• Barbara Bush: Fake Pearls, Real Heart

    With the blunt and plain-spoken and often funny Barbara Bush, you always knew where you stood.
  • Judy Tedeschi Finds True Reward in Volunteering at Rosie’s Place

    Judy Tedeschi began volunteering at Rosie’s Place upon relocating to Beacon Street from the South End three years ago, but she first visited the oldest women’s shelter in the U.S. years earlier to assist in the dining room with other members of the Second Congregational Church, Cohasset.
    Judy Tedeschi (right), a Beacon Street resident and volunteer teacher in in the Women’s Education Center at Rosie’s Place, assisting one of her students.
    “At first, I didn’t r
  • Esplanade Association and DCR Celebrate Another Year of Success

    With summer right around the corner, the Esplanade Association is gearing up for another strong year along the historic park in downtown Boston.
    At the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Esplanade Association on Monday, April 9 at the Hampshire House in Beacon Hill, members caught up on the accomplishments of the organizations work from last year and got a sneak preview for what is to come this upcoming season.
    “The state can’t do it alone, we rely on your support,” said Leo Roy, Commi
  • Bay Village Residents Looking for Funds to Restore Local Park

    After years of wear and tear at the Bay Village Park at the corners of Charles Street South, Melrose and Fayette Streets, residents are looking for a source of funding to spruce up this hidden gem in the heart of the neighborhood.
    At the Bay Village Neighborhood Association’s (BVNA) executive board meeting on Monday, April 2 it was announced that the merger of the Friends of Elliot Norton/ Bay Village Parks with the BVNA has been finalized.
    In an effort to show some well-needed love toward
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  • BHWF Members Hear Talks on New Research for Saving Lives

    We are made from more bacteria than human cells. Not only that, many of them positively contribute to our way of life by helping us be healthy, active, and produce vitamins. To address the bad bacteria, antibiotic treatment has saved billions of lives. However, the World Health Organization predicts that antibacterial resistance will be the cause of 10 million deaths annually by 2050. At the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum April lecture, guest speakers Drs. Laurence G. Rahme and Amy Tsurumi disc
  • Malley Looks at Fees to Tackle Vacant Storefronts and Apartments

    Plaguing the commercial and residential districts throughout the city, empty storefronts and vacant apartments are making it seem that Boston is experiencing market failure, despite the strong economy, real estate values and low unemployment rate.
    In an effort to reverse the trend, Councilor Matt O’Malley of Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury wants to start looking at ways to prod landlords and building owners to rent the spaces out, with one solution being a vacancy fee.
    “When you walk
  • Longfellow Bridge Closings Scheduled for April

    MassDOT will close the Longfellow Bridge overnight to all vehicular traffic through Thursday, April 19, from 11:00 p.m. each night to 5:00 a.m. the following morning. The closures are necessary to perform work on the joints of the bridge.
    Emergency responder, bicyclist, and pedestrian travel, and MBTA Red Line service will be maintained across the bridge at all times. Bicyclists, both inbound and outbound, should share the upstream sidewalk with pedestrians during this timeframe. Boston-bound ve
  • Police Briefs 04-17-2018

    Beacon Hll Beat
    Larceny from Motor Vehicle
    04/02/18  – A male suspect stole the victim’s wallet from inside his work truck at about 1:24 a.m. The truck was parked in an alley behind a Park Plaza restaurant, and the wallet contained U.S. currency, bank/credit cards and the victim’s driver’s license. The suspect fled on foot.
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  • Esplanade Association’s Moondance Gala Preview Party to be held in September

    With thoughts of warmer weather and the beauty it will soon bring to the park, the Esplanade Association (esplanadeassociation.org) has begun the planning for their annual Moondance Gala to be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, on the banks of the Charles River.
    To kick off the excitement, Esplanade supporters Alexi and Steve Conine hosted a Gala preview party at their Back Bay home for the Host Committee. Along with Jill and Niraj Shah, the Conines will serve as co-chairs of this year’ Moondance
  • Traffic Advisory for Marathon Weekend Posted

    The Boston Marathon and the City of Boston’s Patriot’s Day Parade will be held on Monday, April 16, 2018.  The BAA 5K and the Invitational Mile will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018.  These events will result in street closures and parking restrictions in the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Brighton, Fenway-Kenmore, the North End and Government Center.  People coming into Boston for these events are urged not to drive their personal vehicles.&nb
  • Scampo Turns 10

