• Myrtle St Playground has Diverse List of Sponsors

    By Dan Murphy
    An area construction firm is donating time and materials to the Myrtle Street Playground as a way to enrich the lives of neighborhood residents across the age spectrum.
    Dellbrook JKS of Quincy donated a pair of Red Sox tickets as a raffle item for the Friends of the Myrtle Street Playground’s “An Evening Under the Stars” fundraiser to support planned enhancements to the playground, as well as making a $500 donation to the rehabilitation project. Dellbrook JKS&rsqu
  • FOPG Hold Grand Opening of White Fountain

    By Beth Treffeisen
    An onlooker admires the newly renovated George Robert White Memorial Fountain, at the opening ceremony held on Wednesday, June 7.
    After months of being cocooned, The George Robert White Memorial or locally known as “The Angel”, has been revealed, making a forgotten dark corner of the Boston Public Garden into a centerpiece.
    On Wednesday, June 7,  The Friends of the Public Garden hosted a grand opening ceremony in the Public Garden to celebrate the completion o
  • Beacon Hill Civic Corner

    Hearing today on state bill combatting nip litterMembers of the BHCA Cambridge Street Quality of Life Committee (CSQOL), established last year to address specific concerns of residents near Cambridge Street and businesses in the area, are exploring solutions to issues of cleanliness, public drunkenness and drug use on the street.
    A hearing will be held at the State House this afternoon (June 13) on a bill that might provide one solution to the litter that too often accumulates on the street.
    Hou
  • Frog Pond Spray Scheduled to Open on June 29

    Boston Parks Commissioner Chris Cook and The Skating Club of Boston president Joe Blount are pleased to welcome children and guests to kick off the 2017 summer season as the Boston Common Frog Pond spray pool reopens on Thursday, June 29.  The day will include a fun and exciting celebration at 11 a.m. followed by the opening of the spray pool.
    “The Frog Pond spray pool is the city’s downtown spot for Boston’s youngsters to cool off in hot weather,” said Mayor Martin
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  • Charles River Swimming Club Aims to Bring Positive Perception to an Urban River

    By Beth Treffeisen
    During the early morning hours last Saturday, 200 brave swimmers pulled on their goggles and swim caps and dove into the Charles River Basin for a one-mile race that ran between the Longfellow Bridge and the Massachusetts Ave Bridge.
    Since 2007, the Charles River Swimming Club, Inc., has been hosting races in this urban river to promote both organized competitive swimming and the return of public river swimming.
    “The primary focus of the club is half environmental and ha
  • Police Briefs 06-13-2017

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Larceny from Motor Vehicle
    06/03/17  – A victim reported she parked her 2013 Nissan Altima on Charles Street at around 11 p.m. on June 2, and when she returned at 8 a.m. the next day, the rear driver›s side window was broken, and her laptop and bag were missing from the vehicle.
     
    Investigate Property (Stolen)
    06/04/17  – A victim reported she left her orange 2009 Genuine Scooter at Charles and Pinckney streets a
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    Trump has set his developer’s eye on our national monuments.
  • Kids Discover Reading at Myrtle St Playground’s ‘Free Little Library’

    By Dan Murphy
    Hutch Walsh reading a book on the monkey
    bars at Myrtle Street Playground.
    Youngsters can discover the joys of reading at Myrtle Street Playground, thanks to its “free little library.”
    The library was made possible by a donation from Pinckney Street residents Jon and Patty Kendall, who serve as committee members on the Friends of the Myrtle Street Playground, and are the parents of a 2-year-old daughter, Abby.
    Last year, Jon and Patty broached the idea for a library wit
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  • Restored Lotta Fountain on Esplanade ReOpens June 15

    By Dan Murphy
    Dogs and their owners will have reason to rejoice with the grand reopening of the restored Lotta Fountain on the Charles River Esplanade on Thursday, June 15.
    The 6-foot granite fountain, adorned by a statue of a dog, the face of a cat and etched drawings of a duck and a rabbit, was designed by renowned sculptor Katherine Lane Weems and constructed in 1939. Its unique, Art-Deco design includes a fountain-fed pool for dogs, two bubblers for humans and granite benches.  The foun
  • Downtown View:The Filene’s Block

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    I’m sitting in the sun at a corporate event on Summer Street. Newspaper people often get invited to occasions like this. Millennium Partners are the hosts. They redeveloped the Filene’s block, restoring the 1912 Daniel Burnham Building, named after its architect, and adding the new residential tower built on the hole in the ground that Vornado Realty Trust left when they demolished the 1950s addition to Filene’s. Millennium is rededicating a bronze tablet c
  • MassGeneral Hospital for Children Previews ‘Storybook Ball’

