• BHWF Speaker Event

    “Oh, The Things I Have Seen! Behind The Lens” by Susan Symonds. Left to right: Pat Arroyo (program director), Susan Symonds (keynote speaker) and Senaida Bautista (president).
  • Kelly Sworn in as Suffolk University’s 11th President

    Marisa J. Kelly was inducted as the 11th president of Suffolk University Friday during an inauguration ceremony at
    Suffolk University President Marisa J. Kelly addresses the crowd from the podium during her inauguration ceremony at Tremont Temple’s Converse Hall.
    Tremont Temple’s Converse Hall.
    “We are Suffolk University, and we are a powerful force for good. It is a power derived from the strength of our community, from our commitment to inclusion and from our dedication to an
  • Boston Common on List to Receive Funds from Winthrop Square Project

    Big bucks from the Winthrop Square garage project are coming to the Emerald Necklace, including the Boston Common, but of course, with the caveat of a shadow.
    The City Council Committee on Ways and Means, chaired by Councilor Mark Ciommo, held a hearing on October 15 regarding an appropriation of $105 million for funding for open spaces and completion of the Emerald Necklace, as well as redevelopment of Old Colony in South Boston and Orient Heights in East Boston.
    This matter is sponsored by May
  • Community,Officials Leaning Towards Proposal for West End Marijuana Shop

    Following back to back community meetings regarding two proposals to place a retail marijuana shop in the West End one proposal seems to be gaining the edge.
    Ascend Mass Inc.  proposing a retail marijuana shop at 272 Friend St. and Garden Reemedies proposing the same business at 49 Causeway St. have both held community meetings last month with West End residents. While both meetings have had  their share of supporters Ascend’s Friend Street proposal has been gaining community and
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  • Vilna Shul Begins Renovation Project Marking its 100th Anniversary

    To commemorate its 100th anniversary as “Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture” next year, the Vilna Shul is currently undertaking an extensive renovation of its historic synagogue at 18 Phillips St. to bring the building into the 21st century.
    Phase One of the project, which is expected to take 10 months to complete, includes: providing universal access to the building by adding a new daily entrance and side walkway, as well as an ADA-compliant lift and restrooms; creating a 100-
  • St John School Poised for Academic Success and Growth

    Nestled in the heart of Boston’s North End, St. John School has prepared students for bright futures since 1895. The school is a Catholic value-centered learning environment focused on educating students in an atmosphere that fosters the growth of each student in spirit, mind and body.  The staff welcomes pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students and utilize innovative programs and a standards base curriculum to educate the whole child.
    The dedicated teachers and small class size
  • Mayor Walsh Announces 2018-2019 SPARK Boston Council

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh last week announced the 2018-2019 Mayor’s SPARK Boston Council. The diverse, 40-member group will spend the next 12 months working to continue to open up new lines of communication between young adults and leaders in City government.
    “Boston is the home to highest concentration of millennials in the country and we count on them to help us grow as a city and community,” said Mayor Walsh. “I look forward to collaborating  with these capable young
  • Esplanade Association Celebrates Red Sox Playoff Run with 17-Foot Knit Hat on Fiedler Head Statue

    To cheer on the Red Sox as they begin the American League Championship Series and to celebrate their franchise-record winning season, the Esplanade Association, nonprofit steward of the 3.2 mile Charles River Esplanade in Boston, has collaborated with local company Sh*t That I Knit for a monumental tribute: on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 10, the two groups installed a 17-foot-wide, 7-foot-tall knit hat on the Arthur Fiedler statue.
    Fiedler, the beloved longtime conductor of the Boston Pops, i
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  • Blackstone’s Hosts First Monthly Pop-Up Event

    Blackstone’s hosted the first of its monthly pop-ups to feature various departments from its sister store, KitchenWares by Blackstones (215 Newbury St.)On Thursday, Sept. 27, neighbors had a chance to learn more about the various types of knives (both German and Japanese) carried at the Newbury Street shop. Tanisha Gray, KitchenWares’ store manager, was on hand to demonstrate how to use the various knives, as well as to how to hone your knife.“Our second pop up for KitchenWare
  • Canine Promenade Returns to the Esplanade Oct 27

    A favorite event of Boston dog lovers, the Esplanade Association’s eighth annual Canine Promenade returns to the park’s Fiedler Field on Saturday, Oct. 27, beginning at noon.
    LEGO dog from last year’s event.
    The one-half mile, two-hour Halloween costume parade around the Esplanade to benefit the park and highlight it as a resource for dog owners will be led this year by radio personality Kennedy Elsey of Mix 104’s “Karson & Kennedy.” Besides the parade, th
  • FOPG Annual Meeting to Feature Plan for Charlesgate Park

