December Thieves Places First in Storefront Decorating Competition

December 16, 2016
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By Dan Murphy December Thieves was awarded first place Thursday in the annual Charles Street Storefront Decorating Competition. “The contest really shows the diversity of the street and brings something different to the neighborhood,” said Lana Barakat, owner of the boutique at 88 Charles St. Second place went to Sweet Bakery at 75 Charles...

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#FixBigGasLeaks

December 16, 2016
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By Suzanne Besser Last Saturday, members and supporters of Mothers Out Front, a grassroots organization dedicated to addressing climate change, turned to the streets to raise awareness about the estimated 215 methane gas leaks from Boston’s aging pipes. They want National Grid to replace the pipes or fix the leaks because methane, a greenhouse...

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Police Briefs 12-13-2016

December 16, 2016
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Beacon Hill Beat Larceny 12/03/16 – At around 11 p.m., the chef of a Charles Street restaurant reported a waiter stole U.S. currency and a bottle of liquor before fleeing on foot.   Breaking and Entering – Residence 12/04/16 – A Piedmont Street resident reported unknown person(s) entered his residence between 4 and 9:18...

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Trump and the Vote

December 16, 2016
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We love how many of the national commentators and pundits always point out that while Donald Trump won the presidency, he didn’t get the popular vote. Well, it’s clear Donald Trump’s strategy was to reach the 270 electoral votes he needed to become the President of the United States. And that’s what he did,...

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The Winthrop Square Project

December 16, 2016
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Few building projects in recent years have generated the neighborhood outcry like the Winthrop Square Project that proposes a 775-foot tower casting shadows over highly used and very environmentally fragile areas like the Public Garden, Boston Common and Commonwealth Mall. That is why we join our voice with those of the neighborhood groups like...

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Holiday Wassail Party at BHWF

December 12, 2016
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On Tuesday, December 20th, the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) will celebrate “A Lively Evening of Merriment” with music and songs of the season. Local jazz singer Lisa Macalaster, founder and former president of the young organization, will lead the sing along, accompanied by Boston conservatory pianist Chris McCarthy. Ms. Paula Stookey will conduct...

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Skating Spectacular

December 9, 2016
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Skating Spectacular

Frog Pond Freddy was escorted out onto the ice in style last Thursday evening, Dec. 1, just prior to the Ice Skating Spectacular. The Skating Club of Boston transformed the Frog Pond into an ice skating stadium for the evening. Numerous amateurs and professionals performed.

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Decorating Days

December 9, 2016
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Decorating Days

Mt. Vernon Street residents David Jones and Allison Ryder hung garlands and greens on more than 100 gas lamps on Sunday for the annual holiday decorating days.

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‘Holiday Stroll’ Returns Thursday

December 9, 2016
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One of the neighborhood’s most highly anticipated, seasonal events, the “Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll,” sponsored by the Beacon Hill Business Association, returns on Thursday. Between 6 and 9 p.m., both sides of the five blocks of Charles Street between Cambridge and Beacon streets will be closed to traffic, clearing the way for holiday shoppers...

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Downtown View:Questions You’ve Wanted Answered

December 9, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor The trash is picked up early on trash days. But the recycling trucks come by later—sometimes much later. This problem occurs most frequently in the North End and South End and on Beacon Hill among the downtown neighborhoods. But all downtown neighborhoods, obsessed with cleanliness, have tried to get bags...

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BHCA Community Corner

December 9, 2016
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Downtown Boston Gas Leak Tagging Event To raise awareness about the estimated 215 methane gas leaks located downtown, BHCA Green Committee members will join volunteers from all over Boston at noon on Saturday, December 10 at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Arlington Street. Other residents are welcome to participate in this event being...

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Winter Wonderland Has Transformed City Hall Plaza

December 9, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen As the temperatures start to drop and the festive season comes to light, a new kind of experience will be brightening up the otherwise dim City Hall Plaza in the heart of downtown Boston. New England’s first, custom-designed outdoor skating path and European inspired outdoor holiday shopping market, called Boston Winter,...

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Hibernate All Winter Long with Beacon Hill’s Lala Rokh and Charles Street Liquors

December 9, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen This winter, cozy up, stay indoors and order in from Beacon Hill’s Persian restaurant Lala Rokh and pair it with a nice bottle of wine from Charles Street Liquors. By ordering online, you can get high-end Iranian cuisine from Lala Rokh paired with your favorite alcoholic-drink from Charles Street Liquors delivered...

