Landscape Company Donates Services to Esplanade

May 5, 2015
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Landscape Company Donates Services to Esplanade

As part of the annual Arbor Day of Service, the Cambridge Landscape Company donated its arborist services, expertise and equipment to The Esplanade Association on Thursday to help care for trees along the park. “We pride ourselves on being a locally owned private business with deep ties to the community,” said James Kelley, founder...

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Friends of the Public Garden Welcomes The Warmth with Green and White Ball

April 23, 2015
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Friends of the Public Garden Welcomes The Warmth with Green and White Ball

The Friends of the Public Garden and Taj Boston will host the annual Green and White Ball on Friday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Taj Boston ballroom. The annual event raises funds to provide care for the Boston Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall, which has been the mission of the...

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Downtown View: Picture L.A.

April 23, 2015
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Picture the skyline of Los Angeles. How about Minneapolis, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Phoenix, even Chicago? You can’t? Oh, well. Now picture Washington D. C., Seattle, Toronto or New York. You know those skylines, don’t you? There might be a gimmick—Seattle’s Space Needle; Toronto’s CN Tower with the scary glass floor. Or there might be...

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Maria Toyoda Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Suffolk Univ.

April 23, 2015
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Maria Toyoda, an educational leader and scholar with extensive experience in interdisciplinary studies, has been named dean of Suffolk University’s College of Arts & Sciences, the University announced. The Suffolk Board of Trustees approved the appointment at its April 10 meeting. Toyoda will join Suffolk July 1 from Villanova University, where she is associate...

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Hill Is in Line with More On-campus Student Housing

April 23, 2015
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The Beacon Hill community is in line with the city’s objective of making more housing available for non-students through the construction of new dormitories, as outlined in a report released by the Department of Neighborhood Development earlier this month. “I think we have strong desire to see more dorms built because Boston overall needs...

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BHCA Files Injunction To Halt Work On Sidewalks

April 23, 2015
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) and 11 residents filed an injunction in Suffolk Super Court on Wednesday to prohibit the city from continuing construction on wheelchair-accessible sidewalk ramps in the Beacon Hill Historic District until the legal requirements of the historic district law and Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act regulations are satisfied. “The BHCA...

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Hill Named ‘Most Beautiful Neighborhood in America’

April 23, 2015
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Thrillist – a popular travel Web site on social media – recently named Beacon Hill the “most beautiful neighborhood in America,” ranking it top among 10 contenders. “Between the red brick sidewalks, the classic Georgian architecture, and the gaslights casting their amber glow down the narrow streets, this gorgeous colonial ‘hood stands out from...

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Notes Spring with ‘Art In Bloom’

April 15, 2015
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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Notes Spring with ‘Art In Bloom’

Welcoming back one of Boston’s springtime staples, the 39th annual “Art in Bloom” (April 25-27) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), will blossom with 51 art-inspired floral arrangements, hand-crafted by New England garden clubs and professional designers. This year’s arrangements will artistically accentuate works found throughout the Museum, including objects in the...

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Education to be in Spotlight at BHWF Tonight

April 15, 2015
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At tonight’s meeting of the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF), members are invited to enjoy presentations by three creative, local women whose careers are devoted to helping others get beyond habitual perceptions and expectations. One is an educator, one is an art gallery owner, and one is an artist. They each devote their considerable...

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Police Briefs 04-14-2015

April 15, 2015
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Larceny from Motor Vehicle 04/04/15 – A victim reported that she parked her 2000 Toyota Camry on Charles Street between 7:30 p.m. on April 3 and 9:30 a.m. on April 4, but when she returned her laptop, leather bag, backpack, GPS and personal papers were stolen. Larceny from Motor Vehicle 04/05/15 – A victim...

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Downtown View:What is Best for Us, not Tsarnaev

April 15, 2015
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We’ve had the trial even though Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers admitted he was guilty on the first day. This trial was important to endure. If we hadn’t had it, the conspiracy theorists would crawl out, accusing the police of cover-ups. The Fox-TV screamers would be concocting stories about how it was all Obama’s fault. The...

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New Director at Nichols House

April 15, 2015
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Following an extensive search, Victoria Glazomitsky was recently named the new executive director of the Nichols House Museum (NHM). “I could not be more thrilled to join the Nichols House Museum team,” Glazomitsky said. “It is not only an architectural and cultural treasure, but also has an amazing story, particularly as reflected through the...

