• BHV Members Hear Talk by Gawande

    by Suzanne Besser
    Elena Kingsland and Rita Robert members of the Beacon Hill Village attended the event at the Boston Public Library.
    When author Atul Gawande joined NPR host Robin Young to discuss his best seller Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End recently, he spoke before a sold-out crowd of individuals seated at the Boston Public Library. They had come to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Beacon Hill Village and hear the words of the surgeon and writer whose thoughts about
  • Downtown View:What Happens to the Millionaires?

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    The constitutional amendment that imposes a “millionaires’ tax” will likely be on our ballots in November, 2018, along with the candidates for governor and Congress.
    You probably already know that this amendment would levy an additional tax on any person or couple who makes more than a million dollars in a year. We all pay a federal income tax, which varies depending on many factors. We also pay the state 5.1 percent of our income, no matter whether we make
  • Juice Bar Gets Okay from Zoning and Licensing

    By Dan Murphy
    A cold-pressed juice bar and health food restaurant is one step closer to opening in the former home of Fresco Flowers after receiving a vote of non-opposition from the Beacon Hill Civic Association Zoning and Licensing Committee on Wednesday.
    Owner Susan Cabana intends to open a third Nourish Your Soul at 282 Cambridge St., with other locations in Medford and Winchester. Muffins, eggs and other food items would be prepared at the Winchester location and shipped to the Cambridge St
  • BPL Adds Outreach Manager to Help Homeless

    By Beth Treffeisen
    In an effort to provide additional care to individuals in need, the Boston Public Library (BPL) has created a new outreach manager position to provide a path of services to unsheltered individuals drawn to the spaces and resources of the libraries in Boston.
    The goal of the program is to ensure that any individual that visits the library and is in need has some sort of path to a long-term solution.
    “The library has always been a place that welcomes everyone, regardless o
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  • Marinovich Assumes Philanthropy Position at Charles River Watershed Association

    Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), the leading science and advocacy nonprofit protecting and restoring the Charles River and its watershed, announced today that Tani Marinovich has joined the organization as director of philanthropy.
    CRWA’s work monitoring the Charles River and designing greener more resilient neighborhoods takes on special importance as government funds for environmental programs wane and extreme weather becomes more frequent.  Marinovich’s addition to
  • Charles River Bistro Winding Down for Season

    The popular Charles River Bistro will be winding down for the season just after Veterans Day.
    The Bistro, located on the Esplanade, is the go-to for so many locals. But The Bistro also caters to thousands of visitors, concert-goers, Fourth of July celebrants and tourists from around the world each season. Guests of the Bistro experience a warm hospitality and welcome from the staff, and hosts stunning prix-fixe dinners and daily programs for the community.
    “I couldn’t be more proud o
  • Harvard Travellers Club Seeks New Members, to Hold Dinner

    From trekking in the Kalahari to exploring the ghostly ruins of Sable Island, every month the members of the Harvard Travellers Club are transported to another part of the world—from the comfort of the Harvard Club on Commonwealth Avenue.
    In November, they are inviting other interested travelers to join them for dinner, conversation, and a talk by Adam Cole, of the Royal Australian Air Force. During his three-year posting in Washington, D.C., Cole set out to see as much of the United State
  • Figs Reopens on Charles St Following Blaze

    By Dan Murphy
    After closing for renovations following a fire last year, Figs restaurant at 42 Charles St. held a soft opening on Aug. 18 before officially reopening for business four days later.
    “Business has been great so far as word is getting out that we’ve reopened,” said Pablo Avalos, general manger. “Delivery is still a little slow, but having the doors open really helps.”
    Avalos said while the menu hasn’t changed and still offers the same “classic
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  • ACS Boston Lawyer Chapter Celebrates Constitution Day

    The American Constitution Society (ACS) Boston Lawyer Chapter’s 10th annual Constitution Day Celebration was held in the Great Hall at the John Adams Courthouse on Beacon Hill on Wednesday evening, Oct. 4.
    Over 100 attendees celebrated the enactment of the Federal constitution and also of John Adam’s 1780 Massachusetts Constitution.
    Robert A. Whitney, Beacon Hill resident and president of the ACS Boston Lawyer Chapter, organized the event, and acted as “master of ceremonies.&rd
  • Hill House Fundraiser at MOS

    Beacon Hill Residents Mike Novak and Daniel Schmitz enjoying a brew at the Hill House fundraising night under the stars at the Museum of Science (MOS).
  • Downtown View:Bring Back the Draft

