• Longfellow Bridge Receives ‘Most Important Historic Preservation Award’ in U.S.

    Award-winning bridge designer and longtime
    Beacon Hill resident Miguel Rosales was on hand to receive what is considered
    the most important historic preservation accolade in the U.S. for restoration
    work on the Longfellow Bridge on Oct. 11 at the Downtown Sheraton in Denver,
    Colo. “Having the Longfellow Bridge receive the highest national recognition bestowed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, should be a great source of pride to the residents of Massachusetts,” wrote R
  • Councilor Edwards Urges City to Prioritize Fair Housing in City Planning

    Special to the TimesThe Office of Boston City Councilor Lydia
    Edwards has released a new report urging the City of Boston and the
    quasi-public Boston Planning and Development Agency to prioritize civil rights
    and fair housing in city planning. The report is available at
    http://bit.ly/planfairhousing.“Planning for Fair Housing,” authored by
    Rappaport Fellow Qainat Khan on behalf of the Councilor’s office, highlights
    the historic and discriminatory impacts of planning and land us
  • Nassour Supports Walsh’s Call to Assist With Creation of Middle-Class Housing

    District 8 City Council candidate Jennifer
    Nassour has joined Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in his call to the Chamber of
    Commerce for assistance in the creation of more middle-class housing in the
    city.Noting that major employers in other cities
    have dedicated funds used by developers to build affordable housing in their
    communities, Nassour said that companies like Google and Microsoft have set an
    example that Boston can use to help the city’s middle class. “The Mayor
    deserves credit fo
  • The Handel and Haydn Society to Honor The Diversity of Its Community With Every Voice

    Members of the Handel and Haydn Society
    Orchestra and Chorus will lift their voices to celebrate the diverse
    communities that make up the city of Boston at the Every Voice concert for
    peace and justice. Presented in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist
    Urban Ministry and Union United Methodist Church, the free performances will
    take place at the First Church in Roxbury at 3pm on Saturday, November 2 and at
    the Union United Methodist Church in the South End at 3pm on Sunday, November
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  • Upstairs Downstairs Antiques Host artists’ Reception on Oct. 26

    Downstairs Antiques will host an artists’ reception on Saturday, Oct. 26 from
    6–8 p.m, featuring nine local artists from Boston, the North Shore and South
    Shore. All are invited to meet the artists and enjoy an evening of art,
    champagne and camaraderie. The exhibit includes works by Andrea Guay, Niki
    Farrell, John Young, Robert Hunter Douglas, Cate Hunter Kashem, William
    Cloutman, Marcia Corey, Theo Francis and Nancy O’Hearn.The artists
    represented hold an impress
  • Environmental Advocates Support Kenzie Bok for Boston City Council

    As city elections approach on November 5th,
    the Massachusetts Sierra Club, the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM)
    Action Fund, and Sunrise Boston have all endorsed Kenzie Bok for the District 8
    seat on the Boston City Council. Environmental advocates agree that Kenzie is
    the candidate who will both steward District 8’s treasured green spaces and
    help Boston meet the looming challenge of climate change.“I am so grateful to earn this strong set of
    environmental endorsements,&r
  • The Friends of the Mass. General Cancer Center Hosts Couture for Cancer Care Fundraiser October 25

    One of the most anticipated events on the
    Mass. General Cancer Center calendar, Couture for Cancer Care brings caregivers
    and their patients together to showcase runway looks and celebrate survivorship
    and hope. This is the 27th year of this special event annually hosted by The
    Friends of the Mass General Cancer Center, a group of volunteers who raise
    funds to bridge exceptional medical and supportive cancer care through
    innovative programs that promote whole-person healing. This fall benefit ra
  • Suffolk University Plan Converts Former Ames Hotel Into a Dorm

    A proposal to transform the former Ames Hotel
    into a Suffolk University dormitory marks another step towards the school’s
    more than decade-long commitment to move out of residential Beacon Hill, as
    well as to create more student housing in the city, according to John Nucci,
    vice president of external affairs for the university. “We
    see it as a great opportunity for both the university and to forward city’s
    agenda to free up private housing by providing university housing and no
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  • Flaherty Gets Top Spot on The Ballot for November Election

