• 25th Anniversary

    Upstairs Downstairs Antiques shop owner Laura Cousineau with family and friends outside the store on Saturday, March 18, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the store. Former owner Rebecca Hackler, Joan O’Brien, Moley Manning, Cousineau with Quinn and Bob Cousineau, Former owner Lauren Decatur and Peggy Glynn.
  • Downtown View:Where Things Stand: Winthrop Square

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    The proposed 775-foot tower to be built on the site of a grungy city garage started out nicely when plans were unveiled last summer. The developer, Millennium Partners, was largely responsible for revitalization of Washington Street with the Ritz complex, Millennium Place and the Millennium Tower that filled in Vornado’s Filene’s hole. They would pay the city $153 million for affordable housing and park maintenance in the Boston Common and Franklin Park. So far,
  • AMC Buildings Returning to Condominiums

    By Beth Treffeisen
    The current home of the Appalachian Mountain Club  (AMC) headquarters on Joy Street in Beacon Hill will soon be condos.
    The architect Guy Grassi, who is behind the major renovations and restoration of these three brick row houses, presented the changes at last week’s Beacon Hill Architectural Commission meeting.
    Due to the numerous details to the project and the question whether additions to the back of some of the condos will be seen from a public way, the Commissi
  • Nichols House Receives Accreditation from AAM

    The Nichols House Museum has achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums.
    Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. Executive Director Victoria McKay is “ecstatic about the commission’s decision and very grateful to the staff, board members, partners, supporters and volunteers whose efforts have made th
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  • MassDOT Seeks Comments on Five-Year CIP Plan

    Neighborhood organizations, as well as individual residents should take full advantage of expressing comments and suggestions on potential transportation projects which could be included in the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) upcoming five-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP).
    Now in the process of updating the CIP for fiscal years 2018-2021 and adding on fiscal year 2022, MassDOT is welcoming import through the public engagement process.
    MassDOT claims every suggestion, comme
  • Beacon Hill Village Offers Help on Planning for Critical Medical Care

    By Betsy Peterson
    The choices of medical treatment–and how far to pursue treatment–are confusing and hard enough when you are healthy. Palliative care or hospice (and what’s the difference?) Advance directive? MOLST? DNR? And if you are too sick to make the decision, who will decide, and what will they decide? Resuscitation? Intubation? Artificial feeding? Just “comfort care”? Will they know what you would choose on the spectrum from “alive at any cost”
  • Overnight Closures on Storrow Drive Posted

    MassDOT will implement overnight double lane closures on Storrow Drive westbound in the vicinity of the Longfellow Bridge through Friday, March 24. The closures will be implemented from 11:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM the following morning. The closures are necessary to safely perform work on the Longfellow Bridge above the roadway.
    Traffic will be monitored and the closures will only be implemented if volumes allow. WSC will make every effort to minimize noise during the overnight work hours. Th
  • Kids 4 Coding Youth Summer Programming:Camps plug into Cambridge and Brookline

    Kids 4 Coding, the Atlanta-based technology startup creating a tech-ready generation, expands its Boston offerings in 2017 with campus-based summer programs at both Newberry College in Brookline and the Sherrill Library in Cambridge.
    One week half- and full-day camps for youth ages 7-15 focus on digital literacy and coding proficiency, unlocking and encouraging students’ potential for problem-solving, logical and creative thinking, math application and ingenuity. Highly interactive modules
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  • Police Briefs 03-21-2017

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Larceny from Motor Vehicle
    03/08/17 – A victim reported that her 2006 Acura MDX was broken into at Beacon and Charles streets between 5 and 6:30 p.m. The left rear window was broken, and two gym bags containing clothing were removed from the vehicle.
     
    Larceny from Motor Vehicle03/09/17 – A victim reported that his wallet containing bank and credit cards was taken from his 2002 VW Jetta between 4:55 and 5:15 p.m.  The victim said
  • In Maine, Portland Tries a New Tactic With Panhandlers: Hiring Them

    While other cities toughen their anti-begging laws and face court challenges, some are are testing a less punitive approach.
  • Learning Project Students Honor ‘International Women’s Day’

    At 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, the corner of Marlborough and Clarendon streets came alive with a crowd of elementary school students holding mini “picket signs,” each marked with something new that the children learned about women, stereotypes and inequality.
    Learning Project Elementary School students hold mini “picket signs.”
    This was the culmination of The Learning Project Elementary School’s first-ever “teach-in,” with the entire day being devoted
  • Esplanade Association Welcomes New Marketing and Events Manager