    On May 24, MassGeneral Hospital for Children hosted a special reception previewing this fall’s “Storybook Ball” and its fundraising mission at The Paul S. Russell, MD, Museum of Medical History and Innovation.
    Dr. Wayne Shreffler, chief of pediatric allergy and Iimmunology and director of the MGHfC Food Allergy Center, and Dr. Qian Yuan, associate pediatrician of the MGHfC Food Allergy Center, spoke about this year’s clinical focus: food allergies.
    This year’s theme
  • TripAdvisor Ranks Fenway Park as One of the Best Landmarks in the U.S.

    By Beth Treffeisen
    TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking site announced last week the winners of its Traveler’s Choice awards for Landmarks, with Fenway Park  pegged at 13 out of 25 sites in the country.
    The Golden Gate Bridge came in first, followed by the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. and then Alcatraz Island in San Francisco.
    Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for landmarks worldwide,
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  • Bougiouris Brings Maritime to Life

    By Sue Ellen Woodcock
    When you are born and raised on the sea it stays with you. Kyriacos Bougiouris has fond memories of his life on Syros Island, in the Greek islands, much of them revolve around the sea and especially ships.
    It’s no surprise he joined the Greek Merchant Marines. He traveled the world and rose to become an officer in the merchant marines. During his travels he watched a fellow sailor spend his time making wooden tall ships by hand, with painstaking detail.
    “I love
  • Police Briefs 06-06-2017

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston
    Robbery
    05/26/17 – A victim reported she was standing at the intersection of South Charles and Stuart streets waiting to cross the street at around 12:26 p.m. At this time, an unknown male suspect riding a bicycle grabbed her wallet out her handbag, which was slung over her shoulder, and kept riding onto District 4 toward Arlington Street. Her wallet contained U.S. currency, personal identification, bank and credit cards and personal papers. The victim was not
  • N.S.A. Contractor May Have Mishandled Secrets Before, Prosecutor Says

    Some evidence against Reality Leigh Winner, who pleaded not guilty to charges that she leaked classified information, was portrayed by a prosecutor as “frightening.”
  • Dogs Rule

    Kate Wann, with Queenie, experienced tongue-wagging excitement last Saturday, May 20, during the City’s 3rd Annual Barks & Bagels event at the Boston Common Frog Pond. The event drew hundreds of dogs and their humans to socialize and enjoy doggie treats.
  • Court Okays City’s ADA Ramps:Citizen Lawsuit Plantiffs Mull Options; Seek to Work with Officials on Sidewalks

    By Dan Murphy
    Suffolk Superior Court has ruled on a summary judgment in the city’s favor, allowing it to resume installing the remaining 215 ADA-compliant ramps on Beacon Hill.
    According to a May 15 docket entry, the Hon. Rosemary Connolly ruled against the opposition filed by the Beacon Hill Civic Association and 10 neighborhood residents that asserted the city bypassed key review and approval processes by installing 36 ramps in brick sidewalks on Beacon Street in August of 2014. The prop
  • Latest Plans for Jeffries House Project Unveiled

    By Dan Murphy
    The development team behind the proposed expansion of the John Jeffries House unveiled its latest plans Thursday at a public meeting of the Beacon Hill Civic Association Traffic and Parking Committee.
    Boston development firm Related Beal intends to build an approximately 12,000 square-foot extension to the existing Jeffries House on the parking-lot parcel adjacent to Savenor’s Market that would add 20 new rooms to the hotel, bringing the total to 66 rooms.
    According to the cu
  • Opposing Sides Put Community Preservation Committee on Hold

    By Beth Treffeisen
    More work has yet to be done to make the Community Preservation Committee (CPA), that will designate the funds put forth by the Community Preservation Act (CPA), a reality.
    After back and forth between the advocates Yes for a Better Boston and business groups, Boston City Council members believe there needs to be more time to come to an agreement.
    “We understand it won’t be perfect and not everyone is going to be happy,” said At-large Boston City Councilor Mi
  • BHCA Historic Preservation Roundtable Wednesday

    May is Preservation Month in Boston, and the Beacon Hill Civic Association invites members of the community to celebrate with them at a Historic Preservation Roundtable and Reception to be held tomorrow, May 31, at the Museum of African American History.
    BHCA Chairman Mark Kiefer will moderate a lively discussion with three nationally-recognized preservationists on the most important issues facing historic preservation today. Topics will include the impact of climate change and other environment
  • TV Filming Takes Place in Public Garden

