Police Briefs 08-29-2017

August 30, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from a Motor Vehicle 08/18/17 – A victim reported he parked his 2018 GMC Sierra at Charles and Mt. Vernon streets at around 1 a.m., but when he returned about 30 minutes later, he observed that the rear passenger’s side window was broken and his...

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Downtown View:A Recipe for Cooking

August 24, 2017
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Karen is taking a summer break. This column on a remarkable business incubator appeared last January. By Karen Cord Taylor Take one old hot dog factory. Add two big kitchens, eight convection ovens, 12 food truck spaces, several 15-gallon mixers, a frying pan logo, a 1,800 square-foot refrigerator and 45 start-ups. Stir in $15...

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ZBA Approves Proposed Bay Village Tower on Stuart St

August 24, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) voted to approve the proposed 212 Stuart Street tower in the Bay Village during the board of directors hearing on Aug. 15. This comes after many hotly contested community meetings led up to the approval by the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) this past...

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Charles St Jail History

August 24, 2017
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By Dan Murphy For Tuesday’s third and final Twilight Talk presented by Historic New England and the Victorian Society in America/New England Chapter at the Harrison Gray Otis House, award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist Joseph McMaster recounted the history of the Charles Street Jail, from its origins as a state-of-the-art facility through its decline...

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Garden Winners Announced in Boston Contest

August 24, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Mayor Martin Walsh welcomed garden winners from around the city to join in celebration of urban gardening during the Mayor Walsh’s Garden Contest 2017 in the Boston Public Garden on August 16. This year there were 134 applicants to the Garden Contest. There are nine categories that range from small yard...

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Silence is Golden – and Melodic – in BPL’s Courtyard Concerts

August 24, 2017
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By Seth Daniel As the sun shone brightly last Friday afternoon on the shrubbery of the Copley Library’s celebrated Courtyard, string music from the Boston Philharmonic permeated the air as shadows danced off of the columns and statuary. It was like a scene right out the Victorian television series ‘Downton Abbey,’ except there were...

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Sustainable Seafood

August 24, 2017
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by Penny & Ed Cherubino This began as a column about a book, Two If By Sea: Delicious Sustainable Seafood by Barton Seaver. As we learned more about the author, we realized it would also be about a philosophy of sustainability as a whole and about Seaver’s way of changing how we think about...

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School Will Be Back – Drive with Care

August 24, 2017
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With school bells ringing for the start of the 2017-18 school year next week and the week thereafter, commuters will have to adjust to the prospect of schoolchildren and school buses returning to our streets. All of us who drive to work in the early mornings on weekdays have to admit that not having...

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Another Alcohol- Related Tragedy

August 24, 2017
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Perhaps it is because we have children who are teen-agers, but the news last week of the death of a 16 year-old girl on the Merrimack River in a jet ski accident in which alcohol allegedly was involved hit us particularly hard. According to news reports, the 32 year old man who has been...

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Making A Scene

August 16, 2017
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Making A Scene

Dan Ramirez, the technical director for the Huntington Theatre Company, shown here in the storage area of the new Production Center in Everett. The storage area for props contains everything from an electric chair to a basketball to rows of chandeliers and even a basketball or two. The company is busily working this week...

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Workshops Planned for Hubway Expansion

August 16, 2017
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By Dan Murphy The Boston Transportation Department announced last week it would sponsor 28 community workshops citywide this fall to discuss the upcoming expansion of the bike-share program Hubway. “BTD is excited to collaborate with residents as we expand this important and popular piece of our transportation system to additional locations in the city’s...

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Downtown View:Thanks Donnie, for the Big Reveal

August 16, 2017
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Karen is taking a break. Since we were all recently laughing at Trump when he inappropriately complimented the French president’s wife on the good shape she was in after the age of 60, the subject of this column still seems up to date.   By Karen Cord Taylor One good thing Donald has done...

