• Kingsley Montessori Graduation

    Dorothy Elizabeth Russell and Ceva Gabrielle Stanley embrace and remember some great memories from elementary school during the Kingsley Montessori School graduation on Thursday, June 13, in the Back Bay Events Center. Graduates were encouraged by Kingsley alumnus Max Aboko-Cole, who delivered the alumni address, and is now a student at American University.
  • City Council Adopts Amended Short-Term Rental Ordinance:Eliminates Investor Units, Leeway on Owner-Occupants

    The Boston City Council voted late Wednesday afternoon to adopt Mayor Martin Walsh’s amended short-term rental ordinance by a vote of 11-2, eliminating the controversial investor units that have been described as “de facto hotels,” but also giving some new leeway to owner-occupants to rent out their units for short-term platforms.
    “We have eliminated the investor units that are putting pressure on our housing market, and we’re also allowing this industry to operate
  • Emerald Necklace Conservancy to Celebrate 20 Years with Art Exhibition

    The Emerald Necklace Conservancy turns 20 this year, and to celebrate, they have proposed a 12-week art exhibition in the parks. This is one of three initiatives the Conservancy is pursuing to honor the anniversary.
    Exhibition Curator and Project Manager Jen Mergel presented the proposal at a Boston Art Commission hearing on June 12.
    Mergel said that they went through a review process last summer to choose the artist they thought would best represent Emerald Necklace designer Frederick Law Olmst
  • Charles River Watershed Association Welcomes New Executive Director

    The Charles River Watershed Association announced that it has named Emily Norton, who is currently director of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Sierra Club, as CRWA’s new executive director. She succeeds longtime CRWA Executive Director Bob Zimmerman.
    Norton, of Newton, brings widespread experience in both politics and environmental advocacy to CRWA.  Prior to joining the Sierra Club, she worked as a research and communications consultant to the Conservation Law Foundation, the Enviro
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  • Carvalho Sees His Public Service as Setting Strong Foundation for DA Run

    Evandro Carvalho believes his campaign for Suffolk County District Attorney is picking up momentum with just under three months to go before the Democratic primary is held on Sept. 4.
    “It’s an honor to be running, to get to know the various communities in Suffolk County, and I believe we have a great shot to win this election,” said Carvalho, who has been a state representative in the Fifth Suffolk District (Dorchester, Roxbury) for four years.
    Carvalho, 36, is a former assista
  • Police Briefs 06-19-2018

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Assault and Battery
    06/03/18 – A Charles Street restaurant worker reported another employee assaulted him at around 4 p.m.
    The supervisor said the victim got into a verbal altercation with an employee over doing his side work before it escalated into a physical assault. The store manager escorted the suspect out of the building. No injuries were reported at this time, although the victim was advised to seek complaints in court.
    Robbery &n
  • Residents Lack Access to Primary and Specialty Care

    While Massachusetts has led the nation with health care reform, residents of the Commonwealth continue to lack basic access to primary and specialty care across the state. Poor patient access to care, an uncontrolled opioid epidemic and rising healthcare costs together present a perfect storm.  Many states however, have been proactive about removing practice barriers to increase access to NP driven care.
    While other states have taken steps to position the Nurse Practitioners (NP) workforce
  • Visiting the Nichols House

    Patrons of the de Young Museum in San Francisco, including curator Timothy Burgard, far left, visited the Nichols House Museum on June 8. The Nichols House is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with tours on the hour. The current exhibition Their Objects, Their Stories: The Nichols Women as Collectors, 1870 – 1960, is on view through October 13.
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  • DCR Completes Restoration Work on Mugar Way Sidewalk

    The Department of Conservation and Recreation recently completed a $140,000 restoration of the David G. Mugar Way sidewalk, according to Commissioner Leo Roy.
    Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Roy is seen on the recently repaired David G. Mugar Way sidewalk.
    The work area extends from Beaver Place nearly to Charles Street, and the scope of the project included repaving the sidewalk, which had fallen into a state of disrepair. “It’s a surprisingly well-used piece
  • Dorothy Arnold’s Paintings at Stephen Score Gallery

    Over the last 30 years, at dozens of shows, a lot of smart, art-savvy people have written about the work of Dorothy Arnold.
    I’m not going to quote them. But I am going to quote something Dorothy told me on almost every occasion I visited her magnificent Cambridge studio to talk about the possibility of a show and later when I was selecting work for this show. She whispered it to me when I considered just how I might present her paintings, she said it when I marveled over a disappearing con
  • Walking Tour a Treat for Chocolate Lovers

