• ‘Evening Under the Stars’ to Benefit Myrtle Street Playground Enhancements

    By Dan Murphy
    An artist’s rendering showing proposed improvements to the Myrtle Street Playground.
    When the Friends of the Myrtle Street Playground hold “An Evening Under the Stars” in the garden at King’s Chapel on Friday, June 9, all proceeds from the nonprofit’s first official fundraising event will benefit planned enhancements to an outdoor space that has welcomed families for the more than 30 years.
    Renee Walsh, president of the Friends group, said the project
  • Elsie and Jeannette Herrmann Receive 20th Beacon Award

    By Dan Murphy
    One day after Mother’s Day, Elsie Herrmann and her daughter Jeannette were jointly presented the 20th annual Beacon Award at the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s annual meeting while remaining characteristically humble about their “significant and sustained” contributions to the community.
    “Why me?” Elsie pondered four days earlier from the kitchen of the Pinckney Street home where she raised Jeannette. “Lots of people have done lots of thin
  • Elsie and Jeanette Herrmann Receive 20th Beacon Award

    By Dan Murphy
    One day after Mother’s Day, Elsie Herrmann and her daughter Jeannette were jointly presented the 20th annual Beacon Award at the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s annual meeting while remaining characteristically humble about their “significant and sustained” contributions to the community.
    “Why me?” Elsie pondered four days earlier from the kitchen of the Pinckney Street home where she raised Jeannette. “Lots of people have done lots of thin
  • Downtown View:Airbnb Woes

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    Airbnb and its cohorts have been a lifesaver for some downtown residents. They say that renting out a room in their home has allowed them to afford Boston’s high rents or helped them pay for the costly mortgages they have to take on if they buy a place.
    Travelers like the arrangement because living in a neighborhood rather than a hotel gives them a more authentic experience.
    But it’s complicated. Public officials have received many complaints. Neighborhood leader
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  • Esplanade Association Awarded Reebok Foundation Grant:Funds Will Help to Support Summer Programming for Underserved Youth and Families in the Greater Boston Area

    The Esplanade Association (EA) is pleased to announce it has received a grant in the amount of $15,000 from The Reebok Foundation to support two youth and family outreach programs this summer: Children in the Park (ChiP) and Family Walks on the Charles River Esplanade (Family Walks).  Both programs will support underserved Boston-area families who, because of limited access to open outdoor spaces, would benefit greatly from free and easy access to the Esplanade’s recreational programm
  • Suffolk University and Boston Debate League Support Student Debaters

    Suffolk University and the Boston Debate League announced a partnership that will bring hundreds of Boston middle and high school students to Suffolk’s downtown campus for debate tournaments and a two-week summer debate camp.
    The non-profit Boston Debate League brings competitive debate into the Boston Public Schools, cultivating transformative critical thinking and communications skills that prepare students for college, careers and engagement with the world around them.
    As part of the de
  • Discussion of Recent Excavations Set for May 17 at the Old North Church

    City of Boston Archaeologist Joe Bagley will discuss the results of his recent excavations from the Old North Church’s Washington Memorial Garden, located on Church property, off of Unity Street in the North End.
    Bagley will present details on how an object can reveal the past while giving an insight into stories of the English, Jewish, Irish and Italian immigrants who lived in three tenement buildings from the 1830s to the 1930s.
    Bagley and Jim Pasto of the North End Historical Society, w
  • There is Urgent Public Demand for An Obamacare Replacement

    Limited access to Obamacare health insurance plans is creating an urgent, public demand for a replacement.  Insurers are exiting the market throughout the nation at an alarming rate for a variety of reasons.  Their motives vary, but for the most part they are concerned about the imminent collapse of the Affordable Care Act.
    “As a result, individuals and families seeking coverage have only one or two insurance options and in some cases they have none.  And, where coverage is
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  • Police Briefs 05-16-2017

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Assault and Battery
    05/05/17 – A victim reported that he ordered a Lyft ride to his Pinckney Street residence. When his ride arrived at around 6:08 p.m., the male operator of a white Lexus refused to take the victim to the airport. At this, time the operator ordered the victim out of his vehicle. When the victim got out, he slammed the car door shut, prompting the suspect to exit the vehicle and punch the victim several times in the face.
  • BHWF Fashion Show

    Pat Arroyo wearing a white suit by Holiday and a snazzy hat at the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) 4th Annual Charles Street Couture Fashion show on Friday night, May 5, at the UMass Club. Numerous boutiques and shops from Charles Street displayed the latest styles for spring and summer at the poplar, annual show.
  • BHGC to Hold the 88th ‘Tour of the Hidden Gardens’

