State Issues Blue-Green Algae Advisory for Charles River

June 26, 2012
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The state has issued an advisory on the levels of blue-green algae in the Charles River that recommends limiting contact with river water and rinsing with fresh water should contact occur. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), algae blooms of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) can grow quickly in fresh water and produce...

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Victorian Society in America New England Chapter to Hold Annual Preservation Awards Thursday

June 26, 2012
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The Victorian Society in America New England Chapter will hold its Annual Preservation Awards ceremony at the West End Museum, 150 Staniford St., on Thursday, June 28, at 6 p.m. The Society traditionally acknowledges groups or individuals for the restoration of a 19th century building or landscape, a book on 19th Century art, architecture...

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The Fourth of July Celebration

June 26, 2012
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This year’s Esplanade Fourth of July celebration will likely be one of the largest in recent years. The combination of great music and fireworks, hundreds of thousands of people joining together and entertainment beyond compare – and all of this free to the public – makes the annual celebration something to behold. The holiday...

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Ave Bridge

June 21, 2012
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Ave Bridge

In their own express lane are these two rowers as they glide across the Charles River by Mass. Ave Bridge.

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Recalling a Visit to Mary Baker Eddy Library

June 21, 2012
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Ten years ago, I traveled from my agrarian hometown in Washington State to the big city of Boston. After the trip, our local newspaper, the Tri-city Herald, ran an article on my excursion, probably to prove I’d survived the 6,000-mile airline trip. With the New York City Twin-Towers attack of Sept. 11, 2001, still...

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The Sad State of Architecture in Boston

June 21, 2012
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It’s exciting to look at the drawings of Millennium Partners’ skyscraper superimposed on the Filene’s hole. Its interesting shape and slender profile make it look like a building in 2012 should look—at least in conservative Boston. I wish the building had a more interesting top, and I wonder why city officials tolerate these flat-topped...

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Good Luck BHCA

June 21, 2012
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association announced several weeks ago it is starting a fund for new tree guards on Charles Street .  The goal is $90,000.  This drive coincides with its 90th anniversary. Bob Owens and Alyson Lindsey are heading up the committee charged with raising the funds. It is the belief of the...

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Eye and Ear Infirmary Solicits Public Feedback as It Eyes Campus Expansion

June 21, 2012
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As the hospital begins exploring new options for the expansion of its campus, the Massachusetts Ear and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) is soliciting the public’s input at an informational meeting next week. Hospital spokesperson Jennifer Street said this new effort is a departure from last year’s proposal, which included three development projects and drew criticism...

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Fighting Back

June 21, 2012
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A 98 year-old Beacon Hill resident escaped an attack by a neighbor last week and defended himself with vigor and strength and held out until police arrived an arrested the neighbor. The 98 year- old was apparently in his Joy Street apartment and sleeping when his next-door neighbor, apparently intoxicated, according to Boston Police,...

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Police Briefs 06-19-2012

June 21, 2012
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From Boston Police Area A-1 Breaking and Entering – Residence 06/05/12 – A Mt. Vernon Street resident reported his residence was broken into through a rear deck window between 3:30 and 6:50 p.m., and that U.S. currency, gold coins and jewelry were removed. Witnesses identified a suspect. Detectives were to further investigate the incident....

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Fashion Show ‘Sparkles’ for Rosie’s Place

June 12, 2012
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Fashion Show ‘Sparkles’ for Rosie’s Place

Left to right: Sparkle V models (Top Row) Bianca de la Garza, Cheryl Fenton, Alexandra Hall, Lisa Pierpont: (Bottom Row) Megan Johnson. Kelly Malone, Jenny Johnson and Ami Albernaz.

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UClub Awards 3 Scholarships to BPS Students

June 12, 2012
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UClub Awards 3 Scholarships to BPS Students

The University Club of Boston announced recipients of its “Future Leaders of Boston” scholarship awards.  The winners include three Boston Public High Schools students:  Nancy Figueroa of East Boston High School; Samuel Obanla of Boston Preparatory Charter School and Joana Rosa of Madison Park High School..  Each will receive $5,000 annually for four years...

