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    Beacon Hill Garden Club members Leslie Adam, at left, and Alecia Manning ushered in spring by planting the window box and the Charles Street Post Office at the end of March.
  • Esplanade Association Holds 20th Annual Meeting

    The Esplanade Association marked a milestone via Zoom on Monday, April 5, when the longstanding organization held its 20th annual meeting.Michael Nichols, executive director of the nonprofit that has worked in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation for the past two decades to care for and maintain the park, detailed big changes already planned for it in 2021, including the planned demolition of the Charles River Bistro and a new paint job – and new shade – for
  • Acting Mayor Janey Launches Campaign for Four-year Term

    Already sitting in the corner office and being the first African American and woman to lead the City, Acting Mayor Kim Janey released a video at 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning to officially announce she would be running for mayor in the September Preliminary Election.Acting Mayor Kim Janey – the former Council President –
    announced on Tuesday that she will officially join the race for
    mayor.She joins five other candidates who have already announced a run for mayor in what will surely be a
  • Laura Cunningham, Bids Farewell to the Nichols House Museum

    During the five years she spent with the Nichols House Museum, Laura Cunningham, who stepped down from her role as its Curator of Collections on March 31 to pursue a new employment opportunity, said perhaps what she’ll cherish the most from her experience there was having the opportunity to thoroughly immerse herself in a small museum environment.Laura Cunningham, who stepped
    down as Curator of Collections
    March 31 after five years with
    the Nichols House Museum.“At a small museum lik
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  • Rep. Aaron Michlewitz Hosts COVID Recovery Virtual Forum

    Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, recently hosted the third in a series of COVID Recovery Forums. The forum focused on equity within the state’s economic recovery efforts. “When you’d see those maps (charting COVID infections) a lot of the red spots became communities of color quickly,” said Michlewitz. “So now as we’re building this economy back we do we have an opportunity, from the state’s perspective, to keep
  • Art Historian and Author, Liana Cheney Returns to Beacon Hill Seminars

    Special to the TimesAuthor and professor Liana De Girolami Cheney, a long-time resident of Beacon Hill, taught more than a dozen popular art history courses for Beacon Hill Seminars (BHS) before retiring to Florida in 2020.  BHS members thought they had lost this esteemed teacher.  But not long after, in response to the pandemic, BHS moved its seminars online.  One unexpected benefit has been that Dr. Cheney is able to continue to share her passion and expertise from her home in F
  • MFA Celebrates Return of Spring with Virtual Art in Bloom Exhibit

    Special to the TimesThe Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), celebrates the return of spring with a virtual edition of its 45th annual Art in Bloom (Friday, April 30–Monday, May 3), a festival that pairs art with floral interpretations created by 27 New England-area garden clubs, including the Beacon Hill Garden Club.This year’s festival is themed around artworks that tell the stories of women across the Museum’s collection—from images of mothers and motherhood throughout t
  • Part One Crime Down 29 Percent

    With the first quarter of ’21 on the books, Area A-1 had seen a 29-percent decrease in Part One crime from last year.According to Boston Police, 390 incidents of Part One crime were reported in the district, which includes Beacon Hill, Chinatown and downtown, between Jan. 1 and April 4 of this year, compared with 549 during the same timeframe in 2020.One homicide was reported in the district this year as opposed to none last year, while the number of rapes and attempted rapes were down nea
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  • Blackstone’s and KitchenWares Celebrate their One-year Anniversary

    Special to the TimesSome think of April 1 as a day for jokes and pranks, but at Blackstone’s and KitchenWares, they recognize it as their stores’ anniversaries.“April 1, 2006, marked our official start as the third owners of Blackstone’s,” says Jennifer Hill, who originally purchased the store together with her former business partner, Mark Duffield. Fast forward four years and the adventurous Hill, together with her husband Jim, took over the former KitchenArts spa
  • North Washington Street Bridge Construction look-ahead through April 17

