• BHCA Annual Meeting Returns To the Union Club

    Pictured, left to right, are former Chair and President Mark Kiefer; new Director Holland Ward; Director Katherine Judge; Director Renee Knilans; Director Eve Waterfall; and Josh Leffler, incoming board president.Patricia Tully, executive director of the Civic Association, thanks outgoing Chair Rob Whitney for his 18 years of service to the organization’s board.
  • Hidden Gardens Tour

    The Beacon Hill Garden Club’s 93rd Garden Tour returned as an in-person event on Thursday, May 22. Above, the “ribbon garden” at 57 Chestnut St.
  • Opera Based on Life of Rose Standish Nichols Coming to the Nichols House Museum

    Rose Standish Nichols will be the subject of an original, one-woman opera coming  to the Nichols House Museum, her former family home, for five performances between Friday, June 3, and Sunday, June 5.Beth Wiemann, who teaches composition and clarinet at the University of Maine in Orono, is the composer and librettist (who writes the story and lyrics for an opera) for the upcoming “I Give You My Home: The Rose Standish Nichols Story.” It stars Aliana de la Guardia, artistic direc
  • BHAC Votes To Ratify Unapproved Removal of Penthouse at 30 Chestnut St.

    The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission determined by a majority vote to ratify and approve as submitted the unapproved removal of a non-historic fifth-story penthouse at 30 Chestnut St.The motion, which was approved by a vote of 4-2, with no abstentions, was put forward by Commissioner Mark Kiefer and came with the proviso that the built structure be in full compliance with the drawings submitted by the applicant to staff.David Freed, studio director for the Quincy architectural firm Arthur Ch
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  • Landmarks Commission Approves Murals Proposed for Four Esplanade Electrical-Boxes

    The Boston Landmarks Commission approved as presented an application to paint murals on four electrical boxes on the Esplanade during a May 24 public hearing, which took place virtually.The application, submitted by the Esplanade Association, is for a proposed project the group is sponsoring in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation and Volunteers Incorporating Black Excellence, Inc. (VIBE) to contract four qualified artists to design and paint murals on four electric box
  • Beacon Hill, Surrounding Area’s Weekly COVID Positive Test-Rate Nears 15 Percent

    Beacon Hill and the surrounding area’s weekly COVID positive test rate jumped to nearly 15 percent last week and Boston health officials are urging residents to keep up with COVID-19 best practices that have proven highly effective at lowering the spread of virus and reducing hospitalizations and death. The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) reported that COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue a weeks-long surge due to the new, more contagious variant.Last week, 1,453 Beacon
  • Guest Op-Ed: Why Did Memorial Day Change?

    Dr. Glenn MolletteDecoration Day was observed on May 30th from 1868 to 1970 to decorate the graves and honor those dying in military service for our country. In 1971 Congress officially made the last Monday in May Memorial Day.On this day, Americans take time to pay respect and decorate the graves of our military service Americans who died to keep America free. Because of them we can travel the country, have picnics, go to ballgames and more.For me, Memorial Day has changed. Memorial weekend was
  • A Memorial Day Truism: Freedom Isn’t Free

    For the first time in 20 years — that’s an entire generation — America’s military men and women are not fighting a war on foreign soil.The withdrawal of our remaining troops from Afghanistan last August brought to an end a conflict that had long-outlasted its purpose, which initially was meant to destroy the al-Quaeda terrorist organization that was responsible for the 9/11 attacks, but which somehow morphed into a long-term, nation-building undertaking.Although we techni
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  • Upcoming Concert Will Benefit Ukrainian Musicians

    An upcoming concert at Beacon Hill Friends House will benefit Ukrainian musicians – a cause that hits particularly close to home for one of the performers who helped conceive and organize the event.Violist, Alex Vavilov, who is from Kyiv (and still has family there), and the Sheffield Chamber Players, the group he co-founded in 2014, will perform at the benefit concert on Monday, May 30, at 7 p.m. at Beacon Hill Friends House, located at 8 Chestnut St., which takes places both  in-per
  • Sisters Graduate From Columbia

    Eliza Spear Nelson and Rebecca Manning graduated from Columbia University the weekend of May 15. Eliza completed her Executive MBA in the Spring of 2020, while working at Saks Fifth Avenue as a Merchandise Planner. Due to the pandemic, the ceremony was pushed back to this spring. Eliza is currently a Manager of Merchandise Planning at Bergdorf Goodman. Rebecca Manning earned her Columbia MBA with special academic distinction and is the winner of the Nathan Gantcher Prize for Social Enterprise. R
  • Beacon Award Goes to Hill House

