Not So Tall

September 21, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen The developers behind the proposed Winthrop Square Tower that has caused controversy over the new shadows it would create over the historic parks downtown, has lowered the height from 775 feet to just above 700 feet to comply with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidance. As part of the review process...

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Bauman Marathon Bombing Story, A Focus on Recovery and Overcoming

September 21, 2017
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By Cary Shuman The stars were out at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown Tuesday night for the Boston movie premiere of “Stronger,” the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman, who was injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings in the Back Bay. Bauman was memorialized almost immediately after the bombings in the Back...

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BHCA Community Corner

September 21, 2017
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James Cassidy, a seasonal laborer with the Boston Public Works Department, received a round of applause from the Beacon Hill Civic Association Streets and Sidewalks Committee last week. “We can’t thank Cassidy and others in his crew enough,” said Rajan Nanda, Committee Chair. “Their work makes such a difference to our neighborhood.” Cassidy, often...

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Downtown View:September

September 21, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor For the past three weeks everyone has been busy. Neighborhood organizations are throwing welcome-back parties and holding meetings, confident that people are back in town. Kids gather again at bus stops. They carry backpacks and sports equipment, looking determined and full of anticipation for what their school day holds. The...

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Boston City Council News and Notes

September 21, 2017
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Council supports Home Rule Petition to allow Mayoral   appointments The Boston City Council on Wednesday, September 13, voted to pass the Home Rule Petition, which will give Mayor Martin Walsh the power to appoint members to vacant or expired seats on certain city boards and commissions if the relevant nominating entity fails to submit...

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Julia Powell Addresses the Crowd at Beacon Hill Women’s Forum Season Opening

September 21, 2017
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By Amy Tsurumi The Beacon Hill Women’s Forum welcomed back neighbors to its fifth season on September 12 at the Hampshire House.  The main room was overflowing with members eager to hear Julia S. Powell speak about her complex life journey from high-achieving scholar/athlete during her school years to Stanford-trained New York City corporate...

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Church of the Covenant Continues Work to Preserve Tiffany Windows

September 21, 2017
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At the corner of Newbury and Berkeley Streets in the Back Bay, one of Boston’s best-kept secrets  is found within the walls of the Church of the Covenant. Known for the tall steeple that sticks out amongst the shorter buildings in the block, the stonewalls of the church are illuminated by the largest intact...

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Esplanade Supporters Enjoy A Special ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ Celebration

September 21, 2017
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Tiffany’s & Co. hosted a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” celebration for the Esplanade Association’s Moondance Gala committee at their Newbury Street location on Wednesday morning, September 13th.  The committee came together to preview the spectacular platinum daisy key pendant Tiffany’s & Co. generously donated to the upcoming annual benefit gala which is to take place...

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Police Briefs 09-19-2017

September 21, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny 09/17/17- At around 6:30 p.m., a victim reported her UPS delivery package containing a pair of shoes was stolen from her front porch on West Cedar Street. A witness observed a male and female remove the package before fleeing on foot. Larceny (Bike) 09/12/17 –...

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When Will We Be Next?

September 21, 2017
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The superstorm hurricanes of the past two weeks, Harvey and Irma, that have ravaged the southern part of our country, have made us all aware of two things. First, climate change is for real. The record rainfall that inundated Houston and the winds that obliterated the U.S. Virgin Islands and other islands in the...

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Beacon Hill Women’s Forum Executive Board

September 13, 2017
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Beacon Hill Women’s Forum Executive Board

The Beacon Hill Women’s Forum Executive Board meets on President Sandra Gilpatrick’s deck in preparation for tonight’s forum at the Hampshire House at 6 p.m. Pictured, left to right, are Lisa Macalaster, Senaida Currie, Kathy Judge, Elisabeth Malin, Sandra Gilpatrick, Lisa Cleary, Jackie McBride, Therese Byrne and Pat Carucci.

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Artist Julia Powell to Kick-Start BHWF’s Fifth Season

September 13, 2017
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By Amy Tsurumi The opening event of the fifth season of the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF), “Artist on the Rise with Julia S. Powell,” will take place on Tuesday, September 12, at the Hampshire House, 84 Beacon Street.  The evening will commence with a cash-bar cocktail hour at 6 p.m, followed by the...

