Downtown View:Where Things Stand:Allston Interchange

March 31, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor If you live in downtown Boston, you probably know this place from your car only. This is where either you paid your first toll on the Mass Pike after you sailed past BU, or where you got on the pike via a long, winding ramp after driving out from downtown...

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BHCA Community Corner

March 31, 2017
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Community Invited to Nominate Candidates for Beacon Award As part of its Diamond Jubilee Year (1922-1997), the Beacon Hill Civic Association instituted an annual community award to honor those people and groups deserving of particular recognition for their significant and sustained contributions to the Beacon Hill community. It was named the Beacon Award. This...

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Debate Over Proposed Tower in the Bay Village Continues

March 31, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Looming over the minds of many in Bay Village and surrounding neighborhoods, is a proposed 19-story building that is slated to fill in the gap of a current surface parking lot, between the Revere Hotel and South Cove, an elderly assistant living facility. For years this eyesore has welcomed many in...

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Mayor Walsh Opens Swan Boats on April 15

March 31, 2017
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh will host the first ride of the season on the popular Boston Swan Boats as they open at the Public Garden lagoon on Saturday, April 15, at 11:30 a.m. “This will be the 141st year the Swan Boats have entertained residents and visitors in the Boston Public Garden,” said Mayor...

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MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Aspire Gala Supports Essential Autism Spectrum Programs

March 31, 2017
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On Thursday, March 30, 2017, MassGeneral Hospital for Children will celebrate its 17th annual Aspire Spring Gala and aim to raise more than $2 million to support Aspire, the hospital’s highly successful, therapeutically-based program of the Lurie Center for Autism. Aspire helps children, teens and adults with high cognitive autism spectrum disorder or a...

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Fourth Annual Creative Kitchen Tour Scheduled for April 8

March 31, 2017
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An added perk for guests visiting some of the neighborhood’s most distinctive kitchens during the upcoming Creative Kitchen Tour 2017 is the sneak peek at jaunty spring buds unfolding in several of Beacon Hill’s Hidden Gardens that comes along with it. In fact, it was the garden view from the kitchen windows in some...

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Esplanade Association Scheduled to Hold 5K Sunset Run on May 18

March 31, 2017
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The Charles River Esplanade will be the place to be for athletic feats and doggie treats at the Esplanade 5K Sunset Run on Thursday evening, May 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm.  Presented by the Esplanade Association, the 100% privately funded friends group for the Charles River Esplanade, the 5K race (3.2 miles) will be...

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Police Briefs 03-28-2017

March 31, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 03/14/17 – A victim parked her 2016 Ford F150 at Myrtle and Grove streets at around 12:15 p.m., after which time a male suspect broke the rear passenger’s side window and stole a laptop from the vehicle before fleeing on foot.  ...

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Letter to the Editor

March 31, 2017
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Estimating natural-gas leaks is not the solution 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-percent methane, a far more potent greenhouse gas than...

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25th Anniversary

March 24, 2017
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25th Anniversary

Upstairs Downstairs Antiques shop owner Laura Cousineau with family and friends outside the store on Saturday, March 18, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the store. Former owner Rebecca Hackler, Joan O’Brien, Moley Manning, Cousineau with Quinn and Bob Cousineau, Former owner Lauren Decatur and Peggy Glynn.

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AMC Buildings Returning to Condominiums

March 24, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen The current home of the Appalachian Mountain Club  (AMC) headquarters on Joy Street in Beacon Hill will soon be condos. The architect Guy Grassi, who is behind the major renovations and restoration of these three brick row houses, presented the changes at last week’s Beacon Hill Architectural Commission meeting. Due to...

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Downtown View:Where Things Stand: Winthrop Square

March 24, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor The proposed 775-foot tower to be built on the site of a grungy city garage started out nicely when plans were unveiled last summer. The developer, Millennium Partners, was largely responsible for revitalization of Washington Street with the Ritz complex, Millennium Place and the Millennium Tower that filled in Vornado’s...

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Nichols House Receives Accreditation from AAM

March 24, 2017
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The Nichols House Museum has achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. Executive Director Victoria McKay is “ecstatic about the commission’s decision and very grateful to the...

