• At Three National Monuments, Quiet Trails and Questions About the Future

    This week President Trump sharply reduced the size of two monuments; plans for many others are unclear. What are these places like for visitors? We explored a few.
  • Decking Out Beacon Hill

    Volunteers sort out the garlands for the decorators at Otis House on Saturday morning.
  • City Unveils Final Report for “Action Plan” to Improve Mobility Around North Station

    By Dan Murphy
    Following an extensive public process that began last summer, the city unveiled the final report for its “action plan” last week, which aims to improve accessibility for various modes of transportation around North Station.
    The project area, bound by Cambridge Street on the south, New Sudbury and North Washington streets on the east and the Charles River on north and west, includes areas adjacent to the station, including the Bulfinch Triangle, the TD Bank Garden, Charl
  • Beacon Hill Civic Association Zoning and Licensing Committee Agenda

    The Zoning and Licensing Committee of the Beacon Hill Civic Association will meet on Wednesday, December 6 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 matters 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
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  • NY Times-Bestselling Author Ben and Tonya Mezrich Release Newest Children’s Book

    Kodomo Annex will host an exclusive VIP Launch Party to celebrate the publication of Ben and Tonya Mezrich’s first book together, “Charlie Numbers and The Man in the Moon.”
    This is the first time in three years that Mezrich has released a children’s book, his last title, “Bringing Down the Mouse,” graced the bestseller lists, and Charlie is slated to do the same with Ellen Pompeo attached to turn it into a TV show.
    The event will take place at Kodomo at the br
  • Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim Announces His Campaign for Secretary of State

    By Beth Treffeisen
    Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim announced last week that he is going to be a candidate for Secretary of State, promising broad new expansions of voting rights, greater transparency in government, and stronger oversight of businesses across the state.
    Zakim will be running against the current officeholder Democrat William F. Galvin who has held the position since 1994, and is now serving in his sixth consecutive term.
    The Secretary of State is the principal public information
  • Beacon Hill Women’s Forum to Host Gatsby-Themed Holiday Event

    By Amy Tsurumi
    “The lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun and now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music and the opera of voices pitches a key higher,” says Fitzgerald’s Nick Carraway, describing a night at one of Gatsby’s lavish parties.
    Let Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) take you back to the Roaring ‘20s at a jovial event on Tuesday, Dec. 19, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Hampshire House—an occasion to get geared up in sparkl
  • Upstairs Downstairs Antiques Helps Conceive Beloved, Neighborhood Holiday Tradition

    The annual Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll unites Charles Street merchants who collectively open their doors for one festive afternoon each December, but the beloved holiday tradition can actually be traced back to the efforts of Upstairs Downstairs Antiques.
    In the early ‘90s, the Charles Street antiques store held an annual open house in December, inviting customers and fellow business owners to join them for an evening replete with wine and hors d’oeuvres.
    “It was a rather small,
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  • Remembering the Cocoanut Grove Fire 75 Years Later

    By Dan Murphy
    On Tuesday, Nov. 28 – the eve of the 75th anniversary of the Cocoanut Grove fire – the most deadly tragedy in the city’s history was commemorated recently with a special program at the Copley Branch of the Boston Public Library.
    Stephanie Schorow, a former Boston Herald reporter and author of six books, including “The Cocoanut Grove Fire,” “Boston: A History of the City and its Spirits” and the just-published “Inside the Combat Z
  • Police Briefs 12-05-2017

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Robbery – Street
    11/20/17- A victim reported while walking on Beacon Street at around 1:04 a.m., two unknown male suspects approached him. At this time, the suspects knocked the victim to the ground and stole his cellphone, as well as his wallet containing bank and credit cards, U.S. currency and personal papers.
     
