• Torit Montessori Students Enjoy Frog Pond Skating

    Elementary students at Torit Montessori on Cambridge Street take ice skating lessons at Frog Pond as part of their weekly sports activities, which include skating, swimming, tennis and dance, all offered seasonally during the regular school day.
    These four Torit Montessori students take time out for a picture.
    Torit partners with community institutions to provide these activities. The Boston Skating Academy takes Torit students through each of the U.S. Figure Skating levels as each student is re
  • Agreement Reached On Sidewalk Curb Ramps:City Officials and BHCA Agree on Using More Brick Material

    The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) is pleased to announce a settlement agreement in its litigation with the City of Boston over improvements to sidewalk curb ramps in the Historic Beacon Hill District. This agreement will provide for the use of less concrete and more brick in the upgraded ramps where feasible. It also will allow for non-standard ramp designs at uniquely historical locations, and the exploration of innovative design solutions. Finally, the settlement also creates a new way
  • Proposed ‘Digital Urban Panels’ Meeting with Strong Opposition

    A capacity crowd was on hand at the State Transportation Building on Thursday, Feb. 8, when the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) Office of Outdoor Advertising reviewed an application to install multiple “digital urban panels” at four MBTA stations.
    Boston-based Outfront Media, LLC, represented by John Mahoney, the company’s director of business development, filed 12 separate applications with the OOA, including two locations at the Aquarium station &
  • Shadows from 1000 Boylston

    A proposed single tower rising from a base podium to be built at 1000 Boylston Street is expected to cast new shadows throughout the nearby neighborhoods, from the Fenway Victory Gardens, to the Esplanade, down Commonwealth Avenue Mall to even the Boston Public Garden and Boston Common.
    The shadow study, which was released in late January after over a year of discussions on the newly designed building, leaves many residents concerned over the impact the new shadow will have.
    The proposed project
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  • Appreciation:Rev Robert C Day Longtime Head of Advent School

    The Rev. Robert Charles Day died peacefully of natural causes on Jan. 23 after living a life of service, teaching and community involvement in Boston and on Martha’s Vineyard. He was 90 years old, and is survived by his wife of 54 years, Barbara Blackwell Whidden Day.
    The Rev. Day was an academic and intellectual leader with a reserved and profound religious and social conviction, a person of integrity, dedication, serenity and optimism. As headmaster of The Advent School on Beacon Hill in
  • Children’s Winter Festival Returns to Common

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will be bringing the annual Children’s Winter Festival to Boston Common in partnership with the Highland Street Foundation during school vacation week on Wednesday, February 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    “The Children’s Winter Festival on Boston Common is a well-loved tradition in Boston, and we are pleased to bring it back again in 2018,” said Mayor Walsh. “We invite all children and families to come
  • Children’s Programs Listed at West End Library for February Vacation Week

    The following special programs are being offered at teh West End Library at 151 Cambridge St during the February School vacation week:
    Hansel and Gretel with Boston Lyric Opera – Tuesday, February 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join Boston Lyric Opera to learn how we bring the story of Hansel and Gretel to life through music, acting, and movement. Two professional singers, a pianist, and a teaching artist will engage audiences in this interactive introduction to opera. Ideal for youth ages 6-12. Gro
  • BHCA Zoning and Licensing Votes Not to Oppose Local Bistro Proposal

    Following the applicant’s fourth appearance before the group, the Beacon Hill Civic Association Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday not to oppose the Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro’s plans to update the dining concept and reconfigure its ground-floor restaurant and reception areas, with some provisos.
    Boston’s Saunders Hotel Group, the owners of the 25 Charles St. establishment, is seeking to amend the existing liquor license in connection with the restaurant, which
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  • New England Watercolor Society Annual Members Show Now Going On

    Explore the world of watercolors inside the Guild of Boston Artists gallery on Newbury Street, where the New England Watercolor Society (NEWS) is holding its annual Signature Members Show through March 4, 2018.
    On display are a variety of styles ranging from hyperrealist to abstract, from soulful portraits to detailed images of machinery to sweeping light-struck landscapes.
    The exhibit offers an exceptional opportunity for anybody to come in and appreciate the high degree of artistry and technic
  • Beacon Hill Gala

