• Hill House Kids’ Halloween Party

    Odette and Prudence Paradis heading to the Hill House’s Halloween Party on Thursday, Oct. 31. Dozens of neighborhood children made their way to the Hill House prior to going out Trick-or-Treating around Beacon Hill.
  • Kenzie Bok Triumphs in District 8 City Council Race

    Kenzie Bok claimed victory in the Nov. 5
    municipal election for the District 8 city council seat. According to the City’s unofficial election results, Bok, an affordable housing advocate, community leader and former chair of the Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee, garnered around 70 percent of the ballot (3,659 votes) while Jennifer Nassour, an attorney and former chair of the Massachusetts Republican Party, trailed with nearly 30 percent (1,539 votes) in the race for the seat to represent
  • Tzurit Or, Founder of Tatte Bakery & Café, to Speak to the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum

    By Linda CalandraThe Beacon Hill
    Women’s Forum (BHWF) will host their monthly forum starting at 6 p.m. on
    Tuesday, Nov. 12,  at the Hampshire
    House. With this time of year popular for baking holiday treats,  attendees will enjoy a talk from Tzurit Or, the
    Founder of Tatte Bakery & Café, entitled, ”Baking Up A Storm”.After baking 20 hours a day from her home kitchen and selling at local farmers’ markets, Tzurit expanded to Tatte’s first brick-and
  • Proposed Legislation Calls Future of Owl’s Nest into Question

    The Owl’s Nest – the beer garden that
    Everett’s Night Shift Brewing operates on the Charles River Esplanade – just
    wrapped up a second successful season last week, but its future could now hinge
    on proposed legislation that would put further restrictions on Boston’s beer
    gardens. Senate
    Bill 158, co-sponsored by Sens. Ed Kennedy of Lowell and Nick Collins of South
    Boston, would prevent beer garden operators from getting any more than 14
    one-day licenses in a year wh
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  • Bay Village Neighborhood Association Holds Annual Meeting

    The Bay Village Neighborhood Association
    (BVNA) held its annual meeting on October 24 at the Revere Hotel, where members
    gathered for drinks and appetizers and to listen to what the organization has
    accomplished over the past year.
    BVNA President Bethany Patten kicked off the
    program by saying that the BVNA has been “grappling with big questions” over
    the past year, such as addressing the housing crisis and transportation issues
    in the neighborhood and across the city. “We&rsqu
  • BTD to Host Southwest Corridor Community Walks

    The Boston Transportation Department (BTD)
    has announced plans to extend the Southwest Corridor to Downtown, Beacon Hill,
    and the West End, and will be holding community walks in the coming weeks to
    get feedback from residents about how the extension could help improve
    navigation and safety for pedestrians and bikers.
    The Sun spoke with BTD Active Transportation
    Director Stefanie Seskin about the extension project. She said that it is one
    of the “priority projects” stemming from the
  • Boston Common Master Plan Team Holds First Open House

    The Boston Parks and Recreation Department,
    along with the Friends of the Public Garden and 
    design and engineering firm Weston and Sampson, held the first public
    Open House regarding the Boston Common Master Plan on October 29 at Emerson
    Aside from the formal presentation, boards
    featuring different aspects of the plan were set up, and  members of the Master Plan team were
    available to answer questions from residents.Boston Common is “the people’s park,”
  • Be Sure to Thank Our Veterans

    It was 101 years ago on Nov. 11, 1918, that World War I formally came to a conclusion on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month.Americans observed the first anniversary of
    the end of the war the following year when the holiday we now know as Veterans
    Day originated as Armistice Day in 1919.The First World War was referred to at the
    time as “the war to end all wars.” It was thought that never again would
    mankind engage in the sort of madness that resulted in the near-total
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  • Halloween Boo Party Returns To Myrtle Street Playground

