New Bridge Planned on North Washington Street

December 24, 2015
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New Bridge Planned on North Washington Street

The architect who designed the city’s iconic Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge was on hand at the West End Museum on Wednesday to present preliminary plans for the estimated $125-million replacement of the North Washington Street Bridge. Miguel Rosales, president and founder of Boston-based Rosales + Partners Transportation Design, outlined the Massachusetts Department...

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Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro Joins Saunders Family

December 24, 2015
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Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro Joins Saunders Family

Peter and Cecilia Rait, owners of the Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro, are scheduled to sell the Charles Street business and building to the Saunders Hotel Group at noon today, December 22. The decision to sell came partly from the Raits’ idea that they were still young enough to explore other possibilities. “We still...

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Downtown View:North Station Transportation Troubles

December 24, 2015
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Consider North Station. The Boston Redevelopment Authority has defined its area as extending from the river to New Sudbury Street and from Cambridge Street to North Washington Street. Parts of that area, especially around the terminal itself, used to offer cheap office rents and, except in the West End, not much housing. Some streets...

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The Campaign Trail for the State Senate

December 24, 2015
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Rep. Livingstone announces campaign for State Senate State Representative Jay Livingstone, of Boston’s 8th Suffolk District, announced today that he will be a Democratic candidate in the upcoming special election to fill the State Senate seat soon to be vacated by Anthony Petruccelli, which includes parts of Boston and Cambridge, the city of Revere...

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Esplanade Association to Restore Historic Lotta Fountain

December 24, 2015
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The Esplanade Association, in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), has announced plans to restore the park’s historic Lotta Fountain beginning in 2016. The fountain revitalization is part of the “Esplanade 2020” vision project and follows on recently completed capital projects, including the Eliot Memorial and Hatch Shell Oval lawn restoration....

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Police Briefs 12-22-2015

December 24, 2015
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 12/12/15 – A victim reported that he parked his 2015 Subaru Forester on Beacon Street at 2:45 p.m. on Dec. 11. When he returned at 4:45 p.m. the next day, though, his musical instruments, sound equipment and accessories, along with his prescription...

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Enjoy the Holidays Safely

December 24, 2015
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Holiday get-togethers with family, friends, and co-workers are wonderful things, but all too many of such gatherings will result in tragic consequences that will be in the headlines the next day. All of us should be sure not only to limit our own holiday partying, but also be the caretaker of those whom we...

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Don’t Forget Those in Need

December 24, 2015
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While the vast majority of us are able to enjoy the holiday season to the fullest, and take for granted holiday traditions such as the sharing of gifts, the warm embrace at holiday gatherings of friends and family, and a nice Christmas dinner, the reality for too many among us is far different. So...

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Merry Christmas

December 24, 2015
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Another Christmas is at hand and families will gather, as they have done for generations, to celebrate the holiday season with our friends and loved ones. Peace on earth, joy to the world, and the like may be platitudinous phrases when spoken at any other time of the year, but during the Christmas season...

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Ready for the Holidays

December 17, 2015
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Ready for the Holidays

Santa was taking requests all evening at the Hill House, where he is shown here holding Kolton and Kane Kelleher after the boys assured St. Nick they’d been good all year.

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Rep Livingstone Considering a Run for State Senate Seat

December 17, 2015
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Rep Livingstone Considering  a Run for State Senate Seat

 By Cary Shuman Beacon Hill’s State Rep. Jay Livingstone said he is “seriously considering” a run for the State Senate seat held by Anthony Petruccelli, who has announced that he will be stepping down from the position in January. “I’m seriously considering it and evaluating all my options right now and I will make...

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Downtown View:Pots and Kettles

December 17, 2015
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Opposition to Don Chiofaro’s Harbor Garage Project has heated up. But some of it is the pot calling the kettle black. Or people in glass houses throwing stones.  Hypocrisy is addressed in the New Testament. “why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in...

