Compassionate Organics Wins Small Battle with Boston City Council

By Beth Treffeisen The Boston City Council voted to send a letter of non-opposition in the first step to allow Compassionate Organics to operate a medical dispensary at 331 Newbury Street in the Back Bay, at a hearing held on Wednesday, June 28. The dispensary needs a letter in non-opposition from the Boston City...

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Downtown View:One Immigrant’s Story

By Karen Cord-Taylor In 1990 eight-year-old Victoria Glazomitsky stepped off a plane at Kennedy Airport with her mother and father, her paternal grandmother and grandfather and her three-year-old brother, Misha. They were immigrating from what was still the Soviet Union. Her grandmother didn’t want to leave. But everyone else did, including her father, who...

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Beacon Hill Civic Association Corner

BHCA elects 26 Beacon Hillers as directors At the recent annual meeting of the Beacon Hill Civic Association, 26 Beacon Hill residents were elected to serve on the board, including six who are serving for their first time. The directors will lead community efforts to beautify, clean and maintain the neighborhood, launch new initiatives...

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BHCHP Honors Anne Finucane, Mike Barnicle, BMC, and MGH

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) recognized two individuals and two institutions that have made invaluable contributions to the organization’s mission. Bank of America Vice Chairman Anne Finucane and her husband, journalist and MSNBC Commentator Mike Barnicle, honored with the Tim Russert Award. Boston Medical Center President & CEO Kate Walsh and...

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Interactive Groundwater Well Caps Allow Residents to View Data from Their Smartphones

By Beth Treffeisen In effort to make the invisible more visible, a new app in the City is working to bring awareness and a better understanding to the groundwater levels in the downtown and historic neighborhoods of Boston. Restoring and maintaining groundwater levels in the infill downtown neighborhoods, including parts of Beacon Hill, Back...

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DCR Unveils Design Concepts for Proposed Esplanade Riverfront Pavillion

By Dan Murphy The Department of Conservation and Recreation unveiled three design concepts for the proposed Esplanade Riverfront Pavilion during a public meeting on Wednesday at the Massachusetts Transportation Building. Architect Maryann Thompson said all three include plans for an occupiable roof garden accessible by terrace steps that would connect with the footbridge across...

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City Looks to Improve Mobility Around North Station

June 30, 2017
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By Dan Murphy In the draft final report for its “action plan,” the city is making several short- and long-term recommendations for improving various modes of transportation around North Station. The project area, bound by Cambridge Street on the south, New Sudbury and North Washington streets on the east and the Charles River on...

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Border Brigade Brings Life to the Corners of the Public Garden

June 30, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Everyone knows the Boston Public Garden for the Swan Boats, colorful roses, and palm trees that line George Washington Statue during the summer but few, if not most, pay no attention to the borders that line the garden. One group, the Friends of the Public Garden (FOPG) Border Brigade, in partnership...

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Downtown View:Harbor Walk—Signs Needed

June 30, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor Last Thursday, I took a walk along the harbor with four friends from downtown Boston and others from Iowa, Kentucky and Washington, DC, to assess how the 33-year-old HarborWalk is doing. Its purpose is to connect neighborhoods along the harbor and enable aall Bostonians access to that scenic and economically...

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Beacon Hill Civic Association Corner

June 30, 2017
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By Suzanne Besser, BHCA President Community Service Officer talks about the homeless At a Beacon Hill Civic Association meeting last week, Kerri Wells, community service officer for Boston Police Area A-1, urged the residents and businesses present to call 911 whenever they see public drinking, urination or aggressiveness by homeless individuals and panhandlers on...

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BPDA Board Approves New Residential Tower in Bay Village

June 30, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen After much debate between residents of the Bay Village, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board approved the 199-foot, mix-use building at 212-222 Stuart Street with a unanimous vote at the hearing held on Thursday, June 15. “The collaboration between the neighborhood association and the City made this project better,”...

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MassBay Charitable Foundation Gives Out Scholarships

June 30, 2017
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After reviewing dozens of exceptional candidate applications, The Mass Bay Credit Union Charitable Foundation has selected four graduating high school seniors to receive the 2017 College Scholarships.  The awards, $1,000 to each recipient, go to: Noah Dolloff, Timberlane Region-al HS; Ashley Buggy, Mystic Valley Regional Charter School; Sydney Perryman, Tolland HS; and Lauren Critelli,...

