• Newly Renovated West End Museum To Reopen May 23

    After being closed to the public for more than two years following a substantial flood, a newly renovated  and reimagined West End Museum will formally reopen on Thursday, May 23.“It’s totally different from the old museum,” said Simon Belfanti, executive director of the museum located at 150 Staniford St., Suite 7. “Almost no walls are the same – it’s just a different space. It’s completely redesigned and a modern museum. It’s interactive, an
  • Duckling Day Parade

    Friends Of The Public Garden held its annual Duckling Day Parade on Mother’s Day.
  • Eagerly Awaited Folio Bistro Set To Open June 25

    As the last phase of the extensive renovation and expansion of the Boston Athenaeum, its eagerly awaited street-level bistro , Folio, will open on Tuesday, June 25.“Folio will serve as a welcoming extension of the Boston Athenaeum,” said Leah Rosovsky, the Athenaeum’s Stanford Calderwood Director, in a statement. “Our goal is for it to become a favorite spot for our members, a social hub for the Beacon Hill neighborhood, and a gathering place for everyone. There will be d
  • Beacon Hill Art Walk Returns Sunday, June 2

    Special to the TimesOne of Boston’s most unique celebrations of the arts returns June 2, as the Beacon Hill Art Walk takes over the quiet streets and alleys of the beautiful cobble stoned neighborhood. The one-of-a-kind Boston tradition turns Beacon Hill into a fantastical art gallery where walls and gardens are adorned with beautiful creations. Visitors can find the perfect piece to add to their home while musicians will be roving throughout the neighborhood providing an enchanting atmosp
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  • Wu Announces Aidan McDonough As the New Spark Boston Director

    Special to the TimesMayor Michelle Wu announced Aidan McDonough as the new SPARK Boston Director. SPARK Boston empowers 20 to 35-year-olds to play a greater role in planning for the City’s future. Its office is within the Community Engagement Cabinet, focused on eliminating silos between Boston residents and City Hall. McDonough will be filling a vacancy to lead the SPARK Boston Council. “SPARK Boston is a unique way for young leaders in our city to have their voices heard in Bo
  • House Passes Bill To Increase the Commonwealth’s Competitiveness for Federal Funds

    Special to the TimesThe Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a bill that will enable the Commonwealth to leverage the interest earned by the Stabilization Fund, which currently stands at a historically high balance of $8.2 billion, to bolster our ability to compete for federal funds and pay down debt obligations, such as pensions and other post-employment benefits. With the passage of this bill, Massachusetts will be able to more aggressively compete for federal funding made available t
  • Beacon Hill Nursery School Holds Auction Gala

    Beacon Hill Nursery School hosted its annual auction gala at the Four Seasons on Friday, April 26. Shown
    are Beacon Hill residents and Beacon Hill Nursery School parents, Andy and Chelsea O’brien and Katie and Aaron Norris. Chelsea and Katie served as Co-Chairs for the 2024 BHNS Auction Gala.
  • Azita Bina-Seibel Reflects on Her Career Ahead of Imminent Closing of Bin 26 Enoteca

    Saturday, June 1, will mark the end of an era when Bin 26 Enoteca closes after nearly two decades in business due to the retirement of co-owner and chef, Azita Bina-Seibel, who credits much of her success to the loyal support she has received from the Beacon Hill community.“It’s a good neighborhood for relationships,” she said. “For me, it’s a neighborhood where there’s true community and one of the few places where everyone welcomes new neighbors in by gather
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  • Antonio’s Turns 30

    Antonio’s Cucina Italiana marked a major milestone on Thursday, May 2, as the longstanding restaurant celebrated 30 years in business at 288 Cambridge St.“We were slammed from the day we opened. We were so busy trying to get organized that we had to take some tables out to get thing under control, but we eventually put the tables back in,” recalled Steven Colarusso, the restaurant’s owner and a North End native, of the restaurant’s opening day on Thursday, May 2, 19
  • Uniquely Named Donut Shop Opens Pop-Up at DeLuca’s on Charles Street

    A donut shop with a uniquely local name has set up shop as a pop-up inside DeLuca’s Market on Charles Street.Mass Hole Donuts, which has a brick-and-mortar location in Somerville’s Teele Square, took over the small space inside the store on Friday, May 3, which was previously the temporary home to Teuscher Chocolates.The company bakes six different donut-hole selections each day in its Somerville kitchen from more than 100 different options. Many are locally themed, such as the Green
  • Spirit of Boston Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