    This is a brief overview of construction operations and impacts for the North Washington Street Bridge Replacement Project. MassDOT will provide additional notices as needed for high-impact work and changes to traffic configurations beyond those described below.Description of Scheduled Work•Building the piers:*Pier 1 (closest to the North End): sealing and dewatering cofferdam*Pier 2: sealing and dewatering cofferdam*Pier 3: installing rebar to pour concrete footing*Pier 4: V arms formwork
  • Beaconhill Architectural Commission

    The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission will hold a public Zoom hearing on April 15 at 5 p.m.ZOOM: HTTPS://US02WEB.ZOOM.US/J/87626552162
    Subject of the hearing will be applications for Certificates of Design Approval on the agenda below, reviews of architectural violations, and such businesses as may come before the commission, in accordance with Chapter 616 of the Acts of 1955 of the Massachusetts General Law as amended. Applications are available for review during business hours at the office
  • Get the Vaccine

    For the vast majority of people, getting a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible is a no-brainer.COVID-19 not only has a high death rate for older persons and those with underlying health conditions, but it also has been shown to have serious after-effects for young, healthy people who experienced only mild symptoms when they contracted the disease.The ramifications of the health consequences for the so-called COVID long-haulers promises to adversely impact the lives of millions of Ameri
  • Royal Family, Common Problems

    On a certain level, it is easy to dismiss the recent interview of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as frivolous and irrelevant to the lives of the rest of us. To most Americans, the concept of a royal family is a joke to begin with, an anachronism of history.On the other hand, there were certain aspects of the interview that made the travails faced by Harry and Meghan all too real — and extremely relevant to the 21st century.The revelation that Meghan contemplated suicide, but received no me
  • New Book Celebrates the Ducks of the Public Garden

    Over the years, the iconic “Make Way for Ducklings” sculpture in the Public Garden, with its ever-changing array of topical attire, has come to represent an evolving Boston through the lens of current events, and a new photo book, out today, April 1, explores this local phenomenon using images of the Ducks donning some of their most memorable costumes.The new photo book called “Ducks on Parade!” edited by Nancy Schö.Nancy Schön, the West Newton sculptor who brou
  • Kured to Bring ‘Charcuterie Landscape’ to Charles Street

    The seeds for Kured, a new business opening next month at 83 Charles St. (formerly Fastachi) that specializes in the delivery of charcuterie bouquets, were planted in Madrid, Spain, where the company’s founder and owner, Gillian Rozynek, studied abroad during her junior year at Boston College.Gillian Rozynek, founder and owner of Kured, slated to open next month at 83 Charles St.“When I was in Spain, I learned about the charcuterie landscape, which is obviously super ingrained in Eur
  • Boncore, Livingstone Join BHCA Traffic and Parking Meeting to Discuss State Transportation Policy

    Sen. Joe Boncore and Rep. Livingstone were on hand via Zoom for the Beacon Hill Civic Association Traffic and Parking Committee meeting on Tuesday, March 30, to discuss transportation policy at the State House.“Public transit is a public good,” said Sen. Boncore, who has served as co-chair of the Legislature’s Transportation Committee for nearly three years, in discussing the need to create a more reliable, efficient and equitable transportation system, as well as one that&rsqu
  • Several Boston Restaurants Offering Easter Specials

    Several Boston restaurants will be offering specials for Easter Sunday, with options to dine in, as well as for takeout.Scampo, located inside the Liberty Hotel, at 215 Charles St. will be offering its guests an all-day, a la carte holiday menu crafted by Chef Lydia Shire from noon to 8 p.m. The menu includes Beginnings: Green Goddess salad with mini avocados, radish, and crisped pork belly ($21); Maria’s handmade chive bowtie pasta with pesto and spring peas ($ 22); Spanish garlic soup wi
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Announces Return of Nasturtiums

