• Making A Scene

    Dan Ramirez, the technical director for the Huntington Theatre Company, shown here in the storage area of the new Production Center in Everett. The storage area for props contains everything from an electric chair to a basketball to rows of chandeliers and even a basketball or two. The company is busily working this week on the first production set made in Everett, a set for ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ that will premiere Sept. 9 on Huntington Avenue. The Production Center relocated this
  • Workshops Planned for Hubway Expansion

    By Dan Murphy
    The Boston Transportation Department announced last week it would sponsor 28 community workshops citywide this fall to discuss the upcoming expansion of the bike-share program Hubway.
    “BTD is excited to collaborate with residents as we expand this important and popular piece of our transportation system to additional locations in the city’s neighborhoods,” Boston Transportation Commissioner Gina N. Fiandaca said in a press release.  “I encourage all Bos
  • Downtown View:Thanks Donnie, for the Big Reveal

    Karen is taking a break. Since we were all recently laughing at Trump when he inappropriately complimented the French president’s wife on the good shape she was in after the age of 60, the subject of this column still seems up to date.
     
    By Karen Cord Taylor
    One good thing Donald has done for America is that the regrettable frequency of sexual assault is now out in the open, and it’s not just a bunch of drunk college sophomores committing the crimes.
    I had read that women were r
  • IDP Units are Most Prevalent in Downtown Neighborhoods

    By Beth Treffeisen
    Even though Boston is in a midst of a building boom, rents and sale prices continue to rise in Boston, making it increasingly challenging for residents to find housing that is affordable.
    A report released by the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA), on Tuesday, August 8, shows how the City is working towards addressing the housing needs of middle-income residents through the Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP).
    “We have made significant in-roads to affordable
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  • Hollywood Comes to the South End with Amy Schumer’s Newest Film

    By Beth Treffeisen
    The starts and glitz of Hollywood made its way to the historic South End this past week when Amy Schumer along with her production crew spent the day filming for her newest film, “I Feel Pretty” set to debut in June 2018.
    The plot, according IMDb, follows the life of Renee Bennett (Schumer) as an average gal. After falling off an exercise bike and banging her head, she feels suddenly gorgeous – except she looks the same.
    After climbing the ranks at her cosmet
  • Huntington Theatre Production Center Hard at Work on First Production at New Facility

    By Seth Daniel
    Deep in the industrial area of Everett – nestled between scrap metal yards and diesel mechanics – is a creative workroom that has few matches in the city.
    In a month’s time, the workshop can create the Champs-Elysees in Paris, a New York City street, a San Francisco hillside abode or a normal, working-class living room. It’s the Huntington Theatre Company’s Production Center, and what for such a long time was on Huntington Avenue in the St. Botolph ar
  • The Boston Arts Festival Returns to Two-Day Event

    Boston’s vibrant Arts Community is back for the 15th Annual Boston Arts Festival!   On Saturday, September 9, and Sunday September 10, 50 local artists and 16 bands will be supported and celebrated in a colorful showcase of painting, jewelry, photography, glass making, wood working and more. Music genres include rock, pop, folk and indie, with all musicians living int he Greater Boston Area.
    Beautiful Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park is set to welcome tens of thousands of att
  • Police Briefs 08-15-2017

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Policea Area A-1
    Larceny from a Motor Vehicle
    08/03/17  – A victim reported she parked her 2013 Volkswagen Jetta on Charles Street at around 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 2, but when returned to the vehicle at about 6:30 a.m. the next day, her luggage was stolen containing clothing, as ell as her U.S. passport.
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  • Longfellow Bridge Nightly Construction Schedule

    MassDOT will close the Longfellow Bridge nightly to all vehicular traffic through Thursday, August 17, from 11:00p.m. each night to 5:00a.m. the following morning.
    The Longfellow Bridge closure originally scheduled for this weekend, August 11-14, has been rescheduled. The Longfellow Bridge will be closed to all vehicular traffic from 11:00p.m. Friday, August 18, to 5:00a.m. Monday, August 21.
    The closures are necessary to work on the inbound roadway and the upstream “Salt and Pepper”
  • 27 National Monuments Are Under Review. Here Are Five to Watch.

