Malden Catholic Celebrates 81st Annual Commencement

Malden Catholic recently celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2016 on Saturday, May 21, in the Doherty Gymnasium at Malden Catholic. The 139 diplomas were conferred by Headmaster Mr. Thomas J. Doherty III. Members of the Malden Catholic Class of 2015 have received college scholarships with a four-year value of more than $18...

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Barks and Bagels on the Common

Barks and Bagels on the Common

Local canines had some fun on Saturday, May 21 near the Frog Pond. The Barks and Bagels group held a mini fair where canines could have their pictures taken or groomed or make sure the dog licenses were in order among other matters. Their owners were able to mingle over coffee and bagels. Shown...

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Flags Placed on Boston Common

Flags Placed on Boston Common

The Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund (MMHF), the state organization dedicated to providing support to the families of military personnel with ties to Massachusetts who have died as a result of active duty service post 9/11/2001, held its signature event on the Boston Common last week.  On Thursday, May 26 the MMHF and volunteers again...

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Boston Parks Receive High Scores in Report

By John Lynds It’s parks like the Boston Common, Public Garden, the Esplanade and other parks that dot Beacon Hill that help put Boston in the top ten of the nation’s best park systems according to the Trust for Public Land’s Fifth Annual ParkScore index. According to the Trust for Public Land’s report, Boston’s...

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Downtown View:What Could Go Wrong?

By Karen Cord Taylor You have a taxicab company, or maybe you drive a cab. You paid a lot of money for the medallion that allows you to operate that cab. People trying to hail your cab have no idea whether you are free or have a passenger because, unlike in New York City,...

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Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill Welcomes ‘Dreamology’ Author

Motivating teenagers to read books is getting harder and harder. Distractions from television to the Internet and social networking sites, to busy schedules, mean many young adults rarely pick up a book for pleasure.  Long known for her book signings and talks geared to an adult audience, Jennifer Hill, owner of Blackstone’s of Beacon...

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Massachusetts General Hospital Chapel Turns 75

By Dan Murphy Massachusetts General Hospital held a celebration on Wednesday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of its chapel. “This is MGH’s common room, where all people are equal in sharing a common humanity,” said Rev. John W. Polk, MDiv, BCC, director of the Chaplaincy Department. “To those seeking peace, quite, relief, solace, hope...

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Mayor’s Annual Garden Contest Deadline is July 8

Mayor Martin J. Walsh is alerting Boston’s green thumbs that they have until Friday, July 8, to register for Mayor Walsh’s 2016 Garden Contest presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department with a grand prize provided by JetBlue. Now in its 20th year, the contest recognizes gardeners who have landscaped, planted flowers, trees,...

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Police Briefs 05-31-2016

BEACON HILL BEAT From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 05/18/16 – A victim reported he parked his 2005 Honda Accord on Charles Street on May 17. When he returned at 8 a.m. the next day, the right rear window was broken and a backpack containing a laptop, U.S. currency, personal papers...

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Flowering Backyards on Beacon Hill

Flowering Backyards on Beacon Hill

The 87th Annual Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill Annual tour took place last Thursday, May 19, with several thousand folks in attendance. Shown are Beacon Hill Garden Club members Keeta Gilmore (left) and Sandra Gilpatrick help guide tourist to the different gardens.

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Downtown View:Pockets of Diversity

By Karen Cord Taylor A few weeks ago I went to “The Dynamic City,” a conference at Boston University sponsored by Historic New England and two BU departments—the Initiative on Cities and the American and New England Studies Program. The presentations were first-rate, the speakers interesting and the topic of how historic preservation fits...

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Beacon Hill Art Walk Set to Return on June 5

The Beacon Hill Art Walk is an annual event that takes place on the first Sunday in June from 12-6 p.m., throughout the nooks and crannies of Beacon Hill’s North Slope. Residents open up their private gardens, alleyways and courtyards and allow artists to display and sell their artwork. It is a chance for...

