A Leader of Boston’s Palace of the People Comes to BHWF

April 7, 2017
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On Tuesday evening, April 11, the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) welcomes Vivian Spiro, Chairman of the Board of the Associates of the Boston Public Library, and a key leader in mustering financial support for the ongoing digitization of the BPL’s Special Collections.  If you haven’t visited our Boston Public Library on Copley Square...

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Downtown View:Baffling

April 7, 2017
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So many things I don’t understand. Maybe you don’t either. Some people in some states are all in a lather about women sharing bathrooms with transgender persons who are now female. My question: how would you know? This person presumably looks like a woman. She would go into a stall like any other woman....

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BHCA Community Corner

April 7, 2017
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Cambridge St. Committee Launches New Initiatives The Cambridge Street Quality of Life Committee has launched several initiatives to help keep the street and surrounding areas clean and safe by working with its merchants, the A-1 Boston Police Department and larger institutions on the street. In addition, they are interested in better understanding the needs...

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City Breaks Ground on Common Renovations

April 7, 2017
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By Dan Murphy The Boston Parks and Recreation Department has broken ground on its $3.3 million renovation of Parkman Plaza at the Visitor Information Center and Tremont Street edge on the Boston Common. The project includes improvements to Parkman Plaza (Visitor Information Center Plaza), Tremont Street sidewalk reconstruction, and Lafayette Mall enhancements through the...

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Related Beal Launches Parking Space Sales at Charles Street Garage for Beacon Hill and West End Residents:Select Parking at 144 Charles Street Converting to Deeded Condominium Spaces

April 7, 2017
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Related Beal, a fully integrated real estate firm focused on development opportunities in Boston and its surrounding areas, today announced the launch of sales for deeded parking spaces at the Charles Street Garage located at 144 Charles Street in Beacon Hill.  Earlier this year, Related Beal notified the Beacon Hill neighbors of their plan...

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Hill Applies for City’s ‘Neighborhood Slow Streets’ Program

April 7, 2017
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By Dan Murphy Under the auspices of the Beacon Hill Traffic and Parking Committee, the neighborhood has applied to participate in the city’s “Neighborhood Slow Streets” program. Each year, residents, neighborhood associations and other community-based organizations can apply for traffic calming in a specific neighborhood. Selected neighborhoods will work with the Boston Transportation Department and...

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Trump Fails to Put Kids First in “America First” Budget

April 7, 2017
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By Senator Sal DiDomenico President Donald Trump recently released his 2018 budget, outlining billions of dollars in cuts to vital governmental agencies and services. Almost laughably, the Administration has titled its budget “America First,” despite zeroing out and reducing funding for programs that help millions of Americans. Included in those cuts was the complete...

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How We’re Investing in Our Boston Public Schools

April 7, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh Education provides a solid foundation for a growing and thriving city. An investment in our children’s education is an investment in Boston’s future. We want the best future possible for our kids, and their school days filled with opportunity, growth, and promise. That’s why we’re going to invest a...

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Max Reger Gala

March 31, 2017
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Max Reger Gala

Haig Hovsepian performed a Max Reger solo on the violin during the annual Max Reger Gala at the Church on the Hill Saturday night, March 25. Residents and performers gathered at the church to support the cause of providing support to disadvantaged children involved in the serious study of music.

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Certificate Issued for Temple Street

March 31, 2017
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By Dan Murphy The city’s Environment Department issued a certificate of appropriateness on March 15 for the proposed residential redevelopment of the Hiriam J. Archer and Frank J. Donahue buildings at Temple and Derne streets. Dedham-based JDMD Owner, LLC, plans to convert the two, interconnected buildings previously owned and occupied by Suffolk University into...

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Re-Shaping the BPDA:Women Now Make Up the Majority of Workers at the Agency

March 31, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) formerly the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) was formed in 1957. Throughout the years, this agency has decided in many ways what direction the City should go in by having a tight fingertip on every major development that has come through Boston over the past...

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Downtown View:Where Things Stand:Allston Interchange

March 31, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor If you live in downtown Boston, you probably know this place from your car only. This is where either you paid your first toll on the Mass Pike after you sailed past BU, or where you got on the pike via a long, winding ramp after driving out from downtown...

