Letter to the Editor

December 23, 2014
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Goodwill among men and women of Beacon Hill Dear Citizens of and Visitors to Beacon Hill, This letter is addressed to the honest and kind person who found my wallet somewhere on Beacon Hill last Thursday evening. I had no idea where I had left it, despite my retracing my steps… my father’s tried...

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BHCA Supports Rehab of Spaulding Hospital

December 23, 2014
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) board of directors wrote a letter to the city Wednesday in support of Massachusetts General Hospital’s plan to convert the former Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital into administrative offices, but expressed concern with MGH’s seemingly incremental approach to expansion of its Boston campus.             According to an amendment to its...

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Children’s Books About Careers

December 23, 2014
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When our children were young, they asked what their father, a lawyer, did at work. I told them, “He gives advice to people.” But that was hardly an adequate explanation. They eventually learned what lawyers do through family discussions, visits to his office, and their expanding notions of the world as they grew older....

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BHCA Traffic and Parking Recommends Unique Parking Plan

December 23, 2014
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BHCA Traffic and Parking Recommends Unique Parking Plan

With several stipulations, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Traffic and Parking Committee voted last Tuesday to recommend to its board of directors a unique parking change proposed in conjunction with the residential redevelopment of the former Beacon Press/Unitarian Church offices. Daniel René Capital Partners, a Greater Boston real-estate investment, development and property-management company,...

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Holiday Time in the City

December 23, 2014
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Holiday Time in the City

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Charles St. Holiday Stroll on Thursday

December 23, 2014
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The Beacon Hill Business Association (BHBA) will hold its annual “Holiday Stroll” on Thursday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. At this time, participating neighborhood businesses will help rein in the holiday, and the event features the Apollo Club Singers, a brass ensemble, two horse-drawn carriages and Victorian carolers. Also, the neighborhood tree-lighting...

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Thank You To All The Volunteers

December 23, 2014
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Walking along the streets on Beacon Hill, on Monday morning, the lampposts are all decorated with garlands and bows.  Every year this happens but not without effort.  This effort is the work of countless local volunteers who climb ladders and carry the garlands up and down the streets of our neighborhood. For some residents,...

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Letter to the Editor

December 23, 2014
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Advent is upon us Dear Editor: As consumerism reaches the manic pitch of Black Friday and post-Thanksgiving sales, Christendom marks the beginning of Advent—a time designated for slowing down and preparing ourselves internally. I asked staff at King’s Chapel about their own experiences in Advent and about some of the clashes between liturgical teachings...

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Don’t do Stupid Stuff

December 23, 2014
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Hillary Clinton distanced herself from President Obama’s cautionary guide to international relations. But I thought his motto was good advice for most matters. Not that I’ve always avoided doing stupid stuff, and you can probably think of a few times you’ve not followed that advice either. When individuals do stupid stuff, it’s usually a...

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DCR Announces Plans for Spray Deck on Esplanade

December 23, 2014
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The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced plans to build a spray deck on the Charles River Esplanade and sought public input on the project at a meeting at the Shriners Hospital for Children Auditorium on Thursday. Design team members said the new structure would replace the exiting wading pool located in the...

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Zoning Changes Approved

December 23, 2014
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The city’s Zoning Commission voted on Wednesday to approve a zoning amendment intended to limit the number of professional offices on Charles Street and the south side of Cambridge Street at the ground- and basement-levels. The amendment, sponsored by City Councilor Josh Zakim, designates professional offices, including banks and real-estate brokers, in those locations...

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21st Amendment Launches its Winter Cocktail Series

December 4, 2014
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21st Amendment Launches its Winter Cocktail Series

To commemorate the 81st anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment, which mandated a nationwide prohibition on alcohol, the popular Beacon Hill tavern of the same name launches a 12-week cocktail series on Dec. 5.                 “We began as a speakeasy tavern during the Prohibition era and wanted to tap into history,” Darius...