    By Dan Murphy
    Kelsey Pramik, the Esplanade Association’s newly named marketing and events manager.
    Kelsey Pramik comes to her new role as the marketing and events manager of The Esplanade Association with a heartfelt appreciation for the city’s parklands that draws on her previous experience with the Charles River Conservancy.
    As a past participant in the Esplanade 5K and Sunset Yoga on the Esplanade, Pramik already has firsthand experience with The Esplanade Association’s prog
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  • DCR Begins Process to Revitalize Lee Pool on the Esplanade

    By Dan Murphy
    The Department of Conservation and Recreation has initiated a planning and design process that reimagines the long-dormant Lee Pool complex on the Charles River Esplanade as a waterfront pavilion with adjacent parkland, as well as a LEED-certified building that would be the first new construction on the park in more than 50 years.
    According to Troy Wall, director of communications for DCR, the state is partnering with two local nonprofits, Hill House and the Esplanade Association,
  • Boston Police Agree to Continue to Wear Cameras for 6 Months

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans announced an agreement with the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association (BPPA) to extend the Body Worn Camera Pilot Program by an additional six months to ensure sufficient data is available for an effective study of the program.
    “This extension is a positive development and I look forward to continuing to build on the success of this pilot program,” Mayor Walsh said. “We are fortunate to have one of the bes
  • Downtown View:Finding Hope

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    After the election, Nancy Schön was blue. When faced with sadness, what’s a sculptor to do? She fashions a piece that acknowledges her feelings, yet points toward hope.
    The mother dove has a tear in her eye. But her fledgling is rising from a lilac branch that already has buds on it. Laurel leaves lie nearby. This small sculpture, still in wax, shows how an artist conceives of a project, decides how big it will be, plays with the image until it feels right and fin
  • Specialized Med Spa Opens in Newbury Street Location

    By Marianne Salza
    There are plenty of med-spas in Boston that offer an array of services from Botox and fillers to laser treatments and body contouring; but friends, Alexa Nicholls Costa and Alexandra L. Rogers aspired to go further and become specialists. The 28-year-old entrepreneurs founded LexRx, an exclusive boutique that focuses on non-invasive Botox and dermal filler treatments. The aesthetic practice, located at 268 Newbury Street, Boston, concentrates on enhancing one’s lips, eyes
  • Museum Marks ‘Irish Heritage Month’ by Honoring Notable West Enders of Irish Descent

    As part of Irish Heritage Month, The West End Museum is once again celebrating notable West Enders of Irish descent.
    On Tuesday, March 14, the Museum will host its Irish Heritage Honoree Night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. This year’s honorees are Joseph A. McDonald and John I. Fitzgerald.
    Born in the West End in 1902, the sixth of seven children of two Gaelic-speaking immigrants, McDonald [1902-1986] graduated from the Wendell P
  • More Longfellow Bridge Closures Announced

    MassDOT will implement overnight double lane closures on Storrow Drive westbound in the vicinity of the Longfellow Bridge through Friday, March 17. The closures will be implemented from 11:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM the following morning. The closures are necessary to safely perform work on the Longfellow Bridge above the roadway.
    Traffic will be monitored and the closures will only be implemented if volumes allow. WSC will make every effort to minimize noise during the overnight work hours. Th
  • Go Boston 2030 Aims to Transform the Way People Move Around Boston

    By Beth Treffeisen
    There is no question that Boston is booming with both increased development and with an influx of residents. Between the years 2000 and 2010, Boston’s population grew by five percent to more than 620,000 residents. By 2030, the population is expected to exceed 700,000.
    Already, Boston has crowded roadways, trains, and buses during high peak hours and it is only bound to get worse as more and more people continue to move into the City.
    But, Mayor Martin Walsh hopes to add
  • Police Briefs 03-14-2017

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Assault and Battery
    03/05/17 – A female victim reported being assaulted at a Stuart Street establishment at around 1:30 a.m. The victim said while in the club, she and a friend had a drink thrown on them, and a fight started. She said five or six other females then assaulted her. The victim declined medical attention for a left leg laceration and bruised nose.
  • MFAC Receives Great Donation from Cheers Owner Kershaw

