BHCA Zoning Votes Not to Oppose Sale or Transfer of Simmons Liquor

September 15, 2016
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By Dan Murphy Despite neighbors raising serious concerns about the current operation, the Beacon Hill Civic Association Zoning and Licensing Committee voted not to oppose the sale of Simmons Liquor and transfer of its liquor license to a new owner. Tom Patel, proprietor of Dara’s Wine & Spirits in Mission Hill and several other...

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Downtown View:Can O’Malley Cut It?

September 15, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor Forty-year-old Faneuil Hall Marketplace has recently had a tough time, especially since the New York-based Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation took over the ground lease and became the manager of the retail and restaurant businesses five years ago. Although it is Boston’s top destination for tourists, it is less popular with residents,...

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‘Public’ Pianos Coming to the Hill

September 15, 2016
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Between Sept. 23 and Oct. 10, the sight and sounds of passersby tickling the ivories will be commonplace on Beacon Hill with the installation of two “public” pianos. The pianos located at King’s Chapel and the State House in Ashburton Park on Bowdoin Street will be part of the Celebrity Series of Boston’s “Street...

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A Distinguished New Neighbor:Cross Takes Over Consul’s Role,Residence in Beacon Hill

September 15, 2016
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By Cary Shuman Harriet Cross, a career diplomat with extensive experience in international relations, is the new British Consul General of Boston and New England. Mrs. Cross began her work on Aug. 22 in the esteemed position as the leader and liaison for the 70,000 British nationals living in the region, succeeding former Consul...

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Pop-Up Farmers Market at the Fall HillFest

September 15, 2016
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By Suzanne Besser No need for Beacon Hillers to trek their way up and down a grocery aisle this weekend. Instead, they can make their way to Mt Vernon and Brimmer streets where a Farmers Market will pop up Sunday between noon and 4 pm at the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Fall HillFest. At...

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Biergarten, Farmers Market, Family Activities at Fall HillFest

September 15, 2016
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By Suzanne Besser This Sunday, September 18, marks the fifteenth year the Beacon Hill Civic Association has welcomed residents back to the Hill by throwing a block party on Mt. Vernon Street between Charles and Brimmer streets from noon to four. This year, though, it’s far more than a block party. It’s new name,...

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Thursday’s Primary Results are Posted

September 15, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Last Thursday, Massachusetts voters cast their ballots in the state primaries. Due to the Labor Day holiday, the election was held later in the week, landing on the first day of school for Boston Public Schools. Due these events and the fact that there were few contested races the voter turnout...

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‘Awakening to Joy’ Class Set at First Church Boston

September 15, 2016
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First Church Boston is offering a class “Awakening to Joy” beginning on Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30 – 8 pm.  It will be presented by H. Constance Hill, author, artist, and Inner Life coach, on the second Tuesday of every month in the relaxed setting of Hale Chapel. First Church Boston is located at...

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Police Briefs 09-13-2016

September 15, 2016
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 09/04/16 – A victim reported he left his 2007 Toyota Camry parked on Mt. Vernon Street at around 10 p.m. on Sept. 3, but when he returned at about 10 a.m. the next day, the front passenger’s side window was smashed, the...

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Preparing Boston Children to Take Exam School Entrance Test

September 15, 2016
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By Superintendent Tommy Chang As we approach the start of the 2016-2017 school year, we are setting out to increase awareness of the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) for entrance to the city’s three examination schools, Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School, and John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics & Science, and highlight that...

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How Boston Public Works Helps You

September 15, 2016
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh  While we may want to think that winter is a long way away, the reality is that the season is just around the corner. In order to keep our infrastructure winter-ready, our Department of Public Works has spent the summer preparing our City for snowier days. They have been...

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Remembering the Heroes of 9/11

September 15, 2016
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For every generation of Americans for the past near-century, there have been seminal events for which those who were of a certain age can recall “where they were” when they “heard the news.” Every member of the Greatest Generation could recall with vivid clarity the announcement by President Roosevelt of the Day of Infamy...

