• Daffodils Throughout Beacon Hill

    The 250 pots of daffodils have arrived. Paul Gulla of the Walnut Hill Contracting Corporation and his son Joe are now familiar faces to the daffodil distributors since they have made the delivery for several years.
  • Harvard Professor, Dr. Helen Riess Shares Her Life Story at BHWF

    Helen Riess, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Director of the Empathy and Relational Science Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), gave an eye-opening talk at BHWF. Left to right: Senaida Bautista (president), Justin Roger (Neighborhood arratives speaker – owner of Twentieth Century Limited on Charles Street), Emily Claire (Neighborhood Narratives coordinator), Helen Riess, M.D. (keynote speaker), Meredit
  • Civic Association Launches Community Fund Grant Program

    The Beacon Hill Civic Association board of directors voted
    unanimously to launch a grant program to assist other area nonprofits during
    its April 8 meeting at 74 Joy St.“Part of the reason for creating this fund was the idea that the Civic Association should give back to the neighborhood where we can, and this is another way for us to be help out our community,” said Rob Whitney, president of the organization’s board of directors.According to the motion made by Whitney and seco
  • Beacon Hill Civic Association Community Corner: Beacon Hill’s History of Supporting Affordable Housing

    its earliest days, the Beacon Hill Civic Association has sought to preserve
    Beacon Hill as a residential neighborhood for individuals and families of all
    economic backgrounds. Leaders in the community have a long history of creating
    affordable housing and raising money to support it. The first instance of this
    was the transformation of the old Bowdoin School on Myrtle Street. It had
    served as an elementary school from 1896 until 1936, after which the Boston
    School Committee housed its admin
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  • City Winery Boston Announces Summertime Outdoor Location on the Greenway

    Boston’s City Winery announces a second downtown location
    and is set to expand the city’s vibrant pop-up scene. Boston’s first and only
    outdoor wine garden, City Winery on The Greenway, will open its doors this
    spring on the Rose Kennedy Greenway on Dewey Square. The wine garden, a
    partnership with the nonprofit Greenway Conservancy, will be open on Wednesdays
    & Fridays 3:30-10 p.m., Saturdays 1 – 9 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    City Winery on The Greenway w
  • Trillium Brewing Company and Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy Announce Spring 2019 Return of Trillium Garden on the Greenway

    Trillium Brewing Company and Rose Kennedy Greenway
    Conservancy are excited to announce the return of Trillium Garden on The
    Greenway. Trillium Brewing Company planted roots on the Rose Kennedy Greenway
    in downtown Boston in partnership with the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
    for the first time in 2017 and returned in 2018 to great acclaim. The seasonal
    garden welcomes a mix of residents, commuters and tourists and creates one of a
    kind experiences for beer lovers.Trillium Garden on The Greenw
  • Team Esplanade Runners Complete Marathon; Raise Nearly $120,000 for the Park to Date

    All 15 Team Esplanade runners completed the 123rd Boston
    Marathon on Monday, April 15, raising a total of $119,375 for park maintenance
    to date, with more donations expected to roll in over the next several weeks,
    according to Kelsey Pramik, director of programs and outreach for the Esplanade
    Association.“We were fortunate to have had a pool of 15 such committed runners on Team Esplanade,” said Michael Nichols, the group’s executive director. “Through months of training a
  • Esplanade Leading in National Preservation Contest

    A piece of Boston is involved in yet another contest, but
    this time it’s not football, baseball, or the marathon. The Charles River
    Esplanade is one of four national landmarks in a contest started by the
    American Association of Endodontists in an effort to recognize the importance
    of natural preservation.
    The Esplanade is up against the Chicago River, Phil Hardberger Park in San Antonio, TX, and the Wissahickon Valley Park in Philadelphia. At press time, the Esplanade is in the lead with 4
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  • Police Briefs 04-18-2019

    Beacon Hill BeatLarceny from a Building04/01/19 –  The victim reported
    he was at a Charles Street South coffee shop at about 5:30 p.m., when he placed
    his backpack, containing a laptop and notebook, on the side of the chair. When
    he was about to leave, he noticed it had been stolen.
  • A ‘Rosy’ Green and White Ball Blossoms at The Four Seasons

