Small Wireless Antennas are Causing A Stir in Neighborhoods Across Boston

November 10, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Popping up across the city, small antennas attached to streetlights, utility poles, traffic lights and on the sides of buildings are causing some concern among residents who don’t know where they are coming from. In order to shed some light on this issue, Boston City Councilor Michael Flaherty has called for...

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Appleton Pedestrian Bridge Comes Closer to Completion

November 10, 2017
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By Dan Murphy Construction is one step closer to completion on the $12.5-million Frances “Fanny” Appleton Pedestrian Bridge with the recent installation of a soaring arch over Storrow Drive. “The installation of the elegant arch over Storrow Drive marks an important milestone for the completion of this critical and beautiful link to the Esplanade and...

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Ann Beha,Distinguished Boston Architect and Historic Preservationist, to Speak at BHWF

November 10, 2017
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By Amy Tsurumi It is hard to believe that the Liberty Hotel, a popular Beacon Hill landmark, was once an overcrowded prison facility notorious for its appalling conditions.  Its inmate roster included infamous criminals, as well as important political figures such as Malcom X. Today, this chic luxury hotel houses trendy restaurant/bars bustling with...

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BHCA Zoning Agenda

November 10, 2017
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The Zoning and Licensing Committee of the Beacon Hill Civic Association will meet on Wednesday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. at 74 Joy Street. All meetings are open to the public. If you have any questions or comments regarding the matters to be heard, please attend. If you are unable to attend but would...

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Police Briefs 11-07-2017

November 10, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from a Motor Vehicle 10/27/17 – A victim reported she parked her 2005 Honda CRV at Charles and Mt. Vernon streets at around 6 p.m. on Oct. 26, and when she returned to it the next day at about 10 a.m., the rear passenger’s side...

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Building A Future for All of Us

November 10, 2017
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By Mayor Marty Walsh I’m lucky to call Boston home. My parents immigrated here with little more than their hope for a better life. They raised me in Dorchester, where I learned the value of hard work, second chances, and standing up for what you believe in, no matter what. And this city made...

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The Person You Have to Fear Is the Guy Next Door with a Gun

November 10, 2017
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The mass-shooting-of-the-week in America that took place in a church in a rural Texas town Sunday morning follows what has become an all-too-familiar pattern in our nation these days: An unhappy white guy, with no particular axe-to-grind, decides to slaughter a bunch of innocent people who are in a church, at a country music...

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Thank You to Our Veterans

November 10, 2017
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Its was 99 years ago this Saturday, on November 11, 1918, that World War I formally came to a conclusion on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month. Americans observed the first anniversary of the end of the war the following year when the holiday originated as Armistice Day in...

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Halloween 2017 on Beacon Hill

October 31, 2017
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Halloween 2017 on Beacon Hill

A LITTLE PUMPKIN: Camilla Larsen, dressed as a pumpkin, colors a picture with markers during the annual Hill House Halloween party on Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Firehouse. A range of costumes from the traditional pumpkin to a box of donuts was there to be seen.

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Downtown View:Books for Reading and Giving Away

October 31, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor Sometimes I read recent books by Boston authors and describe them in this column. The following three books fit the Boston criteria, but vary widely in their subject matter. One of them might be just what you are looking for either for yourself or a holiday gift.   The Rise...

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BHCA Community Corner

October 31, 2017
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by Suzanne Besser, BHCA President Joy Street trees saved The Parks Department agreed that the trees should stay and denied the petition. The contractor has been asked to install protective fencing around the trees to prevent damage during the work. “I and the 39 other pro-tree-savers who e-mailed the Tree Warden before the recent hearing are pretty stoked...

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An Evening at 74 Planned for November 9

October 31, 2017
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By Suzanne Besser On Thursday, November 9, a special Evening at 74 will celebrate music, performance, artisan food, bits of Beacon Hill history and the sense of community. On that night, the Beacon Hill Civic Association is collaborating with local artist Emily Weiskopf and the Longy School of Music of Bard College to present...

