• A Memorial Day Tradition on the Common Endures

    City of Boston Veteran Services
    Volunteers planted 1,000 American flags overnight to commemorate Memorial Day at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on the Boston Common. The annual tradition, which dates back to 2010 and is organized Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, typically includes the planting of more than 37,000 flags on the Common to represent every Massachusetts service member who died defending their country since the Revolutionary War. This year, however, far fewer flags were erected
  • Artu to Permanently Shutter Charles Street Location May 30

    Artu will permanently close its 89 Charles St. location on Saturday, May 30, making it the first restaurant in the neighborhood to fall casualty during the COVID-19 pandemic.“We wish to thank each and every one of you for your patronage and friendship over our 25-year tenure on Beacon Hill,” reads a posting from the establishment’s ownership on Instagram.  “The journey has been most memorable. From birthdays [and] engagements to anniversaries and more it has been our
  • Restoration Work on Shaw 54th Memorial Now Underway

    Work on the $2.8 million facelift of the Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment Memorial on the Boston Common, which pays tribute to the first Northern black volunteer infantry unit enlisted to fight in the Civil War, kicked off the last Wednesday, May 20.Courtesy of Friends of the Public Garden
    Civil War re-enactors from the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment are seen at the Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment Memorial  on the Boston Common.The bas-relief memorial, w
  • Still Hopeful: Church on the Hill Unsure of When On-site Services Will Resume

    While places of worship have been allowed to reopen under Phase 1 of Gov. Charlie Baker’s four-part plan for Massachusetts, Church on the Hill won’t be holding on-site religious services any time too soon.“We have a little, tiny chapel, and I’d hate for us to be responsible for getting someone sick,” said Rev. Kevin Baxter, pastor of the church at 140 Bowdoin St. “Some churches that are big can follow all the state requirements, but it’s really hard for
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  • BHAC Approves Application for Renovation of the Athenaeum’s South Balcony

    The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission approved an application as submitted for the renovation of the Boston Athenaeum’s south balcony during a virtual hearing on Thursday, May 21.The applicant, Matthew Bronski, a principal with the Waltham engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, said the scope of the project includes removing existing waterproofing and slate paving from the balconies at the second- and fifth-floor levels at 10½ Beacon St. facing the Old Granary Burying Gro
  • Massachusetts Implements PEUC

    The state announced May 21 that Massachusetts residents who are eligible for the federal CARES Act and qualify for having exhausted their regular unemployment compensation may now receive the new Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC).The launch of this program marks the third and final benefit available for the Commonwealth through the CARES Act.PEUC provides up to 13 additional weeks of benefits to an individual who has exhausted all rights to any regular unemployment compensation
  • Baker Provides Updates on State’s Response to COVID-19

    Governor Baker held a press conference on Tuesday where he provided some updates on the state’s response to COVID-19.He said that as of Monday, more than 540,000 tests have been performed in Massachusetts, and the state “remains a top 5 player” per capita in the country for testing. He said that they are looking to bring more mobile and site based vendors to the state to increase testing even further.With Phase One of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan now underway, Baker
  • Travel at Home with Greatamericantreasures.org

    By Katherine Bergholtz The William Hickling Prescott House Museum at 55 Beacon St. is part of a remarkable collection of more than 60 historical properties known as “Great American Treasures” which are featured this month in a new website of the same name. The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America created the Great American Treasures website presenting Society properties. These treasures are spread from one corner of America to the other, and both together and indivi
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  • Rep. Livingstone Remains Committed to Combatting Food Insecurity

    While State Rep. Jay Livingstone has long been committed to increasing food access in his district and throughout the Commonwealth, he is now more devoted to the cause than ever before as more Massachusetts residents find themselves struggling with food insecurity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.“Food insecurity is an issue I’ve worked on for several years, and it’s become a much more pressing issue now,” he said. “In January, 9 percent of people [statewide] were food in
  • Parks Parcel Priority Plan Survey Now Underway