    This popular neighborhood costume party brought local youngsters together for an afternoon of   “ghostly games and creepy crafts” and a “batty bake sale” to benefit Friend programming, as well as face-painting and a paper airplane contest. Free pizza and cider were also provided, courtesy of Whole Foods.The Friends of Myrtle Street Playground again sponsored their Halloween BOO Party on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the playground.“The Friends of the Myrtle Street Play
  • District 8 City Council Hopefuls Face off at Candidates’ Forum

    Two weeks ahead of the Nov. 5 Boston
    municipal election, two hopefuls vying for the District 8 city council seat
    squared off during a wide-ranging candidates’ forum Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Fisher
    College. Kenzie
    Bok, an affordable housing advocate, community leader and the former chair of
    the Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee, will face Jennifer Nassour, an attorney
    and former chair of the Massachusetts Republican Party, in the race for the
    seat to represent Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway-Ken
  • New Documentary Looks Back at Nation’s Deadliest Nightclub Fire

    A new documentary looks back at what remains
    the deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history, as well as one of the most tragic
    chapters in the history of the City of Boston. Written
    by Zachary Graves-Miller and Paul R. Miller and directed by Graves-Miller, “Six
    Locked Doors: The Legacy of Cocoanut Grove” begins with two local entertainers,
    Mickey Albert and Jacques Renard, opening Cocoanut Grove at 17 Piedmont St. in
    1927, which was modeled after a nightclub bearing the same name in Lo
  • Storybook Ball Raises Over $2 Million for MGHfC

    Hospital for Children (MGHfC) traveled “to infinity and beyond” and raised over
    $2 million on October 19, celebrating its 20th year of supporting pediatric
    health via its premier event, Storybook Ball! Jennifer and
    Mark Dolins of Chestnut Hill and Andrea and Justin Rosen of Charlestown
    co-chaired the Toy Story-themed event, which focused on gastrointestinal health
    and disease in children. The Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition programs
    at MGHfC provide multidis
  • City Council Candidate Jennifer Nassour Will Appear First on the Ballot for District 8 Voters

    Jennifer Nassour
    is excited to share with voters that she will appear first on the ballot for
    District 8 City Councilor on Tuesday, November 5.
    With just days
    until the general election for Boston City Council, Jennifer has been hard at
    work reaching out to voters in each of the unique neighborhoods of the
    district, including the West End, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Fenway, Kenmore,
    Audubon Circle, and Mission Hill.
    “For me, this
    race has been so rewarding,” says Jennifer Nassour. &ldquo
  • Police Briefs 10-31-2019

    Beacon Hill BeatLarceny – Shoplifting10/9/19- A Charles Street market reported
    two unknown male suspects stole two bottles of alcohol that were valued at a
    total amount of $90 at approximately 1 p.m.
  • Be Sure to Vote Tuesday

    This Tuesday, Nov. 5, is election day in
    cities and some towns across the state for local offices, including mayoral and
    council contests.Not too long ago, local elections in
    Massachusetts routinely drew voter turnouts of 80-90 percent, almost equivalent
    to, if not exceeding, presidential elections. However, in recent decades, voter
    turnout typically has been no more than 30 percent for municipal elections.We find it ironic that local elections
    attract the attention of only a fraction of the vot
  • Cobblestone Convenience Proprietor Clashes With BHAC

    After failing to reach what she deemed to be
    an amicable solution over a signage violation with the Beacon Hill
    Architectural Commission, the proprietor of a neighborhood convenience store
    expressed her frustration with the ruling during the commission’s Oct. 7
    hearing at City Hall. “The signage cost me $2,000, and I’m not going to spend any more money,” said Kristie Aussubel, owner of Cobblestone Convenience at 24 Joy St., as well as the owner and a real estate broker wi
  • Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial to Undergo Six Month Restoration Next Spring

    The historic Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial,
    which was given to Boston in 1897, is set to undergo a $2.8 million
    restoration, after learning in 2015 that water has penetrated into the
    memorial’s brick core, deteriorating the foundation.The City of Boston Parks Department, the
    Friends of the Public Garden, the Museum of African American history, and the
    National Park Service held an event at the memorial on Oct. 15 tiled “Shaw 54th
    Memorial Restoration; Restoring the Memorial and Dialogu
  • Food for Free’s Annual Party Fundraiser a Success

