• 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
  • Zakim Appointed to Chair Committee on Civil Rights

    By Beth Treffeisen
    The Boston City Council voted to unanimously re-establish the Special Committee on Civil Rights, at the hearing this past Wednesday, February 8.
    City Councilor Josh Zakim of District 8 will chair the new special committee. He has previously chaired the discontinued committee on Human Rights and Civil Rights in the 2014 to 2015 term.
    “I think there is a lot that needs to be accomplished,” said Zakim. “Our civil rights are under attack in our country from Washi
  • Downtown View:The Pitfalls of Symbols

    Super Bowl fever brought up the topic of sports design. Surely you have noticed the Super Bowl trophy. Once in awhile someone mentions its shape, but not much. Apparently two prominent football guys sat down in a restaurant and designed it, and Tiffany made it and continues to make it. Maybe the guys who designed it had small “hands” and didn’t realize what they were doing. Much talk centers on how men make better decisions when women are included in the decision-making. This w
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  • Handmade Jewelry Store Opens on Charles Street

    By Dan Murphy
    Rebekah Brooks Jewelry has opened a third retail location at 96 Charles St., offering the store owner’s custom line, alongside a selection of engagement and wedding rings and antique jewels.
    “We cannot think of a better location for our newest store,” said Brooks, a New Hampshire native and second-generation artist who launched her jewelry line out of a Brooklyn loft in 1998. “Our company has been making locally handmade jewelry and restoring antiques for ov
  • Zakim and Locals Host Rally in Support of HAIS National Day of Action for Refugees

    By Beth Treffeisen
    This past Sunday, over a hundred people came together to join City Councilor Josh Zakim and community allies across the region for a rally in support of HAIS National Day of Action for Refugees.
    The rally was held despite the snow on February 12, at 11:00 am at the New England Holocaust Memorial located in Boston’s Carmen Park across from Boston City Hall.
    HAIS is the global Jewish non-profit that protects refugees whose mission is to protect and assist refugees of all f
  • BPL Offers Online Lottery to Wed in the Copley Square Courtyard

    By Dan Murphy
    The Boston Public Library is now offering an online lottery for six couples to exchange vows in its iconic Italianate courtyard at the Central Library in Copley Square on Sunday, June 11.
    “Long a much sought-after wedding venue, this initiative offers everyone regardless of economic capacity a chance to have Boston Public Library be a part of their lives on this special occasion,” said David Leonard, president of the library, “and we hope to see many applicants wi
  • Police Briefs 02-14-2017

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    02/02/17 – A victim reported unknown person(s) stole a purse, U.S. currency, a pair sunglasses and clothing from her Cordis Street apartment some time between 8:40 a.m. on Jan. 30 and 4:45 p.m. on Feb. 2. There was no sign of forced entry.
    02/02/17 – A victim reports his Jeep Cherokee was vandalized at Beacon and Beaver streets some time between 6:52 and 7:20 a.m. The rear passenger’s side window was broken,
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  • Hill Moms Have Night In

    The Beacon Hill Women’s Forum Mom’s Group gathered at Sarah Papajohn’s home on Jan. 31 for “Mom’s Night In.” Pictured top left to right: Jennifer Gifford, Brittany Seymour, Sandra Gilpatrick and Sarah Papajohn; bottom left to right: Lindsay Sullivan, Laura Chassaigne and Emily Synk; attended but not in photo: Jennifer Zipp and Erica Grey.
  • Dr.Atul Gawande Headlines Beacon Hill Village’s 15th Year Celebration

    By Suzanne Besser
    Dr. Atul Gawande
    Dr. Atul Gawande, whose life-affirming and important book ‘Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End’ challenges readers to think about how they can transform the later chapters of their lives, will talk February 13 at the 15th year celebration of the Beacon Hill Village’s founding.
    Dr. Gawande is a renowned surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, public health innovator, masterful author and loving son of a physician father wh
  • Sidewalk Ramp Court Case Set for Feb 14

    By Dan Murphy
    A judge will hear an argument against a summary judgment that could potentially allow the city to resume installing ADA-compliant ramps on Beacon Hill at the Suffolk County Courthouse in Boston’s Pemberton Square on Tuesday, Feb. 14.
    The Hon. Paul Wilson is then scheduled to determine whether to rule on the summary judgment in the city’s favor, to deny it on the grounds cited in the opposition filed by the Beacon Hill Civic Association or to decline to grant the motion
  • Downtown View:Thinking About Taxis

