Fenton Building Sells for $15M

August 5, 2014
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Suffolk University has sold the John E. Fenton Building and Annex at the corner of Derne and Hancock streets for $15 million, according to various published reports. The buyer, identified by the school as Atlas Investment Group LLC, a Boston-based, real-estate development firm, purportedly plans to transform the six-story former academic and classroom building...

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Beautify Beacon Hill This Summer

August 5, 2014
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Bright flowers, green trees, and brilliant sunlight have brought Beacon Hill alive this summer, and now you can too! “Beautify Beacon Hill” is your chance to recognize those who are allowing our neighborhood to flourish with window boxes, planters, and gardens throughout the Hill. The Beacon Hill Civic Association, the Beacon Hill Garden Club...

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BHCA Young Friends’ Group Looking for Board Candidates

August 5, 2014
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Do you know someone who’s interested in getting involved and keeping our neighborhood wonderful? The Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Young Friends are looking for candidates to join their Executive Committee for the 2015 season. The Young Friends strive to get our younger residents involved in the neighborhood, while giving them an outlet to meet new...

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August Scholars Starting Its Seventh Year

August 5, 2014
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August Scholars, a three-week summer academic program for children in the third to sixth grades, opened its doors this week at two sites—one at The Learning Project Elementary School in the Back Bay and one at Suffolk University on Beacon Hill. The program is serving 97 children who need an academic boost at the...

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Police Briefs 07-29-2014

August 5, 2014
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Motor Vehicle Accident 07/17/14 – At around 11:48 a.m. at Beacon and Walnut streets, a 1999 Freightliner coming out off Beacon Hill apparently lost its brakes on Walnut Street before striking a parked Hyundai. The vehicle then crossed Beacon Street before going down the steps into the Boston Common. No injuries were reported.

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Summer Dock Party

July 25, 2014
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Summer Dock Party

Enjoying the night on The Charles River at The Esplanade Association’s annual “Esplanade Summer Dock Party” on the Community Boating Docks on Thursday night were these residents.

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Walsh to Ignore BHAC on Sidewalk Ramps: Mayor Walsh’s First Big Mistake

July 25, 2014
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Save the bricks. That was the rallying cry last Thursday for Beacon Hill residents. When neighbors heard the city was going to tear up bricks and install concrete ramps at the neighborhood’s intersections they were, like their predecessors in 1947, willing to sit down on the bricks to keep the city from ripping them...

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City Officials Move Forward with Plan

July 25, 2014
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced on Thursday that the city would move forward with a plan to install wheelchair-accessible curb cuts on Beacon Hill sidewalks, making it the last neighborhood in the city to be brought into compliance with the Adults with Disabilities Act. “My intention is making sure that Boston is handicap accessible...

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Decision on Sidewalk Ramps Is Wrong

July 25, 2014
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On Thursday night, Mayor Martin Walsh went before the residents of Beacon Hill to deliver his decision on the handicap accessible ramps that need to be installed in the sidewalks.  He knew that his decision was not going to be well received, but he went to deliver the message himself rather than send his...

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UMass to Open Beacon St. Annex

July 25, 2014
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The University of Massachusetts intends to open an academic center at 1 Beacon St., according to published reports released last week. School officials said Thursday academic programs at that location would begin in January of 2016, at which time UMass Club and other administrative offices would move to the building. “The UMass Center on...

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Beacon Hill Village Expands Board

July 11, 2014
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Beacon Hill Village Expands Board

Four downtown residents recently joined Beacon Hill Village’s board of directors, expanding the number of board members to 17. West End resident Joanne Cooper is a retired geriatric social worker and nursing home administrator. In 1979 she co-founded the Geriatric Resource Center, a private consulting service and home care agency. She has volunteered for...

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Downtown View : The Welcome Mat Is Yanked for Banks

July 11, 2014
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What’s so bad about a bank? They seem pretty benign. Then why do ten Boston neighborhood shopping districts, including those in the North End and Charlestown, make them or  any professional office a conditional or forbidden use on the first or basement floors? Why did the Boston City Council recently vote to make banks...

