Letter to the Editor

August 25, 2014
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‘Let’s keep our eyes on the prize’ Dear Editor: As a 40-plus-year resident, I’ve found most folks walking the Hill aren’t looking intently down. Their eyes are on the interesting architecture, beautiful trees, doorways and plantings. Unfortunately, they are also looking increasingly at historic facades defaced by ugly fire alarm beacons and rooflines sprouting...

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Final Phase of Brewer Fountain Plaza Restoration Gets Underway

August 13, 2014
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Final Phase of Brewer Fountain  Plaza Restoration Gets Underway

As the Friends of the Public Garden enters into the second and final phase of its $4 million rehabilitation of Brewer Fountain Plaza, this popular destination on the Boston Common is destined to become an even more inviting place. In 2010, Boston Parks and Recreation Department completed restoration work on a long-neglected bronze casting...

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A Memory for Life

August 13, 2014
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A Memory for Life

Life-long friends Katie Hayward and Alex Fissler have returned from a thrilling month in Tanzania, Africa where they climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro (where, as you can see, it is winter) and volunteered at a school in a Maasai village. They are now busy at their summer jobs, Katie as a counselor at Camp Harbor View...

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Mitt a Democrat?

August 13, 2014
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Karen is taking her first break since beginning to write in this space. She is offering some of her most remarked-upon columns for you to enjoy again. Mitt. A Democrat? (first published in December, 2011 (It probably applies to gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker as well.) Our guy Mitt has met trouble lately in his...

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Dead Trees Slated to Be Removed

August 13, 2014
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On August 13 and 14, the Boston Parks Department will be removing a dozen dead trees from Beacon Hill, on Charles, Chestnut, Irving, Mt. Vernon, Myrtle, and West Cedar Streets. The removals automatically generate a planting request, and a new tree will planted at a future date if the location is not too close...

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Two Residents Graduate From MGH Institute

August 13, 2014
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Two Beacon Hill residents were among the 535 students who graduated from MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston’s health sciences graduate school. The Class of 2014, with students from 28 states and five countries, was the largest class in the school’s history. The Beacon Hill residents who graduated from the MGH Institute are: Doctor...

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Letter to the Editor

August 13, 2014
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For Mayor Walsh and Planning and Public Works colleagues; Dear Editor: This note enlarges on a letter I sent to the Mayor several months ago. I am a neighbor and a Beacon Hill resident, who was elected 50 years ago to represent this district; by which I mean, both sides of our meeting place,...

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Hill Doctor Awarded Research Sabbatical Award from Research to Prevent Blindness

August 8, 2014
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Hill Doctor Awarded Research Sabbatical Award from Research to Prevent Blindness

Michael Gilmore, Ph.D., a resident of Beacon Hill, was recently awarded a $50,000 Research Sabbatical Award from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB). This award will enable Dr. Gilmore to spend time in world-leading basic research laboratories to acquire new skills and insights into structural biology and biofilm engineering in order to inform the design...

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Eliot Memorial Re-opening

August 8, 2014
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Eliot Memorial Re-opening

Gov. Deval Patrick, flanked by other state officials and Esplanade Association representatives, cuts the ribbon on the newly renovated Charles Eliot Memorial on the Charles River Esplanade.

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Downtown View: A month in the country

August 8, 2014
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(first published in August 2013) For the first time since I was 18 years old, I have spent a month in the country. And what a beautiful country it is. Fifty shades of green complimented by the bluest sky ever. Puffy clouds ranging from gray to bright white. Dozens of goldfinches, which my father-in-law...

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BHCA Retains Legal Counsel to Help Fight Sidewalk Ramps

August 8, 2014
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) has retained legal counsel concerning Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s plan to bring neighborhood sidewalks into compliance with the Adults with Disabilities Act. “I’m an eternal optimist, even as someone who has litigated many cases, including some against the state,” said Colin Zick, an attorney and the BHCA board...

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BHCA Zoning & Licensing Comm.: Meeting Cancelled for August

August 8, 2014
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Zoning & Licensing Committee will not be meeting during the month of August. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 3, 2014.

