• Charles Street Building Housing Beacon Hill Pub Sells for Nearly $5.4 Million

    A local investment firm has purchased the building housing the Beacon Hill Pub for $5,543,500 million, according to records on file with the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds.
    The Beacon Hill Pub at 149 Charles St.
    Besides the property at 147-149 Charles St., the Greater Boston Bar Co. also bought the buildings housing two other bars, Mary Ann’s on Beacon Street in Cleveland Circle and the Tam on Tremont Street in the Theater District for $1.51 million and $1.6 million, respectively. Anothe
  • Boston City Council and Residents Want Hospitals, Universities to Pay Their Fair Share

    The City Council Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing on August 2 regarding the Payment in Lieu of Tax (PILOT) program. Through this program, which is in its seventh year as of fiscal year 2018, schools, hospitals, and cultural institutions can voluntarily compensate the city through cash payments and community benefit programs instead of paying taxes.
    The Chair of the Committee is Mark Ciommo, and the sponsors are councilors Anissa Essaibi-George and Lydia Edwards. At the start of the hea
  • MassDOT Announces Longfellow Lane Closure

    MassDOT will close a single lane on the inbound roadway of the Longfellow Bridge overnight  through Friday, August 10, from 9:00 p.m. each night to 5:00 a.m. the following morning. The lane closures are to allow the contractor to complete assorted tasks in preparation for substantial completion. The inbound roadway consists of two lanes and one lane will be maintained for travel at all times.
    Storrow Drive East & Westbound Lane Closures
    MassDOT will implement overnight lane closures on
  • Night Shift’s Owl’s Nest Beer Garden Opens on Esplanade

    Thursday marked the grand opening of the first seasonal beer garden on the Charles River Esplanade.
    Everett-based Night Shift Brewing is now operating the Owl’s Nest beer garden in a self-contained area of the park at the Storrow Memorial Embankment Park (Fiedler Field). Its hours of operation are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 10 p.m. (last call at 9:30 p.m.), Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m. (last call at 9:30 p.m.) and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. (last call at 7:30 p.m.) I
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  • Hill House Launches First-Ever, Citywide NFL Flag Football League Next Month

    Young football fans can now enjoy the fun and excitement of America’s favorite sport starting this fall with Hill House’s launch of the city’s first NFL FLAG football league.         Open to children in Kindergarten through the seventh grade, this citywide league will take place on Sunday mornings at Clemente Field on the Emmanuel College Campus in Back Bay. Registration is now open through www.hillhouseboston.org. Teams are encourag
  • Charlie Thomas’ Drifters to Be Playing at City Hall Plaza August 15

    Timeless R&B classics return to City Hall Plaza with Charlie Thomas’s Drifters at the Dorothy Curran Wednesday Night Concert Series on August 15 at 7 p.m.
    The series is presented by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment, the Boston Commission on Affairs of the Elderly, and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with title sponsor Bank of America.  Additional support is provided by Polar Beverages.
    Charlie Thomas is
  • Chestnut Street Resident Runs Falmouth Road Race to Fight Cancer and Honor Late Friend

    When Ally Colton participates in her second Falmouth Road Race on Sunday, Aug. 19, the 25-year-old Chestnut Street resident will not only be running to raise funds for cancer patients and their loved ones, but also to again honor a close friend who succumbed to the disease more than six years ago.
    Colton is one of more than 60 more runners taking part this year in the seven-mile race through Cope Cod to support the Joe Andruzzi Foundation – a nonprofit that provides much-needed financial a
  • Boston Children’s Festival Comes to Franklin Park Aug 21

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department are proud to present the 2018 ParkARTS Boston Children’s Festival on Tuesday, August 21, at Franklin Park in Dorchester from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  ParkARTS is made possible in part through the generosity of Holly and David Bruce.
    Children and families from throughout Boston have the opportunity to participate in a variety of free activities from various exhibitors including L.L.Bean, Cambridge Science on the Street, a s
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  • Otis House Lecture Series Recalls Dining in Victorian Boston

