Champney Place Gate Denied by BHAC

September 1, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen During the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission (BHAC) meeting held on Thursday, August 18, a proposed plan to install a wrought iron gate on the entrance of Champney Place in Beacon Hill was denied without prejudice. Due to lack of specific dimensions, the commissioners agreed to visit the site before the submission...

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Downtown View:A Month in the Country

September 1, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor Karen is taking a break. Here is a column from August, 2013. For the first time since I was 18 years old, I have spent a month in the country. And what a beautiful country it is. Fifty shades of green complimented by the bluest sky ever. Puffy clouds ranging...

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TEA to Celebrate 15th Anniversary at Moondance Gala in September

September 1, 2016
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On Saturday, Sept. 24, the Esplanade Association will celebrate 15 years of Making Life Better in the Park at their annual “Moondance Gala” to be held along the banks of the Charles River in Boston. As one of the most beautiful evenings of the fall social season, this year’s “Moondance Gala” is expected to...

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Mayor Walsh Endorses Tompkins for Suffolk County Sheriff

September 1, 2016
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Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins received the endorsement of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh inside Dorchester’s Florian Hall this past Thursday night.  Surrounded by a teeming crowd of 100-plus supporters representing a mosaic of different ethnicities, elected offices and organizations gathered together in celebration of his birthday, Sheriff Tompkins was delivered an emphatic statement of...

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Councilor Zakim Pushes to Modernize Street Occupancy Permit Program

September 1, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Nothing can be more frustrating than circling around the streets of Boston neighborhoods like Beacon Hill looking for a parking spot. Many of those limited street parking spots are taken up due to street occupancy permits used for construction, repair, demolition and more. Often times, those occupancy permit spots that prevent...

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Police Briefs 08-30-2016

September 1, 2016
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny (Bike) 08/17/16 – At around 9:39 a.m., a  victim reported that unknown person(s) stole her bike at her brown Globe 27- inch bike, which was double-chained to a light pole outside of her West Cedar Street residence.

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Harnessing the Creativity of Boston’s Artists to Build A Better City

September 1, 2016
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh I was excited to join the Mayor’s Mural Crew last week, as they celebrated their 25th anniversary of beautifying our City. I picked up a paintbrush, and colored in a mural of ballet dancers on the wall of the performing arts center on Blue Hill Avenue. As I painted...

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Letters to the Editor

September 1, 2016
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I will transform the office Dear Editor: On Thursday, September 8th, Suffolk County Democrats will go to the polls to nominate their candidate for Suffolk County Register of Deeds.  This position has long been referred to as the “velvet coffin” – a cushy gig for a retired or ousted politician to sit back, relax, and collect...

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Daring Young Pirates and Their Flying Machines

August 29, 2016
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Daring Young Pirates and Their Flying Machines

The Barstool Pirates take flight during the Red Bull Flugtag event at the Charles River on Saturday, Aug. 20. The unique event featured teams from all over Boston who spent several months designing and building flying machines that were launched into the Charles on Saturday with one rider. Some, like the Pirates here, followed...

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Area A-1 Sees Slight Year-To-Date Reduction in Crimes

August 29, 2016
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By Dan Murphy Area A-1 has seen a 3-percent drop in violent and property crimes this year from 2015. According to Boston Police, 1,278 Part One crimes were reported in the district, which includes Beacon Hill, Chinatown and downtown, between Jan. 1 and July 17, 2016, as opposed to 1,320 incidents during the same...

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New Security Cameras Watch Over Monument in the Boston Common

August 29, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Looming over the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the Boston Common, four new security cameras were installed recently providing safety and protection for those who visit. Sitting on top of existing light poles, the cameras are paid for and maintained by the Boston Police Department, who are also monitoring the activity...

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Downtown View:Jaywalking is Safest

August 29, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor Karen is on a break. We’ve not heard much about this bill since last winter. But jaywalking is still a Bostonian’s best bet. It gladdened my heart last week to read that state Senator Harriette Chandler, a Democrat from Worcester and the Senate Majority Leader, proposed raising the fine for...