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Boston Common Tree Lighting Scheduled for this Thursday

December 4, 2014
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An updated talent lineup for Boston’s 73rd Annual Official Tree Lighting has been announced.  Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia will host the festive event on Boston Common on Thursday, December 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The celebration is hosted by the Boston Parks and...

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BHCA Zoning & Licensing will meet on December 3rd

December 4, 2014
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On Wednesday, December 3rd, the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Zoning & Licensing Committee will hold a meeting to continue the discussion of the proposed parking at 39-41 Mount Vernon and revised plans for the rear of 58 Beacon.  Additionally, there will be a discussion of a business moving into space at 125 Charles Street. ...

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Volunteers Needed to Decorate Beacon Hill

December 4, 2014
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Nothing signals the beginning of the holiday season more than the annual Holiday Decorating Days sponsored by the Beacon Hill Civic Association. It is a way to enjoy friends and neighbors while hanging 2,680 yards of laurel garlands and 2,400 red bows on Beacon Hill’s 1,100 gas lamps. Every year it takes hundreds of...

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Still Time to Enter Home Holiday Contest Here

December 4, 2014
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The Holiday Season on Beacon Hill is special.  So many neighbors decorate their door, steps and window boxes. “Beautify Beacon Hill” is your chance to recognize those who are dressing the neighborhood to celebrate the holidays. The Beacon Hill Civic Association, the Beacon Hill Garden Club and The Beacon Hill Times are hosting the...

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Downtown View Interesting Passageways are Returning

December 4, 2014
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In 2010 in this column, I urged developers to create permeability at the ground level of big buildings. I especially wanted them to replicate the historic little lanes of downtown Boston—Spring Lane, Pi Alley, Winthrop Lane—or to create Boston versions of the Burlington or Prince’s Arcade in London and Paris’s passage couverts. These covered...

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Garlands and Green at Hampshire House

November 27, 2014
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Garlands and Green at Hampshire House

Nearly 200 guests were on hand Wednesday when “Garlands and Green: A Holiday Gathering” returned to Hampshire House. Thomas A. Kershaw, owner of the Hampshire House Corporation, sponsors the annual party for the Beacon Hill Civic Association, which helps the organization defray about one-half of the $12,000 needed to adorn 1,100 lamp-posts in the...

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Suffolk University Law Receives $1.1M Grant

November 27, 2014
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A new $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will allow Suffolk University Law School to expand its fight against housing discrimination, in part through the creation of new online courses. The additional grant funding for Suffolk Law’s Housing Discrimination Testing Program will bring total HUD support for the...

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TEA Receives Award

November 27, 2014
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On Tuesday, Nov.18, The Esplanade Association was honored with the Helmsman Award at Community Boating Inc.’s annual “Raise the Sails Gala.”  Community Boating Inc. presented the award to the Esplanade Association in recognition of their commitment to the good stewardship of Boston’s Charles River Esplanade and their support of “Sailing for All.” The Esplanade...

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Marinovich Named as Director

November 27, 2014
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The Esplanade Association, the non-profit friends’ group that helps to support the landmark Charles River Esplanade park, has named Tani Marinovich to be its new Executive Director.  Tani has formally been with the Association for over three years as the Director of Development, and has been serving as the organization’s Interim Executive Director since...

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Letter to the Editor

November 27, 2014
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Thank you to the residents of Boston Dear Editor: I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone for their very generous outpouring of support for my family and me. We always knew Tommy was a special person and did a lot to make people’s lives better, but I was overwhelmed at the tremendous...

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 27, 2014
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Another Thanksgiving is upon us, a day for schoolboy football, family gatherings, and not much else to do other than enjoy a great dinner that reminds us how fortunate we truly are. Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday, tracing its roots back almost 400 years to the Pilgrims, long before there was even a...

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Extreme Books

November 27, 2014
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You have heard people say books are going away, that we’ll all be reading on Kindles, etc. for the foreseeable future. The more extreme prognosticators declare that whole libraries are in demise, and with the cloud, their books are destined for landfill. (They obviously haven’t read the statistics on the increased use of libraries,...

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