    Scampo turned 10 in style on Monday, April 2, as a crowd of around 300 turned out to The Liberty Hotel to celebrate the eatery’s milestone.
    A beautiful ice-sculpture paired with a decadent seafood dis play signifieswhat everyone had come out to celebrate: a decade of Scampo.
    Lydia Shire, owner and chef of the upscale Italian restaurant with a mozzarella bar, which takes its name from the Italian word for “escape,” was on hand at the event, along with investor Patrick Lyons
  • Green and White Ball Will Dazzle on April 27

    With a new home and a new look, Boston’s most anticipated springtime gala, the Friends of the Public Garden’s Green and White Ball, will bloom at a new venue later this month at Four Seasons Hotel Boston. The event’s new partners, Marc Hall Design, Frost Productions and PEAK Event Services, have helped create a fresh look for the elegant evening.
    On Friday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m., the Friends’ largest fundraiser of the year will feature a lively cocktail reception with si
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  • MFA Boston, Celebrates Spring with Annual “Art In Bloom” Festival of Art and Flowers

    The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), celebrates the return of spring with Art in Bloom, taking place Saturday, April 28, through Monday, April 30, following an evening preview on Friday, April 27.
    For more than 40 years, the festival has paired art from the MFA’s collection—from ancient to contemporary—with floral interpretations created by 50 New England-area garden clubs. In addition to enjoying colorful arrangements scattered throughout the Museum, visitors can stop by the
  • Beacon Hill Architectural Commission Agenda

    The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, April 19, starting at 4:00 p.m. at, Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Plaza. Piemonte Room (5th Floor), Boston, MA 02201
    The following items are on the agenda:
     
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    Proposed Work: Install two light fixtures flanking front entrance.
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  • BHBA Annual Meeting Highlights Past Year’s Achievements

    The Beacon Hill Business Association held its annual meeting at Hampshire House on Thursday April 5, highlighting the group’s numerous achievements over the course of the past year.
    Nina Castellion, outgoing co-president and manager of E.R. Butler & Co., recapped memorable events, including the annual Holiday Stroll, which the organization coordinates behind the scenes. This year marked two firsts for the event as former neighborhood resident Andrew Sherman and his now-fiancée T
  • Unique Kitchens Attract Visitors to Beacon Hill

    The sun shone brightly on the nearly 400 neighbors and friends who toured eight kitchens in Beacon Hill and Back Bay homes during the fifth annual Creative Kitchens Tour, sponsored by Beacon Hill Village (BHV) on Saturday. All unique, the kitchens reflected the lifestyle and vitality of the families that make them the center of their lives day after day.
    “This year’s tour was extremely successful,” said BHV Executive Director Laura Connors.  “We were fortunate that w
  • Related Beal Closes First Round of Sales at Charles Street Garage

    Related Beal announced last week it has closed on the sale of the first block of 20 deeded condominium parking spaces at the Charles Street Garage.
    Located at 144 Charles St., the Garage is the only 24/7-valet parking option in Beacon Hill. The second phase of sales is now underway.
    “This milestone demonstrates the demand for permanent 24/7 indoor parking in the neighborhood, and we are excited to close on the first round of sales at The Charles Street Garage,” said Stephen Faber, se
  • Nourish Your Soul Opens in Beacon Hill

    In a quest to help people feel better and get healthy, Susan Cabana continues to bottle her favorite nourishing juices and nutritious snacks in her newest store in Beacon Hill.
    Susan Cabana in her new store on Beacon Hill, holding a lavender charcoal lemonade.
    Located on Cambridge Street next door to Soul Cycle, this will be her third cold-press juice location called Nourish Your Soul.
    The store features cold press juices and superfood shots with ginger and turmeric to fight the flu season. For
  • City Council Aims to Increase Voter Access

    In an effort to increase voter participation and take away barriers to get to the polls, the Boston City Council is considering implementing simple steps at a minimal cost to make it easier for residents to participate in voting.
    City Councilor Josh Zakim voters’ access proposal was heard by the Boston City Council’s Committee on Government operations on Monday, March 26, after the last meeting was canceled due to a snowstorm.
    “We need to do everything we can to encourage more
  • BHV Announces Creative Kitchen Tour is Sat