    Launching Saturday, June 16, a new, 90-minute walking tour of Beacon Hill will allow guests to indulge their sweet tooth while learning about the history of chocolate.
    At 3:30 p.m., Anne Wright, founder of Tipsy Chocolates, which also offers Back Bay chocolate tours and truffle-making classes, will convene with tour-goers in the main lounge of the Liberty Hotel for a “aperitif” to toast the day. The tour will then make its way down Charles Street, with stops at Beacon Hill Chocolates
  • Prescott House a Neighborhood Hidden Gem

    Overlooking the Boston Common, the William Hickling Prescott House at 55 Beacon St. is not only a time capsule that allows visors to explore Boston’s past, but also unbeknownst to many, it has served as the Boston headquarters of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America for nearly 75 years.
    The Prescott House and adjoining, “mirror-image” townhouse at 54 Beacon St., were designed by American architect Asher Benjamin and built for Boston merchant James Smith Co
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  • Boston Public Library Schedule

    Boston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard (www.bpl.org/concerts) series will run through Friday, August 31, bringing a range of free music to one of Boston’s most beautiful spaces during one-hour concerts throughout the summer. Concerts are held twice each week on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and on Fridays at 12:30 p.m.
    Wednesday concerts are presented in partnership with Berklee College of Music and sponsored by Brookline Bank. Concerts will be moved to the newly renovated Rabb Hal
  • Making History on the Common Again

    Despite the pouring rain, more than 500 Boston schoolchildren came to the ninth annual Making History on the Common on Monday, June 4.
    The kids learned about the rich history of Boston Common starting with the first Native American inhabitants, to the energizing Colonial times, through the thought-provoking protests of the 1960s with interactive activities and programs.
    Each of these activities is designed for the children in Grades 3-5 to learn about living history through hands-on experience:
  • Electrical Workers Local 103 Partners with Red Sox for Charitable Initiatives

    For many years, union electricians from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103 have been brightening historic Fenway Park by providing comprehensive electrical services to the Boston Red Sox organization – including the operation and servicing of the lights that shine over the most historic park in Major League Baseball. 
    Now, IBEW Local 103 members, along with the union contractors of the National Electrical Contra
  • Michlewitz Backs Zakim for Secretary of State

    State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, who represents the North End, Bay Village, South End and Chinatown,  announced that he is endorsing Josh Zakim in his campaign for the Democratic nomination for Secretary of State.
    “I truly believe that Josh’s progressive platform is exactly what the office needs to bring the state into the modern era,” said Michlewitz. “His focus is on making government more accessible for the people it serves, especially through increased voting rights,
  • BCYF to Hold Series of Free Girls Only Events

    Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) invites Boston girls to Girls Nights, a series of free girls-only events throughout the summer.  All activities are designed to bring girls together in a safe, non-competitive environment where they can be themselves, meet other girls their age and engage with role models.
    BCYF Girls Nights also connects girls with resources and opportunities while they enjoy a positive and fun experience with their peers. Last summer over 1,700 girls participa
  • ‘I Speak for the Trees for the Trees Have No Tongues’

    Miguel Rosales, co-chair of the Beacon Hill Civic Association Tree and Civic Beautification Committee, watering the Phillips Street Playground/Park.
  • Neighborhood Locksmith Wears Many Other Hats

    While many know Bob Whitelock as the neighborhood’s resident locksmith who has faithfully served Beacon Hill for the better part of the past 34 years, he is also an accomplished actor, author and musician.
    Bob Whitelock, local locksmith, actor, author and musician.
    The eldest of nine siblings from Spotswood N.J., Whitelock started playing the drums in marching bands as a grade schooler before moving onto drumming in rock bands as a high school student. His parents forbade him from keeping
  • Longfellow Bridge Reopens

    One day after the Longfellow Bridge fully reopened for the first time in five years, this milestone was commemorated Friday with a reception on the Charles River Esplanade.
    The Longfellow Bridge.
    “This is indeed an opportunity for celebration,” Gov. Charlie Baker told the crowd after reading an excerpt from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “The Bridge.”
    The scope of the more than $300 million project included a reduction in outbound vehicular traffic lanes from two to o
  • SHSB Releases Annual Beach Quality Report Card

    The environmental advocacy organization Save the Harbor/Save the Bay (SHSB) released their annual Beach Water Quality Report Card on the Metropolitan Region’s public beaches – just in time for summer.
    The report card is based on water quality data collected during the 2017 beach season on 15 public beaches in 10 communities, including Lynn, Swampscott, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull.
    As one can see, M Street, City Point and Carson Bea
  • DCR to Close Segments of Multi-Use Path on Esplanade for Renovations

