Stand by your Guns Commissioner-Fingerprinting is a Public Safety Issue

March 25, 2016
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Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans’ attempt to have all Uber and Lyft drivers provide fingerprints for public safety reasons is completely justified. If the 6,000 Boston cab drivers have to provide fingerprints, there is no reason why other transportation service drivers should do the same. Fingerprints can be used in many ways, especially...

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The T in MBTA Stands for Terrible

March 25, 2016
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Each week there is a negative story regarding the MBTA. If it’s not overtime costs, breakdowns, poor operations, deficit issues or poor service it’s something else and there appears to be no end in sight towards resolving any of the problems. Governor Charlie Baker has vowed to start in motion solutions but he would...

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Girl Scout Cookie Sale

March 11, 2016
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Girl Scout Cookie Sale

Beacon Hill/Back Bay troop members participated in the Girl Scouts’ “National Cookie Weekend: with a sale on Charles Street, outside of Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill, on Feb. 28. The unseasonable warm weather helped heat up sales, proceeds of which benefit the neighborhood troop and Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass. Pictured, left to right, are...

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New Voter in 2034

March 11, 2016
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New Voter in 2034

State Rep. Jay Livingstone and his wife Julie welcomed their firstborn child at Massachusetts General Hospital on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 7:45 a.m. The couple’s son, Henry James Livingstone, weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and measured 20.5 inches. “I’m so excited with the newest addition to our family,” said Livingstone, who is currently a...

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Downtown View:Meals at your Doorstep

March 11, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor You can get just about anything delivered to your door these days. The question is: Is it worth it? I’d say there are still kinks to be worked out if these companies want to succeed in downtown Boston or any dense city. I was introduced to the concept of meal-kit...

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Volunteers Sought for Usage Study at Common

March 11, 2016
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By Dan Murphy The Friends of the Public Garden is seeking volunteers to assist in a study that intends to shed light on usage of the Boston Common. Working with an experienced research firm, the non-proåfit will execute a three-season study of the Common to better understand how and how often the park is...

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Ward 5 Democratic Committee Plans Environmental Forum,March 15

March 11, 2016
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The next meeting of the Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee will be held Tuesday, March 15, at 7 p.m. at the Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street in the Back Bay. This month, the committee will host a forum on environmental issues, including the City of Boston’s Climate Action Plan and opportunities for...

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Design Options for Tremont St Side of Common Garage Shown at Meeting

March 11, 2016
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By Jordan Frias Design options for the Tremont Street side of the Boston Common were shared at a public briefing meeting on February 25. Gary Claiborne, project manager at Pressley Associates, the local landscape architect firm that was hired by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, presented a potential design to a group of...

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Search Continues for New BPL Leader

March 11, 2016
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By Seth Daniel While a great amount of attention was focused on the departure of the previous president of the Boston Public Library, a panel of highly-qualified folks have, in a much quieter way, been conducting an exhaustive public search for the new president – and the process is now progressing into the final...

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BHWF Presents Chasing the Cure for Breast Cancer

March 11, 2016
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By Kathy Hull Tonight, the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) presents “Good Funding & Good Fortune: Ending Breast Cancer,” featuring two women leaders engaged in international efforts to cure breast cancer. The first is Myra J. Biblowit, President and CEO of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in New York City. The Foundation is the...

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Letter to the Editor

March 11, 2016
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Faithful reader grateful for memorial Thank you, most kindly, for giving space to the piece on Bob Goodwin’s passing. Your thoughtfulness will bring much comfort not only to the seniors at Beacon House but to his family and friends in the community. Mary Hirsch Beacon House

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‘Spotlight’ is an Important Film for Healing and Renewal

March 11, 2016
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By Cardinal Sean O’Malley Spotlight is an important film for all impacted by the tragedy of clergy sexual abuse. By providing in-depth reporting on the history of the clergy sexual abuse crisis, the media led the Church to acknowledge the crimes and sins of its personnel and to begin to address its failings, the...

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Driving Bill will Save Lives and Injuries

March 11, 2016
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House and Senate elected officials have a chance to pass a solid public safety bill that would put the brakes on Massachusetts drivers using hand-held mobile electrical devices while on the road. The bill would make it illegal to use cell-phones while driving and prohibit drivers from entering information by hand to a GPS...

