Beacon Hill Art Walk Set to Return on June 5

The Beacon Hill Art Walk is an annual event that takes place on the first Sunday in June from 12-6 p.m., throughout the nooks and crannies of Beacon Hill’s North Slope. Residents open up their private gardens, alleyways and courtyards and allow artists to display and sell their artwork. It is a chance for...

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Another Look at Proposal for 33-61 Temple Street

By Dan Murphy Neighbors got another look at the latest plans for what will be the largest residential redevelopment project in Beacon Hill’s history on Monday, May 16, at the second public meeting sponsored by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Dedham-based JDMD Owner, LLC intends to transform the interconnected, six-story Hiriam J. Archer and Frank...

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Civic Association Holds 94th Annual Meeting

By Dan Murphy The Beacon Hill Civic Association held its 94th annual meeting at the Union Club of Boston on Monday, May 16. At that time, Priscilla Fales, a longtime Beacon Hill Nursery School teacher who is set to retire next month, was presented with the 19th annual Beacon Award for her “significant and...

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Leslie Adam Joins Hammond Residential Back Bay/Beacon Hill Office

Melissa Dunn, manager of Hammond Residential Real Estate’s Back Bay/Beacon Hill office, is pleased to announce that Leslie Adam has affiliated with Hammond. In her new role, Adam looks forward to collaborating with buyer and seller clients from Hammond’s office location at 66 Beacon Street on the corner of Charles Street.  Adam draws upon...

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BRA Hires Company to Help Re-brand Itself as More Approachable

By Seth Daniel Looking to become a more friendly and approachable agency, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board approved a contract with Boston-based Continuum to help rebrand the agency as more trustworthy. The approval came at the BRA’s Thursday meeting, May 12, and allocated no more that $670,000 to the Continuum contract. The contract...

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Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series to Start

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) will launch the 2016 Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield on Wednesday, June 1, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Copley Square. The three-month series brings 21 free fitness classes per week to parks in 11...

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Jill Bourne Chosen as New President of the Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library Board of Trustees voted last week to extend an offer of employment for President of the Boston Public Library to Jill Bourne, City Librarian for the San Jose Public Library. The decision was made following public interviews of Bourne and David Leonard, Interim President of the BPL, and deliberation amongst...

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Boncore Sworn in as New Senator

By John Lynds Last Thursday in front of a packed Massachusetts Senate Chambers, Joseph Boncore (D-Winthrop) was officially sworn in as the new First Suffolk and Middlesex State Senator by Governor Charlie Baker. Boncore won the seven man special election race for the seat during the Democratic Primary in March. With no Republican challenger,...

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Police Briefs 05-24-2016

BEACON HILL BEAT From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny – Bike 05/12/16 – At around 4:50 p.m., a victim reported he locked his red-and-black Trek 23” bike in his Myrtle Street residence basement secured storage area on Jan. 15. When he checked on it May 12, the bike was gone. Attempted Breaking and Entering...

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Enjoy the Weekend — Safely

We saw a statistic the other day that seemed baffling: The death toll on our nation’s roads and highways once again is on the rise. Last year, there were 38,000 highway fatalities in America. That’s about 100 Americans killed every day in motor vehicle-related crashes and accidents. In addition, there are hundreds of thousands...

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Let’s Remember the True Meaning of Memorial Day

Memorial Day, our most solemn national holiday, will take place this weekend. It is symptomatic of our national culture that for most Americans, the true meaning of Memorial Day has long been lost amidst the excesses of our materialistic society. Since the 1960s, when Congress voted to make it part of a three-day weekend,...

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Four Decades of Residents Beautifying Temple Street

Four Decades of Residents Beautifying Temple Street

By Suzanne Besser Last weekend Temple Street got all dolled up. More than thirty residents came together to sweep away winter’s debris and dress the gently sloped street in its spring finery. Salmon-colored geraniums, white petunias and purple verbena now spill from its planters, while its hand-tilled tree pits sport red, pink and white...