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    As you could probably surmise by my name, I’m pretty white. One time at a political convention in Worcester, a man who must have considered himself ethnic compared to me, called me derisively, Karen Lord Taylor. I thought he was pathetic. After all, we were in the same political party, and most of us we were way beyond that.
    But with white supremacy types whipping themselves up into a frenzy, thinking they will face few consequences, I wondered why some white people fe
  • Neighbors Oppose Removal of Joy St Trees

    By Dan Murphy
    A proposal to remove two public shade trees at 3-5 Joy St. is being met with some resistance in the neighborhood.
    The construction firm converting the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) back to residential housing is requesting the removal of two linden trees measuring 7 and 9 inches dbh (diameter at breast height) due, along with a gas lantern on the project site.
    “There’s no other way to get trucks and equipment on site with these trees there…or at least extend th
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  • BTD Announces Time Frame for Beacon St Safety Improvements

    By Dan Murphy
    The Boston Transportation Department has announced that planned safety improvements to Beacon Street will commence this fall and provided a timeframe for the project.
    Over the next few months, the design team will conduct outreach and seek to engage people on the street. They will solicit feedback on the proposed improvements and educate people about the 25 mph speed-limit on Beacon Street, as well as yielding to people crossing the street and obeying traffic signals and turning re
  • Hill House’s Fundraising Night at the Museum of Science

    On Thursday, Sept. 28, Hill House hosted a fundraising night under the stars at the Museum of Science, with over 150 in attendance and raising over $110,000 for their programs and athletics.
    Neighbors and friends, new and old, donned lederhosen and dirndls while enjoying craft beer, lawn games and more, all in support of their “backyard in the city.”  Music from the Cocek! Brass Band entertained the crowd while Lord Hobo brewing company served complimentary beer in a fun, beer-g
  • Beacon Hill Civic Association Zoning and Licensing to Discuss Several Proposals on Wednesday

    The Zoning and Licensing Committee of the Beacon Hill Civic Association will meet on Wednesday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. at 74 Joy Street. All meetings are open to the public. If you have any questions or comments regarding the matter to be heard, please attend. If you are unable to attend but would like to express an opinion, please call (617.227.1922), write (74 Joy Street, Boston, MA 02114) or send an email to the BHCA office (patricia.tully@bhcivic.org) prior to the meeting. Design plans and
  • Boston-Mexico Partnership is Featured in BAC Exhibition

    Students and faculty from The Boston Architectural College (BAC) are building bridges to Mexico. A collaboration with the Centro Metropolitano de Arquitectura Sustentable (CMAS) in Mexico City has explored local and international work around Rising Tides and Resiliency in Boston and Lynn, Massachusetts; Mangrove Ecosystems in the Yucatan Shores; and the 400 year-old UNESCO World Heritage site, Padre Francisco Tembleque Aqueduct in Tulancingo, north of Mexico City (among others).
    In celebration a
  • Alice O’Neil: A Star Athlete Continues to Shine

    By Beth Treffeisen
    Beacon Hill resident Alice O’Neil has always been a competitor. From a young age, O’Neil has been steeped in sports from figure skating, to field hockey to sailing. But one sport, in particular, has kept O’Neil in the game – tennis.
     
    On Wednesday, October 4, O’Neil was awarded an honorary membership at the Badminton & Tennis Court at 52 Hemenway St., in Fenway, marking her long-time love for the sport.
     
    “Tennis – I just
  • Blessing of the Animals

    Last Sunday, the Annual Blessing of the Animals took place at many local churches.In the above photo Fr. John Unni, Pastor of St. Cecilia’s Church in the Back Bay gives the blessing to the pets of local parshioners.
  • Old Fashioned Family Fun at Lala Rokh

    For over 20 years, family has always been a huge part of Lala Rokh. They have watched kids grow up over the years and then come in with their own children. This community has always been important to us which is why every Sunday night is Sunday Night Family Night.
    On Sunday, September 17 we had our first ever Sunday Night Family Night at Lala Rokh. Families came in and enjoyed dinner followed by a spectacular performance by magician, The Great Scott.
    If you couldn’t attend the performance,
  • Beacon Hill Village Elects New Directors

    Three downtown residents recently joined Beacon Hill Village’s board of directors.
    Jan Beaven has been a member of the Village since 2013. She has served on BHV’s Marketing Committee and is vice chair of the Village Council. Beaven lives in Back Bay and is a consultant and former banking professional.
    Charley Davidson is a resident of Beacon Hill, and has been volunteering at the Village, since he and his wife Elaine became members eight years ago. After retiring from AT&T, David
  • Public Garden’s Ducklings Turn 30

