Officials Move to Makeup Snow Days

February 25, 2015
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Mayor Martin Walsh and  Superintendent McDonough announced that Boston Public Schools will hold school on Evacuation Day, March 17, making the last day of school Tuesday, June 30. Should additional snow days be required, Mayor Walsh and Superintendent John McDonough have stated that Bunker Hill Day, June 17 would be added to the school...

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Electricity Rates Just Keep Going up for Boston Users

February 25, 2015
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Boston faces some of the highest electricity prices in the nation, and in January, rates increased by 29 percent. This puts many Boston residents in a very tough spot, in particular, those residents who heat with electricity. While the City does not have control over these prices, we are using every lever we can...

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Snowfall Brings Challenges For Many Hill Businesses

February 25, 2015
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With the city seeing record amounts of snowfall this season, day-to-day operations bring unprecedented and unforeseen challenges for Beacon Hill businesses. “As the owners of neighborhood restaurants, we tend to never want to close, but with the T shutting down so often, we’ve had a very hard time getting staff to and from work,”...

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Committee Split on Proposed Restoration

February 18, 2015
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Committee Split on Proposed Restoration

While neighbors spoke highly of the historical renovation proposed for the 1830’s six-story brick townhouse at 63 Mt. Vernon Street, much of the discussion at Wednesday’s BHCA zoning and licensing committee focused on a 300-square-foot small building located at the rear of the property which extends from Mt. Vernon to Pinckney Street. The small...

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Vinyl Shul to Honor Leaders on April 26

February 18, 2015
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On Sunday, April 26, at 5:30 p.m., the Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture, will honor two well-known leaders for their commitment to Jewish values, traditions, and history within the Boston community. Mark E. Atkins has spent 40 years in business.  During 23 of them, he served as chairman, CEO and president of...

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Downtown View: Wish I Were There

February 18, 2015
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A long time ago we decided we should try Florida for a couple of weeks in the winter. Other people seemed to like it. The place we are staying has drop-dead beaches, beautiful shells, a plethora of wildlife and an ocean that varies its shade of blue hour by hour. While all of you...

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Hampshire House Will Host ‘Oscar Night Cocktail Party’

February 18, 2015
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Movie-lovers rejoice: Hampshire House is rolling out the red carpet on Sunday for an “Oscar Night Cocktail Party” to benefit the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA). “It’s going to be fun celebration for people who love movies to get together with their neighbors,” said Michele Giacomozzi, Hampshire House’s director of catering. The evening begins...

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Don’t Be Fooled

February 18, 2015
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Like an annoying alarm clock that predictably shouts its tone, late last week and this week several establishment lawmakers and transportation pundits began blaming the MBTA’s implosion on a lack of taxes and on the majority of voters who repealed the automatic gas tax increases last November. Don’t be fooled, please. In the daily...

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Olympic Debate: City Sponsors First Meeting to Discuss Bid

February 12, 2015
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The city sponsored the first of nine public meetings at Suffolk University Law School on Wednesday to discuss its bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.                 Before more than 300 citizens, a team led by Boston 2024’s Chairman John Fish and President Richard Davey, chairman and CEO of Boston-based Suffolk Construction and the state’s...

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Proposed Volleyball Stadium on Common Raises Concerns

February 12, 2015
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A plan to erect a temporary volleyball stadium on the Boston Common if the city wins its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics already has some civic leaders fearing it would greatly reduce public access to the national landmark and potentially cause long-term damage to the park.                 Elizabeth Vizza, executive director of...

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Downtown View: A New Snowstorm App

February 12, 2015
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In a snowstorm, we’re lucky to live downtown. The electricity stays on. Many shops stay open. We don’t need to drive. Outside it is silent, at least until your neighbor starts to shovel. If you’ve got a fireplace, so much the better. If someone decides to make soup, even more comforting.                 Now we...

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Remodeled Lala Rokh Reopens

February 12, 2015
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Remodeled Lala Rokh Reopens

After closing on Jan. 1 for an extensive remodeling, the popular Beacon Hill restaurant Lala Rokh has reopened with a new look and an expanded menu.                 “We wanted to open the space up in feel while keeping its coziness,” said Babak Bina, who owns and operates the eatery with his sister, Azita Bina-Seibel....