    Story by Marianne SalzaBoston Harbor City Cruises’ signature dining vessel, the Spirit of Boston, has returned to Commonwealth Pier, beside the Seaport World Trade Center, after year-long interior renovations following an onboard fire. Executives, corporate clients, members of the Boston Fire Department, and friends explored the ship over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres during a Dockside Showcase on April 24.“This is an exciting moment for us. We lost the Spirit last year due to a
  • Planned Closure of Sumner Tunnel This Summer Reduced to One Month

    The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing the schedule for the upcoming full closure of the Sumner Tunnel as its multi-restoration project continues. What was originally scheduled as a two-month 24/7 closure similar to last year has now been significantly reduced. The tunnel will be closed for work on Friday, July 5 and is expected to be reopened no later than Monday, August 5. There will be additional weekend closures both before and after this month-long closu
  • Upstairs Downstairs Hosts Fifth Annual Derby Day

    Special to TimesOn Saturday, May 4, for the fifth consecutive year, Upstairs Downstairs hosted its popular Kentucky Derby Game Day.Dozens of happy customers attended resplendent in colorful bonnets and hats of their own or provided by staff to take advantage of store specials and, of course, try their luck racing little horses, Fritter, Glitter and Frack racing down the 1/1000 furlong of everyone’s favorite “Charles Downs Derby Track”  Post Time was noon and ended around 4
  • Schön Family Art Show Coming Mother’s Day Weekend to West Newton

    Nancy Schön, the sculptor whose works includes the iconic ‘Make Way for Ducklings’ statue in the Public Garden, will join six other female artists from her kin for a Schön Family Art Show over Mother’s Day Weekend, from Friday, May 10, through Sunday, May 12, at 291 Otis St. in West Newton.Besides Nancy, the art show will feature works by two of her daughters, Ellen Schön  and Susan Schön, a ceramic artist and a designer, respectively. (Susan also colla
  • Fabled Antiques Presents ‘Spring Palette’ Exhibition

    Special to the  TimesFabled Antiques has announced ‘A Spring Palette,’ an art exhibition of floral still lifes and spring landscapes presented in collaboration with its flagship store, New Hampshire Antique Co-op, renowned for its fine art gallery. This botanical-inspired show is now on view at Fabled Antiques at 93 Charles St.The exhibition features a selection of paintings by noted 19th- and 20th-century American Impressionist artists, such as Emile Gruppe, Arthur Clifton Good
  • Bin 26 Enoteca Closing As Its Co-Owner/Chef Azita Bina Is Retiring

    Special to the  TimesBin 26 Enoteca, which opened in 2006 in the Beacon Hill Neighborhood of Boston, will serve its last meals on Saturday June 1. Azita Bina-Seibel, co-owner and chef has decided to retire at the end of the month.Azita, the co-founder/co-owner of BiNA Family Hospitality, is a pioneer in bringing some of the first restaurants of its kind to the city of Boston. In 1982, Azita opened the first Northern Italian restaurant in Beacon Hill, Ristorante Toscano, opening up a second
  • Livingstone’s Bill To Expand Beacon Hill Historic District Moves Closer to Becoming Law

    A bill sponsored by Rep. Jay Livingstone to expand the boundaries of the Beacon Hill Historic District came even closer to becoming law earlier this month.The proposed legislation (H.4076, “An Act enhancing the Historic Beacon Hill District”), which mirrors a home-rule petition that was passed unanimously by the Boston City Council  and then signed by Mayor Michelle Wu last year, would enlarge the district to include all of the North Slope via the addition of an approximately 40
  • BPDA To Host May 8 Virtual Meeting on City’s Plan To Update Residential Zoning Codes

    The Boston Planning & Development Agency Planning team will lead a virtual conversation on its plans to update residential zoning codes to allow for the development of more Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) on Wednesday, May 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.The City of Boston and the BPDA are now working to eliminate barriers for creating ADUs by updating zoning to make these small homes as-of-right citywide. The ADU program allows owner-occupants to build smaller, independent units inside their homes or
  • Council Members Hear From Rat Control Consultant

    In a scene in a Three Stooges film, a patient in a mental health hospital, pointing to a button-hole on his shirt, tells the Stooges, “I’ve seen rats come out of that hole!“ and everyone in the audience laughed. Well, the rats are coming out of the holes in the ground in the Boston parks where children play and out of the cracks in the Boston sewer masonry walls, but it is not funny. And their population is growing fast.That’s the message that a subcommittee of
  • Ready to Run