    Honoree Tom Kershaw and Lindy Roethlisberger at the Beacon Hill Gala on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Four Seasons Hotel. The annual gala honored Kershaw for his 50 years of activity in the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA).
  • Gibson House Museum Hires New Curator

    The Gibson House Museum, on Beacon St., a National Historic Landmark and time capsule of 19th- and early- 20th-century domestic life, has welcomed new curator Meghan Gelardi Holmes on the retirement of the museum’s curator of 25 years, Wendy Swanton.
    Meghan Gelardi Holmes and Wendy Swanton, incoming and outgoing curators of the Gibson House Museum.
    Holmes officially began the position Jan. 1. She will be responsible for overseeing the care, exhibition, and storage of the museum’s col
  • Harvard Professor to Speak to BHWF on Her Career in Global Oral Health

    The importance of oral health is well captured by a phrase now considered a classic in the world of dentistry and public health: “The mouth is the gateway to the body.”
    On Feb. 13, the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) welcomes Dr. Brittany Seymour, assistant professor at Harvard School of Dental Medicine in the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology and the Office of Global and Community Health, to share her wide-ranging experiences improving public health around the
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  • Boston Philanthropists Recognized At Recent Beacon Hill Reception

    On January 31 major supporters of the USS Constitution Museum’s annual fundraiser gathered at Beacon Hill’s Hampshire House for an appreciation reception.
    The 2017 Chairman’s Dinner raised over $300,000 all of which directly supports the institution’s education programs that engage the public with the storied legacy of Boston landmark and America’s Ship of State, USS Constitution. The Dinner supports the new “All Aboard” initiative offering free programs
  • Below Stairs at the Ayer Mansion

    Standing out amongst the Victorian styled brick row houses in the Back Bay, the Ayer Mansion located at 395 Commonwealth Avenue sticks out like a sore thumb with its white marble exterior and mosaic stained glass.
    At a special event hosted by the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB), Jeanne Pelletier the preservation advisor for the Ayer Mansion gave a presentation on what it was like to be a servant working in this exquisite house in the early 20th century.
    In 1903, a housekeeper car
  • African-American Patriots Tours Help Celebrate Black History Month

    Freedom Trail® Foundation’s acclaimed African-American Patriots Tours celebrate the African-American patriots that played a vital role in the start of the American Revolution in Boston and in the formation of our country. Led by 18th-century costumed guides, tour-goers have the opportunity to view history through the eyes of these courageous men and women throughout Black History Month in February on Saturdays and Sundays departing at 12:45 p.m. from the Boston Common Visitor Informati
  • Boy Scout Troop 74 Re-Established After Decade-Long Lull

    Boy Scout Troop 74 was re-established Monday, Jan. 29, after a 10-year absence when its members made the transition from Cub Scouts during a “crossover ceremony” at the Park Street School.
    Ten Webelos – the oldest and highest-ranking Cub Scouts – were promoted to Boy Scouts – an advancement that occurs when they reach the sixth grade, and that Frank Catrickes, assistant Scoutmaster, likened to going from Little League to Major League Baseball.
    “There are lot m
  • Hill House Dads and Donuts

    Little ones bounced on a trampoline and painted donuts with colorful shaving cream during Hill House’s Dads and Donuts event on January 21. Children enjoyed a breakfast of donuts and juice, and a morning of playing on gym equipment with their fathers and friends. In the top photo Daniel Bahcheli and his daughter, Serea.
  • Dr Chivian at Garden Club

    The Beacon Hill Garden Club is inviting members of the public to join them at their February 7 meeting to hear Dr. Eric Chivian speak about the impact of global environmental change on human health.
    Dr.Eric Chivian
    The talk will take place at 2 p.m. at the African Meeting House at the Museum of African American History on Smith Court next to 46 Joy Street.
    Dr. Chivian is a founder of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. He is also the
  • Regulating Short Term Rentals:Council Files Walsh’s Motion Establishing Guidelines

    Boston City Council filed Mayor Martin J. Walsh ordinance on Wednesday, Jan. 24, establishing guidelines and regulations to better track and regulate short-term rentals in the City of Boston.
    As a new global industry that has a strong presence in Boston, short-term rentals provide both economic opportunities for residents and alternative temporary accommodation options for visitors.
    The new regulations put forth in the ordinance aim to capture the growth of Boston’s growing home-share indu
  • Livingstone Seeking Regulations for Local Airbnbs