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Councilor Zakim Votes Not to Oppose Initiative to Raise Charter School Cap

August 29, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen The Boston City Council voted 11–2 to support the charter cap resolution filed by Councilors Tito Jackson and Matt O’Malley opposing the Question 2 ballot initiative to raise the charter cap in Massachusetts. By voting against it, the city council went on record to prevent the raise of the state’s charter...

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Walsh’s Movie Nights Continue Through September 23 on Common

August 29, 2016
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Movie Nights, part of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s ParkARTS program, give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy popular films under the night skies in city parks in August and September. All shows begin at dusk (approximately 7:45 p.m.) and are sponsored by the Boston Parks and Recreation...

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Boston Center of the Arts Welcomes New President and CEO

August 29, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Bouncing from desk to desk as his new office gets some new carpeting, Gregory Ruffer, the new president and CEO of the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA), was at the end of his second week of work at his new job. “It’s just been two weeks that I’ve been here...

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Lantern Tours Explore the Freedom Trail After Dark Starting on Sept 22

August 29, 2016
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Discover the Freedom Trail in a new light – after dark – on the official Freedom Trail® Lantern Tours. Freedom Trail Foundation announces the return of the unique Freedom Trail® Lantern Tours, offering visitors and residents the opportunity to experience the dark history and mystery of the Freedom Trail by lantern-light! After a successful...

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Police Briefs 08-23-2016

August 29, 2016
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 08/14/16 – A victim reported she parked her rented 2016 Nissan Sentra at Charles and Revere streets on Aug. 13 at around 10:30 p.m., but when she returned at about 9:11 a.m. the next day, the front passenger’s side window was smashed...

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Swingin’ On The Charles

August 22, 2016
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Swingin’ On The Charles

Instructors Katie and Paolo Piselli demonstrating six-count swing dancing.

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Drought Lowers Ground Water Table Causing Concern for Underground Wood Pilings

August 22, 2016
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Drought Lowers Ground Water Table Causing Concern for Underground Wood Pilings

By Beth Treffeisen Holding up many of the buildings that are found in neighborhoods like the Back Bay and flat of Beacon Hill are underground wood pilings that provide the support needed to keep them from sinking into the marshlands that once surrounded Boston. But, with a drought in effect, the water table that...

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National Parks in Boston Ready to Celebrate 100 Years

August 22, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The National Park Service (NPS) is about to turn 100 years old this summer, and the Boston Parks are planning a major celebration on Aug. 25- 27 in and around the three major Boston parks – including a huge celebration on Aug. 25 in Christopher Columbus Park. The Boston National Historic...

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More Closings Announced Around Longfellow Bridge

August 22, 2016
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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project design/build contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC), announce that all vehicle, pedestrian, bicycle, and MBTA Red Line travel near the Charles Circle staging area of the Longfellow Bridge will be halted for a brief period of time. The temporary halt is necessary to complete...

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State Approves Six-Year Urban Renewal Plan for BRA,City

August 22, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The state Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has approved the six-year extension of 14 urban renewal districts in the City of Boston – per request of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) – and the state agency has an eye to the future of those areas. While the public debate...

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Boston Center for Adult Education and Whole Foods Partner for Various Unique Events

August 22, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Adult Education and a health conscious supermarket have shaken hands recently, and the result is a partnership that looks to endure. Last month, the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) in the Back Bay partnered with area Whole Foods Supermarkets in the Ink Block and in Charlestown to bring innovative, food-oriented...

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Gas Leaks Continue to Spark Uproar Among Residents

August 22, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Underneath the battered Boston streets, miles of gas lines, some more than 100 years old, are spewing out natural gas and causing consequences that often go unnoticed. “One thing is to highlight it to make the indivisible, visible,” said Steven Hamburg, the chief scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund. With more...

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