Gurnon and Her Whimiscal Windows

December 10, 2015
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By Suzanne Besser Dressing store windows with selected merchandise has always been a powerful tool merchants use to draw in foot traffic. Sequined dresses, glitzy bling, stunning stilettoes, clear cut crystals and delicate ornaments placed in the windows of Charles Street boutiques now call out to holiday shoppers passing by. But what if the...

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Senator Anthony Petruccelli Set to Resign in January

December 10, 2015
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Senator Anthony Petruccelli, who served first in the Massachusetts House and later the Senate, announced he will resign from his Senate seat effective sometime in January to take a job in the private sector. Petruccelli, who is currently the Senate’s Majority Whip, will go to work for Kearney, Donovan and McGee as a new...

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Latest Plans for Gov.Center Garage Project

December 3, 2015
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Latest Plans for Gov.Center Garage Project

By Dan Murphy A developer recently unveiled its latest plans to redevelop the Government Center Garage, which will raze portions of the existing nine-story structure at One Congress St. to make way for a sprawling, 2.3-million square-foot mixed-use complex. Boston-based HYM Investment Group proposes six buildings for the location, including 812 residential units, 1.1...

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State Considering Electronic Billboards at ‘T’ Stations

December 3, 2015
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By Dan Murphy The Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Office of Outside Advertising is now considering a proposal to install electronic billboards at MBTA stations citywide. The billboards would be located near station entrances and exits, and measure 42 inches long, 56 inches wide and 7.5 inches deep. They would transmit information on train departure...

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Downtown View:Good Books for Gift Giving

December 3, 2015
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By Karen Cord Taylor It’s December. Time for a holiday gift book roundup. Two recommendations are the works of Massachusetts authors whose books, no matter what the titles, are really about relationships. No One Ever Told Us That: Money and Life Lessons for Young Adults, published by John Wiley & Sons, is downtown Boston...

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Women and Wine at BHWF

December 3, 2015
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By Kathy Hull Tonight, the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) presents “Women and Wine,” featuring Nancy Parker Wilson of Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Ms. Wilson is an owner of the family business and manages its day-to-day operations. Along with a history of Greendale, she will share a slide show of her beautiful...

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Holiday Celebrations are Being Planned in Beacon Hill Area

December 3, 2015
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For more than 10 years, the Beacon Hill Business Association (BHBA) has sponsored the Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll, a highly anticipated festive kick off to the holiday shopping season.  On Thursday December 10th, starting at 6PM we will close off Charles St to traffic, allowing for holiday shoppers to stroll through all of it’s...

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Police Briefs 12-01-2015

December 3, 2015
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Assault and Battery 11/22/15 – At around 9:50 a.m., officers responded to Beacon and Charles streets on Boston Common for a fight. On arrival, police were met by one of the male parties involved, who said another dog walker’s dog urinated on his dog and he...

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Increase in Stolen or Missing Drugs

December 3, 2015
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Outlined in a new State Department of Public Health report, opioid pills and other prescription pills have been missing or stolen from hospitals and clinics across the state at a 15 percent increase over all of last year. The jump in the report could be a trend as addicts continue to seek these pills,...

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Banning Replica Handguns in Public Places a Positive Move

December 3, 2015
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An ordinance banning replica handguns in public spaces throughout the City of Boston, aimed at increasing public safety, has been signed by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh with support from the Boston City Council. The measure will make residents aware of the danger of replicas and hopefully will increase the dialogue about the consequences...

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BHCA Prepares Response on Sidewalk Litigation

November 26, 2015
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By Dan Murphy After consulting with attorneys, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) is now preparing a response to the city, which has challenged a court order mandating that it file an Environmental Notification Form (ENF) with the state to continue the installation of sidewalk ramps in the neighborhood. “The ENF requires a public...

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BRA and BTD to Work on Action Plan

November 26, 2015
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and Boston Transportation Department (BTD) announced last week that they would begin working on a transportation action plan for the area around North Station before the end of the year. The plan, which will also cover the West End, Bullfinch Triangle and Government Center, will provide a comprehensive analysis...