    This past Friday, Oct. 18, was Food For
    Free’s annual Party Under the Harvest Moon fundraiser at MIT’s Morss Hall. The
    event was attended by roughly 350 guests, raising more than $90,000 for the
    Cambridge-based non-profit. Food For Free was founded in 1981 with a focus on
    “bridging the gap between waste and want” and provides the Greater Boston
    underserved community with reliable access to fresh and nutritious food.Guests were treated to food, beer and wine
    donated by mor
  • Uwila Warrior Opens Beacon Hill Storefront, Providing Underwear for the Modern Woman

    Several years ago, Lisa Mullan found herself
    disappointed with the choices for women’s underwear: many were uncomfortable,
    impractical, or just plain ugly. Mullan had studied business, so in 2015 she
    and Natalia Martorell, one of her best friends from college who studied
    fashion, got together and came up with an underwear business that would provide
    comfortable, functional, and fun-to-wear underwear for women, by women, called
    Uwila Warrior.
    Originally called “The Intelligence Bureau
  • City Council Candidate Jennifer Nassour Proposes Plan to Make Our Streets and Sidewalks Safe

    “Anyone who lives in our neighborhoods knows
    that our streets and sidewalks are a safety nightmare,” says Jennifer Nassour,
    candidate for Boston City Council – District 8. “Every time you step outside,
    you risk life and limb just trying to get across the street.”Nassour has identified common problems
    throughout the District:Our sidewalks are a mess with large, gaping
    holes, missing bricks and uneven sidewalks everywhere.Our traffic signals are not coordinated so
  • Michael F. Flaherty Highlights His Housing Record, Addressing Concerns

    Michael F. Flaherty, incumbent and candidate
    for Boston City Council At-Large, highlights his advocacy and legislative
    efforts to address housing issues as he seeks re-election. Flaherty, who
    continues to reach out to voters over these next two weeks until polls close on
    Election Day on Tuesday, November 5th, has heard from residents that housing
    remains one of their top concerns.
    “In this ongoing era of rapid growth and
    development, I continue to be at the forefront of addressing the hous
  • Police Briefs 10-24-2019

    Beacon Hill BeatLarceny10/16/19 – At around 5:26 p.m., a male
    suspect stole items from a Charles Street leather store. The owner attempted to
    stop the suspect and was able to retrieve some property from him, but he
    fled with a pair of leather gloves.
  • Longfellow Bridge Receives ‘Most Important Historic Preservation Award’ in U.S.

    Award-winning bridge designer and longtime
    Beacon Hill resident Miguel Rosales was on hand to receive what is considered
    the most important historic preservation accolade in the U.S. for restoration
    work on the Longfellow Bridge on Oct. 11 at the Downtown Sheraton in Denver,
    Colo. “Having the Longfellow Bridge receive the highest national recognition bestowed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, should be a great source of pride to the residents of Massachusetts,” wrote R
  • Councilor Edwards Urges City to Prioritize Fair Housing in City Planning

    Special to the TimesThe Office of Boston City Councilor Lydia
    Edwards has released a new report urging the City of Boston and the
    quasi-public Boston Planning and Development Agency to prioritize civil rights
    and fair housing in city planning. The report is available at
    http://bit.ly/planfairhousing.“Planning for Fair Housing,” authored by
    Rappaport Fellow Qainat Khan on behalf of the Councilor’s office, highlights
    the historic and discriminatory impacts of planning and land us
  • Nassour Supports Walsh’s Call to Assist With Creation of Middle-Class Housing

    District 8 City Council candidate Jennifer
    Nassour has joined Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in his call to the Chamber of
    Commerce for assistance in the creation of more middle-class housing in the
    city.Noting that major employers in other cities
    have dedicated funds used by developers to build affordable housing in their
    communities, Nassour said that companies like Google and Microsoft have set an
    example that Boston can use to help the city’s middle class. “The Mayor
    deserves credit fo
  • The Handel and Haydn Society to Honor The Diversity of Its Community With Every Voice

