Mass. Eye and Ear Honors Media Entrepreneur Norman Knight at Opening of Nursing Center

Mass. Eye and Ear Honors Media Entrepreneur Norman Knight at Opening of Nursing Center

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary nurses paid tribute to media entrepreneur Norman Knight at the opening of the hospital’s new Norman Knight Nursing Center in Boston.The benefactor was joined by his buddies Peter Smyth of Greater Media and wife Cathy, Carol Sawyer Parks of Sawyer Enterprises and Keith Leighton, lawyer Wendy Murphy, State Fire...

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The TEA Turns 10

Beginning with an effort to rebuild a dilapidated playground, a group determined to restore the Esplanade in its entirety formed The Esplanade Association (TEA) in 2001. Since then, TEA has been working to protect, restore and enhance this iconic century old park. With thanks to their many donors, volunteers, partner organizations and the Department...

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Gael Mahony Honored, and Rightfully So

This year’s 15th annual Beacon Award, given by the Beacon Hill Civic Association, went to Gael Mahony, the BHCA’s first president. Mr. Mahony for 50 years has been an inspiration to those he served with as well as a friend to the many people living on Beacon Hill. Over the years, his sage legal...

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Police Briefs 05-17-2011

Explosion 05/07/11 – Officers responded to a Joy Street manhole explosion at around 10:47 a.m. Homes in the area had their windows blown out.  Firefighters and NStar were on the scene. Assault and Battery 05/08/11 – A patron reported a staff member of a Charles Street pub punched him in the face at about...

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Advent School Reps Address Community Concerns with Cedar Street Expansion

Advent School Reps Address Community Concerns with Cedar Street Expansion

-By Dan Murphy Advent School representatives met with members of the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) and the community last Tuesday to address their concerns with the school’s planned expansion to a former office building at 99 West Cedar St. The school has entered into a multi-year lease for the 5,400 square-foot, two-story building,...

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Hidden Gardens Tour returns May 19

-By Dan Murphy In the 82 years since its inception, the Beacon Hill Garden Club’s Hidden Gardens Tour has become one of the neighborhood’s most eagerly anticipated events. In May and June of 1929, 11 members of the fledgling Garden Club opened their gardens to the public for the first time at the inaugural...

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Henry Lee’s Example

Henry Lee has stepped down as the Chairman of the Friends of the Public Garden. He has become its president emeritus. His departure after 41 years leaves a void as Mr. Lee came to personify the idea that example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. In every...

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Police Briefs 05-10-2011

Breaking and Entering – Residence 04/26/11 – A Phillips Street resident reported that unknown person(s) forced open the front door and removed numerous pieces of jewelry between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Breaking and Entering – Residence 04/26/11 – An Irving Street resident reports unknown person(s) damaged the front door and lock to the...

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‘Taste of Beacon Hill’ a Destination for Food Lovers

‘Taste of Beacon Hill’ a Destination for Food Lovers

-By Dan Murphy Beacon Hill Business Association (BHBA) President Susan Symonds hopes that food lovers far and wide will flock to the Omni Parker House Hotel for the group’s 11th annual “Taste of Beacon Hill” next Thursday. “We want people to come to experience the fine restaurants here,” Symonds said. “The objective is not...

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Mounted Patrol Unit still on the Trail, Thanks to Friends Group

-By Dan Murphy The Boston Park Ranger Mounted Patrol Unit will continue to patrol the Emerald Necklace through the end of fiscal 2011, thanks to the efforts of the Friends of the Boston Parks Rangers. Julia H. Donahue, who co-chairs the Friends with Cokie Perry, said the group raised the necessary $155,000 by the...

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MBTA Stations Temporarily Closed to make Way for New Elevators

-By Dan Murphy With work now underway to install two new elevators at the Science Park/West End Station, the MBTA is shuttering the Science Park/West End and Lechmere stations until November. The new elevators are part of $10.4 million in accessibility improvements to the station that will bring the 57-year-old facility into compliance with...

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A Sunday to Remember

By all accounts, Sunday was a lovely spring day. A bit cool with a sea breeze all day – but a fabulous day to be alive and, it turns out, to be an American. Boston was resonant with colors bursting everywhere and gardens coming to life with the color green appearing extremely brilliant in...

