Park Boston App Surges in Use,Producing Huge Revenue Numbers

By Seth Daniel Drivers looking to avoid a parking ticket would do well to pick up their smart phones, and put away the rolls of quarters. City officials, and most especially thousands of drivers, are hailing the new ParkBoston smart phone application this spring, just as the convenient piece of technology looks to break...

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Police Body Camera Pilot Program Set to Start This Summer

By Seth Daniel Members of the Boston City Council have held hearings all over the city the past week to field concerns and comments regarding the police body camera program that will begin in all neighborhoods this summer, and the leader of that effort now says she has doubts as to whether serious issues...

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Police Briefs 05-03-2016

BEACON HILL BEAT From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 04/24/16 – A victim reported she parked her 2007 Subaru Outback at Arlington and Beacon streets at 9:45 p.m. When she returned an hour later, its rear driver’s side window was smashed and a laptop, iPad, computer tablet and sunglasses were removed...

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Charles Street

Driving down Charles Street recently, two bicyclists were going the wrong way heading towards Cambridge Street.  While there is nothing new in these bicyclists or skateboards going down the wrong way on Charles St. or for that matter on Bowdoin Street, action needs to be taken as there is an accident waiting to happen....

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Dropped Call:Architectural Commission Stops any Additional Antennas on Beacon Hill

April 28, 2016
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Dropped Call:Architectural Commission Stops any Additional Antennas on Beacon Hill

By Stephen Quigley The wireless connection could be getting a little weaker in the Beacon Hill area following the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission’s (BHAC) unanimous vote to deny without prejudice a request from a wireless provider to put an antenna at 122-126 Charles Street and allowing Cingular Wireless to withdraw without prejudice their two...

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Garden Club Adds Events to Annual Tour

April 28, 2016
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Garden Club Adds Events to Annual Tour

In less than one month, the garden gates will open on Thursday May 19, when the Beacon Hill Garden Club will host its 87th annual tour of the Hidden Gardens. New this year is the addition of a special twilight viewing of three private gardens for working professionals and neighborhood friends. The Garden Soirée...

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Public Gets Another Look at New Plans for 33-61 Temple Street

April 28, 2016
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By Dan Murphy The public got another look at the updated plans for what is slated to be the largest residential redevelopment project in Beacon Hill’s history on Thursday at a public meeting sponsored by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Dedham-based JDMD Owner, LLC intends to transform the interconnected, six-story Hiriam J. Archer and Frank...

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Downtown View:1,200 New Street Trees

April 28, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor The City of Boston started planting 1,200 trees along city streets in mid-April and will continue to do so until June. Every neighborhood gets them. Their hired contractor might grind out the stump of a dead tree. Then he’ll refresh the soil in the tree pit, dig the hole, water...

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Get Your Brooms:Annual Street Cleaning is this Weekend

April 28, 2016
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As part of an annual effort to beautify the streets of Boston in time for the spring season, Mayor Martin J. Walsh has asked for Boston residents’ to participate in Boston Shines, a citywide initiative to clean the neighborhoods across the city. Boston Shines will bring together thousands of volunteers, including businesses, community groups...

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Police Briefs 04-26-2016

April 28, 2016
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BEACON HILL BEAT From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny – Pickpocket 04/19/16 – A victim reported while she was dining in a Stuart Street restaurant at around 8:48 p.m., an unknown male suspect removed her wallet from her purse, which contained credit- and bankcards, as well as personal documents. The incident was captured on...

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Boston is Going Fiber

April 28, 2016
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By Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh This week I announced something that will change Boston’s future: working closely with the City over the next six years, Verizon will rewire the entire city with an advanced fiber-optic network. Replacing our outdated copper-based telecom infrastructure with state-of-the-art fiber will dramatically improve internet connection speeds for both...

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We Need A Transportation Transformation

April 28, 2016
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By Michelle Wu,                         Boston City Council President As a new mom, I think often about the world that my one-year-old son will grow up in. Twenty years from now, what will Boston look like? As excited as I am about the future of our city, one worry looms large: the increasing threat to our...

