A Kitchen for the Whole Family

April 1, 2016
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by Suzanne Besser When they were house hunting several years ago, a young couple living on Charles Street knew exactly what they were looking for. It took them a year to find it. And when they did, they remodeled it to fit their lifestyle so attractively and effectively that it was chosen one of...

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Downtown View:Gobsmacked by the English Language

April 1, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor “Gobsmacked” came to America at just the right time. We needed a word that called to mind being unexpectedly socked in the head with a fistful of some disgusting, muddy substance. It’s what most of us have experienced during the current Republican campaign for president. Thanks, Britain, and Susan Boyle,...

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Livingstone Endorsed by Environmental Groups

April 1, 2016
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Rep. Jay Livingstone, a Boston legislator running to fill Senator Anthony Petruccelli’s vacated senate seat, has been endorsed by the Environmental League of Massachusetts and Massachusetts Voters for Animals.  This announcement follows recent endorsements from a large group of unions representing thousands of voters throughout the district. Livingstone said, “I am honored to have...

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Police Briefs 03-29-2016

April 1, 2016
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From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 03/19/16          A victim reported he parked his 2010 Land Rover at Charles and Beacon streets at 11 p.m. on March 18, and when he returned at 5:50 p.m. the next day, T-shirts and CDs were missing from the vehicle. There was no sign of forced...

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Five Simple Habits to Help Our Children Thrive

April 1, 2016
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By Ron Ferguson, Jeff Howard and Mayor Martin J. Walsh Did you know that 80% of a child’s brain development occurs during the first three years of life? That fact presents a challenge: it means we can’t wait for schools to prepare our kids to learn. But it’s also an opportunity, because much of...

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Food Trucks Coming Again to Brewer Fountain

March 25, 2016
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Food Trucks Coming Again to Brewer Fountain

By Jordan Frias Four different food trucks will be stationed at Brewer Fountain Plaza on the Boston Common this spring season. Bon Me, Blazing Salads on Wheels, Heritage Food Truck and Cookie Monstah were chosen through an RFP process through the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, with help from the Friends of the Public...

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Reinhardt Joins BHCA Staff

March 25, 2016
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Reinhardt Joins BHCA Staff

By Dan Murphy Katie Reinhardt joined the Beacon Hill Civic Association as its new administrative assistant on March 7. Reinhardt, age 29, was raised in Indianapolis and earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Indianapolis in 2009. Soon after graduating, she accepted a position as “development ambassador” for the non-profit...

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Officials Outline Plans for Managing Climate Change

March 25, 2016
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By Dan Murphy City officials outlined their plans for managing climate change at Community Church of Boston on March 15 at a forum sponsored by the Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee. Panelists included Austin Blackmon, the city’s chief of environment, energy and open space; Lourdes Lopez, community outreach manager for “Renew Boston,” the public-private...

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Downtown View:The Seaport.Is Anyone There?

March 25, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor Last week this column was about fish. This week there are other matters to consider about the seaport surrounding the Seaport District. The first is the most heralded. “The harbor cleanup really only finished in 2000,” said Julie Wormser, executive director of the Boston Harbor Association. “The harbor has had...

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Letters to the Editor

March 25, 2016
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City Hall Plaza and Delaware North Dear Editor: I read – with great apprehension – that Delaware North has been chosen to “spruce up” City Hall Plaza. I assume all those associated with designating Delaware North know that it’s the former concessionaire at Yosemite National Park. DN claims it now owns the names “Ahwahnee...

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Stand by your Guns Commissioner-Fingerprinting is a Public Safety Issue

March 25, 2016
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Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans’ attempt to have all Uber and Lyft drivers provide fingerprints for public safety reasons is completely justified. If the 6,000 Boston cab drivers have to provide fingerprints, there is no reason why other transportation service drivers should do the same. Fingerprints can be used in many ways, especially...

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The T in MBTA Stands for Terrible

March 25, 2016
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Each week there is a negative story regarding the MBTA. If it’s not overtime costs, breakdowns, poor operations, deficit issues or poor service it’s something else and there appears to be no end in sight towards resolving any of the problems. Governor Charlie Baker has vowed to start in motion solutions but he would...