    Members of the Handel and Haydn Society
    Orchestra and Chorus will lift their voices to celebrate the diverse
    communities that make up the city of Boston at the Every Voice concert for
    peace and justice. Presented in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist
    Urban Ministry and Union United Methodist Church, the free performances will
    take place at the First Church in Roxbury at 3pm on Saturday, November 2 and at
    the Union United Methodist Church in the South End at 3pm on Sunday, November
  • Upstairs Downstairs Antiques Host artists’ Reception on Oct. 26

    Downstairs Antiques will host an artists’ reception on Saturday, Oct. 26 from
    6–8 p.m, featuring nine local artists from Boston, the North Shore and South
    Shore. All are invited to meet the artists and enjoy an evening of art,
    champagne and camaraderie. The exhibit includes works by Andrea Guay, Niki
    Farrell, John Young, Robert Hunter Douglas, Cate Hunter Kashem, William
    Cloutman, Marcia Corey, Theo Francis and Nancy O’Hearn.The artists
    represented hold an impress
  • Environmental Advocates Support Kenzie Bok for Boston City Council

    As city elections approach on November 5th,
    the Massachusetts Sierra Club, the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM)
    Action Fund, and Sunrise Boston have all endorsed Kenzie Bok for the District 8
    seat on the Boston City Council. Environmental advocates agree that Kenzie is
    the candidate who will both steward District 8’s treasured green spaces and
    help Boston meet the looming challenge of climate change.“I am so grateful to earn this strong set of
    environmental endorsements,&r
  • The Friends of the Mass. General Cancer Center Hosts Couture for Cancer Care Fundraiser October 25

    One of the most anticipated events on the
    Mass. General Cancer Center calendar, Couture for Cancer Care brings caregivers
    and their patients together to showcase runway looks and celebrate survivorship
    and hope. This is the 27th year of this special event annually hosted by The
    Friends of the Mass General Cancer Center, a group of volunteers who raise
    funds to bridge exceptional medical and supportive cancer care through
    innovative programs that promote whole-person healing. This fall benefit ra
  • Suffolk University Plan Converts Former Ames Hotel Into a Dorm

    A proposal to transform the former Ames Hotel
    into a Suffolk University dormitory marks another step towards the school’s
    more than decade-long commitment to move out of residential Beacon Hill, as
    well as to create more student housing in the city, according to John Nucci,
    vice president of external affairs for the university. “We
    see it as a great opportunity for both the university and to forward city’s
    agenda to free up private housing by providing university housing and no
  • Flaherty Gets Top Spot on The Ballot for November Election

    Boston City Councilor At-Large Michael F. Flaherty’s name was drawn for
    the coveted first spot on the ballot in a public ballot drawing held by the
    City of Boston’s Elections Department. The ballot drawing, which was held on
    Thursday, October 8, 2019 at 11:00a.m. at City Hall, set the stage for the
    citywide general election scheduled for Tuesday, November 5, 2019.Councilor Flaherty, who is seeking another term as a Boston City
    Councilor At-Large, had a strong showing of results in fi
  • Take a Hike This Holiday Weekend

    With all of the turmoil that is occurring both in our
    country and across the world today, it is no wonder that Americans are feeling
    more stressed out than at any time in our recent history.Although the economy
    has been operating at full employment for quite a while, polls reveal that more
    Americans than ever are feeling financially insecure.
    Psychologists tell us
    that we are living in an Age of Anxiety, attributable in large part to the way
    in which modern life is not good either for our menta
  • Memorial Plaque

    Juan Flores (left) and Rafael Medina of Zen Associates place the stone and memorial plaque in Codman Island.
  • Curtailed Freedom Rally Meets With Better Response This Year

