Downtown View : The Welcome Mat Is Yanked for Banks

July 11, 2014
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What’s so bad about a bank? They seem pretty benign. Then why do ten Boston neighborhood shopping districts, including those in the North End and Charlestown, make them or  any professional office a conditional or forbidden use on the first or basement floors? Why did the Boston City Council recently vote to make banks...

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Tour of ‘Inside Haymarket’ Offered

July 11, 2014
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Each Friday and Saturday from dawn to dusk, Haymarket, Boston’s centuries-old open-air market adjacent to Government Center, the North End, and Faneuil Hall, offers a unique shopping experience. Sellers of fresh produce have clustered in Haymarket since around 1830, although vendors started congregating here at least 100 years earlier. Haymarket vendors sell huge varieties...

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Downtown Public School Moves Closer To Happening

July 11, 2014
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The dream of a new public school opening to serve the downtown neighborhoods might be moving one step closer to  reality, pending the outcome of a study initiated by Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Walsh’s spokeswoman Melina Schuler said the city has budgeted $1.6 million in the fiscal 15-19 capital budget to develop a “School...

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Celebrate FOPG’s ‘summer Party’

July 11, 2014
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The Friends of the Public Garden celebrates the season at its annual “Summer Party,” which comes to the Mandarin Oriental on Wednesday, July 23. “Many people leave the city for beach retreats in the summer months, but we have found that plenty of people stay in town in summer, especially mid-week,” said Eileen Scafidi,...

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Summertime in the City

Summertime in the City

With temperatures around Boston reaching nearly 90 degrees on Wednesday, the Boston Common and Public Garden were abuzz with activity. In the photo The carousel on the Common in full swing.

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Walsh Visits Beacon Hill

Walsh Visits Beacon Hill

Laura Cousineau of Upstairs Downstairs Antiques and three-year-old Olya Synkova each received plants during Mayor Martin Walsh’s Coffee Hour at the Myrtle St. Playground. The event was held on June 24 and was sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts. Attendees received the plants that were grown at the Franklin Park Greenhouses as a gift from Mayor...

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Downtown View Fear All Around

July 3, 2014
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It is surprising that Bostonians are such a fearful lot. West Enders have so effectively communicated their fears about crossing on foot at Leverett Circle to their local politicians that we’re going to waste millions of taxpayer dollars building a pedestrian overpass that will, unless you hit every don’t walk sign, take longer to...

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Zakim Seeks To Establish Trust Act

City Councilor Josh Zakim announced Friday that, working closely with Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Office of New Bostonians, he has filed an ordinance that would establish a Trust Act for the City of Boston. Zakim will present the Trust Act to the full City Council at its next meeting on Wednesday, July...

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Sign up For Harvest on The Hilll

Last September, 150 Beacon Hillers came together for the first time to share a dinner filled with foods from local farms and fisheries atHarvest on the Hill. The event proved so popular that it will be held again September 6, and residents wishing to be notified when tickets go on sale are encouraged to...

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Enjoy a Safe and Sane Fourth

Back at the turn of the last century (i.e., 1900), newspapers exhorted their readers to observe a “safe and sane” Fourth of July. That’s because in communities big and small all across America, the founding of our nation had become a popular excuse for roving groups of young men to engage in mayhem of...

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Civic-minded Couple Rescues Unsightly Corner

June 24, 2014
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Civic-minded Couple Rescues Unsightly Corner

Once, more than 100 years ago, a garden, walled in with a classic Beacon Hill brick wall, distinguished the corner of David G. Mugar Way and Beaver Place. But subsequent changes in the property use led to years of neglect, abuse and controversy. The site became a woeful hole in the ground, enclosed by...

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Garden Club Gives Away Thousands; Leslie Adam Elected as President

June 24, 2014
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Garden Club Gives Away Thousands; Leslie Adam Elected as President

At its recent annual meeting, the Beacon Hill Garden Club elected Leslie Adam of Chestnut Street as its new president. She takes over from Sharon Malt of West Cedar Street, who has led the club for the past two years. Members also voted to give away the $72,000 net profit they had made on...