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Handbells to Ring at Nichols Museum Holiday House Tour

November 26, 2015
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by Suzanne Besser On December 13 bells will be ringing at the Nichols House Museum’s annual Holiday House Tour, a much anticipated Beacon Hill tradition that annually welcomes hundreds of neighbors to visit the museum and six private Beacon Hill homes festively decorated for the season. From 1 to 3 pm the Back Bay...

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West End Museum to Host ‘8 Nights, 8 Windows’Talk

November 26, 2015
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The West End Museum will participate in Boston’s first seasonal Jewish public art project. “8Nights, 8 Windows” is a juried art venture created to brighten the holiday season with the essence of the Festival of Lights, and to bring a fresh understanding of Hanukkah to the entire community. The project is sponsored by New...

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Downtown View:Giving Thanks

November 26, 2015
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You will probably be sitting around a table soon telling friends and family what you are thankful for. We think about the big things—those friends and family members, the good food, good health, a satisfying job. We can easily forget other enjoyments, amenities and endeavors that enrich our lives. I’m here to remind you...

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Committee Members Gather in Anticipation of ‘Beacon Hill Gala’

November 26, 2015
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By Dan Murphy In anticipation of the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s upcoming 44th annual “Beacon Hill Gala,” the Sloane Merrill Gallery on Charles Street played host to members of the event committee last week for an intimate gathering featuring wine and hors devours, courtesy of 75 Chestnut. “We’re looking for it to be a...

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Heard It through the Grapevine at BHWF

November 26, 2015
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By Kathy Hull Who does not love wine, women and song?  On December 1, the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) will present “Women and Wine,” featuring Nancy Parker Wilson of Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Ms. Wilson, who splits her time between Boston and Portsmouth, started the business with her husband and parents...

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Police Briefs 11-24-2015

November 26, 2015
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From Boston Police Area A-1 Breaking and Entering – Commercial 11/13/15 – Officers responded to a breaking and entering at a Charles Street sporting-goods store, which was committed between 1 and 5:35 a.m. On arrival, police observed the front glass-door was smashed and, they met with the manager, who reported a rack of winter...

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Appreciation:Remembering Dick Gurnon

November 19, 2015
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Appreciation:Remembering Dick Gurnon

By Dan Murphy The first stop that many newcomers made to the neighborhood was Charles Street Supply, and Dick Gurnon was always more than happy to help. “He loved coming to work and the families around here,” said hos son Jack Gurnon, who now owns the Charles Street hardware. “He would do anything for...

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Boston Employees Are Walsh Scholarship Recipients at Suffolk

November 19, 2015
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Boston Employees Are Walsh Scholarship Recipients at Suffolk

Erin Santhouse and Ryan Woods have been named the most recent Mayor Martin J. Walsh Scholarship recipients at Suffolk University. The Martin J. Walsh Scholarship is awarded annually to academically qualified city employees who have demonstrated the potential for advancement and leadership in city government.  The scholarship will cover tuition for Suffolk’s Master’s in...

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‘T’ Riders Asked to Take Survey

November 19, 2015
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The MBTA is seeking information from riders about how they use the ‘T’. This system-wide Rider Census will help the ‘T’ understand our passengers’ trip-making patterns, demographics, and needs. The survey takes 5-to-10-minutes to complete. Officials will use the data to evaluate current service, develop service plans, and gauge the impact of proposed service...

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Downtown View:Christmas Thanks

November 19, 2015
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By Karen Cord Taylor A tree is being cut down today in Nova Scotia with great fanfare. Soon it will travel by flat-bed truck  to the Boston Common, where it will be erected, decorated and loved. Similar trees have occupied the Common or the Pru yearly since 1971. A tribute to Americans’ Christian holiday,...

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Kick Off the Holiday Season at Boston Public Market

November 19, 2015
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Like the very first Thanksgiving at Plymouth, celebrate the holidays this year with locally sourced ingredients embracing the autumn harvest of New England. Visit the Boston Public Market and support local farmers, fishermen, and food producers and check the items off your holiday grocery list and fill your dinner table with the best of...

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Mayor and IBM Announce Launch of StartHub

November 19, 2015
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the launch of StartHub, a comprehensive, centralized, online platform designed to connect, support, and grow Greater Boston’s world-class technology and early-stage community.  Developed in a public-private partnership between the City of Boston, Venture Café, IBM, and Gust, StartHub will serve as the homepage for Greater Boston’s startup community, providing...

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