    Explore the history of drinking and dining in Victorian Boston on Tuesday evenings in August at Otis House. Come early for a reception in the courtyard.
    On Aug. 7, historian Jim O’Connell analyzes historic menus from the Parker House, Union Oyster House, Durgin-Park, Locke-Ober, Café Marliave, Jacob Wirth and some long-forgotten eateries to explore how 19th-century Boston restaurants reflected Victorian culture. Topics include the influence of French and British cooking, ostentatiou
  • Reenactment

    Members of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment reenactors march onto the Boston Common Friday morning, July 27, during the announcement of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City, the National Parks and the Friends of the Public Garden. The MOU formalizes the restoration of the Shaw Memorial to the 54th Regiment on the Common.
  • LalaRokh to Close Permanently Next Week

    After more than two decades as one of the neighborhood’s premier restaurants, LalaRokh will close permanently
    Azita Bina-Seibel and her brother Babak Bina, co-owners of Lala Rokh.
    after dinner service on Saturday, Aug. 11.
    “I’m proud of what we’ve done for nearly a quarter of a century,” said BabakBina, who co-owns the restaurant at 97 Mt. Vernon St. with his sister, AzitaBina-Seibel. “It was not a small thing to achieve.”
    At her husband’s behest,
  • Boston Bar Association Holds Forum for Suffolk County DA Candidates

    The Boston Bar Association (BBA) held a forum for the candidates for Suffolk County District Attorney on July 25. Five of the six candidates answered questions moderated by Suffolk University Law School Professor and former prosecutor Christina Miller and Northeastern University School of Law professor Daniel Medwed, as well as the audience. Candidate Linda Champion could not attend the forum due to a scheduling conflict.
    BBA President Mark Smith said that in his 35 years of practice, there has
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  • Parks Department to Remove and Replace 34 Dead or Unhealthy Trees in Neighborhood

    The Boston Parks Department will begin removing 34 unhealthy or dead trees throughout the neighborhood this month, which will be replaced with new trees this fall or in the spring of 2019.
    According to the city, the list include five trees each on Cambridge and Temple streets; three each on Charles and South Russell streets; two each on Hancock, Mount Vernon, Myrtle streets; and one tree a piece on Anderson, Beacon, Chestnut, Irving, Phillips, Pinckney, Revere, River, Walnut and West Cedar stree
  • Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial to be Restored through Unique Partnership

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined representatives from National Park Service, Friends of the Public Garden, the Museum of African American History on the Boston Common Friday to sign a Memorandum of Understanding committing to jointly restore the Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial.
    Situated inside the Common on the corner of Beacon and Park streets, the bas-relief memorial created by venerable American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens will undergo a $2.8 million restoration in 2019, including a complete reha
  • Police Briefs 07-31-2018

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Larceny
    07/18/18 – A Myrtle Street market reported a larceny after an unknown male suspect entered the store at about 10:07 a.m. and stole a donation jar containing U.S. currency off the front counter. The suspect then fled on foot.
     
    Larceny from Moto Vehicle
    07/18/18 – A victim reported he parked his 2018 Toyota RAV 4 at Beacon and Brimmer streets at around 6:30 p.m., but when he returned to the vehicle at about 8 p.m., the lef
  • Want Better Business? Invest in Public Transit

    Earlier this year, an Amazon executive called officials in Detroit to explain why the city had fallen out of contention for the retail giant’s new headquarters.
    The main reason?The lack of investment in Detroit’s regional public transit. The city doesn’t have enough downtown workers to fill all the jobs the headquarters would create. And without reliable public trains and buses, there’s no easy way for suburbanites to commute into Detroit without a car.
    The Motor City&rsq
  • Church Needs to Take Swift Action on Sexual Abuse

    For the past several days, articles in the national media have reported accusations of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual improprieties with several adults and his criminal violations of the sexual abuse of minors.  These alleged actions, when committed by any person, are morally unacceptable and incompatible with the role of a priest, bishop or cardinal.
    I am deeply troubled by these reports that have traumatized many Catholics and members of the wider community. In one case i
  • FOPG Host Summer Party Atop the Taj

    Marc Gearin, Cambridge Trust Company, raffle prize winners Adith and Tara Venkiteshawarn and Stacy Sheehan of the Cambridge Trust Company at the Friends of the Public Garden’s summer party on the roof of the TAJ Boston Hotel on Wednesday, July 18.
     