    Boston City Councilor At-Large Michael F. Flaherty’s name was drawn for
    the coveted first spot on the ballot in a public ballot drawing held by the
    City of Boston’s Elections Department. The ballot drawing, which was held on
    Thursday, October 8, 2019 at 11:00a.m. at City Hall, set the stage for the
    citywide general election scheduled for Tuesday, November 5, 2019.Councilor Flaherty, who is seeking another term as a Boston City
    Councilor At-Large, had a strong showing of results in fi
  • Take a Hike This Holiday Weekend

    With all of the turmoil that is occurring both in our
    country and across the world today, it is no wonder that Americans are feeling
    more stressed out than at any time in our recent history.Although the economy
    has been operating at full employment for quite a while, polls reveal that more
    Americans than ever are feeling financially insecure.
    Psychologists tell us
    that we are living in an Age of Anxiety, attributable in large part to the way
    in which modern life is not good either for our menta
  • Memorial Plaque

    Juan Flores (left) and Rafael Medina of Zen Associates place the stone and memorial plaque in Codman Island.
  • Curtailed Freedom Rally Meets With Better Response This Year

    Following the return of the annual Boston
    Freedom Rally Saturday, Sept. 21 to the Boston Common, the decision to scale it
    back to a one-day event this year from its traditional three days has been
    largely applauded. MassCann (Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition), the state affiliate of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) sponsor the event commonly as “Hempfest.” Last year’s 29th annual Freedom Rally, which took place over the weekend of Sept. 14-1
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  • Bok and Nassour Top District 8 Primary Race, Advance to Nov. 5 General Election

    Democratic District 8 candidate Kenzie Bok
    and her Republican rival Jennifer Nassour will advance to the Nov. 5 municipal
    election after earing the most respective votes in the Sept. 24 primary
    election. According
    to the unofficial election results, Bok garnered more than 50 percent of the
    ballot, or 2,032 votes cast, while Nassour trailed with around 18 percent of
    the ballot in the race for the seat to represent Back Bay, Beacon Hill,
    Fenway-Kenmore, Mission Hill and the West End, which is curr
  • Area A-1 Sees 5-Percent Drop-In Part One Crime From Last Year

    Area A-1 has seen a 5-percent drop in
    violent and property crime so far this year as opposed to 2018. According
    to Boston Police, 1,771 incidents of Part One crime were reported between Jan. 1
    and Sept. 22, 2019, in the district, which includes Beacon Hill, Chinatown
    Downtown and the North End, compared with 1,872 during the same timeframe last
    year. Homicides
    dropped to none from one last year while rapes and attempted rapes were up
    nearly 62 percent as the number climbed to 21 from 13 in 2018.
  • Explore the Freedom Trail After Dark With Lantern Tours

    Discover the Freedom Trail in after dark on
    the official Freedom Trail Lantern Tours. Freedom Trail Foundation announces
    the return of the unique Lantern Tours, offering visitors and residents the
    opportunity to experience the sinister history and mystery of the Freedom Trail
    by lantern-light! The annual Freedom Trail Lantern Tours will be offered on
    Thursdays through October 31 and Saturdays, October 5 through 26, at 7 p.m.
    from the ArtsBoston Booth at Faneuil Hall. Fatal sword duels, the
  • Local Businesses Celebrate Milestone Anniversary With MassGeneral Hospital for Children

    By Mark NardiA premiere Boston philanthropic event,
    Storybook Ball will celebrate its 20th anniversary with 500 guests on Saturday,
    October 19, at The Castle in Back Bay. With Chestnut Hill’s Jennifer and Mark
    Dolins and Charlestown’s Andrea and Justin Rosen co-chairing, this very special
    evening will recognize the more than $29 million that this annual gala has
    raised to date for MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC). The clinical
    focus of this year’s gathering will be on
  • Fresh and Local : Our Spice Experiment Made SIMPLE

