The Person You Have to Fear Is the Guy Next Door with a Gun

November 10, 2017
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The mass-shooting-of-the-week in America that took place in a church in a rural Texas town Sunday morning follows what has become an all-too-familiar pattern in our nation these days: An unhappy white guy, with no particular axe-to-grind, decides to slaughter a bunch of innocent people who are in a church, at a country music...

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Thank You to Our Veterans

November 10, 2017
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Its was 99 years ago this Saturday, on November 11, 1918, that World War I formally came to a conclusion on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month. Americans observed the first anniversary of the end of the war the following year when the holiday originated as Armistice Day in...

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Halloween 2017 on Beacon Hill

October 31, 2017
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Halloween 2017 on Beacon Hill

A LITTLE PUMPKIN: Camilla Larsen, dressed as a pumpkin, colors a picture with markers during the annual Hill House Halloween party on Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Firehouse. A range of costumes from the traditional pumpkin to a box of donuts was there to be seen.

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Downtown View:Books for Reading and Giving Away

October 31, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor Sometimes I read recent books by Boston authors and describe them in this column. The following three books fit the Boston criteria, but vary widely in their subject matter. One of them might be just what you are looking for either for yourself or a holiday gift.   The Rise...

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BHCA Community Corner

October 31, 2017
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by Suzanne Besser, BHCA President Joy Street trees saved The Parks Department agreed that the trees should stay and denied the petition. The contractor has been asked to install protective fencing around the trees to prevent damage during the work. “I and the 39 other pro-tree-savers who e-mailed the Tree Warden before the recent hearing are pretty stoked...

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An Evening at 74 Planned for November 9

October 31, 2017
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By Suzanne Besser On Thursday, November 9, a special Evening at 74 will celebrate music, performance, artisan food, bits of Beacon Hill history and the sense of community. On that night, the Beacon Hill Civic Association is collaborating with local artist Emily Weiskopf and the Longy School of Music of Bard College to present...

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Councilor-at-Large Michael Flaherty Calls for Public Hearing on Lack of Public Process Regarding Siting of Antenna Devices

October 31, 2017
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Boston City Councilor At-Large Michael Flaherty has called for a public hearing to discuss the siting and impacts of telecommunications-based infrastructure upgrades that are taking place across Boston. The hearing comes in response to concerns raised by constituents, from various neighborhoods, regarding the lack of awareness of the implementation of these antenna devices (technically...

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Glenn Pereira Shares His Love for Tradition One Bowl of Tea at a Time

October 31, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen From a young age, Glenn Pereira – a Back Bay/Symphony resident – has been fascinated with Japanese culture. Originally from Fall River, Pereira comes from an immigrant Portuguese family. During his younger years, his father’s brother was stationed in Japan after World War II and sent little nick-knacks to his grandmother....

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Boston 8th District City Councilor Candidates Forum

October 31, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen A filled gymnasium at 74 Joy St. set the scene for the first and only 8th District City Councilor Candidates Forum, in Beacon Hill on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 24. Two candidates are vying for the Boston City Councilor District 8 seat on Nov. 7, including the incumbent Josh Zakim,...

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Photo Appeal: Man Catches Proposal on Film by Accident, Finds Couple

October 31, 2017
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By Seth Daniel There are few better places in Boston that the Public Garden to catch the beauty of the foliage at this time of year, and one Tufts University student caught that and then some last weekend. Not only did he catch the bright foliage, but from a distance and unknowingly, he caught...

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Ed Flynn Endorsed by Former City Councillor John Connolly

October 31, 2017
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Ed Flynn, candidate for Boston City Council District 2, has been endorsed by former Boston City Councilor At-Large and Mayoral candidate John Connolly.  Connolly served on the City Council from 2008-2014, and finished a close second place in the 2013 Mayoral election, earning 82% of the vote in Beacon Hill. Just last week, Flynn...

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DCR to Present Design for Proposed Esplanade Riverfront Pavilion

October 31, 2017
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By Dan Murphy The Department of Conservation and Recreation will unveil the schematic design for the proposed Esplanade Riverfront Pavilion at the third and final public meeting on this project at the State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, second-floor Conference Rooms 1-3, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. At this time, Watertown-based Maryann...

