Water and Sewer Increases Are Part of Larger Story

April 1, 2015
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Anyone who gets a bill from the Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) might have noticed over the last few years that those bills have steadily gone up. In fact, since 2013, rates have increased by nearly 14 percent, and by 5.05 percent just this year. For the average homeowner in Charlestown, that can...

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Beacon Hill Architectural Commission

April 1, 2015
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The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission held  a public hearing on Thursday, March 19  The following determinations were made: APPROVED Application 15.722 BH Applicant: 66 Charles Street (continued review) Persona Jewelry (tenant): Install fascia sign and blade sign DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE Application 15.859 BH Applicant: 28-30 Mount Vernon Street (continued review) Grassi Design Group (architect):...

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Downtown View:Re-envisioning City Hall Plaza

April 1, 2015
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Mayor Walsh has asked for help in remaking City Hall Plaza. He has resorted to Twitter to re-invent, re-imagine, re-envision #CityHallPlaza. In letters, radio commentary and Twitter, Bostonians have chimed in. Art exhibits, a baseball diamond, a roller rink, Yo-Yo Ma’s music garden idea, trees, an inexplicable suggestion for an “enhanced multimodal hub-ness”—all these...

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Court Upholds BHAC’s Position in Ramp Case

March 31, 2015
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Suffolk Superior Court weighed in last week on the city’s motion to dismiss a complaint brought by the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) and 12 residents.  The initial complaint asserted that the process the city used to bring the sidewalks into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act circumvented the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission...

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Cigliano Steps Down at Nichols House

March 25, 2015
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Cigliano Steps Down at Nichols House

It was in July 1999 when the vivacious and multi-talented Flavia Cigliano stepped into her role as executive director of the Nichols House Museum. It is a small neighborhood museum, but not too small for her to envision making it as professional as those many sizes bigger. On March 31, Cigliano, now beloved by...

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Beacon Award Nominations Requested

March 25, 2015
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association invites the community to nominate candidates for the 19th Annual Beacon Award. Instituted in 1997 by the BHCA as part of its Diamond Jubilee Year, the Beacon Award annually honors those individuals or groups deserving of particular recognition for significant and sustained contribution to the Beacon Hill community. Nomination...

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Mayor Walsh Receives Key to Beacon House

March 25, 2015
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On Tuesday, March 10, Rogerson Communities presented Mayor Martin J. Walsh with the key to Beacon House on Myrtle Street in appreciation for his administration’s support of affordable housing for elders, and specifically for making it possible for Rogerson to obtain the financing needed to purchase the property. James Seagle, Rogerson’s president, thanked MassHousing...

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A Challenging Winter, a Strong City

March 25, 2015
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With the cycle of what seemed like never-ending snowstorms, this winter has tested me as a Mayor, and Boston as a community. I’ve been struck by how Bostonians have pulled together throughout this record-breaking season of storms, which surpassed the 1995-1996 figure with a current total of 108.6 inches this winter. Tackling these storms...

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BHBA Officers

March 17, 2015
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BHBA Officers

The Beacon Hill Business Association (BHBA) held its annual election of officers last week at the the Hampshire. Shown above, from left, are Charles Abrahams, Vice President, Ali Ringenburg, Clerk, Josh Zakim, City Councilor and guest speaker, Nina Castellion, President, and Basharat Sheikh,Tresurer.

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Nature’s Ice Sculpture

March 17, 2015
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Nature’s Ice Sculpture

Jim Bordewick submitted this photo of melting ice on Pinckney Street, which he and his family thought bore a strong resemblance to a jellyfish.

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Beacon Hill Market Reopens Under New Management

March 17, 2015
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Beacon Hill Market Reopens Under New Management

The Beacon Hill Market, which shuttered suddenly three weeks ago, has reopened under new management. Ramesh and Gautam Patel of Hampden, who also operate markets in Brighton and Watertown, had a soft opening for the business at 55 Anderson St. last week. Ramesh said more products would be stocked over the next month as...

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Downtown View: Saving Space

March 17, 2015
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So far this year, Bostonians have truly weathered the storms. Most people have kept their cool and maintained their good nature. I have also detected a note of pride in our resilience and bravery in the face of unprecedented snowfalls. The T didn’t work. The city’s plows and melters had trouble keeping up. But...