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Louisburg Sq. Renovation Tabled by Bhca

June 12, 2012
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In light of serious concerns raised by abutters to the project, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday to table its decision on the planned rehabilitation of a townhouse at 12 Louisburg Square. The homeowner intends to convert the three-family house into a single-family unit in multiple phases, resulting...

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Myrtle Street Playground Kicks off Summer Programming Thursday

June 12, 2012
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The Friends of the Myrtle   Street Playground kick off its summer programming on Thursday, June 14, at 4 p.m., with a visit from the owners of Sweet Georgia P’s organic farm in Scituate. Former Beacon Hill residents Joe and Rebecca Pimentel will be on hand with live baby chicks, eggs and seedlings to help...

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Bunker Hill Day a National Holiday?

June 12, 2012
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History tells us several hundred onlookers clambered to the top of Beacon Hill and watched the Battle of Bunker Hill  as it unfolded in June 1775. It was, of all days in this immediate area, a historic moment that froze in time forever the bravery and the boldness of Americans who fought the British...

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Marilyn Lee Richardson

June 12, 2012
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The death of Marilyn Lee Richardson at 54 is a loss for the Beacon Hill neighborhood. She was a resident here for many, many years and she loved living on Beacon Hill. She particularly enjoyed the annual trick or treating activities at Halloween and always helped with neighborhood decorations at Christmas. Her many friends...

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Police Briefs 06-12-2012

June 12, 2012
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From Boston Police Area A-1 Incidents May 29 51 Hancock St. – Parking Violation 18 Phillips St.  – Threats to Do Bodily Harm 41 Garden St.  – Motor Vehicle Accident – Leaving Scene – Property Damage 120 Charles St.  – Investigate Property May 30 50 Beacon St.  – Motor Vehicle – Leaving Scene –...

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Ninth Annual Party

Ninth Annual Party

The Ninth Annual Party in the Park was held on May 16 in the Back Bay Fens. More than 700 attended the event that raised more than $560,000 for the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s Justine Mee Liff Fund. Co-Chair Janet Atkins (center) with Committee member Julia Hume Gordon and Susan Poduska.

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Esplanade’s Eliot Memorial Revitalization Around the Corner

Esplanade’s Eliot Memorial Revitalization Around the Corner

Visitors to the Charles River Esplanade can expect to see a revitalized and better maintained landscape around Eliot Memorial, next to Community Boating, this fall thanks to recent grants from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Partnership Grant Program, Porpoise Fund, Lawrence and Lillian Solomon Fund and Garden Club of the Back...

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Overall District Crime is Up

June 6, 2012
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The pre-summer months have seen a seven–percent spike in violent and property crimes in Area A-1, compared with last year, according to Boston Police. Between Jan. 1 and May 28 of this year, 1,104 incidents of Part One crime were reported in Area A-1, which includes Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown and downtown, as opposed...

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Louisburg Square Home: Focus for BHCA Meeting Tomorrow

A total rehab of a classic Louisburg Square townhouse is on the BHCA’s agenda this week. The owner/occupant of 12 Louisburg will appear before the zoning and licensing committee on Wednesday, June 6, to present a proposal to renovate extensively the townhouse in conjunction with its conversion from a three-family to a one-family home. ...

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More Museums, Please

Everyone knows the Museum of Fine Arts with its unique collections in their dazzling settings. The Science Museum, the Children’s Museum, the Peabody Essex are attractions that both locals and tourists enjoy. But one of the best things about Boston’s museums is their great numbers. Most are small. Visits take only an hour or...

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Thank You, Attorney Thurlow

Beacon Hill Attorney Lisa Thurlow wants the state to remove three Clear Channel billboards and two giant Blue Moon signs that are on Cambridge Street for nearly everyone to see. Her fight to maintain Beacon Hill as a truly unblemished historic neighborhood has grown dramatically with recent news that the state Department of Transportation...

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The Rain

The full weekend of rain – at times torrential rain – is being followed by steady rain at the beginning of the week and expected as well to linger into the week. Monday was a gray, rainy day. The roads appeared gray. The sky appeared gray. The entire world we awakened to appeared covered...

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