    The Friends of the Public Garden will hold its annual Members Reception at the Ritz Carlton, 10 Avery St., on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
    At this time, Marie Law Adams and Dan Adams from the Somerville-based architectural and urban design firm Landing Studios will outline their vision for Charlesgate Park, as well as the community plan led by the nonprofit Charlesgate Alliance to reclaim the long-neglected area of the Commonwealth Avenue Mall where it intersects with two other hist
  • President Marisa Kelly to be Inaugurated on Friday as Head of Suffolk University

    The Suffolk University community will celebrate President Marisa Kelly and the transformative impact of the University she leads during inauguration ceremonies on Friday, Oct. 12, in historic Converse Hall, 88 Tremont St., Boston.
    Among the dignitaries speaking at Kelly’s inauguration will be Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Massachusetts House Speaker and Suffolk University Law School alumnus Robert DeLeo and Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice Elspeth Cypher, a Suffolk Law alumna.
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  • Police Briefs 10-09-2018

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1  
    Larceny
    09/25/18 – A victim reported she was staying at a Stuart Street hostel, where she locked her purse and a camera in her assigned locker at around 3 p.m., but when she returned about two hours later, the locker was open and U.S. currency and the camera were missing.
  • Massachusetts Must Move Forward on Our Own

    With the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, coming on the heels of the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, it is clear that the America as we have known it for the past 70 years, a time in which the United States attained and maintained its supremacy in the world and achieved unprecedented prosperity for its people, has come to an end.
    That may sound dramatic, but we don’t think it is overstating the case.
    In our view, the principal reason why America has prospered since
  • Second Marijuana Applicant Proposes West End Dispensary

    The second applicant in a week unveiled its plans at the West End Museum to open a marijuana dispensary in the
    An artist’s rendering of the Garden Remedies’ marijuana facility proposed for 49 Causeway St.
    neighborhood during a meeting sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
    Garden Remedies intends to open an adult-use, recreational and medical facility, including retail space on the ground level and storage and an employee break room in
  • First of Two Marijuana Applicants Proposes West End Dispensary

    The first of two applicants unveiled its plans at the West End Museum to open a marijuana dispensary in the
    An artist’s rendering of the Garden Remedies’ marijuana facility proposed for 49 Causeway St.
    neighborhood during a meeting sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
    Garden Remedies intends to open an adult-use, recreational and medical facility, including retail space on the ground level and storage and an employee break room in the
  • Hale Statue Restoration Project Celebrated

    Friends of the Public Garden and Lend a Hand Society gathered on the Public Garden last week to celebrate a restoration project bringing new life to the terrace surrounding the Edward Everett Hale Statue.
    The celebration also marked the Lend A Hand Society’s 125th year of providing emergency financial assistance to low-income families, individuals, seniors and disabled people in the Greater Boston area.
    “It’s always exciting to bring new life to the sculptures in our parks,&rdq
  • Five Steps to Living Green in Downtown Boston:A Monthly Column on Living Well in the Neighborhood by the Beacon Hill Garden Club

    Living in downtown Boston, you share walls, floors and sidewalks. Your living space is likely to be small. You probably walk to many places. So you are already more energy efficient than many of your fellow Americans.
    Here’s how to get even greener:Walk, bike or take the T instead of a cab, Lyft or an Uber. Apparently the ride-hailing services are causing more congested streets and roads, spewing pollutants and thus causing even more global warming. You already suspected that, didn’t
  • Two Schools Bring Family Fun to Marlborough St

    Family fun will be easy to find on Marlborough Street on Saturday, Oct. 13, as the John Winthrop School holds its 52nd annual Street Fair and The Learning Project holds its annual Fall Book Fair.
    The John Winthrop Street Fair will be held on Marlborough Street, between Berkeley and Clarendon streets, and The Learning Project Book Fair will take place at 107 Marlborough St., between Clarendon and Dartmouth streets. Together, these two events offer local families an opportunity to enjoy a day of w
  • DA’s New Internet Safety Training Teaches Kids to STOP, BLOCK, and TALK

    Former District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced the relaunch of his office’s internet safety training program – now called STOP BLOCK and TALK – designed to ensure kids know how to safely navigate the online world and help parents understand and communicate with their kids about the risks they face online.
    The program will make a stop this fall at the McKinley South End Academy in the South End.
    Since 2011, Conley’s Director of Youth Safety and Outreach Jacquelyn Lamo
  • Zakim Bridge Turns 15