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BHCA Young Friends Gear Up for Spring

March 17, 2015
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As we cross our fingers and wish for spring, the Young Friends are gearing up for a Third Thursday Indoor Bike Class at B/Spoke Studios on Thursday, March 19th.  There are 35 bikes available and the cost is only $30 per person. This includes shoes, water, towel and use of showers & locker room...

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FOPG Seeks New Venues for Olympics

March 17, 2015
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The Friends of the Public Garden Board of Directors voted on March 2 to request that Olympic events and ancillary structures proposed by Boston 2024 for Boston Common and Public Garden be relocated. The board vote stated that plans to construct a 16,000-seat beach volleyball stadium on Boston Common constitutes exclusive use of what...

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Okay Enough, We Set a New Record

March 17, 2015
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Sunday night’s snowfall was enough to set a new record for snow accumulation in Boston in a single season. This winter will be something to tell our grandchildren as we will recount the bitter cold for days on end, the constant snow shoveling, the bags of rock salt that we bought to keep our...

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Falling Ice

March 10, 2015
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Falling Ice

A reader submitted this photo of a car parked on Brimmer Street near Beacon Street that fell prey to a large chunk of ice last week.

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New Charles St. Bakery

March 10, 2015
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New Charles St. Bakery

A new bakery has opened at the retail space formerly occupied by Café Vanille at 70 Charles St. Tatte Bakery and Café, which began as a farmer’s market in 2007 and has since spawned four additional brick-and-mortar locations in Brookline and Cambridge, now offer cookies, tarts and pastries at its Beacon Hill store.

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Downtown View: A handsome Building

March 10, 2015
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All the news about Boston’s central business district has been about the Millennium Tower and the remake of Filene’s. Sitting around the tower, however, is a lot of old Boston, much of it built after the devastating 1872 fire. It isn’t yet known if the tower will prove to be as handsome as some...

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Hidden Gems of Beacon Hill at BHWF

March 10, 2015
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association, Beacon Hill Seminars, Congregational Library and Archives, Friends of the Public Garden and Historic New England – five hidden gems of Beacon Hill that inspire our sense of history and curiosity in learning – will take the stage at tonight’s meeting of the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum. Lynn Dunphy,...

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Livingstone’s State House Assignments Announced

March 10, 2015
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State Rep. Jay Livingstone was recently assigned to serve on four of the Commonwealth’s bipartisan Joint Committees. Livingstone will return to the Joint Committee on Housing, which he said underwent an extensive overhaul last term to address public-housing needs, provide better oversight and give more incentives to build in the state. This term, he...

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Bill Brett’s New Book

March 4, 2015
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Bill Brett’s New Book

Suffolk University hosted a private cocktail reception and photography exhibit at its Suffolk Store on Thursday to celebrate the publication of “Boston Irish” – a 308-page hardcover volume of 275 black-and-white images captured by renowned Boston photographer Bill Brett.

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Mass. Historical Society Celebrates Landscape Architect Arthur Shurcliff

March 4, 2015
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Mass. Historical Society Celebrates Landscape Architect Arthur Shurcliff

The Massachusetts Historical Society will celebrate the legacy of one-time Beacon Hill resident Arthur Shurcliff on March 18 as the final installment of its series honoring prominent landscape architects. At that time, Elizabeth Hope Cushing, Ph.D., author of a newly published book about Shurcliff based on her doctoral dissertation for the American and New...

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March Street Sweeping Put on Hold Until Snow Is Cleared

March 4, 2015
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The Boston Public Works Department has announced that residential street sweeping, originally scheduled to start March 1st, will be postponed until streets are cleared to the curb and gutters are free of ice and snow.  In order for streets to be properly swept, a thaw and large scale melting must occur. Ticketing and towing of  vehicles parked during scheduled street sweeping...

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Court Tennis Was in Session at TRC

March 4, 2015
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There were no signs of Federer or Djokovic but the best tennis players in the world gathered for the U.S. Open in Boston last week. Actually it was the United States Court Tennis Open Championships that was contested at the venerable Tennis and Racquet Club (TRC) on Boylston Street. In a well-played championship singles...

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