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Councilor-at-Large Michael Flaherty Calls for Public Hearing on Lack of Public Process Regarding Siting of Antenna Devices

October 31, 2017
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Boston City Councilor At-Large Michael Flaherty has called for a public hearing to discuss the siting and impacts of telecommunications-based infrastructure upgrades that are taking place across Boston. The hearing comes in response to concerns raised by constituents, from various neighborhoods, regarding the lack of awareness of the implementation of these antenna devices (technically...

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Glenn Pereira Shares His Love for Tradition One Bowl of Tea at a Time

October 31, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen From a young age, Glenn Pereira – a Back Bay/Symphony resident – has been fascinated with Japanese culture. Originally from Fall River, Pereira comes from an immigrant Portuguese family. During his younger years, his father’s brother was stationed in Japan after World War II and sent little nick-knacks to his grandmother....

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Boston 8th District City Councilor Candidates Forum

October 31, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen A filled gymnasium at 74 Joy St. set the scene for the first and only 8th District City Councilor Candidates Forum, in Beacon Hill on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 24. Two candidates are vying for the Boston City Councilor District 8 seat on Nov. 7, including the incumbent Josh Zakim,...

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Photo Appeal: Man Catches Proposal on Film by Accident, Finds Couple

October 31, 2017
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By Seth Daniel There are few better places in Boston that the Public Garden to catch the beauty of the foliage at this time of year, and one Tufts University student caught that and then some last weekend. Not only did he catch the bright foliage, but from a distance and unknowingly, he caught...

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Ed Flynn Endorsed by Former City Councillor John Connolly

October 31, 2017
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Ed Flynn, candidate for Boston City Council District 2, has been endorsed by former Boston City Councilor At-Large and Mayoral candidate John Connolly.  Connolly served on the City Council from 2008-2014, and finished a close second place in the 2013 Mayoral election, earning 82% of the vote in Beacon Hill. Just last week, Flynn...

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DCR to Present Design for Proposed Esplanade Riverfront Pavilion

October 31, 2017
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By Dan Murphy The Department of Conservation and Recreation will unveil the schematic design for the proposed Esplanade Riverfront Pavilion at the third and final public meeting on this project at the State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, second-floor Conference Rooms 1-3, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. At this time, Watertown-based Maryann...

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BHCA Zoning and Licensing Committee Reviews Policies

October 31, 2017
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Members of the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee and the board of directors met Wednesday to discuss the organization’s and city’s policies, guidelines and trends that may influence decision-making in the future. First on the agenda was a review of the committee’s guidelines, which were first drafted in 1975 and...

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Police Briefs 10-31-2017

October 31, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from a Building 10/17/17  – A victim and her coworker report that they were attending to a dog in the rear examining area of a Charles Street veterinary office. At this time, they heard the front door open and someone enter the waiting area.. The...

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Letters to the Editor

October 31, 2017
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Looking at the ‘millionaire tax’ Dear Editor: I was disappointed to read the letter to the editor from Dola Hamilton Stemberg employing incorrect data to argue against the proposed “millionaire’s tax.” I’ll ignore for now that Ms. Stemberg incorrectly believes in some Ayn Rand fiction that we live in a pure meritocracy or that...

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Be Sure to Vote Tuesday

October 31, 2017
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Tuesday, November 7, marks municipal election day in cities and towns across Massachusetts. Although the turmoil and generally crazy state of affairs on the national level has distracted all of us from what is going on in our own backyards, every voter must refocus their attention on the election of local officials whose actions...

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Dads and Donuts

October 24, 2017
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Dads and Donuts

Hutch Walsh, 6, who said his character name was Lloyd (a super ninja), with his dad, Michael. Dad and son are shown working on a car and building up Hutch’s hammer skills during the Dads and Donuts event at the Hill House on Sunday morning, Oct. 22.

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Marquee Building Sells on Corner of Charles and Beacon

October 24, 2017
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Marquee Building Sells on Corner of Charles and Beacon

By Seth Daniel One of the most iconic buildings on Beacon Hill’s Charles Street – well-known to residents and visitors alike – has passed ownership from one mutual insurance company to another, and the new owner says they’re in it for the long haul. Within the last month, Quincy Mutual Fire Insurance Company (QuincyMutual)...

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