    A milestone for the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge was commemorated during a cocktail event at EF Education’s Cambridge facility on Friday, Sept 21, called “The Zakim Bridge: 15 Years Together.”
    “This celebration of the completion of the Zakim Bridge was a great opportunity to commemorate the 2003 completion of one of the most-important contemporary symbols of Boston,” said Miguel Rosales, the lead architect for the project, as well as the preside
  • Registration Now Open for Mayor’s Cup Soccer Jamboree

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department have announced that registration is now open for the 2018 Mayor’s Cup Soccer Jamboree.
    The Mayor’s Cup Soccer Jamboree brings together recreational soccer teams from across Boston providing rec teams from different local soccer programs with the opportunity to play soccer against other local rec teams in a non-competitive setting.
    Teams will be registered in the following divisions: U8 Coed, U10 Boys/Girls, U12 Boys
  • MassGeneral Hospital for Children Creates A Path Forward with Behavioral Health Care

    Nearly 20 million children in the U.S. have been affected by a behavioral disorder, putting them at a higher risk for academic failure, substance use and chronic problems that can carry into adulthood. MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) is making great strides in child and adolescent psychiatry and will highlight these advancements at its upcoming signature event, Storybook Ball.
    Now in its 19th year, Storybook Ball is one of Boston’s pinnacle events, bringing supporters, advocates
  • Police Briefs 10-02-2018

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Larceny from Motor Vehicle
    09/17/18 – A victim reported she parked her 2019 Mazda on West Cedar Street at about 2 p.m. on Sept. 16, but when she returned to the vehicle at 7 a.m. the next day, the rear windshield was smashed and her white Schimano bicycle was stolen from the car.
     
    Larceny
    09/19/18 – A victim reported unknown person(s) stole his gym bag, which contained U.S. currency, from a locked locker at a Stuart Street hostel som
  • Pancake Breakfast

    HOTCAKES! One-year-old Cecily Robertson taking a big bite of a tasty pancake during the Hill House’s Annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Mt. Vernon Street Firehouse. The breakfast has been observed in the neighborhood for more than 15 years by families from the Hill.
  • Fall Festival

    Park Street School families at their information table on Sunday, Sept. 23, during the annual Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Fall Festival on Mt. Vernon Street. The Festival welcomed everyone back to the neighborhood for the fall, with hundreds attending.
  • Esplanade Mural Experiences Major Vandalism; Repair Costs Unknown

    The revered and critically acclaimed Patterned Behavior art mural on the Charles River Esplanade experienced a
    The Murals on the Esplanade pillars were victim of vandalism. The Esplanade Association is assessing the cost of repairs.
    significant amount of vandalism sometime overnight on Thursday, Sept. 20 into Friday, September 21, according to the Esplanade Association.
    The mural, which has been installed beneath the Bowker Overpass on the Esplanade since July 2017, was commissioned by the Espla
  • BHAC Reviews 60 Chestnut Street Violation

    A violation for 60 Chestnut St. was among the agenda items at the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission’s public hearing at City Hall on Thursday, Sept. 20.              The applicant, John Holland of the Boston commercial and residential development firm Holland Companies, said work on the single-family home includes the installation of a railing on the rooftop deck on the rear garage and two HVAC condensers on the garage roof, as
  • Rollins Receives Endorsement from the Ward 5 – Boston Democratic Committee

    The Ward 5 Boston Democratic Committee announced that they are endorsing Rachael Rollins as their candidate for District Attorney of Suffolk County. In doing so, Ward 5 joins Rachael’s 75 endorsers, which include Boston Wards 4, 11, 12, and 19.
    The Ward 5 Committee Chair Kenzie Bok stated: “We’re thrilled to be endorsing Rachael Rollins for this key role in our criminal justice system.  We spent the spring and summer emphasizing the importance of this down-ballot race to h
  • J. Mclaughlin, Row 34 and Friends of Dana-Farber Partner for Charitable Shopping Event

    On Wednesday, Sept. 12, J. McLaughlin partnered with Row 34 and the Friends of Dana-Farber to host a charitable shopping event with generations of old and new J. McLaughlin fans.
    A multigenerational crowd sipped wine, enjoyed a raw bar from Row 34, listened to tunes by DJ Liz Ladoux and shopped fall styles in J. McLaughlin’s newly renovated Charles Street store, which is celebrating 15 years on Beacon Hill.
    The evening was hosted by Chef Jeremy Sewall of Island Creek Oyster
  • Esplanade Association’s ‘Moondance Gala’ a Spectacular Success

