of protesters marched in solidarity to fight for values of human dignity, equal rights and freedom from...

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Court Rules Against Outdoor Signage at Red Hat Bldg

January 29, 2017
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Court Rules Against Outdoor Signage at Red Hat Bldg

By Dan Murphy The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Appeals Court has issued a summary decision that further permanently prohibits outdoor signage on the Red Hat building at 9 Bowdoin St. The defendants, Hat 9 Bowdoin Realty, LLC (Hat 9) and Framingham-based Sponsor Co., LLC, had appealed a 2015 ruling by Suffolk Superior Court allowing a...

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Downtown View DC: The Bad and The Good

January 29, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor Susan and I took the train to DC last Friday with lots of people and returned on Sunday. We stayed at Lois’s house. On Saturday we three went to the Women’s March on Washington. We wore our bubble-gum pink “Nasty (old) Woman” hoodies. (One of us is 83—probably one of...

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Hanley and McGuire to be Honored at BHCA Gala

January 29, 2017
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By Suzanne Besser Deb Hanley and Frank McGuire, whose years of volunteerism on behalf of this community have made it a better place for all, will be honored by more than 200 of their neighbors at the 45th Beacon Hill Gala, sponsored by the Beacon Hill Civic Association on February 4th at the Four...

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Torit Montessori School Opens Elementary Campus

January 29, 2017
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By Dan Murphy Torit Montessori School opened its elementary campus at the former site of Grampy’s gas station on Cambridge Street last month. The campus, which currently accommodates around 40 elementary, kindergarten and pre- kindergarten students, occupies a total of 15,000 square feet on the second through fourth floors of the five-story building at...

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Blackstone’s Celebrates 35th Anniversary with Launch of ‘Meet the Maker’ Series

January 29, 2017
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Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill, located at 46 Charles St., will kick off its 35th anniversary with the launch of the “Meet the Maker” event series on Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. “Jessica Gusar of ‘Live In Mosaics’ will be our first featured local artist showcasing her mosaic collection that includes both...

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Cheek Donates WWII Visual Materials to Athenaeum

January 29, 2017
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Elizabeth E. Barker, Ph.D., Stanford Calderwood Director of the Boston Athenæum, announced the donation to the Athenæum of the collection of WWII visual materials of architectural photographer, author, and Athenæum Proprietor Richard W. Cheek. The Richard W. Cheek World War II Graphic Arts Collection contains over 2,000 posters and war maps, 189 linear feet...

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Local Projects Highlighted in Walsh’s State of City Address:FOPG Urges Caution on Winthrop Sq. Project Mitigation Funds

January 29, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen In a packed Symphony Hall, Mayor Martin J. Walsh delivered his third State of the City Address before embarking on his re-election campaign. In his address, Walsh committed to keeping Boston accessible to all residents by investing more money in affordable housing and upgrading infrastructure and transportation options. An effort from...

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Officials Outline Legislation to Allow New Shadow from Winthrop Square Tower

January 29, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen If passed, the proposed 750 foot building slated for the Winthrop Square Garage could be the last to cast additional shadows on the Boston Common and Public Garden downtown. The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) proposed a plan to push legislation that would allow the building to use up the...

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Police Briefs 01-24-2017

January 29, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 01/13/17- The victim reported unknown person(s) broke into her 2015 Jeep Cherokee, which was parked on Charles Street, at around 7:30 a.m. The rear passenger’s side window broken was broken, and a briefcase with personal belongings and papers was stolen.   Larceny...

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Former District A1 Commanding Superintendent O’rourke Retires

January 29, 2017
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Boston Police Superintendent Bernard “Bernie” O’Rourke has retired following a lengthily career with the department, that expanded 29 years. Many of those years, O’Rourke spent as the Commanding Officer of District A1 which covers the Beacon Hill, North End, West End. Charelstown, Downtown and Waterfront neighborhoods where he conducted the community’s monthly public safety...

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Rising Water Levels Threat to City’s Municipal Harbor Plan

January 29, 2017
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A recent environmental report given to the City of Boston clearly indicates waterfront high tides will consistently rise creating some serious damage to the North End/Waterfront neighborhood. One city employee told a community organization that eventually water could extend out as far as Faneuil Hall with many neighborhood streets and The Greenway affected. Structures...

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Enforcement Key to Reduce The City’s Speed Limit

January 29, 2017
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Obviously, the new City of Boston ordinance regarding the speed limit on city streets from 30 mph to 25 mph will prevent more accidents, injuries and deaths but only if there is adequate enforcement on a regular basis. Public safety concerns are the main reason a reduce speed limit was enacted and only strict...

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Beacon Hill Women’s Forum Dancing With the Stars

January 20, 2017
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Beacon Hill Women’s Forum Dancing With the Stars

 by Marianne Salza When Kathy Hull, a college philosophy and psychology professor, received a phone call one evening from a local dance studio inquiring if she and her husband would like to attend three, free ballroom dancing lessons, she had no idea that it would be the beginning of a new passion and a...

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Massport:Winthrop Sq Tower is Too High

January 20, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen The proposed mixed use 775-foot high tower slated for 115 Winthrop Square, which is known for casting controversial new shadows on the public parks downtown, has received yet another challenge from the air. The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) came out against the proposed height of the building, saying it would interfere...

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Friends and Colleagues Bid Farewell to ‘Bernie’ O’Rourke

January 20, 2017
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By Dan Murphy On the eve of his retirement from a 39-year career with the Boston Police, Superintendent Bernard “Bernie” O’Rourke was feted by scores of friends and colleagues at Ned Devine’s Pub at Faneuil Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 11. O’Rourke, who turned 64 the next day, joined the department in 1978 as a...

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Downtown View:Shadows vs Money

January 20, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor Aren’t we Bostonians better than Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump? Millennium Partners beat out several other developers in a plan to demolish the city’s decrepit parking garage at Winthrop Square and build a 700-feet-plus skyscraper, paying the city millions of dollars to be spread around for park improvements, affordable housing...

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