Developer Unveils Latest Proposal for Temple St

By Dan Murphy Neighbors got a look at the latest, revised plans for 33-61 Temple St. on Tuesday, June 21, at the third public meeting sponsored by the Boston Redevelopment Authority to review the proposed residential redevelopment project. Dedham-based JDMD Owner, LLC intends to transform the interconnected Hiriam J. Archer and Frank J. Donahue...

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Downtown View:Summer Reading

You’re probably not looking forward to a summer that is sure to contain a series of outrages from Donald Trump. I’ve got relief for you. Concentrate on Amitov Ghosh’s Ibis trilogy instead. This series takes awhile to get through. You may want to keep a list of characters. You might need a bigger map...

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Hill House to Celebrate its 50th Anniversary,Oct 1

By Suzanne Besser Fondly known as ‘your backyard in the city,” Hill House was once a small oasis for recreation on Beacon Hill that after years of nurturing by community members grew big enough to provide acres of opportunities for city children.  This year it’s having a big birthday. The community center that offers...

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Boston Pops Fourth of July Spectacular Set for Monday

The nation’s most famous Fourth of July celebration is happening right here in Beacon Hill’s backyard. The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will be held on the Charles River Esplanade on Monday, July 4. The gates will open at 9 a.m. The concert will begin at 8:30 p.m. while the fireworks will begin at 10:30...

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MBTA Red Line Weekend Diversion and Longfellow Bridge Closure, July 8-11

MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC), will close the Longfellow Bridge and implement an MBTA Red Line diversion during the weekend of July 8 through July 10. WSC will close the Longfellow Bridge to all vehicular traffic, except MBTA buses, from 11:00 PM on Friday, July 8, to 5:00 AM on Monday, July 11. The...

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Amendment Aims to Lower Speed Limits in City

By Dan Murphy State legislators are proposing a bill amendment that would lower speed limits in Boston’s densely populated neighborhoods and in “designated safety zones” established by city officials. The amendment, co-sponsored by State Reps. Denise Provost, Dan Hunt, Elizabeth Malia and Jay Livingstone, would lower the speed limit from 30 to 25 mph...

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Boston Landmarks Orchestra Announces 2016 Summer Concerts at DCR’s Hatch Shell

Inspired by the people, artists, and heritage of a great city, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra (LO) under the direction of Music Director Christopher Wilkins, and Executive Director Jo Frances Meyer announce its 2016 season of free concerts at the DCR’s Hatch Shell at the Esplanade. “Universal access and summertime fun lie at the heart...

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Police Briefs 06-28-2016

From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny – Bike 06/19/2016 – A victim reported she parked her folding, black Commuter bike on Melrose Street on June 18 at around 2 p.m. When she returned at about 4 p.m. the following day, its wheels were stolen. Police seek suspect in indecent assault Boston Police are seeking...

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Enjoy A “Safe and Sane” Holiday Weekend

When Americans celebrated the Fourth of July at the turn of the 20th century, they did so in such rowdy fashion that vandalism and destruction of both public and private property were commonplace. This rampant hooliganism was suppressed only when public officials and the public-at-large decided that the holiday should be observed in a...

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Women’s 100M Hurdles on Charles Street

June 24, 2016
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Women’s 100M Hurdles on Charles Street

The adidas Boost Boston Games held the city’s first-ever ‘Street Meet’ in the Beacon Hill neighborhood Saturday. In the photo above, world-class athletes compete in the hurdles event on a Mondo track that was constructed on historic Charles Street between the Boston Public Garden and Boston Common. Thousands of spectators also enjoyed other track...

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Bill Calls for More Duck-Boat Regulations

June 24, 2016
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By Dan Murphy Family members of a woman struck and killed by a duck boat on Beacon Hill in April joined three lawmakers Wednesday to advocate for legislation that would impose new safety regulations on the vehicles. “This was a preventable accident,” said Ivan Warmuth, father of 28-year-old Allison Warmuth was struck and killed...

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Downtown View:Summer Feasts

June 24, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor Have you ever been to a feast on the streets of the North End? I decided this is the summer I’m going. I knew little about them for many years. Recently, they seem to have proliferated. It’s true, said life-long North End resident Nick Dello Russo. The reason I knew...

