• Taking Down Dams and Letting the Fish Flow

    On the Penobscot in Maine and other rivers in the U.S., several endangered species are rebounding with the reopening of spawning areas.
  • Horses in Back Bay

    Leonora Hailer enjoys a horse ride as her mother, Maureen, looks on at the 50th Annual John Winthrop School Street Fair that was held last Saturday.
  • Charles St Clean-Up Set for Wednesday

    By Dan Murphy
    The Joint Charles Street Committee is spearheading a fall clean up on Wednesday, Oct. 19, to not only beautify the street, but also to raise awareness of its tree-pits.
    “We want residents to get involved and adopt a tree-pit, and for businesses to become stewards of the tree-pits in front of their storefronts,” said John Corey, co-chair of the committee, a collaboration between the Beacon Hill Civic Association and the Beacon Hill Business Association.
    From 2 to 5 p.m.,
  • Anne Brooke,Former FOPG Chair,Succumbs to Illness

    Anne Brooke who was the Chair of the Board of the Friends of the Public Garden for the past four years up until June 2016, has passed away on October 13 after a lengthy illness. She resided with her husband Peter in the Back Bay.
    Anne Brooke
    As Chair of  The Friends of the Public Garden, Anne worked with the city of Boston to protect and enhance Boston’s first public parks: the Boston Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall.
    Brooke was only the second president of the asso
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  • Fundraiser Aims to Call Attention to Gas Leaks

    By Dan Murphy
    An upcoming fundraising event at Hampshire House intends to bring the issue of natural-gas leaks throughout Massachusetts to the forefront.
    Ania Camargo, who is heading the statewide gas-leak campaign for Mothers Out Front, which she describes as a  “grassroots movement made up of mothers, grandmothers and other caregivers who care passionately climate change and are working a swift and just transition towards renewable energy,” will be on hand at the event.
  • Downtown View:A Poligrip Ad: Is this Us?

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    Some pundits investigate the culture of America though our political system, which shows us as basically nuts.
    I prefer advertisements—television advertisements during the 6:30 evening news to be exact. I watch those shows because I expect them to be fairly neutral in coverage. Fox News is out of the question—all those people yelling conspiracy theories at one another leaves me profoundly fatigued. Although I admire Rachel Maddow’s intelligence and humor, s
  • McCarthy Works to Connect Schools Through Creating College and University Engagement Office

    By Beth Treffeisen
    In an effort to increase collaboration, communication and partnerships between the colleges and universities, the City of Boston, and various non-profits throughout the city, Councilor Timothy McCarthy is working with the other councilors to create a College and University Engagement Office.
    The order that was brought forward at the September 28 meeting states that Boston is home to over 25 colleges, universities, and institutions of higher learning. All of these schools have
  • Adoption Made Easier:Baker-Polito Administration Highlight Progress on Regulatory Reform Efforts at the Animal Rescue League of Boston

    The Baker-Polito   Admin-istration highlighted significant changes in the state regulations as part of the extensive regulatory review process, at the Animal Rescue League located in the South End, which resulted in improving the lives of shelter animals and increasing space and flexibility for animal shelters around the state.
    The change in regulations made it consistent with national recommendations that have reduced quarantine periods for unvaccinated dogs and cats possibly exposed
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  • Refugee Exhibit Now Going On at Long Wharf

    Most Americans do not know what it is like to have to leave your home, your neighborhood and your country and undertake a perilous journey that you do not know what awaits you if you are lucky enough to survive the crossing. However, for more than 65 million people in places like South Sudan, Syria or Iraq, this is a reality.
    An exhibit now going on at Boston’s Long Wharf by Doctors Without Borders brings the experience of the journey to those who attend the exhibit.  For many at the
  • Historic New England Raises Funds to Support New England History

    Historic New England hosted “A Century on The Hill” on Sept. 30, with Committee Co-chairs Joan and Ernst Berndt, Karen and Warren McFarlan, and Gina and Steve White.
    Beacon Hill residents Joan and Ernst Berndt served as co-chairs of the event and welcomed more than 100 guests to the historic Otis House for an elegant cocktail reception celebrating the 100th anniversary of preserving Otis House. The evening was a rare opportunity to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres inside the
  • Police Briefs 10-18-2016