    Through the month of June, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is closing access to approximately 3,100 feet of the Paul Dudley White Multi-Use Path along the Charles River Esplanade between the Boston University Bridge and Massachusetts Avenue for reconstruction and restoration work.
    Work will address uneven edges, pavement deterioration, and root damage along the path. Additionally, the project will include reconstruction, re-striping, loam and seeding of shoulders, and erosion
  • Charles River Water Quality Earns an A- for the Second Time in the Past Five Years

    The EPA has given the Charles River a grade of “A-” for bacterial water quality in the river during 2017. This is only the second time the river has earned a grade as high as an “A-minus,” and both have occurred within the past five years.
    “The Charles River turnaround is a perfect example of what strong partnerships with States, Municipalities, and Non-Profit organizations can achieve,” said Alexandra Dunn, regional administrator of EPA’s New England of
  • New Signs Will Welcome Visitors to the Esplanade

    Representatives from the Esplanade Association and the state’s Department of Conservation were on hand Friday to unveil new Welcome Signs for the Charles River Esplanade.
    “These are going to be the front door to the Esplanade for many years to come,” said Michael Nichols, executive director of the Esplanade Association. “Signage by its very nature is difficult to implement…but once it’s accomplished, it’ll provide an invaluable resource to visitors.&rdq
  • Police Briefs 06-05-2018

    Beacon Hill Beat
    Breaking and Entering – Commercial
    05/23/18 – A Stuart Street rental agency reported the office was broken via the garage between 9:13 and 11:18 a.m.
    The manager said numerous car rental keys were stolen from the locked safe box. The unknown male suspect was caught on camera stealing a silver Mercedes from the garage. The vehicle was reported stolen at that time.
    Breaking and Entering – Residential
    05/23/18 – A victim reported she walked into her L
  • Nichols House Spring Fete

    On Thursday, May 24, the Nichols House Museum (NHM) celebrated its twenty-fourth annual Spring Fete at the Boston Athenaeum. It was a festive evening with featured performances by Flamenco Boston. The annual event supports the ongoing preservation of the Nichols House and its collection.Shown above are Melissa Reilly, NHM Governor Kate Enroth, Lori Haller, Katherine O’Keeffee, and Tiverton McClintock.
  • Field of Flags on Boston Common

    A total of 37,268 American flags were placed on the Boston Common last week to honor those from Massachusetts who have died in wars dating back to the Revolution. That number included 296 military heroes that have died in duty since 9/11. In particular, those war dead were honored at a special ceremony on site last Thursday, May 24. Their names were read, and flags were planted for them by Gold Star families, elected officials and members of the military. Master Sargent Roy Aylward plants a fla
  • Walsh’s Coffee Hour Comes to Commonwealth Ave Mall

    More than 100 neighbors turned out to the Commonwealth Avenue Mall Thursday morning, May 24, for the return of Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Neighborhood Coffee Hour.
    Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Paul Caron of the Boston Planning and Development Agency.
    Now in its 19th year, these events take place each spring and summer at public parks citywide, giving neighbors a chance to speak directly to the mayor and his staff. Guests are treated to coffee and breakfast courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts, as we
  • History Has Passed Through This Door:Former Hancock Mansion Doorway Given New Life by North Bennet St School

    The original front door of the long-gone Hancock Mansion on Beacon Hill recently emerged from storage as the Bostonian Society, its steward, seeks to exhibit the historic artifact at the Old State House. Students from the renowned North Bennet Street School’s Preservation Carpentry (PC) program have been commissioned to build a full-scale reproduction of the fine Georgian home’s opulent surrounding entryway, which will go on exhibit in the Old State House in June 2018.
    Originally bui
  • Field of Flags on the Common Marks 9th Year

    In two hours, 400 volunteers transformed a patch of grass on the Boston Common into a moving Memorial Day tribute.
    After nine years, the field of American flags on the Common never gets old, and that’s exactly the point as 37,268 small American flags were placed on the Common by volunteers late last week, with a ceremony taking place on Thursday morning after the Flag Garden had been fully assembled.
    The effort has been going on for nine years, and is sponsored by the Massachusetts Militar
  • Esplanade Association and DCR to Unveil New Welcome Signs