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BHCA Community Corner

March 24, 2017
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Public Forum on Millennium Partners’ proposal April 3  The Beacon Hill Civic Association will host a public forum on April 3 at which the Millennium Partners will present their plans for a mixed use tower at the location currently occupied by the Winthrop Square Garage. The presentation will include the developer’s animated imaging studies...

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MassDOT Seeks Comments on Five-Year CIP Plan

March 24, 2017
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Neighborhood organizations, as well as individual residents should take full advantage of expressing comments and suggestions on potential transportation projects which could be included in the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) upcoming five-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP). Now in the process of updating the CIP for fiscal years 2018-2021 and adding on fiscal year...

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Beacon Hill Village Offers Help on Planning for Critical Medical Care

March 24, 2017
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By Betsy Peterson The choices of medical treatment–and how far to pursue treatment–are confusing and hard enough when you are healthy. Palliative care or hospice (and what’s the difference?) Advance directive? MOLST? DNR? And if you are too sick to make the decision, who will decide, and what will they decide? Resuscitation? Intubation? Artificial...

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Overnight Closures on Storrow Drive Posted

March 24, 2017
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MassDOT will implement overnight double lane closures on Storrow Drive westbound in the vicinity of the Longfellow Bridge through Friday, March 24. The closures will be implemented from 11:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM the following morning. The closures are necessary to safely perform work on the Longfellow Bridge above the roadway. Traffic...

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Kids 4 Coding Youth Summer Programming:Camps plug into Cambridge and Brookline

March 24, 2017
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Kids 4 Coding, the Atlanta-based technology startup creating a tech-ready generation, expands its Boston offerings in 2017 with campus-based summer programs at both Newberry College in Brookline and the Sherrill Library in Cambridge. One week half- and full-day camps for youth ages 7-15 focus on digital literacy and coding proficiency, unlocking and encouraging students’...

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Police Briefs 03-21-2017

March 24, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 03/08/17 – A victim reported that her 2006 Acura MDX was broken into at Beacon and Charles streets between 5 and 6:30 p.m. The left rear window was broken, and two gym bags containing clothing were removed from the vehicle.   Larceny...

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Obituaries 03-21-2017

March 24, 2017
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Cynthia Sue Weaver Pyschologist, heavily involved in her community      patron of the arts, cared deeply for family, animals and the less fortunate Cynthia Sue (Welch) Weaver of Boston and Chatham, NJ, died on March 3 at Bourne Manor, Cape Cod. She was 81 years old. Born in Madison, Wisconsin, she and her family moved to Chatham,...

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Learning Project Students Honor ‘International Women’s Day’

March 17, 2017
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Learning Project Students Honor ‘International Women’s Day’

At 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, the corner of Marlborough and Clarendon streets came alive with a crowd of elementary school students holding mini “picket signs,” each marked with something new that the children learned about women, stereotypes and inequality. This was the culmination of The Learning Project Elementary School’s first-ever “teach-in,” with...

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Esplanade Association Welcomes New Marketing and Events Manager

March 17, 2017
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Esplanade Association Welcomes New Marketing and Events Manager

By Dan Murphy Kelsey Pramik comes to her new role as the marketing and events manager of The Esplanade Association with a heartfelt appreciation for the city’s parklands that draws on her previous experience with the Charles River Conservancy. As a past participant in the Esplanade 5K and Sunset Yoga on the Esplanade, Pramik...

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DCR Begins Process to Revitalize Lee Pool on the Esplanade

March 17, 2017
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By Dan Murphy The Department of Conservation and Recreation has initiated a planning and design process that reimagines the long-dormant Lee Pool complex on the Charles River Esplanade as a waterfront pavilion with adjacent parkland, as well as a LEED-certified building that would be the first new construction on the park in more than...

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Boston Police Agree to Continue to Wear Cameras for 6 Months

March 17, 2017
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans announced an agreement with the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association (BPPA) to extend the Body Worn Camera Pilot Program by an additional six months to ensure sufficient data is available for an effective study of the program. “This extension is a positive development and I...

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