    The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (ISGM) will debut its Hanging Nasturtiums on March 31—a tradition started by Isabella more than a century ago. Approximately 18 vines of orange nasturtiums—each more than 20 feet in length—will cascade from the third-floor balconies overlooking the Museum’s historic Courtyard. This dramatic display of flowers, on view through (at least) April 12, was canceled last Spring (2020) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making their triumphant retur
  • Proposed Leonard Nimoy Memorial finds Home at Museum of Science

    Last Friday, March 26, on the first official “Leonard Nimoy Day” in the City of Boston,” as well as what would’ve been the 90th birthday of the West End native best known for his portrayal of Mr. Spock on the classic TV series “Star Trek,” came the announcement that the Museum of Science would pay tribute to Nimoy – and Spock – with a memorial on its grounds representing the character’s iconic Vulcan hand salutation.The museum, which has laun
  • Former Mayor Walsh Sworn in as Labor Secretary by Vice President Harris

    Last Thursday, former Mayor Martin Walsh was sworn in as the 29th U.S. Secretary of Labor – and the first secretary that is also a member of a trade union – with Vice President Kamala Harris administering the Oath.Walsh gave a short speech following the swearing in and told of his personal story and how it would shape his priorities going forward as the new Labor Secretary.“I thought about my mother and father, who emigrated from Ireland in the 1950s,” he said. “The
  • The Beacon Hill COVID-19 Positive Rate Remains the Same

    Last week Beacon Hill’s cumulative COVID-19 positive test rate and the weekly positive test rate both remained the same while the rest of the city has begun increasing.According to the latest data released by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) last Friday, overall since the pandemic started 47,686 Beacon Hill, Back Bay, North End, West End and Downtown residents have been tested for COVID-19 and the data shows that 6.4 percent of those tested were COVID positive. This was the same
  • City Councilor Michelle Wu Calls for Steps to Improve Boston’s Vaccine Equity

    City Councilor Michelle Wu held a hearing today on ways to improve equity in the Covid-19 vaccination progress in the City of Boston. Amidst an inequitable and confusing roll-out, Michelle Wu has called for easily accessible vaccination sites with convenient hours for working Bostonians, linguistic and digital appointment access, and a regular release of information on vaccination progress by racial, ethnic and other demographic information. She has also proposed an ordinance extending paid sick
  • Karen Cord Taylor a Golden Shoe Award Winner

    Karen Cord Taylor is among the Golden Shoe Award Winners, that was announced at the WalkBoston  annual meeting. Karen Cord Taylor was awarded for her long term service as a committed Board member and fierce advocate for better walkability in her Beacon Hill neighborhood and the greater Boston community. Karen has devoted thirteen years to WalkBoston and has been part of so many wins as a WalkBoston Board member. Her dedication to clearing sidewalks and curb ramps of snow is partic
  • Janey Holds First Press Conference, Talks about Equity in Vaccination Distribution

    Kim Janey held her first press conference as Boston’s acting mayor on March 26, where she provided updates on COVID-19 and vaccinations in the city, as well as received her first vaccination.“We know that people of color are more likely to get COVID-19, and if they do, they are more likely to die,” Janey said.Janey provided a number for the Equity Access Line—617-635-5555—that residents can dial to get help with booking a vaccine appointment. She said that residents
  • Eliot School Announces Neal Widett Scholarship Fund

    Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts, in the North End, is proud to announce the Neal Widett Scholarship Fund.The late Neal Widett was a master craftsman, woodworker, and sign-maker in Boston for more than 40 years. He created the distinctive hand carved signs you will find on Charles Street, which continue to be emblematic of the charming character of the Beacon Hill neighborhood.   Widett grew up in Newton, and several of his childhood friends got together to commemorate h
  • Councilor Campbell Releases Statement on Delayed Reopening of Boston Public Schools for in-person Learning