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DPW Resumes Beacon Hill Street Sweeping

March 4, 2016
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DPW Resumes Beacon Hill Street Sweeping

The Boston Public Works Department (PWD)  announced that efforts are underway to clean the streets following this winter’s snow and ice, morning posted street sweeping has resumed and posted residential street sweeping will resume in Beacon Hill on March 1. Snow and ice no longer pose an issue for street cleaning on these routes...

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Parkman Plaza Slated to Get Reconstruction

March 4, 2016
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Parkman Plaza Slated to Get Reconstruction

By Dan Murphy The Boston Parks & Recreation Department and its design team are moving forward with plans for the $3.5 million reconstruction of the Boston Common’s Parkman Plaza and Tremont Street edge. At a public meeting at Emerson College’s Little Building last Thursday, Gary Claiborne, lead designer for Boston-based Pressley Associates, Inc., outlined...

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Ending Breast Cancer Talk at BHWF

March 4, 2016
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Ending Breast Cancer Talk at BHWF

By Kathy Hull On Tuesday, March 8, the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) will present “Good Funding & Good Fortune: Ending Breast Cancer,” featuring two distinguished women leaders wh o are leading the charge to cure breast cancer. Myra J. Biblowit has been President and CEO of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in New...

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Traffic Issues A Worry For Temple St Residents

March 4, 2016
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By Suzanne Besser The owners of the largest redevelopment project ever proposed for Beacon Hill reached out to their Temple Street and Ridgeway Lane neighbors last week, this time under the auspices of the Beacon Hill Civic Association traffic and parking committee. The project is welcomed by many neighbors who look forward to sharing...

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Downtown View:The World Will End

March 4, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor One of the entertaining aspects of living in downtown Boston is to watch the doomsayers. Whenever a new development or a large undertaking is proposed, someone claims it will ruin Boston forever. Back in the 1990s, it was the structure that later acquired that clunky name, “The Leonard P. Zakim...

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An Appreciation:Bob Goodwin Made a Difference at Beacon House

March 4, 2016
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By Mary Hirsch It’s a sad day at Beacon House, a senior community residence on Beacon Hill because Bob Goodwin, one of its most beloved and respected residents, “bit the dust” (as he would have said) last Monday and took all the joy with him: he was laughter and positivity personified, unlike most of...

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Upcoming Lecture Recalls History of Public Garden’s Swan Boats

March 4, 2016
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By Dan Murphy As an upcoming lecture sponsored by the Friends of the Public Garden will attest, the Swan Boats have become inextricably linked to the park during their 139-year history. “You will see evolution of boats since the late 19th century and the evolution of the Garden,” said Liz Vizza, executive director of...

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Officials Note First Phase of Renovations at Copley BPL

March 4, 2016
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It opened its doors to the new second floor of the Johnson building at the Central Library in Copley Square in February 2015. In the past year, 1,290 programs were held at the new Children’s Library and Teen Central, and more than 1.5 million library users visited, checking out over 832,000 items. Phase Two...

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Letter to the Editor

March 4, 2016
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Self-described ‘Hillary Clinton supporter’ dismayed by endorsements Dear Editor: On Feb. 24, I read the Beacon Hill Times Editorial looking for your endorsement for Super Tuesday, next Tuesday’s vital election: the American President. To my dismay, only two candidates were named: the Republican Trump and the Democrat Sanders. No other Candidates were acknowledged; no...

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In Like A Lamb

March 4, 2016
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Walking around Beacon Hill area on Sunday was a real pleasure. The sun and warm temperatures had everyone out on the Boston Common and the Public Garden. People were sitting on the benches soaking up the rays or playing football or Frisbee on the parade grounds. What a difference from two weeks ago when...

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All Politics is Local:Ward 5 Committee Backs Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s Primary

February 26, 2016
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All Politics is Local:Ward 5 Committee Backs Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s Primary

By Cary Shuman Beacon Hill residents will head to the polls Tuesday (March 1) to cast their ballots in the Massachusetts Presidential Primary. Massachusetts joins 11 other states in Super Tuesday voting, following up on the excitement generated by caucuses and primaries in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada. Locally the Boston Ward...

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