    By Penny & Ed CherubinoWhen you love as many world cuisines as we
    do, you find yourself with a lot of herbs, spices and blends in your cupboards.
    Recently Penny cleaned out our supplies and picked two flavorful selections to
    leave on the counter and use as often as possible for a time. Her choices were
    za’atar and sumac.The word za’atar stands for two different
    ingredients. The first is a species of the herb savory that traditionally grows
    as a wild shrub in the Middle East. The
  • Final Year for Boston Christmas Festival

    For those seeking something special this gift-giving season, the
    Boston Christmas Festival is hosting hundreds of juried Artisans selling their handcrafted
    items, gourmet foods, and unique gifts at the Seaport World Trade Center the
    weekend of November 8-10. It’s like combining Etsy and Pinterest and bringing
    it to life in a 100,000 square foot massive bazaar. Tickets and more at
    BostonChristmasFestival.com“The Boston Christmas Festival has kicked off the holidays
    in Boston for 33 ye
  • Open Charles

    Rachel Thurlow, Richelle Gewertz, and Susan Page played a large-scale game of checkers along Charles Street on Sunday  – a place normally reserved for cars. Charles Street opened to the public, but closed to vehicles, for the first time on Sunday, Sept. 22, as part of Open Charles. The concept has been piloted on Newbury Street for the past two summers, and expanded to Charles Street on Sunday.
  • Personalized

    Karen Shepard holding her signed book of “The Nine” by Beacon Hiller Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg during an event at the Hampshire House sponsored by Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill and the Hampshire House.
  • BHAC Green-Lights Repurposing Of Wall Sign for New Business

    The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission
    approved an application from a new boutique specializing in high-end women’s
    undergarments to repurpose an existing wall sign at 15 Charles St. to reflect
    its company logo while denying the applicant’s requests to add a retractable
    awning with signage to reduce impacts to the historic window façade during a
    Sept. 19 public hearing at City Hall. In
    regard to the application for Uwila Warrior (which has taken over the
    storefront formerly
  • Beacon Hill Pub to Become Fine-Dining Restaurant

    A venerable neighborhood restaurateur has
    been charged with assisting in converting the Beacon Hill Pub into a high-end
    restaurant while the floors above are slated to become executive suites. “The
    Beacon Hill Pub will be transformed into a fine dining establishment, which
    will have an operator and concept [that] is more in keeping with Beacon Hill,”
    said Babak Bina, co-founder and owner of BiNA Family Hospitality, which
    shuttered its landmark Charles Street restaurant Lala Rokh last
  • Civic Association Gets Glimpse at Feedback From South End Collapsible Trash-Bin Pilot

    In anticipation of the launch of a pilot
    program to bring collapsible trash bins to Beacon Hill, a participant from the
    South End discussed the perceived success so far of this city-led initiative
    during a special meeting of the Beacon Hill Civic Association Streets and
    Sidewalks Committee on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 74 Joy St. David
    Stone, president of Blackstone/Franklin Neighborhood Association, said the
    eight-week program kicked off Aug. 1 on one block of East Brookline Street
    between Ha
  • Mayor’s Fall Pumpkin Float Set for Oct. 18

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh has announced the
    return of the annual Fall Pumpkin Float at the Boston Common Frog Pond on Friday,
    Oct. 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Hundreds
    of illuminated jack-o’-lanterns will be floated on the water accompanied by
    spooky family activities.Attendees are asked to bring 8-inch or
    smaller carved pumpkins that will be lit and then floated on the Frog Pond for
    a dramatic early evening display.  Adults
    and children are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and p
  • Let’s Keep in Mind the Facts About Health Care Costs in This Country

    The issue of national health care is now
    front and center in the debate among the presidential candidates of both
    parties, with each offering their vision of what should be done about this
    important issue.Some favor a repeal of Obamacare, some wish
    to improve upon it, and still others want to implement a “Medicare for all”
    system.However, regardless of where one stands on
    the issue, it is important to keep in mind some basic facts about the costs of
    the present health care system in
  • Guest Op-Ed: Saving for Your Child’s Future Can Be Overwhelming, But Boston Is Here to Help