    Susan Roache decorated the Duckling Sculpture to celebrate the Boston Marathon and to bring attention to Marathon Daffodils, a non-profit organization started by her friend Diane Valle, that commemorates the resiliency shown after the 2013 Marathon Bombing.
  • Pokorny Recognized With Parks Champion Award and a Formal City Citation

    At the group’s 54th annual meeting on Tuesday, April 9, at the UMass Club of Boston,  the Friends of the Public Garden awarded its inaugural Parks Champion Award to Margaret Pokorny, who also received a formal city citation from Mayor Michelle Wu then in recognition of her 30-plus years of service to Boston’s green spaces.“Your seemingly endless capacity to advocate for the parks has inspired many others and made a significant and lasting impact on our community,” sa
  • Tom Brady Makes Significant Gift to Esplanade Association

    Thanks to a significant ‘leadership gift’  last week from the family of former New England Patriots great Tom Brady, the Esplanade Association will be able to not only expand its youth programming (which it will rename in his honor) but also to enhance its planned Charlesbank Landing multi-use facility. “I’m very grateful to the Esplanade Association, which does an incredible job to make this park a vibrant greenspace,” said Brady, who helped lead the Patr
  • MHS Hosts Making History Gala With Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Doris Kearns Goodwin

    On Thursday, June 6, the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) will host its Making History Gala at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston. The event will feature renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin. The evening will commence with a cocktail reception at 5:30 pm, followed by a three-course dinner, engaging speaking program, and live paddle raise. The fundraising event promises an unforgettable evening for history enthusiasts to come together to su
  • Wu Files FY25 Budget With Investments To Make Boston a Home for Everyone

    Special to the timesMayor Michelle Wu today proposed her third annual operating budget, which builds on the administration’s steady progress to make Boston a home for everyone—where the City’s communities’ needs are met and dreams can grow. The recommended Fiscal Year 2025 Annual Operating Budget is $4.6 billion and includes budgetary growth of $344 million or eight percent over Fiscal Year 2024, and the Fiscal Years 2025-2029 Capital Plan totals $4.7 billion and creates
  • Blackstone’s To Host an Evening Artists Event To Fundraise for Women’s Lunch Place

    Special to TimesJoin Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill  for a Spring Artist Event at Blackstone’s featuring local artists Janice Hayes-Cha and PJ Szufnarowski on Wednesday, April 24,  from 5 to 7:30 p.m. This event benefits Women’s Lunch Place, a charity empowering women in need. Refreshments will be served. Come celebrate spring, support a great cause, and discover new art! Blackstone’s will be donating 10 percent of all sales from the entire day to Women’s Lun
  • Citywide Community Service Event Love Your Block Set for April 20

    Love Your Block is a Citywide community service event comes to the West End on this Saturday, April 20. The Office of Civic Organizing (OCO) invite community members to lead in hosting a neighborhood cleanup or joining a cleanup as an individual volunteer. Love Your Block neighborhood beautification projects include cleaning up trash on sidewalks and streets, park revitalization, and flower planting. The Love Your Block application is open for volunteers to sign up to become a host or join
  • WLP Member Alyssa Moore To Run Marathon in Support of Women Experiencing Homelessness

    Special to TimesAlyssa Moore, an integral member of the Direct Care team at Women’s Lunch Place, is gearing up to run the iconic Boston Marathon on Monday. Her mission goes beyond personal achievement; she’s running to raise funds and awareness for women experiencing homelessness and poverty.Moore’s  decision to apply for the charity team was deeply rooted in her experiences at Women’s Lunch Place. In her role, she forges connections with women in need, offering not
  • Taking in the Eclipse

    Phillips Street resident Rob Whitney took this picture through a Celestron telescope in Newport, VT, which
    is close to the Canadian border. “The Baily’s Beads effect is a phenomenon where sunlight peaks through a valley on the surface of the moon,” wrote Whitney. “During Monday’s eclipse, you could see a small Baily’s Bead at the bottom of the sun around the corona, which is the outermost layer of the sun and what produced the ring of light when the moon pass
  • Swan Boats Return

    Workers are seen preparing the Swan Boats for the launch of the upcoming season on Monday, April 8, in the Public Garden. The Swan Boat season kicks off Saturday, April 13, at 10 a.m.
  • Traffic Advisory for Boston Marathon/Patriot’s Day activities

