The Learning Project Reaches New Heights with their August Scholars Program

July 28, 2015
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This summer, 114 students from all over Boston have come together to dive deeply into their academics in order to stem potential ‘summer learning loss’.  August Scholars was founded in 2008 by The Learning Project Elementary School, and what started with just 8 students has now hit record numbers. The August Scholars program is...

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Obituaries 07-28-2015

July 28, 2015
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George Imrey Retired Investment Banker George S. Imrey of Boston passed away on July 13 with members of his loving family surrounding him.  He was 82 years old. After being diagnosed with cancer, he lived fully with amazing energy and a continued zest for life until the end. George was born in Miskolc, Hungary...

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A Little Night Music

July 22, 2015
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A Little Night Music

The Beacon Hill Civic Association hosted their annual July event of attending the opening concert by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. This year’s event was enjoyed by all who attended. Shown (left to right) Keeta Gilmore, chairman of the board of the BHCA, Laura Connors, executive director of Beacon Hill Village, and Allison Ryder, member...

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Downtown View:The Vision-Where Is It?

July 22, 2015
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Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation, the operator since 2011 of the city-owned Faneuil Hall Marketplace, has been in recent tussles with its merchants, pushcarts, street performers and history-loving Bostonians. After public outcry and several meetings, some matters may be worked out. The latest round occurred last week when the BRA board, showing little knowledge and only...

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Indoor Cycling Studio Closer to Opening on Cambridge Street

July 22, 2015
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An indoor cycling studio is one step closer to opening in the neighborhood after the Beacon Hill Civic Association board of directors voted last week not to oppose the necessary zoning for SoulCycle to open at 300 Cambridge St. The New York City-based company, with 45 locations nationwide, intends to operate a new outpost...

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New Foot Bridge to be Next to Longfellow

July 22, 2015
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A critical component of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s ongoing renovation of the Longfellow Bridge, the Frances “Fanny” Appleton Bridge will allow pedestrians to cross Storrow Drive at Charles Circle – a route that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow walked to court the footbridge’s namesake in the 1840s as he made the trek from his Cambridge...

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Rep. Livingstone Outlines Local Aid In State Budget

July 22, 2015
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The House and Senate finalized a joint budget, which each passed on Wednesday, July 8. The budget passed by the House and the Senate included notable increases for the 8th Suffolk District. The governor had until July 11 to consider the budget. The Boston Landmarks Orchestra, an organization that provides many services throughout Boston...

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Civic Association Launches Revamped Web Site

July 22, 2015
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association launched its revamped Web site on Thursday, which aims to improve user-experience while lowering the cost of maintaining an online presence for the organization. “We’re thrilled to have accomplished so many of our goals with rolling out the new Web site,” said MaryLee Haplin, the group’s executive director. “We...

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University Club Awards 6 BPS Students Scholarships

July 22, 2015
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University Club Awards 6 BPS Students Scholarships

Earlier this month, the University Club of Boston announced the recipients of its “Future Leaders of Boston” scholarship awards.  For the first time since the Scholarship Fund’s inception, six students will receive scholarships to attend college. The winners, all graduates of Boston Public High Schools include:  Payton Coutlis of Boston Latin Academy, Briana D’Amelio...

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Downtown View:Immigrants 1850

July 22, 2015
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Recently I researched and wrote a book about a group of immigrants who came to America in the 1840s and 1850s. Getting to Grand Prairie: One Hundred Londoners and Their Quest for Land in Frontier Illinois will appear this summer. It tells a true story of the farming community I grew up in. I’m...

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BHCA Zoning Opposes Changes to Building

July 22, 2015
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted to oppose the relief needed to change the occupancy of a one-family home at 70 Myrtle St. into four condo units on Wednesday – three months after the applicant withdrew without prejudice a larger-scale project slated for the site amid concerns from neighbors....

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Summer is Here

July 22, 2015
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The excitement and bustle of the Fourth of July weekend has come and gone, and now we can settle into our summer rhythm — whatever that may be for each of us and our families — for the remaining nine weeks before the Labor Day weekend. Mother Nature has cooperated by bringing us the...

