Boston Library is in Top Tier

November 19, 2015
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By Mayor Martin Walsh A library card gives you access to not only printed books and e-books, but streaming audio books, movies, music, television shows, and digital magazines and comics.  Last month, during ‘Library Card Sign Up Month,’ more than 6,600 individuals signed up for a free library card with the Boston Public Library....

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Mayor’s Education Plan As Easy as A,B,C,D

November 19, 2015
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Just about everyone agrees that the best investment that can be made for young people is to support their education and making sure the best learning facilities are available to them. It doesn’t matter how or who gets it done as long as students have the opportunity to take advantage of their all important...

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Celebrating Community Outreach

November 12, 2015
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Celebrating Community Outreach

The French Cultural Center celebrated the 10th anniversary of its community outreach program, Accent on Success (the free French language program in Boston area schools), with a benefit wine dinner on Monday night, October 26th, in the Back Bay In the photo from left are Hervé Sedky (French Cultural Center Trustee), Heidi Sedky, and Jérôme...

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Halpin to Leave BHCA

November 12, 2015
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The end of 2015 will close another chapter in the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s 93-year history when MaryLee Halpin steps down from her role as executive director. Soon after joining the organization in May of 2012, Halpin, who had previously served as senior vice president of State Street Global Markets, focused on cost improvements....

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Beacon Hill Voters Follow Citywide Trend

November 12, 2015
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By John Lynds Boston voters tossed out two incumbents during Tuesday’s citywide election with Dorchester resident Annissa Essaibi-George beating out At-Large City Councilor Stephen Murphy for one of the four at-large seats and Andrea Campbell ousting District 4 Councilor Charles Yancey who has served since 1983–doubling the number of women on council. In Beacon...

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Downtown View:Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

November 12, 2015
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Let’s pretend. It is 2024. Senate bill 1747, An Act Combating Climate Change, passed the Massachusetts legislature and was signed by the governor in 2017. The bill made Massachusetts a leader in combating carbon emissions. A couple who lives in downtown Boston spent $419.61 on natural gas fuel for heat and hot water in...

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Fireside Chat Tonight with Neighborhood Physicans

November 12, 2015
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By Kathy Hull Tonight, November 10, the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) is offering “The Pinkney Street Prescription,” a panel discussion with three Beacon Hill women M.D.s. They are wives, mothers, and leaders in the Boston health care field and will discuss their specialties and share the everyday challenges of their professional and family...

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Vilna Shul Engages Community To Help Restore Historic Mosaic

November 12, 2015
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By Dan Murphy The once-radiant flowers had faded from oxidation, moisture and other elements when Deborah Feinstein conceived a plan to give another life to the mosaic in the Vilna Shul community room while emphasizing the Phillips Street non-profit’s contemporary function as an all-inclusive community and cultural center. “It came from the idea of...

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Halloween on Beacon Hill

November 5, 2015
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Halloween on Beacon Hill

Jai Undavia, 1, as a bat during the Hill House Halloween Party last Thursday evening, Oct. 29. Several children and families turned out for the annual Halloween party at the Firehouse – a neighborhood tradition.

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‘Garlands & Green’ Turning 20

November 5, 2015
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‘Garlands & Green’ Turning 20

When the 20th annual “Garlands & Green” fundraiser comes to Hampshire House later this month, it will mark the two-decade mark for not only the neighborhood’s lavish holiday decorating program, but also the inception of the Beacon Hill Business Association. In 1995, Tom Kershaw, who serves today as chairman of the Hampshire House Corporation,...

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Downtown View Scandal:City Councilors Took Trips

November 5, 2015
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Since this is election week, it seems appropriate to consider recent news about our city councilors. They have enjoyed overseas trips—Israel, Japan, Korea and Taiwan were mentioned. Josh Zakim, Tito Jackson and Tim McCarthy met important local officials in Israel and also had a chance to “bathe in the relaxing and healthy sulfur springs...

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Now We’re Talking, Moms

November 5, 2015
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By Suzanne Besser When Beacon Hiller Shannon McAllister was expecting a baby this summer, she was faced with many choices. “Do you go back to work, do you stay at home, do you breast feed – there were so many things I wanted to talk with other mothers about,” she said. And she isn’t...