    No president has ever abolished a national monument designated by a predecessor. President Trump may try to change that.
  • Caturday on the Common

    Riker, an exceptionally social cat, was eager to explore the Boston Common with his owner, Chris Felice, manning the leash during Boston’s inaugural First Caturday event on the Common. Hundreds of local cat owners from the neighborhoods and beyond converged with hundreds of cats to socialize and talk feline philosophy.
  • Residents Disappointed by Rejection in Boston’s Slow Streets Program

    By Beth Treffeisen and Dan Murphy
    The five neighborhoods that will join the Neighborhood Slow Streets program in 2017 were announced in mid-July, leaving many communities who applied disappointed by their rejection.
    Beacon Hill Parking and Transportation Committee was rejected for its Neighborhood Slow Streets program applications.
    The BHC that garnered support from local institutions such as Hill House, the Park Street School and the Advent School as well as City Councilors Josh Zakim and Annis
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  • Galvin says New Shadow Law Removes Layer of Protection for Historic Parks

    By Beth Treffeisen
    Gov. Charlie Baker recently signed a home-rule petition into law that would allow Millennium Partners to move forward with building a 775-foot tower on the site of the city-owned Winthrop Square Garage, bypassing two existing state laws that protect the Boston Common and Public Garden from new shadows.
    Mayor Martin Walsh introduced this bill last April for a “one-time” exemption to the state shadow laws, citing the reported $153 million sale of the property would b
  • City Council Motions

    CITY COUNCIL ESTABLISHES COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE
    The Boston City Council passed an amended ordinance to create the Community Preservation Committee (CPC), as required by State law to make recommendations regarding the use of the funds generated by the one percent surcharge on real estate property.
    The ordinance requires that the CPC study the needs of Boston regarding community preservation, evaluate community preservation needs of the City, and make recommendations for expenditures fro
  • Police Briefs 08-08-2017

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Aggravated Assault and Battery
    07/26/17 – At approximately 9:30 p.m., a male suspect was arrested on the Boston Common around Beacon Street for aggravated assault and battery. The suspect was swinging a knife at the male victim after an argument and slashed him in the jaw and hand. The suspect was transported to Area A-1 headquarters for booking, and the victim was transported by paramedics to Tufts Medical Center.
     
     
    Larceny from Mot
  • Local Restaurants Taking Part in Dine Out Boston

    By Phil Orlandella
    Seven Beacon Hill Restaurants will participate in the 2017 Dine Out Boston program that is celebrating its 16th year of providing diners an opportunity to enjoy Beacon Hill’s atmosphere and the fine eateries that exist on the Hill.
    Formally Restaurant Week, over 156 restaurants are taking part in the multi-day, specially priced lunches and dinners, presented by the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) and sponsored by American Express.
    Beaco
  • Obituaries 08-08-2017

    James DuBois McNeely 1933 – 2017
    James D. McNeely, a prominent Boston architect, noted for his historic renovation of Beacon Hill townhouses, died peacefully on July 27, 2017 in his South Freeport home, surrounded by his wife and three of his children. McNeely was born in Washington, D.C. to Oscar DuBois McNeely and Julia DuPre Anderson on February 3, 1933. McNeely was a 53 year resident of Beacon Hill, Boston, Massachusetts and a 30 year resident of South Freeport, Maine. He is survived b
  • ‘Paddle to Work Day’ on July 28 Raised Funds to Protect Charles River

    On Friday, July 28, 15 people paddled the Charles River as part of “Paddle To Work Day” hosted by Charles River Canoe and Kayak. The event celebrated a healthy river and raised funds for Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA).
    Participants are seen before setting off for “Paddle to Work Day.”
    A beautiful sunny morning greeted the paddlers as they began the five-mile paddle from Soldier’s Field Road in Allston to Broad Canal in Kendall Square. People paddled leis
  • Downtown View:Infrastructure. Investment. Interesting.

