Olympic Debate: City Sponsors First Meeting to Discuss Bid

February 12, 2015
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The city sponsored the first of nine public meetings at Suffolk University Law School on Wednesday to discuss its bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.                 Before more than 300 citizens, a team led by Boston 2024’s Chairman John Fish and President Richard Davey, chairman and CEO of Boston-based Suffolk Construction and the state’s...

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Proposed Volleyball Stadium on Common Raises Concerns

February 12, 2015
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A plan to erect a temporary volleyball stadium on the Boston Common if the city wins its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics already has some civic leaders fearing it would greatly reduce public access to the national landmark and potentially cause long-term damage to the park.                 Elizabeth Vizza, executive director of...

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Downtown View: A New Snowstorm App

February 12, 2015
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In a snowstorm, we’re lucky to live downtown. The electricity stays on. Many shops stay open. We don’t need to drive. Outside it is silent, at least until your neighbor starts to shovel. If you’ve got a fireplace, so much the better. If someone decides to make soup, even more comforting.                 Now we...

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Remodeled Lala Rokh Reopens

February 12, 2015
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Remodeled Lala Rokh Reopens

After closing on Jan. 1 for an extensive remodeling, the popular Beacon Hill restaurant Lala Rokh has reopened with a new look and an expanded menu.                 “We wanted to open the space up in feel while keeping its coziness,” said Babak Bina, who owns and operates the eatery with his sister, Azita Bina-Seibel....

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More Snow

February 12, 2015
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We’ve seen record-setting snowfall in the past two weeks in Boston, creating difficult challenges for Department of Public Works crews who have been working around the clock to remove the snow from the streets and roadways. During last week’s snowstorm, Chestnut Street looked barely plowed.  During this week’s snowstorm, the street on Monday was...

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Congratulations New England Patriots

February 12, 2015
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In what is being called the best Super Bowl in history – at least from a New England Patriots fan’s viewpoint – the hometown team captured its fourth Vince Lombardi Championship Trophy with a thrilling 28-24 victory over Seattle. We’ve been fortunate over the last 15 years to watch the greatest quarterback (Tom Brady),...

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Building a Snowman

February 9, 2015
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Building a Snowman

The Esplanade Association held a flash snowman-building contest at the park on Wednesday. These children had their snowman decked out in the iconic Beacon Hill Bar Cheers.

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Zoning and Licensing to Meet Feb. 4

February 9, 2015
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On Wednesday, February 4th, the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Zoning & Licensing Committee will hold a meeting to discuss the proposed renovations at 28 Pinckney/ 63 Mt. Vernon Street and the request to modify the existing Good Neighbor Agreement at 161 Charles Street (Top Shelf Market). The meeting will take place at 74 Joy...

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Closures on Storrow Drive for this Week

February 9, 2015
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Through Friday Feb. 6, the Storrow Drive eastbound offramp for the Fenway, Boylston Street, and the Longwood Medical and Academic Area, across the Bowker Overpass will be closed on an as-needed basis between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  The closure will be daily through Friday, Feb. 6; on Saturday, Feb. 7,...

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Report Issued on BRA

February 9, 2015
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There were some that predicted that a new mayor of Boston would attempt to dismantle the Boston Redevelopment Authority and strip Boston’s planning and economic development agency of its far reaching power in Boston. After assuming office last year, one of Mayor Martin Walsh’s top priorities was a reorganization of the BRA and launched...

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Downtown View: More Stupid Stuff

February 9, 2015
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Sometimes as a community we don’t think before we act even though we spend lots of time in the thinking stage. Casinos are one example. This is not a column opposing casinos. Their benefits are probably over-rated, and so are their drawbacks. Everett was chosen over Revere for the casino in the Boston area....

