Common Elm Gets New Life in Art Auction

October 8, 2015
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Common Elm Gets New Life in Art Auction

After a large Belgian elm located near the corner of Beacon and Charles streets on the Boston Common fell prey to Hurricane Irene in August of 2011, Friends of the Public Garden board member Margaret Pokorny had a novel idea for giving the tree another life. Taking her inspiration the onetree project, which salvaged...

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37 Trees Slated for Removal as Part of Longfellow Bridge Rehab

October 8, 2015
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Thirty-seven trees are slated for removal as part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the Longfellow Bridge, state officials said. White-Skanska-Consigli, the project contractor, has begun the final phase of tree removals to prepare for construction of the new pedestrian bridge connecting the Charles River Esplanade with Charles Circle, and to accommodate construction activities in...

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Downtown View:Ideas

October 8, 2015
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This seems to be an ideas era. It’s as if we need a fresh start, that we’ve run out of old ones, that surely there’s something we can do to make this old city come alive. The biggest idea, the Olympics, didn’t do it, except for introducing us to Widett Circle, a large acreage...

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Police Briefs 10-06-2015

October 8, 2015
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Disorderly Person 09/27/15 – At around 2:50 a.m., a male suspect was arrested for being a disorderly person at Charles Street South and Stuart Street, following a verbal altercation with a security guard and the responding officer.

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BRA Apologizes for West End Urban Renewal

October 1, 2015
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BRA Apologizes for West End Urban Renewal

By Dan Murphy During the opening reception of an exhibit exploring the impact of urban renewal on the West End in the 1950s and ‘60s, the director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority issued the first formal apology on behalf of the city agency for its role in demolishing vast sections of the old neighborhood....

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Wu Campaigning on Housing and Education Issues

October 1, 2015
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Wu Campaigning on Housing and Education Issues

When Boston City Councillor Michelle Wu entered the race for her first term in office two years ago, she hoped to be able to gain a seat on the Council so she could help people and help them immediately. Wu, 30, is one of four children born to immigrants from Taiwan that came to...

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Downtown View:Your House? Think Again.

October 1, 2015
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It is September so my thoughts naturally turn to property rights. It’s not so outlandish. In September, downtown Boston has many new permanent residents—new owners of houses, condominiums, lofts. Those new to downtown Boston may have to learn new attitudes toward their property. You may be one of these new owners. You may have...

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Changing the World…Leak by Leak

October 1, 2015
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By Suzanne Besser At a City Council public hearing held last week, a group of moms from Beacon Hill and beyond demonstrated how concerned, active citizens could make a difference in this world and, by doing so, help its residents breathe a lot easier. The moms are members of Boston Mothers Out Front (MOF),...

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Police Briefs 09-29-2015

October 1, 2015
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Beacon Hill Beat from Boston Police Area A-1 Attempted Larceny/Shoplifting 09/23/15 – A Charles Street market reported two unknown male suspects attempted to steal bottles of beer and wine at around 2:42 p.m. The owner confronted the suspects, who fled on foot onto Charles Street and entered a grey Chrysler PT cruiser. The merchandise...

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Storybook Ball to Raise Funds for Brain Research

October 1, 2015
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This year’s Storybook Ball, the annual megawatt fundraiser for MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), will put the spotlight on advances being made every day at MGHfC to treat complex conditions that affect a child’s developing brain. With more than 500 guests expected and a fundraising target of $1.7 million, the event will be held...

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Harold Carroll Elected BHV President

October 1, 2015
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Harold Carroll was elected president of Beacon Hill Village at the organization’s board meeting in June. He replaces retiring president Daniel A. Taylor. Carroll became involved in Beacon Hill Village about seven years ago, when a member called asking him to join. “I was the classic ‘not ready yet’ person,” he said. “Then, I...

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Farewell, St. John the Evangelist

September 25, 2015
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Farewell, St. John the Evangelist

St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church held a farewell liturgy on Sunday morning, Sept. 13, as the diocese prepares to close the church and relocate to a renovated St. Paul Episcopal Cathedral on Tremont Street on Sept. 27. The St. John building was built in 1831 for the Bowdoin Street Congregational Society, which was...