    State Rep. Jay Livingstone of Beacon Hill will be focusing his legislative efforts on a number of bills this year, including the regulation of Airbnbs in the city.
    Airbnb, which began in 2008, is a company that helps people rent short-term lodging in apartments, homes, and other residences through an online service.
    “What’s happening, particularly in Beacon Hill, is some people have started to buy buildings and turn them in to Airbnbs that can be short-term rentals,” said Livin
  • Boston City Council Notes

    The first Boston City Council hearing of the new year took place last week at Boston City Hall. The Council welcomed the new City Council President Andrea Campbell of District 4, and three new City Councilors including Lydia Edwards District 1, Ed Flynn District 2, and Kim Janey District 7.
    The council considered the following motions:
    Rule Changes:
    After complaints were heard from members of the public, City Council President Andrea Campbell said a new rule would be implemented during public he
  • Patriots Fever

    Boston sports fans are already donning their New England Patriots apparel in advance of Sunday’s big game, but if former Back Bay resident Tom Brady can lead the team to its sixth Super Bowl title on Sunday, sales of hats, jerseys, and sweatshirts are expected to skyrocket.
    And one of the most popular spots providing plenty of choices to show your pride in the hometown team is the ‘47 Boston store at 286 Newbury St.
    “I definitely think this is the No. 1 store to buy Patriots ap
  • Young Friends Extend Invitation to ‘Young at Heart’ Park Lovers

    “We’re a very welcoming group,” said Anne Mostue, who co-chairs the Young Friends with Rich Hornblower. “People from all over the city, as well as Cambridge and Somerville, come to our events.”
    Mostue joined the Friends of the Public Garden three years ago as member of its Rose While the Young Friends from the Friends of the Public Garden specifically targets people under 40, the group welcomes anyone “young at heart” from the city or beyond who is commi
  • Highland Street Foundation Announces Free Skating on the Boston Common Frog Pond During Feb Break

    For the third consecutive year, the Highland Street Foundation will sponsor free ice skating on the Boston Common’s Frog Pond during February school vacation week, February 19-23. The free ice skating is part of a larger effort called Winter Camp, created to provide enrichment opportunities for children during the week when school is closed.
    “Based on feedback from many of our community partners, we understand that February break is one of the most challenging weeks to keep children
  • Police Briefs 01-30-2018

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Larceny – Shoplifting
    01/16/18 – At around 10:35 p.m., a Charles Street pharmacy reported a known male suspect was observed on video placing items in a bag while inside the store. The suspect will be summonsed to court.
    Assault and Battery – Trespassing
    01/17/18 – At approximately 2:15 a.m., a male suspect was placed under arrest inside the lobby of a Boylston Street hotel for assault and battery on a hotel employee and tr
  • Five Places to Go in Portland, Me.

    Thompson's Point, a formerly run-down industrial zone west of the city center in Portland, is today the city’s most unlikely hot spot.
  • Hero among Us

    On Thursday January 18, Coryn Bina was inducted by the Boston Celtics into their community program as a “Hero Among Us”. Coryn, wife of Babak Bina of Lala Rokh and Bin 26 Enoteca in Beacon Hill, has worked with many non profits, which is how she and Babak met.She was honored for her life long work to help those in need. and most recently as the co-founder/CEO of Bina Farm Center that uses primarily equine therapy to help differently disabled – including children,adults and vet
  • Esplanade Visitor

    Rare bald eagle seen on Esplanade. Winged park visitor one of estimated 70,000 remaining bald eagles in North America
  • Appreciation:Bernard Borman, Former BHCA President

    By Dan Murphy
    Bernie Borman is seen outside his Rollins Place home in 2015.
    Bernard Borman, who served as president of the Beacon Hill Civic Association board of directors from 1971 to 1974 and spearheaded the successful campaign to save Park Plaza from redevelopment in the ‘70s, died at Massachusetts General Hospital on Dec. 13. He was 85.
    Raised in Belleville, Ill., a small city located 17 miles east of St. Louis, Mr. Borman earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the
  • Residents Still Concerned Over Natural Gas Pipeline

