Fashion Design Entrepreneur at BHWF on November 8

November 4, 2016
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By Kathy Hull On Tuesday, November 8, the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) welcomes Sara Campbell, founder and creative spirit behind the retail boutiques which bear her name.  An avid sewing-machine whiz by age seven, Ms. Campbell went on to study Design at UCDavis, Art Education at Lesley College, and Textile Arts at Mass...

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City Plans Capital Improvements to Common

November 4, 2016
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By Dan Murphy The Boston Parks Department will undertake several capital-improvement projects on the Boston Common in the coming months. Michele Folts, project manager, said the biggest endeavor would be the $3.5 million renovation of Parkman Plaza and the park’s Tremont Street edge, including the redesigning the semi-circular plaza, restoring interior pathways and relocating...

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Police Briefs 11-01-2016

November 4, 2016
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BEACON HILL BEAT From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from a Building 10/22/16 – A Charles Street South hotel reported an unknown male suspect stole property from the building between 8:32 and 9 a.m. A surveillance video shows the suspect stealing U.S. currency, a Kindle, bankcards and a suitcase from the front desk and...

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Letter to the Editor

November 4, 2016
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Careless cyclist pose real danger Dear Editor On Wednesday, Oct. 19, at approximately 5:30 p.m., I witnessed a serious accident when a pedestrian, legally in the crosswalk, with the walk light on, was hit by a bicyclist. The cyclist riding west on Cambridge Street ran the red light at the corner of Cambridge and...

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Boston Parents Say No on 2

November 4, 2016
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Mary Battenfeld and Odette Williamson As Boston parents with deep commitments to improving educational opportunities for all children, we oppose ballot Question 2.  This extreme lift of the state charter cap will destroy opportunities for many children, in order to create options for some others. Our children have been Boston Public Schools students since...

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Gov Baker — A Profile in Courage

November 4, 2016
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With Republican office-holders abandoning their support of GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump like the proverbial rats leaving a sinking ship, Massachusetts residents can be proud that our Governor, Charlie Baker, was among the very first prominent Republicans (he was number four, according to a recent article in the New York Times) to state on...

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Study the Ballot Questions

November 4, 2016
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Q.1 Expanded Slot Machine Gambling This proposed law would allow the state Gaming Commission to issue one additional category 2 license which would permit operation of a gaming establishment with no table games and not more than 1,250 slot machines. The proposed law would authorize the Commission to request applications for additional license to...

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Nobel Peace Prize Winner:Bengt Holmstrom of West Cedar St Awarded Prize for Economic Science

October 28, 2016
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Nobel Peace Prize Winner:Bengt Holmstrom of West Cedar St Awarded Prize for Economic Science

By Suzanne Besser Bengt Holmstrom has become a worldwide celebrity. Thousands of emails flow into his Inbox, waiting his reply. Frenzied media in countless countries captured the news. Even his 91-year old mom, happily ensconced in a Finish retirement community, granted some lucky reporters a private interview. Holmstrom just won the Nobel Memorial Prize...

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BHCA Community Corner

October 28, 2016
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BHCA Community Corner

Massachusetts is leaking – gas And the Beacon Hill Civic Association Green Committee wants to spread the word, according to co-chair Eve Waterfall. The aging infrastructure for supplying natural gas to our boilers, stoves and gas lights allows methane gas to leak into the soil and air. When the leak is in or near...

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Downtown View:Make America Grope Again

October 28, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor First, thank you to my friend Alicia for the title of this column. It’s the sign her daughter’s roommate held at the second presidential candidates’ debate at Washington University in St. Louis. We have to endure only two more weeks. Then this toxic election will be over. Let’s be clear:...

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BHAC Wrestles with Fitting A 21st Century Design on Beacon Hill

October 28, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen At the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission (BHAC) hearing this past Thursday, October 20, applicants for 45 Temple St. went in front of the Commission for an advisory review to transform two previously owned buildings by Suffolk University into residential units. The proposed work included modifying the north, east and west facades,...

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BPDA Approves Twelve Residential Units for 171 Tremont St

October 28, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Late last week, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA), formerly the Boston Redevelopment Authority, approved the proposed project slated for 171 Tremont Street, located next to the Boston Common. This project will include the construction of a 13-story building with 12 residential units, a welcoming lobby, and a public park...

