Downtown View:Meeting Over Coffee

July 30, 2016
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Our local elected officials usually schedule coffee hours once a month or so in each neighborhood in case constituents want to come and chat about important public matters. So a couple of weeks ago I sat down with state Rep. Jay Livingstone as he waited in Panificio on Charles Street for people to come...

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BHAC Grants Permission for Cellphone Towers Here

July 30, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen At Thursday’s meeting of the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission (BHAC),  proposals by two cell phone service providers, AT&T and T-Mobile were unanimously passed by the board despite previous denials for a similar proposal by Wireless PCS LLC in April. The BHAC went into a closed executive session for 30 minutes to...

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George Looks to Get the Upper Honk on Problem Geese in Local Open Spaces

July 30, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Resisting all references to the silly geese, Councilor Anissa Essaibi George is preparing to introduce an order at the City Council next month to investigate ways to rid the City’s parks and open spaces of a growing and aggressive population of geese. George said it’s a little comical and most people...

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City Officials Unveil New Website

July 30, 2016
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the launch of Boston.gov, the redesigned digital front door for the City of Boston on Wednesday. The website features significant changes to the visual design, organization and underlying technology of the City’s website. “The launch of the new website marks a meaningful step in making the City’s digital services...

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Mohona Siddique Steps Down as City Councilor Zakim’s Neighborhood Liaison

July 30, 2016
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By Dan Murphy After more than two years in the position, Mohona Siddique is stepping down as City Councilor Josh Zakim’s neighborhood liaison at the end of the week to pursue a master’s degree in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania. “My role in shaping the landscape of city comes from advocating for...

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Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project Update

July 30, 2016
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MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC), will close the Longfellow Bridge to all vehicular traffic as follows: Through Friday, July 29, from 11:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM the following morning These closures are necessary to perform work in the downstream roadway. Bicycle and pedestrian traffic and the MBTA Red Line will be maintained...

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Police Briefs 07-26-2016

July 30, 2016
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 07/16/16 – A victim reports his 2007 Toyota Camry was parked on South Charles Street between 7:30 p.m. on July 15 and 2 a.m. on July 16, during which time unknown person(s) smashed the rear driver’s side window and removed the victim’s...

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A Little Night Music

July 22, 2016
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A Little Night Music

The Landmarks Orchestra performing on a beautiful summer night on the Charles River Esplanade last Wednesday night.

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BRA Okays Temple St Project

July 22, 2016
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By Dan Murphy The Boston Redevelopment Authority board of directors voted on Thursday to approve the approximately $162-million residential redevelopment proposed for 33-61 Temple St. Dedham-based JDMD Owner, LLC intends to transform the interconnected Hiriam J. Archer and Frank J. Donahue buildings at Temple and Derne streets, which were previously owned and occupied by...

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Downtown View:Words To Get Rid Of

July 22, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor This week is going to be pretty exciting. First, we’ll learn how many Republicans are packing guns at their convention. And, mercifully, we’ll also start to get rid of a dreadful word. The word is “presumptive.” We must endure that word every time Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is mentioned....

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Free Shakespeare On The Common Returns from July 20 through Aug 7

July 22, 2016
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One of Greater Boston’s most beloved traditions, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s “Free Shakespeare On The Common” takes up residence on the Boston Common July 20 – August 7, presenting William Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, directed by Founding Artistic Director Steven Maler. Performances are free and open to the public, Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 pm; Sundays, 7 pm;...

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John Jeffries House Sold for $25M

July 22, 2016
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The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) has sold the John Jeffries House to a Boston real-estate investment and development firm for $25 million, according to published reports. The 46-room hotel at 170 Charles St. will continue to be operated by the new owner, Related Beal Cos., which also purchased the adjacent garage at...

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Letter to the Editor

July 22, 2016
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Boston Public Market now open daily Dear Editor: Since the Boston Public Market opened last summer, you’ve welcomed us with open arms, and helped us succeed in our mission to provide fresh, healthy food to consumers of all income levels, nourish our community and educate the public about food sources, nutrition, and preparation. In...