  • Front Facade Improvements at 82 Mount Vernon St Approved; Addition at 40 Beacon St Denied

    In a continuation from last month, architect Steven Young represented 82 Mount Vernon St. at the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission on July 19. To a room packed with people, he proposed to repair and repaint the existing front shutters, repaint the second floor oriel, repaint the front door, trim, and wrought iron handrails, and replace 12 double hung windows one the front facade that are “beyond repair,” and paint them their existing color.
    The hearing of this particular applicati
  • DPH has Issued a Fish Advisory for the Lower Mystic River Area in Boston

    The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has issued a fish advisory for the Lower Mystic River area in Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Revere, and Somerville to provide guidance on fish consumption.
    The advisory says:
    Children under 12, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and women that may become pregnant should not consume any fish in the area
    Everyone else can eat bluefish and striped bass
    Nobody should eat any other fish caught in this area
    In addition, the advisory reminds residents that
  • Tugboat ‘Luna’ on Its Way to Pier 3 in the Navy Yard

    An historic, restored tugboat will soon make its home on Pier 3 in the Navy Yard at some point later this summer, ready to tell the story of its important place in the annals of maritime history in Boston Harbor.
    The tugboat Luna, a national historic landmark, has been painstakingly restored over the past 17 years by the Luna Preservation Society since it was rescued from its sunken state in East Boston around 1996. The tugboat is the last working example of a wooden-hulled, diesel-electric tug
  • Teamsters Endorse Rollins for DA

    Rachael Rollins announced that Teamsters Local 25 has endorsed her candidacy for Suffolk County district attorney.
    “Rachael Rollins is the most qualified candidate in this race,” said Teamsters Local 25 President Sean M. O’Brien. “Rachael has experience as a federal and state prosecutor and as a defense attorney.  She has a keen understanding of our judicial system, and the social and economic factors and injustices that often lead people to commit crimes. 
  • Comm Ave Bridge Replacement Project to Start July 26

    The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is reminding members of the public of its upcoming intensive construction operations to replace the westbound side of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge over 15 and one-half days from Thursday, July 26, through Saturday, Aug. 11.
    During these construction operations, MassDOT said there will be significant service impacts to all modes of transportation in the Boston University/Saint Paul Street neighborhood of Boston along Commonwealth Avenue,
  • DCR Selects Night Shift Brewing to Operate Seasonal Beer Garden on Esplanade

    Following a competitive process, the Department of Conservation and Recreation has selected Everett-based Night Shift Brewing to operate a seasonal beer gardens on the Charles River Esplanade that will open later this month.
    “The Department of Conservation and Recreation continues to explore unique opportunities that provide the public with exceptional experiences within the state parks system,” DCR Commissioner Leo Roy said in a press release.
    The beer garden will be located in a se
  • Commissioner Evans Bids Farewell after 39 Years at BPD:Mayor Walsh Immediately Makes Historic Appointment of Chief Bill Gross as New Superintendent

    Police Commissioner William Evans announced at a press conference Monday morning that he would resign from his post as commissioner to spend more time with his family and to be the head of public safety at Boston College (BC).
    At the same time, Mayor Martin Walsh announced the historic appointment of the first African American police commissioner, current Chief William Gross, to take the reins of the Boston Police Department.
    Evans will depart within the next two weeks, he said.
    The news had bee
  • Police Briefs 07-24-2018

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Attempted Breaking and Entering – Residence
    07/09/18  – A male suspect attempted to enter the window of a second-floor apartment through the fire escape of a Mt. Vernon Street residence at about 5:15 a.m. The victim reported the suspect fled back down fire escape. No property was reported missing at this time.
     