    One of the winners of this year’s Beacon Awards, Hill House has been consistently making a “sustained and significant contribution” to the neighborhood since its inception in 1966.The longstanding nonprofit community-center and self-described “your backyard in the city” was incorporated in the spring of that year at 74 Joy St. It remained at that location until 2001, when with a boost from a donation made by then-Mayor Thomas Menino and the city, and after “co
  • 2022 Beacon Award Winners: Gary Drug Receives Beacon Award

    During the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s 100th annual meeting, which returned after three years as an in-person event on Monday, May 16, at the Union Club, Gary Drug Co. received one of this year’s two 25th annual Beacon Awards in recognition of the longstanding Charles Street pharmacy’s “significant and sustained contribution to the Beacon Hill community.”The self-described “neighborhood legend since 1934,” located at 59 Charles St., was purchased in
  • Storybook Ball Announces Newborn Medicine Focus at Kick-Off

    Special to the TimesMass General for Children (MGfC) will kick-off its 23rd season of Storybook Ball on June 1st at the Boston Harbor Hotel surrounded by longtime supporters of the event.Storybook Ball is MGfC’s signature fundraiser, at which donor generosity has helped raise more than $34 million since 1999, helping to provide expert care to its youngest patients and their families. Fiona and James Benenson III and Rachel and Bill Motley return as this year’s co-chairs.At the recept
  • BHCA 100th Annual Event Returns To Union Club As In-Person Event

    The Beacon Hill Civic Association held its 100th annual meeting on Monday, May 16, at the Union Club, which returned as an in-person event after a three-year absence due to the pandemic.Rob Whitney, the outgoing chair who is stepping down from the Civic Association board following an 18-year tenure, offered opening remarks, while Meghan Awe, the outgoing board president who will now assume the role of chair, joined the meeting virtually to recount the Year in Review.Joshua Leffler, the outgoing
  • Community Reception To Honor West End Museum’s New President

    The West End community is welcome to attend a special reception honoring the election of Lois Ascher as the new president of The West End Museum. The event will be at the historic Otis House, 141 Cambridge St., on Wednesday, May 25, from 6 to 8 p.m.The Otis House – a mansion designed by Charles Bulfinch – will be open for viewing, and the reception will be held on the Cambridge Street balcony and Lynde Street courtyard. Ascher, the first female professor at Wentworth Institute o
  • AARP Mass. Submits Signed Petitions From Residents to Sen. Warren To Lower Prescription Drug Prices

    AARP Massachusetts State Director Mike Festa, Volunteer State President Sandra Harris and AARP members are joining Senator Elizabeth Warren in urging Congress to lower prescription drug prices. 92,835 Massachusetts residents have signed onto an AARP petition calling on Congress to act now. AARP has advocated for fair drug prices for years and supports legislation that passed the House in November, which would allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices, put a cap on out-of-pocket costs that older ad
  • PIC Approves All Public-Realm Changes Related to MGH Expansion

    The city’s Public Improvement Commission unanimously approved several applications for proposed public-realm changes related to Mass General Hospital’s planned expansion, including the discontinuance of North Anderson Street as a public street, at its May 12 hearing, which took place virtually.The proposed project will comprise two connected towers – 14 and 13 stories, respectively – sitting atop a podium facing Cambridge Street on the hospital’s main campus. Comple
  • Duckling Day on the Common

    Jenny The Juggler wows the crowd with a fantastic bubble show during the annual Duckling Day on Boston Common.
  • Whitney To End 18-Year Tenure With Civic Association Board

    Rob Whitney is stepping down as chair of the Beacon Hill Civic Association at the organization’s annual meeting on Monday, May 16, ending his 18-year tenure on board, which began in 2004. But he said this journey began earlier that same year when he saw a notice about an upcoming hearing of the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission at City Hall in this publication.One application on the hearing agenda was from an abutter to install a locked gate at Holmes Alley, which links South Russel Str
  • For Author, Upcoming In-Store Appearance at Blackstone’s Will Be a Homecoming

    When Dolley Carlson returns for her fourth author appearance and book signing at Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill on Thursday, May 18, it will be a homecoming for the South Boston native who now lives in Southern California, especially since Charles Street was the route her father once walked on his beat as a Boston Police officer assigned to the erstwhile Station 3.Carlson, who calls Orange County, Calif., home today and is also the author  of four nonfiction books, will be back at Blacks
  • Acorn Club Introduces Guest Parking as an Added Amenity