    As the weather warms and buds begin to bloom, the Friends
    of the Public Garden prepares for its signature springtime gala, the Green and
    White Ball, to be held on Friday, April 26, at Four Seasons Hotel Boston. The
    Green and White Ball raises funds to provide care for the Boston Common, Public
    Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall – the mission of the Friends since its
    inception almost 50 years ago.
    The Honorary Chair for this 22nd annual black-tie gala is
    Peter A. Brooke, whose late wife An
  • Miguel Rosales Discusses Iconic Bridges at TEA Annual Meeting

    As the featured guest speaker of the Esplanade Association’s annual meeting, bridge designer Miguel Rosales compared and contrasted the longstanding and iconic Longfellow Bridge with the contemporary Frances Appleton Pedestrian Bridge on Tuesday, April 2, at the Park Plaza Hotel.An aerial view of the Appleton and Longfellow bridges.Rosales, president and founder of Boston-based Rosales  Partners, served as lead architect for the $300 million restoration of the 103-year-old, steel-rib
  • The Vilna Shul Turns 100

    The Vilna Shul will celebrate its centennial anniversary
    with a gala event on Sunday, April 28, at 5:30 p.m. at WGBH at One Guest St. “I think it’s important for Beacon Hill residents to know this [synagogue] has been part of their neighborhood for over 100 years,” said Rosa Kramer Franck, director of development for Boston’s center for Jewish culture.The façade of the Vilna Shul’s historic building at 18 Phillips St., which is currently undergoing renovation
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  • Benjamin Zander: The Mystery of Music is Still Alive at 80

    When Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) Conductor Benjamin
    Zander was just a boy, he would watch his father come home from a hard day’s
    work and sit at the piano and create a language that dazzled the young man –
    the language of music that went beyond words and still delights the
    accomplished conductor at the age of 80.Zander, the founder and conductor of the BPO, which is
    based in the Back Bay, celebrated his birthday in March, along with the 40th
    anniversary of the BPO. This week,
  • Boston’s Freedom Trail Springs Into the Season With Expanded Schedule

    Freedom Trail Foundation’s 18th-century costumed guides
    will be out on the Trail in full force this spring, offering more opportunities
    to bring history to life.The Freedom Trail Foundation’s current tour schedule offers
    Walk Into History Tours daily at 11:00 a.m., noon, 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
    from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center. The schedule will grow to
    include a 10:30 a.m. Walk Into History Tour, starting on April 6, and a 1:30
    p.m. North End Tour, starting on Apri
  • Local Residents Turco and Altenhoff Are Top Sellers of Girl Scout Cookies

    Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEMA) is proud to
    announce their 2018-19 Girl Scout Cookie Program was a success across the
    council, with local girls selling more than 2.3 million packages of cookies to
    customers in their communities. Gabriella Turco of Troop 65321 in Boston is
    GSEMA’s 2019 Top Cookie Seller, with the seventh-grader selling 5,088 packages
    of cookies. Troop 65321 was also the top selling troop in the council, having
    sold 17,756 packages of cookies.Gabriella and Troop
  • An Evening of History and Restoration – Emerald Necklace Conservancy

    Emerald Necklace Conservancy guests were transported to the
    late 19th Century – to the time of Frederick Law Olmstead’s creation of the
    Emerald Necklace parklands – upon entering the historic Ames-Webster Mansion in
    the Back Bay. 
    On April 2, The Party in the Park Committee presented An
    Evening of History and Restoration to benefit the Justine Mee Liff Fund
    The opulent Ames-Webster Mansion, designed in 1871 by the
    firm Peabody and Stearns, is prominently located
  • Kenzie Bok Joins Growing Race for District 8 City Council

    The race for District 8 City Council has become a little
    more crowded, with Boston native Kenzie Bok announcing her candidacy on March
    29—the fourth candidate so far to run. 
    As the Senior Advisor for Policy and Planning at the Boston Housing
    Authority and a lecturer of justice in housing at her alma mater Harvard
    University, affordable housing is high on her list of priorities. She said that
    the role has given her “a real lens on the challenges we face” as a city when
  • Council Passes Amended Ordinance for Regulating Shared Mobility Services