    Aggravated Assault and Battery
    07/12/18 – A male victim report three to five male suspects approached him at a St
  • Archer and Donahue Project Moves Closer to Receiving BHAC Approval

    The team behind the proposed residential redevelopment of the Hiriaam J. Archer and Frank J. Donahue buildings at Temple and Derne streets is one step closer to receiving approval from the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission after representatives viewed proposed building materials and a site mockup on July 10.
    A site mockup showing the proposed corner windows on the Archer Residence’s upper stories.
    Dedham-based JDMD Owner, LLC, is converting the two adjacent buildings formerly owned and
  • Garden Tour Profits Up, Garden Club Gives it Away to Local Organizations

    Proceeds from the Tour of the Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill enabled the Beacon Hill Garden Club to donate
    Diana Coldren and Kim Stockwell co-chaired the Garden Club’s 2018 Tour of the Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill.
    $111,500 to mostly local environmental and horticultural organizations in June. Revenues were up 23 percent and ticket sales rose more than 13 percent. The tour took place on May 17.
    “We were thrilled with the money we raised,” said Kate Enroth of Brimmer Street, the
  • Florina Wins Popular Vote in Second Annual Boston Pizza Festival

    Florina Pizzeria and Paninioteca beat out 30 vendors to take first prize in the popular vote in the second annual Boston Pizza Festival at City Hall Plaza on July 7 and 8.
    Florina Pizzeria and Paninioteca’s Steven Cucinatti, John Cucinatti, Tito Garcia and Barry Proctor are seen at City Hall Plaza during the second annual Boston Pizza Festival.
    Barry Proctor, who co-owns the pizzeria at 16 Derne St. with John Cucinatti, said they churned out around 400 pizzas over the course of the festiva
  • Spiro Steps Down as Chair of Board for Associates of Boston Library

    The Associates of the Boston Public Library announced that its Chairman of the Board, Vivian K. Spiro ,stepped down on June 30, after serving for 20 years as head of the organization.
    She will be succeeded by Associates Board member Peter R. Brown.
    During Spiro’s tenure as board chairman she has overseen the Associates of the Boston Public Library’s evolution from a small, grass-roots organization with a broad literary mission into a robust non-profit focused tightly u
  • Linda Champion Announces for Suffolk County DA

    Linda Champion has announced her intention to run for the position of Suffolk County District Attorney. The following is her statement:
    “We are prosecuting people but we are not prosecuting the conditions that exist in our society that cause a person to act out: poverty, substance abuse, trauma and ptsd. In order to prevent crime we need to focus on jobs, education, and housing, these tools have been my core focus over the past 15 years. I will roll up my sleeves and get the work done.&rdq
  • Friends Introducing a Pilot Restroom Facility On Boston Common

    The Friends of the Public Garden is introducing a pilot program for a new addition of restroom facilities to Boston Common. The Friends wishes to thank the Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust for their very generous gift to fund this test program that would increase the availability of restrooms on the Common, given the great need in our parks for such facilities. The restroom will be a trailer, wrapped in an 1870 image of Boston Common and the city surrounds, designed to be compatible with
  • Ayanna Pressley for Congress Holds Endorsement Event with Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu

    Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu this week announced her endorsement of Ayanna Pressley’s campaign for Congress at an event at Vejigantes Restaurant in Boston’s South End.
    Councilor Wu is the first Asian-American woman to be elected to the Boston City Council, and became the first woman of color to serve as City Council president, a position she held from  2016 – 2018.
    “Throughout her eight years on the Boston City Council, Ayanna has been a tireless advocate for re
  • YMCA Promotes Safety Around Water with Free Programs for Children