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BHCA Community Corner

March 31, 2017
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Community Invited to Nominate Candidates for Beacon Award As part of its Diamond Jubilee Year (1922-1997), the Beacon Hill Civic Association instituted an annual community award to honor those people and groups deserving of particular recognition for their significant and sustained contributions to the Beacon Hill community. It was named the Beacon Award. This...

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Debate Over Proposed Tower in the Bay Village Continues

March 31, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Looming over the minds of many in Bay Village and surrounding neighborhoods, is a proposed 19-story building that is slated to fill in the gap of a current surface parking lot, between the Revere Hotel and South Cove, an elderly assistant living facility. For years this eyesore has welcomed many in...

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Mayor Walsh Opens Swan Boats on April 15

March 31, 2017
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh will host the first ride of the season on the popular Boston Swan Boats as they open at the Public Garden lagoon on Saturday, April 15, at 11:30 a.m. “This will be the 141st year the Swan Boats have entertained residents and visitors in the Boston Public Garden,” said Mayor...

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MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Aspire Gala Supports Essential Autism Spectrum Programs

March 31, 2017
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On Thursday, March 30, 2017, MassGeneral Hospital for Children will celebrate its 17th annual Aspire Spring Gala and aim to raise more than $2 million to support Aspire, the hospital’s highly successful, therapeutically-based program of the Lurie Center for Autism. Aspire helps children, teens and adults with high cognitive autism spectrum disorder or a...

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Fourth Annual Creative Kitchen Tour Scheduled for April 8

March 31, 2017
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An added perk for guests visiting some of the neighborhood’s most distinctive kitchens during the upcoming Creative Kitchen Tour 2017 is the sneak peek at jaunty spring buds unfolding in several of Beacon Hill’s Hidden Gardens that comes along with it. In fact, it was the garden view from the kitchen windows in some...

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Esplanade Association Scheduled to Hold 5K Sunset Run on May 18

March 31, 2017
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The Charles River Esplanade will be the place to be for athletic feats and doggie treats at the Esplanade 5K Sunset Run on Thursday evening, May 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm.  Presented by the Esplanade Association, the 100% privately funded friends group for the Charles River Esplanade, the 5K race (3.2 miles) will be...

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Police Briefs 03-28-2017

March 31, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 03/14/17 – A victim parked her 2016 Ford F150 at Myrtle and Grove streets at around 12:15 p.m., after which time a male suspect broke the rear passenger’s side window and stole a laptop from the vehicle before fleeing on foot.  ...

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Letter to the Editor

March 31, 2017
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Estimating natural-gas leaks is not the solution Dear Editor Every day natural gas spews from our aging and corroding pipeline infrastructure into the air we and our children breathe. The utilities report 1,462 gas leaks in Boston and more than 20,000 statewide. Natural gas is 95-percent methane, a far more potent greenhouse gas than...

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25th Anniversary

March 24, 2017
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25th Anniversary

Upstairs Downstairs Antiques shop owner Laura Cousineau with family and friends outside the store on Saturday, March 18, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the store. Former owner Rebecca Hackler, Joan O’Brien, Moley Manning, Cousineau with Quinn and Bob Cousineau, Former owner Lauren Decatur and Peggy Glynn.

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AMC Buildings Returning to Condominiums

March 24, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen The current home of the Appalachian Mountain Club  (AMC) headquarters on Joy Street in Beacon Hill will soon be condos. The architect Guy Grassi, who is behind the major renovations and restoration of these three brick row houses, presented the changes at last week’s Beacon Hill Architectural Commission meeting. Due to...

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Downtown View:Where Things Stand: Winthrop Square

March 24, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor The proposed 775-foot tower to be built on the site of a grungy city garage started out nicely when plans were unveiled last summer. The developer, Millennium Partners, was largely responsible for revitalization of Washington Street with the Ritz complex, Millennium Place and the Millennium Tower that filled in Vornado’s...

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Nichols House Receives Accreditation from AAM

March 24, 2017
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The Nichols House Museum has achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. Executive Director Victoria McKay is “ecstatic about the commission’s decision and very grateful to the...

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