    The Marathon Weekend Events this year will have two main races on the Saturday before the running of the 2024 Boston Marathon.In addition to the events being hosted by the Boston Athletic Association, the City of Boston will be hosting Boston One Day on April 15, and the Patriots’ Day Parade on Monday, April 15.Parking restrictions will be in place for all of these events. Please plan accordingly and follow all posted signage.People attending events are encouraged to walk, bike, or take pu
  • Mass House Passes Bill To Remove Outdated and Offensive Terms in General Laws

    Special to the TimesMassachusetts House of Representatives  passed two bills on Wednesday, April 3, that update the Massachusetts General Laws by removing out-of-date and offensive terms related to persons with disabilities, and by renaming the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) as MassAbility.“As lawmakers, we know that words matter,” said Speaker of the House Ronald J. Mariano (D-Quincy). “This legislation is our latest effort to ensure that our stat
  • Boston Invests in Enhanced Emergency, Coastal Resilience Planning With FloodMapp

    Special to the TimesMayor Michelle Wu  announced that the City of Boston has awarded the City of Boston Flood Modeling RFP to FloodMapp to provide real-time flood monitoring to enhance emergency preparation, response, and recovery during flood events, marking a significant step forward in the city’s resilience, an important part of the Mayor’s Green New Deal. “Making Boston a Green New Deal city involves having the best means of preparing for, handling, and mitigating
  • Boston Hosts Citizenship Day

    Special to the Times Mayor Michelle Wu, the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement (MOIA), and Project Citizenship are hosting Citizenship Day on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury. The annual event is an opportunity for people who are eligible for naturalization to get free legal help with their citizenship application. People must first call 617-694-5949 to make an appointment. “Citizenship Day is an important and beloved tradition for our Of
  • RMV Cautions Public To Beware of Deceptive and Mimic Websites

    The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is reminding customers to use only Mass.Gov/RMV for information or to perform many transactions, including when trying to renew a license or registration. While there has been no sharp increase in reports of deceptive and mimic websites to the RMV, this is a busy time of year for customer transactions so the RMV is issuing this reminder to the public about sites which have been created to mislead customers into thinking they have reached the off
  • …And a Manic Monday

    We had not intended to view the eclipse, so despite the hype, we had not purchased special eclipse eyewear. We figured we’d focus on what was happening around us — the birds and other animals, the shadows, the suddenly-cooler air — rather than on the interplay between the moon and the sun.But a neighbor drove up as we were standing outside our home and mentioned that he had an extra pair of eclipse eyewear, which he offered  to us. So we took it and got a chance to view th
  • A Freaky Friday

    Did you feel the earthquake Friday morning?We were sitting in our recliner in our home when the whole house started shaking and the chair started moving rapidly back and forth. We live on the coast, so at first we thought it might be a change of direction or increase in the velocity of the wind, which can cause our house to creak and the windows to rattle a bit. But we saw no change in the ripples on the water, so we then thought that perhaps a big truck was on the roadway. But there was no
  • State Budget Woes: Here We Go Again

    With state revenue falling off a cliff and almost $1 billion being spent (on an annualized basis) to house, feed, and care for immigrants who have made their way to Massachusetts from the southern border (and with no end in sight), the outlook is bleak for our state’s finances.Gov. Maura Healy last week announced a hiring freeze for state employees. In addition, the governor’s $58 billion budget proposal’s allocation for local aid, particularly for education assistance, is fall
  • Dawn Staley: A Great Leader

    We wish to offer our congratulations to the South Carolina women’s basketball team for their incredible undefeated season and national championship, but more importantly, we wish to express our appreciation to their head coach, Dawn Staley, for exemplifying what sportsmanship is all about.Coach Staley is a class act. Her post-game press conference, in which she spoke glowingly about Caitlin Clark and the Iowa team, was the epitome of winning with grace. She clearly rates among the top coac
  • Wu Marks Creation of New City Planning Department With Signing Ceremony

    Standing behind the Last Tenement at 42 Lomasney Way – the only historic building from the old West End to survive urban renewal in that neighborhood – Mayor Michelle Wu signed an ordinance on Tuesday, April 2, which will allow for the creation new planning department in the City of Boston for the first time in 70 years.The ordinance restores planning as a core function of Boston city government, ensuring its inclusion in the city’s budget and allowing for the transfer of curre
  • Spring Turkey Trot

    A group of wild turkeys took advantage of the nice weather on Tuesday
    and decided to go for a stroll on Walnut Street. It seems that the mild
    winter has attracted several wild animals to the Beacon Hill area recently
  • BHAC Subcommittee Hears Preliminary Plans for 9 Spruce Court

