• The Whitney Hotel Opens on Charles Street

    After months of anticipation, The Whitney Hotel – a
    66-room, luxury, boutique hotel – has opened in the former location of the John
    Jeffries House at 170 Charles St. The hotel, developed by Boston-based Related Beal and operated by Hersha Hospitality Management (HHM) of Harrisburg, Pa., is named for Henry Melville Whitney, an American industrialist who once owned the site and was the founder of the MBTA’s forerunner, the West End Street Railway Company. To honor Whitn
  • French Cultural Center’s Bastille Day Celebration Returns July 12

    One of the most eagerly anticipated of the summer in
    Boston, the French Cultural Center’s Bastille Day Celebration returns Friday,
    July 12, from 6 to 11 p.m. on Marlborough Street between Berkeley and Clarendon
    streets. Around 2,000 guests are expected to turn out to enjoy the event that marks la Fête nationale and the historic friendship between la République Française and the United States, thanks to  Platinum Level Sponsors Montpellier Méditerranée
  • River Fit on the Esplanade Kicks-Off Tuesday, July 16 : Esplanade Association’s River Fit Summer Fitness Series Will Feature Zumba, Yoga, And More

    Free fitness classes on the Esplanade will return for the
    ninth straight year this summer! Beginning Tuesday, July 16, the Esplanade
    Association (esplanadeassociation.org) will again partner with some of Boston’s
    most popular fitness organizations to host the free River Fit Summer Fitness
    Series.River Fit consists of a variety of outdoor fitness classes—
    including professionally-led Zumba, high-intensity interval training, and Yoga—
    that are taught for a range of experience lev
  • Beacon Hill Architectural Commission Meeting Set For July 18

    The Beaocn Hill Archutectural Commission will be meeting on
    Thursday July 18, at 5 p.m. in the Piemonte Room at Boston City Hall. on the
    5th floor.The following is planned for discussion at the meeting:Design Review19.1231
    BH 81 Beacon Street: At rear elevation remove window grates at four
    second-story windows.19.1312
    BH 74 Chestnut Street: At rear elevation replace black cedar garage door with
    plywood door. Continued from 6/20/2019Public Hearing19.1359
    BH 123 Pinckney Street aka 97 Charles Stre
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  • Peregrine Opens at The Whitney Hotel

    Special to TimesPeregrine – a coastal Mediterranean-inspired restaurant and
    the second concept from Joshua Lewin and Katrina Jazayeri of Bread + Salt
    Hospitality (Juliet) – has opened at –The Whitney Hotel.
    The restaurant offers locally sourced Italian cuisine
    inspired by the islands of Sardinia and Sicily, as well as the neighboring
    influences of Corsica and Catalonia.To bring their vision of Peregrine to life, Lewin and
    Jazayeri have assembled a leadership team of passionate
  • John Nucci Celebrates His One-Year Anniversary of Life-Saving Kidney Transplant

    Recently, a group of close friends and family were invited
    to a luncheon at Rino’s Place in East Boston by Senior Vice President of
    External Affairs at Suffolk Univserity, John Nucci.
    The day marked the one year anniversary of Nucci’s
    life-saving kidney transplant. The former Boston city councilor and current
    Suffolk University Senior Vice President wanted to bring a group of friends and
    family together to thank them for all their love and support during his battle
    against Polysystic
  • Dorothy Curran Wednesday Night Concerts Return July 17

    The Dorothy Curran Wednesday Night Concert Series returns
    from July 17 to Aug. 14 for another great season of outdoor music to entertain
    music fans of all ages on City Hall Plaza with a tribute to Chicago, the
    classic soul of Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, an evening of Motown funk, and the
    grand finale featuring the legendary Tavares. Now celebrating 47 years as Boston’s longest-running
    outdoor concert series, these performances feature exciting entertainment for
    music lovers of all
  • Police Briefs 07-11-2019