    From Boston Police Area A-1
    10/02/16 – A victim walked into District A-1 headquarters on Oct. 9 to report he was robbed at gunpoint on Oct. 2 at around 2:30 p.m.
    The victim further stated he didn’t call 911 to report it at the time. Three suspects pointed a handgun at him and stole his debit card and Samsung Galaxy 7 phone before fleeing on foot, he said.
  • Sad State of America

    We know we join with all of our fellow Boston-area citizens in praying for the speedy recovery of East Boston police officers Richard Cintolo and Matt Morris, as well as the two year-old Roxbury girl, who were shot this past week in separate incidents.
    The East Boston police officers were responding to a domestic violence call when they were shot in an unprovoked attack. But for the incredible and brave reactions of their fellow officers, who brought Officers Cintolo and Morris to safety and the
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  • Polo in Boston

    Players competed on the open field, muddy and wet, making control of the ball difficult at times during Boston’s inaugural Polo team match against New York on Sunday, Oct. 2, in Georgetown. Players from the neighborhood hope to get Boston on the map as a competitive polo city. Boston lost its opening match, 9-11, but believes things will improve with more games.
  • Florina Pizzeria Gets Nod for License Transfer

    By Dan Murphy
    The Beacon Hill Civic Association Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday not to oppose the transfer of a conditional-use permit from the former Derne St. Deli to a pizzeria that now occupies the storefront.
    John Cucinatti, who opened Florina Pizzeria and Paninioteca at the corner of Derne and Temple streets about a month ago, has agreed to enter into a good-neighbor agreement with the Civic Association as a stipulation of the committee’s decision. The 20-seat eatery n
  • “Cook with a Fire in Her Soul” at the BHWF Tonight

    By Kathy Hull
    Azita Bina Seibel
    Tonight, the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) welcomes Azita Bina-Seibel, one of Boston’s top chefs and restauranteurs, for her talk “Cooking: The Recipe for Success.”  Included in Esquire’s “Female Universe of Culinary Bostonians,” Ms. Bina-Seibel is co-owner of the Beacon Hill gems LaLa Rokh and Bin 26 Enoteca.  She cultivated her passion for exceptional home-style cuisine in her native Azerbaijan Iran, famous
  • Downtown View:A Look at the Library

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    Summer has ended. We’re back. The renovations to the 1972 Johnson building at the Central Library are finished. You must see the results. They are scrumptious.
    It was the former library president, Amy Ryan, whose experience in other parts of the country helped her envision a happier and more serviceable space in the building named after its architect, Philip Johnson. She initiated a strategic planning effort, consulting with users all over Boston. The result was the Co
  • BHCA Community Corner

    Membership in the Beacon Hill Civic Association offers many benefits, including the opportunity to meet and connect with neighbors. To that end, the BHCA hosts a monthly gathering at one of the neighborhood’s most popular local watering holes, 75 Chestnut, on the first Monday of every month from 6 pm-8 pm. “Our First Monday gatherings attract neighbors of all ages, who enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres while they enjoy the ‘Best of Beacon Hill’,” said Ma
  • ‘Canine Promenade’ Returns to the Esplanade Oct 23

    On Sunday, Oc. 23, the Esplanade Association, in partnership with Pawsh Boutique, will host their sixth annual “Canine Promenade” on Fiedler Field from noon to 2 p.m.
    The Promenade is a 1/2‐mile Halloween costume parade around the Esplanade to benefit the park, highlight the park as a resource for dog owners and celebrate the fall season.
    This year, the parade will be led by channel 7 News Anchor Sarah French, and over 100 dogs and pet owners are expected to participate. Follow
  • Play Set at Huntington Theatre for City’s Parks and Open Spaces

    On Thursday, Oct. 13, guests will have the opportunity to see a performance of “Sunday in the Park with George” at the Huntington Theatre while supporting Boston’s parks and open space.
    Stephen Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical focuses French post-Impressionist painter and draftsman Georges Seurat and his search for love, inspiration, and “the art of making art.” The play, directed by Peter DuBois (“A Little Night Music”) and featuring
  • Suffolk DA Conley’s Top Staff Lead Mandatory Training on Witness Protection

    Members of Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s top legal, advocacy, and organizational staff yesterday led prosecutors on a training in use of the state’s Witness Protection Fund to ensure that they have the tools necessary to keep victims, witnesses, and their loved ones safe.
    Deputy Chief of Staff Catherine Rodriguez, Chief Trial Counsel John Pappas, and Katherine Moran, Director of the DA’s Victim-Witness Assistance Program, hosted about half of Conley’
  • Boston House Museums Present “Bostonians at Home: Servant Life in Downtown Boston