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More Snow

February 12, 2015
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We’ve seen record-setting snowfall in the past two weeks in Boston, creating difficult challenges for Department of Public Works crews who have been working around the clock to remove the snow from the streets and roadways. During last week’s snowstorm, Chestnut Street looked barely plowed.  During this week’s snowstorm, the street on Monday was...

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Congratulations New England Patriots

February 12, 2015
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In what is being called the best Super Bowl in history – at least from a New England Patriots fan’s viewpoint – the hometown team captured its fourth Vince Lombardi Championship Trophy with a thrilling 28-24 victory over Seattle. We’ve been fortunate over the last 15 years to watch the greatest quarterback (Tom Brady),...

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Building a Snowman

February 9, 2015
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Building a Snowman

The Esplanade Association held a flash snowman-building contest at the park on Wednesday. These children had their snowman decked out in the iconic Beacon Hill Bar Cheers.

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Zoning and Licensing to Meet Feb. 4

February 9, 2015
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On Wednesday, February 4th, the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Zoning & Licensing Committee will hold a meeting to discuss the proposed renovations at 28 Pinckney/ 63 Mt. Vernon Street and the request to modify the existing Good Neighbor Agreement at 161 Charles Street (Top Shelf Market). The meeting will take place at 74 Joy...

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Closures on Storrow Drive for this Week

February 9, 2015
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Through Friday Feb. 6, the Storrow Drive eastbound offramp for the Fenway, Boylston Street, and the Longwood Medical and Academic Area, across the Bowker Overpass will be closed on an as-needed basis between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  The closure will be daily through Friday, Feb. 6; on Saturday, Feb. 7,...

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Report Issued on BRA

February 9, 2015
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There were some that predicted that a new mayor of Boston would attempt to dismantle the Boston Redevelopment Authority and strip Boston’s planning and economic development agency of its far reaching power in Boston. After assuming office last year, one of Mayor Martin Walsh’s top priorities was a reorganization of the BRA and launched...

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Downtown View: More Stupid Stuff

February 9, 2015
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Sometimes as a community we don’t think before we act even though we spend lots of time in the thinking stage. Casinos are one example. This is not a column opposing casinos. Their benefits are probably over-rated, and so are their drawbacks. Everett was chosen over Revere for the casino in the Boston area....

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2015 Marks ‘Year of the Common’

February 9, 2015
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2015 marks the “Year of the Common” – a collaborative effort between the Friends of the Public Garden and the city to improve safety on the park, to upgrade its maintenance and overall condition, and to ensure its longevity for future generations. “You can love a park to death,” said Elizabeth Vizza, executive director...

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Grogan to Host Heirloom Discovery Evening Feb. 5

January 30, 2015
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Michael P. Grogan, who set up shop on Charles Street in December, is a celebrity in his own right. A nationally known fine art auctioneer and appraiser, he is often featured on WGBH’s Antiques Roadshow. Grogan & Company, the family-owned business he founded in 1987, is recognized and respected all over the world. And...

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BPL Officials to Open Renovated Space Feb. 21

January 30, 2015
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The date has been set for the opening of the renovated second floor of the Johnson building at Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square. On Saturday, Feb. 21, the residents of Boston and beyond will get their first look at the new second floor, which includes a new children’s library, teen area, non-fiction collection, reference services...

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Blizzard of ’15

January 30, 2015
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We have been fortunate so far this winter in avoiding a major snowstorm but Mother Nature is unleashing her fury today with a blizzard. Those of us who were around for the Blizzard of ‘78 remember the devastating effects that storm had on the entire Greater Boston area. Motorists were stranded on highways and...

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Downtown View Mayor Walsh: We’re Okay with Bold

January 30, 2015
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Downtown View Mayor Walsh: We’re Okay with Bold

This is an advice column. To Marty Walsh. With pictures. The message: You’ve been bold. Expand your efforts.                 The mayor’s State of the City speech showed his intention to solve two of the Boston’s thorniest problems—housing and education. Downtown residents need affordable housing and good public education as much as other neighborhoods. But...

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