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    It’s oppressive. You can’t get away from the Trump chaos. Everyone talks about it. Walk down the street, meet a friend. Immediately they bring it up even if you don’t want to hear it. A friend who is skiing in Vermont emailed me about meeting for dinner. But then she ended with, “what’s to become of our nation?”
    A Scottish relative even got into the fray when she took a bus back to Lossiemouth from Elgin. An elderly woman near her told her
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  • Torit Montessori Students Perform Greek Mythology Play

    Torit Montessori School students performed a four-act Greek mythology play for parents in early February, the culmination of weeks of preparation and planning.
    Through their study of ancient Greece in combination with art, engineering, history, literacy and dramatic arts, these young (first and second-grade aged) students brought gods and goddesses to life.
    The teaching and supervisory staff at Torit quickly develop a facility with taking student interests in myriad interdisciplinary directions
  • Beacon Hill Offers Romantic Options for Valentine’s Day

    With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, couples can enjoy a romantic evening without straying far from Beacon Hill.
    Couples can begin the night with cocktails at the Taj Boston or the Four Season Hotel, both of which provide spectacular views of the Public Garden, before enjoying ice stating for two on the Boston Common’s Frog Pond.
    For dinner, chef Anthony Dawodu is offering a four-course, prix fixe menu for $85 per person at Clink at the Liberty Hotel, located at 215 Charles St. The
  • Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson Calls for Sanctuary Public Schools

    By Beth Treffeisen
    Mayoral candidate and Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson called for a hearing on a resolution to affirm sanctuary schools in the Boston Public School (BPS) system at the last week’s Boston City Council hearing.
    The hearing will reaffirm that students, parents, and staff in the Boston Public School system have the right to safe education, without the worry of detention by immigration officials.
    “Boston is the birth place of the American Revolution and I believe we a
  • Police Briefs 02-07-2017

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Larceny from Motor Vehicle
    01/29/17  – The Victim reported he parked his 2014 Toyota Sienna at Charles and Pinckney streets between 2 and 11 a.m. When he returned to his SUV, the rear passenger’s side window was broken and his musical instruments, including a Hammond keyboard and amplifiers, along with accessories, were stolen.
  • Patriots Parade 2017

    Patriots Victory Parade, photos by Joseph Prezioso and Katy Rogers.
    [See image gallery at beaconhilltimes.com]
  • WECA Makes Donation

    On Tuesday, Jan. 10, the West End Civic Association (WECA) presented its annual donation to Christopher’s Haven, One Emerson Place. WECA President Susann Benoit, joined by John Wilson, WECA President Elect, and Jacqui Soroko, the WECA member who nominated the organization for the donation, presented a check for $250 to Catie Botting, Family Services Manager. Christopher’s Haven is a home away from home for families while their children battle cancer at Mass. General. Shown WECA Pres
  • Boston City Council Passes Resolution in Support of the Equality Act

    By Beth Treffeisen
    The Boston City Council passed a resolution in support of amending the Civil Rights Act to be more inclusive on the issue gender identity and sexual orientation. The proposed change that is sponsored by U.S. Representative David Cicilline and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include those two issues.
    City Councilor Josh Zakim and City Council President Michelle Wu filed the resolution that passed unanimously at last week’s hearing on Jan
  • Lots of History as BHCA Gala Celebrates 45th Anniversary on Saturday

    By Suzanne Besser
    In 1972 the Beacon Hill Civic Association, looking for a way to celebrate its 50th anniversary, opted to invite the entire community to a black tie ball. A dance committee was formed, arrangements made and tickets sold for what then was considered to be a one-time event.
    But the Dance was so well-received by folks all over the Hill that the BHCA decided to sponsor it again. And again.
    February 4 marks the 45th time the dance – sometimes called the Beacon Hill Gala and oth
  • Downtown View:A Recipe for Cooking

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    Take one old hot dog factory. Add two big kitchens, eight convection ovens, 12 food truck spaces, several 15-gallon mixers, a frying pan logo, a 1,800 square-foot refrigerator and 45 start-ups. Stir in $15 million of public money, tax credits and donations. Cook for seven years while raising money, renovating the factory, and getting up to speed. Top it off with an executive director who knows her stuff.
    Serve it to Bostonians at the Boston Public Market, the Greenway and co
  • Winthrop Square Project Updates Listed