    The Beacon Hill Garden Club is pleased to present its annual Tour of the Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill on Thursday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.
    The self-guided walking tour will feature ten gardens hidden behind Beacon Hill Garden Club members’ homes and garden walls. They can be visited in any order. As visitors walk from garden to garden, there will also be six ribbon gardens to enjoy. The ribbon gardens are special, small plots of flowers and greenery that contribute b
  • Fundraising Reception to Kick off Charles Street Cleaning Campaign

    By Dan Murphy
    To mark the launch of its “Charles Street: Our Main Street Cleaning Campaign,” the Joint Charles Street Committee is holding a fundraising and cocktail reception at Grogan & Company, located at 20 Charles St., on Wednesday, May 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    The event will feature food courtesy of Toscano restaurant and a live auction at 6:30 p.m., with 100 percent of proceeds benefitting the campaign. While items up for bid remain largely under wraps, Lucy Grogan, co-owne
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  • Downtown View:Competition Might Improve Old Rental Buildings

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    Downtown residents are enjoying a certain satisfaction they didn’t expect. Those dreadful absentee landlords who suck all the rent money out of their buildings while keeping them in slum-like condition are now facing competition from such new luxury buildings as the Kensington in the Theatre District, the Avalon near North Station and the Watermark in the Seaport.
    Those absentee landlords, who are all over the North End, Beacon Hill and to some extent, the Back Bay, mi
  • Zoning and Licensing Committee Votes Not to Oppose Proposed Jeffries House Addition

    By Dan Murphy
    A proposed four-story addition to the John Jeffries House met with a vote of non-opposition from the Beacon Hill Zoning and Licensing Committee on Wednesday with the stipulation that the applicant enter into a satisfactory good neighbor’s agreement with the Civic Association.
    Boston development firm Related Beal intends to build an approximately 12,000 square-foot extension to the existing John Jeffries House on the parking-lot parcel adjacent to Savenor’s Market that w
  • Police Briefs 05-09-2017

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Assault Dangerous with a Dangerous Weapon – Knife04/26/17 – At around 6:42 a.m., responding officers arrested a male suspect arrested on Arlington Street following an assault at a Cortes Street building.
    The victim reports he was leaving his apartment, when the suspect confronted the victim and asked him the whereabouts of two females whom the victim didn’t know. At this time, the suspect brandished a knife and threatened to kill the
  • Charles River Cleanup on Earth Day is A Rousing Success

    On Saturday morning, April 29, the Esplanade Association, the 100-percent privately funded friends group for the Charles River Esplanade, had over 400 volunteers participate in the 18th annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup.
    Since 2000, the Esplanade Association has partnered with the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), one of the country’s oldest watershed organizations and the lead organizer of the cleanup, to coordinate the event at the Esplanade. The cleanu
  • Investing in Beacon Hill

    By Mayor Martin J. Walsh
    This month, I am proud to put forth a budget for the City of Boston that will make Boston a better place to work, live, and raise a family.
    At City Hall, we’ve created a plan for our City that will keep Boston financially sound, while making targeted investments towards achieving a thriving, healthy and innovative Boston. Boston’s operating budget totals $3.14 billion, which represents an increase of $143.7 million (or about five percent) over last year&rsquo
  • A Fatal and Fiery Photograph Reawakens Memories of a Soldier’s Life

    A photograph taken in Afghanistan by Specialist Hilda Clayton at the moment a mortar tube exploded in 2013 has been republished this week, reviving details of the lost life of the young soldier.
  • Shear Madness:Fundraising Continues to Chop Off Jack Gurnon’s Hair Mop

    By Beth Treffeisen
    Beacon Hill’s Jack Gurnon is surrounded by scissors ready to cut his long hair.
    What all started as a fun prank between two friends about three years ago has slowly turned into about 15 inches of silver locks that flow from the head of Beacon Hill’s Jack Gurnon, that is now well…ready to go.
    After enduring questions from concerned residents of Beacon Hill from – Are you doing ok? Are you going through a mid-life crisis? – to are you having a seve
  • Livingstone Seeks More Discussion on Shadow Laws

    By Beth Treffeisen
    With the recent passage of Boston City Council’s home rule petition that aims to amend the current shadow laws that protect the Boston Common and Boston Public Garden, State Representative Jay D. Livingstone has come out against this legislation as it is written.
    “I was surprised at the swiftness in which the Boston City Council took up this issue,” said Livingstone. “I hope to have a more deliberate discussion at the State House.”
    Livingstone, wh
  • Downtown View:Better Skyscrapers

