Massachusetts is No 1

March 10, 2017
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Last week’s cover story in U.S. News & World Report that ranks Massachusetts as the overall top state in the nation comes as no surprise to those of us who have worked and lived in the Commonwealth for most of our lives. Although we will be the first to concede that there are many...

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FOPG Restores Shaw Memorial Sword

March 3, 2017
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FOPG Restores Shaw Memorial Sword

By Dan Murphy and Beth Treffeisen It was only one day after the sword at the Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial on the Boston Common was again reported damaged on Tuesday, Feb. 21, until the Friends of the Public Garden took action. Joshua Craine of Daedalus, Inc., was quickly contracted to...

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Hearing Held on Subdividing Polling Places

March 3, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen The Boston City Council held a hearing on Feb. 23, to discuss the Boston’s Elections Department proposal to subdivide current precincts to decrease voting lines and increase voter access to the polls.  While two polling places in Chinatown and Bay Village will be changing, there will be no polling location changes...

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Downtown View:Uninhabitable

March 3, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor Samuel Eliot Morison in The Maritime History of Massachusetts describes our state’s liabilities—tumbling, shallow, un-navigable rivers that could never compete with the mighty Hudson or the St. Lawrence; “long-lying snow,” making for a short growing season; shallow soil too close to the underlying granite for successful farming, few natural resources...

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BHCA Community Corner

March 3, 2017
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Looking with compassion for a solution to homelessness Beacon Hillers interested in learning more about individuals struggling with homelessness and what services are provided to them are encouraged to join the BHCA’s Cambridge Street Quality of Life Committee meeting on Wednesday, March 1, at 6:30 pm at 74 Joy Street. At the meeting several...

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City Paws:The Long and Short of Life Spans

March 3, 2017
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by Ed & Penny Cherubino It’s a sad fact that our beloved dogs have short lives by humans standards. As you talk to dog lovers, you often hear tales of all the dogs they have known and loved through the years. Those who love members of giant breeds face the shortest normal life spans....

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Nighttime Demolition on Boston End of Longfellow Bridge

March 3, 2017
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MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli (WSC), will temporarily perform nighttime demolition work during the early hours through Saturday, March 4. The demolition activities will occur from 1:30 AM to 4:30 AM each night. This work must be performed within the MBTA right-of-way, therefore necessitating the overnight work when the MBTA Red Line is not operating. Demolition...

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Mayor Walsh Awards $22 Million in New Funding for Affordable Housing

March 3, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Last week, Mayor Martin Walsh announced nearly $22 million in funding for 10 affordable housing developments in neighborhoods across Boston. The funding will help preserve or produce 602 housing units with 77 of those units being reserved for homeless or extremely low-income households in Boston. This announcement follows behind the Mayor’s...

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Henry Wood, Boston Architect and Long-Time South End Resident, Dead at 87

March 3, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Henry Austin Wood III, a Boston architect and a long-time South End resident, who was behind the makings of Boston City Hall, passed away in his home in Boston on Jan. 27 at the age of 87. Henry Wood’s architecture that spans throughout the Boston region and beyond will have a...

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Police Briefs 02-28-2017

March 3, 2017
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BEACON HILL BEAT From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 02/14/17  – A victim reported she parked her 2011 Subaru Forrester at Mugar Way and Mt. Vernon Street at around 3 p.m. on Feb. 13, but when she returned at about 6 p.m. the next day, the passenger’s side window was broken...

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How We’re Making Boston’s Streets Safer

March 3, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh In January, the busy streets of Boston became safer. As we dig out from this month’s snowstorms and prepare for spring, I want to remind drivers, cyclists and pedestrians about our City’s newest initiative to make our streets safer: reducing the speed limit on streets in Boston from 30...

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BHWF Thanks Tom Kershaw

February 28, 2017
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BHWF Thanks Tom Kershaw

At this month’s Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF), all the group members signed a giant Valentine’s Day Card and presented it to Tom Kershaw, along with a heart-shaped box of chocolates and red roses. Kershaw has generously underwritten the room rental cost for the organization from its inception four years ago in May 2013....

