Overnight Lane Closures on Storrow Drive Eastbound Through Feb 23

February 21, 2018
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MassDOT will implement overnight lane closures on Storrow Drive eastbound in the vicinity of the Longfellow Bridge through Friday, February 23. Single lane closures will be from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. and double lane closures will be from 11:00 p.m. each night until 5:00 a.m. the following morning. The closures are necessary to safely...

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Police Briefs 02-20-2018

February 21, 2018
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny 02/11/18 – A victim reported he was walking in the area of Park Plaza at around 12:10 a.m., when a homeless male approached him. At this time the suspect asked the victim for money, and when the victim reached into his pocket to pull out...

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Protect American Ideas Through Trade

February 21, 2018
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We take for granted that the “ordinary” things we use every day are in fact extraordinary inventions and breakthroughs that took years of investment, work, and commitment to bring to life. Among these are the technologies that allow you to watch a movie on a streaming platform or read the new novel from your...

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The FY19 BPS Budget: Investing in Our Students to Provide A Better Education for All

February 21, 2018
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At the Boston Public Schools, we believe that our budget is a values statement, reflecting our commitment to creating the best schools for all our students. Through the BPS budget, we prioritize investing in every individual learner throughout their academic career. We must ensure that all students — regardless of their race, native language,...

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Torit Montessori Students Enjoy Frog Pond Skating

February 14, 2018
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Torit Montessori Students Enjoy Frog Pond Skating

Elementary students at Torit Montessori on Cambridge Street take ice skating lessons at Frog Pond as part of their weekly sports activities, which include skating, swimming, tennis and dance, all offered seasonally during the regular school day. Torit partners with community institutions to provide these activities. The Boston Skating Academy takes Torit students through...

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Agreement Reached On Sidewalk Curb Ramps:City Officials and BHCA Agree on Using More Brick Material

February 14, 2018
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) is pleased to announce a settlement agreement in its litigation with the City of Boston over improvements to sidewalk curb ramps in the Historic Beacon Hill District. This agreement will provide for the use of less concrete and more brick in the upgraded ramps where feasible. It also...

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Proposed ‘Digital Urban Panels’ Meeting with Strong Opposition

February 14, 2018
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A capacity crowd was on hand at the State Transportation Building on Thursday, Feb. 8, when the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) Office of Outdoor Advertising reviewed an application to install multiple “digital urban panels” at four MBTA stations. Boston-based Outfront Media, LLC, represented by John Mahoney, the company’s director of business development, filed...

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Shadows from 1000 Boylston

February 14, 2018
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A proposed single tower rising from a base podium to be built at 1000 Boylston Street is expected to cast new shadows throughout the nearby neighborhoods, from the Fenway Victory Gardens, to the Esplanade, down Commonwealth Avenue Mall to even the Boston Public Garden and Boston Common. The shadow study, which was released in...

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Appreciation:Rev Robert C Day Longtime Head of Advent School

February 14, 2018
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The Rev. Robert Charles Day died peacefully of natural causes on Jan. 23 after living a life of service, teaching and community involvement in Boston and on Martha’s Vineyard. He was 90 years old, and is survived by his wife of 54 years, Barbara Blackwell Whidden Day. The Rev. Day was an academic and...

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Beacon Hill Civic Association Community Corner

February 14, 2018
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association will present the third of its series of Historic Preservation Roundtables on February 20 with a lively and informative panel discussion about Beacon Hill’s central role in the 19th century abolitionist movement and the recent restoration of the National Historic Landmark, the African Meeting House. While Beacon Hill is...

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Children’s Winter Festival Returns to Common

February 14, 2018
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will be bringing the annual Children’s Winter Festival to Boston Common in partnership with the Highland Street Foundation during school vacation week on Wednesday, February 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “The Children’s Winter Festival on Boston Common is a well-loved tradition...

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BHCA Zoning and Licensing Votes Not to Oppose Local Bistro Proposal

February 14, 2018
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Following the applicant’s fourth appearance before the group, the Beacon Hill Civic Association Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday not to oppose the Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro’s plans to update the dining concept and reconfigure its ground-floor restaurant and reception areas, with some provisos. Boston’s Saunders Hotel Group, the owners of the 25...