    Acorn now offers unlimited guest valet parking as an additional amenity for any existing member in Beacon Hill and Back Bay.  Members can keep their vehicle garaged and continue to use Acorn’s valet services for their day-to-day needs, but can now host friends, family, contractors, etc. who may struggle to find spots.  Specifically, members can purchase books of tickets for weekdays and nights/weekends to use as they see fit at a discount to local garage rates with the added bene
  • Friends of the West End Branch Library Celebrate Arbor Day 2022

    It was a perfect spring day in New England, breezy, and sunny – ideal for the Landscaping Committee of the Friends of the West End Branch Library to celebrate Arbor Day, April 29.  The celebration included garden cleanup, planting and a very generous donation by the Cambridge Landscaping Company in commemoration of Arbor Day. Their contribution significantly enhances the health and beauty of the two gardens along Cambridge Street.A crew of three professional landscapers and six e
  • Beacon Hill, Surrounding Area’s Weekly COVID Positive Test-Rate Over 11 Percent

    With COVID cases steadily increasing in Beacon Hill and the rest of the city due to a new, more contagious variant, the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) last week recommended residents take precautions to stop the spread and get vaccinated and/or boosted.According to the most recent statistics, over 1 out of every 10 Beacon Hill residents and residents in the Back Bay, North End, Downtown, and West End tested for the virus were found to be positive. The citywide weekly positive test rate i
  • We Are All Ukrainians

    It is impossible to turn away from the news reports of the ongoing war in Ukraine that we see 24/7 on our televisions and computer screens.To be honest, we’ve had it with all of the other recent political, economic, and COVID-related commentaries that run in an endless loop ad nauseam on the news.We just tune them out.But when it comes to the heartbreaking, disturbing, and infuriating coverage of all aspects of the war in Ukraine, we feel almost duty-bound to watch in order to bear witness
  • An Ill Wind….

    The unrelenting easterly seabreeze that has been blowing at 20-30 miles per hour 24/7 for the past five days has reminded us that “spring” is an ephemeral term for those of us who live along the Massachusetts coastline.The temperature has refused to climb beyond 50 degrees — thanks to a water temperature of 48 degrees in Boston Harbor — and the strong on-shore wind has made it feel closer to 40 degrees with the wind-chill factored in.As usual, temperatures a little bit to
  • FOPG’s Green & White Ball

    The Friends of the Public Garden’s Green & White Ball returned April 29 after a two-year absence. Shown
    are Sam and Tess Atkinson, Kate Enroth, and Dana Schmaltz (Tess and Kate were event co-chairs).
  • PIC Hears Changes Proposed for Mass General Expansion

    The city’s Public Improvement Commission (PIC) heard a new business matter on proposed changes related to Mass General Hospital’s planned expansion, including the discontinuance of North Anderson Street as a public street, at its April 28 hearing, which took place virtually.The proposed project will comprise two connected towers – 14 and 13 stories, respectively – sitting atop a podium facing Cambridge Street on the hospital’s main campus. Completion of the first to
  • House Budget Paves Way for Closing ‘SNAP Gap’

    The $49.7 million budget that the Massachusetts House passed last Wednesday, April 27, for fiscal ’23 paves the way for closing the “SNAP Gap” by creating a common application to access needs-based benefits statewide, thanks to the ongoing efforts of Rep. Jay Livingstone.The “SNAP Gap” represents the difference between the 2 million low-income Massachusetts residents currently receiving MassHealth who are likely SNAP eligible and the number of people actually receiv
  • Local Officials React to Roe v. Wade Leak

    The unprecedented leak to Politico Monday that five Supreme Court Justices may be gearing up to reverse the court’s landmark decision that has protected a woman’s right to choose for a half century has set off a firestorm of condemnations from pro-choice advocates and elected officials.In 1973 the Roe v. Wade case, the Supreme Court issued a 7-2 decision that the Constitution of the United States protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessiv
  • Beacon Hill, Surrounding Area’s Weekly COVID Positive Test-Rate Climbs Once Again

    With the neighborhood and city’s weekly COVID positive test rate still climbing, the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) is recommending residents take precautions to stop the spread.The BPHC also renewed its recommendation that masks be worn in indoor public settings, including public transportation and transportation hubs, government buildings, and crowded indoor venues. The recommendation is especially important for those who are at high risk for severe illness or who live with someo
  • Paws on Charles Celebrates New Partnership With Making Fetch Happens With In-Store Event

    Paws on Charles, the boutique pet supply stop at 123 Charles St., celebrated its new partnership with Making Fetch Happen, a dog-training service provider, with an in-store event on Saturday, April 30.Jamaica Plain-based Making Fetch Happen “focuses on taking a fear- and force-free approach to training, which utilizes the latest in science-based methods,” according to the company, as its “goal is to provide dogs with the behaviors and skills they need to live more harmoniously
  • BHWF Final Event of the Season