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Student Entrepreneur Experiences Crowdfunding Through Suffolk University Course

December 9, 2016
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Suffolk University has introduced one of the nation’s first experiential courses on crowdfunding, where students are launching campaigns to fund their own start-up companies through Kickstarter and Indiegogo. James Testa of East Boston, a Suffolk senior and Entrepreneurship major, is a student in the Sawyer Business School class that launched crowdfunding campaigns on November...

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Taking “Time In” – The Healing Process of Massage is Similar to Meditation

December 9, 2016
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By Zoe Arguello As we may already know that the burdens of life, the stresses of work and family, the emotional tension or aloneness that keep the body bound and its cells entrenched in feelings of entrapment, repressed emotions of what we think we must do and do for others, can cause our soul...

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Diane Bergeron,Michael Minogue and Mutual of America Honored at Nov 12 Gala

December 9, 2016
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The Visiting Nurse Association of Boston honored Heroes in Health Care during the nonprofit’s 11th annual Gala on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Mandarin Oriental, 776 Boylston St., Boston. The Gala was VNA of Boston’s signature fundraising event and has raised nearly $2.5 million in essential funding for VNA of Boston’s direct patient care...

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Police Briefs 12-06-2016

December 9, 2016
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BEACON HILL BEAT From Boston Police Area A-1 Breaking and Entering – Commercial 11/25/16          12:45am – A Stuart Street restaurant and brewery reported the staff failed to lock the front door at closing at 12:45 a.m. on Nov. 23, and when they returned at 11 a.m. on Nov. 25, they learned unknown person(s) entered...

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Letter to the Editor

December 9, 2016
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Compassionate reader weighs in homelessness issue With this letter I wish to add to the Beacon Hill Times Nov.18 issue’s article about the “town hall” meeting on homelessness. I am including participants’ comments in order to reflect the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s subtitle: “Looking with Compassion for a Solution.” My intention is to relate...

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Making Gingerbread Houses

December 2, 2016
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Making Gingerbread Houses

Meghan Cleary and her son Gus, 3, worked to add decorations to their gingerbread house roof during the Hampshire House’s Gingerbread House Brunch on Sunday, Nov. 27. Gus carefully squeezed frosting on before adding marshmallows and gumdrops. The Hampshire House on Chestnut Street will hold Gingerbread House Brunches every Saturday and Sunday through Christmas.

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‘Decorating Days’ Return Dec 3 and 4

December 2, 2016
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By Dan Murphy As she has for the past 21 years, Ivy A. Turner will help lead this weekend’s volunteer effort to adorn 1,100 gas lamps throughout the neighborhood with garlands and bows. On Saturday, Dec. 3, beginning at 9 a.m., Turner asks neighbors to join her at the Harrison Gray Otis House Museum...

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Winthrop Sq Project Meeting on December 5

December 2, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen The Boston Planning Development Agency (BPDA) will be holding a meeting regarding the controversial proposed building for 115 Winthrop Square in Downtown Boston  on Monday December 5, from 6:30  to 8:30 pm at the Suffolk Law School at 120 Tremont Street. The meeting will discuss the multi-use tower that might rise...

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Nichols House Museum to Celebrate 20th Holiday House Tour Dec 11

December 2, 2016
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By Suzanne Besser In 1995 three Beacon Hillers put their heads together to devise a creative fundraising scheme that would support the small house museum on Mt. Vernon Street that provides a unique glimpse into the neighborhood’s domestic life in the 19th and 20th centuries. What they came up with was so successful it’s...

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Downtown View:Good Reads

December 2, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor Every year about this time I recommend a few books about Boston or by Boston authors that might make good holiday gifts for your friends or relatives. Here are three for you to consider. Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand This book is not literature. But it is also not junk,...

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BHCA Community Corner

December 2, 2016
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200 Holiday Decorators needed this weekend Come for as long or little as you can to help decorate 1100 gas lamps with garlands of green cedar and red bows. Holiday  Decorating Days on Saturday, December 3: 9 a.m.: Come to the Harrison Gray Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street. Those working outdoors will cut all...

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