    The Boston Parks and Recreation Department is encouraging park users and open space advocates to take part in the City of Boston’s new Parcel Priority Plan (PPP) using an online survey. The survey results will be used in developing the open space acquisition Parcel Priority Plan, and the City of Boston encourages residents from every neighborhood to share their feedback.Enhancing and enlarging Boston’s network of resilient public open space is critical, and the Parcel Priority Plan w
  • Beacon Hill Civic Association Hold 98th Annual Meeting

    Remarks by Robert A. Whitney, PresidentGood evening and welcome to our first ever virtual Annual Meeting!  I’m Rob Whitney, the President of the Beacon Hill Civic Association, and it is my great honor to be with all of you this evening in celebration of our historic organization but also in sober reflection on the extreme suffering and difficulties that our neighbors and friends on Beacon Hill – as well as people everywhere – are facing right now. As we as an organiza
  • Arts Emerson Cancels Its Summer Engagement of Drumfolk

    ArtsEmerson is cancelling its Summer Special engagement, Step Afrika!’s Drumfolk, which was scheduled to play the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre July 22 – August 01, 2020.“The City of Boston has now cancelled summer events and have asked everyone else to do the same,” says ArtsEmerson Artistic Director David Dower. “Since the beginning of this health ordeal, every decision we have made has been to protect the health of the patrons, staff, and artists that make up t
  • Rep. Livingstone and Councilor Bok Step up to Help Feed Those in Need

    State Rep. Jay Livingstone and City Councilor Kenzie Bok helped distribute more than 200 boxes of food to residents in need at the Anderson Park apartments at 250 Cambridge St. and the Blackstone Apartments on Blossom Street Tuesday morning.Rep. Livingstone and Councilor Bok joined volunteers and staff from their offices, as well as staff from Sen. Sal DiDomenico’s office, to distribute boxes of produce and dry goods at that time in partnership with the Boston Resiliency Fund through the G
  • BHCA Goes Virtual for 98th Annual Meeting

    The Beacon Hill Civic Association’s 98th Annual Meeting took place virtually Monday night in lieu of the traditional gathering at the Union Club.Rob Whitney, who was named chair of the organization at that time, took the opportunity to reflect on what the Civic Association had accomplished over the past year, including awarding its first round of Community Grant funds totaling $22,500 to support community projects and programs in December.Last month, Whitney said he and Patricia Tully, exe
  • Gofundme Campaign Raises $36,000 to Help Neighborhood’s Small Businesses

    A GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $36,000 to date to help an estimated 100 small, independent Beacon Hill businesses struggling in the face of COVID-19 pay their electricity bills for the month of March.“We haven’t distributed the checks yet, and we’re in the process of contacting businesses to see if they want to opt in or out,” said longtime neighborhood resident Diana Coldren, who spearheaded the effort with Ali Ringenburg, co-president of the Beacon Hill Busine
  • Baker-Polito Administration Releases Phased Reopening Plan

    Governor Charlie Baker on Monday announced the phased reopening plan for Massachusetts, and urged residents to continue being vigilant to prevent further spread of COVID-19. The plan has been the task of the governor’s Reopening Advisory Board for the past several weeks, where it has met with leaders from many sectors and industries across the Commonwealth.“Our collective success depends on everyone,” Baker said. “We cannot move forward until we commit to slowing the spre
  • Sen. Brownsberger Says Caution Must Be Taken as Economy Reopens

    Given the uncertainty surrounding both the financial situation and the direction that the COVID-19 pandemic will ultimately take, Sen. William Brownsberger said reopening the economy must be undertaken with caution and in incremental steps.“We have to make decisions on conditions in the face of great uncertainty, both in terms of the virus situation and the economic situation,” Sen. Brownsberger said. “In reopening the economy, everyone must go slowly and modestly, and take the
  • City Councilors Propose Cap on Fees for Third-Party Restaurant Delivery Services