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Longfellow Bridge Traffic Shift Postponed Until November 9

November 5, 2015
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The previously announced traffic shift on the Longfellow Bridge will now begin on Monday, November 9. MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli (WSC), will shift traffic on the downstream side of the Longfellow Bridge to accommodate modified Stage 2 construction of the temporary outbound Red Line track (called a “shoo-fly”) on the roadway. WSC is beginning the...

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Police Briefs 11-03-2015

November 5, 2015
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BEACON HILL BEAT From Boston Police Area A-1 Disturbing the Peace 10/23/15 – At around 8:05 p.m., a male suspect was arrested at a Park Plaza restaurant for disturbing the peace and defrauding an innkeeper. The suspect was sitting at the bar, intoxicated, and was unruly and belligerent to staff and customers. At that...

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At MGH Storybook Ball

October 29, 2015
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At MGH Storybook Ball

Alli and Bill Achtmeyer. at MassGeneral Hospital Storynook Ball that was held on October 17 and raised more than $1.6M.

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Dave Poutre Set to Debut His Own Artwork, Oct 29

October 29, 2015
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Dave Poutre Set to Debut His Own Artwork, Oct 29

After 30 years of framing and showcasing the talents of many local artists, Dave Poutré, proprietor of Beacon Hill’s popular Boston Art & Framing, will debut his own artwork with a wine-and-cheese reception at Boston Art & Framing, 100 Charles St., on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. Dave will feature 30...

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Civic Assoc Welcomes New Members

October 29, 2015
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When Dwight Kirkpatrick arrived at the Beacon Hill Civic Association office on Wednesday to join the organization, he was oblivious that one of the group’s semi-annual new members’ receptions was slated for that same evening. “It was a wonderful event, with a very interesting crowd and a pleasant social atmosphere, and it was just...

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Sexual Abuse Victims to Tell Their Stories on Nov12

October 29, 2015
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by Suzanne Besser One in four girls and one in six boys will be abused by the age of eighteen, according to The Mama Bear Effect, an organization working to prevent sexual abuse to children. That means four of the twelve little girls at a birthday party or four little boys in a Boy...

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Downtown View:Air Rage

October 29, 2015
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On August 6, a United Airlines passenger at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport was arrested after he refused to turn off his cell phone and then punched another passenger. On September 11, a 27-year-old man on a JetBlue flight stood up and urinated onto the passengers seated in front of him. On September 14, a...

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Local Couple ‘Raises the Roof’ on Polish Synagogues

October 29, 2015
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By Penny Schwartz Almost 10 years ago, the Vilna Shul hosted an exhibit, “Continuity:  Traditions of Jewish Art and Architecture,” that featured handmade models of one of Poland’s historic 17th-century wooden synagogues. It was accompanied by a series of newly recreated half-scale panels of the intricately painted, richly colored ceiling of another wooden synagogue,...

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Beacon Hill Voters Will be Heading to the Polls Next Tuesday

October 29, 2015
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By John Lynds Beacon Hill residents will head to the polls on Tuesday, November 3 in what city officials are saying will be a quiet election. With no mayoral race this year, only five candidates vying for one of the four At-Large seats, and Beacon Hill’s incumbent City Councilors running unopposed, voter turnout here...

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Police Briefs 10-27-2015

October 29, 2015
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BEACON HILL BEAT Larceny – Purse 10/16/15 – At about 11 p.m., a victim reported that her purse, containing credit cards, keys, a wallet, gift cards and a cell phone, was stolen from a Beacon Street building. Larceny from Motor Vehicle 10/17/15 – Between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., a victim reported that her...

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Helping Beacon Hill Motorists

October 29, 2015
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Anyone who lives in Beacon Hill– or anywhere in Boston for that matter – knows that vehicular traffic is a problem and clogged intersections will increase the time of a daily commute. Mayor Martin J. Walsh is trying to help improve the flow of vehicles through our streets with two recently announced initiatives. In...

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Beacon Hill Gala Plans Are Underway

October 22, 2015
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Beacon Hill Gala Plans Are Underway

By Suzanne Besser With the air growing crisp and the days shortening, thoughts are turning to one of the neighborhood’s most pleasant cold weather events, the Beacon Hill Gala that annually brings scores of neighbors together for an evening of dining and dancing. In conjunction with its annual a ppeal, the annual Gala is...

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