Drought Has Left Its Mark On Street Trees In Boston

August 22, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen A severe drought has taken over most of Massachusetts, including Boston, where many of the trees that line the sidewalks may need a bit more love. The city of Boston planted 1,424  new trees during the spring, leaving the younglings as the most vulnerable in the hot heat. The city takes...

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Programs At The Boston Public Library West End Branch

August 22, 2016
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Color Your World: Coloring for Adults —  Fridays 2-4, September 9th –December 16th.  Join us for a relaxing time of coloring. We’ll supply coloring pages, colored pencils, markers, and crayons. Bring your own supplies if you prefer. Feel free to drop-in between these hours. Author Talk & Booking Signing  Get a Grip on Business...

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Boston Election Department Approves Early Voting Plan

August 22, 2016
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In response to Boston City Council Order # 0387, an order for a hearing regarding the 2016 Presidential and State Elections procedures sponsored by Councilor Bill Linehan, the Boston Election Department approved an early voting plan. During the 2012 Presidential Election, some of the most populous precincts in the city experienced long lines and...

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Police Briefs 08-16-2016

August 22, 2016
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny 08/05/16 – A female victim reported she was inside a Beacon Street restaurant and bar at around 11:05 p.m., when her wallet was stolen. The victim stated her purse was on the back of her chair, and a surveillance video showed an unknown female suspect...

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Letters to the Editor

August 22, 2016
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Trees need watering Dear Editor: You may not realize it, but Boston, like many cities across the country, is in a severe drought. We have had a quarter the rain we normally have by now and are down by 12 inches of rain. During a drought it is very important to water city trees. And not just with one...

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National Night Out

August 22, 2016
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh Last Monday and Tuesday night, I visited neighborhoods across Boston, from Hyde Park to Brighton, from Mattapan to East Boston, for “National Night Out” with members of the Boston Police Department and Commissioner William Evans. We spent time with residents of all ages in nearly every neighborhood, playing games,...

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Yes,We Are In A State Of Drought

August 22, 2016
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 Many regions in Massachusetts are facing drought or near-drought conditions. According to federal drought authorities, about 62 percent of the state is considered to be under “severe drought” and some areas northwest of Boston are in “extreme drought.” Water restrictions are in place in just about every community in the state which is not...

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Diner En Blanc

August 19, 2016
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Diner En Blanc

Thousands, donned head-to-toe in white, gathered for the Diner en Blanc event, the worldwide epicurean phenomenon.

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A Beacon of Diplomacy:Kitchens Concludes Distinguished Tenure as Consul General

August 19, 2016
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A Beacon of Diplomacy:Kitchens Concludes Distinguished Tenure as Consul General

By Cary Shuman Susie Kitchens is concluding her term this month as the British Consul General to Boston, bidding farewell to the city and the countless people whom she helped during her reign in the prestigious diplomatic post. Kitchens has served in the position for four years, which is the standard term for those...

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BHCA Zoning and Licensing Opposes Byron Street Variance

August 19, 2016
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By Dan Murphy The Beacon Hill Civic Association Zoning and Licensing Committee voted on Wednesday to oppose granting the variances that would allow the homeowners of 12 Byron St. to build a third-floor addition and roof deck. The applicants intend to make substantial renovations to the two-story carriage house presently used as a single-family...

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BTD Launches Pilot-Program for Commercial Parking on Cambridge St

August 19, 2016
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By Dan Murphy In an effort to curb frequent problems with commercial vehicles double-parking and blocking vehicle and bicycle traffic, the Boston Transportation Department is s engaging in a two-week pilot for commercial parking on Cambridge Street between Charles Circle and Sudbury Street. The program, which runs from Aug. 1 to 14, standardizes the...

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Downtown View:When Should A Building Be Landmarked?

August 19, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor Karen is on a break. This subject continues to be important. Recently the Boston Landmarks Commission voted to study whether this commercial artifact should be given landmark status. For some people, it’s only a sign. Others believe it gives Boston a sense of place. In any case, the results of...

