Boston’s Use of Dry Ice for Rodent Control is Placed on Temporary Ban

January 13, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen A successful new program of using carbon dioxide in the form of dry ice for rodent control was recently put on hold after it came to the attention of the State’s Department of Agricultural Resources that it was unclear as to whether or not dry ice needed to be registered as...

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Police Briefs 01-10-2017

January 13, 2017
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From Boston Police Area A-1 Assault and Battery 01/01/17 – A male operator of a Mitsubishi put his vehicle in the park position and got out of the vehicle in front of 8 Park Plaza at around 1:11 a.m. At this time, the suspect approached the passenger’s side of the female victim’s boyfriend Chevrolet...

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Ringing in the New Year

January 6, 2017
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Ringing in the New Year

The parade of Boston’s First Night ended with fireworks over the Boston Common around 7:15 p.m.

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New Balance Renews its Sponsorship with DCR

January 6, 2017
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Boston-based New Balance has renewed a sponsorship agreement with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to ensure area runners, joggers and walkers have clear and safe running paths along the Charles River during the 2016-2017 winter season. The sponsorship enters its seventh year and is designed to allow those seeking to get into...

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Musician Ilana Katz to Perform at J. P. Licks on Charles Street

January 6, 2017
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Fiddler, singer, songwriter, visual artist and frequent subway busker Ilana Katz will perform live to kick off the Hidden Art Gallery’s “Art and Music” monthly series at J. P. Licks at 150 Charles St. on Friday, Jan. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. Katz, whose music delves into the sounds the blues and Appalachian...

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Doubles Action:University Club of Boston to Host Annual MFS Pro-Am Squash Doubles Tournament

January 6, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen For the 26th year in a row, the University Club on Stuart Street in Boston will be hosting the international Squash Doubles Tournament. Running from Wednesday, January 4 to Sunday January 8, the 2017 Massachusetts Financial Services (MFS) Pro-Am Doubles will be hosting players from around the world to compete for...

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Philosopher/Dancer Kathy Hull at Women’s Forum January 10

January 6, 2017
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By Suzanne Besser A philosopher, dancer and mother, Bay Village resident Kathy Hull will take center stage on January 10 at the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum with a talk about her journey from a life of the mind to the world of dance and back again. Hull’s journey was an emotional one, full of...

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TEA Names Alexi Conine as New Board Chair

January 6, 2017
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The Esplanade Association board of directors announced that Alexi Conine has been elected to serve as board chair, beginning in 2017. She has served as a member of the Esplanade Association’s board for the past year and has been deeply involved with helping to move the organization forward through her service on the Executive...

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Controlling Winter Weight

January 6, 2017
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by Penny & Ed Cherubino Poppy, our Westie, puts on a little weight every winter. Ed, who weighs her regularly and keeps a log, has noticed this seasonal increase for the past three years. This winter, because she’s had more exercise than in past years, we’re scratching our heads to figure it out. We...

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Police Briefs 01-03-2017

January 6, 2017
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From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny – Shoplifting 12/24/16 – A Charles Street market reported a male suspect entered the cellar from the rear entrance at around 5:49 p.m., and stole bottles of champagne and vodka. The suspect, who also stole the clerk’s iPhone 5, was caught on surveillance cameras.

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Obituaries 01-03-2017

January 6, 2017
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Deborah Brewster Berg dies at age 51 Deborah Brewster Berg age 51, died suddenly in her home in Largo, Florida Christmas week. Deborah was born in Boston on June 19, 1965 and grew up in Duxbury, Beacon Hill and Mattapoisett. She was a graduate of Derby Academy in Hingham (and valedictorian), St George’s School,...

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Elementary Winter Concert

January 4, 2017
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Elementary Winter Concert

Aiyana Cruz, second grade student at the Kingsley Montesorri School, gives a clap at the Winter Concert.

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Celebrating the Holidays

January 4, 2017
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Celebrating the Holidays

The West End Civic Association (WECA) held its annual holiday gathering on Thursday, Dec. 8. Members and their guests met in the West End Museum to enjoy good company, food and beverages. They heard from 2016 President Sean Michael Connolly, who presented an overview the organization’s mission and accomplishments and put out a call...

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Councilors Vote Down Alcohol Tax

January 4, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen The Boston City Council voted down an order that would place a two percent tax on certain alcoholic beverages to fund prevention and treatment programs for substance abuse. Backed by City Councilors Frank Baker and Bill Linehan who have seen substance abuse plague their neighborhoods did not prevail in passing this...

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2016: The Year in Review

January 4, 2017
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By Dan Murphy On Jan. 19, Mayor Martin J. Walsh delivered his second State of the City Address at Symphony Hall. On Feb. 4, the West End Branch of the Boston Public Library celebrated its 120th anniversary. On Feb. 6, the Beacon Hill Civic Association held its 44th annual “Winter Gala” at the Four...

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Council Ordinance Works to Eliminate Gas Leaks in Boston

January 4, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Underneath Boston’s streets are miles of pipelines delivering natural gas to residents and businesses, providing energy for heating, cooking, and electricity. But, due to aging infrastructure in Boston, much of that gas is lost before it even reaches its destination through thousands of leaks in pipes throughout the City. Many of...

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Have A Happy, Healthy, and Safe New Year

January 4, 2017
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The upcoming long weekend marks the start of the New Year — 2017. The arrival of a new year marks a time for reflection, both as to the year that has passed and as to the year to come. In the words of the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson:   Ring out the old, ring...

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A Winter Wonderland

December 23, 2016
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A Winter Wonderland

Beacon Hill residents took advantage of the snow that fell on Saturday. The fun was short lived as the Boston Common snow melted by Sunday.

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Bag Ban on Hold

December 23, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Those flimsy plastic bags that can be found stuck in the drain gutter, fluttering from a tree, and clogging pristine waterways such as the Charles River may soon be a thing of a past. The Boston City Council moved to keep this matter on file under the Government Operations Committee until...

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Holiday Events to Attend Across Boston Listed

December 23, 2016
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Old South Church 645 Boylston Street Christmas Eve 5:00p.m. Family Worship Join us as we sing carols and tell together the Christmas story. Children are invited to participate in a no-rehearsal-required pageant. Simple costumes for sheep, shepherds, and angels are provided. 8:00p.m. Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols Preludes begin at 7:30 p.m. An...

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Ringing in A Christmas Eve Tradition

December 23, 2016
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By Dan Murphy A Beacon Hill tradition was born 92 years ago when Margaret Nichols Shurcliff first led a group of handbell-ringers on Christmas Eve, caroling and regaling neighbors with their jingling holiday melodies. “By 1924, our children were able to ring (the youngest was then 9) and on Christmas Eve, we started our...

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Downtown View:My People

December 23, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor Karen is taking a break so she can manage the busy holiday season. Here is a column that attracted many comments. It is from 2016. It’s when I ride the crowded subway that I feel most Bostonian. “These are my people,” I think. Not that they are much like me....

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BHCA Community Corner

December 23, 2016
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Annual Appeal Please consider the Beacon Hill Civic Association when you plan your end-of-the-year giving. Your support of the Annual Appeal provides vital funding for our ongoing operations, sustaining our office staff and facilities, allowing our continued sponsorship of community events, and enabling our advocacy work on behalf of the community. Contributors who give...

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Spruce Street Nursery School Celebrates 20 Years

December 23, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Outside carts that usually transport excited toddlers to the nearby Boston Common laid barren as the calm atmosphere overtook the inside of Spruce Street Nursery School in downtown Boston. In a darkened room that is normally filled with vibrant students, kids were quite as a mouse as they took a break...

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