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Our Summer of Discontent

July 22, 2016
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Tragic events seem to be cascading upon us from throughout the world almost on a daily basis. Whereas for the past 15 years (since 9/11), a terrorist-inspired event might happen sporadically, now when we go on-line each morning to look at the latest news, we find ourselves reading about some terrible act committed either...

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BHGC Donates Record Amount to 50 Non-Profits

July 15, 2016
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BHGC Donates Record Amount to 50 Non-Profits

The Beacon Hill Garden Club, coming off one of the most successful Hidden Garden Tours in its 89-year history, is poised to contribute more than $98,000 to about 50 local, regional and national environmental and horticulture non-profits. That amount includes the $25,000 the club will donate to the reconstruction of the garden at the...

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Join Us On The Esplanade for The Summer

July 15, 2016
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Fiends of the Esplanade offer the following free summer programs and events. Healthy, Fit & Fun Beginning Tuesday, July 12 Beginning Tuesday, July 12, the Esplanade Association will be offering our hugely popular free fitness classes in the park. This year, thanks to our partners, we are thrilled to once again offer weekly Zumba,...

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Annual Evening on the Esplanade Set for July 13

July 15, 2016
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Friends and Beacon Hill residents are invited once again to a summer evening filled with music, camaraderie and gourmet food at the opening night of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra on Wednesday, July 13th, at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. Music Director Christopher Wilkins will lead the orchestra in “Rhapsody in Green”, featuring...

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Downtown View:The Toxic Culture of Guns

July 15, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor Everyone is saying race relations are at a new low. We have to have a conversation, a dialogue, a national catharsis of speech. I can’t figure out how any of this will help unless we get rid of the gun culture. Good and kind Americans of any color can work...

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Grand Re-Opening of Boston Public Central Library

July 15, 2016
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by Marianne Salza Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston Public Library (BPL) staff, the Board of Trustees, elected officials, and more than 1,000 residents attended the grand re-opening of the Central Library, in Copley Square. Attendees commemorated the July 9 milestone with a ribbon cutting in celebration of the final phase of the three year renovation...

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ParkARTS Children’s Workshops Return July 5

July 15, 2016
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The Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s annual ParkARTS program, sponsored by Holly and David Bruce, is pleased to announce the return of its series of children’s arts workshops giving kids the opportunity to express their creativity while working on fun projects with local artists. From East Boston to West Roxbury, children ages three to...

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International Phenomenon Le Dîner en Blanc Returns to Boston this Summer

July 15, 2016
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The international epicurean phenomenon Le Dîner en Blanc returns to Boston Saturday, July 30, 2016. On the heels of last September’s epic rain-soaked event at Boston City Hall Plaza, this July’s secret affair promises another unforgettable evening of elegance, beauty and magic, as it takes over an undisclosed public space whose location is only...

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Boston Transportation Department Offers Free Cycling Clinics For Women This Summer

July 15, 2016
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The Boston Transportation Department will be offering free cycling clinics for adult women this summer at locations around the city.  Women who never learned to ride a bike, as well as those who would like to refresh their skills, are all encouraged to attend.  With the New Balance Hubway bike-share program expanding to Roxbury,...

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Sadness Across America

July 15, 2016
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The shooting deaths of two black men by white police officers in Minnesota and Baton Rouge, and then the assassination of five white officers by a black sniper in Dallas, have shocked Americans of all ages, races, color, and creeds. These tragic deaths that have filled the headlines this past week have unleashed a...

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Local Seniors Graduate from NCDS

Local Seniors Graduate from NCDS

Beacon Hill residents Caroline Diggins (West Cedar St.) (left) and Katherine Holman (Chestnut St.) graduated on June 9 from Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. The 136th commencement exercises were held in the Sunken Garden at the school. Diggins graduated with High Honor and was awarded the Scholar Athlete Prize. Holman graduated...

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