Workshops Planned for Hubway Expansion

August 16, 2017
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By Dan Murphy The Boston Transportation Department announced last week it would sponsor 28 community workshops citywide this fall to discuss the upcoming expansion of the bike-share program Hubway. “BTD is excited to collaborate with residents as we expand this important and popular piece of our transportation system to additional locations in the city’s...

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Downtown View:Thanks Donnie, for the Big Reveal

August 16, 2017
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Karen is taking a break. Since we were all recently laughing at Trump when he inappropriately complimented the French president’s wife on the good shape she was in after the age of 60, the subject of this column still seems up to date.   By Karen Cord Taylor One good thing Donald has done...

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BHCA Community Corner

August 16, 2017
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Remembering Jim McNeely He was this generation’s Charles Bulfinch, a man deeply rooted in the great cultures of the past and yet a true visionary, steadfastly working to apply the wisdom of our history to shape the world around him for the betterment of future generations.  And like Bulfinch before him, Jim McNeely actually...

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IDP Units are Most Prevalent in Downtown Neighborhoods

August 16, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Even though Boston is in a midst of a building boom, rents and sale prices continue to rise in Boston, making it increasingly challenging for residents to find housing that is affordable. A report released by the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA), on Tuesday, August 8, shows how the City...

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Hollywood Comes to the South End with Amy Schumer’s Newest Film

August 16, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen The starts and glitz of Hollywood made its way to the historic South End this past week when Amy Schumer along with her production crew spent the day filming for her newest film, “I Feel Pretty” set to debut in June 2018. The plot, according IMDb, follows the life of Renee...

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Huntington Theatre Production Center Hard at Work on First Production at New Facility

August 16, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Deep in the industrial area of Everett – nestled between scrap metal yards and diesel mechanics – is a creative workroom that has few matches in the city. In a month’s time, the workshop can create the Champs-Elysees in Paris, a New York City street, a San Francisco hillside abode or...

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The Boston Arts Festival Returns to Two-Day Event

August 16, 2017
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Boston’s vibrant Arts Community is back for the 15th Annual Boston Arts Festival!   On Saturday, September 9, and Sunday September 10, 50 local artists and 16 bands will be supported and celebrated in a colorful showcase of painting, jewelry, photography, glass making, wood working and more. Music genres include rock, pop, folk and indie,...

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Longfellow Bridge Nightly Construction Schedule

August 16, 2017
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MassDOT will close the Longfellow Bridge nightly to all vehicular traffic through Thursday, August 17, from 11:00p.m. each night to 5:00a.m. the following morning. The Longfellow Bridge closure originally scheduled for this weekend, August 11-14, has been rescheduled. The Longfellow Bridge will be closed to all vehicular traffic from 11:00p.m. Friday, August 18, to...

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Police Briefs 08-15-2017

August 16, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Policea Area A-1 Larceny from a Motor Vehicle 08/03/17  – A victim reported she parked her 2013 Volkswagen Jetta on Charles Street at around 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 2, but when returned to the vehicle at about 6:30 a.m. the next day, her luggage was stolen containing clothing, as...

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How We’re Creating Affordable Housing

August 16, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh Boston is a diverse city made up of residents of all backgrounds, all education levels and job sectors spread out over 23 neighborhoods. Some of us were born and bred here, some with families that have been here for decades, some received a wonderful education or job here and...

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Obituaries 08-15-2017

August 16, 2017
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Annie Caroline Flaherty  She leaves this world a brighter place Annie Caroline Flaherty of Beacon Hill died on on August 8. She was 7 years old. Annie had a zest for life like no other.  She will be missed by her friends near and far and most importantly those at the Eliot School.  She...

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Caturday on the Common

August 9, 2017
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Caturday on the Common

Riker, an exceptionally social cat, was eager to explore the Boston Common with his owner, Chris Felice, manning the leash during Boston’s inaugural First Caturday event on the Common. Hundreds of local cat owners from the neighborhoods and beyond converged with hundreds of cats to socialize and talk feline philosophy.