    Several City Councilors are proposing that Boston follow the example set by Cambridge and other cities by capping fees for third-party delivery services for restaurants.         City Councilors Ed Flynn, Matt O’Malley and Michael Flaherty participated in a virtual public hearing Friday focusing on how to rein in the fees currently charged by the four biggest services – Uber Eats, Grubhub, DoorDash and Postmates.City Councilor Flynn said re
  • As the State Begins to Reopen, Walsh Continues to Ask for “Caution and Commitment” from Residents

    Mayor Marty Walsh held a press conference on Tuesday, a day after Governor Baker released his four phase reopening plan for the state.Walsh said that as of Monday, Boston had 11,958 cases of COVID-19 and 587 people had passed away. “The number of active cases in the City continues to decline,” he said.The City continues to ramp up testing in neighborhoods and “continues to build a Citywide strategy.”Walsh urged residents to keep staying at home and working from home &ldqu
  • Livingstone Holds First Virtual Office Hours

    State Rep. Jay Livingstone connected with constituents during his first virtual office hours last Thursday, May 14.The virtual office hours drew around 12 to 14 participants from Beacon Hill, the West End, Back Bay and Cambridgeport. But unlike his normal office hours, which Rep. Livingstone typically holds once a month in the neighborhoods he represents to speak individually to those in attendance, this new format allowed him to interact with everyone tuning in at once in real time.Participants
  • COVID Relief Coalition Offers Pro Bono Legal Work to State’s Small Business and Nonprofits

    One neighborhood lawyer has joined a number of fellow attorneys to provide pro bono work to the state’s small businesses and nonprofits in the age of COVID-19.Christian Westra, an attorney with the Ropes & Gray and a Charles River Square resident, helped establish the COVID Relief Coalition – an alliance of Massachusetts law firms, nonprofits and government agencies established in late March to help small businesses and nonprofits statewide access emergency loans and other source
  • Harvard Gardens and Red Bull Show Gratitude for MGH Nurses

    In an effort to show support and gratitude on National Nurses Day, Harvard Gardens and Red
    Bull provided a free grab-and-go lunch to the nurses at Mass General Hospital on Wednesday, May 6. A station was set up outside the Cambridge Street restaurant, where MGH nurses stopped by to pick up lunch and Red Bull from the team.Lunches included a variety of sandwiches, a Red Bull Energy Drink and assorted snacks, and the meal coincided with a flyover by the 104th Fighter Wing. On April 1, Harvard Gard
  • Candidate for 8th Congressional District Hopes to Achieve Single-Payer Healthcare System

    Dr. Robbie Goldstein said his decision for seeking the 8th Congressional district seat boils down to just one thing: assuring that all citizens have access to universal and comprehensive healthcare coverage.“I’m a firm believer in a single-payer healthcare system, which is the only way to both guarantee access and controls cost,” Dr. Goldstein, a primary care physician at Mass General Hospital and South Boston resident, said of his decision to challenge the incumbent, Stephen L
  • A Beacon Hill Icon

    Raleigh will always be in our hearts. February 18, 2005 – April 17, Raleigh was a member of the Mattaliano family.
  • Walsh Cancels All Festivals and Parades for the Summer; Boston Pops to Hold Virtual July 4th Event

    Mayor Walsh on May 8 announced that all festivals and parades scheduled to be held on city property this summer, up to and including Labor Day, will be cancelled. He encouraged organizers of these events to create virtual versions so people could still participate without gathering in large crowds.“This is a public health decision and it’s the right decision,” he said at a press conference last Friday. He said that smaller scale events may be able to happen later in the city, b
  • Rep. Livingstone to Hold Virtual Office Hours