    By Mayor Martin J. Walsh The start of kindergarten marks the
    beginning of a child’s educational future and here in Boston we believe nothing
    should hinder a child’s path to success. That’s why, in 2016, and in
    collaboration with Boston Public Schools, we launched Boston Saves as a
    three-year pilot program. Our goal was to build strong career pathways by
    helping families of BPS kindergarteners save money for their children’s college
    or career training. Throughout thos
  • Guide to Private Schools Special Section

    Beacon Hill Nursery School
    74 Joy Street
    Boston, MA 02114
    www.bhns.netBeacon Hill Nursery School was founded in 1955 and has been a vital part
    of the downtown community since its inception with a consistent commitment to
    high quality early childhood education. Our primary mission is to create a
    nurturing community that instills a lifelong love of learning in its students.
    We cherish children’s innate curiosity through purposeful play guided by
    exceptional early child
  • Moondance Gala

    Katie and Will Collins of Beacon Hill at the Esplanade Association’s Moondance Gala that took place on Saturday, Sept. 14, raising over $1.3 million to benefit the park.
  • Never Be Forgotten: Mayor Proclaims Mary Ann Vincent Day In Honor of Famed Thespian and Humanitarian

    Courtesy of the Vincent Club
    A portrait of Mary Ann Vincent.Mayor Martin J. Walsh proclaimed Sept. 18 Mary Ann Vincent Day in honor of the 19th-centrury actress who is the namesake of the Vincent Club, a Boston-based, self-described “women’s organization dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of women,” as well as the Massachusetts General Hospital Vincent Department of OB/GYN. “Mary
    Ann was a fantastic example of philanthropy in our city,” Mayor Wal
  • New App Facilitates Access to Election Information

    Voters in Tuesday’s Primary have another way to inform their choices at the ballot box, thank to a new app that aims to allow easier access to election information, as well as provide insight into the candidates’ views on major issues.Two matrix screenshots from the Activote app as of Monday morning. Activote
    is the brainchild of a Boston couple, Victor Allis and Sara Gifford, who are
    its respective co-founder and CEO and co-founder and COO, while Paul Erik Raué
    of Philadelphi
  • Guide to Private Schools: Special Section

    PreschoolBeacon Hill Nursery School74 Joy StreetBoston, MA 02114617-227-0822www.bhns.netBeacon Hill Nursery School was founded in 1955 and has been
    a vital part of the downtown community since its inception with a consistent
    commitment to high quality early childhood education. Our primary mission is to
    create a nurturing community that instills a lifelong love of learning in its
    students. We cherish children’s innate curiosity through purposeful play guided
    by exceptional early childhood
  • Councilor Wu Applauds Creative Repurposing of Public Space for ‘Open Charles Street’ Event

    In anticipation the inaugural “Open Charles
    Street,” which will close the street to vehicular traffic and transform it into
    a pedestrian-only walkway on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to
    coincide with the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s annual FallFest, City
    Councilor at-Large Michelle Wu is encouraged to see the city’s streets
    creatively repurposed to accommodate special events such as this. “I am
    always excited when there’s an opportunity to rethin
  • Eliot Innovation School Unveils New Building for 2019 School Term

    At one time it was the headquarters of Mitt
    Romney’s failed presidential run, and after that a high-end furniture store,
    but this year the building abutting the North Washington Street Bridge has
    become the hopes and dreams of hundreds of school children and their parents –
    many of them from the area.After living in cramped quarters with few
    amenities for years, Eliot School Principal Traci Walker, of Charlestown,
    welcomed students and families to a brand new facility that houses inn
  • North Washington Street Bridge (Charlestown Bridge) Construction Look-Ahead:

    Travel Impacts•Inbound: One of two lanes open and all
    turn movements available from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on some weekdays. •Outbound: One of two lanes open and
    all turn movements available from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. on some weekdays.Paul Revere Park PlaygroundDescritption: Installation of new playground equipment will continue in Paul Revere Park.Work Hours: Daytime (7 a.m. – 3 p.m.) on weekdays.Temporary Bridge ConstructionDescription: Constructio
  • Councilors Edwards and Flynn Endorse Kenzie Bok for the District 8 Seat