    Photos by Joe Prezioso
    Cheers owner Thomas A. Kershaw hands a check for $10,000 from Cheers for Children to Sir Braveheart of Mascots for a Cure, who were at Cheers on Tuesday as their second stop of 36 across the US to meet up with local team mascots and raise money for children.
    Cheers owner Thomas A. Kershaw recently donated $10,000 to Mascots for a Cure (MFAC) through his Cheers for Children Program. MFAC was on hand with two mascots and some twist and shout music to accept the check.
    MFAC i
  • Ward 5 Democrats to Hold Caucus

    Registered Democrats in Boston Ward 5 will be holding a caucus at the First Church of Boston (66 Marlborough Street) on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 10 a.m. to elect 19 delegates and 4 alternates for the 2017 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, where Democrats from across Massachusetts will gather to adopt a new Party Platform. The convention will be held on Saturday, June 3 at the Tsonga Arena in Lowell.
    “Our caucuses are a great opportunity to strengthen our Party’s organization an
  • Greenway May Lose 40 Percent of State Funding

    The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy is in danger of losing a substantial portion of its state funding but officials are meeting with the hope of maintaining the current funding structure.
    According to a front page story in Friday’s Boston Globe, the Greenway could lose 40 percent of its funding which is roughly $2 million of its $5 million budget. The Greenway, a group of parks that extend through Boston neighborhoods, has become a very popular gathering point for residents, people emplo
  • Downtown View:Class Divides?

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    A few weeks ago I took the T over to Prudential Center. I wanted to check out Eataly, since I’d heard so much about it. Was it really a sign that tradition-bound Boston can handle the latest, greatest retail concept? Would it finally make the Pru cool? Would it edge out the North End as the most Italian place north of New York?
    I forgot those questions when I stepped off the escalator on the second floor. Instead I was overwhelmed with the sheer abundance of the place.
  • North End, Waterfront and Beacon Hill Eateries Participating in Dine Out Boston

    By Phil Orlandella
    A total of nineteen eateries from the North End, Waterfront and Beacon Hill are participating in this year’s Dine Out Boston sponsored by the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) in partnership with American Express.
    This is the 16th year of Dine Out Boston and many Boston restaurants are providing diners an opportunity to enjoy the regions dining scene and participating restaurateurs the chance to bring in new guests.
    Now through March 10 and March 12-1
  • Art and Jewelry Auctioneer Lucy Grogan at BHWF

    By Kathy Hull
    There are few things more exciting in the world of dusty antiques than finding a “gem” of unexpected value, as attested by the continuing popularity of PBS’s “Antique Roadshow.” On Tuesday, March 14, the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) welcomes Lucy P. Grogan, local fine art and jewelry appraiser and auctioneer, who has appeared several times as an expert on the popular TV show. The upcoming event, dubbed “Going Once, Going Twice: The 21st
  • ‘Creative Kitchens Tour’ Showcases Historic Beacon Hill and Back Bay Residences

    By Dan Murphy
    When former board member Kitty Flather first conceived of the “Creative Kitchens Tour” in the spring of 2013 as a possible fundraiser for Beacon Hill Village, it immediately struck a chord as an event that would not only champion the nonprofit membership organization’s mission of helping neighbors remain in their homes as they age, but also one that showcases the historic 19th-century residences of both Beacon Hill and Back Bay.
    “We wanted to create a fun, c
  • MassDOT to Close Lane on Longfellow Bridge March 11

    MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC), will close a single lane of Land Boulevard/Memorial Drive westbound in the vicinity of the Longfellow Bridge on Saturday, March 11. The lane will be closed from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM each Saturday. The closure is necessary to work on the foundation of the westbound sidewalk retaining wall. No detours are required for this work.
    For more information on the project, visit the website at www.mass.gov/massdot/longfellowbridge. View constructi
  • BLO Passes Revised Lederman Mem Plans

    By Beth Treffeisen
    The Boston Landmarks Commission (BLO) unanimously approved the revised design for a permanent memorial and landscaped setting to commemorate Dr. Melvin Lederman, at a hearing held on Wednesday, Feb. 28.
    The memorial is honoring the Massachusetts General Hospital surgeon and Navy Commander Dr. Lederman who was killed while participating in field operations during the Vietnam War. He was best known as “Super Doc” by his compatriots and received a total of four Purple
  • She’s 17 and Needs Birth Control. Do We Turn Our Backs?