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Neighborhood Night Out At the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

August 19, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen On a warm summer night on July 28, people from around the city gathered for the second edition of the free neighborhood nights at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. “It’s a way to get people from the neighboring communities here,” said Sarah Whitling the marketing assistant at the museum. “It certainly...

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Environmental Groups Call for Leadership and Water Conservation as Drought Worsens

August 19, 2016
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As northeast and central Massachusetts continue to suffer from severe drought, environmental groups call on the Commonwealth and residents throughout Massachusetts to take steps now to conserve water and to manage our freshwater resources better. In a letter to Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton, a coalition of 45 environmental organizations...

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Meetings Scheduled On Longfellow Bridge Rehab Project Update

August 19, 2016
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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has scheduled two Public Information Meetings for the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Shriners Hospitals for Children – Auditorium 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA and Thursday, August 18, 2016 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Multicultural Arts Center 41 Second Street, Cambridge,...

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Police Briefs 08-09-2016

August 19, 2016
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BEACON HILL BEAT From Boston Police Area A-1 Breaking and Entering – Residence 07/31/16 – A female victim reported while she was out from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., unknown person(s) broke into her Hancock Street apartment. The suspect(s) apparently climbed the fire escape, removed the screen to the open window and climbed into...

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The Olympic Spirit Still Exists

August 19, 2016
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For almost all of us, the Olympics have provided memories that have lasted a lifetime. We can all measure how old we were, or where we were, when we recall Olympic moments both from our youth and through adulthood. For example, who among us (of a certain age) does not remember, as if it...

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City of Boston Credit Union is Title Sponsor for Putts & Punches for Parkinson’s Golf Tournament

August 19, 2016
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City of Boston Credit Union has stepped up as the title sponsor for this year’s Putts & Punches for Parkinson’s Golf Tournament.  The tournament created and hosted by Shawn Thornton of the Florida Panthers, formerly of the Boston Bruins, was held on Monday, August 8. Now in its seventh year,  proceeds are donated to...

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For A Good Cause

August 5, 2016
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For A Good Cause

Under perfect summer skies, Community Boating Inc. held its second annual Dock Party on July 28. Shown above are members of the Gala Committee that put on this great event.

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Beacon Hill Nursery School has Interim Executive Director

August 5, 2016
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Beacon Hill Nursery School has Interim Executive Director

By Dan Murphy As the newly named interim executive-director of Beacon Hill Nursery School, Chad Small is looking forward to September with great enthusiasm. “New school years are a really cool, wonderful time,” Small said. “September is really when the action starts. When all the kids and teachers get back, that’s when it gets...

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Love that Charles River Water Quality:EPA Gives Another B+

August 5, 2016
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The EPA has given a grade of “B+” for water quality in the Charles River during 2015, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s New England regional office. Water quality improved slightly from the 2014 calendar year, but fell just short of an “A-.” This is the 21st year EPA has issued a Charles...

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Closures Continuing At Longfellow Bridge

August 5, 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, August 5, from 11:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM the following morning The closures are necessary to perform utility work in the downstream roadway and track work from the upstream roadway. Bicycle and pedestrian traffic...

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Beacon Street Brownstone Speaks History Through Reclaimed Wood

August 5, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen A historic brownstone on Beacon Street gave up a hidden secret during a gut-rehab project with the rare discovery of wooden joists made of Heart Pine,  uncommon to the late 19th century Boston buildings that are normally built with fir joists. Discovered by Catamount Builders during the buildings demo, the floors...

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Fresh & Local:Wasted Food When Dining Out

August 5, 2016
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by Penny Cherubino There are ways for you to cut down on wasted food when you dine out at your favorite restaurants. Too many of us don’t think about wasted food when we push away a restaurant plate with food remaining on it. You’re not only wasting food, you’re also not getting top value...

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