    Beacon Hill BeatFrom Boston Police Area A-1Larceny From a Building07/02/19 – A victim reported his wallet was stolen from a Warrenton Street
    establishment some time between 1 a.m. and 2 p.m. The victim stated he believes
    he placed his wallet, which contained credit/ and bank cards and personal
    papers, on the bar while ordering a drink, and that was the last time he saw
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  • Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular Returns to the Esplanade July 4

    One of the most anticipated annual traditions in the City
    of Boston returns Thursday, July 4, when the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
    comes to the DCR Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade.This spring, the Boston Pops, affectionately known as “America’s Orchestra,” entered its 134th season of entertaining audiences, with Conductor Keith Lockhart helming the orchestra for his 25th year.
    The DCR Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade is almost ready for the gala.The F
  • Livingstone Co-Sponsors Bill to Increase Access to Early Voting

    State Rep. Jay Livingstone, who is co-sponsoring a bill to
    increase access to early voting for all elections, first learned of its
    necessity in November of 2012 – one year before he assumed office – when he was
    working on Elizabeth Warren’s campaign in her successful bid for her first term
    as U.S. senator. “We were at the victory party when we realized one of the volunteers wasn’t there,” Livingstone recalled. “We called her and found out that she had be
  • Women’s Suffrage Centennial Event Celebrates the Past, But There’s ‘Still a Long Way To Go’

    On June 25, 1919, The 19th Amendment was ratified by the
    Commonwealth of Massachusetts, giving women the right to vote for the first
    time in the country’s history. One hundred years later  to the date, the Women’s Suffrage Celebration
    Coalition of Massachusetts and the Greater Boston Women’s Vote Centennial held
    a kickoff celebration in the Great Hall at Faneuil Hall, where a dozen women
    spoke about the importance of empowering women and women of color to vote and
    run for
  • West End Branch Boston Public Library

    The Friends of the West End Branch of the Boston Public
    Library hosted a Meshugenah Hat Company tea party on June 6, at the West End
    Branch of the Boston Public Library. The Meshugenah Hat Company’s founders,
    Marcia and Carla Press, are not only hat makers but also wonderfully
    entertaining historians from New Hampshire. While guests were feasting on a sumptuous
    selection of homemade refreshments served on vintage bone china, they
    participated in a wild Jeopardy-style game with additions of
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  • Fire Officials Urge the Public to Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals

    “Last year, several people lost fingers and suffered
    serious burns lighting off illegal fireworks in Massachusetts,” said State Fire
    Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “Thirty-four firefighters were injured when an
    errant firework ignited a six-family building. Have a fun but safe Fourth of
    July and leave the fireworks to the professionals,” he added.Fourth of July No Holiday for FirefightersNeedham Fire Chief Dennis Condon, president of the Fire
    Chiefs’ Association of Mas
  • Encore Boston Harbor Ends Lower Broadway’s History of Being ‘Back Door to Boston’

    The opening ceremonies on Sunday morning, June 23, quickly
    became a spotlight for Mayor Carlo DeMaria, who rejoiced in being able to tell
    the large crowds assembled to celebrate the opening that Lower Broadway is no
    longer Boston’s back door, but rather the front door to Everett.While other speakers made excellent points on what was an
    historic day in the state and the City, it was those words of Mayor DeMaria
    that hammered home
    “To the residents of Everett, Everett United and the 86
  • Police Briefs 07-03-2019

    Beacon Hill Beat : From Boston Police Area A-1Aggravated
    Assault and Battery06/28/19 –
    A female victim reported being stuck in the face and neck by a male suspect
    carrying a stick. The victim stated she was walking on Arlington Street at Park
    Plaza when she was assaulted. The suspect fled on foot. The victim treated by
    EMTs on scene.
  • 23rd Rose Garden Party

    Abby Cushman and Laura Nielsen at the Kelleher Rose Garden in Fenway on Tuesday, June18, during Mayor Walsh’s 23rd annual Rose Garden Party. The event raises money for programs in the Parks Department.
  • City to Move Forward with Earlier Trash Schedule Despite Neighborhood Opposition