    By karen Cord Taylor
    Karen is taking a break. This column from last September still has relevance.
    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 projec
  • Gov Baker Signs Bill for New Shadow Law

    By Dan Murphy
    Gov. Charlie Baker signed a home-rule petition into law Friday that would allow Millennium Partners to build a 775-foot luxury, condo tower on the site of the shuttered, city-owned Winthrop Square Garage, thereby bypassing two existing state “shadow” laws protecting the Boston Common and Public Garden.
    While the new building would cast new shadows on the parks on many early mornings, Mayor Martin J. Walsh introduced the bill in April for a “one-time” exempti
  • FOPG Undertaking $50,000 Rehabilitation of Channing Statue

    By Dan Murphy
    The Friends of the Public Garden are currently undertaking a $50,000 restoration of the William Ellery Channing statue in the Public Garden.
    The project includes cleaning the bronze statue, as well as its marble and granite base, said Sarah Hutt, the nonprofit’s care and collection manager.
    “We tried to do everything environmentally responsible manner, including using a special laser-technique to remove biological growth that adheres to the stone,” Hutt said, addi
  • Victim Arrested for Skateboard Attack that Led to Double-Stabbing in Common

    By Dan Murphy
    In the aftermath of Wednesday’s double stabbing on the Boston Common, three individuals were arrested but later exonerated while one of the stabbing victims was later charged with a skateboard attack that led to the bloodshed, according to Boston Police.
    George Moustakis, 30, of Danvers was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly hitting another individual with his skateboard after he engaged in a fight with a group of people at around 6:30 p.m. Moustakis, who
  • Mayor Walsh, Congresswoman Clark Join Housing Advocates to Rally for Affordable Homes

    As proposed federal cuts threaten to increase housing instability and homelessness, more than 500 residents, housing advocates, and policymakers from across the Commonwealth rallied Monday, July 31 in front of Faneuil Hall in support of federal investments in affordable homes and our communities. Congresswoman Katherine Clark and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh also attended and spoke.
    “I believe in a Boston that works for everyone – and for that to exist, we need affordable housing,&rd
  • Police Briefs 08-01-2017

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Robbery
    07/21/2017 – A victim reported four male suspects robbed him on the Boston Common at Beacon and Charles streets at around 2 a.m. Earlier that night, the victim said he bought drinks for the suspects at a Tremont Street store. The suspects then robbed the victim of his cellphone, wallet, U.S. currency and bankcard before fleeing on foot outbound on Beacon Street.
     
    Larceny
    07/21/17  – The victim arranged a meeting at the P
  • Dining on Elderflowers at the Lost Kitchen

    Erin French has mastered the art of improvisation at her restaurant in Freedom, a tiny town in central Maine. Follow the chef as she forages ingredients and prepares for dinner service one summer evening.
  • The Lost Kitchen

    The chef Erin French has built a cult following with her own approach — open, intimate and personal — at her seasonal restaurant in Freedom, Me.
  • How Erin French Made a Tiny Maine Town a Dining Destination

    The chef has found success by running her small, idiosyncratic restaurant in Freedom, Me., exactly the way she likes.
  • Hot Spot for Tech Outsourcing: The United States

    As some American companies pull back from hiring programmers a world away, new tech jobs are cropping up across the country.
  • Some Night Music

    The Boston Landmarks Orchestra opened its summer season last Wednesday on the Esplanade. Shown getting ready to enjoy the music were Joan and Lux with their father Joe Ringenberg.
  • Hampshire House Team Breaks Ground on 75 in Seaport Square

    By Dan Murphy
    Pictured, left to right, are Markus Ripperger, Thomas A. Kershaw, Terri Cannady, Ernane Perry, Sara O’Malley, Andrew Wolan and Rodrigo Barcelos.
    Thomas A. Kershaw and the Hampshire House team broke ground Tuesday, July 18, on their new restaurant in the Seaport District, 75 on Seaport Square.
    Located in Building C between Seaport Boulevard and Northern Avenue, this 7,000 square–foot restaurant will open in November of 2017, sitting alongside a Kings Bowling Alley, Tusca
  • Marinovich to Step down as Exec Director of Esplanade Association

