Short-Term Rentals are Disrupting the Housing Market in Downtown Boston Neighborhoods

October 24, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Tucked away in all of the neighborhoods in Boston, short-term rental units are spreading – unregulated by the city or state – crunching the housing market and disrupting the communities that make up the city’s neighborhoods. In a collection of research done over the past two years by the Alliance of...

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Downtown View:What Makes Good Public Art?

October 24, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor You know it when you see it. For Lucas Cowan, public art curator for the Greenway, it is the bean, or, more formally, “Cloud Gate” by Anish Kapoor in Chicago’s Millennium Park. For Julie Burros, chief of arts and culture for the City of Boston, it is the 1971 Corita...

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BHCA Community Corner

October 24, 2017
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Happy Haunting! Please bring your trick or treaters to join in the fun of the annual Halloween on the Hill event from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31. The following streets will be closed: Pinckney Street from Joy Street to Charles Street Mt Vernon Street from Joy to Charles streets Chestnut Street...

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Storrow Drive Nighttime Traffic Restrictions Due to Bridge Installation

October 24, 2017
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MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli (WSC), will install steel arches for the new Frances “Fanny” Appleton Bridge overnight on Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28, marking a major milestone. This work will require overnight lane and road closures in the vicinity of the Longfellow Bridge on Storrow Drive east and westbound and the Mugar Way...

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Charles River Bistro Celebrates Halloween with Local Youth

October 24, 2017
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Located on the Esplanade, along the banks of the river, The Charles River Bistro, known for its warm hospitality and innovation, frequently spearheads community initiatives around the Boston area. On Oct. 19, The Bistro hosted an afternoon of Halloween pumpkin decorating to children from the Youth Tutoring Youth (YTY) Program under the Catholic Charities...

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Linda Marshall Named as New Executive Director of Nichols House Museum

October 24, 2017
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Nichols House Museum is pleased to introduce Linda Marshall as the museum’s new Executive Director. Linda has extensive management experience at preservation organizations and museums including Historic New England, The Trustees, and Cape Ann Museum. Linda was co-chair of New England Museum Association’s Historic Sites professional affinity group for five years. She created the...

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18th Annual Storybook Ball for Mass General Hospital for Children

October 24, 2017
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On Saturday, October 14, 2017, MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) raised over $2.2 million in its 18th year of supporting pediatric health via its premier annual event, Storybook Ball. Demi & Tate Isenstadt, Sonja Kelly & Steve Tordone and Paige & Rick Sutphin co-chaired the event, which showcased the outstanding research and advancements at...

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Heavy Metal Women to Watch Exhibition Now at Gallery Kayafas

October 24, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen From intricate sculptures, to mind boggling vessels, to beautiful jewelry, the metal work all crafted by Massachusetts’s women artists are sure to amaze any patron that visits Gallery Kayafas at 450 Harrison Ave., in the South End. Through Oct. 27, Gallery Kayafas will be featuring hand-built sculptures, vessels, and objects for...

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Boston City Council Notes

October 24, 2017
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The Boston City Council met on Wednesday, October 18 at Boston City Hall beginning at noon. Bill Linehan’s last meeting District 2 City Councilor Bill Linehan submitted a letter of resignation after 43 years of service to the city. Mayor Martin Walsh joined the Boston City Council to present Councilor Linehan with a silver...

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Letters to the Editor

October 24, 2017
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THE NEED TO MEASURE NATURAL GAS EMISSIONS 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-perecent methane, a far more potent greenhouse gas than...

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BHV Members Hear Talk by Gawande

October 17, 2017
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BHV Members Hear Talk by Gawande

by Suzanne Besser When author Atul Gawande joined NPR host Robin Young to discuss his best seller Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End recently, he spoke before a sold-out crowd of individuals seated at the Boston Public Library. They had come to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Beacon Hill Village...

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Downtown View:What Happens to the Millionaires?

October 17, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor The constitutional amendment that imposes a “millionaires’ tax” will likely be on our ballots in November, 2018, along with the candidates for governor and Congress. You probably already know that this amendment would levy an additional tax on any person or couple who makes more than a million dollars in...