    Auto Theft
    11/23/17 – A victim reported his 2005 Toyota Highlander was stolen from in front of a Charles Street hotel som
  • Tree’s Company

    A tree that fell in last week’s windstorm made for a unique play-scape for some local boys.
  • BHWF ‘Chestnuts’ Embrace the Pre-Holiday Season

    The Beacon Hill Women’s Forum “Chestnuts” held a pre-holiday gathering on Nov. 16 to “connect, inspire, and enjoy.”
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  • Developer Calls for John Jeffries House to be Repurposed into Boutique Hotel

    By Dan Murphy
    The Jeffries House at 170 Charles Street.
    The John Jeffries House at 170 Charles St. will be repurposed into a 66-room, boutique hotel, according to a press release issued by Related Beal last week.
    The Boston development firm plans to undertake an extensive renovation and redesign of the existing building and construct a 12,000-square foot addition on the site of the surface parking lot adjacent to Savenor’s Market at Charles and Cambridge streets.
    “Beacon Hill&rs
  • Old North Church and Historic Site Receives Mars Grant

    The Old North Church and Historic Site announced it has received a $13,000 grant as one of the recipients of the Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Research Grant. Winners were announced this past week at the 14th Annual banquet dinner of the Heritage Chocolate Society held at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
    Old North received a $13,000 grant to research the life of Captain  Newark Jackson, Old North parishioner and North End chocolate mill owner
  • Holiday Celebrations

    BEACON HILL
    Hill House will be holding their annual tree and wreath sale on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Firehouse, 127 Mt. Vernon St.
    The Nicholas House will host its annual Holiday House Tour of Beacon Hill on Dec. 10 beginning at 55 Beacon St. at noon. A reception will follow at King’s Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon St. from 3 to 5 p.m.
    Hill House will offer pictures with Santa on Dec. 7 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at 127 Mt. Vernon St.
    A Christmas Concert wil
  • Building Community Through Music

    By Suzanne Besser
    Working hand in hand with the Longy School of Music of Bard College and Beacon Hill Civic Association, Joy Street resident and artist Emily Weiskopf recently reinvented how neighbors can experience the arts and by doing so build community among each other.
    More than 50 neighbors came together at An Evening at 74, which was held recently at 74 Joy Street in space transformed by Weiskopf and BHCA Executive Director Patricia Tully to resemble a warm and illuminated 19th century Be
  • King’s Chapel to Hold Decorating Time on Dec 3

    The King’s Chapel Parish House at 64 Beacon Street will once again be decorated with the spirit of the holidays as we welcome all families to our second floor parlor for a time of fun creation and delicious goodies including hot cocoa, coffee, tea, and an assortment of snacks. Our doors will be open on December 3 to welcome all families between 10 a.m. and noon.
    This year, we are adding Advent Wreaths to our list of crafts. Anyone is welcome to make an Advent Wreath to take home. These wre
  • Beacon Gallery Opens Along Harrison Ave Creating a Warm Little Oasis Filled with Art

    By Beth Treffeisen
    In what used to be a run down office space tucked away in an underground location along Harrison Ave., in the South End, a warm oasis filled with art has taken its place, transforming the barren corner into a welcoming art gallery.
    The newly opened Beacon Gallery at 524B Harrison Ave. is the newest addition to the ever-growing art scene in the SoWa Art and Design District. The gallery opened with a bang with a packed opening reception on Nov. 2 showcasing work from their curre
  • Police Briefs 11-28-2017

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Auto Theft
    11/16/17 – The victim reported he ran into an on old friend while driving down Stuart Street at around midnight. The victim pulled over, picked up his friend and decided to book a hotel room at a Stuart Street hotel. When the victim returned to his vehicle, his “friend” had driven off with his blue 2013 Toyota Corolla. The police’s Stolen Car Unit has been notified of the incident.
     Larceny (Purse-snatch)
    1
  • The Media Mogul of Maine

    Reade Brower owns 18 weeklies and four of the seven daily newspapers in Maine, but media watchers in the state don’t seem troubled by the consolidation.
  • 21st Garlands & Greens Fundraiser

    Lindy Roethlisberger, (left) Ivy A. Turner, event organizer, and Tom Kershaw, sponsor, during the 21st annual Garlands and Greens Fundraiser at the Hampshire House last week. The annual fundraiser helps to raise funds to purchase the bows and garland that decorate the Hill’s 1,100 gas lamps for the holidays. Volunteers will perform the decorations of the posts on Dec. 3.
  • The Red Wagon Celebrates 20 Years

    The Red Wagon celebrated it’s 20th Birthday on Thursday Nov. 16. Local shop owners stopped by to join in celebrating this milestone. There are many years of retail longevity between this group.Pictured left to right, Nina Castillion, of E.R Butler, Suzy O’Brien, of The Red Wagon, Lynne Wolverton, of Linens on the Hill, Jennifer Hill, of Blackstones of Beacon Hill, and Lana Barakat, of December Thieves.
  • Master Plan for Boston:City Hall and Plaza Works to Revitalize Area