    Despite an outpouring of opposition to the new initiative
    from the neighborhood, Chris Osgood, the city’s chief of streets,
    transportation and sanitation, told those in attendance at a June 19 Town Hall
    meeting at 74 Joy St. sponsored by the Beacon Hill Civic Association that trash
    and recycling pick-up times would begin at 6 a.m. – one hour earlier than the
    usual 7 a.m. time – beginning July 1, citywide. “Everyone in this
    room has the same goal, which is a clean neighbor
  • BHAC Partially Approves Bistro Application

    In a matter that was continued from the Feb. 21, April 18
    and May 16, the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission partially approved an
    application for the Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro at 25 Charles St. during its
    June 20 hearing at City Hall. The commission voted
    to approve the plans to relocate the entry on the Charles street façade to the
    corner of Branch Street and replace windows in kind on Charles and Chestnut
    streets while denying a proposal to create three new window openings on th
  • Officials Urge Community to ‘Be a Partner’ in Effort to End Homelessness

    As Boston works to end
    homelessness across the city, many neighborhood groups have got-ten involved in
    the effort. On June 17, the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB),
    held a well-attended forum in Rabb Hall at the Copley Branch of the Boston Public
    Library for professionals to discuss the work they’re doing, as well as provide
    a platform for the commu-nity to express their thoughts and concerns on the
    Moderated by WBUR radio producer Lynn Jolicoeur, the panel for the fo
  • City Splash Swim Is Cancelled for This Year

    The City Splash 2019, which had been rescheduled to
    Saturday, June 22nd, has been cancelled due to heavy rainfall two weeks in a
    row.Swimming in the Charles is only allowed with the issuance
    of a Special Event Permit from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and
    Recreation. Regulations from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
    and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority dictate that rainfall must stay
    under one-half inch of accumulation in the 48 hours leading up to a s
  • Esplanade Association Presents Second Season of ‘GroundBeat’ Music Series

    The Esplanade Association (esplanadeassociation.org) is
    thrilled to announce the second season of “GroundBeat: The Esplanade’s Free
    Riverfront Music Series,” which showcases a wide range of musical styles from
    local nonprofits in an effort to promote local arts in the park and attract
    audiences from throughout Greater Boston. All events in the series will feature
    food trucks, games, and new seating. GroundBeat Kicked off
    with AfroDesiaCity on June 17 celebrating Juneteenth&rsqu
  • Our National Disgrace at the Border

    Hundreds of migrant children have been transferred out
    of a filthy Border Patrol station in Texas where they had been detained for
    weeks without access to soap, clean clothes or adequate food, the authorities confirmed
    on Monday,  — The New York Times, Monday, June 24Regardless
    of how one may feel about the issue of immigration, legal and illegal, we would
    hope that every American would agree that the policy
    of separating children from their parents, and then detai
  • Celebrate Your Community on Independence Day

    By Quint StuderAs I go about my work of helping communities revitalize and
    reinvent themselves, I often get to see the best of America and I’m reminded
    that the foundations that built this country are still just as important today.

It’s long been said that America is all about rugged individualism, and
    that is true to some extent. Yes, being as self-sufficient as you can be is an
    admirable trait, but it only takes one so far. People need people in order to
    really live a
  • City Councilor At-Large Hopefuls Face off at Candidates’ Forum

    Boston City Councilor at-Large hopefuls were on hand for a candidates’ forum on
    June 18 at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in the South End. Incumbent City Councilors at-Large Michael
    Flaherty, Annissa Essaibi-George and Michelle Wu were joined by challengers
    Michel Denis, Priscilla Flint-Banks, David Halbert, William King, Marty Keogh,
    Herb Lozano, Julia Mejia, Erin Murphy, Jeffrey Ross and Alejandra St. Guillen
    at the forum, which was moderated by Michael Jonas, ex
  • Colonial Dames Honor Boston Area Volunteers