    By Ariana HanleySpring has officially arrived in Boston!  Mark your calendar for May 10 and join the Beacon Hill Womens Forum for the final event of the season, our Spring Soiree!  Our final event will take place at the Liberty Hotel Yard from 6-9pm and feature live classic rock music by The Remedies.  Be sure to dress in your favorite garden cocktail dress! Please register for the event online at www.beaconhillwomensforum.org and feel free to bring a friend!   We c
  • Red Cross Offering Free Smoke Alarm Installations

    The American Red Cross of Massachusetts will be installing hundreds of free smoke alarms to communities in need in a targeted campaign called Sound the Alarm  to May 22.The Red Cross offers free smoke alarm installations 365 days a year to any Massachusetts resident (regardless of renter or homeowner status), but in the month of May, surges efforts in five vulnerable communities: Brockton, Everett, Methuen, Springfield and Worcester. Anyone interested in a free smoke alarm should call
  • FOPG’s Green & White Ball Returns After Two-Year Absence

    The Friends of the Public Garden’s Green & White Ball returned April 29 after a two-year absence.Chaired by Beacon Hill residents Tess Atkinson and Kate Enroth, the event drew more than 170 people to the Four Seasons for cocktails, dinner, and dancing. Nearly $500,000 was raised to support the ongoing care of the Boston Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall.Friends President Liz Vizza said, “The Green & White Ball is our single largest event raising funds for di
  • Beacon Hill Garden Club Art Contest

    Story by Marianne SalzaFiller, spiller, thriller – opulent creations by Park Street School students will inspire the Beacon Hill Garden Club’s floral window box display at the Charles Street Post Office. Some 40 students in grades K-1-5 drew arrangements that featured elegant spreads, tall statement plants, and cascading greenery.“The Beacon Hill Garden Club’s civic planting is the Charles Street Post Office’s window box. The assignment was to plant a beautifully im
  • Public Art Manager Works on MLK Memorial on Boston Common

    King, on April 27 with a ceremony at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common.Imari Paris Jeffries, Executive Director of King Boston, was joined by colleagues from King Boston, as well as Boston’s Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, Embrace designer Hank Willis Thomas, Amandi Music, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, Governor Charlie Baker, and US Attorney Rachael Rollins, as well as supporters and funders, for the celebration, which took place on what would
  • Alcohol Is Still #1

    Americans have been dying prematurely at unprecedented levels in the past two years from a number of causes.COVID-19 has taken away almost one million of our fellow Americans, with the number still rising daily for the foreseeable future.Fatal accidents on our roadways, as we noted last week, have skyrocketed over the past two years.Drug overdose deaths, mainly attributable to the lethal synthetic drug fentanyl, have exploded, exceeding 100,000 in 2021, compared to about 60,000 in 2019.However,
  • Is Nuclear War Inevitable in Ukraine — and Beyond?

    We don’t want to sound like alarmists, but in our opinion, the escalation both in military weaponry and rhetoric by the Western powers and the Kremlin is bringing us closer and closer to the brink of nuclear warfare in Ukraine.We fully support the effort of the U.S. and NATO to help the Ukrainian people defend themselves against the Russian genocide that is occurring in their country.But none of the politicians or the experts have prepared the public for the possibility that Vladimir Putin
  • Upstairs Downstairs Hosts Artist Reception

    Special to the TimesOn Saturday, April 23, at 69 Charles St., artist Paul Donnelly took center stage at Upstairs Downstairs inaugural series of Artist Receptions. This first of the season event was a rousing success and was attended by a large, raucous and enthusiastic crowd who appreciate fine art. Mr. Donnelly, a longtime resident of Beacon Hill , presented a stunning array of art, modern and geometric in design, and depicted in brilliant colors of yellow and blue, black and orange&hellip
  • BHV Presents ‘Conversations With Tito SantosSilva’

    On Monday, May 2, the Beacon Hill Village (BHV) will present “Conversation with Tito SantosSilva” at 5:30 p.m. via ZOOM.Francisco “Tito” SantosSilva knows all about urban violence. As a young man growing up in Brockton, his educational and professional journey was almost derailed by gang violence which tragically took the life of his best friend. Since completing his education, SantosSilva has helped young people from underserved communities reach their potential. He form
  • Interfaith Concert Returns Sunday, May 15, to the Vilna Shul