    On Saturday, October 22, three Boston house museums draw on their rich stories and collections to illuminate domestic life in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Otis House Museum, Gibson House Museum, and Nichols House Museum offer a series of special guided tours focusing on servant life at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $7 and are sold separately at each site.Otis House
    In 1797, Harrison Gray Otis and his wife Sally moved into one of the most stylish mansions in the city. Wit
  • Local Riders, Rancher Hope to Make Boston a Polo City

    By Joseph Prezioso
    Around 30 horses and six riders gathered on a rainy Sunday afternoon, Oct. 2, to take part in the first inaugural Boston Professional Polo Match, with riders hailing from all over the area neighborhoods to play the sport draped in prestige and honor.
    The match featured Boston taking on their favorite rivals, New York.
    Polo player and ranch owner Mark Tashjian is the brainchild behind holding the first league game.  “It was a unique opportunity that Boston didn&rsquo
  • Donn Fendler, Who Was Lost in Wilds of Maine as a Boy, Dies at 90

    The 12-year-old’s tale of survival gained him fame and honors and was turned into a book that became required reading for schoolchildren in the state.
  • Alone in the Wild, and Then a Hero’s Welcome

    At age 12, Donn Fendler became lost on Maine’s tallest mountain and then survived for days in the wild. He died on Sunday at age 90.
  • Offshore Wind Farms See Promise in Platforms That Float

    Engineers look to floating platforms to enable wind turbines to move into deeper waters farther from the coast.
  • News 09/27/2016

    Downtown View
    Infrastructure. Investment. Interesting.
    By Karen Cord Taylor
    Throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s, Boston boldly invested in itself. It cleaned up the harbor, spending $3.8 billion on the Deer Island Treatment Plant alone. It spent from $650 to $850 million, depending on how you count, in state money for the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, said spokesman Nate Little. Fifteen billion dollars of federal and state money went to the CA/T project, aka Big Dig, which b
  • Police Briefs – 09/27/2016

    Larceny from Motor Vehicle
    09/18/16 – A victim reported the rear window of her 2015 Mini Cooper was smashed while parked on Charles Street between around 8 p.m. on Sept. 17 and 11:26 p.m. the next day. The victim said clothing was stolen from the motor vehicle.
  • In a Roundabout Way, a Maine Town’s Future May Turn on a Traffic Issue

    Boothbay will vote on a measure to add a traffic roundabout to a main road, which some see as the beginning of the end for “a cozy, treasured spot.”
  • For Fall Foliage Season, Lower Prices at Hotels

    From Maine to Mackinac Island, hotels and resorts are offering lower rates during leaf-peeping season (midweek stays are some of the best deals).
  • Hill House Pancake Breakfast

    Maddie Schmieg, Taylor Hauff, Charlie and Amelia Perkins, and Lele and Tattie Gibbs at the Hill House Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 18. The annual breakfast is a way for the Hill House to give back to the community, which supports the institution wholeheartedly. The Hill House also used the event to let the community know that its 50th Anniversary Gala at the Ritz Carlton is just around the corner, on Oct. 1.
  • He Ain’t Heavy

    Not to be missed is the annual dog show sponsored by the Common Canine, a sub group of the Friends of the Public Garden. Prizes were awarded for such distinctions as smallest, biggest, friendliest and best trick. Left, Ana and her dog Seychellois won for dog and owner who most look alike; also competing were Diana Coldren and Rosie, and Leslie Adam and Stitch. The greatest number of owners (eleven) nominated their dogs for the most misbehaved dog. The winner, a Wheatland Terrier named
  • Mean Homeless Age in A-1 is 42

    By Dan Murphy
    In a recent census conducted by the Boston Police of the overnight homeless population in Area A-1 during the summer months, the mean age of those interviewed was approximately 42 years old.
    Between Aug. 24 and 26, officers under the supervision of Captain Kenneth Fong of Area A-1, along with a member of the police’s Street Outreach Team and representative from St. Anthony Shrine, walked around the district, which includes Beacon Hill, Chinatown and downtown, beginning at aro
  • King’s Chapel Lectures to Examine Islam