    On Wednesday May 24 in the Boston Public Garden Boston’s own Ray Brown, host of Ray Brown’s Talkin’ Birds radio show, along with his Executive Producer, Mark Duffield of Beacon Hill took part in a NHPTV (New Hampshire Public television) filming of an episode of “Windows to the Wild”  The NHPTV crew and famed host Willem Lange came down from New Hampshire to produce a show featuring Ray Brown which will air in September with the title “Birding with Ray.&rd
  • Police Briefs 05-30-2017

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Larceny from Motor Vehicle
    05/17/17 – The victim reported she parked her company vehicle – a 2017 Ford Explorer – on Winchester Street on May 13 at about 10 p.m., but when she returned to it at approximately 10 a.m. on May 17, she realized her Apple iPhone was stolen. There were no sign of forced entry or damage.
    Larceny
    05/20/17  – A victim reported she put down two bags, containing an iPhone, a dress, shoes, a sweater, p
  • Blasberg Holds Book Signing

    Jeanne Blasberg (seated), Beacon Hill resident and author of the book ‘Eden,’ at a book signing at Blackstone’s on Charles Street recently. Shown with their signed books are Beacon Hill residents from left: Jean Zick, Cinta Burgos and Ania Camargo.
  • Downtown View:Spring Cooking

    By Karen Cord Taylor
    Our dinner last night was typical for us in the spring. We sat down to fava beans, fiddleheads and morel mushrooms sent for my birthday from my sister-in-law. Last week we had soft shell crabs two nights in a row because they are so good, and their season is short. I haven’t found ramps this year, but finally shad roe appeared at our small, local grocery store.
    While these foods are touted in magazines and cookbooks as part of the local food movement, I am surprised at
  • BH Art Walk Returns June 4

    The Beacon Hill Art Walk is an annual event that takes place on the first Sunday in June, throughout the nooks and crannies of the  North Slope.
    On June 4, from noon to 6 p.m., residents will open up their private gardens, alleyways and courtyards, allowing around 70 artists to display and sell their handmade work at the free event, which Jen Taibi, artist coordinator and locations manager, promises will be unique in that it features mostly one-of-a-kind, original paintings rather prints or
  • Architectural Commission Approves Proposed Condo Redevelopment of AMC Headquarters with Provisos

    By Dan Murphy
    The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission voted at its monthly hearing at City Hall on Thursday to approve three separate applications to redevelop Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) headquarters into condos with some provisos.
    At this time, architect Guy Grassi outlined the proposal to repurpose the three adjacent, brick row-houses at 3, 4 and 5 Joy. St. back to residential housing. The scope of the project includes restoring the front of the façade to residential character, as
  • Residents Demand More Slow Streets for Boston Neighborhoods

    By Beth Treffeisen
    A packed Boston City Council Chamber ensued during the budget hearing for the Department of Boston Transportation (BTD) the evening of Wednesday, May 10.
    In the crowd, residents of Boston sported bicycle t-shirts and some still wore their bike helmets after attending a memorial for Rich Archer, a 29-year-old courier who was killed in a car crash on Commonwealth Ave. and Clarendon Street earlier this month.
    One topic kept coming to the forefront of the Boston City Councilors qu
  • BHCA’s 95th Annual Meeting Features Keynote Speaker Miguel Rosales

    By Dan Murphy
    While addressing the crowd at the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s 95th annual meeting at the Union Club on May 15, keynote speaker Miguel Rosales said he never anticipated the indelible impression that the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge would have on the city.
    “I knew that it was a nice bridge, but I never thought it would become this famous,” said Rosales, a longtime neighborhood resident who served as the project’s lead designer and architect during h
  • Police Briefs 05-23-2017

    Beacon Hill beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Auto Theft
    05/11/17  – A female victim reported leaving her 2002 Dodge Neon running in front of a Park Plaza restaurant at about 9:30 p.m. At this time, an unknown male suspect jumped into the vehicle and drove off. A description of the car was broadcast, and the Stolen Motor Vehicle Unit was notified.
  • Suffolk Superior Court rules in city’s favor on ADA ramps

    Suffolk Superior Court has ruled on a summary judgment in the city’s favor, allowing it to resume installing the remaining 215 ADA-compliant ramps on Beacon Hill.
    According to a May 15 docket entry, the Hon. Rosemary Connolly ruled against the opposition filed by the Beacon Hill Civic Association and 10 neighborhood residents that asserted the city bypassed key review and approval processes by installing 36 ramps in brick sidewalks on Beacon Street in August of 2014. The proposed ramp mate
  • ‘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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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