Sharon Malt Honored with Beacon Award

Sharon Malt Honored with Beacon Award

Twenty-two years ago Sharon Malt made the decision to devote her time and skills to non-profits rather than to continue her career in marketing. It was a decision that benefitted so many cultural, environmental and horticultural organizations both on and beyond Beacon Hill that last night she was presented with the sixteenth annual Beacon...

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Of Commencements … and Things

It was a weekend of commencements in Boston and throughout the nation – a weekend for parents, friends, relatives and for all those connected with universities and colleges to celebrate the newest batch of graduates. Beacon Hill shared two notable direct connections with commencements the past weekend. Alan Solomont, ambassador of the United States...

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Obituaries 05-22-2012

Joan ‘Marilyn’ Fenn Beacon Hill Resident Joan “Marilyn” M. (Egan), Fenn of Boston’s Beacon Hill, formerly of Winchester and Chatham, died on Saturday, May 12. Born in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of the late Mary (Caldwell) and Joseph Egan, she was the loving wife of Donald E. Fenn, beloved mother of Roger Fenn and...

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Public Input Sought Regarding Proposed Charlesgate: Greenway Path Linking Emerald Necklace to Esplanade

May 15, 2012
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Community input is being sought as a long anticipated public-private partnership gets underway to design the possible first step in reclaiming a pedestrian and bicycle route between the Emerald Necklace and Charles River Esplanade displaced by highway construction a half century ago. The Lawrence and Lillian Solomon Foundation, in partnership with the Department of...

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New Executive Director for BHCA

New Executive Director for BHCA

MaryLee Halpin, a South End resident experienced in both corporate and nonprofit work, will assume the position of executive director of the Beacon Hill Civic Association on May 29. With her long roots in Boston and relevant professional and volunteer experiences, MaryLee will bring great talent to the BHCA, said President Steve Young when...

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Future Uncertain for Villa Mexico After City Denies Zoning Request

May 15, 2012
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The owners of Villa Mexico Café are uncertain of the Mexican restaurant’s future after the city effectively blocked its proposed move to 12 Grove St. last week. “We have no next steps, no leads, so it’s back to the drawing board,” said Betsy King, who operates the small take-out restaurant with her mother Julie....

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Park Street School/Park Street Kids Students Unveil a Bit Of Solace for Future Families Staying at Christopher’s Haven

On May 7 at Park Street School on Brimmer Street, Park Street School (PSS) and Park Street Kids (PSK) students, parents and staff unveiled eight pieces of art, lovingly created to hang on the walls of Christopher’s Haven, a home away from home for families who have traveled to Boston for their child’s treatment...

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City Wins Truck Ban: to Take Effect June 13

The city has won its fight with MassDot, the state’s transportation authority, which has ruled that trucks carrying hazardous materials will be banned from Boston’s streets between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. They will instead be forced to use Interstate 95 around the city, unless making a local pickup or delivery. Mayor Thomas Menino...

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NSTAR, Again

In March, a fire at an electrical sub-station in Back Bay caused a costly and potentially dangerous electrical outage for much of Back and parts of Beacon Hill. About 21,000 NSTAR electric customers were without electricity for two days. An unrepentant NSTAR said then it would not reimburse businesses of residential consumers for their...

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Hill House’s Backyard Dash

Hill House’s Backyard Dash

Hill House’s Annual Backyard Dash was held last Saturday on the Esplanade. In the photo to the left children start the dash.

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Beacon Hill Nursery School Holds Annual Spring Auction

Beacon Hill Nursery School Holds Annual Spring Auction

Beacon Hill Nursery School (BHNS) held its Annual Spring Auction on Friday, April 27, at the Four Seasons Hotel, across from the Public Garden. Six  parents – Lauren Strik, Kristi Amendolare, Carey Hennigar, Kristy Kelleher, Annie Ketchen and April Bradshaw – served as co-chairs for the event, alongside BHNS staff including Micki Rowaan, development...

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Stories of BHCA’s Past, Beacon Award, Elections at Annual Meeting

Historian Robert Allison will kick off the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s 90th Anniversary year-long celebration at its May 21 Annual Meeting with an engaging talk on “90 Years of Civic Engagement on Beacon Hill.” Allison holds both a MA and a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University, chairs the history department at Suffolk University,...