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Neighborhood Guide Goes Digital

December 17, 2015
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With its recently published 17th edition, the Beacon Hill Neighborhood Guide is now available digitally for the first time. Compiled each year by the Beacon Hill Civic Association staff in response to the most common inquiries its office receives, the guide offers contact information for elected officials, local police and fire departments, and city...

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Remember to Shop Local this Holiday Season

December 17, 2015
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association encourages neighbors and residents to remember to shop local during the upcoming Holiday Season. Here are 10 great reasons why supporting your local businesses allows our special Beacon Hill community to thrive: Community Support: Significantly more money stays in a neighborhood when purchases are made at locally owned, rather...

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Coalition is Being Formed to Save Local Elm Trees

December 17, 2015
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By Suzanne Besser When earlier this year Harvard University published a study showing the amount of methane leaking from Greater Boston’s aging pipelines to be three times what was previously thought, members of the downtown environmental group Mothers Out Front moved methane to the top of their agenda. And when new information surfaced last...

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Farewell to Beacon Hill’s Callie

December 17, 2015
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By Dan Murphy Perhaps the most famous dog on what is as touted as the most photographed street in the U.S. died Dec. 5. Callie, a 9-year-old golden retriever belonging to Joe and Kristin Casey of Acorn Street, apparently passed in her sleep. “She died peacefully and restfully,” Kristin said. “She was such a...

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Boston to Host Citywide Meeting About the Flood Insurance Rate Maps

December 17, 2015
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By John Lynds The City of Boston Community Engagements Director for Environment, Energy and Open Space Lauren Zingarelli appeared at a recent community meeting to announce Boston will host a citywide meeting concerning the Flood Insurance Rate Maps that go into effect on March 16, 2016. The Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) and city officials...

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Winners Named in Charles Street ‘Storefront Decorating Contest’

December 17, 2015
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By Dan Murphy As part of the “Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll” on Thursday, the Joint Charles Street Committee selected the winners in its second bi-annual “Storefront Decorating Contest.” Holiday Boutique, located at 53 Charles St., was awarded first place, while Fastachi at 83 Charles St. and Soodee Women’s Boutique at 63 Charles St. won...

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Police Briefs 12-15-2015

December 17, 2015
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BEACON HILL BEAT From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 12/06/2015 – Between 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 9:59 a.m. on Dec. 6, a victim reported that she parked her Subaru crossover at Brimmer and Mt. Vernon streets. When she returned, the front passenger’s side window was smashed and her wallet,...

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Decorating Beacon Hill

December 10, 2015
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Decorating Beacon Hill

From left, Catherine Morey, Fiona O’Keeffe and Annie O’Keeffe were busy on Saturday decorating the lamp posts on Chestnut Street.

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‘Holiday Stroll’ is Thursday

December 10, 2015
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By Dan Murphy One of the neighborhood’s most highly anticipated, seasonal events, the “Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll,” returns on Thursday. “Charles Street is magical at the holidays, and this is a wonderful time to come out and celebrate with our business community,” said Nina Castellion, president of the Beacon Hill Business Association, which has...

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Beacon Hill Athletes Honored at NCD

December 10, 2015
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Five Beacon Hill residents were honored at the Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart fall Athletic Awards Assembly. Senior Caroline Diggins (West Cedar Street), a co-captain of Varsity Crew, was voted the team’s MVP. Diggins has rowed all four years with the crew team and raced three of those years in the...

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Two Hour Free Parking Available if Motorists use ParkBoston App

December 10, 2015
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Transportation Department are inviting residents and visitors to use the ParkBoston app and receive two hours of free parking at all metered spaces in the City this holiday season.  The two free hours may be used from Friday, November 27th through the end of the day on...

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Downtown View:My people

December 10, 2015
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It’s when I ride the crowded subway that I feel most Bostonian. “These are my people,” I think. Not that they are much like me. They are younger than I am for the most part. Sometimes one will get up from his seat and motion to me that I should take it. I know...

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