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BHCA Zoning and Licensing Committee Reviews Policies

October 31, 2017
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Members of the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee and the board of directors met Wednesday to discuss the organization’s and city’s policies, guidelines and trends that may influence decision-making in the future. First on the agenda was a review of the committee’s guidelines, which were first drafted in 1975 and...

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Police Briefs 10-31-2017

October 31, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from a Building 10/17/17  – A victim and her coworker report that they were attending to a dog in the rear examining area of a Charles Street veterinary office. At this time, they heard the front door open and someone enter the waiting area.. The...

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Letters to the Editor

October 31, 2017
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Looking at the ‘millionaire tax’ Dear Editor: I was disappointed to read the letter to the editor from Dola Hamilton Stemberg employing incorrect data to argue against the proposed “millionaire’s tax.” I’ll ignore for now that Ms. Stemberg incorrectly believes in some Ayn Rand fiction that we live in a pure meritocracy or that...

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Be Sure to Vote Tuesday

October 31, 2017
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Tuesday, November 7, marks municipal election day in cities and towns across Massachusetts. Although the turmoil and generally crazy state of affairs on the national level has distracted all of us from what is going on in our own backyards, every voter must refocus their attention on the election of local officials whose actions...

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Dads and Donuts

October 24, 2017
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Dads and Donuts

Hutch Walsh, 6, who said his character name was Lloyd (a super ninja), with his dad, Michael. Dad and son are shown working on a car and building up Hutch’s hammer skills during the Dads and Donuts event at the Hill House on Sunday morning, Oct. 22.

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Marquee Building Sells on Corner of Charles and Beacon

October 24, 2017
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Marquee Building Sells on Corner of Charles and Beacon

By Seth Daniel One of the most iconic buildings on Beacon Hill’s Charles Street – well-known to residents and visitors alike – has passed ownership from one mutual insurance company to another, and the new owner says they’re in it for the long haul. Within the last month, Quincy Mutual Fire Insurance Company (QuincyMutual)...

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Short-Term Rentals are Disrupting the Housing Market in Downtown Boston Neighborhoods

October 24, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Tucked away in all of the neighborhoods in Boston, short-term rental units are spreading – unregulated by the city or state – crunching the housing market and disrupting the communities that make up the city’s neighborhoods. In a collection of research done over the past two years by the Alliance of...

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Downtown View:What Makes Good Public Art?

October 24, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor You know it when you see it. For Lucas Cowan, public art curator for the Greenway, it is the bean, or, more formally, “Cloud Gate” by Anish Kapoor in Chicago’s Millennium Park. For Julie Burros, chief of arts and culture for the City of Boston, it is the 1971 Corita...

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BHCA Community Corner

October 24, 2017
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Happy Haunting! Please bring your trick or treaters to join in the fun of the annual Halloween on the Hill event from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31. The following streets will be closed: Pinckney Street from Joy Street to Charles Street Mt Vernon Street from Joy to Charles streets Chestnut Street...

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Storrow Drive Nighttime Traffic Restrictions Due to Bridge Installation

October 24, 2017
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MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli (WSC), will install steel arches for the new Frances “Fanny” Appleton Bridge overnight on Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28, marking a major milestone. This work will require overnight lane and road closures in the vicinity of the Longfellow Bridge on Storrow Drive east and westbound and the Mugar Way...

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Charles River Bistro Celebrates Halloween with Local Youth

October 24, 2017
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Located on the Esplanade, along the banks of the river, The Charles River Bistro, known for its warm hospitality and innovation, frequently spearheads community initiatives around the Boston area. On Oct. 19, The Bistro hosted an afternoon of Halloween pumpkin decorating to children from the Youth Tutoring Youth (YTY) Program under the Catholic Charities...

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Linda Marshall Named as New Executive Director of Nichols House Museum

October 24, 2017
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Nichols House Museum is pleased to introduce Linda Marshall as the museum’s new Executive Director. Linda has extensive management experience at preservation organizations and museums including Historic New England, The Trustees, and Cape Ann Museum. Linda was co-chair of New England Museum Association’s Historic Sites professional affinity group for five years. She created the...

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