    District 1 City
    Councilor Lydia Edwards and District 2 City Councilor Ed Flynn today endorsed
    Kenzie Bok for the District 8 seat on the Boston City Council. Both councilors
    cited Bok’s commitment to fighting for an affordable Boston for all and the
    preservation of thriving mixed-income communities in the heart of the city.Councilor Edwards’
    district includes East Boston, Charlestown, and the North End. Since her
    election in 2017, Edwards has been on the front lines of advocating for
  • Flaherty Announces ‘CPA In The City’ A Community Engagement Initiative

    Boston City Councilor At-Large Michael F.
    Flaherty has announced “CPA in the City” – a community engagement initiative to
    raise awareness of the 91 community preservation projects that have been
    recommended since Boston’s adoption of the Community Preservation Act (CPA) and
    are either completed or underway. Boston voters adopted the CPA through a
    ballot initiative in 2016. The revenue collected by the CPA funds affordable
    housing, historic preservation and open space proj
  • Hill House Ushers in Autumn With Seasonal Programs

    With the summer of ‘19  now firmly in the rearview, Hill House is
    offering several seasonal programs in the coming weeks to usher in autumn and
    welcome residents back to the neighborhood. “Your Backyard in the City” invites mothers who participate in Hill House and/or live on Beacon Hill to the Firehouse at 74 Mt. Vernon St. on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. for “Moms Night Out,” where guests can enjoy appetizers and a glass of wine while shopping from a
  • Officials, Residents Cut Ribbon at Fanny Appleton Footbridge

    Photo and Story by Marianne SalzaThe Frances “Fanny” Appleton Footbridge,
    which provides a universally accessible link from Charles Circle to the Charles
    River, Esplanade, was celebrated for its sophisticated elegance and safe
    comfortability during a Sept. 10 ribbon cutting. 
    “This iconic structure connects the neighborhood to one of the Commonwealth’s crown jewels,” exclaimed Jonathan Gulliver, Highway Administrator.
    Jim Shea, former Director of The Friends of
  • City Councilor Kim Janey Endorses Kenzie Bok for Boston City Council

    District 7 City Councilor Kim Janey today
    endorsed Kenzie Bok for the District 8 seat on the Boston City Council. Janey’s
    City Council district borders District 8, which Kenzie is running to represent,
    and includes most of Roxbury and parts of the South End, Dorchester, and
    Councilor Janey launched a canvass with
    Kenzie in Fenway Saturday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m. at the Whole Foods at 15
    Westland Avenue. The canvass will be co-hosted by the Ward 4 Democratic
    Committee who has endorsed
  • Hill Teen Empowers Girls With Boston-Themed Necklaces

    An entrepreneur and professional artisan
    since the age of 10, Beacon Hill teen Marlie Kass launched her own company
    Smart Girls Jewelry in 2015 in reaction to watching a TV commercial that
    suggested girls should abandon intellectual pursuits and athletics in favor of
    more “girly” endeavors. But instead of being portrayed as one-dimensional
    female stereotypes, Marlie wanted other girls to know they can be beautiful,
    and love math and sports, or embrace the arts and science. To
    this en
  • Beacon Hill Historic District Commission

    Notice of Public Hearing
    The Beacon Hill
    Historic District Commission will hold a public hearing on Sept. 9, 2019, at 5
    p.m. at Boston City Hall, Piemonte Room, 5th floor.Subject of the
    hearing will be applications for Certificates of Design Approval on the agenda
    below, reviews  of  architecturaL violations, and such
    businesses  as  may 
    come before the  commission, in
    accordance  with  Chapter 772 of the Acts of 1975, as amended.  Applications are a
  • Myrtle the Turtle Finds New Home in Namesake Playground

    Only a short distance from its original
    location, the Myrtle the Turtle sculpture will remain in its namesake Myrtle
    Street Playground. To
    commemorate its 90th anniversary, the Beacon Hill Garden Club commissioned
    renowned West Newton sculptor Nancy Schön, who also designed the iconic “Make
    Way for Ducklings” sculpture on the Public Garden, as well as the “Tortoise and
    the Hare” sculpture in Copley Square, to create the 4-foot-long turtle
    sculpture as a gift to the c
  • Time to End the ‘War on Drugs’

    For those of us who have been around for
    longer than we might care to admit, America has been consumed during our
    lifetime by the never-ending battle to combat drug abuse.It was in 1971 — almost 50 years ago —
    that President Richard Nixon first declared a “war on drugs.” The mind-set that
    took hold thereafter, both among politicians and the public, led to a dramatic
    increase in the penalties for drug possession, including marijuana, which was
    classified as a level one dru
  • Guest Op-Ed : Not Everyone in Boston Feels Resilient. We’re Working to Change That.