    MassDEP requires project to have an Environmental Impact Report to include shadows
    After reviewing the Environmental Notification Form the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act  (MEPA) is requiring the developers, Millennium Partners to file an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Since the project is subject to Article 80 review by the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA), MassDEP encourages them to file a join Draft EIR/ Draft Impact Report (DPIR) that satisfies the requirements o
  • Longfellow Bridge Construction Schedule

    MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC), will close the Longfellow Bridge to all vehicular traffic overnight on Wednesday, February 1, through Friday, February 3. The bridge will be closed from 11:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM the following morning. The closures are necessary to work on a MBTA fence using a crane placed on the upstream roadway. Bicycle and pedestrian traffic and the MBTA Red Line will be maintained across the bridge at all times. Bicyclists, both inbound and ou
  • Back Bay Restaurant Troquet is Set to Move to New Location

    By Beth Treffeisen
    After 15 years, the Modern French restaurant Troquet in the Back Bay is celebrating its last few days at the 140 Boylston Street location before embarking on their next journey to the Leather District.
    The restaurant will stay open until February 4 and then will open in the new location at 107 South Street near South Station with the new name Troquet on South.
    Chris Campbell, owner and sommelier of Troquet said,  “Chef Scott Hebert and I have been here nig
  • Construction Launch of Bulfinch Crossing Symbolizes New Era in Boston

    Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, City officials, and members from National Real Estate Advisors and The HYM Investment Group, will swing sledgehammers to mark the launch of construction at Bulfinch Crossing. The project involves strategically transforming the site of an underutilized above-grade parking garage into a 2.9-million square-foot mixed-use development known now as Bulfinch Crossing.
    With proactive community engagement throughout the design process, Bulfinch Crossing is one of the largest
  • Police Briefs 01-31-2017

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Assault and Battery
    01/22/17 – A victim reported he was punched in the mouth at Charles Street South and Jefferson Street at around 2:48 a.m. The victim also said he was walking along the street, when an unknown male suspect came up and assaulted him before fleeing on foot. The victim was transported to Tufts Medical Center for treatment.
  • The State of Our City

    By Mayor Martin J. Walsh
    On January 17th, I had the honor of standing in front of the city I love and explaining all that we’ve accomplished together, and what we have to look forward to in the upcoming year. As I looked out into the audience at Symphony Hall, I was overwhelmed with gratitude that you put your faith in me to lead and that you trust me to make you and your families’ futures brighter.
    I pledged three years ago that as the Mayor of Boston, I would listen, I would learn,
  • Even as Hate Moves Online, K.K.K. Fliers Show Up on Maine Lawns in Dead of Night

    Residents of Augusta, Me., were alarmed by fliers that read, “You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake!” But the notices aren’t illegal.
  • ‘Everyone Is Welcome Here’

    When they heard about an alleged hate crime in their community, high school students took a stand.
  • Residents Join in Boston Women’s March

    By Beth Treffeisen
    Michelle Howell from Beacon Hill waves an American flag that reads ‘Don’t Tread on Me.’
    Marchers bearing pink hats, colorful signs, and t-shirts stating ‘Nasty Women’ packed the Boston Common this past Saturday in a peaceful protest against the recent election of President Donals J. Trump.
    Tens of thousands of protesters marched in solidarity to fight for values of human dignity, equal rights and freedom from discrimination.
    “Today, we were
  • Court Rules Against Outdoor Signage at Red Hat Bldg

    By Dan Murphy
    Outdoor signage on the Red Hat building at 9 Bowdoin St. facing Cambridge Street.
    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Appeals Court has issued a summary decision that further permanently prohibits outdoor signage on the Red Hat building at 9 Bowdoin St.
    The defendants, Hat 9 Bowdoin Realty, LLC (Hat 9) and Framingham-based Sponsor Co., LLC, had appealed a 2015 ruling by Suffolk Superior Court allowing a motion for summary judgment filed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportati
  • Downtown View DC: The Bad and The Good

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    Susan and I took the train to DC last Friday with lots of people and returned on Sunday. We stayed at Lois’s house. On Saturday we three went to the Women’s March on Washington. We wore our bubble-gum pink “Nasty (old) Woman” hoodies. (One of us is 83—probably one of the oldest participants.)
    Chatter about the march had been that the black and white women organizing it couldn’t get along. Some complained that protests over the rest of the
  • Hanley and McGuire to be Honored at BHCA Gala

