Pedestrian and Bike Traffic to be Diverted for TLC along the Charles River Esplanade

February 28, 2017
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The Esplanade Association (EA) has announced that it recently received an anonymous donation specifically designated to be used for tree care on the Charles River Esplanade Park. With this grant and in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Esplanade Association has scheduled the tree maintenance and care to be completed...

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Local Students Named to Honor Roll at BC High

February 28, 2017
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The following students have been named to the Honor Roll at Boston College High School. For High Honors a Soph., Jr.,Sr. must have at least a 3.80 quality point average and all grades ‘”C+” or higher. Freshmen need a 3.6 quality point average and all grades ‘”C+” or higher. For Honors a Soph., Jr.,Sr....

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Boston City Council Calls for A Home Rule:Petition to Add Additional Polling Locations

February 28, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen The Boston City Council last week called for a hearing to discuss filling a home rule petition to add additional polling locations in the six largest precincts in Boston. Filed by City Councilor Bill Linehan of District 2 and City Council President Michelle Wu, this home rule petition would allow the...

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Councilor Essaibi-George Wants to Make Applying for Affordable Housing Easier

February 28, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen At-large City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George last week filed for a hearing order to determine strategies for streamlining the process to apply for affordable housing. “I’ve been working on this issue now for the last 14 months and the most important solution to homelessness is housing,” said Councilor Essaibi-George at the meeting....

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Police Briefs 02-21-2017

February 28, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat Larceny from Building 02/10/17  – A Isabella Street resident reported a larceny from the first-floor front hallway of her apartment. The victim said unknown suspect(s) stole boots, ski pants, jacket liner, ski jacket and sets of keys.    Robbery – Bank 02/10/17 – A Cambridge Street bank reported an armed robbery...

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Beating Cancer Shouldn’t Force Patients into Bankruptcy

February 28, 2017
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By Kenneth E. Thorpe and Patricia J. Goldsmith Liza Bernstein survived breast cancer three times. But it took all she had. She lost her home and savings to the costs of tests and treatments. She’s not technically bankrupt — but that’s only because she “couldn’t afford the fees” to file the claim. Liza recently...

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Residents Urged to Get Involved

February 28, 2017
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City Councilors Ayanna Pressley, Michelle Wu, Andrea Campbell, and Annissa Essaibi George are to be congratulated for starting a series of meetings on the issues of early childhood education and childcare in Boston. The fear that Boston is a city not welcoming to families is becoming a real possibility. Whether one looks at the...

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Sledding Is Not Just for Kids

February 17, 2017
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Sledding Is Not Just for Kids

Romeo, Sloane and Kim Furmonavicius ride together in style in the Common on Friday afternoon.

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Four Female Councilors Embark on Study,Meeting Series on Early Ed,Childcare Here

February 17, 2017
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By Seth Daniel While there is frequently a lot of emphasis on public schools and private schools, and where parents will send their school-age children, not much attention has been paid to policies surrounding and even more critical time in a child’s life – the years before school. Four female City Councilors look to...

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Zakim Appointed to Chair Committee on Civil Rights

February 17, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen The Boston City Council voted to unanimously re-establish the Special Committee on Civil Rights, at the hearing this past Wednesday, February 8. City Councilor Josh Zakim of District 8 will chair the new special committee. He has previously chaired the discontinued committee on Human Rights and Civil Rights in the 2014...

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Downtown View:The Pitfalls of Symbols

February 17, 2017
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Super Bowl fever brought up the topic of sports design. Surely you have noticed the Super Bowl trophy. Once in awhile someone mentions its shape, but not much. Apparently two prominent football guys sat down in a restaurant and designed it, and Tiffany made it and continues to make it. Maybe the guys who...

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BHCA Community Corner

February 17, 2017
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BHCA urges residents to attend today’s hearing The BHCA believes it is important that all accessibility improvements to pedestrian intersection ramps comply with both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and with the architectural guidelines of the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission that protect the character of the historic district. In response to the city’s...

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Handmade Jewelry Store Opens on Charles Street

February 17, 2017
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By Dan Murphy Rebekah Brooks Jewelry has opened a third retail location at 96 Charles St., offering the store owner’s custom line, alongside a selection of engagement and wedding rings and antique jewels. “We cannot think of a better location for our newest store,” said Brooks, a New Hampshire native and second-generation artist who...