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Genealogical Society Holds Open House

September 8, 2016
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Genealogical Society Holds Open House

Tricia Labbe, an education assistant at the New England Genealogical Society, speaks with Cheyenne Thompson, the center’s youngest member, outside the open house on Friday, Aug. 19. The Open House attracted record numbers to the Society and the free event was sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

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State Primaries to be Held on September 8

September 8, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen In Beacon Hill, the Massachusetts state primary will be held on Thursday, September 8. Polls will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Below is a guide to who is running, where you can vote, and where you can find additional information on the candidates running for office: Voting...

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Spark Boston Holds “Chief Chat” with Boston’s Chief Information Office and Chief Digital Officer

September 8, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen On Thursday evening, young professionals and students crowded into Bill’s Bar on Lansdowne Street next to Fenway Park during an otherwise quite away game night. As people got after work drinks and snacked on appetizers, conversations on digital technology and government filled the room. During the second “Chief Chat,” hosted by...

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Beacon Hill Women’s Forum Kicks Off New Season

September 8, 2016
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By Kathy Hull On Tuesday September 13 at 6:00 p.m., the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) welcomes everyone back to town with its first speaker’s event:  “On the Media: Straight Up with Emily Rooney, Margery Eagan, and Jadiann Thompson.”  In a panel format, these three prominent, award-winning Boston journalists will share their experiences in...

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MassDOT Plans to Consolidate Construction on Longfellow

September 8, 2016
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Last week, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced implementation of a plan to re-sequence construction on the Longfellow Bridge by combining Stages 4 and 6 – a measure which the contractor White-Skanska-Consigli (WSC) said would result in faster completion of the project in June 2018, three months earlier than previously anticipated.  This...

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Downtown View:Autumn Required Poetry

September 8, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor New Englanders have a complicated relationship with autumn. We brag about it and invite outsiders to enjoy it with us. After all, who wouldn’t like those maples and oaks turning orange, crimson and yellow? Trees turn color in Illinois and Iowa too, but because those places have few hills, you...

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West End Social Planned at Museum on Sept 15

September 8, 2016
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Original and current West Enders, your family and friends are invited to the next West End Social at the West End Museum on Thursday, September 15th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Admission is FREE and light refreshments will be served. Come mix and mingle, and hear about the old days and the new in...

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‘Boston Blooms with Daffodils’ Program Slated to Return in October

September 8, 2016
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh has announced that the “Boston Blooms with Daffodils” beautification initiative will distribute 20,000 daffodil bulbs this fall to volunteers for planting on public ways citywide.  “Our Boston Blooms volunteers always do a great job of beautifying our neighborhoods through this citywide planting program, and we are looking forward to another...

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Julie Burros Takes A Look At Boston Creates Cultural Plan

September 8, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Summer in the city has been a big season for art in Boston. Starting the season off in June was the unveiling of the Boston Creates Cultural Plan, a ten-year outline that aimed to elevate arts and culture in the city while integrate the arts into the everyday life of Bostonians....

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Historic Sermons Re-Created

September 1, 2016
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Historic Sermons Re-Created

Last Sunday, King’s Chapel parishioner and vestry member Patricia Bass, shown above, recreated a sermon preached at King’s Chapel on the death of the abolitionist Massachusetts senator, Charles Sumner, who lived on Beacon Hill and was infamously bludgeoned with a cane in 1856 by Preston Brooks, a congressman from South Carolina, because of his anti-slavery...

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Restaurant Letter Grading Has Owners Concerned

September 1, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen A new health code letter grading system is soon coming to food establishments in the city of Boston. The new law that was passed at the Boston City Council’s August 24 meeting will require food establishments to start posting the letter grade that corresponds with health inspection by the Inspectional Services...

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Boston Nearly Last in Rankings for Being Pet-Friendly City

September 1, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The population of dogs in Boston is em-“barking” on a continuing surge in numbers, but a recent study on pet-friendly cities has indicated that out of the top 100 cities in America, Boston ranks 98th – and some dog owners agree that the City needs to do more to accommodate pets...

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