    By Mayor Martin J. WalshThere is no question that Boston is a strong
    city that’s used to banding together. We celebrate championship-winning sports
    teams, remember our importance in the roots of American history, and cheer on
    runners along Boylston Street every April. We also stand together during the
    hard times. The city’s response following the Boston
    Marathon Bombing shed light on our community’s innate commitment to supporting
    our families, friends, and neighbors who h
  • Hill Author Explores Underbelly Of a Prep School Life in ‘The Nine’

    In her second novel “The Nine,” Beacon Hill
    resident Jeanne Blasberg unearths the underbelly of a New England prep school
    and its longstanding pattern of sexual misconduct, as well as the fallout it
    ultimately creates for the family of one student who refuses to idly sit back
    and remain quiet about it. Hannah Webber, a “helicopter mother” who struggled with fertility issues, has made great sacrifices to send Sam, her gifted son, to an elite boarding school, where he uncov
  • Topping Off : Ceremony Held at Bullfinch Tower

    Special to the TimesLast week, more than 400 men and women from
    the Boston Building Trades, AECOM Tishman, along with project owners National
    Real Estate Advisors, LLC on behalf of their clients and The HYM Investment
    Group, LLC, and lender Pacific Life Insurance Company, celebrated the final
    concrete pour in the vertical construction of the first residential tower at
    Bulfinch Crossing, marking the ceremonial topping off of the building.
    The 46-story high-rise tower is a part of
    the 4.8-acre mix
  • Celluloid Heroes : ‘Glory’ Brings the Civil War’s 54th Regiment to Life

    In anticipation of the upcoming $2.8-million
    restoration of the Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial on the Boston Common, the
    Friends of the Public Garden and other stakeholders in the Shaw 54th Regiment
    Memorial Restoration Partnership are presenting two free screenings of
    “Glory” – the 1989 Academy Award-winning film that tells the story of the first
    black regiment recruited from the North to fight for the Union Army in the
    Civil War – on Monday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at t
  • Officials to Offer Residents Free Daffodil Bulbs for Plantings on Public Ways

     Mayor Martin J. Walsh has announced
    that the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will distribute over 20,000
    daffodil bulbs for planting on public ways citywide.  The effort is part
    of the “Boston Blooms with Daffodils” beautification initiative. The plantings will take place in
    approved locations along the City’s public ways on the weekends of Oct. 25 and
    Nov. 1.  Groups with approved planting locations will be contacted by the
    Parks Department and give
  • Walsh Announces Events Planned for September as Recovery Month

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced a series of
    events marking September as Recovery Month, a national observance that aims to
    combat the social stigma around addiction, celebrate recovery, and promote
    overall awareness. The effects of the opioid epidemic can be felt in every
    neighborhood in our City, across the Commonwealth, and all over the country,”
    said Mayor Walsh. “Addiction is a serious disease but with support and
    treatment, we know people can recover and get their lives back on
  • Calendar

    Thursday, Sept. 5
    CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY, Rainforest Reptile,
    Myrtle Street Playground, 4-5 p.m.MEETING, Friends of the West End Branch
    of the Boston Public Library, West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, 151
    Cambridge St., 6 p.m., contact RobininBoston@gmail.com for more
    informationSaturday, Sept. 7-sunday, Sept. 8
    EVENT, 17th annual Boston Arts Festival,
    Christopher Columbus Park, 6 p.m., visit thebostonartsfestival.com for more
    informationMonday, Sept. 9EVENT, Beacon Hill Semin

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