    The YMCA is known nationwide for their swim classes, but this year Massachusetts YMCAs will offer a Safety Around Water program free of charge to members of the community.
    According to a press release, Massachusetts YMCAs will use $400,000 of their Fiscal Year 2018 Youth-at-Risk allocation to provide swim instruction, education, employment, and training to the” community’s most vulnerable populations.”
    Jeremy Stiles, senior director of aquatics for the YMCA of Greater Boston sa
  • Mapparium, Mother Church are Hidden Gems in the Back Bay

    Inside the Mary Baker Eddy Library on Massachusetts Avenue sits a vivid, 608-panel glass globe. Called the Mapparium, the 83-year-old globe is 30 feet in diameter and three stories high, according to tour guide Bert Hogan.
    The Mapparium opened in 1935, with the expectation that the panels would be updated to keep up with current maps, Hogan said. But that was not the case, as World War II made that impractical to do. None of the panels have ever changed, so the globe reflects the world as it was
  • What President Trump Wants Us to Forget

    By now, nearly every American has seen the terrible images of children being torn from their families, heard the sound of children begging immigration officers to call their relatives. Those images and sounds are the truth of what has been happening at our border because of Donald Trump’s despicable and immoral immigration policies. Now, the Administration officials who said they could easily reunite children and parents are failing to meet a court order to do so, because it turns out they
  • Police Briefs 07-17-2018

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Larceny
    07/02/18 – A victim reported her purse, containing bank/ credit cards, a university ID, an insurance card, keys and seven British pounds, was stolen from an office at Ashburton Place at around 7 p.m.
     
    Larceny
    07/03/18 – A victim reported she left two boxes of shoes in the foyer of her Irving Street home to be picked up by a delivery company at about 8 a.m., but when she returned home at approximately 5:45 p.m., a ch
  • Kids Cool Down at Frog Pond

    Youngsters from Boston and beyond cool down in the spray pool at the Boston Common Frog Pond minutes after it was turned on during the opening celebration on June 29. The Frog Pond spray pool is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Labor Day and managed by The Skating Club of Boston. For further information, call the Frog Pond at 617-635-2120.
  • Don’t Forget to Prune Your Trees

    Miguel Rosales, who co-chairs the Beacon Hill Civic Association Tree and Civic Beautification Committee with John Corey, is seen pruning a tree on Mount Vernon on Sunday.“It is important to remove the low branches or suckers as they are not beneficial for the tree and also can block sidewalks and hide trash and debris,” Rosales advised.Beacon Hill residents interested in learning how to prune low branches and tree suckers are encouraged to contact the BHCA office, located at 74 Joy
  • Councilor Wu Holds Hearing on Resident Permit Parking

    City Councilor Michelle Wu held a hearing regarding the resident permit parking program in the city on June 28. On the panel were transportation experts from the city as well as members of organizations who have advocated for and researched better ways of managing parking in the city.
    This hearing was the beginning of the process for reforming the parking program. It allowed advocates and people from the city to talk about their work on this issue and provided a space for residents to testify ab
  • Hebrew Reading Crash Course Offered

    A new, cutting-edge, Hebrew-reading crash course is taking the Jewish world by storm. The flashcard based language course developed by the Jewish Learning Institute, promises users that they can learn to read Hebrew in only four weeks if they follow the program.
    Beginning Monday, July 30, at 8 p.m., Rabbi Yosef Zaklos director of Chabad of Downtown Boston, will conduct the four sessions of the new course, Read it in Hebrew at Chabad of Downtown Boston, 16 Piedmont St.
    “With the High Holida
  • Major Changes for Parking Tickets, Street Cleaning have Started

    Fines have been increased effective last week, for parking in violation of 11 City of Boston parking regulations, including overstaying a meter – which goes up to $40 a whack.
    The fines to be increased reflect those violations that most negatively impact Boston residents, are most frequently violated, and are a source of traffic congestion and safety issues on Boston’s streets.
    Also effective July 2, vehicles parked in violation of the City’s posted overnight street cleaning pr
  • Council, Advisory Board Vote for Pay Increases – Including Mayor