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Mayor Issues RFP for Enhancement of City Hall Plaza

September 25, 2015
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) last week to find a partner to work with the city to enhance City Hall Plaza. “The Plaza is the front yard for Boston’s City Hall, and it has enormous potential to be an engaging and activated civic space,” Walsh said in a press...

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Downtown View:Fall Advice

September 25, 2015
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Students? There are lots of them downtown. We also have another large group of newcomers. They are the newly minted and less-newly minted college graduates on their first or second job. They want to live within walking distance of their work in the downtown, Back Bay, Kendall Square, the hospital areas or the Seaport...

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Police Briefs 09-22-2015

September 25, 2015
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Beacon Hill Beat (from Boston Police Area 1-A) Drugs – Possession of a Class B Substance (Cocaine) 09/11/15 – At around 7:19 p.m., members of the Area A-1 Drug Unit observed three individuals on the Boston Common in the vicinity of Beacon and Walnut streets purchase crack cocaine. The suspects will be summonsed to...

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The Red Coat: Think Downton Abbey, But Set in the Heart of Boston

September 25, 2015
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Looking for a good book to curl up with this fall?  Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill and Back Bay are excited to welcome back their good friend, former Bostonian and author of The Red Coat, Dolley Carlson. Reminiscent of the gripping British TV period drama, Downton Abbey, The Red Coat explores the societal and cultural...

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Livingstone Releases List of Names of Residents with Unclaimed Property

September 25, 2015
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In partnership with the Unclaimed Property Division of the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Office and State Treasurer Deb Goldberg, State Representative Jay Livingstone is releasing the names of 8th Suffolk District residents with unclaimed property. Any citizen who is currently owed more than $250 worth of unclaimed property will receive a letter with specific instructions...

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Erin Santhouse Appointed New Onein3 Manager

September 25, 2015
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the appointment of Erin Santhouse as Manager of the Mayor’s ONEin3 Initiative, which aims to connect Boston’s young adults with city resources and neighborhood networks. “I am thrilled to announce that Erin will be the new manager of ONEin3,” said Mayor Walsh. “She has been an incredible asset...

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First Day of School

September 17, 2015
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First Day of School

Anderson Street residents Erin and Ross Murphy taking pictures of their daughter, Paige, on her first day of nursery school.

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TEA’s Moondance Gala On Sept 26

September 17, 2015
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The Esplanade Association’s annual “Moondance Gala” will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, along the banks of the Charles River in Boston. This highly anticipated elegant evening joins friends from throughout the city and all facets of industries together for one unifying purpose: to celebrate the beautiful Charles River Esplanade, one of Boston’s most...

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Women’s Forum Kicks Off Third Year

September 17, 2015
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By Suzanne Besser Liana Cheney, a neighbor, art scholar and professor, captivated the audience of more than 50 women with a talk on female self-portraits from the 16th century to the present day at last week’s meeting of the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum. Susan Symonds briefly introduced her business, Infinity Portrait Design, to members...

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Obituaries 09-15-2015

September 17, 2015
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George S. Imrey Memorial Service is Friday, September 18 George S. Imrey, age 82, of Boston, Massachusetts passed away on July 13, 2015 with members of his loving family surrounding him.  After being diagnosed with cancer, he lived fully with amazing energy and a continued zest for life until the end.  George was born in Miskolc, Hungary in 1933...

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Block Party Returns On This Sunday

September 17, 2015
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Usher in autumn at the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s “Neighborhood Block Party,” which takes place outside the Firehouse at 127 Mt. Vernon St. this Sunday, Sept. 20, from noon to 4 p.m. For more than 10 years, the event has showcased the Civic Association’s non-profit members, providing each with a table to promote their...

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Downtown View:City Council Blahs

September 17, 2015
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So last Tuesday, I go to vote in the city council preliminary election. I think I’m pretty smart, but not smart enough I guess. There was no election—at least in my precinct. My district city councilor had no opposition. There were not enough candidates running at-large to hold a preliminary election anywhere. “For an...

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