    By Beth Treffeisen
    As National Grid is in the final stages of securing the rights to snake a natural-gas main extension through the Back Bay, concerned residents, in almost a last-ditch effort, came out to stop the pipeline last week.
    At a public hearing put on by the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB) and National Grid in the Rabb Lecture Hall at the Boston Public Library on Jan. 19, residents continued to share their concerns over installing the new pipeline.
    “There are a lo
  • Conservation Commission Position Seeks Nominations

    The City of Boston needs to fill a vacancy on its Conservation Commission by mayoral appointment. The ConComm is responsible for protecting wetlands and related natural resources in Boston.
    The only formal requirement for a conservation commissioner is residence in Boston. Background in wetlands and project review is welcome from a wide variety of perspectives: science, law, planning, and development. Of course, the position requires someone who is deeply interested in the future of the city and
  • The New Hot Address in Town is One Dalton:Campion and Company to be Exclusive Marketing Agent

    By Beth Treffeisen
    Tucked behind the Christian Science Center and the Prudential Center in the Back Bay, a concrete outline of a tower is starting to grow into what will become One Dalton, a Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences. Once construction is over, it is expected to be a towering architectural landmark in the heart of downtown Boston.
    One Dalton will be like no other tower in Boston. Once built, it will be the tallest residential building in New England, rising 691 feet. It will have
  • Affordable Housing is Coming to the Heart of Downtown Boston

    By Beth Treffeisen
    In a whirl of excitement, members of the community and elected officials gathered together in celebration of the groundbreaking ceremony of “The Union”, which will included 46 units of affordable housing at 48 Boylston Street last week.
    “These units of affordable housing will provide stability and hope for the future,” said Lisa B. Alberghini, president of the Planning Office of Urban Affairs. “There is no excuse for this housing crisis. The only
  • Walsh Files Ordinance to Regulate Short-Term Rentals

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced on Monday that he filed a citywide ordinance establishing guidelines and regulations to better track and regulate short-term rentals in the City of Boston. As a new global industry that has a strong presence in Boston, short-term rentals provide both economic opportunities for residents and alternative temporary accommodation options for visitors.
    The new regulations put forth in the ordinance aim to capture the growth of Boston’s growing home-share industry
  • Police Briefs 01-23-2018

    Beacon Hill Beat
    From Boston Police Area A-1
    Larceny from Building
    01/09/18 – At around 3:15 p.m., a Stuart Street car rental agency reported a surveillance video showing a male suspect go around the counter and into a cabinet while the clerk was away from the office. The suspect stole the company gas credit card and fled the building. The credit card was cancelled, and the corporate office was notified.
    Assault and Battery
    01/09/18 – A male victim reported he got into an
  • Maine Town Fires Manager Over White Identity Comments

    News reports about his website had drawn unwanted national attention to the town near the Canadian border, which had a single black resident in the 2010 census.
  • All Done Until Next Year

    Catrina Madeira cuts the wire while Simona Sdojkoska holds the ladder on South Russell Street as they take down the holiday decorations over the past weekend.
  • Proposals Discussed

    On Jan. 10, a meting sponsored by the Beacon Hill Civic Association Zoning and Licensing Committee discussed the Park St. School proposal as well as the plans for Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro at 25 Charles St.
  • Civic Association Urges MGH to Fix North Anderson Park’s Bad Conditions

    By Dan Murphy
    The Beacon Hill Civic Association board of directors is urging Massachusetts General Hospital to address the deteriorating conditions in and around North Anderson Park, which it maintains now pose a “significant risk to public safety.”
    In a Jan. 12 letter to the hospital, Mark Kiefer, board chair, wrote that the Civic Association’s Cambridge Street Committee “has been working diligently with MGH and other stakeholders to find compassionate solutions to the c
  • Keeping Busy:Variety of Children’s Programs at Hill House

    by Marianne Salza
    On Saturday morning, little ones learned the fundamental skills of soccer, developing their listening and cooperative skills, and friends casually practiced their basketball shooting and blocking on the court. Pick Up Basketball and U6 Soccer are two of the many winter programs offered to children, ages five-weeks-old to 12-years-old, by Hill House.
    “We are offering enrichment programs and athletics,” said Sam Renshaw, Program Director. “We supplement all that
  • Kapur-Dewinter Gives First BHWF Presentation of the Year