    By Suzanne Besser
    Deb Hanley and Frank McGuire, whose years of volunteerism on behalf of this community have made it a better place for all, will be honored by more than 200 of their neighbors at the 45th Beacon Hill Gala, sponsored by the Beacon Hill Civic Association on February 4th at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston.
    For more than 40 years the couple has generously donated their time and talents to the neighborhood.  “We do this because of our love for the neighborhood that has given
  • Torit Montessori School Opens Elementary Campus

    By Dan Murphy
    Torit Montessori School opened its elementary campus at the former site of Grampy’s gas station on Cambridge Street last month.
    The campus, which currently accommodates around 40 elementary, kindergarten and pre- kindergarten students, occupies a total of 15,000 square feet on the second through fourth floors of the five-story building at 300 Cambridge St. When the ongoing buildout is completed by next fall, the facility is slated to house classrooms, a gym, dining hall, libr
  • Blackstone’s Celebrates 35th Anniversary with Launch of ‘Meet the Maker’ Series

    Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill, located at 46 Charles St., will kick off its 35th anniversary with the launch of the “Meet the Maker” event series on Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m.
    “Jessica Gusar of ‘Live In Mosaics’ will be our first featured local artist showcasing her mosaic collection that includes both wall art and functional pieces created from durable materials such as Italian glass smalti, mirror, stained glass and 24k gold leaf,” said Jennifer
  • Cheek Donates WWII Visual Materials to Athenaeum

    Elizabeth E. Barker, Ph.D., Stanford Calderwood Director of the Boston Athenæum, announced the donation to the Athenæum of the collection of WWII visual materials of architectural photographer, author, and Athenæum Proprietor Richard W. Cheek. The Richard W. Cheek World War II Graphic Arts Collection contains over 2,000 posters and war maps, 189 linear feet of books, 4,000 magazines, and approximately 6,500 pieces of WWII ephemera, including patriotic envelopes, board games, pl
  • Local Projects Highlighted in Walsh’s State of City Address:FOPG Urges Caution on Winthrop Sq. Project Mitigation Funds

    By Beth Treffeisen
    In a packed Symphony Hall, Mayor Martin J. Walsh delivered his third State of the City Address before embarking on his re-election campaign. In his address, Walsh committed to keeping Boston accessible to all residents by investing more money in affordable housing and upgrading infrastructure and transportation options.
    An effort from the Walsh Administration to create jobs and broaden opportunities for all residents has resulted in 60,000 jobs and cut the unemployment rate in
  • Police Briefs 01-24-2017

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Larceny from Motor Vehicle
    01/13/17- The victim reported unknown person(s) broke into her 2015 Jeep Cherokee, which was parked on Charles Street, at around 7:30 a.m.
    The rear passenger’s side window broken was broken, and a briefcase with personal belongings and papers was stolen.
    Larceny from Motor Vehicle
    01/14/17 – The victim reported unknown person(s) broke into her 2008 Lexus IS250 on Beacon Street some time between 10:30 and 1
  • Officials Outline Legislation to Allow New Shadow from Winthrop Square Tower

    By Beth Treffeisen
    If passed, the proposed 750 foot building slated for the Winthrop Square Garage could be the last to cast additional shadows on the Boston Common and Public Garden downtown.
    The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) proposed a plan to push legislation that would allow the building to use up the rest of the shadow bank, which is currently reserved for buildings only in the Midtown Cultural District. The Winthrop Square site sits two blocks away from the designated zone.
  • Massport:Winthrop Sq Tower is Too High

    By Beth Treffeisen
    The proposed mixed use 775-foot high tower slated for 115 Winthrop Square, which is known for casting controversial new shadows on the public parks downtown, has received yet another challenge from the air.
    The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) came out against the proposed height of the building, saying it would interfere with the flight patterns out of Logan International Airport, if exceed 710 feet.
    Massport stated that a building height greater than 710 feet above se
  • Beacon Hill Women’s Forum Dancing With the Stars

     by Marianne Salza
    Kathy Hull, ballroom dancing gold medal winner.
    When Kathy Hull, a college philosophy and psychology professor, received a phone call one evening from a local dance studio inquiring if she and her husband would like to attend three, free ballroom dancing lessons, she had no idea that it would be the beginning of a new passion and a fierce, competitive drive. She was hooked on ballroom from the moment she was led through her first spin turn.
    “I’m a very analyti
  • Friends and Colleagues Bid Farewell to ‘Bernie’ O’Rourke

