Recovery is Personal to Me – and to All of Us

September 27, 2018
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Early on in my first campaign for mayor, I realized I had to be open about my recovery from alcoholism. I had been working on addiction prevention and recovery issues for my entire 16 years in the State Legislature, and I knew I wanted to make it a priority for the city if I...
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Letter to the Editor

September 27, 2018
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Beacon Hill Pub not a neighborhood asset Dear Editor, For those of us who live on Charles Street or near the Beacon Hill Pub, we do not feel that having the Pub in our neighborhood is an asset as your lead article in the Aug. 10 issue suggests. When the Pub closes at 2...
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Beacon Hill Seminars Kick-Off

September 20, 2018
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Beacon Hill Seminars Kick-Off

Bill Sherden, Curriculum Chair, and Mark Yessian, president, at the Church of the Advent on Sept. 10 for the Beacon Hill Seminars (BHS) 2018 Fall Kickoff. Participants learned about the 23 courses offered from October 1-November 20. At the event, educators briefly discussed the provocative seminars and lectures on topics such as historic preservation,...
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Joy Street Sidewalk Improvements Mark End of Four-Year Process

September 20, 2018
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Joy Street Sidewalk Improvements Mark End of Four-Year Process

The sidewalk improvements currently being implemented on Joy Street mark the completion of a project that got underway more than four years ago. Kay Barned-Smith, project manager for the city’s Public Works Department, said the project area extends on Joy Street from Smith Court to Cambridge Street, and the work entails replacing the sidewalks...
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BHCA Fall HillFest Returns Sunday

September 20, 2018
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The 17th annual Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Fall HillFest takes place on the flat of Mt. Vernon Street on Sunday, Sept. 23, from noon to 4 p.m. The event will feature 20 neighborhood non-profits, and this year’s sponsors include Harpoon, F.H. Perry, Hampshire House, Panificio, Florina Pizzeria and Paninioteca and more. It will also...
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Restaurant Slated to Take Over Scollay Square Space

September 20, 2018
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A new restaurant and bar is slated to take over the space currently occupied by Scollay Square at 21 Beacon St. in the coming months. Andy Kilgore, owner and operator of the future establishment called Emory and a former, longtime employee of No. 9 Park, said the new restaurant would offer an “approachable sensibility.”...
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TEA is Named an Official Charity of 2019 Marathon

September 20, 2018
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The Charles River Esplanade has long been Boston’s most popular – and beautiful – running route for casual runners and elite athletes alike. Now, 15 runners will have the opportunity to give back to the park as they train for the 123rd Boston Marathon. The Esplanade Association (TEA) the nonprofit partner to the Massachusetts...
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BLC Discusses New Guidelines for Bay Village, Ex Comm Votes on Licensing Matters

September 20, 2018
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At the Bay Village Executive Committee meeting on September 10, Joe Cornish, director of Design Review for the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC), gave a presentation regarding the updating of the Bay Village Historic District guidelines. Cornish said that Bay Village ”probably has the most vague and confusing guidelines,” and currently only the front facades...
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Commonwealth Avenue Resident, Joan Diver Pens Memoir

September 20, 2018
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Commonwealth Avenue resident and author Joan Diver, profiled in the Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Common Ground”, is available for interviews regarding her new memoir in which Boston plays a key role.  She will be reading from her book, which was recently featured on the cover of “Publishers Weekly”, at the Trident Booksellers and Cafe,...
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Police Briefs 09-18-2018

September 20, 2018
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 09/06/18 – A victim reported unknown person(s) smashed the front driver’s side window of his 2014 Dodge van with a brick some time between 5:15 p.m. on Sept. 5 and 6:15 a.m. the next day.  The victim stated a set of work and...
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Getting to the Heart of America’s Diabetes Crisis

September 20, 2018
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About 30 million Americans have diabetes, and an estimated 1.5 million more are diagnosed each year. More than 25 percent of seniors have diabetes, and minority populations are at the greatest risk of developing this disease. African Americans, for instance, have a 77 percent higher risk of developing diabetes compared to White Americans. Hispanic...
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Neighborhood Events Planned

September 20, 2018
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While the weather outside may still seem like summer, the fall activities in our neighborhood are getting underway. On Saturday night, The Esplanade Association Gala was held under beautiful skies. The event was another success raising funds for the Esplanade. Two other events happening this Sunday, September 23, are the Hill House Pancake Breakfast...
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Esplanade Supporters Enjoy a Special “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Celebration:Benefit Gala Set for Sept 15