    Electric scooters are becoming a reality in the City of
    Boston—the City Council last week voted to pass an amended draft of an
    ordinance that would allow the city to regulate businesses renting out small
    vehicles, such as electric scooters, on city streets and sidewalks.City Councilor
    Michael Flaherty said that the Committee on Government Operations held a public
    hearing on Feb. 26, and a working session on March 15. At the working session,
    the committee discussed suggested changes to the
  • Beacon Hill Village’s Creative Kitchens Tour Set for April 6

    Beacon Hill Village (BHV) is proud to announce that the
    Creative Kitchens Tour 2019 will take place on Saturday, April 6. The Tour
    invites the community to “take a peek” into some of the most interesting and unique
    kitchens in a variety of 19th century homes on Beacon Hill. This fundraising
    event for the Village has become a popular early spring tradition.
    Once again, this year’s Tour is made possible through the
    generosity of many neighbors and businesses, including presenting
  • Gas Leak Dangers for Beacon Hill Trees

    By Ania Camargo and Claire Corcoran, volunteers for Mothers Out FrontTrees
    are one of Beacon Hill’s treasures. But they lead a tough life—not enough
    water, hit by cars and trucks, poisoned with road salt during the icy winters,
    and, increasingly, killed by gas leaks. Last August, at least three trees on
    Temple Street were dying from methane gas in the root zone and were removed. In
    2015, out of 37 dead trees in Beacon Hill, 30% died from gas leaks. National Grid knows about gas leaks
  • WECA Makes Annual Donation

    The West End Civic Association (WECA) selected The West End
    Museum as its 2019 donation recipient. This terrific neighborhood Museum
    enhances the West End and is dedicated to the collection, preservation and
    interpretation of the history and culture of the West End of Boston. This
    hidden gem is in West End Place, with its entrance on Lomasney Street.
    “The Last Tenement” permanent exhibition, originally set up in 1992 at the Old State House by the Bostonian Society through a grant by
  • City Reconstructs Sidewalk Ramps and Makes Safety Improvements at Mount Vernon and Walnut Streets

    The city is reconstructing sidewalk pedestrian ramps and
    making traffic safety improvements at the intersection at Walnut Street to
    improve mobility and slow traffic traveling on Mount Vernon and Chestnut
    streets, according to Boston Transportation Department officials.Rob Whitney, president of the Beacon Hill Civic Association
    board of directors, said the work is the result of an agreement between the
    city and the nonprofit.“The city is raising the intersection [at Mt. Vernon and
    Walnut s
  • Mayor Walsh, Boston Residents Honored as Boston Harbor Heroes at save the Harbor’s Gala

    On Thursday, March 28, 500 corporate and civic leaders,
    elected officials, community partners, and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay
    supporters gathered at the Seaport Hotel for Destination Boston Harbor, Save
    the Harbor’s annual fundraising gala.This event celebrated a year of on-the-water programming
    that connects millions of the region’s residents and visitors to Boston Harbor,
    the Harbor Islands, the region’s public beaches, and waterfront communities,
    and reflected on the inves
  • Friends of the Public Garden Seeks New Members

    April is Membership Month for the Friends of the Public
    Garden, the nonprofit organization that has worked in partnership with the City
    for 49 years to protect and enhance three historic parks in the heart of the
    city – the Boston Common, the Public Garden, and the Commonwealth Avenue
    “Our members make our work in the parks possible, every
    day” said Liz Vizza, executive director of the Friends. “We welcome everyone to
    join us in protecting and caring for these
  • Scampo launches “Short on Time” Lunch Prix Fixe