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    Consider Los Angeles. It’s enjoying an upgrade. With refurbished hotels, new residential buildings, a spruce-up of its gorgeous library and all the services and restaurants that come with a dense population, LA’s downtown is finally full of vitality.
    It also looks good. One reason is the tops of some of its new buildings. In 2014, after much complaint from Angelenos about the city’s boring skyline, LA officials rescinded an ordinance that required its skysc
  • Chestnut Street Resident Aims to Educate Neighbors on Rosie’s Place

    By Dan Murphy
    While Rosie’s Place dates back to 1974 and has the distinction of being the oldest women’s shelter in the U.S., Chestnut Street newcomer Deb Pasculano wants to educate her new Beacon Hill neighbors on how much more the South End-based nonprofit has to offer.
    “One of my goals over the next few years is to get the word out that Rosie’s Place is so much more than a shelter and food kitchen,” said Pasculano, who, since September of 2016, has served as boar
  • 28 Hancock,John Jeffries Addition on ZLC Agenda at BHCA Meeting

    The Zoning and Licensing Committee (ZLC) of the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) will meet on Wednesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. at 74 Joy Street to consider a proposed penthouse and roof deck addition at 28 Hancock Street and a four-story addition to the John Jeffries House on the parking lot parcel next to Savenor’s.
    While The Related Beal development team, owners of the John Jeffries House at 170 Charles Street, has held several planning meetings with immediate neighbors and other stakeh
  • Forgotten Corner in Garden Set for a Plant Overhaul

    By Beth Treffeisen
    The corner of the Boston Public Garden that sits behind the William Ellery Channing Statue near the Arlington T stop, is the last missing piece of the Friends of the Public Garden ongoing project to restore the Boylston Street side of the Public Garden.
    What is home to a mulch pit and some green shrubbery now will soon be brought back to life with new trees, shrubbery and flowering herbaceous plants.
    The Friends of the Public Garden presented these upgrades during a Boston Lan
  • Spring into May with the BHWF’s Annual Fashion Show

    By Amy Tsurumi
    Mark your calendars for a jubilant and colorful evening well suited for the first Friday of May!  The Beacon Hill Womens Forum (BHWF) cordially invites you to the Fourth Annual Charles Street Couture Fashion Show on May 5th from 6 to 8 pm.  Held at the University of Massachusetts Club, One Beacon Street, the 32nd Floor venue boasts gorgeous rooms with spectacular views of the Charles River and the City of Boston.  This is the last event of the 2016-2017 BHWF season.
  • Get Healthy On the Esplanade this Summer

    Healthy, Fit & Fun is returning to the Esplanade this summer! Starting in July, the Esplanade Association will again join forces with some of Boston’s top fitness and recreation organizations to host a variety of free outdoor fitness classes on the banks of the Charles River. The Healthy, Fit & Fun program, which runs all summer, includes professionally-led classes in a variety of intensities and styles. People of all ages and abilities are invited to join the fun, enjoy river view
  • Beacon Hill Author Jeanne Blasberg at Blackstone’s to Sign Copies of Her New Book ‘Eden’

    Looking for a Mother’s Day gift or a good summer beach read?
    Beacon Hill author Jeanne Blasberg’s new book ~ “Eden” ~ could be just the answer.
    Blasberg will be signing copies of her new book on Wednesday, May 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill (46 Charles Street).  As locals know, no event at Blackstone’s would be complete without refreshments to enjoy.  For those unable to attend Blackstone’s event, signed copies can be
  • Bridge Architect Miguel Rosales to Deliver Keynote Address at Civic Association’s Annual Meeting

    By Dan Murphy
    Miguel Rosales, the lead designer and architect of the innovative, cable-stayed Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, will deliver the keynote address at the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s 95th annual meeting on May 15.
    Rosales, a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s master’s program in architectural studies, has more than 30 years of experience as a leading bridge designer. In 1997, he founded Rosales + Partners Transportation Design, an award-winn
  • No Place for Hate

    This editorial is not about politics.
    It is not about an issue that mark us as Democrats vs. Repubilicans, liberals vs. conservatives, pro-life vs. pro-choice, higher vs. lower taxes, amnesty for immigrants vs. big, beautiful border walls, diplomacy vs. bombing No. Korea, Syria, Iran, or anyone else, pro gay, women’s, and minority rights vs. whatever the other side is, or any of the other matters that may divide us along party, religious, or any other beliefs.
    Rather, this editorial is abo
  • Fight for Light at City Council