    By Beth Treffeisen
    The final Master Plan for re-imaging how City Hall and City Hall Plaza can be reshaped into a vibrant, civic hub has been completed, with early implementation of Phase 1 renovations set to begin soon.
    “It is time that we re-imagine City Hall Plaza as the thriving, healthy, innovative space that it should be,” said Mayor Martin Walsh. “It’s time we showed real pride in our front yard.”
    The initial design plans were presented at a public meeting hel
  • SoWa Winter Fest Looks to Build on Successes in its Third Year

    By Seth Daniel
    With the chill in the air, the colored lights blinking – and even the simulated snow – the SoWa Winter Festival was a hand’s down success last year, and organizers are ready to build on that and bring the holiday shopping market and good time into the regular lexicon of Boston’s overall celebration.
    Taking place at the SoWa Art and Design District in the South End, the festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday this year, Dec. 2 and 3.
    The SoWa Festiva
  • Area A-1 Sees Slight Uptick in Part One Crime

    By Dan Murphy
    Area A-1 has seen a 2-percent increase in violent and property crime in 2017, compared to last year.
    According to Boston Police, 2,084 incidents of Part One crime were reported between Jan. 1 and Oct. 15 of this year in the area, which includes Beacon Hill, Chinatown Downtown and the North End, as opposed to 2,045 during the same timeframe in 2016.
    Two homicides have taken place in 2017, compared with none last year.
    In contrast, rapes and attempted rapes dropped nearly 31 percent
  • Chris Sinclair, Local Businessman and Bistro Owner, Wins National Award

    Chris Sinclair, “owner of the beloved The Charles River Bistro, serial entrepreneur and philanthropist with countless personal and professional ties to Beacon Hill, was recently honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business.
    Sinclair, president of The Anthem Group, which includes a local neighborhood office and The Charles River Bistro, received the honor at an award ceremony on the Notre Dame campus earlier this month. The ceremo
  • Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill and Hampshire House to Co-Host NYT Best-Selling Author

    Looking for a great holiday book to read or gift idea for that bookworm on your list?  A signed copy of Elin Hilderbrand’s books could be just the thing.
    She will be signing copies of her newest book ~ “Winter Solstice”  ~ the fourth and final installment in her “Winter Street” series ~ at the Hampshire House (84 Beacon St.) on Monday, Nov. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m.  Co-hosts Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill and the Hampshire House invite you to join them
  • West End Branch Librarian Honored as Community Hero

    By Dan Murphy
    At a Nov. 9 reception at the Boston Marriot Copley Place that drew around 1,100 attendees, West End branch librarian Helen Bender was among 21 Community Heroes honored by ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development).
    A lifelong Boston resident with two master’s degrees, she joined the Boston Public Library staff in 1982 and has served as its West End librarian since 2007. Since 2009, Bender, who now acts as an ABCD Neighborhood Advisory board member, has provided space at t
  • BHWF Hosts Evening with Architect, Ann Beha

    By Christine Thuy-Anh Vu
    The Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) hosted a scintillating evening of convivial company at the Hampshire House, featuring renowned architect Ann Beha as the honored speaker on Nov. 14.Introduced by friend and Program Director Debbie Smith, Beha discussed the evolution of Boston, the distinguished projects from her firm Ann Beha Architects, and the social impact of urban design and architecture. Guests in the crowded venue were invited to explore how design plays a
  • Bina Farm Fundraiser

    Bina Farm held their annual gala at the Ritz Carlton on Nov. 4. The fundraiser is to continue the work of equine therapy and care of the horses. Shown are Teen Ambassadors Front: Lillian Ellmore and Paris Arffa Back: Rebecca Snow, Anika Ruberti and Paris Noble.
  • CRWA Gala

    At the Champion of the Charles Gala hosted by the Charles River Watershed Association(CRWA) that was held on Nov. 2, are from left Tani Marinovich, CRWA director of philanthropy, with Champions of the Charles host committeemembers Greta Meszoely and Sharon Malt.
  • Tremont St Building to Remain Same Height