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Tour of ‘Inside Haymarket’ Offered

July 11, 2014
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Each Friday and Saturday from dawn to dusk, Haymarket, Boston’s centuries-old open-air market adjacent to Government Center, the North End, and Faneuil Hall, offers a unique shopping experience. Sellers of fresh produce have clustered in Haymarket since around 1830, although vendors started congregating here at least 100 years earlier. Haymarket vendors sell huge varieties...

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Downtown Public School Moves Closer To Happening

July 11, 2014
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The dream of a new public school opening to serve the downtown neighborhoods might be moving one step closer to  reality, pending the outcome of a study initiated by Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Walsh’s spokeswoman Melina Schuler said the city has budgeted $1.6 million in the fiscal 15-19 capital budget to develop a “School...

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Celebrate FOPG’s ‘summer Party’

July 11, 2014
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The Friends of the Public Garden celebrates the season at its annual “Summer Party,” which comes to the Mandarin Oriental on Wednesday, July 23. “Many people leave the city for beach retreats in the summer months, but we have found that plenty of people stay in town in summer, especially mid-week,” said Eileen Scafidi,...

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Summertime in the City

Summertime in the City

With temperatures around Boston reaching nearly 90 degrees on Wednesday, the Boston Common and Public Garden were abuzz with activity. In the photo The carousel on the Common in full swing.

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Walsh Visits Beacon Hill

Walsh Visits Beacon Hill

Laura Cousineau of Upstairs Downstairs Antiques and three-year-old Olya Synkova each received plants during Mayor Martin Walsh’s Coffee Hour at the Myrtle St. Playground. The event was held on June 24 and was sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts. Attendees received the plants that were grown at the Franklin Park Greenhouses as a gift from Mayor...

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Downtown View Fear All Around

July 3, 2014
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It is surprising that Bostonians are such a fearful lot. West Enders have so effectively communicated their fears about crossing on foot at Leverett Circle to their local politicians that we’re going to waste millions of taxpayer dollars building a pedestrian overpass that will, unless you hit every don’t walk sign, take longer to...

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Zakim Seeks To Establish Trust Act

City Councilor Josh Zakim announced Friday that, working closely with Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Office of New Bostonians, he has filed an ordinance that would establish a Trust Act for the City of Boston. Zakim will present the Trust Act to the full City Council at its next meeting on Wednesday, July...

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Sign up For Harvest on The Hilll

Last September, 150 Beacon Hillers came together for the first time to share a dinner filled with foods from local farms and fisheries atHarvest on the Hill. The event proved so popular that it will be held again September 6, and residents wishing to be notified when tickets go on sale are encouraged to...

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Enjoy a Safe and Sane Fourth

Back at the turn of the last century (i.e., 1900), newspapers exhorted their readers to observe a “safe and sane” Fourth of July. That’s because in communities big and small all across America, the founding of our nation had become a popular excuse for roving groups of young men to engage in mayhem of...

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Civic-minded Couple Rescues Unsightly Corner

June 24, 2014
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Civic-minded Couple Rescues Unsightly Corner

Once, more than 100 years ago, a garden, walled in with a classic Beacon Hill brick wall, distinguished the corner of David G. Mugar Way and Beaver Place. But subsequent changes in the property use led to years of neglect, abuse and controversy. The site became a woeful hole in the ground, enclosed by...

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Garden Club Gives Away Thousands; Leslie Adam Elected as President

June 24, 2014
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Garden Club Gives Away Thousands; Leslie Adam Elected as President

At its recent annual meeting, the Beacon Hill Garden Club elected Leslie Adam of Chestnut Street as its new president. She takes over from Sharon Malt of West Cedar Street, who has led the club for the past two years. Members also voted to give away the $72,000 net profit they had made on...

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Annual Evening on the Esplanade Event Hosted by BHCA

June 24, 2014
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Beacon Hill residents are invited to a summer evening filled with camaraderie and gourmet food at the opening night of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra on Wednesday, July 16, at DCR’s Hatch Shell on the Esplanade.  Music Director Christopher Wilkins will lead the orchestra in Larry Bell’s adaptation of At the River (the orchestra’s unofficial...

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