    By Beth Treffeisen
    A proponent for keeping the present shadow law holds up a sign at the City Council hearing on Monday.
    A packed Boston City Council Chamber played home to a hearing to discuss a Home Rule Petition on Monday, April 24, to discuss making a one-time exemption to the State laws that govern shadow on the Boston Common and the Public Garden for the developers behind the proposed 775-foot Winthrop Square tower.
    The proposed legislation will amend two state laws that for 25 years have
  • Esplanade Association to Host 16th Annual Meeting

    The Esplanade Association will be hosting it’s 16th Annual Meeting on Tuesday evening, May 2 at the Algonquin Club in Boston. The public is invited to attend the meeting at which the organization will share what they have accomplished over the past year in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and what they have planned for 2017 as they continue their mission to make life better on the Charles River Esplanade.
    John Alschuler, chairman at HR&A Adv
  • Downtown View:Being Left Out

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    Are you working hard? Paying attention? Being involved?
    Some people apparently believe you aren’t. You are not worthy of their attention. They are leaving you out.
    The Boston Water and Sewer Commission is one of the perpetrators. Its recent flyer listed the sites in each neighborhood to which Boston residents could go to meet a BWSC staff member and pay a bill or get answers to questions. The problem? There were no sites listed for the Downtown and Waterfront, Bay Vill
  • Beacon Hill to Get Improvements in Budget

    By John Lynds
    Last Thursday, Mayor Martin Walsh released his $2.08 billion five-year capital budget plan.
    Flanked by his cabinet and elected officials, Walsh made a commitment to start, continue and complete several projects around the Beacon Hill neighborhood.
    “This Capital Plan prioritizes investments in Boston’s neighborhoods and is a direct reflection of the feedback we received from thousands of residents who contributed ideas to our planning processes,” said Mayor Walsh.
  • Organist Peter Krasinski to Create Live Improvised Musical Score for ‘BEN-HUR’ at St Cecilia’s

    A sweeping silent film drama set during the time of Christ will be shown in a landmark Boston church.
    Organist Peter Krasinski will accompany BEN-HUR, A Tale of the Christ” (1925) on Thursday, April 27, at Saint Cecelia Parish, 18 Belvidere St. The screening is at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Tickets range from $10 to $30 with a special pre-screening reception with the artist priced at $100.
    Along with being an active and relevant church in the city of Boston, and one of the city&rsqu
  • TEA Officials Announce September 23 as Date for the Moonlight Gala

    Flowers and trees blooming, runners filling the pathways, and children with their mitts on the baseball fields are all signs that the spring has finally arrived on the esplanade. It also means that the planning of the Esplanade Association’s (TEA) annual Gala to benefit the Charles River Esplanade is well under way. One of the most anticipated and inspired evenings of the fall social season, the Esplanade Association’s Moondance Gala is to be held on Saturday, Sep
  • Revere Hotel Replaces Storefront Before BVAC Approval

    By Beth Treffeisen
    Tucked away on the corner of Piedmont and Broadway Street in the Bay Village, the Revere Hotel upgraded a much forgotten storefront that runs beneath the concrete parking garage.
    But, at the Bay Village Architectural Commission (BVAC) hearing this past Tuesday, April 11, Joe Cornish the City of Boston preservation planner noticed that the work was already completed, before receiving approval by the BVAC.
    “I walked over there today and it already looked like it was comple
  • Fictional Podcast Tells Story of Millennial Who Dreams of Settling on Beacon Hill

    By Dan Murphy
    To mark the launch of her podcast “Red Line,” which tells the story of a Millennial woman who dreams of settling in Beacon Hill in the shadow of the MBTA subway line, creator G. D. Spilsbury will be on hand with the series’ lead actress and producer as part of the Canvas Fine Arts Gallery Night at the Liberty Hotel on Tuesday, May 2.
    Spilsbury, a longtime resident of Charles River Park and author of four novels, several screenplays and bi-weekly film reviews publi
  • Architectural Commission Approves 45 Temple Street Redevelopment Project with Provisos

    The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission approved the latest, revised plans for the controversial 45 Temple St. project at its monthly hearing on Thursday with some stipulations.
    Dedham-based JDMD Owner, LLC, plans to convert the Hiriaam J. Archer and Frank J. Donahue buildings at Temple and Derne streets into a 75-unit condominium complex, with rooftop additions, including penthouse units, as well as 60 on-site, below-grade parking spaces. Both buildings were previously owned and occupied by Su
  • Tired of Mother’s Day Brunch? Try a Tea

    A number of hotels in the United States are charting a new course for the holiday: a variety of teas, sandwiches and chocolate.
  • What Is the Antiquities Act and Why Does President Trump Want to Change It?