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2015 Marks ‘Year of the Common’

February 9, 2015
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2015 marks the “Year of the Common” – a collaborative effort between the Friends of the Public Garden and the city to improve safety on the park, to upgrade its maintenance and overall condition, and to ensure its longevity for future generations. “You can love a park to death,” said Elizabeth Vizza, executive director...

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Grogan to Host Heirloom Discovery Evening Feb. 5

January 30, 2015
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Michael P. Grogan, who set up shop on Charles Street in December, is a celebrity in his own right. A nationally known fine art auctioneer and appraiser, he is often featured on WGBH’s Antiques Roadshow. Grogan & Company, the family-owned business he founded in 1987, is recognized and respected all over the world. And...

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BPL Officials to Open Renovated Space Feb. 21

January 30, 2015
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The date has been set for the opening of the renovated second floor of the Johnson building at Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square. On Saturday, Feb. 21, the residents of Boston and beyond will get their first look at the new second floor, which includes a new children’s library, teen area, non-fiction collection, reference services...

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Blizzard of ’15

January 30, 2015
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We have been fortunate so far this winter in avoiding a major snowstorm but Mother Nature is unleashing her fury today with a blizzard. Those of us who were around for the Blizzard of ‘78 remember the devastating effects that storm had on the entire Greater Boston area. Motorists were stranded on highways and...

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Downtown View Mayor Walsh: We’re Okay with Bold

January 30, 2015
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Downtown View Mayor Walsh: We’re Okay with Bold

This is an advice column. To Marty Walsh. With pictures. The message: You’ve been bold. Expand your efforts.                 The mayor’s State of the City speech showed his intention to solve two of the Boston’s thorniest problems—housing and education. Downtown residents need affordable housing and good public education as much as other neighborhoods. But...

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New ways to connect at BHWF

January 22, 2015
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New ways to connect at BHWF

Now there are even more ways for Beacon Hill Women’s Forum members to forge friendships and generate a sense of community with other women in the neighborhood and beyond. Founded last year to bring together the community’s diverse group of women to connect, inspire and enjoy each other, BHWF meets at the Hampshire House...

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Closings for Bowker Overpass

January 22, 2015
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During the week of January 19 the Storrow Drive Eastbound off ramp to Bowker overpass daily will be closed (as needed) to continue the Stage II deck reconstruction.  The closure will take place from the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m through Friday, January 23, 2015.  On Saturday, January 24, 2015, the Storrow...

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Education Is Walsh’s Top Priority

January 22, 2015
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Listening to the Mayor Martin Walsh’s State of the City address last Tuesday night, one had to be struck by his emphasis on education for Boston Public School students. More than a quarter of his address was devoted to initiatives that he has committed city resources and his time and effort to. A longer...

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The Ever Changing New Boston

January 22, 2015
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Boston, today, is seen as one of America’s best cities. But this latest incarnation of what John Winthrop called the “City on a Hill” is a fairly recent one. The “New Boston” only came into being in the second half of the twentieth century. The “Old Boston” was described as a “hopeless backwater” and...

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Downtown View: The Calm Month

January 22, 2015
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Lots of people complain about January. It is dark. It is cold. It’s a day longer than some months. The hoopla about the holidays is over. Thank goodness. That is the beauty of January. It is not like autumn, the season in which everyone and every organization are trying to crowd in every event...

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Plans Shown for 8 Story Building on Cambridge St. Cambridge Street.

January 22, 2015
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In an informational meeting sponsored by the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee last Tuesday, an applicant outlined preliminary plans to demolish the two-story building at 156 Cambridge St. that houses the Beacon Hill Athletic Club and Seoul restaurant and replace it with an eight-story building that would accommodate an extended-stay...

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Winter Playground

January 14, 2015
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Winter Playground

Well the only good thing that you can say about the recent cold weather is that the lagoon in the Public Garden is frozen enough that residents can just put on a pair of skates and go out for five minutes or longer.

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Beautify Beacon Hill Holiday Submission Deadline Jan. 14

January 14, 2015
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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 host this holiday...

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