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BHCA Community Corner

August 16, 2017
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Remembering Jim McNeely He was this generation’s Charles Bulfinch, a man deeply rooted in the great cultures of the past and yet a true visionary, steadfastly working to apply the wisdom of our history to shape the world around him for the betterment of future generations.  And like Bulfinch before him, Jim McNeely actually...

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IDP Units are Most Prevalent in Downtown Neighborhoods

August 16, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Even though Boston is in a midst of a building boom, rents and sale prices continue to rise in Boston, making it increasingly challenging for residents to find housing that is affordable. A report released by the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA), on Tuesday, August 8, shows how the City...

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Hollywood Comes to the South End with Amy Schumer’s Newest Film

August 16, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen The starts and glitz of Hollywood made its way to the historic South End this past week when Amy Schumer along with her production crew spent the day filming for her newest film, “I Feel Pretty” set to debut in June 2018. The plot, according IMDb, follows the life of Renee...

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Huntington Theatre Production Center Hard at Work on First Production at New Facility

August 16, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Deep in the industrial area of Everett – nestled between scrap metal yards and diesel mechanics – is a creative workroom that has few matches in the city. In a month’s time, the workshop can create the Champs-Elysees in Paris, a New York City street, a San Francisco hillside abode or...

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The Boston Arts Festival Returns to Two-Day Event

August 16, 2017
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Boston’s vibrant Arts Community is back for the 15th Annual Boston Arts Festival!   On Saturday, September 9, and Sunday September 10, 50 local artists and 16 bands will be supported and celebrated in a colorful showcase of painting, jewelry, photography, glass making, wood working and more. Music genres include rock, pop, folk and indie,...

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Longfellow Bridge Nightly Construction Schedule

August 16, 2017
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MassDOT will close the Longfellow Bridge nightly to all vehicular traffic through Thursday, August 17, from 11:00p.m. each night to 5:00a.m. the following morning. The Longfellow Bridge closure originally scheduled for this weekend, August 11-14, has been rescheduled. The Longfellow Bridge will be closed to all vehicular traffic from 11:00p.m. Friday, August 18, to...

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Police Briefs 08-15-2017

August 16, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Policea Area A-1 Larceny from a Motor Vehicle 08/03/17  – A victim reported she parked her 2013 Volkswagen Jetta on Charles Street at around 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 2, but when returned to the vehicle at about 6:30 a.m. the next day, her luggage was stolen containing clothing, as...

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How We’re Creating Affordable Housing

August 16, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh Boston is a diverse city made up of residents of all backgrounds, all education levels and job sectors spread out over 23 neighborhoods. Some of us were born and bred here, some with families that have been here for decades, some received a wonderful education or job here and...

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Obituaries 08-15-2017

August 16, 2017
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Annie Caroline Flaherty  She leaves this world a brighter place Annie Caroline Flaherty of Beacon Hill died on on August 8. She was 7 years old. Annie had a zest for life like no other.  She will be missed by her friends near and far and most importantly those at the Eliot School.  She...

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Caturday on the Common

August 9, 2017
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Caturday on the Common

Riker, an exceptionally social cat, was eager to explore the Boston Common with his owner, Chris Felice, manning the leash during Boston’s inaugural First Caturday event on the Common. Hundreds of local cat owners from the neighborhoods and beyond converged with hundreds of cats to socialize and talk feline philosophy.

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Residents Disappointed by Rejection in Boston’s Slow Streets Program

August 9, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen and Dan Murphy In future though, please refer to the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) and the BHCA Traffic and Parking Committee, whose Chair is Ben Starr.  BHC and Beacon Hill Parking and Transportation Committee are incorrect. The five neighborhoods that will join the Neighborhood Slow Streets program in 2017 were announced in mid-July,...

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Galvin says New Shadow Law Removes Layer of Protection for Historic Parks

August 9, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Gov. Charlie Baker recently signed a home-rule petition into law that would allow Millennium Partners to move forward with building a 775-foot tower on the site of the city-owned Winthrop Square Garage, bypassing two existing state laws that protect the Boston Common and Public Garden from new shadows. Mayor Martin Walsh...

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