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Girl Scout Cookie Sale

March 11, 2016
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Girl Scout Cookie Sale

Beacon Hill/Back Bay troop members participated in the Girl Scouts’ “National Cookie Weekend: with a sale on Charles Street, outside of Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill, on Feb. 28. The unseasonable warm weather helped heat up sales, proceeds of which benefit the neighborhood troop and Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass. Pictured, left to right, are...

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New Voter in 2034

March 11, 2016
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New Voter in 2034

State Rep. Jay Livingstone and his wife Julie welcomed their firstborn child at Massachusetts General Hospital on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 7:45 a.m. The couple’s son, Henry James Livingstone, weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and measured 20.5 inches. “I’m so excited with the newest addition to our family,” said Livingstone, who is currently a...

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Downtown View:Meals at your Doorstep

March 11, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor You can get just about anything delivered to your door these days. The question is: Is it worth it? I’d say there are still kinks to be worked out if these companies want to succeed in downtown Boston or any dense city. I was introduced to the concept of meal-kit...

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Volunteers Sought for Usage Study at Common

March 11, 2016
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By Dan Murphy The Friends of the Public Garden is seeking volunteers to assist in a study that intends to shed light on usage of the Boston Common. Working with an experienced research firm, the non-proåfit will execute a three-season study of the Common to better understand how and how often the park is...

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Ward 5 Democratic Committee Plans Environmental Forum,March 15

March 11, 2016
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The next meeting of the Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee will be held Tuesday, March 15, at 7 p.m. at the Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street in the Back Bay. This month, the committee will host a forum on environmental issues, including the City of Boston’s Climate Action Plan and opportunities for...

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Design Options for Tremont St Side of Common Garage Shown at Meeting

March 11, 2016
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By Jordan Frias Design options for the Tremont Street side of the Boston Common were shared at a public briefing meeting on February 25. Gary Claiborne, project manager at Pressley Associates, the local landscape architect firm that was hired by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, presented a potential design to a group of...

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Search Continues for New BPL Leader

March 11, 2016
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By Seth Daniel While a great amount of attention was focused on the departure of the previous president of the Boston Public Library, a panel of highly-qualified folks have, in a much quieter way, been conducting an exhaustive public search for the new president – and the process is now progressing into the final...

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BHWF Presents Chasing the Cure for Breast Cancer

March 11, 2016
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By Kathy Hull Tonight, the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) presents “Good Funding & Good Fortune: Ending Breast Cancer,” featuring two women leaders engaged in international efforts to cure breast cancer. The first is Myra J. Biblowit, President and CEO of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in New York City. The Foundation is the...

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Letter to the Editor

March 11, 2016
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Faithful reader grateful for memorial Thank you, most kindly, for giving space to the piece on Bob Goodwin’s passing. Your thoughtfulness will bring much comfort not only to the seniors at Beacon House but to his family and friends in the community. Mary Hirsch Beacon House

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‘Spotlight’ is an Important Film for Healing and Renewal

March 11, 2016
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By Cardinal Sean O’Malley Spotlight is an important film for all impacted by the tragedy of clergy sexual abuse. By providing in-depth reporting on the history of the clergy sexual abuse crisis, the media led the Church to acknowledge the crimes and sins of its personnel and to begin to address its failings, the...

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Driving Bill will Save Lives and Injuries

March 11, 2016
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House and Senate elected officials have a chance to pass a solid public safety bill that would put the brakes on Massachusetts drivers using hand-held mobile electrical devices while on the road. The bill would make it illegal to use cell-phones while driving and prohibit drivers from entering information by hand to a GPS...

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DPW Resumes Beacon Hill Street Sweeping

March 4, 2016
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DPW Resumes Beacon Hill Street Sweeping

The Boston Public Works Department (PWD)  announced that efforts are underway to clean the streets following this winter’s snow and ice, morning posted street sweeping has resumed and posted residential street sweeping will resume in Beacon Hill on March 1. Snow and ice no longer pose an issue for street cleaning on these routes...

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