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Residents Disappointed by Rejection in Boston’s Slow Streets Program

August 9, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen and Dan Murphy In future though, please refer to the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) and the BHCA Traffic and Parking Committee, whose Chair is Ben Starr.  BHC and Beacon Hill Parking and Transportation Committee are incorrect. The five neighborhoods that will join the Neighborhood Slow Streets program in 2017 were announced in mid-July,...

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Galvin says New Shadow Law Removes Layer of Protection for Historic Parks

August 9, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Gov. Charlie Baker recently signed a home-rule petition into law that would allow Millennium Partners to move forward with building a 775-foot tower on the site of the city-owned Winthrop Square Garage, bypassing two existing state laws that protect the Boston Common and Public Garden from new shadows. Mayor Martin Walsh...

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Downtown View:A Modest Proposal

August 9, 2017
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Karen is taking a break. Here is a column from last fall that needs more consideration. By Karen Cord Taylor The noise is always a surprise. Your cab stops in the street to let you out. The driver can’t pull over because parked cars line both sides of the narrow street. A short time...

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BHCA Community Corner

August 9, 2017
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Keep exterior doors well lit When the BHCA Cambridge Street Quality of Life Committee members walked down Cambridge Street last fall to identify problem areas impacting residents’ quality of life and safety, they noted that several property owners had not replaced burned out bulbs in light fixtures mounted above their doorways. It is a...

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City Council Motions

August 9, 2017
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CITY COUNCIL ESTABLISHES COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE The Boston City Council passed an amended ordinance to create the Community Preservation Committee (CPC), as required by State law to make recommendations regarding the use of the funds generated by the one percent surcharge on real estate property. The ordinance requires that the CPC study the needs...

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Local Restaurants Taking Part in Dine Out Boston

August 9, 2017
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By Phil Orlandella Seven Beacon Hill Restaurants will participate in the 2017 Dine Out Boston program that is celebrating its 16th year of providing diners an opportunity to enjoy Beacon Hill’s atmosphere and the fine eateries that exist on the Hill. Formally Restaurant Week, over 156 restaurants are taking part in the multi-day, specially...

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Police Briefs 08-08-2017

August 9, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Aggravated Assault and Battery 07/26/17 – At approximately 9:30 p.m., a male suspect was arrested on the Boston Common around Beacon Street for aggravated assault and battery. The suspect was swinging a knife at the male victim after an argument and slashed him in the jaw...

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Obituaries 08-08-2017

August 9, 2017
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James DuBois McNeely 1933 – 2017 James D. McNeely, a prominent Boston architect, noted for his historic renovation of Beacon Hill townhouses, died peacefully on July 27, 2017 in his South Freeport home, surrounded by his wife and three of his children. McNeely was born in Washington, D.C. to Oscar DuBois McNeely and Julia...

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‘Paddle to Work Day’ on July 28 Raised Funds to Protect Charles River

August 5, 2017
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‘Paddle to Work Day’ on July 28 Raised Funds to Protect Charles River

On Friday, July 28, 15 people paddled the Charles River as part of “Paddle To Work Day” hosted by Charles River Canoe and Kayak. The event celebrated a healthy river and raised funds for Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA). A beautiful sunny morning greeted the paddlers as they began the five-mile paddle from Soldier’s...

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Downtown View:Infrastructure. Investment. Interesting.

August 5, 2017
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By karen Cord Taylor Karen is taking a break. This column from last September still has relevance. Throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s, Boston boldly invested in itself. It cleaned up the harbor, spending $3.8 billion on the Deer Island Treatment Plant alone. It spent from $650 to $850 million, depending on...

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Gov Baker Signs Bill for New Shadow Law

August 5, 2017
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By Dan Murphy Gov. Charlie Baker signed a home-rule petition into law Friday that would allow Millennium Partners to build a 775-foot luxury, condo tower on the site of the shuttered, city-owned Winthrop Square Garage, thereby bypassing two existing state “shadow” laws protecting the Boston Common and Public Garden. While the new building would...

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FOPG Undertaking $50,000 Rehabilitation of Channing Statue

August 5, 2017
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By Dan Murphy The Friends of the Public Garden are currently undertaking a $50,000 restoration of the William Ellery Channing statue in the Public Garden. The project includes cleaning the bronze statue, as well as its marble and granite base, said Sarah Hutt, the nonprofit’s care and collection manager. “We tried to do everything...

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