    The Esplanade Association’s glittering annual “Moondance Gala” on Saturday evening, Sept. 15, sparkled with stupendous support and sincere celebration. With profound partnership and generosity from over 600 donors and guests, $1.18 million was raised for the organization’s continued efforts to create a thriving, safe, accessible park, where people come together to share, explore, and enjoy nature and community.
    The festive crowd enjoyed a magical evening along the Charles
  • Freedom Rally Leaves Common Looking Worse for the Wear

    An estimated crowd of between 15,000 and 20,000 turned out to the Boston Common for the 29th annual Boston Freedom Rally over the weekend of Sept. 14 to 16, and while the event resulted in not a single arrest, according to Boston Police, the park was left looking a lot worse for the wear afterwards.
    “As a city, we take tremendous pride in our public spaces, and the conditions we saw in the aftermath of this weekend’s Boston Freedom Rally, formerly known as ‘Hempfest,’ are
  • Design Team Provides Update on Garden Garage Tower

    The design team behind the $409.7 million Garden Garage Tower project provided a community update at the West End Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 19.
    Developer Equity Residential of Chicago is building a 44-story, approximately 517,700 square-foot residential building on the former garage site at 35 Lomasney Way, which would include 470 units and approximately 367,000 square feet of below-grade parking with 830 spaces. Boston-based AECOM Fisham is the contractor for the project while Elkus Mafredi Ar
  • Beacon Hill Seminars Kick-Off

    Bill Sherden, Curriculum Chair, and Mark Yessian, president, at the Church of the Advent on Sept. 10 for the Beacon Hill Seminars (BHS) 2018 Fall Kickoff. Participants learned about the 23 courses offered from October 1-November 20. At the event, educators briefly discussed the provocative seminars and lectures on topics such as historic preservation, American foreign policy, and Renaissance art to promote critical thinking among the over 200 members.
  • Joy Street Sidewalk Improvements Mark End of Four-Year Process

    The sidewalk improvements currently being implemented on Joy Street mark the completion of a project that got
    Construction underway at Joy and Cambridge streets.
    underway more than four years ago.
    Kay Barned-Smith, project manager for the city’s Public Works Department, said the project area extends on Joy Street from Smith Court to Cambridge Street, and the work entails replacing the sidewalks on both sides of the street with wire-cut brick to provide a smooth, accessible area; installing
  • BHCA Fall HillFest Returns Sunday

    The 17th annual Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Fall HillFest takes place on the flat of Mt. Vernon Street on Sunday, Sept. 23, from noon to 4 p.m.
    The event will feature 20 neighborhood non-profits, and this year’s sponsors include Harpoon, F.H. Perry, Hampshire House, Panificio, Florina Pizzeria and Paninioteca and more. It will also feature grilled hot dogs, beer and pizza, as well as live music.
    Call 617-227-1922 for more information.
  • Restaurant Slated to Take Over Scollay Square Space

    A new restaurant and bar is slated to take over the space currently occupied by Scollay Square at 21 Beacon St. in the coming months.
    Andy Kilgore, owner and operator of the future establishment called Emory and a former, longtime employee of No. 9 Park, said the new restaurant would offer an “approachable sensibility.”
    “We don’t want to be just a burger and wings joint, but instead provide proper food in the neighborhood.”
  • TEA is Named an Official Charity of 2019 Marathon

    The Charles River Esplanade has long been Boston’s most popular – and beautiful – running route for casual runners and elite athletes alike.
    Now, 15 runners will have the opportunity to give back to the park as they train for the 123rd Boston Marathon. The Esplanade Association (TEA) the nonprofit partner to the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) that helps maintain and improve the Esplanade, has been named an Official Charity for the 2019 Boston Mara
  • BLC Discusses New Guidelines for Bay Village, Ex Comm Votes on Licensing Matters

    At the Bay Village Executive Committee meeting on September 10, Joe Cornish, director of Design Review for the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC), gave a presentation regarding the updating of the Bay Village Historic District guidelines.
    Cornish said that Bay Village ”probably has the most vague and confusing guidelines,” and currently only the front facades and side elevations that are visible from the public way are included in the scope of protection.
    Rear elevations are not curre
  • Commonwealth Avenue Resident, Joan Diver Pens Memoir

    Commonwealth Avenue resident and author Joan Diver, profiled in the Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Common Ground”, is available for interviews regarding her new memoir in which Boston plays a key role.  She will be reading from her book, which was recently featured on the cover of “Publishers Weekly”, at the Trident Booksellers and Cafe, 338 Newbury St., on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m.
    Diver shocked her colleagues when she abandoned her successful career as executive
  • Police Briefs 09-18-2018

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Larceny from Motor Vehicle
    09/06/18 – A victim reported unknown person(s) smashed the front driver’s side window of his 2014 Dodge van with a brick some time between 5:15 p.m. on Sept. 5 and 6:15 a.m. the next day.  The victim stated a set of work and house keys and spare change were taken from the van.
     