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Beloved Nursery School Teacher Wins Beacon Award

Beloved Nursery School Teacher Wins Beacon Award

By Suzanne Besser Priscilla Fales, who has touched the lives of hundreds of neighborhood children and their families during her 47 years as a Beacon Hill Nursery School teacher, was awarded the 19th annual Beacon Award at Beacon Hill Civic Association Annual Meeting. In 1969, armed with a brand new early education degree from...

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Downtown View:Fish,Flowers and Fresh Produce

By Karen Taylor Last year for my birthday one of my daughters gave me flowers. These were not the usual birthday flowers. They were delivered to my door for several weeks from the one-eighth acre garden of Ferriss Buck Donham of Arlington. The flowers Ferriss provided were different from those available from even the...

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Friends of the Public Garden Offer Incentive to Join during Membership Month

The Friends of the Public Garden has launched a spring membership drive with an enticing incentive to bring in new members. Anyone who joins the Friends by Wednesday, May 25, will be entered into a drawing to win dinner for four at Toscano. As part of Membership Month, the Friends will host a wine...

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CPA to be on November Ballot

By John Lynds Last Wednesday the Boston City Council voted 12-1 to put the Community Preservation Act (CPA) on the November ballot. The next day, the Boston Park Advocates held a summit to discuss what CPAs could mean for the Boston Common, Public Garden and the Mall on Commonwealth Avenues. “Park advocates are thrilled...

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Tea’s ‘Moondance Gala’ Notes 15 Years of Making Life Better in the Park

Although the warm days are just starting to outnumber the cold, and the daffodils and crocuses are beginning to bloom, the Esplanade Association has already begun the planning for their annual “Moondance Gala” to be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, on the banks of the Charles River. With the theme Back to our Roots,...

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Boston Public Market Farmers Market Return this Week

The Boston Public Market Association’s two seasonal farmers markets in Dewey Square and outside the Boston Public Market return this week, bringing fresh local food to residents, workers, and visitors on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. As a supplement to the indoor, year round Boston Public Market, now entering its first full summer season after...

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BWSC Receives Two Awards from MassDEP

In recognition of the Boston Water and Sewer Commission’s (BWSC) long-term quality and reliability of water and sewer services in the City of Boston, the Commission received two awards from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) in celebration of National Drinking Water Week. The BWSC was awarded the Regional Recognition Award for outstanding...

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MFS Squash Busters Derby Raises Over $1 Million for Local Youth

In an inspiring show of support for the SquashBusters youth program’s twentieth year, members of the Boston community rallied together to raise over $1.2 million dollars for the tenth MFS SquashBusters Derby on Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th.  With help from partners like MFS Investment Management, who generously signed on as the event’s title sponsor for...

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Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project Public Information Meetings

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has scheduled two Public Information Meetings for the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project. Tuesday, May 24, 2016 6:00  – 8:00 PM Multicultural Arts Center 41 Second Street, Cambridge, MA  and Wednesday, May 25 6:00 – 8:00 PM Shriners Hospitals for Children – Auditorium 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA The purpose...

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Police Briefs 05-17-2016

CITIZENS ALERT Boston Police District A-1 Detectives are asking any resident or merchant who has been a victim of a recent real-estate scam to contact Lt. Detective or Chuck Wilson at 617-343-6328. Breaking and Entering – Commercial 05/06/16 – At around 10:07a.m., the manager of a Charles Street coffee shop reports unknown person(s) entered...

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Letters to the Editor

Reader makes case for curbed bicycle lanes I am writing to comment upon your May 7th article, “Charles Street” that speaks about the problem of bicyclists traveling the wrong way on the street. Cyclists have a responsibility to obey the traffic laws.  Additionally, the city has a responsibility of creating a viable pedestrian and...

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On the Garden Tour

On the Garden Tour

West Cedar Street garden will be open for both the Garden Soiree Tour Preview Cocktail Party and on Tour Day.

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