September 14, 2018
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Esplanade Supporters Enjoy a Special  “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Celebration:Benefit Gala Set for Sept 15

Tiffany’s & Co. hosted a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” celebration for the Esplanade Association’s Moondance Gala committee at their Newbury Street location on Friday morning, September 7.  The committee came together to preview the spectacular Tiffany Paper Flowers Pave Diamond Pendant that Tiffany’s & Co. generously donated to the upcoming annual benefit gala which is...
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Hill Businesses Gear Up for Fall

September 14, 2018
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Hill Businesses Gear Up for Fall

With autumn upon us, many Beacon Hill stores are gearing up for the season. Jack Gurnon, owner of Charles Street Supply, a hardware store located at 54 Charles St., said most of his business at this time of year comes from returning college students who typically purchase items like tool kits, picture hooks and...
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Frances Appleton Pedestrian Bridge Across Storrow Opens to the Public

September 14, 2018
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The $12.5 million Frances Appleton Pedestrian Bridge – a 230-foot-long, steel arch span that links Beacon Hill/Charles Circle to the Charles River Esplanade – is now open to the public. The 14-foot-wide, 750-foot-long, multi-use bridge was constructed as part of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) $300-million renovation of the Longfellow Bridge, which links Charles...
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Beacon Hill Civic Association Community Corner

September 14, 2018
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New DOT data after the re-opening of the Longfellow Bridge On September 6th, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation held a public meeting to present data now that the Longfellow Bridge has been fully re-opened for two months. Upon the re-opening many stakeholders, including local politicians, advocacy groups and neighborhood organizations such as the BHCA,...
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Michael Grogan Elected to Beacon Hill Village Board

September 14, 2018
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Michael P. Grogan, who moved his business, Grogan & Company, to 20 Charles Street in 2013, is nationally recognized for his skills in appraising and auctioning heirloom furnishings and jewelry of value. But not as well known is how highly he values being part of a community. For example, during the 30 years in...
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Students are Invited to Apply for City’s Exam Schools

September 14, 2018
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The Boston Public Schools (BPS) will offer the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) for admission to the city’s three examination schools on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 8 a.m. Testing will take place at seven locations across the city. The deadline for registration is Sept. 21. Students must currently be in Grades 6, 8 or...
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BHAC Agenda

September 14, 2018
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The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission (BHAC) will hold its monthly public hearing on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 5 p.m.in Boston City Hall at Piemonte Room on the 5th Floor. Violations 19.176 BH 60 Chestnut Street Applicant: John Holland, Holland Companies. Proposed Work: Installation of deck railing at rooftop deck at rear garage; installation...
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Police Briefs 09-11-2018

September 14, 2018
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Beacon Hill Beat Burglary – Residential  08/29/18 – A Lime Street resident reported an unknown male suspect caught on a neighbor’s video camera throwing a brick through the glass of the inner hallway door of his apartment some time between 9 p.m. on Aug. 28 and 8 a.m. the next day. The suspect then...
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Global Leaders Dither While Disease Races to Latin America

September 14, 2018
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You’re nearly twice as likely to die from colon cancer living in a Latin American country than you are living in the United States. Global health leaders are trying to fix this disparity. But unfortunately, they’ve misdiagnosed the problem. Some blame intellectual property protections for pharmaceuticals. They argue that allowing companies to patent new...
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Happy Rosh Hashanah

September 14, 2018
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We join the community in wishing our friends and neighbors of the Jewish faith a happy and healthy New Year. Rosh Hashanah began Sunday night at Jewish places of worship and the services include the traditional sounding of the shofar. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement, which begins next Tuesday at...
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Obituaries 09-11-2018

September 14, 2018
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Denise C. Rollinson Sassower Emergency medicine physician, nutritionist and fitness enthusiast Denise C. Rollinson Sassower, MD, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on July 19. For 24 years, she was the very beloved wife of Dr. Kenneth C Sassower.  She was also the loving daughter of the late John and Therese Lefebvre Rollinson; the dear...
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Women’s Forum Opens Sixth Season on Sept. 11

September 10, 2018
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Women’s Forum Opens Sixth Season on Sept. 11

A new social phenomenon appeared on the Boston scene in 2013: the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF). Many wondered, at the time, some dismissively, “What can it possibly be?” Five years later, BHWF is “Boston strong,” and the value and meaning of the group has emerged with greater clarity. Founded by brainy Beacon Hill...
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