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BHCA Community Corner

October 17, 2017
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by Suzanne Besser, BHCA President Historic Home Renovation Roundtable tomorrow Thursday, October 19 6-8 p.m. On October 19, the Beacon Hill Civic Association will sponsor a lively and informative panel discussion about the unique joys, challenges, and responsibilities involved in renovating a historic home, from the perspective of architects, preservationists, and homeowners who’ve had...

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BPL Adds Outreach Manager to Help Homeless

October 17, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen In an effort to provide additional care to individuals in need, the Boston Public Library (BPL) has created a new outreach manager position to provide a path of services to unsheltered individuals drawn to the spaces and resources of the libraries in Boston. The goal of the program is to ensure...

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Juice Bar Gets Okay from Zoning and Licensing

October 17, 2017
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By Dan Murphy A cold-pressed juice bar and health food restaurant is one step closer to opening in the former home of Fresco Flowers after receiving a vote of non-opposition from the Beacon Hill Civic Association Zoning and Licensing Committee on Wednesday. Owner Susan Cabana intends to open a third Nourish Your Soul at...

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Marinovich Assumes Philanthropy Position at Charles River Watershed Association

October 17, 2017
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Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), the leading science and advocacy nonprofit protecting and restoring the Charles River and its watershed, announced today that Tani Marinovich has joined the organization as director of philanthropy. CRWA’s work monitoring the Charles River and designing greener more resilient neighborhoods takes on special importance as government funds for environmental...

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Charles River Bistro Winding Down for Season

October 17, 2017
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The popular Charles River Bistro will be winding down for the season just after Veterans Day. The Bistro, located on the Esplanade, is the go-to for so many locals. But The Bistro also caters to thousands of visitors, concert-goers, Fourth of July celebrants and tourists from around the world each season. Guests of the...

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Harvard Travellers Club Seeks New Members, to Hold Dinner

October 17, 2017
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From trekking in the Kalahari to exploring the ghostly ruins of Sable Island, every month the members of the Harvard Travellers Club are transported to another part of the world—from the comfort of the Harvard Club on Commonwealth Avenue. In November, they are inviting other interested travelers to join them for dinner, conversation, and...

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Figs Reopens on Charles St Following Blaze

October 17, 2017
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By Dan Murphy After closing for renovations following a fire last year, Figs restaurant at 42 Charles St. held a soft opening on Aug. 18 before officially reopening for business four days later. “Business has been great so far as word is getting out that we’ve reopened,” said Pablo Avalos, general manger. “Delivery is...

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ACS Boston Lawyer Chapter Celebrates Constitution Day

October 17, 2017
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The American Constitution Society (ACS) Boston Lawyer Chapter’s 10th annual Constitution Day Celebration was held in the Great Hall at the John Adams Courthouse on Beacon Hill on Wednesday evening, Oct. 4. Over 100 attendees celebrated the enactment of the Federal constitution and also of John Adam’s 1780 Massachusetts Constitution. Robert A. Whitney, Beacon...

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Somerville Design Firm Selected to Help Revitalize Charlesgate Park

October 17, 2017
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By Dan Murphy A Somerville architectural and design firm has been contracted to create conceptual deigns intended to revitalize the erstwhile Charlesgate Park. The ad hoc, nonprofit Charlesgate Alliance has contracted the Landing Studio to improve the “key link” created by venerable landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmsted that abuts Back Bay and Fenway and...

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CRWA to Honor Museum of Science

October 17, 2017
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Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), the leading science and advocacy organization protecting the Charles River and its watershed, will honor the Museum of Science at its Champions of the Charles gala on Nov. 2. The gala, to be held at the Museum of Science, raises funds to continue CRWA’s ongoing work monitoring and protecting...

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Police Briefs 10-17-2017

October 17, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny in a Building 10/03/17 – A victim reported she was staying at a Stuart Street hostel when unknown person(s) broke the lock off of her locker and removed U.S. currency from it. Detectives will investigate the matter. Larceny from Motor Vehicle 10/04/17 – A victim...

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The Protesting Football Players are Not Disrespecting the Military

October 17, 2017
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The silent protest that was begun last season by former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick, in which Kaepernick took a knee during the National Anthem before football games, exemplifies what freedom of speech and freedom of expression mean in our country. Kaepernick, and his fellow players who have joined him this year, have...

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