    By Dan Murphy
    The sculptor who brought Mrs. Mallard and her family of aquatic birds from Robert McCloskey’s classic children’s story “Make Way for Ducklings” to life in the Public Garden will preside over a 30th-birthday celebration for this Boston landmark in the park this Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Nancy Schön, the West Newton resident and graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston who installed the sculpture on Oct. 4, 1987, is partner
  • Downtown View:Passive vs Active

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    Boston is an odd city in many ways. We do have a lion and a unicorn, but our favorite icons are a grasshopper (Faneuil Hall) a cod (State House) and ducklings and swans (Public Garden). Those creatures might seem insignificant in some cities, but we’re going with what we’ve got.
    Amid sixteenth-to-nineteenth-century street patterns we have plunked City Hall Plaza, the JFK building and a Brutalist city hall.  And one of the old streets, Hanover Street’s
  • Artists Crossing Presents the Boston unCommon Music Festival

    Artists Crossing will present the Boston unCommon Music Festival, taking place at the Parkman Bandstand on Saturday October 7, and featuring seven Boston-based bands.
    Artists Crossing is proud to bring the Boston unCommon Music Festival to the Boston Common for the first time. This debut event will showcase local bands I Was Awake, Colbis The Creature, The Rationales, Audible Crayons, Spo, Matt York & the Missed Flights, and Dan Masterson.
    The Festival will take place from noon to 6:30 p.m.
  • Annual Storybook Ball Scheduled for Oct 14

    Every three minutes a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room. Scary for adults—and even scarier for children. MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) will bring a heightened awareness to this growing problem at its upcoming Storybook Ball.
    Now in its 18th year, the Storybook Ball is one of Boston’s pinnacle events, bringing supporters, advocates and medical professionals together to honor pediatric care at MGHfC. This year’s Storybook Ball will take place o
  • Walsh’s Fall Pumpkin Float Set for Oct 20

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh has announced that the annual Fall Pumpkin Float will be held at the Boston Common Frog Pond on Friday, October 20, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Hundreds of illuminated jack-o’-lanterns will be floated on the water accompanied by spooky family activities.
    Attendees are asked to bring 8-inch or smaller carved pumpkins that will be lit and then floated on the Frog Pond for a dramatic early evening display.  In addition, attendees are invited to view creatively carve
  • Exploring the Charles River Esplanade with Margo Newman at BHWF Oct 10

    By Amy Tsurumi
    The Charles River Esplanade is no doubt one of the most vibrant areas of Boston and a city icon.
    On any given sunny day, masses of people enjoy running along the Charles, soaking up the sun on boats of various shapes and spending time with family on the playground.  Home to the Hatch Shell, many events take place here, including the Fourth of July fireworks featuring the Boston Pops.  Many Bostonians gathered to honor this beautiful park at the Esplanade Association&rsqu
  • Esplanade Association’s ‘Moondance Gala’ A Spectacular Success, Raises $980,000

    On Saturday evening, Sept. 23, the Esplanade Association held its annual “Moondance Gala” under the stars along the banks of the Charles River in Boston.
    This year’s gala brought together 450 friends, supporters, and business and civic leaders from throughout the city to celebrate the iconic green space. The evening raised a record $980,000 for the Esplanade Association’s efforts to create a thriving, safe, accessible Park where people come together to share, explore and
  • Swan Boats Wrap Up 141st Season

    By Dan Murphy
    Workers moving a Swan Boat at season’s end.
    While Boston was spared the brunt of Hurricane Jose, it still created unforeseen challenges for the Swan Boats, which was forced to wrap up their 141st season in the Public Garden a day earlier than anticipated last week to prepare for the incoming, inclement weather.
    “Logistically, it made thing more difficult than one might think,” said fourth-generation manager of the Swan Boats, Lyn Paget. “We had to make a lot
  • Parks Department Announces Beacon Hill Tree Removal Hearing on Oct 5

    In accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 87, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will hold a public hearing on Thursday, October 5, at 10 a.m. on a request to remove two public shade trees on Joy Street on Beacon Hill.
    The hearing will be held by the City of Boston’s Tree Warden (or designee) in the 3rd floor Conference Room of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at 1010 Massachusetts Avenue, Roxbury.
    The request is for the removal of two linden trees measuring 7
  • Applicant Aims to Calm Concerns Over Proposal to Convert 29 Comm Ave into Private Club