    The City Council voted 11-2 at its June 27 meeting to accept the mayor’s new ordinance that would raise the pay of several City employees, including the City Council and the mayor.
    The changes for mayor wouldn’t go into effect until after the next election in 2022. The changes for the City Council wouldn’t go into effect until after the next Council election in 2020.
    Those voting against the measure were Councilors Ayanna Pressley and Josh Zakim.
    The most noticed change was the
  • School Committee Approves Appointment of Interim Superintendent

    The Boston School Committee on Monday unanimously voted to approve Laura Perille as Interim Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools (BPS).
    Laura Perille previously served as the President and CEO of EdVestors, a school improvement nonprofit with the mission of increasing the number of schools in Boston delivering dramatically improved educational outcomes for all students. Since its launch in 2002 under Perille’s leadership, EdVestors has raised and helped investors direct more than $2
  • Boston Landmarks Orchestra 2018 Season Begins July 11

    The Boston Landmarks Orchestra is gearing up for their 2018 season of free concerts at the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Hatch Memorial Shell on the Esplanade.
    On July 11, the first ever “Season Tune-Up”  will be held at the Hatch Shell one week before the concerts begin. Landmarks Orchestra conductor and music director Christopher Wilkins described the event as “a little bit of a circus atmosphere.”  Attendees can try out orchestral instrume
  • BHCA Approves Security Cameras, But Not Without Several Caveats

    The number and placement of exterior security cameras at 34 Beacon Street became a topic for debate at the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission’s monthly meeting on June 21.
    In a continuation from a hearing in February, Applicant Mona Bonnott is proposing a total of four exterior cameras at the front, side, and rear, one intercom with camera, and the replacement of a door at the side entrance.
    The applicant is no longer proposing to change the front door, as was proposed in February. The i
  • Vilna Shul is Awarded $500,000 from Community Preservation Committee

    Last week, the Boston City Council unanimously approved the recommendation by Boston’s Community Preservation Committee and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh to fund a grant for the Vilna Shul for $500,000.
    This prestigious grant will help to defray costs associated with universal accessibility and HVAC upgrades in the historic landmark building and is made possible by the inaugural Spring Pilot program from funds raised through the city’s new Community Preservation Act.
    This round of 35 gra
  • Charles St Merchant Acquires Revolutionary War Ribbons

    Period Americana – a merchant of historical artifacts, images and documents located at 139A Charles St. – recently acquired three Revolutionary War ribbons, two of which appear to be previously unknown.
    According to Kenneth J. Olson, president of Period Americana and a Mt. Vernon Street resident, the ribbons date back to the 1820s, and most likely 1825 when the country was celebrating the 50th anniversary of the war. They were owned by Revolutionary War Minute Man Solomon Smith of Ac
  • The Race for Suffolk County District Attorney

    Henning receivesendorsement of Tim McCarthy
    Candidate for Suffolk County District Attorney Greg Henning today received the endorsement of Boston City Councilor Tim McCarthy, who represents the neighborhoods of Hyde Park, Mattapan, and Roslindale.
    “Above all else, the people of Hyde Park, Mattapan, and Roslindale want to feel safe in their neighborhoods. Greg Henning has dedicated his career to keeping our streets safe and will continue to do so as our next District Attorney,” McCarth
  • Dorothy Curran Returns on July 25

    The Dorothy Curran Wednesday Night Concert Series returns from July 25 to August 22 for another great season of outdoor music to entertain music fans of all ages on City Hall Plaza with Strictly Sinatra by Michael Dutra, Disco Night with Stardust, the classic soul of Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, and the grand finale featuring the legendary Trammps.
    Now celebrating 46 years as Boston’s longest-running free outdoor concert series, these performances bring four summer nights of great enter
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