New Bridges to Hope in the Wake of Long Island

On October 8th of last year, I had to make a painful but necessary decision. The Long Island Bridge, after years of neglect, had to be shut down. The decaying 63-year-old structure posed imminent danger to the clients and staff of the shelter, transition, detox, and treatment programs housed on Long Island in Boston...

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Getting to Know the Public Garden

Getting to Know the Public Garden

More than a dozen people have recently taken a very special interest in the Public Garden and have been studying this iconic greenspace for hours on end. What they are learning about America’s first public botanical garden is not for a class or research for a book.  This studious bunch is the inaugural group...

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Old,White and Rich?

May 14, 2015
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The reporting is breathless: Millennium Tower penthouse goes on sale for $37.5 million. A condo in a 19th-century Commonwealth Avenue townhouse sells for $7 million. Luxury apartments, rentable or buyable, going up in the Fenway and in the Seaport. These new projects add expensive housing to the already-pricey neighborhoods in downtown Boston. The buyers...

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Hidden Garden Tour is May 21

With a record number of gardens never seen before, this tour is one not to miss. This year’s tour on Thursday, May 21, will open the gates to 12 hidden gardens, five of which are new member gardens and three “ribbon” gardens that are viewed from the street. This is a self-guided tour and...

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Esplanade Association Awarded $1M ‘Challenge’ Grant

The Esplanade Association was recently awarded a $1-million “challenge grant” in memory of Frances W. Hatch Jr. by a longtime Boston resident who has asked to remain anonymous. The four-year “challenge grant” was made to support the horticultural priorities and special projects within the Charles River Esplanade, and each annual gift of $150,000 of...

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BHCA Annual Meeting Scheduled for May 18

The Beacon Hill Civic Association will host its 93rd Annual Meeting on Monday, May 18th, 2015 at The Union Club of Boston, Eight Park Street at 6pm. The keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Peter Slavin, MD, President of the Massachusetts General Hospital. The agenda also includes the election of 24 residents to...

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Hill House’s Annual Meeting Set for May 19

Hill House will hold its annual meeting at the Firehouse, 127 Mt. Vernon St., on Tuesday, May 19. A reception takes place at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m.

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Letter to the Editor

Good Neighbor Dear Editor: I have a very bad knee and icy sidewalks scare me to death. Needless to say, this winter on Beacon Hill I rarely ventured outside. I live next door to Fil A Buster, a small eatery next to the State House. Their food is excellent, the prices right but most...

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Clapps Will be Recognized by Rogerson Communities

Clapps Will be Recognized by Rogerson Communities

Through their extraordinary civic leadership of many Beacon Hill institutions during the past thirty-five years, Gene and Meredith Clapp have touched the lives of many Beacon Hill residents. So much so that they were presented the Beacon Award by the Beacon Hill Civic Association in 2005. And next Thursday, May 14, they will again...

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Parks’ Care Hot Topic at FOPG

Parks’ Care Hot Topic at FOPG

On Wednesday, April 8, the Friends of the Public Garden held its 45th annual meeting. More than 150 members and neighbors gathered at the First Church in Boston to hear from Friends and featured speaker Boston Parks Commissioner Chris Cook who talked about the accomplishments of the past year and plans for the future....

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Community Waiting for Meeting on Event at Common

May 7, 2015
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Although “Outside the Box” is scheduled to return to the Boston Common this summer, the event organizer has yet to discuss potential impacts of the free performing arts festival with the Beacon Hill community. “There have been no meetings or communication, and so far, has declined offers to meet with the Beacon...

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Downtown View:Curiouser and Curiouser

May 7, 2015
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In the last three weeks, one vehicle on my block was not towed on street cleaning days. This has never happened in the last decade. The debris under those cars sat there for two weeks. A South End resident said a car on her street last week was not towed. Again, the cigarette butts,...

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Police Briefs 05-05-2015

From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from a Motor Vehicle 04/25/15 – A victim reported that she parked her 2013 Ford Escape on Charles Street at around 10 p.m. on April 24, but when she returned at 12:55 a.m. on April 25, unknown person(s) had broken the front passenger’s side window and removed her...