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Shame on You Frank Manning

August 8, 2014
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Dear Editor: I was outraged, appalled, and saddened, after reading your 19 July Letter to the Editor about accessibility ramps that will be installed on Beacon Hill sidewalks. Outraged by your sense of self absorption and entitlement. That you would write: “whatever advantage there is to the handicapped is completely outweighed by the disadvantage...

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The Boston Children’s School Looks Forward to Golden Anniversary

August 5, 2014
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The Boston Children’s School  Looks Forward to Golden Anniversary

As it approaches the half-century mark, The Boston Children’s School remains committed to its original mission of bringing the joy of learning to children. Established in 1965, The Boston Children’s School is located at 8 Whittier Place in Charles River Park in the historic West End.  Enrollment is open to children starting at 2.9...

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Elizabeth Barker Named New Stanford Calderwood Director of Boston Athenæum

August 5, 2014
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Elizabeth Barker Named New Stanford Calderwood Director of Boston Athenæum

On Thursday, the trustees of the Boston Athenæum announced the appointment, by unanimous vote, of Elizabeth E. Barker as Stanford Calderwood Director of the Boston Athenæum. Dr. Barker will assume her position on Oct. 1. She succeeds Paula D. Matthews, who retired as Stanford Calderwood director and librarian in July of 2013. Deborah Hill Bornheimer,...

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Fenton Building Sells for $15M

August 5, 2014
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Suffolk University has sold the John E. Fenton Building and Annex at the corner of Derne and Hancock streets for $15 million, according to various published reports. The buyer, identified by the school as Atlas Investment Group LLC, a Boston-based, real-estate development firm, purportedly plans to transform the six-story former academic and classroom building...

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Beautify Beacon Hill This Summer

August 5, 2014
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Bright flowers, green trees, and brilliant sunlight have brought Beacon Hill alive this summer, and now you can too! “Beautify Beacon Hill” is your chance to recognize those who are allowing our neighborhood to flourish with window boxes, planters, and gardens throughout the Hill. The Beacon Hill Civic Association, the Beacon Hill Garden Club...

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BHCA Young Friends’ Group Looking for Board Candidates

August 5, 2014
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Do you know someone who’s interested in getting involved and keeping our neighborhood wonderful? The Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Young Friends are looking for candidates to join their Executive Committee for the 2015 season. The Young Friends strive to get our younger residents involved in the neighborhood, while giving them an outlet to meet new...

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August Scholars Starting Its Seventh Year

August 5, 2014
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August Scholars, a three-week summer academic program for children in the third to sixth grades, opened its doors this week at two sites—one at The Learning Project Elementary School in the Back Bay and one at Suffolk University on Beacon Hill. The program is serving 97 children who need an academic boost at the...

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Police Briefs 07-29-2014

August 5, 2014
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Motor Vehicle Accident 07/17/14 – At around 11:48 a.m. at Beacon and Walnut streets, a 1999 Freightliner coming out off Beacon Hill apparently lost its brakes on Walnut Street before striking a parked Hyundai. The vehicle then crossed Beacon Street before going down the steps into the Boston Common. No injuries were reported.

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Summer Dock Party

July 25, 2014
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Summer Dock Party

Enjoying the night on The Charles River at The Esplanade Association’s annual “Esplanade Summer Dock Party” on the Community Boating Docks on Thursday night were these residents.

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Walsh to Ignore BHAC on Sidewalk Ramps: Mayor Walsh’s First Big Mistake

July 25, 2014
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Save the bricks. That was the rallying cry last Thursday for Beacon Hill residents. When neighbors heard the city was going to tear up bricks and install concrete ramps at the neighborhood’s intersections they were, like their predecessors in 1947, willing to sit down on the bricks to keep the city from ripping them...

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City Officials Move Forward with Plan

July 25, 2014
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced on Thursday that the city would move forward with a plan to install wheelchair-accessible curb cuts on Beacon Hill sidewalks, making it the last neighborhood in the city to be brought into compliance with the Adults with Disabilities Act. “My intention is making sure that Boston is handicap accessible...

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Decision on Sidewalk Ramps Is Wrong

July 25, 2014
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On Thursday night, Mayor Martin Walsh went before the residents of Beacon Hill to deliver his decision on the handicap accessible ramps that need to be installed in the sidewalks.  He knew that his decision was not going to be well received, but he went to deliver the message himself rather than send his...

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