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Police Briefs 05-03-2011

Larceny from Motor Vehicle 04/21/11 – A victim reported her purse, checkbook, bank cards, U.S. currency, laptop, backpack and GPS system were stolen between 9:30 p.m. and 2 a.m. from her 1998 Olds Cutlass, which was parked on Charles Street. The victim said the motor vehicle’s left front passenger-side window was broken. Disturbing the...

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Levanto to Step Down from BHCA Board

April 28, 2011
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Levanto to Step Down from BHCA Board

-By Dan Murphy Following eight years of service, Ross Levanto will step down from the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) board of directors after the group’s May 16 annual meeting. Levanto joined the board in 2003 and is the former chair of the BHCA City Services Committee. He also served as an Executive Committee...

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Former Hill Resident Wins Two Snowboard Competitions

April 28, 2011
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Former Hill Resident Wins Two Snowboard Competitions

Beacon Hill native and current Maine resident Myles Silverman recently won the Finals of two snowboarding competitions. An eighth grader at Brunswick Junior High School who lives in Brunswick and the Carrabassett Valley, Silverman still spends time in Boston every summer. Silverman won the Nastar National Snowboard Championship for his age group (boys 13-14)...

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Downtown View: Helicopters, Schmelicopters

April 28, 2011
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What’s all this stuff about helicopters over Beacon Hill? A few lazy reporters decided to interview only the complainers. Their editors loved putting out a story about rich people whining. Those of us who love this neighborhood were miffed at the newspaper reports. They were written in a gleeful tone—gotcha was the theme. The...

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New Willows Coming to the Esplanade on Arbor Day

April 28, 2011
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The Esplanade Association (TEA), in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), will be planting 10 Golden Weeping Willow (Salix alba “Tristis”) at the Otis Grove area of the Charles River Esplanade on Arbor Day, Friday, April 29. The weeping willows will be planted according to Landscape Architect Arthur Shurcliff’s original design....

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BHCA City Services Committee Surveys Younger Residents on Recycling and Trash Habits

April 28, 2011
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Times Staff The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) City Services Committee recently conducted a survey of younger residents of the neighborhood to learn their recycling and trash habits. According to the raw data collected in the survey, nearly 52 percent of the 87 respondents said they recycle every week. “I was amazed by that...

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Blackstone’s Celebrates Anniversary and a Rich History

April 28, 2011
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On April 12, Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill celebrated its fifth anniversary under current owners, Jennifer Hill and Mark Duffield. Friends and neighbors were greeted by concierges from the Liberty Hotel and given the full red-carpet treatment. More than 100 guests were on hand to celebrate and to help commemorate Blackstone’s rich past and its...

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Increased Payments from Non-profits makes Sense

April 28, 2011
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The mayor and the city government are absolutely correct in asking the city’s many nonprofits to increase the payments they make in lieu of taxes. For more than a century, the argument about tax exempts being totally exempted from taxes has not been questioned enough to make a difference. The exemptions began with church...

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The Royal Wedding

April 28, 2011
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When Prince William and his bride to be Kate Middleton tie the knot Friday morning, a lot of us will be watching. Americans, and especially Bostonians, have very special feelings about people who are born in castles to become kings and queens versus those of us born in common hospitals to become whomever we...

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Residents Updated on Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project

April 19, 2011
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Residents Updated on Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project

-By Dan Murphy Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) officials updated the public on the status of the Longfellow Bridge rehabilitation project at the Shriners Hospital auditorium last week, but didn’t disclose the state’s preferred alternative for reconfiguring the 102-year-old bridge that connects Boston to Cambridge across the Charles River. The bridge restoration is being...

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Play Dates: DCR Staff Unveils Updated Construction Plan and Schedule for Esplanade Playspace

April 19, 2011
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-By Dan Murphy Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) officials unveiled the updated construction plan and schedule for the Esplanade Playspace last week during the third public meeting to vet the proposal. Friends of the Esplanade Playspace is building an approximately 10,000 square-foot playground for 5- to 12-year-olds on the state-owned Charles River Esplanade,...

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Beacon Hill Nursery School Celebrates 55th Anniversary at its Annual Auction

April 19, 2011
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Beacon Hill Nursery School (BHNS) celebrated its 55th anniversary on Saturday, April 9, at its annual auction, “Toast of the Town”. The event, which took place at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in the Grand Ballroom, was a wonderful celebration of old and new, drawing inspiration for the décor and prizes from an elegant 1950s...

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