    The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission convened a virtual subcommittee meeting on Friday, March 29, to discuss preliminary plans for modifications to the exterior of the property at 9 Spruce Court.Nick Landry, founding principal of Boston-based DRT (design/resource/team), and Tony King, DRT’s director of operations, own the six-unit building,, which they intend to convert it into a single-family residence.(While Spruce Street is a public way, Spruce Place and Spruce Court are both privat
  • Wu Announces Applications for futureBOS Now Available

    Mayor Michelle Wu and the Office of Youth Employment and Opportunity (YEO) launched futureBOS, the 2024 Summer Youth Employment Program, including all Successlink job opportunities, for Boston youth and young adults ages 14 – 24. Young people interested can find summer job opportunities through futureBOS, the newly redesigned webpage hub for all youth employment opportunities throughout the City. futureBos will guide young people to better navigate the application, onboarding, and hiring p
  • Neighborhood Cleanups Are Planned for This Weekend in Several Neighborhoods

    “Love your Block cleanups are a perfect way to enjoy the upcoming spring weather while helping your local community look vibrant and clean,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “The City is proud to help supply the tools to host group cleanups and assist individuals in finding a Love Your Block volunteer opportunity near them.”Cleanups will take place in every neighborhood of Boston over the course of three weekends. Saturday, April 6: Allston/Brighton, Back Bay/Beacon
  • Wu Proposes Legislation To Protect Residential Property Owners

    Special to the TimesMayor Michelle Wu announced that she will file a home rule petition that would protect residential property owners from a potentially dramatic increase in their property taxes due to declining commercial property values. The proposal would allow the City to lessen increases in residential property tax bills caused by declining commercial values by temporarily shifting more of the property tax levy onto owners of commercial and industrial properties. Under the present statutor
  • Community Reinvestment Grant Program Announced

    District Attorney Kevin Hayden announced that community non-profit organizations in Suffolk County can apply for grants of up to $10,000 through his office’s Community Reinvestment Grant (CRG) program.Last year, Hayden’s Community Reinvestment Program delivered the largest amount of funding to community partners in Suffolk County CRG history, with grants ranging from $4,000 to $7,500.“I am extremely proud of the amount of funding we distributed last year. In total, we were able
  • Mass. Requires Analysis of Cumulative Impacts for Air Quality Permits Near EJ Populations

    The Healey-Driscoll Administration moved to address air quality issues in or near environmental justice areas by announcing amendments to state air pollution regulations.  The communities of Revere, Everett, Chelsea, Charlestown and East Boston are considered in environmental justice areas.  The changes require certain facilities seeking air emissions permits in  or near communities with environmental justice populations to conduct a cumulative impact analysis, which evaluates exi
  • Cartwright Announces Candidacy for Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court in Suffolk County

    Suffolk County Attorney Allison S. Cartwright announced she is running for Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court in Suffolk County. Cartwright is looking to build on her thirty-plus years of legal representation and management in the Clerk position, which oversees critical functions within the court system including managing the court’s single justice caseload concerning bail reviews, appeals form state registration boards and agencies, and appeals from lower courts. Additionally, the Clerk
  • Lyric Stage Boston Presents ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

    Lyric Stage Boston charms its way into spring by presenting the fun and fizzy musical comedy “The Drowsy Chaperone” with Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar.Directed and Choreographed by Larry Sousa° with Music Direction from Matt Stern, the winter blues will melt away and audiences will be delighted by the jubilations of a good old-fashioned musical comedy that will bring smiles, laughs, and much needed joy.A comfortable cha
  • Women Artists of the North Shore – Lecture April 12

    On Friday April 12, join art historian Judith Curtis to discover untold stories of early 20th century women artists of the North Shore. Judith’s lecture, based on her work as co-curator of the 2015 “Strokes of Genius: Women Artists of New England” exhibition at the Rockport Art Association & Museum, will delve into the lives and works of influential artists Jane Peterson, Marguerite Pearson, Emma Fordyce McRae, and others, highlighting how color, design, and subje
  • Party in the Park 20th Anniversary Luncheon To Take Place May 15

    The Emerald Necklace Conservancy announces that the 20th Anniversary of Party in the Park, the city’s beloved annual luncheon to raise awareness and funds for the Emerald Necklace parks, will take place on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at Franklin Park. All proceeds from the fundraiser support the 1,100-acre park system that serves as a backyard for residents and a destination for more than one million park users each year. The Conservancy stewards the Emerald Necklace through advocacy, maintena
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