BRA Okays Zoning to Limit Offices

November 19, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board of directors voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a proposed zoning amendment that aims to limit the number of professional offices on Charles Street and the south side of Cambridge Street at the ground- and basement-levels.                 The proposed amendment, sponsored by City Councilor Josh Zakim, would designate...

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Gael Mahony: A Beacon Hill Legendary Advocate

November 18, 2014
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Gael Mahony: A Beacon Hill Legendary Advocate

Gael Mahony, a gentleman whose vision and leadership shaped Beacon Hill for more than 50 years, died at home on November 4.  He passed away “as elegantly and peacefully as he had lived his life,” said Connaught Mahony, his wife of 62 years. “There is nobody quite like him,” said the late Tad Stahl...

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Always Active in State and Local GOP Politics

November 18, 2014
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Always Active in State and Local GOP Politics

John Winthrop Sears was a legendary figure in state politics and public service. He held positions in Boston, Suffolk County and state government, carrying on a family tradition of leadership that dated all the way back to John Winthrop, one of the earliest governors of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and for whom the Town...

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Garlands and Greens on Nov. 19

November 18, 2014
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Join the magic as Tom Kershaw graciously hosts Garlands and Green: A Holiday Gathering at The Hampshire House on Wednesday, November 19 from 6-9pm. This popular holiday party helps raise the funds needed to support the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s project to decorate Beacon Hill’s 1,100 lamp posts with laurel garlands and red bows....

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Public Schools Making Strides

November 18, 2014
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Boston Public Schools are an excellent choice for Boston families. Steady improvement in academic achievement by BPS students, combined with the increase in families wishing to stay in the city, has led many families living Downtown to choose Boston Public schools for their children’s education. Schools in the downtown area have test scores comparable...

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From Skating Skirts to Chic Couture

November 18, 2014
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Beacon Hiller Chynna Pope, the sequin-clad young figure skater cheered by neighbors for years as she jumped and twirled on the frozen Frog Pond, has leaped into the fashion world. And she’s doing it with the same energy, style and edginess. Now, at age 27 and a student at Boston’s School of Fashion Design,...

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Police Briefs 11-11-2014

November 18, 2014
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BEACON HILL BEAT From Boston Police Area A-1 Robbery – Knife 10/28/14 – A male victim reported that six male suspects approached him on the Boston Common on the Beacon Street side and attempted to rob him of U.S. currency. At that time, the victim and suspects began to fight and the victim sustained...

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BHAC Agenda

November 18, 2014
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The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, November 20 at 4:00 P.M. in Room 801, Boston City Hall Subject of the hearing will be applications for Certificates of Appropriateness on the agenda below, review of architectural violations, and such business as may come before the commission, in accordance with...

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Letter to the Editor

November 18, 2014
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Neighbors remember        John W. Sears Mr. Sears died early this morning, Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4,  in his 84th year. He probably would have considered that bad timing, since he never ever missed casting his ballot on Election Day.                 He was our neighbor for over 30 years, generously sharing his legendary knowledge of...

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Downtown View Engineering Happiness

November 18, 2014
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I recently met a happy man.                 Why shouldn’t he be happy? He has what most men want: loving parents, a wife, Jana, who was his high school sweetheart, two cute little boys, a house, good friends, family members who live nearby, good training and a good job. He also possesses a fine sense...

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Hill Voters Back Coakley for Gov.

November 18, 2014
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While GOP Charlie Baker narrowly edged out Martha Coakley in last Tuesday’s state election, Beacon Hill voters backed his Democratic rival in the gubernatorial race.                 According to the city’s unofficial election results, approximately 49 percent of voters in 3, Precinct 6 and Ward 5, Precincts 3, 4, 5 and 11 supported Coakley, the...

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Downtown View Nothing Ventured

November 7, 2014
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The controversy over bringing the Summer Olympics to Boston in 2024 is soooooo Boston. It’s got all the usual characters, all the usual conflicts. It’s the grumps vs. the dreamers. Cautionists (seen as wise) vs. gung-hoists (seen as foolhardy.) Pessimists vs. optimists. Naysayers vs. soothsayers. It is a rich narrative to follow, and it...