    While holding traditional office hours at coffee shops in the neighborhoods he represents isn’t an option now, State Rep. Jay Livingstone is connecting with his constituents via virtual office hours today, Thursday, May 14, from 4 to 6 p.m.“I normally have office hours at least once a month in each neighborhood I represent, but I’m not able to do so now because I can’t meet them in person,” Rep. Livingstone said.As in previous office hours, Rep. Livingstone said he
  • Rep. Livingstone Among Those Facing Challenges in Securing Child-Care Services

    State Rep. Jay Livingstone knows firsthand the challenges of finding child care in the age of COVID-19, and he also knows from talking to constituents that his dilemma is far from unique.“Before the pandemic hit, my wife and I were both working work full time and had child care, but the facility closed shortly before the Governor issued his state of emergency, and it has been closed ever since,” he said. “It’s been very difficult for my wife and myself to balance taking c
  • Pats Punter Jake Bailey Visits MGH in Honor of National Nurses Day

    In honor of National Nurses Day, Wednesday, May 6, New England Patriots Punter Jake Bailey joined Valentino Perrina, co-owner and CEO of Nutré Meal Plans, to deliver meals and 100 roses to the hardworking nurses of Massachusetts General Hospital.Nutré, a North Shore-based meal delivery service, supplied the food, while I Love Boston Sports, a Boston sports memorabilia store, donated 100 NK95 protective masks, as well as T-shirts and a few “Not All Heroes Wear Capes” ban
  • This Year’s Duckling Day Celebrated on Screens

    For more than 30 years, Mother’s Day has been synonymous with Duckling Day in the Boston Public Garden, and brings families from all over the City to celebrate mothers, spring, and don their duck gear.This year, Duckling Day could not happen in person because of COVID-19, but the Friends of the Public Garden and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department made sure people could still celebrate virtually.A small program was broadcast on Facebook Live at noon this past Sunday, May 10, and fea
  • Peter Faneuil House Recommended for $340,000 Community Preservation Grant

    The Peter Faneuil House is earmarked for a $340,000 grant from the city’s fiscal ’20 Community Preservation Funds.The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) has recommended awarding an Historical Preservation grant in that sum to restore the exterior masonry of the former school building at 60 Joy. St. that provides 48 affordable apartment units and is managed by Roslindale-based Rogerson Communities.City Councilor Ed Flynn, whose district is home to the Peter Faneuil House, said he
  • Beacon Hill Mail Not Slowed Down by Coronavirus, Extra Precaution Taken to Keep Mail Carriers Safe

    By Annie StockwellWhile we are all stuck in our homes trying to keep ourselves busy, the post office on 25 New Chardon Street is still operating. As they vigorously wipe down their stations, mail carriers are preparing to deliver our bills and love letters while six feet apart.Before the coronavirus pandemic, Anne Collier, known as Annie to her customers, usually began her days from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the post office on 25 New Chardon Street. As a mail carrier, she would organize the mail by st
  • Police Briefs 05-14-2020

    Beacon Hill BeatLarceny – Shoplifting05/06/20 – A male suspect was observed on video footage walking up and down the aisles of a Charles Street pharmacy and placing numerous items into a large black bag at about 6:25 p.m. Attempted Unarmed Robbery05/06/20 – A male suspect entered a Boylston Street hotel, approached the front desk and demanded money at approximately 8:50 p.m. The desk clerk informed the suspect there was no money in the register. As the clerk call
  • A Newfound Respect For Teachers

    The closing of schools across the country for the remainder of the school year because of the coronavirus has presented many challenges for educators and parents alike. School districts have been experimenting with the implementation of on-line classes in their effort to provide a meaningful learning experience for students of all ages.Parents have been enlisted in this effort to varying degrees, mostly-dependent upon the age of their children. High schoolers are able to do what they n
  • Guest Op-Ed: Saving the Waters of the US

    By Jack ClarkeThere are almost one hundred law suits pending against the Trump Administration as it does its best to recklessly dismantle America’s common-sense public health and environmental protections.In addition to taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic by providing an enforcement holiday for industrial polluters, among the most blatant rollbacks is one taking place under the Clean Water Act of 1972.A proposed rule coming out of the White House would gut defenses against polluti
  • Obituaries 05-14-2020