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Zakim and Locals Host Rally in Support of HAIS National Day of Action for Refugees

February 17, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen This past Sunday, over a hundred people came together to join City Councilor Josh Zakim and community allies across the region for a rally in support of HAIS National Day of Action for Refugees. The rally was held despite the snow on February 12, at 11:00 am at the New England...

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BPL Offers Online Lottery to Wed in the Copley Square Courtyard

February 17, 2017
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By Dan Murphy The Boston Public Library is now offering an online lottery for six couples to exchange vows in its iconic Italianate courtyard at the Central Library in Copley Square on Sunday, June 11. “Long a much sought-after wedding venue, this initiative offers everyone regardless of economic capacity a chance to have Boston...

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Police Briefs 02-14-2017

February 17, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Burglary 02/02/17 – A victim reported unknown person(s) stole a purse, U.S. currency, a pair sunglasses and clothing from her Cordis Street apartment some time between 8:40 a.m. on Jan. 30 and 4:45 p.m. on Feb. 2. There was no sign of forced entry.   Vandalism...

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Letter to the Editor

February 17, 2017
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Beacon Hill Friends House supports ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement Dear Editor The residents of the Beacon Hill Friends House would like to publicly share our support for “Black Lives Matter.” We hope that by doing so, our interfaith intentional living community grounded in Quaker values can more deeply engage in conversations about racism in...

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Hill Moms Have Night In

February 10, 2017
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Hill Moms Have Night In

The Beacon Hill Women’s Forum Mom’s Group gathered at Sarah Papajohn’s home on Jan. 31 for “Mom’s Night In.” Pictured top left to right: Jennifer Gifford, Brittany Seymour, Sandra Gilpatrick and Sarah Papajohn; bottom left to right: Lindsay Sullivan, Laura Chassaigne and Emily Synk; attended but not in photo: Jennifer Zipp and Erica Grey.

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Dr.Atul Gawande Headlines Beacon Hill Village’s 15th Year Celebration

February 10, 2017
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Dr.Atul Gawande Headlines Beacon Hill Village’s 15th Year Celebration

By Suzanne Besser Dr. Atul Gawande, whose life-affirming and important book ‘Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End’ challenges readers to think about how they can transform the later chapters of their lives, will talk February 13 at the 15th year celebration of the Beacon Hill Village’s founding. Dr. Gawande is a...

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Sidewalk Ramp Court Case Set for Feb 14

February 10, 2017
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By Dan Murphy A judge will hear an argument against a summary judgment that could potentially allow the city to resume installing ADA-compliant ramps on Beacon Hill at the Suffolk County Courthouse in Boston’s Pemberton Square on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The Hon. Rosemary Connolly is then scheduled to determine whether to rule on the...

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Downtown View:Thinking About Taxis

February 10, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor It’s oppressive. You can’t get away from the Trump chaos. Everyone talks about it. Walk down the street, meet a friend. Immediately they bring it up even if you don’t want to hear it. A friend who is skiing in Vermont emailed me about meeting for dinner. But then she...

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Torit Montessori Students Perform Greek Mythology Play

February 10, 2017
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Torit Montessori School students performed a four-act Greek mythology play for parents in early February, the culmination of weeks of preparation and planning. Through their study of ancient Greece in combination with art, engineering, history, literacy and dramatic arts, these young (first and second-grade aged) students brought gods and goddesses to life. The teaching...

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Beacon Hill Offers Romantic Options for Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2017
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With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, couples can enjoy a romantic evening without straying far from Beacon Hill. Couples can begin the night with cocktails at the Taj Boston or the Four Season Hotel, both of which provide spectacular views of the Public Garden, before enjoying ice stating for two on the Boston Common’s Frog...

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Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson Calls for Sanctuary Public Schools

February 10, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Mayoral candidate and Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson called for a hearing on a resolution to affirm sanctuary schools in the Boston Public School (BPS) system at the last week’s Boston City Council hearing. The hearing will reaffirm that students, parents, and staff in the Boston Public School system have the...

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