    Special to The TimesDedicated volunteers are a treasure for all communities and
    organizations. The National Society of Colonial Dames in The Commonwealth of
    Massachusetts has three such wonderful helpers from the Boston area, who were
    among the 10 first “Friends of the Massachusetts Society” honored at Prescott
    House, their headquarters on Beacon Hill,Boston.
    Non-member volunteers can play critical roles in maintaining the strength of the Society’s educational mission.Left to r
  • Devonia Antiques Leaving Neighborhood

    fixture of the neighborhood for around two decades, Devonia Antiques will close
    its storefront at 15 Charles St. next month. “It came as a surprise last week when I learned that my rent is being raised by around 56 percent,” said Lori Hedtler, the business owner. “It sort of made the decision for me that it is time to consolidate and move out of Beacon Hill, as sad as that is.”Lori Hedtler, owner of Devonia Antiques. Devonia Antiques opened around 20 years ago
    above Tos
  • The Advent School Makes the Boston Common an Interactive Classroom

    Special to the Beacon Hill TimesA group of 21 third graders from the Advent School joined
    more than 1,000 elementary school students from across Boston Public Schools
    descended on the Boston Common this week for an interactive field trip that
    brings centuries of history to life. The 10th Annual
    “Making History on the Common” event, hosted by the Friends of the Public
    Garden, turns America’s oldest public park into an outdoor classroom, giving
    BPS students the opportunity t
  • Appleton Bridge Receives Arthur G. Hayden Medal

    Frances Appleton Pedestrian Bridge was bestowed with the Arthur G. Hayden Medal
    for a single outstanding achievement in bridge engineering demonstrating
    innovation and design excellence at the International Bridge Conference in
    Washington, D.C.  The medal is awarded every year to a pedestrian or
    special purposes bridge worldwide, and it is a significant honor because
    multiple projects across the United States and abroad are nominated.  
     “I am very proud that the be
  • Conservation Work on Front Facade Begins at Otis House Museum

    With generous support from a grant funded through the
    Boston Community Preservation Act and additional funding from the George B.
    Henderson Foundation, the Otis House, a historic house museum and National
    Historic Landmark, is having work done on the front facade of the building. The
    Otis House is located at 141 Cambridge St. and one of more than three dozen
    historic sites owned and operated by Historic New England. Historic New England
    saves and shares historic homes, open space, collections, a
  • Greenway Fitness Returns with over 130 Free Classes in 2019

    Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy today announced the lineup of classes for the
    2019 Fitness Season, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
    Greenway Fitness Program has annually offered FREE fitness classes throughout
    the park on varying days and times and has seen great success in attracting a
    wide range of instructors and participants. From goat yoga to zumba, Tai Chi to
    tango, more than 130 free classes are expected in 2019 covering a range of
    workouts and abilities.
  • Frog Pond Spray Pool Set to Open on June 27

    Special to The TimesBoston
    Parks Commissioner Chris Cook and The Skating Club of Boston are pleased to
    welcome children and guests to kick off the 2019 summer season as the Boston
    Common Frog Pond spray pool reopens on Thursday, June 27.  The day will
    include a fun and exciting celebration at 11 a.m. followed by the opening of
    the spray pool.
    addition to activities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., information regarding upcoming
    summer programs offered by the City of Boston will be available to fa
  • Hamsphire House at 50

    In the photo above the party goers enjoy the festivities.
    Hampshire House Owner Tom Kershaw and Lindy Roethlisberger are shown above during the Hampshire House’s 50th Anniversary party on Monday night, June 10. Boston dignitaries celebrated 50 years of Tom Kershaw’s ownership of the Hampshire House with a casino-themed soiree that included live calypso and piano music.
  • Owens to Receive Inaugural Rose Standish Nichols Award

    Special to the TimesA community leader who is as likely to be seen pouring tea for guests of the Nichols House Museum as she is guiding its board in strategic planning will be honored this fall for her dedication to historic preservation, outstanding leadership and committed service to the Museum.Elizabeth ‘Biddy’ Owens, first recipient of the Rose Standish Nichols Award (photo courtesy of the Nichols House Museum)The Nichols House Museum has named Elizabeth ‘Biddy’ Owens
  • Bay Village HLDC Approves Verizon Wireless Light Pole