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Letter to the Editor

April 28, 2016
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Do not change street sweeping program Dear Editor: I read with great interest the editorial of April 18 regarding the City’s considering the possibility of replacing towing with a possible $90 fine. I am in complete agreement with the views expressed in the editorial, that the substitution of towing with a fine will not...

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Street Cleaning

April 28, 2016
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Well, Councillor Josh Zakim’s office received calls last week from several Beacon Hill residents following our editorial about the possibility of a change in the street sweeping program  — similar to the one  in Charlestown. All the residents who called were against any change. We thank the residents who called to voice their opposition...

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BHAC in the Thick of it Again

April 28, 2016
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Trying to protect the historical integrity of the Beacon Hill neighborhood seems to becoming more difficult these days for the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission (BHAC). A few years back, the commission refused to grant the approval for a generically  manufactured signal box that the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) wanted to put on Charles Street...

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Boncore Wins Senate Election,Livingstone Carries Beacon Hill

April 22, 2016
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Boncore Wins Senate Election,Livingstone Carries Beacon Hill

By Cary Shuman Winthrop attorney Joseph Boncore won the Democratic nomination for the State Senate seat in the First Suffolk and Middlesex District that includes Beacon Hill. Boncore received 4,013 votes to take first place in the field of seven candidates in the April 12 Democratic Primary. He carried his hometown of Winthrop by...

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Esplanade Association Outlines Year’s Goals at Annual Meeting

April 22, 2016
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By Dan Murphy At the group’s 15th annual meeting at Hampshire House on Monday, April 11, representatives from the Esplanade Association outlined their major goals for 2016, including the restoration of the historic Lotta Fountain and the launch of the park’s “wayfinding system.” Tani Marinovich, executive director of the Esplanade Association, said work on...

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Postal Worker Helps Police Thwart Package Thief

April 22, 2016
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By Dan Murphy An observant postal worker led officers to a thief who was seen stealing delivery packages on Beacon Hill, Boston Police said. On April 7, at around 1 p.m., the mailman flagged down officers on detail in the neighborhood after witnessing the suspect steal a package from a doorway in the Mt....

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Downtown View:Finally the T Did Something Right. Almost.

April 22, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor The new Government Center T station opened with cheers all around. It finished ahead of schedule despite complicated underground construction, trains that had to keep running while work went on and a setback with glass design. Everyone heaved a sigh of relief that finally the MBTA did something right. Inside,...

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Brownies and Refugees: A Partnership Begins to take Root

April 22, 2016
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By Suzanne Besser Although some have not yet reached the age of nine, seventeen compassionate Brownies have taken a step far beyond most adults by reaching out to the more than 450 refugees who annually arrive in Boston seeking a better life. Second and third graders, the girls are members of Girl Scout Brownie...

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William James College to Host a Public Forum to Address National Opioid Crisis

April 22, 2016
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William James College, a leader in educating mental health professionals and the largest graduate psychology program in New England, hosted “Opioid Crisis: Thinking Outside the Box” on Tuesday, April 5, at the Back Bay Events Center. The event was part of the William James College Forum series, which convened thought leaders to address societal...

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MFA,Boston Celebrates 40th Annual ‘Art In Bloom’

April 22, 2016
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The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), welcomes back one of Boston’s most celebrated signs of spring, the annual “Art in Bloom” festival of flowers. Now in its 40th year, the festival blossoms with art-inspired floral arrangements handcrafted by New England garden clubs and acclaimed professional designers from Saturday, April 30, through Monday, May...

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Correction

April 22, 2016
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The story on the handicapped ramps that ran in last week’s Beacon Hill Times contained incorrect information. The City of Boston has submitted their Environmental Notification Act to the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office but has not received approval from this agency.  The 16 locations as reported are slated to receive the handicapped...

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Letter to the Editor

April 22, 2016
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Getting the facts straight  about urban renewal In last week’s article “Community Leaders Express Outrage at BRA’s 6-year Extension of Powers,” the Beacon Hill Times showed an incredible lack of sound judgment in its reporting of the Boston City Council’s reauthorization of the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s urban renewal powers. Having facilitated a robust, year-and-a-half-long...

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