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Annual Evening on the Esplanade Event Hosted by BHCA

June 24, 2014
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Beacon Hill residents are invited to a summer evening filled with camaraderie and gourmet food at the opening night of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra on Wednesday, July 16, at DCR’s Hatch Shell on the Esplanade.  Music Director Christopher Wilkins will lead the orchestra in Larry Bell’s adaptation of At the River (the orchestra’s unofficial...

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Police Briefs 06-24-2014

June 24, 2014
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Larceny – Shoplifting 06/10/14- A Charles Street clothing store reported that an unknown female stole three purses from the store at around 4:53 p.m. before fleeing in a waiting motor vehicle.  Incidents June 10 Charles Street – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over 82 Charles St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & over 15...

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Behind the Glass Windows: Meet Arakel Arakelian, Owner of Ares Shoe Repair

June 16, 2014
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Behind the Glass Windows:  Meet Arakel Arakelian, Owner of Ares Shoe Repair

Ares Shoe Repair has been around a long time but now there’s a new guy inside. In March, Arakel Arakelian stepped behind the glass windows of the ancient-looking tiny shop that for forty years has kept Beacon Hillers well heeled. He may be new at 84 Charles Street but he’s no novice – he’s...

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Achievements

June 16, 2014
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Achievements

Beacon Hill residents Hallie Black and Amanda Howard graduated from the Brimmer and May School of Chestnut Hill at its 134th commencement ceremony. Black was a member of the school’s Scholars Society and received the Alumni Award, which is presented to a senior who, in the opinion of the faculty, combine academic excellence with...

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Walsh Hosts Hill Coffee Hour on June 24

June 16, 2014
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh has announced that the Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s Annual Neighborhood Coffee Hour Series sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts will hold an additional date at Myrtle Street Playground on Beacon Hill on Tuesday, June 24, from 9 to 10 a.m. The Neighborhood Coffee Hours give residents a unique opportunity to speak...

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July 11 Deadline Set for Mayor’s Garden Contest

June 16, 2014
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh reminds Boston’s green thumbs that they have until Friday, July 11, to register for Mayor Walsh’s 2014 Garden Contest, presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department with a grand prize provided by JetBlue. Now in its 18th year, the contest recognizes gardeners who have landscaped, planted flowers, trees and...

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Police Briefs 06-17-2014

June 16, 2014
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Possession of a Dangerous Weapon 06/06/14 – At around 10:55 p.m., officers on patrol rode came upon a large fight at Irving and Cambridge streets. Police broke up the altercation, and one suspect was arrested for possession of a dangerous weapon (brass knuckles) and possession of a Class D substance (marijuana) with intent to...

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Obituaries 06-17-2014

June 16, 2014
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Charles J. ‘Charlie’ Donnelly Jr. Craftsman known throughout neighborhood Charles J. “Charlie” Donnelly Jr. died suddenly on June 5. He was 72. Born and raised in Dorchester, Mr. Donnelly lived in Weymouth for 44 years before moving to Hanover. He graduated from the now-defunct Don Bosco Technical High School, formerly of Boston, and Wentworth...

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Capturing Different Scenes

June 10, 2014
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Capturing Different Scenes

Area artists were busy on Beacon Hill on Saturday capturing different scenes from the perspective of various streets, alleys and yards. Shown above is Meghan Weeks painting the Advent Church.

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History Lesson

June 10, 2014
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History Lesson

The Freedom Trail Station was a popular attraction at the Friends of the Public Garden’s fifth annual “Making History on the Common.”

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New Off-leash Dog Areas Designated on Common

June 10, 2014
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After more than a decade of lobbying for an off-leash dog park in the Boston Common, Boston dog owners finally have a place – or places – to let their doodles, dachshund and Dalmatians romp freely without having to keep an eye out for an approaching Park Ranger. Freely, that is, as long as...

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BHCA Young Friends Summer Soiree Is Set for This Friday

June 10, 2014
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Kick off the summer season on Friday, June 13th with the BHCA Young Friends at the Summer Soirée, from 7-11pm at The Hampshire House. Put on your best summer cocktail attire and get ready to dance to live music by the band Panic Button, while enjoying specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Photographs will be...

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