    King’s Chapel, through its Adult Religious Education Committee, will sponsor three free evening lectures in October called “Islam beyond the Stereotypes.” This program is offered to interested neighbors as well as the King’s Chapel community to present an informed view of Islam that avoids stereotypes and acknowledges the wide variety of cultural, social and political contexts that characterize the world’s second largest faith.
    At this critical time, with the war ag
  • Homeless Average Age in A-1 is 42

    By Dan Murphy
    In a recent census conducted by the Boston Police of the overnight homeless population in Area A-1 during the summer months, the mean age of those interviewed was approximately 42 years old.
    Between Aug. 24 and 26, officers under the supervision of Captain Kenneth Fong of Area A-1, along with a member of the police’s Street Outreach Team and representative from St. Anthony Shrine, walked around the district, which includes Beacon Hill, Chinatown and downtown, beginning at aro
  • Downtown View:How to Succeed in Downtown Boston

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    You moved in a couple of weeks ago. Welcome. You’ll love it here. You can walk to everything—work, concerts, shopping, the dentist, the river, the harbor. It’s easy to meet new people because all the downtown neighborhoods have plenty of organizations that are sure to tap into some interest you have. Neighborhood associations attract the civic-minded. These associations often have special organizations for young people. Gardeners have garden clubs. Old folk
  • Pres Debate Gathering at Lala Rokh

    Babak Bina, owner of Beacon Hill restaurants Lala Rokh and BIN 26, has an entertaining way for residents to prepare in the hours leading up to the Presidential Debate.
    Bina invites people to attend a pre-debate gathering “in the neutral zone” at Lala Rokh, 97 Mount Vernon St., on Monday, Sept. 26. Guests can enjoy cocktails at the bar, accompanied by complimentary hors d’oeuvres and snacks. The gathering will begin at 5 p.m. leading up to the debate that will get underway at 9
  • MassDOT Unveils Latest Plans for N Washington St Bridge

    By Dan Murphy
    The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has unveiled the latest plans for the new North Washington Street Bridge.
    Miguel Rosales, president and founder of Boston-based Rosales + Partners Transportation Design, is the architect behind the estimated $125-million bridge, which will replace the existing structurally deficient crossing that links City Square in Charlestown to the North End via the Charles River.
    Rosales said the overpass would feature planted medians&nb
  • BPMA to Hold Harvest Festival on Oct 20

    On Thursday, October 20, the not-for-profit Boston Public Market Association (BPMA) will hold its first annual Harvest Party, a special night for friends and fans of the city’s local food marketplace to savor and sip the best of New England and enjoy live music and engaging experiences, all while supporting the BPMA’s mission-driven work: to create opportunity for New England farmers, fishers, and food entrepreneurs; to provide fresh local food to customers of all income levels; and
  • Second Hackathon Event to take Place,October 1 as Part of HUBweek

    The Girl Hackathon, a program founded by Beacon Hill residents to spark a lifelong interest for girls in technology, is hosting its second program at MassChallenge as part of HUBweek on October 1, 2016.  Limited spaces to this free program are still available at https://hubweek.org/events/girl-hackathon/.
    The Girl Hackathon is a two-hour program that empowers upper elementary/middle school girls to experience the creativity and excitement that occurs when the power of coding is unleashed. D
  • Kate Bell at Home as Councilor Zakim’s New Neighborhood Liaison

    By Dan Murphy
    When she assumed the role of City Councilor Josh Zakim’s neighborhood liaison in July, Kate Bell admits her previous exposure to Beacon Hill and the Back Bay was primarily as a tourist, but she quickly felt at home in his district, which also includes Fenway, Kenmore Square, Mission Hill, Audubon Circle and the West End.
    “It’s a beautiful part of the city from a purely aesthetic level,” Bell said “And the residents care not only about their district an
  • At BHWF on Tuesday, Sept 13

    From left: Award-winning newswomen Jadiann Thompson, Emily Rooney and Margery Eagan – each at a different stage of their storied careers – will share their perspectives on life & the 2016 Presidential election coverage during “Sensation Over Substance: The Challenges of Being A Newswoman Today,” which takes place at the UMass Club, 1 Beacon St., tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. Visit www.beaconhillwomensforum.org for more information.
  • Meeting Held on Improving North Station Transportation