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MGH Marks Recovery Month with Education Series Events

September 13, 2017
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Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) will join millions of people across America in recognizing National Recovery Month. Led by the MGH Substance Use Disorders Initiative (SUDs) – a group devoted to enhancing SUD treatment in the inpatient and outpatient setting – MGH will host a series of events throughout September to raise awareness of prevention,...

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King’s Chapel to Honor Rev Scovel

September 13, 2017
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The Reverend Carl Scovel was the admired – let’s say beloved – minister of King’s Chapel for 32 years, beginning in 1967. He was a part of the Beacon Hill community, living with his wife, Faith, and raising their children, Helen, Rebecca and Christopher, in the church’s parsonage next to the parish house at...

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Downtown View:Ingredients for A Successful City

September 13, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor What makes small cities successful? I’ve asked that question as I’ve gotten to know Portsmouth, New Hampshire, over a couple of visits. If you’ve not been to this lovely, vibrant place less than an hour and a half from Boston up Route 1 and I-95, put in on your list....

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BHCA Community Corner

September 13, 2017
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Crosswalks newly painted Concerned that lack of maintenance of the crosswalks at the intersections of Beacon Hill streets and Cambridge Street was an important safety issue that needed to be addressed, longtime Beacon Hill Civic Association member Linda Jordan Dow turned to 311 to get the city’s attention. Now, Irving, South Russell and Garden...

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Welcome Back Section

September 13, 2017
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Welcome back to Beacon Hill As the summer begins to turn into autumn Beacon Hill residents are gearing for another packed-filled season. To make sure that nobody on the Hill is missing out on some awesome events happening right in your neighborhood, the Beacon Hill Times have highlighted some of the happenings downtown.  ...

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Police Briefs 09-12-2017

September 13, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat Vandalism 09/03/17 – A victim parked her 2015 Chevrolet Cruze on Charles Street on Sept. 2 at around 11 p.m., but when she returned the next day at about 12:30 p.m., the right, rear window was broken.   Larceny from Moto Vehicle 09/03/17 – A victim reported parking her 2014 Nissan...

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Letter to the Editor

September 13, 2017
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Commercial speech Dear Editor, We are writing with our concerns about the request by the organizers of Hempfest (the oddly named “Freedom Rally”) for three days of what amounts to (unlawful) smoking and naked commercial activity on Boston Common, covered in a thin veneer of free speech. Over the last several years, this event...

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Obituaries 09-12-2017

September 13, 2017
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Francis Lowell Coolidge Law partner with Ropes & Gray LLP Francis Lowell Coolidge died peacefully on Aug. 31. Mr. Coolidge was born on Aug. 4, 1945, in Waltham, Mass., to Francis Lowell and Helen Read Curtis Coolidge. He spent most of his life in Boston until retiring to Charlottesville, Va., in 2013. A graduate...

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Kicking It With New England Revolution

September 7, 2017
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Kicking It With New England Revolution

Local students participating in a soccer clinic with New England Revolution players on the Charlies River Esplanade on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

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Colorful Mural Comes to the Charles River Esplanade

September 7, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen What was once a dark, graffiti-ridden, sore patch along the beautiful Esplanade is in the midst of being rejuvenated through a colorful, dynamic mural that is currently in the works. The brightly colored mural will reflect the daily cacophony of fast paced bicyclists, skaters, joggers, boat traffic, and the rhythm of...

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Students Return to Boston as Summer Comes to its End

September 7, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen September 1, for many in the City means it is time to pack up and move into new apartments. Across the downtown neighborhoods of Beacon Hill and the Back Bay, many movers dealt with moving belongings for the new school year up numerous flights of stairs and driving U-Haul’s around tight...

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Community Leaders Gather for Vigil, International Overdose Awareness Day

September 7, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen As trucks were being filled with numerous donations to be sent down to help Houston, a different somber crowd descended on City Hall Plaza to mark the start of Overdose Awareness Month in the City of Boston. Together, Mayor Martin Walsh, the Office of Recovery Services and other community leaders gathered...

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