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Take Advantage of All Our Parks Have to Offer

July 22, 2015
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh Now that summer is here, I would like to share with you the free events and programs offered to City residents of all ages by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. As a boy growing up in Dorchester, I learned how important our parks and playgrounds are to the...

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Downtown View:Questions You’ve Always Wanted Answered

July 9, 2015
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Recently we’ve noticed small, colored plastic disks embedded in the asphalt on Boston streets, especially in sections that have been repaired. What are those disks doing there? “They signify the utility contractor that did the work” wrote Gabrielle Farrell, associate press secretary in the mayor’s office, in an email. “This gives the Public Works...

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Hill Businesses are Named Among ‘Best of Boston”

Five Beacon Hill businesses were named in Boston Magazine’s annual “Best of Boston” July edition, which is now on newsstands. The neighborhood’s winners included the Tip Tap Room at 138 Cambridge St. for steak tips, Follain at 65 Charles St. for skin-care products, the Liberty Hotel at 215 Charles St. for hotels, Pressed at...

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Mass.Eye and Ear Selling Hotel/Garage

July 9, 2015
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Officials from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, now known as the Mass. Eye and Ear, are in talks with several developers about selling their property on Beacon Hill. “The John Jeffries House is historically significant to the Mass. Eye and Ear, but it was not part of our mission,” said hospital spokesperson Jennifer...

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Police Briefs 07-07-2015

Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 06/19/15 – A victim reported that he left his 2005 Toyota Corolla unlocked on Byron Street between 9 p.m. on June 18 and 7 a.m. on June 19, an unknown person(s) removed a Macbook Pro laptop from the vehicle.

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BHAC Agenda

The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, July 16  at 4:00 PM in Boston City Hall – Piemonte Room Subject of the hearing will be applications for Certificates of Appropriateness on the agenda below, review of architectural violations, and such business as may come before the commission, in accordance...

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Opening the New Lawn At Hatch Shell

Opening the New Lawn At Hatch Shell

On Friday, June 19, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and Esplanade Association celebrated the opening of the newly restored Hatch Shell Oval Lawn on the Charles River Esplanade. On hand for the ceremonial ribbon-cutting were Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton, DCR Commissioner Carol Sanchez, State Rep. Jay Livingstone, President...

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Closing a Church and Its Garden

July 3, 2015
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Church attendance is down all over America, but especially in New England, where only 17 to 22 percent of the residents report weekly attendance. Almost half of all Americans report they rarely or never go to church. One web site lists 27 churches in Massachusetts for sale to developers. The Catholic Archdiocese of Boston...

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Mt. Vernon St. Resident Recognized for PAL Work

July 3, 2015
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Mt. Vernon Street resident Jean McInerney was recently recognized by Horizons for Homeless Children for her ongoing volunteer work in the non-profit’s Schoen Family Community Children’s Center in Dorchester. She was honored as a Playspace Activity Leaders (PALs) during a June 15 banquet at Cambridge’s Microsoft NERD Center for serving at the Community Children’s...

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Corey and Rosales watch over the tree pits

June 30, 2015
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Corey and Rosales watch over the tree pits

Beacon Hill was expecting a lot of company. It was May 20, the day before 2000 visitors would come for the Beacon Hill Garden Club’s annual Hidden Garden Tour. John Corey and Miguel Rosales had rounded up a group of volunteers to help spruce up the place, so to speak. The Mt. Vernon Street...

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28 Pinckney Back On the Table

June 23, 2015
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28 Pinckney Back On the Table

The little Pinckney Street building located at the rear of a 1830’s six-story brick townhouse at 63 Mt. Vernon Street took center stage again, this time at the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission meeting Thursday. The 300-square foot building at 28 Pinckney Street was built in 1917 as a carriage house for the Mt Vernon...

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City Required to Seek State’s Review Of ADA Sidewalk Ramp Construction

June 23, 2015
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In August of 2014, the City of Boston began construction of a series of new disability access ramps on Beacon Street in the Beacon Hill Historic District, replacing historic brick sidewalks and existing brick access ramps with new ramps made of poured cement and installing plastic tactile warning panels on the new ramps. The...

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