    Beacon Hill Village (BHV) is proud to announce that the Creative Kitchens Tour 2018 will take place on Saturday, April 7. Celebrating 5 years of inviting the community to “take a peek” into some of the most interesting and distinguished kitchens on Beacon Hill and in the Back Bay, this fundraising event for the Village has become a popular early spring tradition.
    This year’s Tour is made possible through the generosity of many neighbors and businesses, including presenting spon
  • When a Family Homestead Can’t Stay in the Family

    Homes that get passed from generation to generation are increasingly rare, as children grow up, move away and can no longer afford the properties.
  • ‘Molasses Disaster’ Featured at Evening at 74

    Emerging young performers about to launch their careers in the arts will steal the spotlight at the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s second celebration of music, performance and food on April 12. This time the Evening at 74 is all about Boston’s ‘molasses disaster,’ which promises to make it a rich and lively night at 74 Joy Street.
    Once again the evening is being organized by Beacon Hill artist Emily Weiskopf, whose own artwork is represented in both private and publ
  • Longfellow Bridge Closings Posted

    MassDOT will implement overnight lane closures on Storrow Drive east and westbound in the vicinity of the Longfellow Bridge through Friday, April 6. A single lane will be closed in each direction from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM, and double lane closures will be from 11:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM the following morning. The roadway in this area consists of three lanes in each direction. A minimum of one lane in each direction will be maintained for travel at all times.
    The closures are necessary to safe
  • Visual Feast Coming to the Vilna Shul, April 29

    The Vilna Shul, located at 18 Phillips St., will present a unique photography exhibition, “Holding Differences Tenderly,” featuring professional Beacon Hill photographer Brenda Bancel and students Toni Marie Gomes and Roody Jean Louis from the Take 5 program at the Epiphany School in Dorchester.
    These photographers focus on exploring ways to raise our consciousness of deeply rooted stereotypes, and their work will give the viewer the rare opportunity to rethink and thoroughly learn a
  • City Golf Courses Set to Open April 6

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh has announced that the City of Boston’s two municipal golf courses will open on April 6 for the 2018 season.
    The City owns and operates the William J. Devine Golf Course in Dorchester and the George Wright Golf Course in Hyde Park designed by Donald Ross.  Both have received national accolades as must-play courses when golfing in the Boston area.  Golfers can access information on rates, season permits, monthly specials and tournaments and book tee times at
  • Lecture Recalls Remarkable Life of Quaker and International Journalist Nora Waln

    When Mark Kiefer comes to the Beacon Hill Friends House on Wednesday, April 11, to discuss the life of Nora Waln, his great-aunt, as well as a Quaker and accomplished international journalist, he believes her story will have just as much relevance today as it did when she came of age nearly 100 years ago.
    “Nora went to college when women couldn’t vote, yet she was able to affect change at a time when it was a daunting challenge for women in particular,” said Kiefer, who chairs
  • Police Briefs 04-03-2018

    Beacon Hil Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Larceny from Motor Vehicle
    03/21/18 – At about 4:53 a.m., a victim reported he observed a female suspect going through his 1998 Honda Accord inside a Charles Street garage. The suspect fled on foot towards River Street after taking U.S. currency, registration and a jacket.
     
    Larceny from Motor Vehicle
    03/21/18 – A victim reports she parked her 2009 Toyota Corolla on Walnut Street at around 4 p.m. on March 20, but when she returned to h
  • Tiger Woods Bulked Up and Broke Down. At the Masters, He’s a Cautionary Tale and a Favorite.

    Younger players who watched him push the limits, and endure years of pain, marvel at his latest comeback and aim for a balance between golf and life.
  • At the Masters, Tiger Woods Is a Cautionary Tale and a Favorite

    Younger players who watched him push the limits, and endure years of pain, marvel at his latest comeback and aim for a balance between golf and life.
  • Palm Sunday Mass

    The start of Holy Week began on Palm Sunday. Rev. John Unni, pastor of St. Cecilia’s Church is joined by parishoners outside the Church at the start of the Palm Sunday Mass.
  • Panificio Sets Stage for Live Music in the Neighborhood

    Besides offering a casual, inviting dining atmosphere, Panificio Bistro and Bakery at 144 Charles St. is currently emerging as one of the neighborhood’s premier venues for live music.
    Bob Whitelock performing at Panificio on Wednesday, March 21.
    “Panificio is a great because it can be either loud and fun or as intimate as you want,” said John Everett Martin, a longtime bartender and server at The Sevens Ale House who has performed there on numerous occasions. “And it&rsqu
  • Walsh Withdraws Ordinance Regulating Short-Term Rentals