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MassBay Credit Union Hosts Successful May is for Moms Toiletry Drive

June 30, 2017
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Mass Bay Credit Union held their first ever Toiletry Drive to benefit Rosie’s Place, a local women’s shelter.  The charitable drive, which lasted through the end of May, will help benefit those women and moms in need. Drop off boxes were located at their South Boston headquarters at 147 West 4th Street, in addition...

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Mayor’s Garden Contest Registration Ends July 12

June 30, 2017
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh is alerting Boston’s green thumbs that they have until Wednesday, July 12, to register for the 2017 Mayor’s Garden Contest presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department with a grand prize provided by JetBlue and media support provided by the Boston Herald. Now in its 21st year, the contest...

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Boston City Council to Discuss Access to Parking for Health Care Attendants

June 30, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim along with Councilor Michael Flaherty asked for a hearing to discuss the city’s current process for granting parking permits to in-home health care attendants serving City of Boston residents, at the Boston City Council hearing on Wednesday, June 21. Constituents living in the city’s downtown neighborhoods...

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Boston’s Freedom Trail Welcomes ‘Walk Into History’

June 30, 2017
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Freedom Trail Foundation’s current tour schedule offers Walk Into History® Tours from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center on the hour every hour, daily, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and a tour offered Mondays through Fridays at 2:30 p.m. Additionally, the Foundation offers tours departing from the ArtsBoston Booth at Faneuil Hall including...

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Police Briefs 06-27-2017

June 30, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 06/17/17 – A victim reported he parked 2016 Subaru at Charles and Revere streets at around 6 p.m. on June 16, but when he returned at about 9 a.m. the next day, the rear passenger’s side window was broken, and a laptop...

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Garden Tour Reaps Profits of $100,000; All to be Given Away

June 23, 2017
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Garden Tour Reaps Profits of $100,000; All to be Given Away

In June, 2016, following the most successful Tour of the Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill to that date, the Beacon Hill Garden Club contributed more than $73,000 to 50 local, regional and national environmental and horticulture non-profits. In addition, it gave $55,000 toward the reconstruction of the garden at the Old North Church. Part...

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Leslie Singleton Adam Elected Chair of the Friends of the Public Garden

June 23, 2017
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Leslie Singleton Adam Elected Chair of the Friends of the Public Garden

The board of directors of the Friends of the Public Garden has elected Leslie Singleton Adam as Chair. Adam has been on the Friends board since 2014. The Friends of the Public Garden, founded in 1970, works with the City of Boston to protect and enhance Boston’s first public parks–-the Boston Common, Public Garden,...

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Mayor’s Home Rule Petition to Amend Current Shadow Laws is Filed with the State

June 23, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Mayor Martin Walsh has filed a home rule petition with the state legislature that will allow the Winthrop Square Project to go forward at 775 feet, which is no reduction from the original height that was proposed by the developers. State Representative Aaron Michlewitz and State Senator Joseph Boncore are petitioning...

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Beacon Hill Civic Corner

June 23, 2017
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Caring for the new trees & removing dead ones The community is very grateful for the 44 new trees planted by the Boston Parks Department on Beacon Hill this spring. They enhance the neighborhood and its urban tree canopy.  Unfortunately, some seem to be in state of shock due to the transplant process and recent...

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Downtown View:Doing Nothing at Sea

June 23, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor When Hampshire House owner Tom Kershaw invited me to join him on the square-rigged, 122-foot schooner Lynx, based in Nantucket and St. Petersburg, Florida, at Saturday’s Parade of Sail, I immediately said yes. Journalists often get to do something special—once I walked the entire Big Dig tunnel while it was...

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‘Making History on the Common’ Day Attracts Just Under 1,000 Students

June 23, 2017
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Despite the light rain, just under 1,000 Boston elementary school students in grades three through five participated in the Friends of the Public Garden’s eighth annual “Making History on the Common Day” on June 5. It was a fun-filled, action-packed day of learning. Some of the activities that occurred were:  colonial games and trades...

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‘Evening Under the Stars’ Raises $50K for Myrtle Street Playground Enhancements

June 23, 2017
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Seventy guests attended the Myrtle Street Playground “Evening Under the Stars” event at the King’s Chapel Parish House Garden on June 9, raising more than $50,000 through ticket sales, sponsorships, and live and silent auctions. Proceeds will help support planned enhancements to the playground, including the installation of “interactive play-boards” and a basketball hoop,...

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