Closing a Church and Its Garden

July 3, 2015
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Church attendance is down all over America, but especially in New England, where only 17 to 22 percent of the residents report weekly attendance. Almost half of all Americans report they rarely or never go to church. One web site lists 27 churches in Massachusetts for sale to developers. The Catholic Archdiocese of Boston...

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Mt. Vernon St. Resident Recognized for PAL Work

July 3, 2015
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Mt. Vernon Street resident Jean McInerney was recently recognized by Horizons for Homeless Children for her ongoing volunteer work in the non-profit’s Schoen Family Community Children’s Center in Dorchester. She was honored as a Playspace Activity Leaders (PALs) during a June 15 banquet at Cambridge’s Microsoft NERD Center for serving at the Community Children’s...

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Corey and Rosales watch over the tree pits

June 30, 2015
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Corey and Rosales watch over the tree pits

Beacon Hill was expecting a lot of company. It was May 20, the day before 2000 visitors would come for the Beacon Hill Garden Club’s annual Hidden Garden Tour. John Corey and Miguel Rosales had rounded up a group of volunteers to help spruce up the place, so to speak. The Mt. Vernon Street...

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28 Pinckney Back On the Table

June 23, 2015
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28 Pinckney Back On the Table

The little Pinckney Street building located at the rear of a 1830’s six-story brick townhouse at 63 Mt. Vernon Street took center stage again, this time at the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission meeting Thursday. The 300-square foot building at 28 Pinckney Street was built in 1917 as a carriage house for the Mt Vernon...

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City Required to Seek State’s Review Of ADA Sidewalk Ramp Construction

June 23, 2015
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In August of 2014, the City of Boston began construction of a series of new disability access ramps on Beacon Street in the Beacon Hill Historic District, replacing historic brick sidewalks and existing brick access ramps with new ramps made of poured cement and installing plastic tactile warning panels on the new ramps. The...

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Police Briefs 06-23-2015

June 23, 2015
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Breaking and Entering – Non-Residence 06/12/15 – At around 1:21 a.m., police responded to a Chestnut Street clothing store for a breaking and entering in progress. On arrival, witnesses reported a male suspect threw two bricks through the windows and stole a sweater before fleeing on foot.

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The More Things Change

June 23, 2015
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Larry DiCara remembers his first encounter with Mayor Kevin White. It was 1971. DiCara was newly elected to the Boston City Council. The mayor phoned. Would DiCara meet with him? The young DiCara, outfitted in his best suit, entered the mayor’s office at the new city hall. White stood at the window overlooking Faneuil...

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TEA to Celebrate Restored Oval Lawn

June 18, 2015
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TEA to Celebrate Restored Oval Lawn

The Esplanade Association and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will celebrate the opening of the newly restored Hatch Shell Oval Lawn on the Charles River Esplanade on Friday, June 19, at 11 a.m.   The ceremonial ribbon will be cut by the DCR Commissioner Carol Sanchez accompanied by Tani Marinovich, executive director...

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BHCA and BHV to Host Annual Evening on Esplanade

June 18, 2015
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Beacon Hill residents are invited to a summer evening filled with camaraderie and gourmet food at the opening night of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra on Wednesday, July 15, at DCR’s Hatch Shell on the Esplanade.  Music Director Christopher Wilkins will lead the orchestra in “Rhapsody in Green,” featuring Debussy’s La Mer and Hovhaness’s And...

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Lowe’s Romeo to Premiere Thursday

June 18, 2015
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Award-winning filmmaker Lorna Lowe’s film Romeo, a documentary about a Cambridge man dedicated to rehabilitating male batterers, will premiere at the 17th Annual Roxbury International Film Festival Thursday evening. It is the second social issue documentary the Charles Street resident has produced and the Festival has featured. In her first documentary Shelter, Lowe, who...

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Love in the Lab

June 18, 2015
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Kerfuffle. Brouhaha, contretemps, a wrangle, rumpus, melee, a ruckus, a to-do. It is curious that some of the best words in the English language describe a commotion, a disturbance, a fuss. My big American Heritage dictionary, published in 2000, strangely does not include the word. But the online Oxford English Dictionary traces its origin...