    Mayor Martin Walsh withdrew his ordinance regulating short-term rentals in the City of Boston arguing that more time is needed to ensure that the City enacts the best and most effective policies.
    The announcement came at the Boston City Council’s hearing on Wednesday, March 21 when a letter from the Mayor’s Office was read into the public meeting.
    It stated that during a robust process including a public hearing and two working sessions, important and complex questions were raised. H
  • Unique Kitchens Showcased on Creative Kitchens Tour April 7

    When her spouse suggested moving to a home with an elevator, a Beacon Hill lover of cooking and antiques replied in no uncertain terms that she was not moving anywhere unless she could bring her kitchen table with her.
    Which was no small thing because the table is a long and heavy 9-foot 3-inch antique kitchen work table, one that resembles a cooking table one might see on Downton Abbey. As the couple’s son fondly remembers, it has served for years as the center of the family’s socia
  • Mass DOT Gives Green Light for New Charlestown/N Washington St Bridge

    The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (Mass DOT) board of directors voted to proceed with construction last week after accepting the lowest bid of $177 million from ACS/J F White Contracting for the new Charlestown/North Washington Street Bridge, which Beacon Hill architect Miguel Rosales has conceived to complement his iconic Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge.
    Rosales’ design dedicates nearly 40 percent of the total width of the bridge, linking the North End to Charles
  • Beacon Hill Market Reopens for Business

    In anticipation of its grand opening tomorrow, Friday, March 30, the Beacon Hill Market is now operating under new management.
    Soni Manandhar, an Everett resident who worked at the Family Market in Chelsea for around five years, has assumed ownership of the store at 55 Anderson St.
    The market, which already stocks the usual selection of groceries, newspapers and household items, is adding sandwiches, soups, salads and daily prepared-food selections to its offerings.
    Alongside an ATM and five sea
  • 1000 Boylston St, Receives Approval,Despite No On-Site Affordable Housing

    A new mix-use retail and residential tower slated to fill in the hole looking down to the Massachusetts Turnpike along Boylston Street in the Back Bay got a key approval from the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board, despite not having on-site affordable housing.
    The decision was made during the monthly BPDA board meeting on Thursday, March 15. The approved project includes a 484 foot residential building with 108 units, which will sit on top of a five-story podium of retail, rest
  • Quentin Palfrey, Candidate for Lt Governor, Guest Speaker at Local Committees

    Quentin Palfrey, a former Obama White House official and non-profit leader running for Lieutenant Governor, spoke at meetings held by the Boston Ward 4 and Ward 5 Democratic Committees on Tuesday in the Back Bay and South End. Palfrey, a longtime Democratic activist, announced his candidacy in September and has topped the Democratic field of Lieutenant Governor’s candidates in fundraising since kicking off his campaign.
    Ward 4 includes the South End and Fenway, while Ward 5 consi
  • Greg Henning Announces for Suffolk County District Attorney Office

    Greg Henning, a 38-year-old Dorchester resident who has worked as a prosecutor for over ten years, is running for Suffolk County District Attorney.
    Henning grew up in Boston and graduated from Harvard with a bachelor’s degree in government. His father, John Henning, was a longtime Boston television reporter and anchor at Channels 2, 5, 7, and 4. Henning received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 2005 before returning to Boston.
    Since 2006, Greg has worked at the district at
  • Hill House Announces First-Ever, Citywide NFL Flag Football League

    Young football fans can now enjoy the fun and excitement of America’s favorite sport starting this fall as Hill House announces the city’s first NFL Flag football league.        Open to children in kindergarten through the seventh grade, this citywide league will take place on Sunday mornings at Clemente Field on the Emmanuel College Campus in Back Bay. Registration is now open through www.hillhouseboston.org. Teams are encouraged to
  • Clearing the Roads

    With a grin on his face and a chain saw in his hand, Greg Mosman, Boston’s dedicated City Arborist/Tree Warden, took to the slippery slopes of Mt. Vernon Street last Wednesday to remove downed limbs in the midst of the blizzard.
  • Police Body Cameras Seen as Initial Success for Officers, Public

    In preliminary data unveiled at a Council hearing on Monday, March 12, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said the Boston Police body-worn camera pilot has been a success to date.
    “The preliminary results are for the most part all positive,” he said. “I haven’t heard one complaint from the officers who are wearing them. I think a lot of them were encouraged by the cameras. I think it helped quell some disturbances they run into. When people see they’re on came
  • Brock Jobe to be Speaker at the Nichols House Museum Lecture Series March 29