    Bay Village Historic Landmark District Commission (BVHLDC) had a very light
    agenda on June 11, consisting of a proposal to replace an existing city-owned
    light pole between Arlington St. and Fayette St. with a six-sided metal pole
    painted to match the concrete color of the existing pole. The pole will have a
    metal base with a small antenna system at the top. The project was unanimously
    approved by the Commission.Michael
    Giaimo of Robinson + Cole law firm represented Verizon Wireless, who was
  • Mayor’s Garden Contest Deadline July 10

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh has announced that Boston’s green
    thumbs have until Wednesday, July 10, to register for the 2019 Mayor’s Garden
    Contest presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department with a grand
    prize provided by JetBlue and prize packages donated by Mahoney’s Garden
    Centers.Now in its 23rd year, the contest recognizes gardeners who
    have landscaped, planted flowers, trees, shrubs, and, in the process, helped
    beautify Boston’s neighborhoods.Gardeners or tho
  • ABCD’s Annual Field of Dreams Benefit Set for June 18

    Thanks to the generosity of the Boston Red Sox, ABCD
    (Action for Boston Community Development) once again hosts its iconic
    summertime fundraiser, Field of Dreams, at Fenway Park to benefit Greater
    Boston’s underserved, low-income youth through the ABCD SummerWorks program.The event will take place on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 as over
    a dozen teams from Boston’s leading businesses play ball on Boston’s historic
    diamond. They’ll fulfill just about every sports fanatic’s
  • ParkARTS Bank of America Outdoor Concerts Begin July 10

    The Boston Parks and Recreation Department presents the
    2019 ParkARTS Citywide Neighborhood Concert Series made possible by presenting
    sponsor Bank of America with additional support from Berklee College of Music
    and The Friends of Ramler Park from July 10 to August 5 in parks citywide.The ParkARTS outdoor neighborhood summer concerts are
    presented free of charge in local City of Boston parks.  The series begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday,
    July 10, with The Chosen at Horatio Harris Park, 85 Har
  • Motor Mart Garage Project Team Unveils Planned Streetscape Improvements

    Members of the team behind the proposed redevelopment of
    the Motor Mart Garage outlined planned refinements to the streetscape during a
    city-sponsored meeting on Tuesday, May 28, at the Revere Hotel.An affiliate of the Los Angeles-based CIM Group and Boston
    Global Investors intend to redevelop the eight-story existing garage at 201
    Stuart St. into a mixed-use building with new condominium units located within
    the western portion of the existing structure, as well as additional units
    within a new
  • Mayor Walsh Announces New Philanthropic Endeavor for the Boston Public Library

    Mayor Walsh announced the launch of the Fund for the Boston
    Public Library, a new philanthropic endeavor created to support, sustain, and
    strengthen the Boston Public Library system across all 26 branches. At the
    event, Mayor Walsh announced a founding investment of investment of $2.8
    million to build the Fund, generously provided by the Bank of America
    Charitable Foundation, Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Liberty Mutual
    Foundation, State Street Foundation, Inc. and more.“Carved i
  • Walsh Launches Applications for 2019-2020 Spark Boston Council

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that applications for the
    2019-2020 SPARK Boston Council are now available. The SPARK Boston Council is
    Mayor’s Walsh’s 20-35 year old leadership and civic engagement council, charged
    with leading the City’s efforts to engage Boston’s young adult population. This
    is the first year that the age range for the Council will expand eligibility to
    include 35 year olds, in order to capture a wider range of experiences and
    “The City
  • Police Briefs 06-13-2019

    Aggravated Assault and Battery05/30/19 – At around 3:46 p.m., Boston Police responded to Cambridge and
    Anderson streets to a reported fight. On arrival, Massachusetts General Hospital
    officers had the male suspect in custody. The suspect allegedly had a
    confrontation with a male victim, at which time the suspect pulled out a knife
    and pressed it to the victim’s face, cutting him below his right eye. The
    suspect was placed under arrest for aggravated assault and battery with a
  • Ali Stroker Is An Inspiration for All of Us