    By Dan Murphy
    On the eve of his retirement from a 39-year career with the Boston Police, Superintendent Bernard “Bernie” O’Rourke was feted by scores of friends and colleagues at Ned Devine’s Pub at Faneuil Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 11.
    O’Rourke, who turned 64 the next day, joined the department in 1978 as a member of its mounted unit before serving as a patrol officer for District D-4 and D-14, covering the Back Bay, Fenway and the South End, and Brighton and Allston
  • Downtown View:Shadows vs Money

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    Aren’t we Bostonians better than Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump?
    Millennium Partners beat out several other developers in a plan to demolish the city’s decrepit parking garage at Winthrop Square and build a 700-feet-plus skyscraper, paying the city millions of dollars to be spread around for park improvements, affordable housing and the like, all of which Boston needs. It’s a good project with a good outcome for Bostonians.
    There is one problem, however.
  • Councilor Jackson Announces Bid for Mayor; Calls for a More Equitable Growth Citywide

    By Seth Daniel
    When Councilor Tito Jackson took to the podium to announce his bid for mayor at the Haley House Cafe in Roxbury last Thursday, Jan. 12, he didn’t paint himself as a candidate for one particular group of people, but for all of the people of the city – in particular those in the neighborhoods and the students in the public schools that he indicated are increasingly getting left behind by a City he said is focusing too much on big money, big events and corporate deals.
  • BPDA Approves Temporary Dorms for Emerson College in Fenway; While Renovating Little Building on Boylston Street for More Students

    By Beth Treffeisen
    The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) approved an amendment to Emerson College’s Institution Master Plan (IMP) to temporarily lease the hostel located at 12 Hemenway Street for two years at the board of directors meeting on Thursday, January 12.
    The lease will run from the fall of 2017 to the spring of 2019 to house approximately 115 students due to the temporary closing of Emerson College’s Little Building dormitory located at 80 Boylston Street, which
  • Boston City Council News and Notes

    Boston City Council brings in the new year at their first meeting held last Wednesday, January 11, with a number of refiles. The Council operates on a one-year legislative cycle within a two-year term, meaning that proposals that aren’t voted on by the end of each year become inactive and need to be refilled in the next year.
    Below is a list of refiles to watch out for later this year.Boston Residents Jobs Policy: Mayor Walsh refiled an ordinance amending the Boston Residents Jobs P
  • Police Briefs 01-17-2017

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area  A-1
    01/05/17 – A Charles Street clothing store reported an unknown female suspect stole an Apple iPad off of the store counter, some time between 2 and 3 p.m. A clerk stated the suspect was the only person in the store at the time of the theft.
    Larceny from Building
    01/07/17 – A Walnut Street resident reported she had a package delivered sometime on Jan. 5, which she didn’t receive. The victim stated U.S. Mail delive
  • Competitive Tobogganing in Maine. Well, Sort Of Competitive.

    In February, the snow-globe town of Camden, Me., holds the U.S. National Toboggan Championships. The Olympics it is not. But my family braved the chute.
  • MFS Pro-Am Squash Tournament

    The University Club in Back Bay hosted the International Squash Doubles Tournament over the weekend for the 26th year. The Pro-Am Tournament went from January 4-8 and was sponsored by MFS. Participants competed for cash prizes totaling $40,000.Tournament action included both professional men and women along with Professional-Amateur teams made up of one professional player and one amateur with many amateur players drawn from several Boston neighborhoods. In the photo Manek Mathur hits the ball
  • Slight Drop Reported in Part One Crimes

    By Dan Murphy
    Area A-1 was on track to see a slight decrease in incidents of violent and property crime in 2016 from the previous year.
    According to Boston Police, 2,471 Part One crimes were reported in the district, which includes Beacon Hill, Chinatown and downtown, between Jan. 1 and Dec. 11, 2016, as opposed to 2,501 during the same timeframe in 2015.
    No homicides were reported in 2016, compared to one the previous year.
    In contrast, rapes and attempted rapes nearly doubled as the number cli

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