    Following the return of the annual Boston
    Freedom Rally Saturday, Sept. 21 to the Boston Common, the decision to scale it
    back to a one-day event this year from its traditional three days has been
    largely applauded. MassCann (Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition), the state affiliate of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) sponsor the event commonly as “Hempfest.” Last year’s 29th annual Freedom Rally, which took place over the weekend of Sept. 14-1
  • Bok and Nassour Top District 8 Primary Race, Advance to Nov. 5 General Election

    Democratic District 8 candidate Kenzie Bok
    and her Republican rival Jennifer Nassour will advance to the Nov. 5 municipal
    election after earing the most respective votes in the Sept. 24 primary
    election. According
    to the unofficial election results, Bok garnered more than 50 percent of the
    ballot, or 2,032 votes cast, while Nassour trailed with around 18 percent of
    the ballot in the race for the seat to represent Back Bay, Beacon Hill,
    Fenway-Kenmore, Mission Hill and the West End, which is curr
  • Area A-1 Sees 5-Percent Drop-In Part One Crime From Last Year

    Area A-1 has seen a 5-percent drop in
    violent and property crime so far this year as opposed to 2018. According
    to Boston Police, 1,771 incidents of Part One crime were reported between Jan. 1
    and Sept. 22, 2019, in the district, which includes Beacon Hill, Chinatown
    Downtown and the North End, compared with 1,872 during the same timeframe last
    year. Homicides
    dropped to none from one last year while rapes and attempted rapes were up
    nearly 62 percent as the number climbed to 21 from 13 in 2018.
  • Explore the Freedom Trail After Dark With Lantern Tours

    Discover the Freedom Trail in after dark on
    the official Freedom Trail Lantern Tours. Freedom Trail Foundation announces
    the return of the unique Lantern Tours, offering visitors and residents the
    opportunity to experience the sinister history and mystery of the Freedom Trail
    by lantern-light! The annual Freedom Trail Lantern Tours will be offered on
    Thursdays through October 31 and Saturdays, October 5 through 26, at 7 p.m.
    from the ArtsBoston Booth at Faneuil Hall. Fatal sword duels, the
  • Local Businesses Celebrate Milestone Anniversary With MassGeneral Hospital for Children

    By Mark NardiA premiere Boston philanthropic event,
    Storybook Ball will celebrate its 20th anniversary with 500 guests on Saturday,
    October 19, at The Castle in Back Bay. With Chestnut Hill’s Jennifer and Mark
    Dolins and Charlestown’s Andrea and Justin Rosen co-chairing, this very special
    evening will recognize the more than $29 million that this annual gala has
    raised to date for MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC). The clinical
    focus of this year’s gathering will be on
  • Fresh and Local : Our Spice Experiment Made SIMPLE

    By Penny & Ed CherubinoWhen you love as many world cuisines as we
    do, you find yourself with a lot of herbs, spices and blends in your cupboards.
    Recently Penny cleaned out our supplies and picked two flavorful selections to
    leave on the counter and use as often as possible for a time. Her choices were
    za’atar and sumac.The word za’atar stands for two different
    ingredients. The first is a species of the herb savory that traditionally grows
    as a wild shrub in the Middle East. The
  • Final Year for Boston Christmas Festival

    For those seeking something special this gift-giving season, the
    Boston Christmas Festival is hosting hundreds of juried Artisans selling their handcrafted
    items, gourmet foods, and unique gifts at the Seaport World Trade Center the
    weekend of November 8-10. It’s like combining Etsy and Pinterest and bringing
    it to life in a 100,000 square foot massive bazaar. Tickets and more at
    BostonChristmasFestival.com“The Boston Christmas Festival has kicked off the holidays
    in Boston for 33 ye
  • Open Charles

    Rachel Thurlow, Richelle Gewertz, and Susan Page played a large-scale game of checkers along Charles Street on Sunday  – a place normally reserved for cars. Charles Street opened to the public, but closed to vehicles, for the first time on Sunday, Sept. 22, as part of Open Charles. The concept has been piloted on Newbury Street for the past two summers, and expanded to Charles Street on Sunday.
  • Personalized