  • Getting to the Heart of America’s Diabetes Crisis

    About 30 million Americans have diabetes, and an estimated 1.5 million more are diagnosed each year. More than 25 percent of seniors have diabetes, and minority populations are at the greatest risk of developing this disease. African Americans, for instance, have a 77 percent higher risk of developing diabetes compared to White Americans. Hispanic Americans have a 66 percent higher risk.
    Most meticulously monitor their blood sugar, as they know that failing to keep diabetes in check can damage t
  • Neighborhood Events Planned

    While the weather outside may still seem like summer, the fall activities in our neighborhood are getting underway.
    On Saturday night, The Esplanade Association Gala was held under beautiful skies. The event was another success raising funds for the Esplanade.
    Two other events happening this Sunday, September 23, are the Hill House Pancake Breakfast and the Beacon Hill Civic Association Fall HillFest.
    The breakfast is held in conjunction with the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s HillFest.&n
  • Esplanade Supporters Enjoy a Special “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Celebration:Benefit Gala Set for Sept 15

    Tiffany’s & Co. hosted a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” celebration for the Esplanade Association’s Moondance Gala
    Moondance Gala Co-chairs Jill Shah, Alexi Conine and Tiffany & Co.’s Newbury Street Store Manager Sandra Nastasi.
    committee at their Newbury Street location on Friday morning, September 7.  The committee came together to preview the spectacular Tiffany Paper Flowers Pave Diamond Pendant that Tiffany’s & Co. generously donated to t
  • Hill Businesses Gear Up for Fall

    With autumn upon us, many Beacon Hill stores are gearing up for the season.
    Jack Gurnon (left) and Tom Long of Charles Street Supply.
    Jack Gurnon, owner of Charles Street Supply, a hardware store located at 54 Charles St., said most of his business at this time of year comes from returning college students who typically purchase items like tool kits, picture hooks and closet and shower rods.
    “Our regular customers are often returning home after their summer vacations, and they are looking
  • Frances Appleton Pedestrian Bridge Across Storrow Opens to the Public

    The $12.5 million Frances Appleton Pedestrian Bridge – a 230-foot-long, steel arch span that links Beacon Hill/Charles Circle to the Charles River Esplanade – is now open to the public.
    The 14-foot-wide, 750-foot-long, multi-use bridge was constructed as part of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) $300-million renovation of the Longfellow Bridge, which links Charles Circle in Boston to Central Square in Cambridge via the Charles Circle. The Appleton
  • Michael Grogan Elected to Beacon Hill Village Board

    Michael P. Grogan, who moved his business, Grogan & Company, to 20 Charles Street in 2013, is nationally recognized for his skills in appraising and auctioning heirloom furnishings and jewelry of value.
    But not as well known is how highly he values being part of a community. For example, during the 30 years in which he and his wife Nancy lived in Dedham, he volunteered his time and talents to community organizations ranging from the local historical society to an organization offering progra
  • Students are Invited to Apply for City’s Exam Schools

    The Boston Public Schools (BPS) will offer the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) for admission to the city’s three examination schools on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 8 a.m. Testing will take place at seven locations across the city.
    The deadline for registration is Sept. 21.
    Students must currently be in Grades 6, 8 or 9 to take the ISEE. Starting the second week in September, interested candidates may register online at bostonpublicschools.org/exam and can obtain application materia
  • Police Briefs 09-11-2018

    Beacon Hill Beat
    Burglary – Residential 
    08/29/18 – A Lime Street resident reported an unknown male suspect caught on a neighbor’s video camera throwing a brick through the glass of the inner hallway door of his apartment some time between 9 p.m. on Aug. 28 and 8 a.m. the next day. The suspect then stole a package containing shoes. He apparently cut himself while reaching through the glass door. Detectives will follow up with blood-stained box and video.
     
    Larceny fro
  • Global Leaders Dither While Disease Races to Latin America

    You’re nearly twice as likely to die from colon cancer living in a Latin American country than you are living in the United States.
    Global health leaders are trying to fix this disparity. But unfortunately, they’ve misdiagnosed the problem.
    Some blame intellectual property protections for pharmaceuticals. They argue that allowing companies to patent new drugs prevents patients in developing regions from accessing lifesaving medicines. They want to eliminate patents altogether.
    This s

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