    By Amy Tsurumi
    An impeccable remedy for cabin fever, Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) welcomed back members to a full-capacity gathering at the Hampshire House on January 9.  Neighbors enjoyed sharing holiday stories and New Year’s resolutions over cocktails.  The evening’s opener Neighborhood Narratives speaker Gail Bray, who has been at Gary Drug for an impressive 18 years, received a warm welcome from familiar faces.  The oldest independent pharmacy in Boston,
  • Volunteers Take Down Holiday Decorations

    By Suzanne Besser
    Taking down the garlands and greens that decorated Beacon Hill’s 1100 lamp posts for the holidays was a lot easier than putting them up, according to the hoards of volunteers who spent last weekend doing so.
    All it took was cutting down the top and bottom wires and two bows, dropping the garlands, and stuffing them all into heavy duty trash bags. Red ribbons were tied on to let residents and Public Works employees know the bag contains garlands, according to Ivy A. Turner
  • Local Mother-Owned Art Tour Business Gets New Parents out of the House During Winter

    A few years ago, Renana Kehoe was on maternity leave from her career as director of development operations at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. She loved having the time with son Nolan, but she missed being able to take advantage of the cultural offerings that brought her to Boston in the first place.
    Kehoe, a museum educator and art history instructor with over a decade of experience spanning virtually every major museum in Boston, took things into her own hands after hearing many of her fri
  • Play Ball: Boston Named Best Large Sports City in New Study

    By Seth Daniel
    As the New England Patriots get ready to host their first playoff game in Foxboro, one might think it’s the success of the city’s football team that makes Boston the best sports city in America.
    But according to a recent study done by WalletHub, Boston if the #1 large sports city in America not only because of the prolific Patriots and historic Red Sox, but also due to the rabid fan bases for the Bruins, the college hockey teams and the Celtics.
    And in a bit of a surpr
  • Kraft Center for Community Health Mobilizes Care for Opioid Use Disorder

    A new community outreach initiative spearheaded by The Kraft Center for Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) seeks to better engage with individuals struggling with addiction and complex health conditions who are not well connected to health care services. The Kraft Center for Community Health was established in 2012 by a generous gift from Robert K. Kraft and The Kraft Family Foundation to expand access to high quality, cost effective health care for disadvantaged population
  • MFS Pro-Am Doubles Championship

    The 27th Annual MFS Pro Am Doubles Championship was held last week at the University Club.The UniversityClub Pro Doubles Committee included from left: Tom Poor,Greg Collins, Lenny Bernheimer, Amrit Kanwal, and ChrisSpahr. Kanwal represneted MFS Investment Management who was the title sponsor of the event. The annual tournament attracted players from nearbyand far away.
  • Get Your Shovel

    A car is actually buried under the snow from Thursday’s snowstorm on Mt. Vernon St. Hopefully, the warmer temperatures this week should cause some melting.
  • Area A-1 sees 1-Percent Drop in Part One Crime in ‘17

    By Dan Murphy
    Area A-1 saw a 1-percent drop in violent and property crime in 2017 from the previous year.
      According to Boston Police, 2,595 incidents of Part One crime were reported between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2017, in the area, which includes Beacon Hill, Chinatown Downtown and the North End, as opposed to 2,619 during the same timeframe in 2016.
      Two homicides were reported in 2017, compared with one the previous year, while rapes and attempted rapes were down approximately 31 per
  • Winthrop Square Tower Height Lowered

    By Beth Treffeisen
    In a lengthy Draft Project Impact Report that was released on January 2, the developers behind the Winthrop Square Tower outlined their latest plans for redeveloping the abandoned parking garage at 115 Winthrop Square including a new design with less height and possibly more economic benefits for the city.One of the most notable changes includes the reduction of height from the originally proposed 775 feet to 691 feet including the mechanical penthouse in order to be consisten
  • Hill Native Finds Career as Safari Guide in African Wilderness

    By Dan Murphy
    Beacon Hill native Hadley Pierce credits her unique career choice as one of the founders and co-owners of a safari company to the indelible impression a family vacation to Africa in 2006 at age 12 left on her.
    “The landscape was so wide open, and I’d never seen anything like it before,” the 24-year-old daughter of Carroll and Bob of Brimmer Street said. “I loved seeing all the animals and can just remember the whole magic of it all.”
    One year after thi

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