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Raining Awareness on Alzheimer’s Disease

June 18, 2015
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June is Alzheimer’s and Brain awareness month, and Alzheimer’s disease is a subject that is very personal to me.  My grandmother had Alzheimer’s and I saw firsthand the toll it takes on a family, and the love and patience that is required to care for someone with the disease. My whole family suffered with...

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Duckling Day

Duckling Day

More than 1,000 people enjoyed a Mother’s Day full of feathers, frolicking and fun at the Friends of the Public Garden’s annual  “Duckling Day”   event, presented in partnership with the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

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Barks & Bagels: A Dog Event

For years the Boston Common Frog Pond has been the place for ice skaters twirling, toddlers splashing, parents picnicking, yogis posing and families watching movies. And next week, for the first time, the Frog Pond has set aside a special time for another growing group of park users: dogs playing. This Saturday, June 6,...

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Imagine Boston in 2030

Last week, I announced Imagine Boston 2030, the first citywide planning process in 50 years. It will be a two-year planning process to create a roadmap for success leading up to Boston’s 400th birthday. Boston is a city of neighborhoods and, more importantly, a city of neighbors who care and look out for one...

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Obituaries 06-02-2015

Cornelia Diane Golding Patten Lifelong social activist, active in racial integration and urban housing causes; had private audience with Dalai Lama Cornelia Diane Golding Patten of Boston, known affectionately as “Boots,” died Saturday, May 23 at Hearthstone at New Horizons in Marlborough. She was 88 years old. Born January 29, 1926 in Valdosta, Georgia,...

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Downtown View:Embracing the Greenway

June 4, 2015
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It has been six years since the Rose Kennedy Greenway’s first spring. It has been even longer since the Greenway was established, since the non-profits that hoped to cover the ramps abandoned their plans, and since frustrated horticultural volunteers fled the park leaders as too annoying to deal with. Things are looking up though....

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‘Outside the Box’ Organizers Seek to Mitigate Impact

June 4, 2015
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“Outside the Box” organizers are working with the community to help mitigate the impacts on the Boston Common of the free performing arts festival, which returns to the park from July 14 to 19. “We take our responsibility as respectful stewards of the Common quite seriously,” said Susan Darian, the festival’s managing director. “Our...

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More Employees Added to Help With Maintenance at Greenspaces

June 4, 2015
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Boston’s greenspaces will soon shine a little brighter, with the addition of a second maintenance crew for city parks in fiscal ’16. Ryan Woods, director of external affairs for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, said the new crew, consisting of four or five employees, will work after regular hours and on weekends. “We...

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TEA to Restore Lotta Fountain

June 4, 2015
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TEA to Restore Lotta Fountain

The Esplanade Association has launched a capital campaign to restore the Lotta Fountain, once a popular destination for dog and their owners in warm weather. The project has an estimated budget of between $250,000 and $300,000, and begins with updating a design study of the site completed in 2003. Anticipated work includes a thorough...

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Beacon Hill Art Walk

This Sunday, June 7th from 12-6pm is the Beacon Hill Art Walk in which local artists are able to exhibit and sell original, one-of-a-kind art from picturesque settings throughout the streets, secluded gardens, and alleyways of this historic neighborhood. Since 1990 this free public art fair has enlivened the neighborhood with paintings, collages, sculptures,...

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Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals

On Sunday May 17, members of the local community joined King’s Chapel’s Assistant Minister Shawn Fiedler in the garden of King’s Chapel’s Parish House on Beacon Street for the annual “Blessing of the Animals.” Pictured Rev. Fiedler is seen offering blessings and prayers for Tucker and his owner Joe.

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Downtown View:Recycle City

May 28, 2015
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We can get pretty depressed at the precarious state of the environment and the steps public officials are not taking to remedy the problem. Even more depressing are the climate change deniers, the clean coal boosters, the natural gas pipeline aficionados and the people who lack concern about fossil fuels damaging our air and...

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Beacon Hill Circle Helps Charities

It’s a proven formula. Neighborhood tours with visits to private homes equal new funds for local charities. That’s the formula the Beacon Hill Circle for Charity has followed for 53 years to raise funds for Greater Boston institutions serving women and children in need. By doing so, Circle members were able to raise about...

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