Regulating Short Term Rentals:Council Files Walsh’s Motion Establishing Guidelines

February 2, 2018
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Boston City Council filed Mayor Martin J. Walsh ordinance on Wednesday, Jan. 24, establishing guidelines and regulations to better track and regulate short-term rentals in the City of Boston. As a new global industry that has a strong presence in Boston, short-term rentals provide both economic opportunities for residents and alternative temporary accommodation options...

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Livingstone Seeking Regulations for Local Airbnbs

February 2, 2018
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State Rep. Jay Livingstone of Beacon Hill will be focusing his legislative efforts on a number of bills this year, including the regulation of Airbnbs in the city. Airbnb, which began in 2008, is a company that helps people rent short-term lodging in apartments, homes, and other residences through an online service. “What’s happening,...

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Boston City Council Notes

February 2, 2018
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The first Boston City Council hearing of the new year took place last week at Boston City Hall. The Council welcomed the new City Council President Andrea Campbell of District 4, and three new City Councilors including Lydia Edwards District 1, Ed Flynn District 2, and Kim Janey District 7. The council considered the...

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Beacon Hill Civic Association Community Corner

February 2, 2018
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Beacon Hill Gala this Saturday Neighbors attending the 46th annual Beacon Hill Gala Saturday night will enjoy not only an elegant evening of dining and dancing but also have a chance to bid on an exciting array of special silent auction items. Thanks to the support of many local businesses, these items include enticing...

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Patriots Fever

February 2, 2018
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Boston sports fans are already donning their New England Patriots apparel in advance of Sunday’s big game, but if former Back Bay resident Tom Brady can lead the team to its sixth Super Bowl title on Sunday, sales of hats, jerseys, and sweatshirts are expected to skyrocket. And one of the most popular spots...

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Young Friends Extend Invitation to ‘Young at Heart’ Park Lovers

February 2, 2018
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While the Young Friends from the Friends of the Public Garden specifically targets people under 40, the group welcomes anyone “young at heart” from the city or beyond who is committed to caring for Boston’s public parks. “We’re a very welcoming group,” said Anne Mostue, who co-chairs the Young Friends with Rich Hornblower. “People...

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Highland Street Foundation Announces Free Skating on the Boston Common Frog Pond During Feb Break

February 2, 2018
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For the third consecutive year, the Highland Street Foundation will sponsor free ice skating on the Boston Common’s Frog Pond during February school vacation week, February 19-23. The free ice skating is part of a larger effort called Winter Camp, created to provide enrichment opportunities for children during the week when school is closed....

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Police Briefs 01-30-2018

February 2, 2018
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny – Shoplifting 01/16/18 – At around 10:35 p.m., a Charles Street pharmacy reported a known male suspect was observed on video placing items in a bag while inside the store. The suspect will be summonsed to court. Assault and Battery – Trespassing 01/17/18 – At approximately...

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How We’re Making Boston a City That’s World-Class Because It Works for the Middle Class

February 2, 2018
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From around the world and across our nation, people look to Boston for hope, for opportunity, and for a chance to build a better life. From the first immigrant who set foot on the Shawmut Peninsula to the first student from Puerto Rico who stepped into a new classroom this fall, for nearly four...

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Have We Become Numb to The Shootings?

February 2, 2018
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Mass shootings seem to be happening too often all across this country and it seems that we are  becoming numb to them, even if they occur in school buildings and children are the ones who are being shot. The latest mass school shooting in our nation occurred in Kentucky last week and resulted in...

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A Great State of the State

February 2, 2018
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Gov. Charlie Baker’s impressive and commanding State of the State address to the state legislature last week truly was one of the most powerful such speeches in recent memory. Gov. Baker listed a host of accomplishments of his administration, most notably the progress in combating the opioid addiction crisis and reducing homelessness across the...

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Hero among Us

January 25, 2018
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Hero among Us

On Thursday January 18, Coryn Bina was inducted by the Boston Celtics into their community program as a “Hero Among Us”. Coryn, wife of Babak Bina of Lala Rokh and Bin 26 Enoteca in Beacon Hill, has worked with many non profits, which is how she and Babak met. She was honored for her...

