Helping Beacon Hill Motorists

October 29, 2015
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Anyone who lives in Beacon Hill– or anywhere in Boston for that matter – knows that vehicular traffic is a problem and clogged intersections will increase the time of a daily commute. Mayor Martin J. Walsh is trying to help improve the flow of vehicles through our streets with two recently announced initiatives. In...

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Beacon Hill Gala Plans Are Underway

October 22, 2015
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Beacon Hill Gala Plans Are Underway

By Suzanne Besser With the air growing crisp and the days shortening, thoughts are turning to one of the neighborhood’s most pleasant cold weather events, the Beacon Hill Gala that annually brings scores of neighbors together for an evening of dining and dancing. In conjunction with its annual a ppeal, the annual Gala is...

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Charles St.Meeting House Brings Retail Challenges

October 22, 2015
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When tasked with filling several retail vacancies at the Charles Street Meeting House two years ago, Paul Elias sought to bring in new businesses that would fit in well among existing shops on the street and comfortably within the historic building at the key intersection of Mt. Vernon and Charles streets. Elias, a partner...

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Downtown View:Statistics

October 22, 2015
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You probably already know that the United States has the third most land area, 9,629 square kilometers, of all the countries in the world. Russia is almost twice as large. Canada is a hair bigger with 9,985. The Mississippi-Missouri river system is the fourth longest, behind the Nile, the Amazon and the Yangtze. Except...

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Getting those Gas Leaks Fixed

October 22, 2015
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By Suzanne Besser It turns out squeaky wheels don’t just get the grease, they keep right on rolling. At least that’s the case with the dozen or so moms who successfully persuaded the Boston City Council to help stop the harmful methane gas now leaking from the city’s aging pipelines. They’ve kept their engines...

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Absentee Ballots for November Election Now Available

October 22, 2015
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Polling locations will be open on Election Day from 7:00AM to 8:00PM on November 3, 2015. In order to be eligible to receive an absentee ballot,  an absentee ballot application must be received by November 2, 2015 at noon. The application is for use by Boston residents who are citizens of the United States...

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Michael Flaherty Looks to Schools, Development as Key Issues for Boston

October 22, 2015
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By Seth Daniel When Councilor Michael Flaherty walks the streets of Boston’s neighborhoods, whether Charlestown, Beacon Hill, Eastie or Jamaica Plain, he said he often encounters folks he’s known for years. It goes with having grown up in South Boston and worked in Boston all his adult life. Perhaps he coached their kids in...

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Celebrating 100th Anniversary

October 15, 2015
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Celebrating 100th Anniversary

In the top photo Employees of the Boston Credit Union helping out at the 100th anniversary celebration at City Hall Plaza last Tuesday were (Left to right) Colleen Lyndon, Cheryl Donahue, Annie McCarey, Leila Ruiz, Keri Baszkiewicz, and Kristen Dolan.

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City Council Candidates:Range of Experiences Will Prepare Essaibi George for City Council

October 15, 2015
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City Council Candidates:Range of Experiences Will Prepare Essaibi George for City Council

By Seth Daniel City Council candidate Annissa Essaibi George is the one person in this year’s City Council at-large race that is on the outside looking in, but her generational roots in the City and vast experience – from being a high school teacher to owning a small business – puts her on the...

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Zoning and Licensing Not to Oppose Church Rehab

October 15, 2015
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By Dan Murphy A plan to repurpose the former Church of St. John the Evangelist and adjacent brick rectory at 33-35 Bowdoin St. for residential and office use was met with a vote of non-opposition Wednesday from the Beacon Hill Civic Association Zoning and Licensing Committee. The applicant is seeking zoning relief from the...

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Resident Goes with MGH Doctors on Trip to Columbia

October 15, 2015
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Over the last 16 years, William (Jay) G. Austen, Jr., MD, chief of Massachusetts General Hospital Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Burn Surgery, and a team of about 20 MGH surgeons, anesthesiologists, residents, recovery room technicians and operating room nurses, have treated hundreds of patients in Colombia — and changed their lives forever. In...

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Downtown View:More Ideas

October 15, 2015
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By Karen Cord Taylor Last week this column offered ideas for improving life in Boston. Several brave souls suggested transportation improvements that would reduce traffic on Boston’s streets. They were happy to be identified. Other suggestions came from people who did not want to be identified or who did not make it clear I...