    Scampo Chefs Lydia Shire and Simone Restrepo have put an
    Italian spin on traditional lunch favorites with the new Scampo “Short on Time”
    Lunch Prix Fixe Menu that launched last week.  The menu is $25 and
    includes three courses:Choice of startersBaby iceberg salad avocado, sundried tomato and pancetta
    vinaigretteProsciutto and mozzarella w/ shaved green asparagus salad..
    cassis dressingChoice of mainPea and mint ravioli w/ butternut squash butter sauce..
    crispy radish saladVeal s
  • Beacon Hill Business Assoc. Holds Annual Meeting at Hampshire House

    The Beacon Hill Business Association held its annual
    meeting on Thursday, March 28, at Hampshire House. At that time, Lucy
    Grogan and Ali Ringenburg, outgoing co-presidents, outlined the organization’s
    recent highlights, including the imminent launch of its new website that will
    highlight each of the 75 members with descriptions and images of their
    businesses and feature a map and a history of the BHBA written by Tom Kershaw,
    an original member of the group and the event host. “
  • Talking Policy

    Sen. Boncore and Rep. Santiago addressed the Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee: Pictured are Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee  members with State Sen. Joe Boncore and State Rep. Jon Santiago at the Committee’s March meeting.Sen. Boncore and Rep. Santiago spoke to the Committee about their policy agendas for the upcoming legislative session.
  • Zakim Not Seeking Re-election Three Candidates’ Campaigns Are in Full Swing

    City Councilor Josh
    Zakim has announced he is not seeking re-election after serving three terms on
    the council, which means that District 8 will see a new face next year. Zakim
    said he is hoping to spend more time with his family, but “whatever my next role
    is, I look forward to continuing to serve the public good in Boston,
    Massachusetts, and beyond,” he said in a Facebook post on March 21. “To the residents of
    District 8: thank you for your trust, support, and friendshi
  • City Watchdog Urges Caution in Employee Salaries, Contracts

    With the City’s 2018 payroll growing by more than 8 percent
    over the previous year, one City watchdog is urging caution and a tightening of
    the reins as this year’s City Budget begins to move forward.“We offer words of caution as we look now to the Mayor’s
    budget proposal for FY20 coming out next month and beyond,” said Pam Kocher,
    the new president of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau.This year’s list of the 2018 Top 100 highest municipal
    earners appears i
  • MFA celebrates the return of spring with Art in Bloom

    The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), celebrates the
    return of spring with Art in Bloom, Saturday, April 27 to Monday, April 29. For
    more than 40 years, the festival has paired art from across the MFA’s
    collection with floral interpretations created by 50 New England-area garden
    clubs including the Beacon Hill Garden Club.
    Each garden club team has been assigned one art object
    which they will interpret with a floral arrangement to be displayed next to the
    art.  Different arrangements
  • Police Asked BLS to Stay Quiet on Video Scandal for One Year

    School Officials Tell Parents There Was No Threat During the DelayA number of parents with children at Boston Latin School
    (BLS) have raised serious questions about delays and lack of information in the
    past year that the school – but not the public – has known about a person who
    was videotaping students in the bathrooms at the Fenway exam school.In a meeting this month with parents following the March 11
    arrest of a man who was discovered filming students at Boston College, BLS and
  • West End Museum Revs up Irish Heritage Celebration

    Of the 23 ethnic groups that lived harmoniously in the old
    West End of Boston, Irish immigrants and their descendants
    represented one of the three largest (the others being Jewish and
    Italian). As it has since 2016, The West End Museum is
    hosting a special event to commemorate Irish Heritage Month. On Thursday,
    March 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., this year’s Irish Heritage
    Night will feature a dramatic reading, a new exhibit, an honoree ceremony,
  • BHCA Board Responds to Proposed MGH Expansion

    The Beacon Hill Civic Association board of directors
    outlined its primary concerns with Massachusetts General Hospital’s proposed $1
    billion expansion in a recent letter to the city.In a March 22 letter to Katelyn Sullivan, senior project
    manager for the Boston Planning & Development Agency, Patricia Tully, the
    Civic Association’s executive director, outlined issues raised by community
    members and during a March 12 meeting sponsored by the nonprofit in regard to
    MGH’s plan
  • Architectural Commission Approves Wood Sign for Clevergreen Cleaners