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Esplanade Visitor

January 25, 2018
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Esplanade Visitor

Rare bald eagle seen on Esplanade. Winged park visitor one of estimated 70,000 remaining bald eagles in North America

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Appreciation:Bernard Borman, Former BHCA President

January 25, 2018
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Appreciation:Bernard Borman, Former BHCA President

By Dan Murphy Bernard Borman, who served as president of the Beacon Hill Civic Association board of directors from 1971 to 1974 and spearheaded the successful campaign to save Park Plaza from redevelopment in the ‘70s, died at Massachusetts General Hospital on Dec. 13. He was 85. Raised in Belleville, Ill., a small city...

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Residents Still Concerned Over Natural Gas Pipeline

January 25, 2018
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By Beth Treffeisen As National Grid is in the final stages of securing the rights to snake a natural-gas main extension through the Back Bay, concerned residents, in almost a last-ditch effort, came out to stop the pipeline last week. At a public hearing put on by the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay...

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Conservation Commission Position Seeks Nominations

January 25, 2018
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The City of Boston needs to fill a vacancy on its Conservation Commission by mayoral appointment. The ConComm is responsible for protecting wetlands and related natural resources in Boston. The only formal requirement for a conservation commissioner is residence in Boston. Background in wetlands and project review is welcome from a wide variety of...

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Beacon Hill Civic Association Community Corner

January 25, 2018
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By Suzanne Besser, president Why Support the BHCA? Year after year, the Beacon Hill Civic Association turns to the community, asking contributions to its Annual Appeal. So, why support the non profit organization? Take a look outside and you’ll find the answer. For 95 years the BHCA has been affirming the integrity of Beacon...

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Affordable Housing is Coming to the Heart of Downtown Boston

January 25, 2018
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By Beth Treffeisen In a whirl of excitement, members of the community and elected officials gathered together in celebration of the groundbreaking ceremony of “The Union”, which will included 46 units of affordable housing at 48 Boylston Street last week. “These units of affordable housing will provide stability and hope for the future,” said...

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The New Hot Address in Town is One Dalton:Campion and Company to be Exclusive Marketing Agent

January 25, 2018
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By Beth Treffeisen Tucked behind the Christian Science Center and the Prudential Center in the Back Bay, a concrete outline of a tower is starting to grow into what will become One Dalton, a Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences. Once construction is over, it is expected to be a towering architectural landmark in...

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Walsh Files Ordinance to Regulate Short-Term Rentals

January 25, 2018
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced on Monday that he filed a citywide ordinance establishing guidelines and regulations to better track and regulate short-term rentals in the City of Boston. As a new global industry that has a strong presence in Boston, short-term rentals provide both economic opportunities for residents and alternative temporary accommodation options...

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Police Briefs 01-23-2018

January 25, 2018
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Building 01/09/18 – At around 3:15 p.m., a Stuart Street car rental agency reported a surveillance video showing a male suspect go around the counter and into a cabinet while the clerk was away from the office. The suspect stole the company gas credit card...

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Energy Companies Have Helped Texas, and the Nation, Recover from Harvey

January 25, 2018
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By Andrew Langer Hurricane Harvey dumped enough rain on Texas to fill the entire Chesapeake Bay. Widespread flooding caused an estimated $190 billion in damage, meaning Harvey could be the most expensive storm in American history. The hurricane hit the energy sector particularly hard. Over a dozen oil refineries along the Gulf Coast shut...

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Have We Hit Bottom Yet?

January 25, 2018
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In the early 1960s, there was an iconic TV commercial for the long-defunct National Airlines (which merged into Pan American in 1980) with the tagline, spoken by the pert blonde stewardess, “Is this any way to run an airline? You bet it is!” Soon enough, that tagline took on an ironic twist in popular...

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All Done Until Next Year

January 20, 2018
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All Done Until Next Year

Catrina Madeira cuts the wire while Simona Sdojkoska holds the ladder on South Russell Street as they take down the holiday decorations over the past weekend.

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