BHCA Community Corner

January 20, 2017
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Annual Appeal The Annual Appeal provides vital funding for the association’s ongoing operations, sustaining the office staff and facilities, allowing its continued sponsorship of community events, and enabling its advocacy work on behalf of the community. Contributors who donate $400 or more to the Annual Appeal can receive a ticket(s) to the upcoming Beacon...

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Councilor Jackson Announces Bid for Mayor; Calls for a More Equitable Growth Citywide

January 20, 2017
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By Seth Daniel When Councilor Tito Jackson took to the podium to announce his bid for mayor at the Haley House Cafe in Roxbury last Thursday, Jan. 12, he didn’t paint himself as a candidate for one particular group of people, but for all of the people of the city – in particular those...

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Boston City Council News and Notes

January 20, 2017
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Boston City Council brings in the new year at their first meeting held last Wednesday, January 11, with a number of refiles. The Council operates on a one-year legislative cycle within a two-year term, meaning that proposals that aren’t voted on by the end of each year become inactive and need to be refilled...

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BPDA Approves Temporary Dorms for Emerson College in Fenway; While Renovating Little Building on Boylston Street for More Students

January 20, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) approved an amendment to Emerson College’s Institution Master Plan (IMP) to temporarily lease the hostel located at 12 Hemenway Street for two years at the board of directors meeting on Thursday, January 12. The lease will run from the fall of 2017 to the...

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Police Briefs 01-17-2017

January 20, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area  A-1 Larceny 01/05/17 – A Charles Street clothing store reported an unknown female suspect stole an Apple iPad off of the store counter, some time between 2 and 3 p.m. A clerk stated the suspect was the only person in the store at the time of the...

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Letter to the Editor

January 20, 2017
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Opposed to Winthrop Square project height as proposed Dear Editor: We are writing to express our opposition to the Winthrop Square project, as currently proposed, as well as any amendment to the State Shadow Laws to facilitate such a project. We are both parents of two children – two now grown, but born and...

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Facing Boston’s Gender Wage Gap

January 20, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh When I first took office in 2014 I pledged to listen, learn and lead. It quickly became clear that leading on gender equity was essential to our City’s success. Not only is it the right thing to do, it is important to our economy as a whole and businesses’...

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MFS Pro-Am Squash Tournament

January 13, 2017
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MFS Pro-Am Squash Tournament

The University Club in Back Bay hosted the International Squash Doubles Tournament over the weekend for the 26th year. The Pro-Am Tournament went from January 4-8 and was sponsored by MFS. Participants competed for cash prizes totaling $40,000. Tournament action included both professional men and women along with Professional-Amateur teams made up of one...

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Slight Drop Reported in Part One Crimes

January 13, 2017
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By Dan Murphy Area A-1 was on track to see a slight decrease in incidents of violent and property crime in 2016 from the previous year. According to Boston Police, 2,471 Part One crimes were reported in the district, which includes Beacon Hill, Chinatown and downtown, between Jan. 1 and Dec. 11, 2016, as...

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Clash of Buttons at Meeting on Winthrop Square

January 13, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen A rivalry between two buttons, one stating ‘Keep our Parks Sunny’ and the other stating ‘Let Boston Rise’ emerged at the second scheduled open house style public meeting for the project slated for 115 Winthrop Square. At an out-of-the-box public meeting held by the Boston Planning and Development Agency’s (BPDA) at...

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BHCA Community Corner

January 13, 2017
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association invites all neighbors to come in from the cold and enjoy spending an elegant evening together at the 45th annual Beacon Hill Gala, to be held at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston on Saturday, February 4. The black tie event begins with cocktails at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner...

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Downtown View:Good Stories

January 13, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor So we’re sitting in a movie theatre at Loews on Tremont Street, waiting for “Manchester by the Sea” to begin. The previews are too loud. The themes are sadistic, violent, cruel, creepy, pathological. Silence is one of movies. The others I can’t remember but they involved cars blowing up, gunshots...

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Street Closures Planned Around Longfellow Bridge

January 13, 2017
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MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC), will close Land Boulevard/Memorial Drive westbound in the vicinity of the Longfellow Bridge overnight through Thursday, January 12. The roadway and sidewalk will be closed from 11:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM the following morning. The closure is necessary to safely demolish Pier 12 of the Longfellow Bridge between the roadway and sidewalk. Detour routes...

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Supt O’Rourke Set to Retire from Boston Police Department

January 13, 2017
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By Dan Murphy When Bernard “Bernie” O’Rourke steps down from his role as superintendent of the Bureau of Field Services for the Boston Police on Thursday, it will conclude a career with the department that spanned exactly 39 years. “It’s been a long time, but it’s also gone by quite rapidly,” said O’Rourke, who...

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Community Building Activities Planned at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Jan 16

January 13, 2017
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To celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will open its doors on Monday, Jan. 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a free day of community-building activities, art-making projects, and performances around social justice and healing. Throughout the day, the Museum will come...

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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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