    The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission unanimously voted
    to allow Clevergreen Cleaners to install a blade sign outside its new Charles
    Street location during Thursday’s public hearing at City Hall, but only on the
    condition that it is made of wood. Farshad Sayan, the
    business owner and applicant, had intended to relocate a 20-by-28-inch sign
    made of a composite material with an aluminum front that had hung outside the
    business’s old 109 Charles St. location to an existing bracket o
  • John Kerry, Jason Alexander, Susan Rice and Bob Woodward among Celebrated Lineup for the 2019-2020 Boston Speakers Series Presented by Lesley University

    As the Boston Speakers Series sets the stage for its next
    sell-out season, it is preparing to welcome to Symphony Hall another dazzling
    lineup of speakers, including John Kerry, Jason Alexander (Seinfeld’s George
    Costanza), Susan Rice and Bob Woodward. Presented by Lesley University and
    featuring some of the world’s most celebrated and influential personalities of
    our time, the 2019-2020 Series will provide attendees the unique opportunity to
    listen to brilliance and simultaneously b
  • ZBA Approves West End Marijuana Shop

    An adult use marijuana facility proposed for Friend Street
    in Boston’s West End was approved by the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).
    Ascend Mass Inc., who is proposing a retail marijuana shop
    at 272 Friend St. received its Conditional Use Permit from the ZBA and will now
    go to the state’s Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) for a license to open an
    adult use dispensary.
    Over the past few months Ascend’s Friend Street proposal
    has gained community and political support due to
  • Police Briefs 03-28-2019

    Larceny – Pickpocket 03/11/19 – A victim reported she was walking through the Public Garden on Charles Street side at about 1:15 p.m. while texting on her iPhone, when an unknown male suspect approached her from behind and grabbed her phone before fleeing on foot towards Arlington Street
  • Guest Op-ed Beware of Scams Coming over the Telephone

    By Glenn MolletteIn January a Denver couple received a scam phone call from
    a man who told them he had kidnapped their daughter. The man was very
    convincing that their daughter was in his possession. In the background they
    heard a woman’s voice begging for help. The call was convincing enough that
    they tried to wire money to the man. Fortunately the money didn’t go through.
    Police soon showed up after the wife left a note with the bank teller
    explaining what was happening. The police
  • Legalized Marijuana: A Few Observations

    recently attended an event at an area Senior Center for an informational
    presentation on marijuana, which now is legal for recreational use in
    Massachusetts (as well as in 10 other states across the country).
    room that initially was set aside for the presentation soon was filled to
    overflowing, requiring that it be moved to a larger hall. There were about 50
    persons in attendance, and we would guess that the average age of the attendees
    was about 70.The
    participants made the usual jokes a
  • Another Sign of Climate Change

    “Historically catastrophic” flooding is the description
    of what has been happening across our nation’s Midwestern Plains states this
    past week, thanks to a combination of heavy snows and unseasonably cold weather
    followed by unusually heavy rains.When most of us think of climate change, images of rising
    sea levels and fearsome hurricanes that threaten our densely-populated coastal
    cities are what come to our minds.But this past week’s unprecedented events in the heart of
  • Esplanade Assoc. Holds Marathon Fundraiser

    Runners Charlie Jacob, Stephanie Sguigna (of Beacon Hill) Matt DiSorbo, Kara Brennan (of the Back Bay), Ellen Barrett (of the North End), and Ashley Perkins (of the South End), during Esplanade Association’s Marathon Team Fundraiser on Saturday night, March 9, at Bully Boy Distillery in Newmarket.
  • MGH Team of Officials Outline Preliminary Plans for Expansion

    A team of Massachusetts General Hospital representatives
    was on hand to discuss preliminary plans for the hospital’s $1 billion
    expansion at a public meeting sponsored by the Beacon Hill Civic Association on
    Tuesday, March 12, at 74 Joy St.The 1,035,000-square-foot complex would consist of two
    connected, 12-story towers located entirely within the MGH campus, with its
    facade facing Cambridge Street. The top six floors of both towers would
    accommodate 450 single-bed patient rooms while the
  • ‘Voices of Freedom’: Concert to Bring Together Music from Jewish, Muslim and Christian Faiths