    The battle over women’s health is being felt in clinics.
  • Hearing Held on Subdividing Polling Places

    By Beth Treffeisen
    The Boston City Council held a hearing on Feb. 23, to discuss the Boston’s Elections Department proposal to subdivide current precincts to decrease voting lines and increase voter access to the polls.  While two polling places in Chinatown and Bay Village will be changing, there will be no polling location changes in Beacon Hill.
    The Elections Department is looking at creating even further subdivides within precincts in order to create more polling locations. Change
  • FOPG Restores Shaw Memorial Sword

    By Dan Murphy and Beth Treffeisen
    Daedalus, Inc.’s Joshua Craine replacing the sword on the Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial on the Boston Common.
    It was only one day after the sword at the Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial on the Boston Common was again reported damaged on Tuesday, Feb. 21, until the Friends of the Public Garden took action.
    Joshua Craine of Daedalus, Inc., was quickly contracted to replace the saber – a task the Wa
  • Downtown View:Uninhabitable

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    Samuel Eliot Morison in The Maritime History of Massachusetts describes our state’s liabilities—tumbling, shallow, un-navigable rivers that could never compete with the mighty Hudson or the St. Lawrence; “long-lying snow,” making for a short growing season; shallow soil too close to the underlying granite for successful farming, few natural resources beyond timber, and then there is the ice. Compared to the old country, Massachusetts presented dauntin
  • City Paws:The Long and Short of Life Spans

    by Ed & Penny Cherubino
    It’s a sad fact that our beloved dogs have short lives by humans standards. As you talk to dog lovers, you often hear tales of all the dogs they have known and loved through the years. Those who love members of giant breeds face the shortest normal life spans.
     
    Big Dog, Little Dog
    When people talk about big dogs having short lives, they should change that word big to giant. In reality, it is the giant breeds, like the Great Dane, Irish Wolfhound, Mastiff,
  • Nighttime Demolition on Boston End of Longfellow Bridge

    MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli (WSC), will temporarily perform nighttime demolition work during the early hours through Saturday, March 4. The demolition activities will occur from 1:30 AM to 4:30 AM each night.
    This work must be performed within the MBTA right-of-way, therefore necessitating the overnight work when the MBTA Red Line is not operating. Demolition work will occur at Span 1 of the Longfellow Bridge over Storrow Drive in Boston.
    Activities during these work hours
  • Mayor Walsh Awards $22 Million in New Funding for Affordable Housing

    By Beth Treffeisen
    Last week, Mayor Martin Walsh announced nearly $22 million in funding for 10 affordable housing developments in neighborhoods across Boston. The funding will help preserve or produce 602 housing units with 77 of those units being reserved for homeless or extremely low-income households in Boston.
    This announcement follows behind the Mayor’s goal of creating 6,500 new units of affordable housing outlined in “The Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030” housing pl
  • Henry Wood, Boston Architect and Long-Time South End Resident, Dead at 87

    By Beth Treffeisen
    Henry Austin Wood III, a Boston architect and a long-time South End resident, who was behind the makings of Boston City Hall, passed away in his home in Boston on Jan. 27 at the age of 87.
    Henry Wood’s architecture that spans throughout the Boston region and beyond will have a lasting impact on City’s residents for years to come.
    A memorial service was recently held for him at City Hall on Saturday, Feb. 18.
    “It was amazing,” said Josh Rose-Wood his son
  • Police Briefs 02-28-2017

    BEACON HILL BEAT
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Larceny from Motor Vehicle
    02/14/17  – A victim reported she parked her 2011 Subaru Forrester at Mugar Way and Mt. Vernon Street at around 3 p.m. on Feb. 13, but when she returned at about 6 p.m. the next day, the passenger’s side window was broken and a tote bag, purse and personal belongings were removed from the vehicle.
    Vandalism
    02/15/17 – At approximately 1:27 a.m., a female suspect was arrested for spray-painting graffiti
  • How We’re Making Boston’s Streets Safer

    By Mayor Martin J. Walsh
    In January, the busy streets of Boston became safer. As we dig out from this month’s snowstorms and prepare for spring, I want to remind drivers, cyclists and pedestrians about our City’s newest initiative to make our streets safer: reducing the speed limit on streets in Boston from 30 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour (MPH).
    This reduction, part of Boston’s Vision Zero initiative, will make Boston a safer place for people of all ages and abilities to
  • BHWF Thanks Tom Kershaw

    At this month’s Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF), all the group members signed a giant Valentine’s Day Card and presented it to Tom Kershaw, along with a heart-shaped box of chocolates and red roses.Kershaw has generously underwritten the room rental cost for the organization from its inception four years ago in May 2013.Kershaw addressed the group, saying, “It has been a joy to watch this little acorn grow into a sturdy oak tree and become the source of so many friendsh
  • BHAC Approves Temple St Project