    By Beth Treffeisen
    After plans to convert the five-story building at 171 Tremont St. to a 13-story residential luxury condominium tower failed to come to fruition, the developers, Panoramic Properties, decided to sell the project site to Emerson College on Nov. 6 for $24 million.
    Over the next nine to 12 months, Emerson College plans to do an interior renovation to the building that has not been occupied over the past several years to be used as office space. Renovations are expected to be done
  • Esplanade Association Welcomes New Executive Director

    By Beth Treffeisen
    The Esplanade Association announced late last week the selection of Michael J. Nichols, of Boston, as the organization’s new Executive Director. Nichols, an experienced public servant, attorney, and non-profit professional, will begin at the Esplanade Association on Nov. 29.
    “I’m exited to get started on the day to day work on improving the work the Esplanade Association has been doing,” said Nichols. “The Esplanade certainly has some of the best
  • Horsing Around at the Ritz Gala to Benefit Bina Farm

    Celebrating the transformative power of equine therapy, Bina Farm Center held its annual gala to benefit scholarships for participants and to help care for the therapy horses.
    Held at the Ritz Carlton, Boston Common, the evening raised over $300,000 for programming, which includes children and adults with special needs and veterans..
    Carly Simon, her son Ben Taylor and his fiancee British artist Sophie Hiller surprised the crowd with performances with two Teen Ambassador Program (TAP) leaders, L
  • Getting Framed in the Public Garden

    If you are taking walk through the Public Garden, step into one of three, life-sized frames installed for you to take a picture.
    The frames were recently installed by the Friends of the Public Garden and will be in the park until mid-December. The frames help reestablish for park visitors just how beautiful the Garden is, but they are also a good reminder of the important work done by the Friends, in partnership with the city, to keep not only the Garden, but also the Common and Commonwealth Ave
  • Charles River Watershed Association Hosts Largest Champions of the Charles Gala to Date

    Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), the leading science and advocacy organization protecting the Charles River and its watershed, honored the Museum of Science at its Champions of the Charles gala on Thursday, Nov. 2.
    The gala, held at the Museum of Science raised funds to continue CRWA’s ongoing work monitoring and protecting the Charles River.
    More than 200 guests explored the Museum of Science and celebrated an evening of science while dining on incredible food and drink at the
  • Storrow Drive Closures for Nov 18 Listed

    MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli (WSC), will continue erecting elements of the new Frances “Fanny” Appleton Bridge on Saturday, November 18. The work will require lane and full closures in the vicinity of the Longfellow Bridge on Storrow Drive east and westbound and a full closure of the Mugar Way off-ramp to Charles Circle. The closures schedule is as follows:
    Early Morning of Saturday, November 18:
     Storrow Drive Eastbound:
    12:00 AM to 1:00 AM: Center and rig
  • Hill Voters Help Re-Elect Walsh for Second Term

    By Dan Murphy
    Like voters citywide, Beacon Hill turned out to support the incumbent Mayor Martin J. Walsh for a second term over his challenger City Councilor Tito Jackson in last Tuesday’s municipal election.
    According to the city’s unofficial results, nearly 70 percent of voters in Ward 3, Precinct 6 and Ward 5, Precincts 3, 4, 5 and 11 cast their ballots for Walsh as 30 percent did for Jackson, with Walsh garnering 1,383 votes, compared to Jackson’s 587.
    Citywide, slightly m
  • St Cecilia Celebrates Father John’s 25th Year

    Father John Unni with Noel Christopher (8), Jack Kelly (8), Hal Tailor (4), Quinn Taylor (8) enjoying the event which honored Father John on his 25th year as a priest; St. Cecilia’s Party with hundreds of children, families and parishioners on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 29, in the Back Bay.
  • DCR Unveils Final Design for Esplanade Riverfront Pavilion

    By Dan Murphy
    The Department of Conservation and Recreation and its development team unveiled the design for the proposed Esplanade Riverfront Pavilion at the third and final public meeting on the matter at the State Transportation Building Wednesday while proposing a unique, public-private partnership for underwriting the project.
    Watertown-based architect Maryann Thompson said the first level of the two-story building would accommodate office space for Hill House and other partnering organizat
  • Downtown View:Thanks for the Memories

