2015, A Year in Review

By Dan Murphy

  • On Jan. 11, around 40 volunteers gathered to remove the traditional holiday garlands and bows from around 1,100 lamp-posts throughout Beacon Hill.

  • On Jan. 13, Mayor Martin J. Walsh delivered his first State of the City address at Symphony Hall.

  • On Jan. 27, Boston has hit with its first blizzard of the season, resulting in nearly 25 inches of snowfall.

  • On Feb. 7, the Beacon Hill Civic Association held its 43rd annual “Winter Gala” at the Four Seasons Hotel.

  • On March 31, Flavia Cigliano stepped down as executive director of the Nichols House Museum.

  • On April 8, the Friends of the Public Garden held its 45th annual meeting at the First Church in Boston.

  • On April 27, the Esplanade Association honored outgoing Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Jack Murray during the organization’s annual meeting at Hampshire House.

  • In April, Victoria Glazomitsky was named the new executive director of the Nichols House Museum.

  • On May 18, the Beacon Hill Civic Association held its 93rd annual meeting at the Union Club. At this time, Bernard Borman, who served as the group’s president from 1971 to 1974, was awarded the 19th annual Beacon Award for his “significant and sustained” contribution to the community.

  • On May 21, the Beacon Hill Garden Club held its 86th “Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill” tour.

  • On June 19, the Esplanade Association and the Department of Conservation and Recreation reopened the newly restored Hatch Shell Oval Lawn on the Charles River Esplanade.

  • In June, Harold Carroll was elected president of Beacon Hill Village.

  • On July 27, the city officially ended its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

  • In July, Beacon Hill resident Jacob Wessel was named the Office of Neighborhood Services’ liaison for the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Mission Hill and the Fenway.

  • On Aug. 19, the Friends of the Public Garden again hosted “Puppets on the Common” – a puppet show on the Boston Common featuring Charlotte Dore and Rosalita’s Puppets.

  • On Sept. 20, the Beacon Hill Civic Association held its annual “Neighborhood Block Party” outside the Hill House Firehouse at 127 Mt. Vernon St.

  • On Sept. 26, the Esplanade Association held its annual “Moondance Gala” on the Charles River Esplanade.

  • On Dec. 4, Mayor Martin J. Walsh was on hand for the 74th annual tree-lighting ceremony on the Boston Common.
The snowstorm in January 2015 just added to the parking woes for residents on Chestnut Street.

The snowstorm in January 2015 just added to the parking woes for residents on Chestnut Street.

  • On Dec. 10, the Beacon Hill Business Association hosted its annual “Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll.”

  • In December, MaryLee Halpin stepped down as executive director of the Beacon Hill Civic Association.

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