    The 1906 law, enacted under Theodore Roosevelt, has been used by presidents to protect vast tracts of public land from development and exploitation.
  • Beacon Hillers Deliver Daffodils

    Joey and Daisy Gulla sit on the delivery wagon to distribute daffodils with other volunteers throughout Beacon Hill last Friday, April 14, as part of the Marathon Daffodil project. The project began in 2014 after the Marathon Bombing as a symbol of Boston Strong. This year, the Beacon Hill Garden Club joined in to decorate Charles Street as well.
  • Friends of the Public Garden Hold 47th Annual Meeting

    It was standing room only at the Friends Annual Meeting on April 12.  After the usual Board business, Executive Director Liz Vizza gave an inspiring summary of the year’s accomplishments to the attending members. Thanks to the generous donations of the members, the Friends was again able to make over a $1 million investment in the maintenance of the Common, the Garden, and the Mall focusing on trees, turf and sculpture while also pursuing notable capital improvements.
    The George Rober
  • City Council Ponders Change to Shadow Law

    By Beth Treffeisen
    A Home Rule Petition that will make a one-time exemption to the State laws that governs shadow on the Boston Common and the Public Garden for the developers behind the proposed 775-foot Winthrop Square tower was filed with the Boston City Council at the hearing on Wednesday, April 12.
    The Home Rule Petition will eliminate the remainder of the shadow bank, and instead allow a limited amount of new shadows to be cast on the Boston Common and the Public Garden from new constructi
  • Downtown View:Boston’s Future Mobility

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    The city published its Go Boston 2030 report in mid-March. It is 223 pages long. I read it so you don’t have to. It’s taken me awhile.
    It is available electronically at http://goboston2030.org/en/. Suggestions are accompanied by a note explaining how other cities have fared with such changes, a nice touch.
    After I read the report, I checked in with a few people familiar with the project. The complaints were consistent. The solutions are small ideas. Many of them
  • Jack Gurnon Looks to Raise Funds for BHV, and Chop the Mop

    Everyone in the neighborhood has an opinion about Jack Gurnon’s long, gray hair, and that opinion is usually not good.
    Cassie, Jack’s wife, was especially tired of his mid-life look, so she persuaded him to CHOP it all off—for a price.
    That price is $15,000. If Jack can raise $15,000, he’ll get rid of his long locks—a thousand dollars for each of his 15 inches.. And, in honor of Beacon Hill Village’s 15th anniversary, he’ll give the money to that organiz
  • BHWF Receives Virtual Tour of BPL in Boston’s Secret Stash

    Vivian Spiro grew up loving to visit libraries in her hometown; and when she entered the Central Library in Copley Square for the first time, she was astounded. Greeted by a sculpture of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Edward Austin Abbey’s mural, “The Quest and Achievement of the Holy Grail,” Spiro was impressed by how the City of Boston erected a civic building created to expose its citizens to art and architecture.
    “Nothing could have prepared me for the splendor of th
  • Joe McDonald Named New West End Museum President

    Joe McDonald, a third-generation West End native and longtime community activist, has been named President of The West End Museum Board of Directors. McDonald served as a Board member for two years and as President of the West End Civic Association (WECA) in 2012. Now, as Museum President, he aims to help the nonprofit achieve a more secure financial position.
    “The Museum is such an asset to the West End and, over the past several years, has grown to focus on far more than urban renewal. I
  • BVNA Votes in Favor of Proposed Stuart Street Tower

    By Beth Treffeisen
    After a long, arduous debate among Bay Village residents, the Neighborhood Association voted to not oppose the proposed 19-story tower slated for 212 Stuart Street.
    In a Bay Village Neighborhood Association (BVNA) general meeting that took place this past Monday, members of the organization took to the ballot box to vote on whether they opposed this project or did not oppose this project.
    In the end, 67 members voted to not oppose this project and 31 members voted to oppose th
  • Riverfront Pavillion Proposed as A Part of Lee Pool Rehabilitation

    By Dan Murphy
    The proposed renovation of Lee Pool on the Charles River Esplanade includes plans for a year-round, multi-use, riverfront pavilion, said members of the design team during a public meeting at the State Transportation Building on Thursday.
    The Department of Conservation and Recreation is partnering with the Esplanade Association, Hill House and other stakeholders to reactivate the pool, which opened in 1951 and has been closed since the 1990s. Maryann Thompson Architects of Watertown
  • Stylish and Sweet

    Brigitte Currier, 8, enjoys a cupcake during the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s Party in the Park at the Four Seasons Hotel near Boston Common on Sunday, April 9. Beyond cupcakes, the popular event featured a children’s fashion show and tea.
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