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Massgeneral Hospital for Children’s Storybook Ball

October 28, 2016
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On Saturday, October 15, 2016, MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) celebrated its seventeenth year of supporting pediatric health via Storybook Ball and raised close to $1.7 million. Demi & Tate Isenstadt, Tiffany & David Ortiz and Paige & Rick Sutphin co-chaired the event, which showcased the incredible strides MGHfC physicians and researchers are making...

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City Hall Gets Glitz Up with New Light Installation

October 28, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen A new exterior lighting installation that brings life to Boston City Hall’s architectural exterior was unveiled last Thursday, October 13 during the year’s final Beer Garden on the Bricks event on City Hall Plaza. The permanent fixture highlights and enhances the building’s original design and increases public safety on the plaza....

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Community Residents Speak Against Temporary Emerson Dorms in the Fenway

October 28, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen At the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) meeting held on Monday, October 17, at the Morville House, community members came together to voice their concerns about Emerson College reverting a previous hostel at 12 Hemenway St. into a two-year temporary dorm. “You have to understand, we commend Emerson for doing...

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Police Briefs 10-25-2016

October 28, 2016
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Beaocn Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Breaking and Entering – Residence 10/14/16 – A Hancock Street resident reports unknown person(s) entered his apartment between 8:40 a.m. and 4:50 p.m. There were no signs of forced entry, but the suspect(s) stole a bicycle, laptop and charger, numerous watches and jewelry and bankcards. Detectives...

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Why I Am Yes on 2

October 28, 2016
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By Marty Walz If all you know about Question 2, the ballot question that would lift the cap on public charter schools, is what you’ve seen on TV – chances are good you’re confused about how to vote. As the author of the current charter school law when I was a state Representative and...

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Have A Safe and Happy Halloween

October 28, 2016
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Halloween will be observed this Monday, and that means that  scores of children and others will be roaming our streets during the early-evening hours as they go about their ritual of trick-or-treating in our neighborhoods. It is up to each one of us to be extra-observant if we are operating a  motor vehicle during...

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Horses in Back Bay

October 21, 2016
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Horses in Back Bay

Leonora Hailer enjoys a horse ride as her mother, Maureen, looks on at the 50th Annual John Winthrop School Street Fair that was held last Saturday.

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Anne Brooke,Former FOPG Chair,Succumbs to Illness

October 21, 2016
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Anne Brooke,Former FOPG Chair,Succumbs to Illness

Anne Brooke who was the Chair of the Board of the Friends of the Public Garden for the past four years up until June 2016, has passed away on October 13 after a lengthy illness. She resided with her husband Peter in the Back Bay. As Chair of  The Friends of the Public Garden,...

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Charles St Clean-Up Set for Wednesday

October 21, 2016
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By Dan Murphy The Joint Charles Street Committee is spearheading a fall clean up on Wednesday, Oct. 19, to not only beautify the street, but also to raise awareness of its tree-pits. “We want residents to get involved and adopt a tree-pit, and for businesses to become stewards of the tree-pits in front of...

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Fundraiser Aims to Call Attention to Gas Leaks

October 21, 2016
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By Dan Murphy An upcoming fundraising event at Hampshire House intends to bring the issue of natural-gas leaks throughout Massachusetts to the forefront. Ania Camargo, who is heading the statewide gas-leak campaign for Mothers Out Front, which she describes as a  “grassroots movement made up of mothers, grandmothers and other caregivers who care passionately...

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Downtown View:A Poligrip Ad: Is this Us?

October 21, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor Some pundits investigate the culture of America though our political system, which shows us as basically nuts. I prefer advertisements—television advertisements during the 6:30 evening news to be exact. I watch those shows because I expect them to be fairly neutral in coverage. Fox News is out of the question—all...

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BHCA Community Corner

October 21, 2016
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Our Homeless Population Who are they? Boston’s downtown area is home to one of the city’s largest homeless populations, according to the Boston Police Department Street Outreach Team’s semi-annual census. Conducted last summer and winter during the night, officers gather demographic information by conducting interviews with homeless individuals they encounter in parks, garages, alleys,...

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