    After several years of work with its partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Esplanade Association is improving the visitor experience with new Welcome Signs.
    The signs are being installed at six park entrances, including: Arlington Street/Fiedler Footbridge, Dartmouth Street, Fairfield Street, Massachusetts Avenue, Silber Way, and Boston University. They will provide visitors with a map and information on the park.
    To mark the launch of this new signage initiative, DCR Co
  • Winthrop Square Tower Moves Forward with Key Approval

    After two years of review and numerous public meetings and hearings, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) gave their final nod of approval to allow the 115 Winthrop Square Tower to move forward.
    The tower will replace a City-owned garage with a mixed-used tower containing more than 1.6 millions square feet of residential, office, retail, restaurant, parking and other commercial space. The project is expected to contain up to 55 stories, with a building height of about 664 feet.
  • Mayor’s Garden Contest Deadline is July 11

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh is alerting Boston’s green thumbs that they have until Wednesday, July 11, to register for the 2018 Mayor’s Garden Contest presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department with a grand prize provided by JetBlue and media support provided by the Boston Herald.
    Now in its 22nd year, the contest recognizes gardeners who have landscaped, planted flowers, trees, and shrubs, and, in the process, helped beautify Boston’s neighborhoods.
    Gardeners or those n
  • Garden Soiree

    Nancy Schön, a Beacon Hill resident and the renowned sculptor who created the Make Way For Ducklings sculpture in the Public Garden, is presented with a rendering of her sculpture of Myrtle The Turtle. The new sculpture will live in the Myrtle Street Playground in Beacon Hill. John Corey presented the token of gratitude to her. The moment came during the third annual Beacon Hill Garden Club’s soiree on Weds., May 16, prior to the annual Hidden Gardens tour – which is in its 90t
  • Paula O’Keeffe Receives 21st Annual Beacon Award

    At Monday’s annual meeting of the Beacon Hill Civic Association at the Union Club, Paula O’Keeffe was presented the 21st annual Beacon Award for her significant and sustained” contributions to the community.
    A West Newton native, O’Keeffe was admittedly unfamiliar with the neighborhood when she and her husband Bill moved to a small house on Cedar Lane Way after he graduated from Boston College Law School in 1965. She soon found work as an assistant teacher at Beacon Hill
  • New Upgrades Are Coming to 11 Isabella Street in Bay Village

    Located next to an abandoned building and surface parking lot in the Bay Village, another building is set to get some renovations along Isabella Street.
    Two brothers, Benjamin and Daniel Moll of Arx Urban architects and active members in the Bay Village community, presented their plans to update a four story brick building at 11 Isabella Street.
    Although the architecture team usually focuses on middle-income housing across different neighborhoods in Boston, this pet project is for Daniel to expa
  • Now + There Has Big Plans for the Upcoming Year

    This year, Now + There, a non-profit that creates temporary public art projects, introduced its 2018 theme, Common Home.
    Over the next six months, two female artists and seven Boston artists completing the Now + There Public Art Accelerator will present thought-provoking projects that explore such themes as responsibility and power, memory and recorded history, and the use and enjoyment of common spaces.
    “We are in this because we want public art to reach another level,” said Kate Gi
  • Boylston St Marker Project Gets Key Approvals from City Agencies

    Two sites along Boylston Street were forever changed when two bombs went off near the finish line in April 2013, changing those families connected to those lost and also the greater Boston community.
    To mark that horrific event artist Eduardo Stantec worked closely with the families most affected by the bombings to come up with two markers to honor those who were lost and hurt.
    The Boylston Marathon Marker Project got permission from both the Boston Arts Commission on May 8, and the Back Bay Arc
  • Hatch Shell Restoration Project Set to Wrap Up Next Month

    The $2.4 million restoration project entailing the replacement of the exterior panels on the dome of the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade is expected to wrap up in early June, according to Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Leo Roy.
    Before this work began, however, two laser scans of the dome were conducted to pinpoint the dome’s imperfections while Folan Waterproofing & Construction Co. of South Easton was tasked with cleaning and waterproofing t
  • Police Briefs 05-22-2018

    05/05/18 – At about 6:14 a.m., a male suspect was arrested for trespassing after he was found inside a shed in the rear backyard of a Pinckney Street residence. A witness reported he noticed the suspect pulling on motor vehicle doors earlier. No damage to any vehicles in the area was reported.
    05/06/18 – At around 9:10 a.m., a Park Plaza hotel reported a female was talking angrily on her phone outside the main entrance. At this time, she kicked the g
  • Memorial Day Is a Time for Reflection