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Another Look at Proposal for 33-61 Temple Street

By Dan Murphy Neighbors got another look at the latest plans for what will be the largest residential redevelopment project in Beacon Hill’s history on Monday, May 16, at the second public meeting sponsored by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Dedham-based JDMD Owner, LLC intends to transform the interconnected, six-story Hiriam J. Archer and Frank...

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Civic Association Holds 94th Annual Meeting

By Dan Murphy The Beacon Hill Civic Association held its 94th annual meeting at the Union Club of Boston on Monday, May 16. At that time, Priscilla Fales, a longtime Beacon Hill Nursery School teacher who is set to retire next month, was presented with the 19th annual Beacon Award for her “significant and...

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Leslie Adam Joins Hammond Residential Back Bay/Beacon Hill Office

Melissa Dunn, manager of Hammond Residential Real Estate’s Back Bay/Beacon Hill office, is pleased to announce that Leslie Adam has affiliated with Hammond. In her new role, Adam looks forward to collaborating with buyer and seller clients from Hammond’s office location at 66 Beacon Street on the corner of Charles Street.  Adam draws upon...

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BRA Hires Company to Help Re-brand Itself as More Approachable

By Seth Daniel Looking to become a more friendly and approachable agency, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board approved a contract with Boston-based Continuum to help rebrand the agency as more trustworthy. The approval came at the BRA’s Thursday meeting, May 12, and allocated no more that $670,000 to the Continuum contract. The contract...

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Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series to Start

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) will launch the 2016 Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield on Wednesday, June 1, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Copley Square. The three-month series brings 21 free fitness classes per week to parks in 11...

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Jill Bourne Chosen as New President of the Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library Board of Trustees voted last week to extend an offer of employment for President of the Boston Public Library to Jill Bourne, City Librarian for the San Jose Public Library. The decision was made following public interviews of Bourne and David Leonard, Interim President of the BPL, and deliberation amongst...

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Boncore Sworn in as New Senator

By John Lynds Last Thursday in front of a packed Massachusetts Senate Chambers, Joseph Boncore (D-Winthrop) was officially sworn in as the new First Suffolk and Middlesex State Senator by Governor Charlie Baker. Boncore won the seven man special election race for the seat during the Democratic Primary in March. With no Republican challenger,...

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Police Briefs 05-24-2016

BEACON HILL BEAT From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny – Bike 05/12/16 – At around 4:50 p.m., a victim reported he locked his red-and-black Trek 23” bike in his Myrtle Street residence basement secured storage area on Jan. 15. When he checked on it May 12, the bike was gone. Attempted Breaking and Entering...

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Enjoy the Weekend — Safely

We saw a statistic the other day that seemed baffling: The death toll on our nation’s roads and highways once again is on the rise. Last year, there were 38,000 highway fatalities in America. That’s about 100 Americans killed every day in motor vehicle-related crashes and accidents. In addition, there are hundreds of thousands...

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Let’s Remember the True Meaning of Memorial Day

Memorial Day, our most solemn national holiday, will take place this weekend. It is symptomatic of our national culture that for most Americans, the true meaning of Memorial Day has long been lost amidst the excesses of our materialistic society. Since the 1960s, when Congress voted to make it part of a three-day weekend,...

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Four Decades of Residents Beautifying Temple Street

Four Decades of Residents Beautifying Temple Street

By Suzanne Besser Last weekend Temple Street got all dolled up. More than thirty residents came together to sweep away winter’s debris and dress the gently sloped street in its spring finery. Salmon-colored geraniums, white petunias and purple verbena now spill from its planters, while its hand-tilled tree pits sport red, pink and white...

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Beloved Nursery School Teacher Wins Beacon Award

Beloved Nursery School Teacher Wins Beacon Award

By Suzanne Besser Priscilla Fales, who has touched the lives of hundreds of neighborhood children and their families during her 47 years as a Beacon Hill Nursery School teacher, was awarded the 19th annual Beacon Award at Beacon Hill Civic Association Annual Meeting. In 1969, armed with a brand new early education degree from...

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