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Community Leaders Remember Menino

November 7, 2014
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Beacon Hill community leaders are fondly remembering Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino as an outstanding person and a great friend to the neighborhood during his two-decade tenure as the city’s chief executive. Mr. Menino, the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history, died on Oct. 30, 2014. He was 71. MaryLee Halpern, executive director of...

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BHCA Zoning to Meet on Nov. 5

November 7, 2014
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On Wednesday, November 5, the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Zoning & Licensing Committee will hold a meeting to discuss the proposed change of occupancy from University to residential and parking garage at 28-32 Derne Street, the proposed construction of a roof deck at the rear of 58 Beacon Street, and the proposed conversion to...

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Time to Start Thinking of Christmas

November 7, 2014
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1,100 lamp posts with 2,860 yards of laurel garlands and 2,400 red bows can only mean one thing: it’s time to kick-off the Holiday Season on Beacon Hill.  Join the magic as Tom Kershaw graciously hosts Garlands and Green: A Holiday Gathering at The Hampshire House on Wednesday, November 19 from 6-9 pm. This...

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What Constitutes an Historic Building in Beacon Hill?

November 7, 2014
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 ‘Shocked’ is how some Beacon Hill residents recently described their reaction when the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission, which for nearly 60 years has protected and preserved the neighborhood’s historic fabric, gave the green light to a resident’s proposal to tear down his property’s façade. Neighbors are questioning the severity of the structural damage to...

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Mayor Tom Menino

November 7, 2014
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The passing this week of former, long-time Boston Mayor Thomas Menino truly removes from our lives a man whose devotion to his city and its people was second to none. The incredible outpouring of genuine sadness and respect expressed by persons from all walks of life and from stations high and low bore witness...

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Beacon Hill’s Maggie Gohlmann Inducted as Peter Lynch Scholar

November 1, 2014
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Beacon Hill’s Maggie Gohlmann Inducted as Peter Lynch Scholar

At a Mass followed by a breakfast reception at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Newton, Cardinal Séan O’Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston inducted the fifth class of Peter Lynch (PL) Scholars. Mattea del Peschio and Maggie Gohlmann  from St. John School, Boston were two of approximately 173 students from across the...

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FOPG Preparing for Climate Change

November 1, 2014
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Preparing for climate change was the topic of the evening at the Friends of the Public Garden Members Reception, which was held in the Carver Ballroom of the Revere Hotel on Thursday, Oct. 9.            Chair of the Friends Board of Directors Anne Brooke kicked-off the meeting by thanking members for their involvement and...

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Residents Ready for Halloween

November 1, 2014
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With the countdown on, many Beacon Hill residents are getting ready for the annual night of fun and fright on Friday. Some residents have already taken the time to decorate their houses in scary spiderwebs or witches or goblins. In the next few days many other homes will be decorated that will transform Beacon...

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Ward 5 Dems Weigh in on Ballot Questions

November 1, 2014
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The Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee last Tuesday endorsed positions on each of the four ballot questions facing voters in Massachusetts on Nov. 4.  The committee endorsed: Keeping the current law regarding the gas tax; voting no on question 1. Expanding recycling deposits on bottles and other containers; voting yes on question 2. Repealing...

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Charlie’s Problems

November 1, 2014
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Charlie Baker has intrigued some of my Democratic friends. They worked with him in government or insurance and admire his management acumen. But he has problems if he expects Democrats to turn tail or Independents to support him. Many of them speak to his character. Let’s name them. Smart enough? In his 2010 gubernatorial...

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‘Common’ Stabbing Suspect Being Held on $1 Million Bail

October 23, 2014
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The man who allegedly stabbed two park rangers in the Boston Common last Tuesday was held on $1 million cash bail at his arraignment on attempted murder and related charges, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. Boston Municipal Court Judge Robert McKenna imposed that bail on Bodio Hutchinson, age 34, at the...

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Bowker Overpass Closure to Continue this Week

October 23, 2014
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The Storrow Drive eastbound offramp for the Fenway, Boylston Street, and the Longwood Medical and Academic Area, across the the Bowker Overpass will be closed between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. through October 24.  The closure will also be on Saturday, Oct. 25, the closure will be in effect between the...

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