    The Memorial Day weekend is upon is, a three-day weekend that for most Americans marks the start of the summer season. Many will celebrate appropriately with barbecues and outdoor activities with family and friends.
    However, amidst our festivities, we should not forget that Memorial Day is America’s most solemn national holiday, marking our nation’s tribute to those who made the Supreme Sacrifice for our country.
    Memorial Day initially was observed on May 30 and was known as Decorati
  • Annual Duckling Day Parade

    Jonathan Krygowski (4) in police uniform and leading a pack of ducklings as in the children’s book, “Make Way for Ducklings,” by Robert McCloskey, during the annual Duckling Day Parade in the Boston Public Garden on Sunday, May 13. Scores of residents and members of Friends of the Public Gardens attended the beloved annual event.
  • Seagle to Speak at BHCA Annual Meeting

    James F. Seagle, Jr., president of Rogerson Communities and a recognized leader in the field of housing and services for elders, will give the keynote address at the BHCA’s 96th Annual Meeting and Reception to be held from 6 – 8 p.m. on Monday, May 21, at the Union Club, 8 Park Street.
    James F. Seagle, President of Rogerson Communities.
    In his presentation entitled ‘Yes in My Back Yard,’ Seagle will talk about the three properties Rogerson manages on Beacon Hill. In addit
  • Successful Charles St Couture Fashion Show Concludes BHWF’s Fifth Season

    The fifth annual Charles Street Couture Fashion Show on Tuesday, May 8, marked the end of Beacon Hill Women’s Forum’s (BHWF’s) 2017-18 season.
    Meredith Braunstein modeling a transitional three-in-one skirt by Paridaez.
    For the past two years, event chair Kjerstan Fonzi has orchestrated this popular neighborhood tradition and BHWF signature event involving dozens of volunteers, an impressive undertaking. Over a hundred attendees gathered at the beloved Hampshire House to cheer o
  • Esplanade Assoc Announces Major Expansion of 5K Run

    Boston’s most popular running route will see even more foot-traffic than usual at the Esplanade 5K Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Esplanade5K.com) on Sunday, May 20, at 9 a.m.
    Hosted by the Esplanade Association, the 100-percent,  privately funded friends group for the Charles River Esplanade, the 5K race (3.1 miles) will be open to runners of all ages and abilities.  Rain or shine, it will start and end at Fiedler Field and will loop along the Esplanade, a
  • Rep Michlewitz Endorses Greg Henning for Suffolk County DA

    On Tuesday May, 1 at Artu Restaurant on Prince Street, State Representative Aaron Michlewitz endorsed Greg Henning for Suffolk County District Attorney.
    “There is no one in this race who can hit the ground running on day one — and do this job starting right away — other than Greg Henning,” Rep. Michlewtiz said.
    Michlewitz added that Henning’s experience makes him the only candidate qualified to run the office. “Greg knows the job. He knows the ins and outs of
  • Zakim Bridge Architect Explores its Link to Eiffel Tower

    While 3,435 miles and the Atlantic Ocean stand between Paris and Boston, the two cities share a common bond in that each are defined by an iconic, architectural landmark as Beacon Hill architect Miguel Rosales will discuss in his upcoming lecture,  “The Eiffel Tower and the Zakim Bridge: Landmarks of Structural Art,” at the French Cultural Center on May 30.
    “I want to compare the two structures and the roles that they have played in the two different cities,” said Ro
  • Applications Available for 2018-19 SPARK Council

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that applications for the 2018-2019 SPARK Boston Council are now available. The SPARK Boston Council is a group of volunteers charged with leading the City’s efforts to engage Boston’s young adult population.
    “We’re proud to have the highest percent of young adults out of any major city in the country,” said Mayor Walsh. “The SPARK Boston Council gives us an opportunity to challenge young adults to think big and become neighborh
  • Walsh Appoints New Boston Public Library Trustees

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that writer and educator Jabari Asim and former state legislator Linda Dorcena Forry have been appointed to the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees. Journalist Ben Bradlee has also been re-appointed as Trustee. The Trustees’ mission is to preserve and provide access to historical records of our society, and to serve the cultural, educational, and informational needs of the city of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
    “Linda Dorcena Forry a
  • Blue Bikes Unveil New Design, Announce Free Ride Day on May 18

    Residents will get their first look  at the new Blue Bikes about to hit the streets of Boston, Cambridge, Brookline and Somerville, as part of the Metro Boston public bike share system’s new partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (“Blue Cross”). The six-year agreement will build on the success of the Hubway system and greatly expand access to bike share in the four municipalities. Blue Cross’s support also will allow for upgrades to the system overa

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