    After news last week that Boston Public Schools would delay re-opening for all students to return to classrooms in-person until April 26, City Councilor and mayoral candidate Andrea Campbell released the following statement pushing the Boston Public Schools to proactively invest in strategies to support school reopening in-person, address student learning loss and mental health, and use the summer to plan for a full in-person reopening for the next school year:“With the deadline to reopen
  • The Markey-Warren-AOC Build Green Act Is Needed

    The recent catastrophic winter-weather event in Texas has highlighted the degree to which our national infrastructure (among other things) has fallen victim to the penny-wise and pound-foolish thinking that has dominated our national politics for the past 40 years.The winter hurricane, as some have labeled it, reportedly will prove to be the most-costly natural disaster in the history of the United States. Both the public utilities and the private companies in Texas did not invest in the types o
  • Guest Op-Ed: Goodbye and Thank You, Boston

    By Former Mayor Martin J. WalshI left Boston City Hall for the final time as mayor. I packed up the last of the photos on my desk, say goodnight to the security guards as I’ve done a thousand times before, and head home to Dorchester.It’s been almost three months since I got the call from President Biden asking me to serve as secretary of labor, and the truth is I haven’t had much time to reflect. My team and I have continued working around the clock on the response to COVID-19
  • Charles Street Leather Store Is in It for the Long Haul

    Dan and Jill Pelo, who own The Designers; Leather Clothiers – a fixture of the Charles Street retail landscape for nearly four decades – owe a lot to leather, because in addition to providing them with their livelihood, it’s also the reason why they met.While they both graduated from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis (Dan was a couple years ahead of Jill, however), the pair1, who have now been together for 45 years and married 40 years, were first introduced to each ot
  • Following Walsh’s Departure, Janey Sworn in as Acting Mayor

    In a ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday afternoon, Kim Janey was sworn in as the first Black person and first woman to lead the City of Boston, a day after Mayor Marty Walsh left for Washington following his confirmation as US Labor Secretary.Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley presided over the ceremony, which was attended by Janey’s friends and family, while Chief Justice Kimberly Budd administered the oath of office. An invocation was delivered by Reverend Willie Bodrick II, Senior Paster at
  • Proposed Smoke Shop Scraps Plans to Open on Charles Street

    The owner of Bluemoon Smoke Shop won’t move forward with his plans to open on Charles Street after more than 160 neighbors voiced their strong opposition to the proposed location during a virtual meeting Monday.“I respect the opinion of the neighborhood and am not going to pursue the plan,” Malik Hayat told The Beacon Hill Times Tuesday. “We’re sorry for any inconvenience, or bad feelings, we have caused the neighborhood, and we respect their opinion.”Hayat, o
  • Mayoral Candidate Michelle Wu Responds to Atlanta Shooting, Violence Against Asian Americans

    Here in Beacon Hill 4.2 percent of our neighbors are Asian Americans and while they make up a small minority of our overall population they contribute greatly to the fabric of the community as business owners, parents, students, and activists. The recent trend of violence against Asian Americans has been shocking and the shooting in Atlanta that killed six Asain Americans at three spas last week has shaken us all to our core. City Councilor Michelle Wu, who is vying to become Boston&rs
  • Boston Declares March 26 as ‘Leonard Nimoy Day’

    Just days before being confirmed by the Senate as the nation’s Labor Secretary, exiting Mayor Martin Walsh declared this Friday, March 26, “Leonard Nimoy Day” in the City of Boston in honor of the West End native who skyrocketed to international fame in the 1960s for his portrayal of the iconic character, Mr. Spock, on the classic TV series, “Star Trek,” on what would’ve been Nimoy’s 90th birthday.Walsh wrote that Nimoy, who died at age 83 in February of
  • Walsh Gives Final Farewell After Senate Confirmation; Kim Janey Becomes Acting Mayor

