Architectural Commission Approves 45 Temple Street Redevelopment Project with Provisos

April 29, 2017
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The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission approved the latest, revised plans for the controversial 45 Temple St. project at its monthly hearing on Thursday with some stipulations. Dedham-based JDMD Owner, LLC, plans to convert the Hiriaam J. Archer and Frank J. Donahue buildings at Temple and Derne streets into a 75-unit condominium complex, with rooftop...

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Fictional Podcast Tells Story of Millennial Who Dreams of Settling on Beacon Hill

April 29, 2017
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By Dan Murphy To mark the launch of her podcast “Red Line,” which tells the story of a Millennial woman who dreams of settling in Beacon Hill in the shadow of the MBTA subway line, creator G. D. Spilsbury will be on hand with the series’ lead actress and producer as part of the...

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Police Briefs 04-25-2017

April 29, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston police Area A-1 Disturbing the Peace 04/12/17 – At around 1:02 p.m., officers responded to a Myrtle Street address for a disturbance. The male suspect was yelling and screaming at neighbors and children in the playground. Police were able to calm the individual down and informed residents to contact...

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Moving Winthrop Square Proposal Out of the Shadows

April 29, 2017
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By Michael Dukakis and Michelle Wu When a new building emerges from the regulatory dance that weighs economic growth against loss of open space or increased density, the physical landscape of our city changes forever. Amid pressures facing each generation to grow our tax base and our constricted housing stock, the protection of open...

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Letter to the Editor

April 29, 2017
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Article on mobility and  transportatiion was right on Dear Editor: I want to thank Karen for writing the recent column in The Beacon Hill Times on mobility and transportation in Boston. This, as are the strategies for urban development, is an issue shared between Newton, where I live, and Boston. The building of Storrow...

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How Boston Basics Helps Our Children

April 29, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Ron Ferguson Here in Boston, we are committed to creating an equitable city for all. Reaching this goal requires many approaches. But if we really want to create more opportunities for success and close the achievement gap in our City once and for all, our primary focus needs...

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Beacon Hillers Deliver Daffodils

April 22, 2017
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Beacon Hillers Deliver Daffodils

Joey and Daisy Gulla sit on the delivery wagon to distribute daffodils with other volunteers throughout Beacon Hill last Friday, April 14, as part of the Marathon Daffodil project. The project began in 2014 after the Marathon Bombing as a symbol of Boston Strong. This year, the Beacon Hill Garden Club joined in to...

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City Council Ponders Change to Shadow Law

April 22, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen A Home Rule Petition that will make a one-time exemption to the State laws that governs shadow on the Boston Common and the Public Garden for the developers behind the proposed 775-foot Winthrop Square tower was filed with the Boston City Council at the hearing on Wednesday, April 12. The Home...

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Friends of the Public Garden Hold 47th Annual Meeting

April 22, 2017
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It was standing room only at the Friends Annual Meeting on April 12.  After the usual Board business, Executive Director Liz Vizza gave an inspiring summary of the year’s accomplishments to the attending members. Thanks to the generous donations of the members, the Friends was again able to make over a $1 million investment...

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Downtown View:Boston’s Future Mobility

April 22, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor The city published its Go Boston 2030 report in mid-March. It is 223 pages long. I read it so you don’t have to. It’s taken me awhile. It is available electronically at http://goboston2030.org/en/. Suggestions are accompanied by a note explaining how other cities have fared with such changes, a nice...

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BHCA Community Corner

April 22, 2017
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Spring Cleaning Days April 28 & 29 “Love Your Block,” formerly Boston Shines, takes place on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29. Beacon Hillers are encouraged to come out and join the fun as neighbors work together to clean their own block of the litter and debris that has accumulated during the winter...

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Jack Gurnon Looks to Raise Funds for BHV, and Chop the Mop

April 22, 2017
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Everyone in the neighborhood has an opinion about Jack Gurnon’s long, gray hair, and that opinion is usually not good. Cassie, Jack’s wife, was especially tired of his mid-life look, so she persuaded him to CHOP it all off—for a price. That price is $15,000. If Jack can raise $15,000, he’ll get rid of...