    The Vilna Shul is partnering with the Museum of African
    American History to present the third annual “Voices of Freedom” concert on
    March 24 at 2 p.m. at MAAH at 46 Joy St.For the third consecutive year, the multicultural event
    will feature three choirs – the Zamir Chorale of Boston, America’s foremost
    Jewish choral ensemble; VOICES 21C, a self-described “chamber choir and
    artist’s collective, dedicated to a mission of global understanding through
  • Proposed Legislation Would Put Further Restrictions on Beer Gardens

    Although open-air beer gardens throughout the city like the
    Trillium Garden on the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, the Owl’s Nest on the Charles
    River Esplanade and the Castle Island Beer Garden on Constitution Wharf in
    Charlestown enjoyed unmitigated success last summer, two state lawmakers have
    proposed a bill that would put further restrictions on the blossoming beer
    gardens.Sens. Nick Collins of South Boston and Ed Kennedy of Lowell are sponsoring the proposed legislation that would prohibit
  • Representatives Unveil Plans for Back Bay Dispensary

    Representatives for a medical cannabis dispensary currently
    operating on Milk Street outlined their plans to move to the current location
    of Mooncusser Fish House in Back Bay while adding recreational, adult-use
    marijuana to the menu during a city-sponsored meeting Thursday, March 7, at the
    Boston Park Plaza.Bob Mayerson, CEO and one of the founders of Patriot Care
    at 21 Milk St. and its parent company Columbia Care, which operates in 14
    states nationwide, as well as Malta, said the proposed loc
  • Aspire Spring Gala Celebrates ‘People Who Matter’

    On April 4, 2019, MassGeneral Hospital for Children will
    host its 19th annual Aspire Spring Gala at Four Seasons Hotel Boston to benefit
    Aspire, the highly successful, therapeutically-based program of the Lurie
    Center for Autism based in Lexington, Mass. Aspire helps children, teens and
    adults with high cognitive autism spectrum disorder and related profiles
    develop the skills necessary to be successful in their communities and
    workplaces.This year’s Aspire Spring Gala celebrates “Pe
  • Boston Parks & Recreation Tree Maintenance Schedule

    The following
    diseased trees will be removed. If neighbors want to make sure the tree-guards
    protecting these trees do not get damaged removed them before March 25, store
    them and then re-install them after the new trees get planted in the spring or
    fall.Number Street                   Neighborhood   
    32     Anderson
  • Beacon Hill Village and Cindy Sullivan Fitness Launch ‘Spring into Action’ Fitness Week

    Exercise is a cornerstone of healthy aging, and fitting
    physical activity into one’s day can improve life in many ways. Regular
    exercise can improve strength and balance, boost mood and improve memory, and
    help manage or lessen the impact of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart
    disease and osteoporosis.Beacon Hill Village and Cindy Sullivan Fitness will present
    “Spring into Action” – a special fitness week through March 22. This local
    event will host special fitness c
  • Learn Firsthand about Athenæum’s Expansion Plans

    Readers can learn firsthand look about the planned expansion of the Boston Athenæum from members of the project committee and library staff at the “Room to Flourish” information session on Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m. at 10½ Beacon St. The Athenæum has
    entered into a long-term lease that will allow it to expand by 19,400 square
    feet into the adjacent 14 Beacon St. while restoring existing space at 10½
    Beacon St. Gregor Smith,
    principal for the South Hamilt
  • Gina Paglucia Morrison Named New BHV Executive Director

    Gina Paglucia Morrison has been named Executive Director of Beacon Hill Village (BHV), a nonprofit membership organization serving more than 370 people age 50 and over who live in downtown Boston neighborhoods.Gina Paglucia Morrison.Morrison, who joined BHV as Member Services Coordinator and
    Grant Writer last spring, was chosen after an extensive search by the board of
    directors.  She succeeds Laura Connors,
    who is retiring May 1 after seven years at the helm of the organization that
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