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BPD’s Captain Fong Meets with Hill Community

April 15, 2015
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Captain Kenneth Fong of Boston Police Area A-1 was on hand at the Mt. Vernon Street firehouse Wednesday for a meeting of the Beacon Hill Civic Association Safety Committee. At this time, Fong reported the Part One crime (property and violent crimes) statistics from Jan. 1 through April 7 of this year, compared with...

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Team Friends Preserves Parks for the Long Run

April 7, 2015
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Team Friends Preserves Parks for the Long Run

The Boston Marathon, a city staple for 118 years, is quickly approaching. The event showcases the strength and determination of the local and global community, joining together to support the participants—amongst whom are the two women running this year in support of the Friends of the Public Garden. Deborah Howe and Lina Hristova are...

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Spring is Your Chance to Beautify Beacon Hill

April 7, 2015
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After what has seemed like an endless winter, we’re finally starting to see the first signs of spring emerging. As the last of the snow disappears and flowers begin to bloom, we hope that you’ll take the opportunity to recognize neighbors during the spring edition of “Beautify Beacon Hill.” The Beacon Hill Civic Association,...

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Creative Kitchens Tour 2015

April 7, 2015
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Rarely seen behind the brick facades of Boston’s 19th century townhouses are the kitchens within.  A special event to be held Saturday, April 11, offers a rare opportunity to do just that. The Creative Kitchens Tour 2015 welcomes guests to step into the heart of eight distinctive homes on Beacon Hill and the Back...

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Charles Bank Playground and Lee Pool Closed for Construction

April 7, 2015
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Beginning Thursday, April 2, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has closed both the Charles Bank Playground and the Lee Wading Pool, located at 280 Charles St., to assist with construction at both facilities. DCR will be replacing the surface of the playground and is constructing a spray deck at the pool. The...

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Downtown View: Young Adults Invest in City

April 7, 2015
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This is what older adults think of the newly minted adults—20 to early 30s—living on their block: They have loud parties. They drink too much. They put their trash out at any old time and don’t bag it properly. They have too many dogs, and they don’t pick up the you-know-what. They don’t care...

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BHAC Agenda

April 7, 2015
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The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, 16 April 2015 starting at 4:00p.m. in room 801, Boston City Hall. Subject of the hearing will be applications for Certificates of Appropriateness on the agenda below, review of architectural violations, and such business as may come before the commission, in accordance...

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Obituaries 04-07-2015

April 7, 2015
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Ronald Knudsen Boston Symphony Violinist After a long life and rich career filled with wonderful colleagues and incredible music, Ronald Knudsen passed away peacefully in the comfort of his beloved home surrounded by family at nearly the age of 84. As a highly respected member of Boston’s professional musical community, Ron was known as...

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BLC Anniversary Celebrations Start on Boston Common

April 1, 2015
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BLC Anniversary Celebrations Start on Boston Common

On a recent brisk evening in March, a group of hearty Bostonians relished the opportunity to take a “Spin in the Park” to kick off the Boston Landmarks Commission’s (BLC) 40th anniversary. The tour of Boston Common, a designated landmark since 1977, was co-hosted by BLC and the Friends of the Public Garden. Friends...

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Water and Sewer Increases Are Part of Larger Story

April 1, 2015
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Anyone who gets a bill from the Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) might have noticed over the last few years that those bills have steadily gone up. In fact, since 2013, rates have increased by nearly 14 percent, and by 5.05 percent just this year. For the average homeowner in Charlestown, that can...

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Beacon Hill Architectural Commission

April 1, 2015
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The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission held  a public hearing on Thursday, March 19  The following determinations were made: APPROVED Application 15.722 BH Applicant: 66 Charles Street (continued review) Persona Jewelry (tenant): Install fascia sign and blade sign DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE Application 15.859 BH Applicant: 28-30 Mount Vernon Street (continued review) Grassi Design Group (architect):...

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Downtown View:Re-envisioning City Hall Plaza

April 1, 2015
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Mayor Walsh has asked for help in remaking City Hall Plaza. He has resorted to Twitter to re-invent, re-imagine, re-envision #CityHallPlaza. In letters, radio commentary and Twitter, Bostonians have chimed in. Art exhibits, a baseball diamond, a roller rink, Yo-Yo Ma’s music garden idea, trees, an inexplicable suggestion for an “enhanced multimodal hub-ness”—all these...

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