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Children’s Programs Listed at West End Library for February Vacation Week

February 14, 2018
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The following special programs are being offered at teh West End Library at 151 Cambridge St during the February School vacation week: Hansel and Gretel with Boston Lyric Opera – Tuesday, February 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join Boston Lyric Opera to learn how we bring the story of Hansel and Gretel to life through music,...

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New England Watercolor Society Annual Members Show Now Going On

February 14, 2018
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Explore the world of watercolors inside the Guild of Boston Artists gallery on Newbury Street, where the New England Watercolor Society (NEWS) is holding its annual Signature Members Show through March 4, 2018. On display are a variety of styles ranging from hyperrealist to abstract, from soulful portraits to detailed images of machinery to...

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What Do You Say to Your Children

February 14, 2018
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Children are sponges for knowledge and information.  They are born a virtual blank slate.  They pay attention to everything you say to them.  You are the purveyor of all knowledge.  Children can’t distinguish between when you are serious and when you say something impulsively, without thinking.  A single comment can stay with a child...

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The Future of Transportation is Public Transportation

February 14, 2018
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Fiat Chrysler and BMW just announced plans to jointly develop self-driving cars. The move puts the automakers in competition with Google, Apple, and other car manufacturers that are also working on driverless vehicles. The question is when, not if, this is going to be commonplace. Self-driving cars might seem to render public transportation obsolete....

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Obituaries 02-13-2018

February 14, 2018
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Nancy Macmillan Nancy Macmillan died peacefully in her home on January 19th, surrounded by loved ones. She was 84 years old. She leaves her daughters, Leslie and Audrey, her brother, Bill, and 9 nieces and nephews. She was born Anne Sheehan in Brookline, Massachusetts, the daughter of first generation Irish immigrants and the first...

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Beacon Hill Gala

February 9, 2018
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Beacon Hill Gala

Honoree Tom Kershaw and Lindy Roethlisberger at the Beacon Hill Gala on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Four Seasons Hotel. The annual gala honored Kershaw for his 50 years of activity in the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA).

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Gibson House Museum Hires New Curator

February 9, 2018
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Gibson House Museum Hires New Curator

The Gibson House Museum, on Beacon St., a National Historic Landmark and time capsule of 19th- and early- 20th-century domestic life, has welcomed new curator Meghan Gelardi Holmes on the retirement of the museum’s curator of 25 years, Wendy Swanton. Holmes officially began the position Jan. 1. She will be responsible for overseeing the...

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Harvard Professor to Speak to BHWF on Her Career in Global Oral Health

February 9, 2018
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The importance of oral health is well captured by a phrase now considered a classic in the world of dentistry and public health: “The mouth is the gateway to the body.” On Feb. 13, the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) welcomes Dr. Brittany Seymour, assistant professor at Harvard School of Dental Medicine in the...

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Boston Philanthropists Recognized At Recent Beacon Hill Reception

February 9, 2018
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On January 31 major supporters of the USS Constitution Museum’s annual fundraiser gathered at Beacon Hill’s Hampshire House for an appreciation reception. The 2017 Chairman’s Dinner raised over $300,000 all of which directly supports the institution’s education programs that engage the public with the storied legacy of Boston landmark and America’s Ship of State,...

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Boston City Council Notes

February 9, 2018
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The Boston City Council held their second meeting of the year on Wednesday, January 31 at Boston City Hall. Curbside Composting Program Councilor Matt O’Malley and Ayanna Pressley refilled a hearing order on the feasibility of implementing a curbside composting program in Boston. “This is the next logical step, which many other cities have...

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Beacon Hill Civic Association Community Corner

February 9, 2018
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Supporting efforts to reduce nips littering neighborhood streets Among other initiatives to improve the cleanliness and safety of Cambridge Street, the BHCA Cambridge Street Committee has been addressing the littering of nips sold at the street’s liquor stores. Toward that end, members encourage residents to support House Bill 3528 that subjects alcoholic beverages sold...

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Below Stairs at the Ayer Mansion

February 9, 2018
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Standing out amongst the Victorian styled brick row houses in the Back Bay, the Ayer Mansion located at 395 Commonwealth Avenue sticks out like a sore thumb with its white marble exterior and mosaic stained glass. At a special event hosted by the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB), Jeanne Pelletier the preservation...

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