    The Nichols House Museum Lecture Series will present on Thursday, March 29, Chippendale: The Man and the Myth by Brock Jobe.
    The event will run from  6:00-7:30 p.m. and will take be held at  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, 02116
    This year marks the 300th anniversary of Britain’s most celebrated furniture maker, Thomas Chippendale. His designs reached both sides of the Atlantic through a groundbreaking pattern book, The Gentleman and
  • Council Calls for Working Group to Alleviate Maintenance Burdens on Private Sewer Lines

    Across some of the neighborhoods in Boston, private alleys that abut commercial and residential properties have sewer lines and infrastructure with some dating back to the mid-1800s. When needed maintenance is required, the cost of repairs is put on the owners who have to pool the money together from the abutting neighbors, and not the Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC).
    The high costs have delayed many owners from making much-needed repairs, creating quality of life problems and creating
  • French Cultural Center

    The Mosaïque Committee of the French Cultural Center of Boston is pleased to present world-renowned French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet with the first-ever Mosaïque Award for Exceptional Achievement. Mr. Thibaudet will be honored at an awards ceremony at the French Cultural Center in Back Bay on Friday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m.
    The Mosaïque Award for Exceptional Achievement is conferred to an individual who has excelled in the humanities, the sciences, or the public interest, and
  • Mayor’s Cup Street Hockey Tournament Coming April 17-19

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will host the 2018 Mayor’s Cup Street Hockey Tournament in partnership with the Boston Bruins on April 17, 18, and 19 during the April public school vacation week.
    “Every year, young players from neighborhoods across Boston compete in the Mayor’s Cup Tournament for the title of ‘Boston’s Best,’” said Mayor Walsh. “This is a great competition that many look forward to every year, a
  • Cambridge Trust Co to Showcase Local Artist

    The Cambridge Trust Company’s Beacon Hill branch at 65 Beacon St. is showcasing “Water Works,” a collection of oil/cold encaustic paintings by Boston resident and fine artist Walter Baranowski, as part of its ongoing commitment to support and celebrate the cultural and economic importance of art in the community.
    The branch will also host a reception, giving neighborhood residents and the public an opportunity to meet the artist on Thursday, March 22, from 6 to 8 p.m.
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  • Charlesgate Alliance Moves Forward with Plan to Reclaim Forgotten City Neighborhood

    The Charlesgate Alliance is energized and optimistic as the spring equinox approaches, according to a press release from the group established with the goal of piecing back together a forgotten Boston neighborhood that abuts the Back Bay and Fenway and runs adjacent to Kenmore Square and was lost more than half a century ago to construction of the Bowker Overpass.
    And building on this growing momentum, it will hold another public meeting in Room 545 of a BU building at 545 Bay State Road on Apri
  • Stop Child Predators Looks to Strengthen:Mayor Walsh’s Short-Term Rental Ordinance

    Stop Child Predators, a nonprofit organization that combats the sexual exploitation of children and protects victims nationally, is asking Boston City Councilors to help strengthen Mayor Martin Walsh’s short-term rental ordinance by removing provisions that allow for commercial investors.
    The non-profit organization believes the short-term ordinance is a strong first step in protecting the tens of thousands of children across the City of Boston but, believes it can be strengthened by strip
  • BHV Members Make Exercise Part of Their Travel Plans

    When 19 Beacon Hill and Back Bay residents associated with Beacon Hill Village traveled to Mazatlan, Mexcio, last month, the group didn’t just have the sun and sand on their minds, they also wanted to stay in shape, and so they invited Cindy Sullivan along to work out.
    Susan Cox of Mount Vernon Street (in the hat) following Cindy Sullivan of Phillips Street.
    The group trip to Hotel Playa Mazatlán. was organized by Mary George of Chestnut Street, and Barbara Lindeman of Avery Street,
  • Park Plaza Urban Renewal Zone Could Be the First to Go

    Known for being home to Emerson College, Four Season Hotel, the Chinatown Trade Building and a vibrant theatre culture, the Park Plaza Urban Renewal area has been turned around over the past decade into a vibrant downtown area of Boston.
    This Urban Renewal Area might be the first zone that the city will let expire after meeting the goals first laid out by the Park Plaza Renewal Project in the 1970’s.
    The announcement came from Brian Golden, director of the Boston Planning and Development A

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