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Bud Patten Passes Away at 88;Longtime Resident of West Cedar Street

June 24, 2016
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Bud Patten loved life, especially the good life. He played golf, studied the American China Trade, preferred Bordeaux wines, hunted down fine antiques and cherished his lovely home, his wife and Beacon Hill, where he lived for 58 years. “We always called him the mayor of West Cedar Street,” said his friend Bob Linderman....

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Walsh Announces Partnership with Huntington Theatre Co

June 24, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Friday joined Michael Maso, Managing Director of the Huntington Theatre Company and John Matteson of the QMG Huntington, LLC to announce a partnership that will allow the Huntington Theatre Company to continue operating in what is known as the Boston University (BU) Theatre. “From the very...

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New England Revolution Players Hold Soccer Camp on Esplanade

June 24, 2016
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New England Revolution Star Forward Charlie Davies, teammates Darrius Barnes, Gershon Koffie and Matt Turner, along with Santander’s Region President Michael Bruno and SVP of Brand Media and Sponsorships Jeff Greenler joined more than 300 local kids and soccer fans at Teddy Ebersol’s Red Sox Fields on the Charles River Esplanade for a special...

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Bow Ties and Seersucker:A Perfect Match

June 24, 2016
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By Suzanne Besser At first glance, they seemed an odd couple: She, a hip young Beacon Hill fashion designer with an edgy approach to fashion and he, a seasoned newspaper and magazine columnist as well as author of three books from Nashville, Tennessee. But last Friday there were the two of them, amidst sparkling...

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Letter to the Editor

June 24, 2016
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Reader proposes reconfiguration of Beacon and Charles streets Dear Editor The photo “Charles Street Inbound” shows that Charles Street is now configured as a three-lane inbound highway coming in from Storrow Drive. Local traffic might be better served if Charles Street was configured with two lanes of traffic with one lane reserved for a...

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Sensible Gun Control is Needed

June 24, 2016
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A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. — The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. The issue of what, if any, gun control laws are appropriate in a civilized society once again is...

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BHCA Zoning and Licensing Committee Opposes Variance Request for 87 West Cedar Street

June 17, 2016
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By Dan Murphy Despite support for the variance from numerous neighbors, the Beacon Hill Civic Association Zoning and Licensing Committee voted on Wednesday to oppose temporary zoning relief requested for an occupancy change at 87 West Cedar St. Lauren Scott, a mental health counselor, and her husband Nathan Scott, a massage therapist, have used...

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Fetch those Photos:Esplanade Association Kicks Off ‘Dog Days Of Summer in the Park’ Photo Contest

June 17, 2016
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The Esplanade Association, the 100-percent privately funded friends group for the Charles River Esplanade, has announced its “Dog Days of Summer on the Esplanade” social media photo contest. Starting June 10 and ending Aug. 19, the Esplanade Association will be celebrating the canine companions in local Bostonian’s lives.  For this contest, the Esplanade Association is looking for photos...

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Downtown View:Make No Little Plans

June 17, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor Hey, Bostonians. Can we stop complaining about the Big Dig? Yes, it cost almost $15 billion. Yes, it took 15 years to complete. (It was a big job, moving all those utility lines and keeping the cars running overhead.) It was also worth every penny we spent on it. It...

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Positive Response from Charlesgate Neighbors for Fence Removal

June 17, 2016
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By Margaret Pokorny The Friends of the Public Garden and the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB) are reaching out to their members to learn if the removal of the fence on the Charlesgate block is supported by the neighborhood. So far the answer is overwhelmingly yes! Margaret Pokorny, chairman of the Commonwealth...

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Shakespeare Exhibit This Fall Will Feature All BPL’s Collection for the First Time

June 17, 2016
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By Seth Daniel One of the most famous lines in William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ actually didn’t even exist in the first version of the play, which was much different than what modern readers of the Bard might know. It’s a fact that’s verifiable through materials at the Boston Public Library (BPL), but very few are...

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Fresh and Local:Add Creme Fraîche to Your Party

June 17, 2016
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by Penny Cherubino Crème fraîche is one more old thing that is becoming new again as home cooks add this versatile ingredient to their pantry. It has been one of my favorite go-tos for adding richness, moisture, and creaminess to dishes for years. I often use it where someone else would use mayonnaise. I...

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