    By Dan Murphy
    The city held a second public meeting at the West End Museum on Wednesday to discuss its “action plan” that intends to improve various modes of transportation accessibility around North Station.
    “This is not a study,” said Josh Weiland, senior transportation planner for the Boston Redevelopment Authority. “The goal is to come out with several short-term projects that are fundable and implementable.”
    The project area, bound by Cambridge Street on
  • BHCA Zoning Votes Not to Oppose Sale or Transfer of Simmons Liquor

    By Dan Murphy
    Despite neighbors raising serious concerns about the current operation, the Beacon Hill Civic Association Zoning and Licensing Committee voted not to oppose the sale of Simmons Liquor and transfer of its liquor license to a new owner.
    Tom Patel, proprietor of Dara’s Wine & Spirits in Mission Hill and several other Greater Boston liquor stores, intends to buy the business at 210 Cambridge St. from the Marder family, who have owned and operated it since 2000.
    Patel plans to
  • Downtown View:Can O’Malley Cut It?

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    Forty-year-old Faneuil Hall Marketplace has recently had a tough time, especially since the New York-based Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation took over the ground lease and became the manager of the retail and restaurant businesses five years ago.
    Although it is Boston’s top destination for tourists, it is less popular with residents, who reportedly flocked to the refurbished BRA-owned historic structures when they first opened.
    Although it was envisioned as a “fe
  • ‘Public’ Pianos Coming to the Hill

    Between Sept. 23 and Oct. 10, the sight and sounds of passersby tickling the ivories will be commonplace on Beacon Hill with the installation of two “public” pianos.
    The pianos located at King’s Chapel and the State House in Ashburton Park on Bowdoin Street will be part of the Celebrity Series of Boston’s “Street Pianos Boston” program, which will place 60 of the instruments in in each of the city’s 23 neighborhoods and select Cambridge locations. Each p
  • A Distinguished New Neighbor:Cross Takes Over Consul’s Role,Residence in Beacon Hill

    By Cary Shuman
    Harriet Cross, a career diplomat with extensive experience in international relations, is the new British Consul General of Boston and New England.
    Mrs. Cross began her work on Aug. 22 in the esteemed position as the leader and liaison for the 70,000 British nationals living in the region, succeeding former Consul General Susie Kitchens.
    Mrs. Cross and her husband, Phil Saltonstall – a relative of former Massachusetts governor and U.S. senator Leverett Saltonstall and a memb
  • Pop-Up Farmers Market at the Fall HillFest

    By Suzanne Besser
    No need for Beacon Hillers to trek their way up and down a grocery aisle this weekend. Instead, they can make their way to Mt Vernon and Brimmer streets where a Farmers Market will pop up Sunday between noon and 4 pm at the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Fall HillFest.
    At the Farmers Market, a first for the fourteen-year-old popular event formerly known as the Neighborhood Block Party, shoppers can stock up on specialties like cheese, milk and yogurt from the the 380-yea
  • Biergarten, Farmers Market, Family Activities at Fall HillFest

    By Suzanne Besser
    This Sunday, September 18, marks the fifteenth year the Beacon Hill Civic Association has welcomed residents back to the Hill by throwing a block party on Mt. Vernon Street between Charles and Brimmer streets from noon to four.
    This year, though, it’s far more than a block party. It’s new name, Fall HillFest, symbolizes the unique character of the neighborhood and the event itself, according to co-chairs Diana Coldren and Rachel Thurlow who worked with sixteen enthu
  • Thursday’s Primary Results are Posted

    By Beth Treffeisen
    Last Thursday, Massachusetts voters cast their ballots in the state primaries. Due to the Labor Day holiday, the election was held later in the week, landing on the first day of school for Boston Public Schools. Due these events and the fact that there were few contested races the voter turnout was less than 10 percent.
    Below are the results for the Beacon Hill races:
    Representative in Congress for the Eight District
    Democrat, Stephen F. Lynch of 55 G St., Boston, uncontested.
  • ‘Awakening to Joy’ Class Set at First Church Boston

    First Church Boston is offering a class “Awakening to Joy”
    beginning on Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30 – 8 pm.  It will be presented by H. Constance Hill, author, artist, and Inner Life coach, on the second Tuesday of every month in the relaxed setting of Hale Chapel. First Church Boston is located at 66 Marlborough St., at the corner of Berkeley St.
     “Awakening to Joy” will introduce practical spiritual wisdom, tools, and practices that can fundamentally s

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