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Councilor Arroyo Exploring Citywide Public Recycling On-the-go Program

In an effort to expand recycling in the city, City Councilor at-Large Felix G. Arroyo has introduced a hearing order to look into ways to provide public recycling bins on Boston’s streets at no cost to the city. “Introducing recycling bins to our streets, gives our residents and visitors an opportunity to recycle on-the-go,”...

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Swans Return to Public Garden

The return of the swans to the Public Garden is one of those rights of spring that makes life worth living, especially if you transit from Beacon Hill into the Public Garden for your morning walk to work. The return of the swans following a winter at the Franklin Park Zoo is just what...

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Police Briefs 05-08-2012

From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny in a Building 04/24/12 – A victim reported while walking on Charles Street at around 4:15 p.m., her wallet was removed from her purse, which was hanging from her baby carriage. The handbag contained a wallet, along with credit cards and personal papers. Larceny Over $200 04/27/12 –...

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Captain Thomas Lee to Appear at Police ‘Meet and Greet’

May 2, 2012
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Captain Thomas Lee to Appear at Police ‘Meet and Greet’

Neighbors will have a chance to introduce themselves to Captain Thomas Lee of Area A-1 on May 17 when the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Safety Committee sponsors a police “meet-and-greet” at the Firehouse. A 30-year veteran of the Boston Police Department (BPD), Lee took over the captain’s post in March after his predecessor,...

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Residents Make Beacon Hill Shine

Residents Make Beacon Hill Shine

The Neighborhood Spring Clean Up Day, sponsored Saturday by the Beacon Hill Civic Association in conjunction with Boston Shines, featured several special projects this year. Both the Myrtle Street Playground and the Phillips Street Playground received a fresh load of mulch, which volunteers – including hard-working Suffolk University students – spread among the flowers...

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Angelina and Me

I can’t remember when I first took note of Angelina Jolie, but it was probably when I was flipping through magazines at a hair or nail salon, since that’s where Angelina magazines reside. I gradually became aware that she had supposedly stolen another actress’s husband, that the husband was Brad Pitt, that Angelina and...

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Everything is Sprouting

Despite the recent chill in the air, everything green and colorful coming out of the ground all over the hill, is sprouting brilliantly. Everywhere you look, whether a flowerbox, a spit of grass, a row of trees and budding bushes like those lining Mt. Vernon Street, are something to behold. There are a few...

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Police Briefs 05-01-2012

From Boston Police Area A-1 Breaking and Entering – Non-Residence 04/17/12 – A Cambridge Street café reported unknown(s) person broke the front glass window and entered the building between 9 p.m. on April 16 and 9:20 a.m. the following day. The suspect removed U.S. currency and the cash register. Drugs/ Trafficking Cocaine 04/19/12 –...

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Neighborhood Spring Clean Up Day Saturday

April 24, 2012
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Neighborhood Spring Clean Up Day Saturday

The Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Streets and Sidewalks Committee asks all residents to step outside and give the sidewalk in front of their homes a good spring cleaning during Boston Shines, Saturday, April 28. “Cleaning up is everybody’s responsibility – every resident, every shopkeeper, every business,” said committee member Keeta Gilmore, who does her...

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Welcome the Season at the Nichols House Museum

April 24, 2012
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Welcome the Season at the Nichols House Museum

This popular party has become a rite of spring for Beacon Hill. Welcome spring with your friends and neighbors, while enjoying delicious food and fun and creative cocktails. Guests are invited to bid on an exquisite selection of silent auction items, including a holiday house in London, Patriots tickets, Ted Muehling candlesticks and stunning...

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Spring Rain, Finally

April 24, 2012
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In an odd way, the heavy rain that lashed much of the East Coast late Sunday evening and Monday felt good. The rain soaked nearly everything outside and in such a way that some of us believed we could feel a collective sigh of relief coming from plants and everything living and trying to...

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Police Briefs 04-24-2012

April 24, 2012
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From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 04/11/12 – A victim reports on Beacon Street reported unknown person(s) removed a courier bag containing documents, letters, a wallet, U.S. currency and keys from his 1996 Toyota Corolla between 1:45 and 2 p.m. Vandalism 04/15/12 – A witness reported at around 2:49 a.m. on...

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