    Mayor Martin Walsh gave his final press conference as mayor of Boston on March 22, and headed off to Washington, D.C on Tuesday morning to begin his new role as US Secretary of Labor.The Senate voted 68 to 29 to confirm Walsh’s position late Monday afternoon, after which he delivered his heartfelt final farewell to Bostonians.Walsh reflected on his past seven years as Boston’s mayor, saying that “there is no other elected or appointed position where you are so closely in touch
  • BHAC Approves Modified Design for 27 Brimmer St. With ‘Glass Box’ Headhouse

    The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission voted to approve a modified application for 27 Brimmer St. via Zoom at its March 18 monthly hearing.Peter White, the applicant’s architect, returned to the commission, which voted to continue the original application at its Feb. 18 hearing, with a proposal he described as “modified and stripped down” in response to feedback that its size and visibility should be minimized.The applicant had proposed work on the roof deck, said White, incl
  • Mayoral Candidate Annissa Essaibi George Meets With Downtown Business Owners

    Last Thursday, At-Large City Councilor and Boston Mayoral Candidate Annissa Essaibi George made a campaign stop Downtown and met with businesses owners struggling throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.Restaurants have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic and were forced to recalibrate their entire business model in order to survive. Some decided to pack it in for the winter and reopen when the warmer weather returns to New England and the infection rates decline.As part of her “Get Boston
  • Beacon Hill COVID Update Posted

    Last week Beacon Hill’s cumulative COVID-19 positive test rate and the weekly positive test rate both increased.According to the latest data released by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) last Friday, overall since the pandemic started 47,517 Beacon Hill, Back Bay, North End, West End and Downtown residents have been tested for COVID-19 and the data shows that 6.4 percent of those tested were COVID positive. This was a 3.2 percent increase from the 6.2 percent reported by the BPHC
  • Boston Students, Parents Call for Substantial State Funding as Schools Reopen

    With the promised funding from the landmark education bill that was signed into law before the COVID pandemic hit is still up in the air, Boston students and parents last Tuesday called for the state to fully fund the Student Opportunity Act Funding (SOA).During a virtual press conference hosted by the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance on Tuesday students, parents, and school committee members from cities across Massachusetts discussed their school funding needs, their perspectives on in-
  • North Washington Street Bridge Construction Look-Ahead Through April 3

    This is a brief overview of construction operations and impacts for the North Washington Street Bridge Replacement Project. MassDOT will provide additional notices as needed for high-impact work and changes to traffic configurations beyond those described below.Description of Scheduled Work•Building the piers:*Pier 2: sealing and dewatering cofferdam.*Pier 3: prepare wood formwork to pour concrete footing.*Pier 4: ongoing concrete pours for V arms (the tops of the piers).*Pier 5 (closest to
  • Violence Against the AAPI Community Must End

    Prejudice, discrimination, and violence against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has existed ever since immigrants from China began to arrive in America in the 1850s.The first anti-immigration law in our nation’s history, the Chinese Exclusion Act, specifically targeted Chinese immigrants in 1882 and was still the law of the land until 1943.The wrongful detention of Japanese-Americans in camps during WWII has become well-known to every high school student
  • Police Briefs 03-25-2021

    Beacon Hill BeatBreaking and Entering – Motor Vehicle3/13/21 – Officers responded to Charles Street for a motor vehicle that had been broken into and observed that its front passenger’s side had been smashed, but it appeared that no valuables had been stolen from inside it.Recovered – Stolen Motor Vehicle3/19/21 – Officers recovered a stolen motor vehicle on Chestnut Street, which was towed for safety.
  • Remembering Jane Webster During Women’s History Month

    By Elizabeth B. EatonJane dePeyster Hovey Webster/Mrs. Edwin S. Webster (1870- 1969) continued her family’s propensity to enrich the community. Her ability to recognize important sites and secure them for use into the future as private and public spaces is apparent as she spearheaded the acquisition, renovation and restoration of 55 Beacon St., Boston, in 1944 to serve as The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Headquarters.Portrait of Jan
  • Spillane Announces Candidacy for City Councilor-at-Large