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Police Briefs 10-13-2015

October 15, 2015
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Beacon Hill Beat Larceny from Motor Vehicle 10/04/15 – A victim reported he left his 2005 Mazda 6 parked on Anderson and Revere streets from 4 p.m. on Oct. 3 to 2:15 p.m. on Oct. 4, during which time unknown person(s) broke the driver’s side rear-window and removed a briefcase, containing an iPad, laptop,...

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Seniors Head Back to the Classroom

October 15, 2015
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By Suzanne Besser Last week was ‘back to school’ week for many seniors on the Hill. These, seniors, though, aren’t facing grueling SAT tests or winning college essays. They’ve already done that and, as a result, had long successful careers as executives, doctors, lawyers, professors, businessmen, parents and homemakers. Now they are back in...

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Pressley Sees Connections, Solutions in Next Term

October 8, 2015
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Pressley Sees Connections, Solutions in Next Term

If there’s one thing that Councillor Ayanna Pressley has learned over the last three terms in office, it’s the interconnectedness of the City and its issues. In a recent sit-down interview with the councillor, she said she has evolved from being an advocate to being one who is now beginning to make institutional changes...

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Common Elm Gets New Life in Art Auction

October 8, 2015
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Common Elm Gets New Life in Art Auction

After a large Belgian elm located near the corner of Beacon and Charles streets on the Boston Common fell prey to Hurricane Irene in August of 2011, Friends of the Public Garden board member Margaret Pokorny had a novel idea for giving the tree another life. Taking her inspiration the onetree project, which salvaged...

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37 Trees Slated for Removal as Part of Longfellow Bridge Rehab

October 8, 2015
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Thirty-seven trees are slated for removal as part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the Longfellow Bridge, state officials said. White-Skanska-Consigli, the project contractor, has begun the final phase of tree removals to prepare for construction of the new pedestrian bridge connecting the Charles River Esplanade with Charles Circle, and to accommodate construction activities in...

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Downtown View:Ideas

October 8, 2015
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This seems to be an ideas era. It’s as if we need a fresh start, that we’ve run out of old ones, that surely there’s something we can do to make this old city come alive. The biggest idea, the Olympics, didn’t do it, except for introducing us to Widett Circle, a large acreage...

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Police Briefs 10-06-2015

October 8, 2015
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Disorderly Person 09/27/15 – At around 2:50 a.m., a male suspect was arrested for being a disorderly person at Charles Street South and Stuart Street, following a verbal altercation with a security guard and the responding officer.

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BRA Apologizes for West End Urban Renewal

October 1, 2015
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BRA Apologizes for West End Urban Renewal

By Dan Murphy During the opening reception of an exhibit exploring the impact of urban renewal on the West End in the 1950s and ‘60s, the director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority issued the first formal apology on behalf of the city agency for its role in demolishing vast sections of the old neighborhood....

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Wu Campaigning on Housing and Education Issues

October 1, 2015
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Wu Campaigning on Housing and Education Issues

When Boston City Councillor Michelle Wu entered the race for her first term in office two years ago, she hoped to be able to gain a seat on the Council so she could help people and help them immediately. Wu, 30, is one of four children born to immigrants from Taiwan that came to...

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Downtown View:Your House? Think Again.

October 1, 2015
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It is September so my thoughts naturally turn to property rights. It’s not so outlandish. In September, downtown Boston has many new permanent residents—new owners of houses, condominiums, lofts. Those new to downtown Boston may have to learn new attitudes toward their property. You may be one of these new owners. You may have...

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Changing the World…Leak by Leak

October 1, 2015
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By Suzanne Besser At a City Council public hearing held last week, a group of moms from Beacon Hill and beyond demonstrated how concerned, active citizens could make a difference in this world and, by doing so, help its residents breathe a lot easier. The moms are members of Boston Mothers Out Front (MOF),...

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Police Briefs 09-29-2015

October 1, 2015
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Beacon Hill Beat from Boston Police Area A-1 Attempted Larceny/Shoplifting 09/23/15 – A Charles Street market reported two unknown male suspects attempted to steal bottles of beer and wine at around 2:42 p.m. The owner confronted the suspects, who fled on foot onto Charles Street and entered a grey Chrysler PT cruiser. The merchandise...

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