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BHAC Approves Temple St Project

February 28, 2017
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By Dan Murphy The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission (BHAC) unanimously green-lit the biggest residential redevelopment project in the neighborhood’s history on Thursday, with some stipulations. Dedham-based JDMD Owner, LLC, plans to reconvert the Hiriaam J. Archer and Frank J. Donahue buildings at Temple and Derne streets into a 75-unit condominium complex, with rooftop additions...

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Downtown View:Snow Fear in Boston

February 28, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor Are we Bostonians pusillanimous, spineless milquetoasts? It’s easy to conclude that we are, given our recent behavior over snowstorms. The weather forecasters announce ominously that a snowstorm is on the way. The newscasters lament snow in the same way they’d view a plague of locusts. Suburbanites rush to the grocery...

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Judge Takes Summary Judgment on Sidewalk Ramps under Advisement

February 28, 2017
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By Dan Murphy Following a hearing at Suffolk County Courthouse last Tuesday, a judge said she would take an argument under consideration that could potentially allow the city to resume installing ADA-compliant ramps on Beacon Hill. The Hon. Rosemary Connolly will then determine whether to rule on a summary judgment in the city’s favor,...

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BHCA Community Corner

February 28, 2017
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BHCA argues in court for historically appropriate,ADA-compliant ramps Accessibility is and will continue to be an important issue to the Beacon Hill Civic Association, particularly in light of our many senior residents, multiple housing facilities for persons with disabilities, and difficulties of navigating our historic neighborhood for those with mobility or visual challenges. The...

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Hill Sees Spike in Residential Breaking and Entry

February 28, 2017
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By Dan Murphy Beacon Hill has seen an uptick in residential breaking-and-enterings in 2017, according to Boston Police. Seven incidents have been reported in the neighborhood since Jan. 1, five of which in the first two weeks of February. Three took place during the daylight hours of Feb. 7, when the New England Patriots...

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Pedestrian and Bike Traffic to be Diverted for TLC along the Charles River Esplanade

February 28, 2017
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The Esplanade Association (EA) has announced that it recently received an anonymous donation specifically designated to be used for tree care on the Charles River Esplanade Park. With this grant and in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Esplanade Association has scheduled the tree maintenance and care to be completed...

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Local Students Named to Honor Roll at BC High

February 28, 2017
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The following students have been named to the Honor Roll at Boston College High School. For High Honors a Soph., Jr.,Sr. must have at least a 3.80 quality point average and all grades ‘”C+” or higher. Freshmen need a 3.6 quality point average and all grades ‘”C+” or higher. For Honors a Soph., Jr.,Sr....

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Boston City Council Calls for A Home Rule:Petition to Add Additional Polling Locations

February 28, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen The Boston City Council last week called for a hearing to discuss filling a home rule petition to add additional polling locations in the six largest precincts in Boston. Filed by City Councilor Bill Linehan of District 2 and City Council President Michelle Wu, this home rule petition would allow the...

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Councilor Essaibi-George Wants to Make Applying for Affordable Housing Easier

February 28, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen At-large City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George last week filed for a hearing order to determine strategies for streamlining the process to apply for affordable housing. “I’ve been working on this issue now for the last 14 months and the most important solution to homelessness is housing,” said Councilor Essaibi-George at the meeting....

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Police Briefs 02-21-2017

February 28, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat Larceny from Building 02/10/17  – A Isabella Street resident reported a larceny from the first-floor front hallway of her apartment. The victim said unknown suspect(s) stole boots, ski pants, jacket liner, ski jacket and sets of keys.    Robbery – Bank 02/10/17 – A Cambridge Street bank reported an armed robbery...

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Beating Cancer Shouldn’t Force Patients into Bankruptcy

February 28, 2017
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By Kenneth E. Thorpe and Patricia J. Goldsmith Liza Bernstein survived breast cancer three times. But it took all she had. She lost her home and savings to the costs of tests and treatments. She’s not technically bankrupt — but that’s only because she “couldn’t afford the fees” to file the claim. Liza recently...

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Residents Urged to Get Involved

February 28, 2017
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City Councilors Ayanna Pressley, Michelle Wu, Andrea Campbell, and Annissa Essaibi George are to be congratulated for starting a series of meetings on the issues of early childhood education and childcare in Boston. The fear that Boston is a city not welcoming to families is becoming a real possibility. Whether one looks at the...

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