    By Dan Murphy
    After five and a half years at the Esplanade Association (EA), the last three serving as its executive director, Tani Marinovich plans to step down this fall.  She will continue in her position through September overseeing the organization’s busy summer schedule in the park and its largest annual fundraising initiative, the Moondance Gala, which will be on Friday, September 23.
    Alexi Conine, board chair of the 100-percent privately funded friends group for the park, expr
  • Downtown View:North Country Life

    I spend several days every summer in the North Country. The weather is always typical for New England, both warm and cold, dry and humid, sunny and rainy—all the contrasts that summer brings in our region.
    Plenty of rain this year has ensured that the color green is pretty much overwhelming. The rain seems to have served up more insects and seeds for birds, because I’ve never heard such a chorus in late July.
    The mountain trails are full of hikers. The ponds hold swimmers, canoe-ers
  • Legendary Restaurant Supplier is Moving:Eastern Bakers Supply Holds Relocation Sale

    By Cary Shuman
    Robert “Bobby” Kalustian knows restaurants.
    And if you own or have owned a restaurant in the region, you know Robert Kalustian.
    For 71 consecutive years, Kalustian’s family has been providing equipment to restaurants large and small, bakeries, submarine shops, pizza places, college cafeterias – and more recently, food trucks.
    Setrak Kalustian, Robert’s grandfather, started  Eastern Bakers Supply Co. Inc.,  in 1946 in Arlington, selling suppl
  • Boston Landmarks Orchestra Performs on the Esplanade

    Under perfect summer skies the Boston Landmarks Orchestra opened its 2017 summer series on theat the Hatch Shell.  The circle in front of the Hatch Shell was filled with music lovers of all ages.
    The orchestra will perform free concerts through August. “The program this year has outstanding orchestral music but also amazing new music that engages many, many members of our community both on and off the stage,” said Executive Director Jo Frances Meyer. She said by having the perfo
  • Police Briefs 07-25-2017

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Breaking and Entering – Motor Vehicle
    07/15/17 – A victim reported she parked her 2016 Jeep Renegade on Charles Street at around 11: 45 p.m. on July 14, but when she returned to her vehicle the next day at 10 a.m., the rear left window was broken and a purse containing personal identification and papers and luggage containing clothing and Nintendo game switches were missing.
     
    Auto Theft
    07/16/17  – A victim reported h
  • Imagine Boston 2030

    By Mayor Martin J. Walsh
    “We will listen. We will learn. We will lead.”
    That is a promise that I made to Bostonians after being sworn in as the 54th Mayor of the City of Boston. Now, almost four years later, we have put forth Boston’s first citywide plan in over 50 years — Imagine Boston 2030 — that will guide inclusive and long-term growth for our City’s future to boost quality of life, equity and resilience in every neighborhood in Boston.
    Imagine Boston 203
  • Obituaries 07-25-2017

    Jerome “Jerry” Ward Anderson
    Of Beacon Hill
    Jerome Ward Anderson, Jerry to his neighbors in Beacon Hill, Boston and Block Island, R.I., passed away peacefully in Boston at age 73, from Multiple System Atrophy (MSA).  Relatives remarked it was characteristic for Jerry to make his grand exit on July 4th, one of his favorite holidays, when he would invariably be found piloting a vintage truck packed with youngsters past the cheering assemblage at the Block Island parade.  A pr
  • 5 Great Last-Minute Vacations This Summer

    Cruises, biking trips, guided hikes and culinary tours are available in destinations like France, Peru, Cuba and the Adriatic.
  • 10 Great Last-Minute Vacations This Summer

    Cruises, biking trips, guided hikes and culinary tours are available in destinations like France, Peru, Cuba and the Adriatic.
  • Staying Fit after 50

    Cindy Sullivan, a Beacon Hill-based personal trainer and senior-fitness specialist, was asked by one of her Beacon Hill clients to create a exercise program he could use while spending his summer on Nantucket.Interest grew and ultimately a video was produced by the Saltmarsh Center of Nantucket in conjunction with Channel 18 Nantucket TV. The program was designed and titled “Active Agers” targeting seniors who are looking to build and maintain strength, balance and flexibility. Sull
  • Rose Brigade Going Strong after 30 Years