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    Dear Readers,
    U.S. Representative Niki Tsongas is retiring. Harvard President Drew Faust and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf also are doing so. I’m following their lead. I’m retiring. This is the last Downtown View column I will write.
    I’ve enjoyed creating them. I’ve enjoyed interviewing the people who participate in Boston matters. I’ve enjoyed visiting such places as the Commonwealth Kitchen to which I probably would never have gone
  • Boston’s Christmas Tree Arrives on Nov 21

    The annual gift of an evergreen Christmas tree from Nova Scotia will arrive by police escort at Boston Common on Tuesday, Nov. 21.
    This year commemorates 100 years of friendship between Nova Scotia and the people of Boston after our city provided emergency assistance when Halifax, Nova Scotia’s capital, was devastated by a wartime explosion in 1917. Boston’s official 2017 Christmas tree is a 53-foot white spruce tree donated by Bob and Marion Campbell and family of Blues Mills in Inv
  • Small Wireless Antennas are Causing A Stir in Neighborhoods Across Boston

    By Beth Treffeisen
    Popping up across the city, small antennas attached to streetlights, utility poles, traffic lights and on the sides of buildings are causing some concern among residents who don’t know where they are coming from.
    In order to shed some light on this issue, Boston City Councilor Michael Flaherty has called for an expedited hearing to discuss the increasing amount of antenna devices that are technically referred to as small cell, small wireless and distributed antenna syste
  • Appleton Pedestrian Bridge Comes Closer to Completion

    By Dan Murphy
    Construction is one step closer to completion on the $12.5-million Frances “Fanny” Appleton Pedestrian Bridge with the recent installation of a soaring arch over Storrow Drive.
    “The installation of the elegant arch over Storrow Drive marks an important milestone for the completion of this critical and beautiful link to the Esplanade and the Charles River,” wrote Miguel Rosales, the bridge designer. “I am looking forward to using the 14-foot wide p
  • Ann Beha,Distinguished Boston Architect and Historic Preservationist, to Speak at BHWF

    By Amy Tsurumi
    It is hard to believe that the Liberty Hotel, a popular Beacon Hill landmark, was once an overcrowded prison facility notorious for its appalling conditions.  Its inmate roster included infamous criminals, as well as important political figures such as Malcom X. Today, this chic luxury hotel houses trendy restaurant/bars bustling with patrons.  Its famed rotunda, a structure remaining from its sullen past, is now a highly sought event venue for young professionals’
  • BHCA Zoning Agenda

    The Zoning and Licensing Committee of the Beacon Hill Civic Association will meet on Wednesday, November 8 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 matters 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
  • Police Briefs 11-07-2017

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Larceny from a Motor Vehicle
    10/27/17 – A victim reported she parked her 2005 Honda CRV at Charles and Mt. Vernon streets at around 6 p.m. on Oct. 26, and when she returned to it the next day at about 10 a.m., the rear passenger’s side window was broken and U.S. currency was stolen from the vehicle.
     
    Larceny from a Motor Vehicle
    10/27/17 – A victim reported he parked his 2008 Honda Accord on Charles Street at around midnight, b
  • Halloween 2017 on Beacon Hill

    A LITTLE PUMPKIN: Camilla Larsen, dressed as a pumpkin, colors a picture with markers during the annual Hill House Halloween party on Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Firehouse. A range of costumes from the traditional pumpkin to a box of donuts was there to be seen.
  • Downtown View:Books for Reading and Giving Away

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    Sometimes I read recent books by Boston authors and describe them in this column. The following three books fit the Boston criteria, but vary widely in their subject matter. One of them might be just what you are looking for either for yourself or a holiday gift.
     
    The Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt
    Ms. Holt, a resident of Roslindale, has done a prodigious amount of research for this book about formerly obscure women, talented in mathematics, who worked toget
  • Councilor-at-Large Michael Flaherty Calls for Public Hearing on Lack of Public Process Regarding Siting of Antenna Devices

    Boston City Councilor At-Large Michael Flaherty has called for a public hearing to discuss the siting and impacts of telecommunications-based infrastructure upgrades that are taking place across Boston. The hearing comes in response to concerns raised by constituents, from various neighborhoods, regarding the lack of awareness of the implementation of these antenna devices (technically referred to as small cell, small wireless and distributed antenna systems), and the potential effects on qualit

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