    Karen Shepard holding her signed book of “The Nine” by Beacon Hiller Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg during an event at the Hampshire House sponsored by Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill and the Hampshire House.
  • BHAC Green-Lights Repurposing Of Wall Sign for New Business

    The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission
    approved an application from a new boutique specializing in high-end women’s
    undergarments to repurpose an existing wall sign at 15 Charles St. to reflect
    its company logo while denying the applicant’s requests to add a retractable
    awning with signage to reduce impacts to the historic window façade during a
    Sept. 19 public hearing at City Hall. In
    regard to the application for Uwila Warrior (which has taken over the
    storefront formerly
  • Beacon Hill Pub to Become Fine-Dining Restaurant

    A venerable neighborhood restaurateur has
    been charged with assisting in converting the Beacon Hill Pub into a high-end
    restaurant while the floors above are slated to become executive suites. “The
    Beacon Hill Pub will be transformed into a fine dining establishment, which
    will have an operator and concept [that] is more in keeping with Beacon Hill,”
    said Babak Bina, co-founder and owner of BiNA Family Hospitality, which
    shuttered its landmark Charles Street restaurant Lala Rokh last
  • Civic Association Gets Glimpse at Feedback From South End Collapsible Trash-Bin Pilot

    In anticipation of the launch of a pilot
    program to bring collapsible trash bins to Beacon Hill, a participant from the
    South End discussed the perceived success so far of this city-led initiative
    during a special meeting of the Beacon Hill Civic Association Streets and
    Sidewalks Committee on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 74 Joy St. David
    Stone, president of Blackstone/Franklin Neighborhood Association, said the
    eight-week program kicked off Aug. 1 on one block of East Brookline Street
    between Ha
  • Mayor’s Fall Pumpkin Float Set for Oct. 18

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh has announced the
    return of the annual Fall Pumpkin Float at the Boston Common Frog Pond on Friday,
    Oct. 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Hundreds
    of illuminated jack-o’-lanterns will be floated on the water accompanied by
    spooky family activities.Attendees are asked to bring 8-inch or
    smaller carved pumpkins that will be lit and then floated on the Frog Pond for
    a dramatic early evening display.  Adults
    and children are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and p
  • Let’s Keep in Mind the Facts About Health Care Costs in This Country

    The issue of national health care is now
    front and center in the debate among the presidential candidates of both
    parties, with each offering their vision of what should be done about this
    important issue.Some favor a repeal of Obamacare, some wish
    to improve upon it, and still others want to implement a “Medicare for all”
    system.However, regardless of where one stands on
    the issue, it is important to keep in mind some basic facts about the costs of
    the present health care system in
  • Guest Op-Ed: Saving for Your Child’s Future Can Be Overwhelming, But Boston Is Here to Help

    By Mayor Martin J. Walsh The start of kindergarten marks the
    beginning of a child’s educational future and here in Boston we believe nothing
    should hinder a child’s path to success. That’s why, in 2016, and in
    collaboration with Boston Public Schools, we launched Boston Saves as a
    three-year pilot program. Our goal was to build strong career pathways by
    helping families of BPS kindergarteners save money for their children’s college
    or career training. Throughout thos
  • Guide to Private Schools Special Section

    Beacon Hill Nursery School
    74 Joy Street
    Boston, MA 02114
    www.bhns.netBeacon Hill Nursery School was founded in 1955 and has been a vital part
    of the downtown community since its inception with a consistent commitment to
    high quality early childhood education. Our primary mission is to create a
    nurturing community that instills a lifelong love of learning in its students.
    We cherish children’s innate curiosity through purposeful play guided by
    exceptional early child
  • Moondance Gala

    Katie and Will Collins of Beacon Hill at the Esplanade Association’s Moondance Gala that took place on Saturday, Sept. 14, raising over $1.3 million to benefit the park.
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