    At the age of two, Ali Stroker was in a car accident that
    resulted in a spinal cord injury that paralyzed her from the chest down,
    leaving her unable to walk and confining her to a wheelchair for the rest of
    her life.However, at the age of seven, Stroker saw her first
    Broadway show and it was at that moment that she says she decided to become an
    actress. The rest, as the saying goes, is history. Ali’s desire to
    perform led her to the stage and, with the support of her family, peers, a
  • Speaker DeLeo Prepares for the Future

    Massachusetts House Speaker
    Robert DeLeo this week unveiled the details of the plan he announced last
    February that will provide $1.3 billion to combat the ever-increasing effects
    of climate change. Among the major aspects of the plan will be the awarding of
    grants to cities and towns across the state to encourage green energy
    initiatives and climate change resiliency efforts, which are particularly
    needed for our vulnerable coastal communities.The grant program, called
    GreenWorks, would be fund
  • Guest Op-ed: Celebrate Our Rivers in June

    By: Julia Blatt, Executive Director,
    Massachusetts Rivers AllianceAt long last, a recent weekend presented one of those
    pristine days that remind us here in Massachusetts why we endure those
    winters.  With warm spring weather
    finally here, many of us hit the water for the first time this year, visiting
    local rivers. With more than 10,000 miles of rivers traversing the state, we
    had many choices.  Sail boats blossomed
    on the Charles.  Rowers huffed and puffed
    on the Mystic.  F
  • BH Art Walk

    Beth Buckingham, holding her oil painting, “Evening in the Gardens,” with Forry Buckingham and David Whitman during the Beacon Hill Art Walk last Sunday, June 2, on what was a wonderful afternoon for strolling through the nooks of the neighborhood to look at local art.
  • Hampshire House Turns 50

    The Beacon Hill landmark whose basement pub inspired the
    classic TV sitcom “Cheers” – celebrates its 50th anniversary this Monday, June
    10.“When you’ve been around 50 years, you have to have a
    party,” said Tom Kershaw, chairman of the Hampshire House Corporation, which
    besides the namesake business and Cheers Beacon Hill at 84 Beacon St., also
    owns and operates 75 Chestnut, 75 Liberty Wharf and Cheers Faneuil Hall.The day’s festivities will begin with a
  • MFA Offers Free Admission to BPL Cardholders

    Paris was the center of nightlife and spectacle in the late
    19th century, a moment immortalized in evocative posters, prints and paintings
    by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901). The artist’s extraordinary attention
    to the performers, dancers and actors of Montmartre—the heart of the city’s
    bohemian nightlife—is the focus of Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris, on
    view in the Ann and Graham Gund Gallery through August 4, 2019. The exhibition
    of approximately 2
  • MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Storybook Ball Celebrates 20 Years

    MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Storybook Ball
    celebrates 20 years in October with a Toy Story-themed bash at The Castle in
    Back Bay! On May 29, a kick-off reception was held at the Boston Harbor Hotel
    previewing October’s event and this year’s clinical focus: Pediatric
    Gastroenterology and Nutrition.Co-Chairs Jennifer and Mark Dolins and Andrea and Justin
    Rosen welcomed a little over 100 guests along with Dr. Ronald Kleinman, MGHfC
    Physician-in-Chief, Dr. Allan Goldstein,
  • Police Briefs 06-06-2019

    Larceny from a Building05/20/19
    – A Charles Street South coffee shop reported unknown suspect(s) disarmed the
    alarm and stole U.S. currency from the safe and the cash till between 8:24 p.m.
    on May 19 and 8 a.m. the following day. The manager said he would review
    surveillance video footage and re-contact police accordingly.Larceny from a Building 05/22/19 –
    A victim reported she entered a Charles Street doctor’s office for an
    appointment at about 6:14 p.m. She said she hung
  • Congratulations To the Class of 2019

    Graduation Day is one of the few occasions that brings a
    smile to the faces of everyone in a community, regardless of whether they know
    a graduate. It is an occasion when all of us share in the joy — and pride —
    that graduation day marks in the lives of our young people. For older folks,
    graduation day recalls a time when we too, were young and full of life.However, graduation day marks a bittersweet moment for
    parents, friends, family, and teachers, as well the grads themselves. As
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