    A Beacon Hill resident and lifelong Bostonian with firsthand experience at City Hall and a proven commitment to affordable housing, Jon Spillane has announced his candidacy for City Councilor at-Large.Spillane, a 29-year-old Irving Street resident, has taken a leave a leave of absence from his role as City Councilor Kenzie Bok’s Director of Budget and Constituent Services to focus on his campaign. He grew up in Hyde Park as the son of two civil servants – his father was a police offi
  • Outdoor Dining to Return March 22

    Numerous Beacon Hill restaurants are expected to take advantage of the City of Boston’s 2021 outdoor dining program set to begin on March 22. This is an earlier start than the previously-announced date of April 1.Last year the restaurants that dotted Charles Street received a special permit from the city that allowed them to set up outdoor patios on roadways and sidewalks throughout the neighborhood. The program helped restaurants increase capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic while keepin
  • Neighborhood Garden Clubs Find New Ways to Make Ends Meet

    As gardens and greenspace have become more essential than ever before during the pandemic, it’s also made fundraising for groups like the Beacon Hill Garden Club and the Garden Club of the Back Bay, which were both forced to cancel in-person events last year, more challenging and subsequently compelled them to find new and creative ways to make ends meet.The Beacon Hill Garden Club had to cancel the Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill Tour, which typically draws around 2,000 visitors to the neig
  • Guest Op-Ed: March Madness – Would You like to Coach?

    Dr. Glenn Mollette Have you ever thought changing jobs? Have you ever aspired to be a college basketball coach? Now is a great time to get your resume together. John Calipari is the University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach.  His pay this year is over $8 million. He has a lifetime contract worth 86 million dollars. In the eyes of the basketball world the UK basketball coaching job has been one of the most desired jobs in college sports. However, big pay doesn’
  • Ruthzee Louijeune Launches Campaign for Boston City Council At-Large

    Ruthzee Louijeune, an attorney and advocate, has launched her campaign for Boston City Council.“Today, I am announcing my candidacy for Boston City Council At-Large,” Ruthzee Louijeune said. “I have the experience and conviction needed to lead this city forward. We must do more to care for our residents, our children, and our businesses, and we must do so with urgency. As an attorney and advocate, I’ve focused on issues and campaigns that center working people and Black a
  • Rep. Livingstone and Councilor Bok to Co-Host Meeting on Proposed Charles Street Smoke Shop

    Rep. Jay Livingstone and City Councilor Kenzie Bok will co-host a virtual meeting to discuss a proposed smoke shop that has signed a 10-year lease to occupy the ground-level storefront at 138 Charles St. on Monday, March 22, at 5 p.m. Bluemoon Smoke Shop, which has about a dozen other locations around Greater Boston, has entered into a lease for the retail space that was previously home to Danish Country & Modern, which took effect this month and lasts through March of 2031, said Malik
  • BHAC Subcommittee Convenes on 83 Mount Vernon St.

    A Beacon Hill Architectural Commission subcommittee on 83 Mount Vernon St. met virtually on Wednesday, March 10.The subcommittee comprising Commissioners Matthew Blumenthal, Alice Richmond and Miguel Rosales was convened during the Feb. 18 Architectural Commission meeting to review an application for 83 Mount Vernon St. – the William Ellery Channing House, which was built in 1835 by American architect Asher Benjamin.Developer Mark Beaulieu and architect David Freed had proposed extensive w
  • Upstairs Downstairs Home Fully Open and Celebrating its 29th Anniversary

    Upstairs Downstairs Home, actually named for the PBS television series “Upstairs Downstairs” in 1992, will be celebrating its 29th anniversary this year.  That’s remarkable by any standard, but having survived the pandemic, crippling lockdowns and the unrelenting and ever-changing restrictions makes it even more so.  Add to that a complete move to a new location to 69 Charles St. (the site of the old Red Wagon store) and all that entails. Since January, owne
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