    Arthur Blasberg, Jr.January 13, 1928 – May 9, 2020Arthur Blasberg, Jr. of Boston and East Orleans died peacefully on Saturday, May 9 at his home on the Cape at the age of 92.Born in Dobbs Ferry, NY on January 13, 1928, he was the son of Arthur Blasberg and Rose (Cohen) Blasberg.  He graduated from The Hackley School in 1945 where he was the captain of undefeated hockey and track teams. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colby College in 1949 and from Harvard Law School in 1952.During th
  • Leah Rosovsky Appointed Director of Boston Athenæum

    Special to the TimesThe Boston Athenæum has announced the
    appointment of Leah Rosovsky as Stanford Calderwood Director, becoming the
    seventeenth leader in its 213-year history. Rosovsky, who served as Vice
    President for Strategies and Programs at Harvard University until 2019, will
    assume her role at the Athenæum later this month.Following a national search, Rosovsky was unanimously selected at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees on April 30.
    Leah Rosovsky, the newly appointed
  • Duckling Day Goes Virtual this Mother’s Day

    While the highly anticipated Duckling Day
    won’t take place in the Public Garden on Mother’s Day in the traditional sense
    this year, the Friends of the Public Garden is hosting a “virtual” Duckling Day
    on Facebook Sunday, May 10, beginning at noon instead. “This is such a sweet and wonderful event that happens in real time,” said Liz Vizza, executive director of the nonprofit Friends group. “We can’t do that this year, but we’re providing as m
  • Michlewitz Facing Unforeseen Challenges in State Budget

    This year has brought a set of unique and
    unforeseen challenges for Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, who is charged with managing
    the state’s annual fiscal budget in his role as House Chair of the Joint
    Committee on Ways and Means. “Because
    of the shelter-in-place advisory and the number of businesses now closed, the
    revenue shortfalls could be unprecedented,” said Rep. Michlewitz, adding that
    traditionally the House would be finished with the budget by this time of year.
    “A consen
  • Walsh Provides Testing, Boston Public Schools Updates

    Mayor Walsh said on May 4 that while Boston
    “may be on the verge of a downward slope,” it’s “not time to ease up” on social
    distancing and other protective measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.He said that as the Commonwealth and the
    City plan for a phased reopening, “we all have to stay the course right now so
    we can save lives. If we don’t, we risk dealing with a second and even worse
    wave of the virus.”
    He said that “there’s st
  • Baker Signs Order Requiring Face Coverings in Public

    Governor Charlie Baker on May 1 signed an
    order requiring face masks or coverings for everyone when six feet of distance
    cannot be maintained. The order went into effect on May 6, and children under
    the age of two and those unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition are
    Face coverings must be worn inside
    pharmacies, grocery stores, and other retail stores, and “also when providing
    or using the services of any taxi, car, livery, ride-sharing, or similar
    service or any means of
  • City Council Holds Hearing on Coronavirus Relief Grant

    The City Council Committee on Ways and Means
    held a hearing on Monday regarding a grant from the Coronavirus Relief Fund.
    The Council discussed a “message and order
    authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of $120,853,359
    in the form of a grant awarded by the United States Department of the Treasury
    to be administered by the City of Boston from the Coronavirus Relief Fund
    established by section 5001 of the CARES Act,” according to City Councilor and
    Chair of the
  • Local Restaurants Find Unique Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

    While a traditional meal out with Mom to
    celebrate Mother’s Day is out of the question this year, some local restaurants
    offering takeout and delivery are thinking of other ways to mark the occasion. Bin 26
    Enoteca at 26 Charles St., which is available for delivery via Uber Eats, as
    well as takeout, is offering “Bubbles and Brunch,” a brunch special that comes
    with the option of a couple of different sparking wines and an à la carte menu
    that includes classic brunch dish
  • Esplanade Association Hosts Virtual 5k, and Tour of Park