    By Dan Murphy
    Boston Parks Commissioner Chris Cook and China Altman in the Public Garden.
    China Altman never imagined the Rose Brigade she established three decades ago to tend to the rose beds in the Public Garden would grow into what is reportedly the longest, sustained volunteer group operating in the city.
    “It has seemed to me that the people who have come and gone over the years – we have about 250 alums – fell out of the sky,” Altman said at a June 20 ceremony in th
  • Boston Public Library to Gain New Trustees

    By Beth Treffeisen
    In an effort to diversify the Boston Public Library leadership and funding sources, the Boston City Council voted to pass a home rule petition proposed by the Mayor to expand the number of BPL Trustees from nine up to 15.
    At a City Council hearing on Wednesday, July 12, Councilor Michael Flaherty said that this effort would help strengthen the institution and provide more citywide support to the libraries investment support.
    The home rule petition will now go on to the State H
  • Downtown View:Following Up on the HarborWalk Walk

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    A few weeks ago seven friends and I explored the HarborWalk from Lovejoy Wharf to Congress Street.
    We were dismayed by the blind alleys, signs pointing in the wrong direction or no signs, parking lots and the sad condition of parts of the walk.
    Now I’ve investigated what’s being done. The prognosis is mixed, but Boston Harbor Now’s plans over time could make a difference.
    Before delving into the fixes, I must apologize to the condominium owners at Union Wha
  • Boston Landmarks Orchestra Returns to the Hatch Shell

    By Beth Treffeisen
    With summer in full swing, it is time to sit back, relax, and enjoy a free night of classical music, courtesy of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra.
    Under the leadership of Music Director Christopher Wilkins and Executive Director Jo Frances Meyer, the 2017 season of free concerts at the DCR’s Hatch memorial Shell on the Esplanade will bring live entertainment to classical music lovers or first time listeners alike.
    Opening night, titled “Music for a Summer Evening&rdq
  • Kristen Mobilia Wants to Go “Back to the Basics” in Her Run for District 8

    By Beth Treffeisen
    Long-time communities advocate and leader, Kristen Mobilia of the Fenway, is taking a bold step into local politics and running against the popular City Councilor Josh Zakim for District 8.
    “It wasn’t something I planned on doing and it wasn’t part of my master plan,” said Mobilia.
    But, the results of the recent national election combined with wanting to take her volunteering to a full-time basis compelled Mobilia to take the leap and run for District 8
  • Sandwich Board Signs Regulations Will Soon be up for Debate

    By Beth Treffeisen
    In bright colored letters across chalkboard signs, witty remarks or inspirational quotes entice a passerby to stop, look in and see what’s inside. These free marketing tools aid many small and larger businesses alike to get shoppers in the store across major shopping areas in Boston.
    In an effort to provide consistent rules across all neighborhoods and lighten the permitting load on small business, Mayor Martin Walsh filed an ordinance to make permanent the 2015 regulati
  • Police Briefs 07-18-2017

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Larceny
    07/09/17 – A victim reported her black Trek FX2 bicycle was stolen from a West Cedar Street alley between 12:15 a.m. and 4 p.m. The bike had a cable-lock broken off.
  • Esplanade Association’s Healthy Fit and Fun off to a Great Start

    The Esplanade was hot and steamy on Tuesday evening with over 300 people dancing and jumping to the rhythms of Zumba at the kick off of the Esplanade Association’s summer long free fitness series Healthy, Fit and Fun!
    For the 7th year the Esplanade Association has joined forces with some of Boston’s top fitness organizations to host a variety of classes in a range of intensities and styles on the banks of the Charles River.  People of all ages and abilities are invited to join t
  • Hootie Johnson, Who Opposed Letting Women Into Augusta National, Dies at 86

    Mr. Johnson’s clash with a women’s rights activist underscored how social discrimination could affect women’s professional ambitions.
  • Leventhal Map Center Gala

    Hilary and Chris Gabrieli at the Map Center Gala, which raised over $1.5M to support educational programs.
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