    When “Voices of Humanity,” as the city’s fourth annual interfaith concert is now called, returns on Sunday, May 15, to The Vilna Shul, it will likely be the first time in three years that many guests have set foot inside the historic Phillips Street building, which had been closed for more than a year for the first phase of extensive renovations before the pandemic struck.“After a two-year hiatus, we can’t wait for this powerful and electrifying concert again,&rdquo
  • Beacon Hill, Surrounding Areas Weekly COVID Positive Test-Rate Decreases

    Beacon Hill and the surrounding area are in the middle of another COVID surge with nearly 1 out of every 10 residents tested two weeks ago being positive for the virus.Health experts are saying the new subvariant of the omicron strain, known as BA.2, is now the dominant strain in the US and 30 percent more infectious than the BA.1 omicron strain responsible for the last surge.However, while Beacon Hill’s positive test rate neared 10 percent two weeks ago the numbers came down last week.&nb
  • Charles River Swimming Day

    Special to the TimesThe Charles River Conservancy (CRC) and Charles River Swimming Club (CRSC), in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), are proud to announce the Charles River Swimming Day on June 18. The public is invited to participate in the 11th Annual One Mile Swim and the 6th Annual City Splash that day at the DCR’s Fiedler Dock on the Esplanade in Boston, MA. A rain date is planned for June 19. Join the CRC in the evening for an afterpa
  • BHAC Unanimously Approves Athenaeum’s Application for Exterior Changes

    At its monthly public hearing held virtually on Thursday, April 21, the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission unanimously approved as submitted an application for myriad exterior changes proposed as part of the ongoing renovation and expansion of the Boston Athenaeum’s headquarters on Beacon Street.In its application, the Athenaeum sought and received approvals to increase the glass at the entry doors to improve visibility and safety; to remove the side balustrade remnants; to replace the s
  • DA Hayden Announces Grant Funding Opportunity for Nonprofits

    District Attorney Kevin Hayden invited Suffolk County nonprofits to apply for grant funding to support violence and substance use prevention and treatment programming.“I have had the privilege of serving on the board of several nonprofits, and I know the impact that my office’s Community Reinvestment Grants can have on these nonprofits and the young people they serve,” said Hayden, who is currently on the boards of YOU Boston and the Greater Boston YMCA. “The pandemic has
  • Church of the Covenant Hits the Pavement for Project Bread’s 54th Annual Walk for Hunger

    On May 1, Church of the Covenant will be among thousands of virtual participants to lace up for Project Bread’s 54th  annual Walk for Hunger.As participants and Project Bread partners from the earliest years of the Walk for Hunger, the Boston-based nonprofit, located in the Back Bay at the corner of Berkley and Newbury Street, will participate for the third consecutive year through The Commonwealth Program, which gives 60 percent of all funds raised by teams from likeminded organizati
  • Founders Circle Reception for BHCA Planned at the Nichols House Museum

    This year’s reception for members of the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Founders Circle will take place May 4, at the Nichols House Museum, 55 Mt. Vernon Street.  It is the former home of Marion Nichols, who co-founded the neighborhood association 100 years ago.The reception is entitled ‘1922: Remembering the Nichols House 100 years ago’ and will enable visitors in small groups to explore the highlights of the house’s history and collections around the early 1
  • A Sanctuary Café Coming to Charles Street

    A Sanctuary Cafe: Coffee, Books & Cats is set to open at 80 Charles St. in the coming months, according to Brittany Baker, the proprietor. The business will also be holding an Open House on site on Thursday, May 19, to coincide with the return of the Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill Annual Tour as an in-person event, said Baker. To join Sanctuary Café’s mailing list, visit asanctuarycafe.com, and check this publication in the weeks ahead for an upcoming feature story on this new bu
  • Mayor Wu Unveils City’s Proposed, Nearly $4 Billion Operating Budget for Fiscal ‘23

    Mayor Michelle Wu unveiled her administration’s first proposed operating budget for the city – a recommended $3.99 billion for Fiscal ‘23  – last Wednesday, April 13.This represents new growth of $216 million or 5.7 percent over Fiscal ‘22, according to the city, while the Fiscal ‘23-‘27 Capital Plan, which Mayor Wu describes as a “moving target,” totals $3.6 billion of neighborhood infrastructure investments.Mayor Wu told a small group
  • Brian Golden Leaving BPDA as Director

    Special to the TimesBoston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) Director Brian Golden announced that he will conclude his tenure after serving for more than eight years as the chief executive of the agency. As the BPDA’s chief executive, Golden has managed the biggest building boom in Boston’s history, while ushering in holistic reforms that have improved how the agency supports the residents of Boston. He focused on improving transparency, accountability, and community engagement,
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