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Letter to the Editor

Thanks from the BHCA Young Friends Dear Editor: A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to the April 16th Third Thursday at Beacon Hill Pub. In only two hours, the BHCA Young Friends raised $277 in cash as donation for Christopher’s Haven, a local nonprofit which provides housing, amongst other things, to...

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BHWF Celebrates Style and Women in Fashion

BHWF Celebrates Style and Women in Fashion

From left: Beacon Hill Women’s Forum members Shannon McAlister and Ashley Breed, Karen Fabbri of Moxie, Rebecca Hall of Crush and Danielle Frissell, also of BHWF, are filled with ideas to make the second annual Charles Street Couture fashion show as special and unique as the boutiques participating. Breed, who is chairing the event,...

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Suffolk Forum on Ride Sharing Companies

The Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents “A Bumpy Ride,” a discussion on the controversy surrounding the ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft and the taxi companies in Boston, from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April, 23, 2015, at the C. Walsh Theatre, 55 Temple St., Boston. This forum will address how Uber and Lyft are...

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Mayor Walsh to Be in Beacon Hill on May 21 for Annual Coffee Hour

Mayor Martin J. Walsh will join the Boston Parks and Recreation Department in hosting the 17th Annual Neighborhood Coffee Hour Series in local parks citywide from May 6 to June 17. The site for this year’s event will be at the Myrtle Street Playground, 50 Myrtle Street on May 21 The Neighborhood Coffee Hours...

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Downtown View:Big Question

May 5, 2015
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Do San Diego residents experience joy? I don’t know the answer and I’m not sure I would believe a SanDiegoan if they told me. I’m talking about the sublime feeling, the rush, the pure happiness we Bostonians feel when the sun comes out and the temperature rises to 65 degrees. We take a walk....

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Landscape Company Donates Services to Esplanade

May 5, 2015
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Landscape Company Donates Services to Esplanade

As part of the annual Arbor Day of Service, the Cambridge Landscape Company donated its arborist services, expertise and equipment to The Esplanade Association on Thursday to help care for trees along the park. “We pride ourselves on being a locally owned private business with deep ties to the community,” said James Kelley, founder...

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Friends of the Public Garden Welcomes The Warmth with Green and White Ball

April 23, 2015
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Friends of the Public Garden Welcomes The Warmth with Green and White Ball

The Friends of the Public Garden and Taj Boston will host the annual Green and White Ball on Friday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Taj Boston ballroom. The annual event raises funds to provide care for the Boston Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall, which has been the mission of the...

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Downtown View: Picture L.A.

April 23, 2015
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Picture the skyline of Los Angeles. How about Minneapolis, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Phoenix, even Chicago? You can’t? Oh, well. Now picture Washington D. C., Seattle, Toronto or New York. You know those skylines, don’t you? There might be a gimmick—Seattle’s Space Needle; Toronto’s CN Tower with the scary glass floor. Or there might be...

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Maria Toyoda Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Suffolk Univ.

April 23, 2015
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Maria Toyoda, an educational leader and scholar with extensive experience in interdisciplinary studies, has been named dean of Suffolk University’s College of Arts & Sciences, the University announced. The Suffolk Board of Trustees approved the appointment at its April 10 meeting. Toyoda will join Suffolk July 1 from Villanova University, where she is associate...

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Hill Is in Line with More On-campus Student Housing

April 23, 2015
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The Beacon Hill community is in line with the city’s objective of making more housing available for non-students through the construction of new dormitories, as outlined in a report released by the Department of Neighborhood Development earlier this month. “I think we have strong desire to see more dorms built because Boston overall needs...

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BHCA Files Injunction To Halt Work On Sidewalks

April 23, 2015
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) and 11 residents filed an injunction in Suffolk Super Court on Wednesday to prohibit the city from continuing construction on wheelchair-accessible sidewalk ramps in the Beacon Hill Historic District until the legal requirements of the historic district law and Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act regulations are satisfied. “The BHCA...

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