    Unlike years past, 1,000 runners won’t
    descend on the park for the annual Esplanade 5K footrace this June, but
    instead, the Esplanade Association’s Virtual 5K will allow participants to make
    the trek at their own pace and on any route they choose while still supporting
    the park. “It’s
    one of the most popular and largest event events we sponsor each year, and
    while we couldn’t gather a thousand to run in the park, we wanted to find a way
    to remember and celebrate the
  • Residents Warned of Scammers Looking to Hijack COVID-19 Stimulus Checks

    With millions of people out of work and
    hoping to receive COVID-19 stimulus checks, the BPD and FBI are warning
    community members to be leery and wary of scammers seeking personal information
    either through email or phone calls as a precondition for any federal aid. To
    be clear, the US government is not sending emails or making phone calls asking
    for any individual’s personal information in exchange for federal aid. Sadly,
    while the large majority of law-abiding citizens are looking f
  • Historic New England Names Vin Cipolla Next President and CEO

    Vin Cipolla has been appointed the
    next President and CEO of Historic New England, the heritage organization’s
    board of trustees announced last week.A
    nationally recognized leader in the arts, preservation, and environmental
    advocacy, Cipolla has served as chairman, president, and CEO at public
    and private organizations in New York, Washington D.C., Boston, and London. He
    succeeds retiring President and CEO Carl R. Nold on June 1. Said
    David A. Martland, Chair of t
  • While We Stay In The Flowers Are Coming Out

    Daffodils, Jonquils, crocuses, tulips, azaleas, and even the trees are blooming through out the neighborhoods of Beacon Hill.Watch for the lilacs and peonies, they will join the flower show soon.
  • Civic Association Distributes Free Face-Masks to Hill Seniors

    This week, the Beacon Hill Civic Association
    began distributing 120 protective face-masks free of charge to seniors. Rob
    Whitney, president of the Civic Association board, tracked down the vendor,
    Custom Ink, a Fairfax-Va. Based online retail company that manufactures custom
    apparel (www.customink.com), and ordered the face-masks while Patricia Tully,
    executive director of the Civic Association, facility of the masks to Beacon
    House, the Bowdoin School Apartment Homes on Myrtle Street, the Peter
  • Olmsted’s Legacy Lives on Despite Cancellation of Birthday Party

    While a large
    gathering at English High School to celebrate Frederick Law Olmsted’s 198th
    birthday on April 26 was cancelled due to concerns over COVID-19, the venerable
    landscape architect continues to be remembered in other ways. Olmsted 2022 Massachusetts, – a continuing
    project for conservation, public health and social justice that was formed in
    2010 to lead up to its namesake’s 200th birthday in 2022 – honored the Olmsted
    Legacy last Sunday by honoring Betsy Shure G
  • Walsh Eases Restrictions to Allow Boston Restaurants to Sell Groceries

    When Mayor Martin J. Walsh eased temporarily
    eased restrictions last Friday to allow Boston restaurants to sell groceries,
    Earls Kitchen + Bar at the Prudential Center already had a jump on things since
    the restaurant’s location in Somerville’s Assembly Square had begun providing
    the service about a week earlier. “We
    are extremely grateful for Mayor Walsh’s decision to allow restaurants to sell
    groceries,” said Lynn MacDonald, regional director for Earls Boston and
  • Charles St.’s Uwila Warrior Featured on Good Morning America

    Women-run underwear company Uwila Warrior
    may have had to close its Charles St. storefront due to COVID-19 regulations,
    but the company is still going strong.The business, which focuses on creating
    functional, comfortable underwear for all women in sizes XXS to 3X, has been
    “trying to beef up our Amazon channel and sell online,” Uwila Warrior Founder
    and CEO Lisa Mullan told the Times. While there are still sales and support
    from the local neighborhood and regular online customers, s
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