    By Dan Murphy
    At a special meeting of the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB) Licensing and Building Use Committee on Tuesday, Sept. 19, the owner of 29 Commonwealth Ave. sought to assuage neighbors’ concerns regarding the potential traffic, delivery and noise impacts from changing its use from an office building to a private club.
    Sandy Edgerley said she and her husband Paul intend to repurpose the 11-story Haddon Hall as a club, targeting a “diverse and multi-generation
  • Downtown View:Raise Your Kids in the City

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    It’s a familiar story. Twenty-somethings enjoy living downtown. Then they have kids. After a couple of years they depart for the suburbs. They have good reasons. The schools are often better. The housing is cheaper. There is more space.
    Common practices and policies make it hard for families to stay in  downtown Boston. Few new condominiums have more than two bedrooms, and those are pricey. When these buildings were built, the idea was that singles and couples wou
  • City Paws:Fall Dog Allergies

    By Penny & Ed Cherubino
    As the leaves turn color into the brilliant hues of fall, does your dog begin to itch? While leaves may be part of the problem, the biggest culprit is probably ragweed.
    As reported on Vetstreet.com, Dr. Kimberly Coyner, a veterinary dermatologist at the Dermatology Clinic for Animals of Tacoma, advises, “Pets with fall symptoms are often allergic to weeds that pollinate in the fall, especially ragweed.” She says, “Other weeds that can cause allergic
  • Frankie’s Friends to Remember Frankie Stillman, Raise Money for Charlestown Youth Hockey

    By Seth Daniel
    When talking about Francis ‘Frankie’ Stillman, his imprint on the Charlestown Youth Hockey Association (CYHA) and Boston hockey community was as big emotionally as the man was big physically.
    The hulking man, who played hockey at Charlestown High School and as a resident of the Town and rink manager in Charlestown, helped hundreds of young people from Charlestown, the North End, Beacon Hill and other places where the popular City hockey league draws players.
    His dedica
  • West End Museum Recognizing Individuals of Italian Descent

    For the eighth consecutive year, The West End Museum marks Italian Heritage Month by recognizing individuals of Italian descent for their contributions to preserving the culture of the West End and its rich immigrant history. Italian Heritage Month Honoree Night takes place on Tuesday, October 3 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Honoree presentations will be followed by a reception with light refreshments. The event is FREE and open to the public.
    Prior to the demolition of Boston’s West End during urba
  • Police Briefs 09-26-2017

    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Breaking and Entering – Residence
    09/25/17 – Victims reported their Phillips St. residence was broken into while they were staying in a hotel, at which time a cleaning company left their windows open following a flood. Meanwhile, unknown person(s) entered the home and stole numerous pieces of jewelry.
  • How We Are Recognizing Recovery Month

    By Mayor Martin J. Walsh
     I wouldn’t be where I am today without the recovery community — and I know many other Bostonians have had the same experience as me. That’s why it’s so important we create strong pathways to recovery, and why I’m proud Boston recognizes September as Recovery Month here in our City.
    Recovery Month is a time when we highlight Boston’s recovery community: those who are struggling with substance use disorders, their loved ones and th
  • Public Invited to King’s Chapel Parish House

    By Amelia Nugent
    Beacon Hill Residents attending a King’s Chapel Garden and Parish House recent event.
    King’s Chapel has stood at the foot of Beacon Hill since the 1600s. Its parishioners have participated in the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Fall HillFest, with a table offering face painting, bubble jars and King’s Chapel crowns for the young and young at heart, as long as it has been going on.
    This year, for the first time, King’s Chapel will open its parish hou
  • Not So Tall

    By Beth Treffeisen
    The developers behind the proposed Winthrop Square Tower that has caused controversy over the new shadows it would create over the historic parks downtown, has lowered the height from 775 feet to just above 700 feet to comply with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidance.
    As part of the review process for the Winthrop Square project, Millennium Boston has received a Notice of Presumed Hazard from the FAA in regard to the height of the building.
    This standard procedur
  • Bauman Marathon Bombing Story, A Focus on Recovery and Overcoming

    By Cary Shuman
    The stars were out at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown Tuesday night for the Boston movie premiere of “Stronger,” the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman, who was injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings in the Back Bay.
    Bauman was memorialized almost immediately after the bombings in the Back Bay when a photographer caught a picture of the critically injured man being wheeled down Boylston Street away from the scene in a wheelchair – with
  • Downtown View:September