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BHWF Receives Virtual Tour of BPL in Boston’s Secret Stash

April 22, 2017
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Vivian Spiro grew up loving to visit libraries in her hometown; and when she entered the Central Library in Copley Square for the first time, she was astounded. Greeted by a sculpture of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Edward Austin Abbey’s mural, “The Quest and Achievement of the Holy Grail,” Spiro was impressed by how...

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BVNA Votes in Favor of Proposed Stuart Street Tower

April 22, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen After a long, arduous debate among Bay Village residents, the Neighborhood Association voted to not oppose the proposed 19-story tower slated for 212 Stuart Street. In a Bay Village Neighborhood Association (BVNA) general meeting that took place this past Monday, members of the organization took to the ballot box to vote...

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Joe McDonald Named New West End Museum President

April 22, 2017
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Joe McDonald, a third-generation West End native and longtime community activist, has been named President of The West End Museum Board of Directors. McDonald served as a Board member for two years and as President of the West End Civic Association (WECA) in 2012. Now, as Museum President, he aims to help the nonprofit...

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Riverfront Pavillion Proposed as A Part of Lee Pool Rehabilitation

April 22, 2017
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By Dan Murphy The proposed renovation of Lee Pool on the Charles River Esplanade includes plans for a year-round, multi-use, riverfront pavilion, said members of the design team during a public meeting at the State Transportation Building on Thursday. The Department of Conservation and Recreation is partnering with the Esplanade Association, Hill House and...

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Green and White Ball Celebrates 20 Years

April 22, 2017
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This spring marks the 20th anniversary of the Friends of the Public Garden’s “Green & White Ball,” the festive black tie event that brings the community together and raises awareness and funds to provide care for the Boston Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Beacon Hill’s Susan Boney, Jackie McCabe and Tiverton McClintock...

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Police Briefs 04-18-2017

April 22, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 04/07/17 – A victim reported she parked her 2013 Chevrolet Cruze on Charles Street at around 10:30 p.m. on April 6, but when she returned to the vehicle at 8 a.m. the following day, the rear driver’s side window was smashed and...

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A Truly Perilous Time

April 22, 2017
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When President Obama left office, he made it clear to incoming President Trump that the most important foreign policy challenge that the new administration would face would be figuring out how to prevent North Korea from developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could be equipped with a thermonuclear warhead that could reach the...

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Stylish and Sweet

April 14, 2017
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Stylish and Sweet

Brigitte Currier, 8, enjoys a cupcake during the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s Party in the Park at the Four Seasons Hotel near Boston Common on Sunday, April 9. Beyond cupcakes, the popular event featured a children’s fashion show and tea.

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Beacon Hill Garden Club has Something to Celebrate

April 14, 2017
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Beacon Hill Garden Club has Something to Celebrate

In 2018 the Beacon Hill Garden Club will be 90 years old. At its beginning, the club owed much to the vision and tenacity of founder Gertrude Beals Bourne, a gifted watercolorist and avid gardener. She and her husband, Frank, a founder of the Beacon Hill Civic Association, resided at the Sunflower Castle, the picturesque...

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Mayor Walsh to File Home Rule:Petition to Change Current Shadow Laws

April 14, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Mayor Martin Walsh has filed a long anticipated Home Rule Petition with Boston City Council called, “Petition for a Special Law Re: An Act Protecting Sunlight and Promoting Economic Development in the City of Boston,” that would change the 25-year-old State laws that govern shadows on the Boston Common and the...

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Downtown View:Hunting for Spring

April 14, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor About this time of year, everyone gets antsy. When will winter really end? A few warm days help make everyone feel better. But it is when the magnolias bloom along Back Bay’s streets and when the beds in the Boston Public Garden fill with blooms that it really seems like...

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BHCA Community Corner

April 14, 2017
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Spring Cleaning Days April 28 & 29 “Love Your Block,” formerly Boston Shines, takes place on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29. Beacon Hillers are encouraged to help clean their own block of the litter and debris that accumulated during the winter and spring. The Joint Charles Street Committee, comprising members of both...

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