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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Police Briefs 06-05-2012

From Boston Police Area A-1 Robbery – Firearm – Bank 05/22/12 – At about 4:58 p.m., a male suspect entered a Charles Street bank, carrying a black duffle bag with the barrel of a black handgun sticking out of it. At that time, the suspect demanded that the teller to hand over U.S. currency....

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Civic Association Holds 90th Annual Meeting

May 31, 2012
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Civic Association Holds 90th Annual Meeting

The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) held its 90th annual meeting at the Union Club on Monday, May 21. At that time, the BHCA swore in its new officers for its 2012-2013 fiscal year, including Steve Young, who replaces Ania Camargo as chair and Keeta Gilmore, who takes over for Young as president. Pel...

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Peaceful Places Around Boston

How many tranquil places can you name in Boston? Back Bay resident, Lynn Schweikart can tell you about dozens. In fact, she does in her book, Peaceful Places Boston: 121 Tranquil Sites in the City and Beyond. Seeing with Fresh Eyes Schweikart has a gift for finding words that make you look at a...

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The Summer of 2012

It is impossible to know what awaits us at the beginning of another summer of our lives. With Memorial Day past us, the mystery of the coming summer is upon us in full force. Every generation comes to know great songs that last the test of time and remind us of where we were...

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Captain Tom Lee Joins BHCA Safety Committee for First Time

May 23, 2012
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Captain Tom Lee Joins BHCA Safety Committee for First Time

After taking over the command of Area A-1 in March, Captain Tom Lee made his first appearance at a quarterly meeting of the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Safety Committee Thursday. Lee, a 30-year veteran of the Boston Police Department (BPD), joined Sgt. Tom Lema, Safety Committee Chair Paula O’Keeffe and around 25 neighborhood...

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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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