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    For the past three weeks everyone has been busy. Neighborhood organizations are throwing welcome-back parties and holding meetings, confident that people are back in town.
    Kids gather again at bus stops. They carry backpacks and sports equipment, looking determined and full of anticipation for what their school day holds. The BPL has begun homework-helping sessions. Sunday schools have started up. Youth soccer is in full swing in all the downtown neighborhoods.
    City workers
  • Julia Powell Addresses the Crowd at Beacon Hill Women’s Forum Season Opening

    By Amy Tsurumi
    The Beacon Hill Women’s Forum welcomed back neighbors to its fifth season on September 12 at the Hampshire House.  The main room was overflowing with members eager to hear Julia S. Powell speak about her complex life journey from high-achieving scholar/athlete during her school years to Stanford-trained New York City corporate attorney to relocating back to Boston and eventually acting on her true passion:  becoming an artist.  Julia “was pigeonholed&rdq
  • Church of the Covenant Continues Work to Preserve Tiffany Windows

    By Beth Treffeisen
    At the corner of Newbury and Berkley Streets in the Back Bay, one of Boston’s best-kept secrets  is found within the walls of the Church of the Convenant. Known for the tall steeple that sticks out amongst the shorter buildings in the block, the stonewalls of the church are illuminated by the largest intact collection of Tiffany syained glass church windows in the United States.
    Through the celebration of the 150th anniversary is set for this fall, the Church of the
  • Esplanade Supporters Enjoy A Special ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ Celebration

    Tiffany’s & Co. hosted a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” celebration for the Esplanade Association’s Moondance Gala committee at their Newbury Street location on Wednesday morning, September 13th.  The committee came together to preview the spectacular platinum daisy key pendant Tiffany’s & Co. generously donated to the upcoming annual benefit gala which is to take place on Saturday evening, September 23rd along the banks of the Charles River.
    Jean and C
  • Police Briefs 09-19-2017

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Larceny
    09/17/17- At around 6:30 p.m., a victim reported her UPS delivery package containing a pair of shoes was stolen from her front porch on West Cedar Street. A witness observed a male and female remove the package before fleeing on foot.
    Larceny (Bike)
    09/12/17 – A victim reported her pink bike was stolen while locked to a pole in front of 1 Charles St. South, between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • What You Get for $400,000

    A high-style farmhouse in Gallatin, N.Y.; a renovated 1892 home in Kansas City, Mo.; and an 1827 colonial outside of Portland, Me.
  • $400,000 Homes in New York, Missouri and Maine

    A high-style farmhouse in Gallatin, a renovated 1892 home in Kansas City and an 1827 colonial outside of Portland.
  • Beacon Hill Women’s Forum Executive Board

    The Beacon Hill Women’s Forum Executive Board meets on President Sandra Gilpatrick’s deck in preparation for tonight’s forum at the Hampshire House at 6 p.m. Pictured, left to right, are Lisa Macalaster, Senaida Currie, Kathy Judge, Elisabeth Malin, Sandra Gilpatrick, Lisa Cleary, Jackie McBride, Therese Byrne and Pat Carucci.
  • MGH Marks Recovery Month with Education Series Events

    Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) will join millions of people across America in recognizing National Recovery Month.
    Led by the MGH Substance Use Disorders Initiative (SUDs) – a group devoted to enhancing SUD treatment in the inpatient and outpatient setting – MGH will host a series of events throughout September to raise awareness of prevention, treatment and recovery support services.
    “Recovery Month resonates with the hospital’s larger mission to highlight advances
  • Artist Julia Powell to Kick-Start BHWF’s Fifth Season

    By Amy Tsurumi
    The opening event of the fifth season of the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF), “Artist on the Rise with Julia S. Powell,” will take place on Tuesday, September 12, at the Hampshire House, 84 Beacon Street.  The evening will commence with a cash-bar cocktail hour at 6 p.m, followed by the featured speaker’s presentation and interactive discussion starting promptly at 6:45 p.m.
    A seasoned lawyer and Cambridge native, Ms. Powell is also a renowned local p
  • King’s Chapel to Honor Rev Scovel

    The Reverend Carl Scovel was the admired – let’s say beloved – minister of King’s Chapel for 32 years, beginning in 1967. He was a part of the Beacon Hill community, living with his wife, Faith, and raising their children, Helen, Rebecca and Christopher, in the church’s parsonage next to the parish house at 64 Beacon, which contained the church’s offices.
    Last year King’s Chapel commissioned a portrait of the Rev. Scovel, the church’s 14th minister

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