    By Dan Murphy
    The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission (BHAC) unanimously green-lit the biggest residential redevelopment project in the neighborhood’s history on Thursday, with some stipulations.
    Dedham-based JDMD Owner, LLC, plans to reconvert the Hiriaam J. Archer and Frank J. Donahue buildings at Temple and Derne streets into a 75-unit condominium complex, with rooftop additions including penthouse units, as well as 60 on-site, below-grade parking spaces. Both buildings were previously
  • Downtown View:Snow Fear in Boston

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    Are we Bostonians pusillanimous, spineless milquetoasts?
    It’s easy to conclude that we are, given our recent behavior over snowstorms. The weather forecasters announce ominously that a snowstorm is on the way. The newscasters lament snow in the same way they’d view a plague of locusts. Suburbanites rush to the grocery store to stock up. The Boston Public Library, of all places, closes. Maybe the librarians just wanted a day off.
    Why all the frantic closures and m
  • Judge Takes Summary Judgment on Sidewalk Ramps under Advisement

    By Dan Murphy
    Following a hearing at Suffolk County Courthouse last Tuesday, a judge said she would take an argument under consideration that could potentially allow the city to resume installing ADA-compliant ramps on Beacon Hill.
    The Hon. Rosemary Connolly will then determine whether to rule on a summary judgment in the city’s favor, rule in favor of the Beacon Hill Civic Association on the grounds cited in the opposition filed by the group and 10 neighborhood residents, or decline to gr
  • Pedestrian and Bike Traffic to be Diverted for TLC along the Charles River Esplanade

    The Esplanade Association (EA) has announced that it recently received an anonymous donation specifically designated to be used for tree care on the Charles River Esplanade Park.
    With this grant and in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Esplanade Association has scheduled the tree maintenance and care to be completed this February. The work being done by Bartlett Tree Experts, will take place on the south side of the park between Dartmouth Street footbridge
  • Hill Sees Spike in Residential Breaking and Entry

    By Dan Murphy
    Beacon Hill has seen an uptick in residential breaking-and-enterings in 2017, according to Boston Police.
    Seven incidents have been reported in the neighborhood since Jan. 1, five of which in the first two weeks of February. Three took place during the daylight hours of Feb. 7, when the New England Patriots held their Super Bowl victory parade in Boston.
    Police said the doors of homes were kicked in some incidents while elsewhere, the thieves presumably gained entry by “piggy
  • Local Students Named to Honor Roll at BC High

    The following students have been named to the Honor Roll at Boston College High School.
    For High Honors a Soph., Jr.,Sr. must have at least a 3.80 quality point average and all grades ‘”C+” or higher. Freshmen need a 3.6 quality point average and all grades ‘”C+” or higher.
    For Honors a Soph., Jr.,Sr. must have at least a 3.20 quality point average and all grades ‘”C-” or higher. Freshmen need a 3.165 quality point average and all grades &lsq
  • Boston City Council Calls for A Home Rule:Petition to Add Additional Polling Locations

    By Beth Treffeisen
    The Boston City Council last week called for a hearing to discuss filling a home rule petition to add additional polling locations in the six largest precincts in Boston.
    Filed by City Councilor Bill Linehan of District 2 and City Council President Michelle Wu, this home rule petition would allow the City to subdivide these largest precincts in time for the upcoming municipal elections, without changing political district lines or ward lines.
    “I put this matter forward b
  • Councilor Essaibi-George Wants to Make Applying for Affordable Housing Easier

    By Beth Treffeisen
    At-large City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George last week filed for a hearing order to determine strategies for streamlining the process to apply for affordable housing.
    “I’ve been working on this issue now for the last 14 months and the most important solution to homelessness is housing,” said Councilor Essaibi-George at the meeting. “We have to make it easier for people to access housing.”
    This matter was sent to the Committee on Housing and Comm
  • Sledding Is Not Just for Kids

    Romeo, Sloane and Kim Furmonavicius ride together in style in the Common on Friday afternoon.
  • Four Female Councilors Embark on Study,Meeting Series on Early Ed,Childcare Here

    By Seth Daniel
    While there is frequently a lot of emphasis on public schools and private schools, and where parents will send their school-age children, not much attention has been paid to policies surrounding and even more critical time in a child’s life – the years before school.
    Four female City Councilors look to change that oversight and apply the spotlight to early childhood education and daycare in the City of Boston – inclusive of every neighborhood – in a series

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